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THIS WEEK IN FILM: Jungle, Beats, Protest & Pigeons

This week’s picks are by Monica R – volunteer & Film Programmer (Think Cinema) at Liverpool Small Cinema

Film choices are based on film innovative qualities and fresh plots ( for a hot summer)



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Whiplash (2014)

19/07/2015 – 06:30 pm
Cinesocial – The Olney Centre, High Street, Olney, Bucks. MK46 4EF

If you expect to see another musical soft-teen drama, Whiplash will disappoint you. Damian Chazelle has produced a dazziling smart feature that keeps druming in your head well after you leave the cinema. In a fiercely competitive music school, young drummer Andrew – played by Miles Teller – is the vocational muse eager to proof his greatness. He encounters a feared teacher, Fletcher, (J.K. Simmons) and their relation becomes as profound as that of art and artist. Their relation is topped by an innovative combination of beats and rhythm becoming an essential part to understand the nature of their relationship. Meir’s cinematography captures this musical combination with a mixture of camera movemas, panning and editing to make the visually electrifying.
This is a film of Magic beats not to be missed.



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A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

15/07/2015 – 06:30 am
WhirledCinema – 259 Hardess Street Loughborough Junction SE24 0HN

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting Existence is a film like no other. Difficult to find a Nordic raw and dark comedy with possibly the exception of Aki Kaurismaki’s existential black humour stories. The strangeness that surrounds Roy Andersson’s fifth feature is frankly refreshing. Made out of a series of stylish comedy vignettes with no relation between them, the film plays with the idea of a negative isolation and empathy to our human fellow problems. The two recurring characters Jonathan and Sam don’t seem to have much to go for them but they confront life with a mixture of resignation and irony. Andersson’s use of austere interiors, monochrome colours and sparse dialogue highlights the surrealist and almost absurd situations we all encounter every now and then in our own lives. Despite its tone, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existance is not a pessimistic movie. Andersson manages to capture life and beauty in the everyday existance and make us laugh at the same time. This is a film we ought to celebrate and watch



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ROCHESTER KINO PRESENTS…CINE SALON :LOLA

19/07/2015 – 02:00 pm
Cine Lumiere – 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

Welcome to the mysterious and alluring world of Lola, A cabaret singer, played masterfully by Anouk Aimee, that is longing for love. Joseph Von Stenberg’s The Blue Angel served as inspiration to Jacques Demy to direct his first feature that he described as ” a musical with no music”. The film is a romantic and touchy piece full of lyricism, smartly constructed. Shot in a beautiful black and white cinemascope, the film has certain doses of realism where the characters are not reaching to each other and waves of longing and desire fill the frame. In Lola, Jacques Demy seems to combine New Wave cinematic elements with a more classic approach like Max Ophuls in Lola Montes or Le Plaisir. Lola is a call for redemption and hope and for that it is well worth a watch.



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The Jungle Book -Cinema for Tinies

19/07/2015 – 11:00 am
Saffron Screen – Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden County High School, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4UH

Everytime the song “The Bare Necessities” is played one cannot help but to remember the electrifying dancing of Baloo and Mowgli to realise that The Jungle Book is an instant classic. The soundtrack – a jazzy musical score – intends to reconciliate two antagonist visions of the world, the carefree and innocent child view with the world of adults fulls of responsabilities and anxieties. From a visual point of view, the film retains the most popular Disney’s trademarks but brings a fresh and realistic approach to animation, firstly in the movements of the characters and secondly in the composition where the viewers can associate actions with characters. The Jungle Book was the last Walt Disney film and remains one of the most enduring, vibrant and funny cartoons ever made. It is a bare necessity to watch this film.



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KINO INDIE FEATURES PRESENT: WE ARE MANY

15/07/2015 – 08:00 pm
Three Minute Theatre Manchester – Afflecks Arcade, 35-39, Oldham Street, M1 1JG Manchester

In 2003, more than 15 million people around the world marched in opposition to the impending war in Iraq. Director Amir Arani spent 9 years researching to produce an innovative documentary. His background as a documentary filmmaker helped to built a very creative narrative using a mixture of web footage, broadcast media where the plot is interelated with celebrities interviews and surprising facts. We Are Many has that kind of rawness that is missing in other documentaries exploring similar themes and his radical approach is more intended to be a piece of history that a one off documentary. Hence that it calls more for reflection on Activism than an immediate action on taking the streets. Overall a highly recommended film that could well be use in schools when teaching about Modern History.


HONOURABLE MENTIONS


Alice in the Cities (1974): Thur 16th July, 6:30pm, Liverpool Small Cinema.
A major turning point in Wim Wenders career when he was deciding to remain a filmakers. One of the most innovative road movies ever made.


Volunteer and Film Programmer for Liverpool Small Cinema. I run Think Cinema – a cinema club has been runing for 5 years and promotes reflecting on films we watc.


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