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Screening Highlights: Treasure maps, bowls, cameras and masks.

This week’s picks are by Alberto Serna, Spanish boy living in cosy Rotherhithe, London.



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Nightcrawler

11/03/2015 – 15/03/2015, 8:30 pm
Whirled Cinema – 259 Hardess Street Loughborough Junction SE24 0HN

Understandably, this year’s Academy decision to leave out Jake Gyllenhaal caused controversy amongst film fans. Gyllenhaal’s career-best performance of social outcast crime paparazzo Lou Bloom is dark, creepy and absorbing, matching up other memorable despicable characters such as Christopher Waltz’s Col. Hans Landa or Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus. Directed by veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler explores the throat-cutting L.A. crime news scene through the eyes of a ruthless sociopath new-comer camera man. Renee Russo and Bill Paxton join this probing and thought-provoking story about media and people’s desire to climb the ladder at all costs.



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The Big Lebowski

13/03/2015 – 8:00 pm
20TH CENTURY THEATRE –  291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2QA

John Turturro’s character Jesús Quintana’s mesmerising bowling-ball licking plus dance to a flamenco version of Hotel California should be enough reason to watch The Big Lebowski. Yet, there is much more to it. This Coen brother’s stoner crime comedy sees Jeff Bridges playing iconic Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski, a burnout L.A. slacker and bowling aficionado who finds himself involved in a dangerous case of mistaken identity. Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julianne Moore complete the cast. Despite its box-office failure, The Big Lebowski has become a cult classic giving Bridges his most recognisable character; so much so that there is even a film themed-bar in Edinburgh, a Big Lebowski shop in NY and ‘The Dude’s’ bathrobe can be purchased in multiple online stores. Dis mío, man.



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Scream

13/03/2015 – 08:55 pm
QUAD – Market Square, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

Traditionally an ostracised film genre, horror can often offer pleasant surprises. Master Wes Craven (The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street), rose from the ashes to frighten audiences with this story of high school masked psychopaths. To his credit, popularising the slasher genre, recovering Drew Barrymore for one of the most intense film prologues in recent memory and making us think twice about mundane actions such as walking into a bathroom stall or microwave popcorn before watching a film. Witty, humorous and satyrical, Scream made Neve Campbell a generational icon and spawned one of the most successful horror series of all time.



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A Girl At My Door

15/03/2015 – 5:00 pm
Alhambra Cinema – St John’s Street Keswick Cumbria CA12 5AG

Londoners had the opportunity to enjoy this sophisticated and subtle debut drama from writer July Jung at the past London Film Festival and London Korean Film Festival. A Girl At My Door (Dohee-ya), which earned multiple nominations at Cannes Film Festival, including a three-minute standing ovation by the audience, presents a critical look at South Korean society’s intolerance and sexism delving into social topics such as homosexuality, small communities isolation, domestic violence, alcoholism and immigration. Beautifully shot, with outstanding female performances by Bae Doo-na (Cloud Atlas, As One, The Host) and the young Kim Sae Ron (Barbie, Man From Nowhere), this is Korean cinema at its finest.



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The Goonies

15/03/2015 – 5:30 pm
20TH CENTURY THEATRE – 291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2QA

For all those ‘80s kids and tweeners, names such as Chester Copperpot, One-Eyed Willy or The Fratellis should sound nostalgically familiar. Directed by Richard Donner (The Omen, Lethal Weapon, Superman), with Steven Spielberg as executive producer, The Goonies is one of Gen X’s most entertaining and beloved coming-of-age adventures. The film follows a group of misfit kids led by Mikey (Sean Astin) and Mouth (Corey Feldman) as they search for One-Eyed Willie’s legendary treasure. Combining all-time children’s favourite elements such as treasure maps, bikes and subterranean caverns with unforgettable characters and memorable quotes, The Goonies has become a yearly classic for everyone who still has a kid inside us.


My name is Alberto and I have been fascinated with films since I saw River Phoenix running across the top of a moving circus train. Originally from Murcia, Spain, I live by river Thames in cosy Rotherhithe, South London where I keep watching and learning from movies.


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