Roller girl, film blogger and editor of Lead Jammer mag, Moxie McMurder picks her own top events for this week. Though mad, bad & dangerous to know, she’s clearly someone with a taste for the classics and the unusual.
Monday 26th January, 8pm
Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden County High School, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4UH
Stations of The Cross is a German film concerning a young girl who believes she must endure the stations of the cross (the traditional scenes, usually depicted in art, associated with Christ carrying his cross to the crucifixion) for her to be allowed into heaven.
This film has been getting some great reviews and I hope I get a chance to catch it soon. Teenage girls and religion can make for really interesting choices in films of this nature, so hopefully this is no different.
Tuesday 27th January, 8pm
The Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar, Raleigh Road, Bedminster, Bristol (UK), BS3 1TF
“12-year-old Adam finds his 31-year old, superhero obsessed brother with learning difficulties a nightmare – until he sees a chance to use him to gain friends.”
I have no idea what to expect from this but the whole idea intrigues me and with Kayvan Novak (Four lions) and Sophie Thompson (Four weddings, Eastenders) involved it’s sure to be funny. Learning difficulties are rarely in the spotlight in film and TV so I welcome the opportunity to have them front and center.
Tuesday 27th January, 6pm
FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
“Beyond Clueless will be the first major study, in any medium, of the teen movie revolution”
Adolescence is a difficult time, it’s also quite the money spinner for Hollywood. Look at the amount of teen films there have been since the 80’s! Beyond Clueless, which was funded via Kickstarter takes a critical look at the genre. “Part historical account, part close textual analysis, part audiovisual mood piece and part head-over-heels love letter to the teen genre, the film will examine more than two hundred films released during this decade-long idyll, in terms of their characters, themes and what they had to say for themselves.”
I haven’t seen the documentary but I’d really like to, not only because I think it would be interesting to hear these three young filmmakers take on the genre, but also because it’s narrated by Fairuza Balk! (squee!)
Thursday 29th Jan
Odeon Printworks., The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS
I remember watching Sleepy Hollow in the cinema on the day of its release and I can still watch it to this day with the same level of excitement no matter how many times I’ve seen it before. Being screened as part of Grimm Up North’s Tim Burton Season, Sleepy Hollow is based on the 1820 short story by Washington Irving and tells the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.
In the short story Ichabod is a schoolteacher not a police constable like he is in Burton’s version. The ‘sequestered glen’ called Sleepy Hollow is renowned for its ghosts and the biggest and baddest of the ghosts is the Headless Horseman who haunts the bridge in the town; always in search of his missing head.
Ichabod falls in love with a young girl in the town, Katrina Van Tassel played by Christina Ricci, and competes against Brom van Brunt for her affection. (Trivia note – Casper Van Dien who plays Brom van Brunt is related to the Van Tassels in real life!)
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson and Michael Gambon are all on fine form as the residents of the Hollow and Depp in particular gives Ichabod a brilliant mix of fragility, fear, intellect and when he needs it, courage. Tim Burton was born to make a film out of Sleepy Hollow and for me, it’s one of his best films.
My name is Moxie McMurder and I’ve been watching films since the minute I left the womb. My parents owned video shop when I was young so I’ve literally been watching films my whole life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Horror is my jive but I like all genres really, but generally speaking the stranger, the better. I’m currently working on creating a UK film website but until then you can find me on Twitter @A_SharedMadness or at my blog: A Shared Madness