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This week’s picks are by Moxie McMurder – 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.

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The Godfather: Part II

03/03/2015 – 06:00 pm
The Italian Club & FACT – 85 Bold Street Liverpool, then 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ

I had, up until last year been one of those people who had never seen The Godfather trilogy. Oh I had seen bit of it, enough to know the storyline and I always got references to it in other films and TV shows but I had never sat down and watched all three. So, last year I decided to do it, turns out everyone is right, it’s great. The first two films that is, I like to pretend the third film doesn’t exist.

The Godfather: part II serves as both a sequel and prequel for the first film, taking place after Don Vito Corleone has died and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is now the Don.  There are two storylines within the film, one follows a young Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone as he flees Sicily after his family are killed by local Mafia and his rise to becoming the Don. The other follows Michael and his journey from genuine good intentions to becoming the most feared man in New York.


 

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Murder on the Orient Express

05/03/2015 – 7:30pm
St Donats Arts Centre, St Donat’s Castle, St Donat’s, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, CF61 1WF

One of Agatha Christie’s most well known stories, featuring my favorite Belgian, Hercule Poirot. This story all takes place aboard the famous train The Orient Express and while on board Hercule Poirot must solve the case of a murder most foul. The cast in this 1974 version of the story is fantastic, although Albert Finney is not my idea of Poirot you cannot deny that this version is superb. Agatha Christie, then 84 years old attended the movie premiere in November of 1974. It was the only film adaptation in her lifetime that she was completely satisfied with. In particular, she felt that Albert Finney’s performance came closest to her idea of Poirot (though was reportedly unimpressed with her sleuth’s moustache).  While I have to disagree with Christie (David Suchet IS Poirot) this film is drowning in acting aristocracy and it’s worth watching for the joy of seeing these actors work with each other. The story’s a juicy one too.


 


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PULP FICTION

06/03/2015 – 11:30 pm
Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9PJ

“Zed’s dead baby.”
This is the film that really cemented Tarantino’s status as an auteur, although many will argue against that title, there is no denying his films are unique in their style, delivery and longevity. From the soundtrack to the actors this film helped define a moment in film that despite having so many influences comes across as fresh and original. The many strands of plot all come together like ingredients in a gumbo. Violent gumbo, and goddamn that’s tasty gumbo.



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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

07/03/2015 – 07:30 pm
Cube Cinema – Dove Street South, Bristol, BS2 8JD

Who Framed Roger Rabbit formed a cornerstone of my childhood. I was a bit of a weird kid, I was already very well acquainted with murder mysteries and this had the added bonus of cartoon characters. It had it all! Did you know this film marked the first time cartoon characters from both Walt Disney and Warner Brothers appeared together onscreen?
Bob Hoskins is wonderful as Eddie Valiant a private investigator whose brother was murdered by a ‘toon’. Now he must work with the cartoon characters he hates so much to him to help exonerate Roger Rabbit who’s on the run for murder. It’s a really fun film with lots of heart.
This screening will also include some stand up comedy! Should be a good night.


 

Obvious Child

09/03/2015 – 07:45 pm
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Street Carlisle CA3 8TP

I’ve been hearing so many good things about Obvious Child, written and directed by newcomer Gillian Robespierre, this rom-com is not your average comedy. I’ve yet to see the film but it from the good things I’ve seen and read it sounds like a refreshing take on womanhood, being single, stand up comedy and abortion. I’m looking forward to seeing it and if the buzz surrounding it is to be believed you’ll want to see this film too.


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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