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The All New Cinema Diet #12

The All New Cinema Diet #12

QUAD Cinema Programmer Adam Marsh brings you another seven days of fantastic film viewing options.

Another eclectic mix of films for you to view in the comfort of QUAD’s cinema screens or the comfort of your own home. All the recommendations have been pulled from QUAD’s weekly listings, free streaming platforms BBC iPlayer and All4, plus a small selection available over at Mubi (free trial available) 

See you at the movies! 

Adam J. Marsh

Day One – QUAD Cinema 

Jumbo 

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Jeanne (Noemie Merlant – Portrait Of A Lady On Fire), a shy young woman, lives at home with her uninhibited bartender mother and works the graveyard shift as a cleaner at an amusement park. Her mother wants her to find a man, but Jeanne prefers tinkering around with wires, light bulbs, and spare parts, creating miniature versions of theme park rides. During her late-night shifts she begins spending time with the new Tilt-A-Whirl ride that she decides to call Jumbo. Finding herself seduced by ‘his’ red lights, smooth chrome and impressive hydraulics, Jeanne concludes that the thrilling new relationship she wants to pursue may not be with a man at all. Writer-Director Zoe Wittock brings gleeful energy, buoyant humour and surrealistic style to an unusual love story in her debut feature.  

"Well worth paying your money and taking the ride" - Irish Times 

3 Women 

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Robert Altman continued a stunning run of celebrated work through the ‘70s with this dreamy masterpiece. Shy and impressionable Pinky (Sissy Spacek) strikes up a friendship with her fellow nurse Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shelley Duvall). As the two spend more time together Pinky becomes dependent on Millie, adopting aspects of her personality and appearance. Things take an unusual and darker turn as Pinky discovers Millie with a man, a local bar owner whose wife (Janice Rule) forms the third of the title’s three women. A wonderful performance by Duvall in this Bergmanesque film.   

QUAD Members receive double QUAD Points when buying tickets for films in the Robert Altman season. 

You can listen to an episode of QUAD's Cine-Lit Podcast all about Robert Altman here.

Summer Of Soul 

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In the summer of 1969, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). After that summer, the footage was largely forgotten – until now.  Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson presents a transporting film that includes never-before-seen concert performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more. 

"This Sundance award-winner is an absolute joy, uncovering a treasure trove of pulse-racing, heart-stopping live music footage" ★★★★★ - Mark Kermode, The Observer 

Satori Screen – Chungking Express 

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Director Wong Kar-wai made his international breakthrough with this film which combines elements of comedy, romance and crime cinema into a unique experience, gorgeously photographed by the acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle. The film follows two broken-hearted policemen and the women they find themselves involved with. In the first tale young cop Takeshi Kaneshiro falls for a mysterious figure in the Hong Kong criminal underworld (Brigitte Lin). Whilst the other tale follows cop Tony Leung, struggling after a break-up, who finds himself getting involved with the girl who regularly serves him at the local lunch counter (Faye Wong).   

Wong's dreamlike tone and Doyle's stunning cinematography make this strange love story a joy to watch” - Empire Magazine. 

Join QUAD for more Wong Kar-wai films as we screen 4 classics from his career, in all new 4k restorations. For more details on the season - https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/WongKar-wai 

Day Two – BBC iPlayer 

The Man In The White Suit 

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Eccentric Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory who invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty. Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that if it never wears out, people will only ever have to purchase one suit of clothing. 

School For Scoundrels  

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Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael) is one of life's losers. Despised and disregarded at work, his prospective girlfriend April (Janette Scott) is whisked from under his nose by charming bounder Raymond Delauney (Terry-Thomas). In desperation, Henry enrols at Stephen Potter's (Alastair Sim) College of Lifemanship, where he gradually learns how to get one up on the other fellow. 

Cold Comfort Farm 

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Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale) is the recently orphaned London society girl who ignores the advice of her mentor Mrs Smiley (Joanna Lumley) and moves to the country to live with relatives on their farm. An aspiring novelist, Flora soon realises that there is plenty of material for her stories on the decrepit farm - and she decides that she will bring her sense of order to the chaotic and humorous characters that she meets. 

Orphans  

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Renowned Scottish actor Peter Mullan (Trainspotting, My Name Is Joe) made his feature film directing debut with this fierce jet-black comedy of familial grief shot in and around the streets of Glasgow where he grew up. As four siblings reunite for the funeral of their mother, Orphans blends realist drama, wildly absurdist humour, and moving social observation. Gleefully unsentimental and taking wicked delight in subverting audience expectations, Orphans is a dark, dangerous, funny and extraordinarily touching modern classic of Scottish cinema. 

