20/07/2015 – 06:00 pm
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) – 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ
Face it, we’ve all idolised this icon of high school cinema at one point in our lives, and Matthew Broderick really pulled out all the stops in this 80s truancy saga. One of the best of the original Brat Pack flicks, director John Hughes set the standard for teen movies with his tale of a boy who skips school for a chaotic day out in Chicago.
22/07/2015 – 08:00 pm
Arch1 – West Ham Arches, Cranberry Ln, London E16 4BJ
I’m always a sucker for a bit of 80s Science Fiction and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is up there with the best of ’em. With an all star cast including Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce and Bob Hoskins, expect the unexpected in this absurd dystopian universe.
24/07/2015 – 08:00 pm
The Plough Arts Centre – 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8HQ
If you missed this recently on its somewhat limited general release, I urge you to add it to your “must-see” list. However you try and describe the story, it sounds off-putting (teenagers falling in love with vampires in a black and white alternative hipster world) but in fact, AGWHAAN is a masterpiece of modern indie cinema. Featuring incredible performances, beautifully eerie cinematography and the best electro soundtrack since Drive, it’s well worth a watch. Oh, and there’s some brilliant feminist messaging in there too.
25/07/2015 – 08:45 pm
Castle Park – Chester Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6SB
The ultimate in Golden Hollywood era comedy; Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag, Marilyn Monroe playing the ukulele, dancing, romance and a mafia massacre. What more could you want in 132 minutes?
26/07/2015 – 02:00 pm
Slung Low’s HUB – 67-71 Bath Road, Holbeck, Leeds, LS11 9UA
It’s not often you get a chance to see movies as early as this on on the big screen, and this round up of silent movie shorts includes One Week, Cops and Easy Street, played in the most traditional format imaginable – with a live pianist. Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are the king clowns of the silent era, and this iconic brand of slapstick humour is just as relevant today as in 1917.
Also worth a mention this week are John Maclean’s incredibly subtle, dark and blackly comic Slow West at The Poly in Falmouth; Roman Holiday as part of Moonlight Flicks in Chester (or maybe that’s because I’m still wishing I was in Italy?); and Marilyn’s last movie The Misfits co-starring Clark Cable at Saffron Screen in Essex.
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