This week’s picks are by Moxie McMurder , Roller girl, film blogger and editor of Lead Jammer mag. Moxie 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.
02/02/2015 – 06:00 pm
Cube Microplex – Dove Street South, Lower Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8JD
“Babe put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb”
I can’t hear Sonny & Cher without thinking of Bill Murray. Why? Because this is the song that his character Phil Connors hears every day in Groundhog Day. Phil Connors is a weatherman who visits Punxsutawney every February to film the groundhog, also called Phil, who predicts how long the winter will last. One morning Phil wakes up to find that he’s living the same day over and over again. I love Groundhog Day, it’s such a fun film.
Some wonderful soul had worked out that Phil had spent 33 years and 350 days living in the same day.
04/02/2015 – 08:30 pm
Whirled Cinema – 259 Hardess Street Loughborough Junction London, SE24 0HN
I chose Enemy as one of my top 10 films from last year, even though it was only released in the UK this year. It is the story of a man who discovers his doppelganger while watching a film. It’s a very strange but gripping story and I want everyone to watch it, not only because it’s excellent but because I need more people to discuss this film with. There’s an air of Lynch or Cronenberg to Enemy, it’s a dark twisting tale that’s thoroughly unpredictable. If you see one film this week, make it this one!
05/02/2015 – 07:30 pm
St Donats Arts Centre – St Donat’s Castle, St Donat’s, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, CF61 1WF
Cary Grant, James Mason and Alfred Hitchcock, now that’s a recipe for greatness right there and that’s exactly what you get with North by Northwest. Hitchcock had somewhat of an obsession with ‘the wrong man’ a common theme in his films but none more so than North by Northwest. Cary Grant plays advertising executive Roger Thornhill and through a case of mistaken identity he is plunged into a dizzying world of spies and finds himself framed for murder. On the run and with no one to believe his story he must clear his name before the men who set him up find him.
From the minute the Saul Bass designed opening titles hit the screen you’ll be glued to your seat.
06/02/2015 – 07:30 pm
The Empire – 2 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RT
I’m a big David Lynch fan and Blue Velvet is a masterpiece. The over saturated suburban landscapes hide beneath its glossy exterior a dark and unsettling underworld that’s just as disturbing now as it was when it was released in 1986. Starring Lynch favourite Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini, Blue Velvet starts with the discovery of a severed ear. That ear leads Kyle MacLaughlan’s character on a trip into the underbelly of his home town. That underbelly brings him into contact with Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) a gas huffing psychotic criminal and Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) a nightclub singer whose husband and child has been kidnapped by Frank so he can have an affair with Dorothy. It’s a dark and uncomfortable story but as always there’s an element of hope that permeates Lynch’s work no matter how dark the subject matter. It really is a masterpiece of modern cinema.
07/02/2015 – 07:30 pm
Cube Cinema – 2 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RT
Dr. Hfuhruhurr, a widower looking for love and finds it, in the wrong woman only to find the right woman who has no body. Confused? Bear with me.
In this comedy Steve Martin stars as Dr. Hfuhruhurr, a talented brain surgeon who saves the life of Dolores Benedict played by the fabulous Kathleen Turner. They fall in love and marry only for Dolores to turn out to be a gold digger, it’s at the point that Dr Hfuhruhurr meets a scientist who has figured out how to keep brains alive in jars and Dr Hfuhruhurr is able to communicate with one of the brains, belonging to a woman called Anne Uumellmahaye (Sissey Spacek is the uncredited voice of Anne). This wacky story is a lot of fun, the subplot of the Elevator Killer is genius and Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner are brilliant in their roles. This is a comedy classic for a reason.
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
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