Day Three – BBC iPlayer

Beats 

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Scottish coming-of-age drama set in West Lothian in the 1990s and directed by Brian Welsh. Best friends Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) promise to make the most of what may be their final summer together as Johnno is set to move to a newly built suburb with his mother Alison (Laura Fraser) and stepfather Robert (Brian Ferguson). When the teenagers find out about an illegal rave happening they see it as a fitting way to culminate their friendship as they revel in the dance and techno music that they both love. 

Pride And Prejudice 

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Adaptation of the classic novel by Jane Austen starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. When wealthy Mr Bingley (Simon Woods) and his friend, the dashing Mr Darcy (Macfadyen), arrive in a small Hertfordshire town, Mrs Bennett (Brenda Blethyn) sees it as the perfect opportunity to marry off her eligible daughters. But when Elizabeth Bennett (Knightley) meets Mr Darcy, their equally headstrong natures get in the way of true love. 

Chappaquiddick 

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Based on historical events, this suspenseful thriller examines the infamous 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned after Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, and the moral and legal complexities that play out over the following week. Starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Kate Mara (House Of Cards), Ed Helms (The Office), and Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska). 

The Lost Boys 

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Joel Schumacher directs this 1980s cult horror starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Kiefer Sutherland. After moving to a new town in California, Michael Emerson (Patric) falls in with a young biker gang led by the enigmatic David (Sutherland). Meanwhile, his younger brother, Sam (Haim), befriends two brothers who claim to hunt the vampires that have appeared in the town. When Michael starts acting strangely, Sam realises his older brother is turning into a vampire, and needs his help to regain his humanity. 

Day Four – BBC iPlayer 

I Capture The Castle  

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Based on Dodie Smith's best-selling book and now the British box office hit of the year, starring Tara Fitzgerald and Bill Nighy, I Capture The Castle is the funny and touching story of first love, families and finding out who you are. Cassandra and Rose are two sisters trapped in an eccentric family, living in a beautiful but decaying English castle. Their novelist father (Bill Nighy) hasn't written a word for twelve years and their stepmother, Topaz (Tara Fitzgerald), is struggling to hold the family together. Soon their dull world is turned upside down when a pair of handsome and eligible Americans inherit the estate, which ignites a complex love affair, threatening to tear the sisters apart. 

Beatriz At Dinner 

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Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire real estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. 

All Is True 

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Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this biographical drama based around the final days in the life of William Shakespeare. Having worked his way up to become a renowned playwright, tragedy strikes when William's theatre, The Globe, burns to the ground. After being on the road with his plays for nearly 20 years, William returns home to his wife Anne (Judi Dench) who now sees him as a stranger. Having never properly dealt with the death of his son 17 years ago, William must now face up to the broken family that he left behind. 

Operation Avalanche 

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1967: the height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers, there to capture NASA's race to the moon. The real mission - use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies... Their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it. 

Day Five – All4 

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle  

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Jake Kasdan directs this sequel to the 1995 film Jumanji. When four teenagers - Spencer (Alex Wolff), Anthony 'Fridge' Johnson (Ser'Darius Blain), Bethany (Madison Iseman) and Martha (Morgan Turner) - suffer the punishments of detention by cleaning out their school's basement, they discover a vintage video game called 'Jumanji'. As they select their avatars to play the game, they get sucked into the screen and find themselves living the jungle game as Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Franklin 'Moose' Finbar (Kevin Hart), Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black) and Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan). As they get further into the jungle they learn that their only way home is to finish the game, and to finish the game they must survive everything the jungle throws at them. 

This Is England 

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Shane Meadows' gritty portrait of teenage urban life in Thatcher's Britain of the early '80s. With schools breaking up for the summer, 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) makes his way home after a fight. Living at home with his mum in a rundown coastal town, his dad killed in the Falklands, Shaun spends a lot of time on his own and dreads the long summer break. Expecting the worst when he runs into a group of skinheads, Shaun's surprised when they turn out to be friendly and adopt him as one of their own. Suddenly the summer feels a whole lot better as Shaun discovers girls, parties, braces and an identity. But the good times are threatened with the appearance of Combo (Stephen Graham), an older, in-your-face racist, just released from prison, who leads the group down a darker, violent road. 

Bait 

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Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin (Edward Rowe) is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, Airbnb and stag parties to his harbour village. The summer season brings simmering tensions between locals and newcomers to boiling point, with tragic consequences. Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Mark Jenkin's Bait is a timely and funny, yet poignant new film that gets to the heart of a community facing up to unwelcome change. 

Pet Sematary 

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Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. 

Day Six – ALL 4

Jason And The Argonauts 

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Two decades after the King of Thessaly was murdered by his infant son, Jason returns to the kingdom to make his claim to the throne. In order to be proved the rightful king, however, Jason must find and retrieve the magical golden fleece. As he embarks on his quest with a loyal army in tow, Jason discovers quickly that his journey will not be simple. As they come across a 100-foot bronze giant, a venomous creature with seven heads and an army of skeletons seeking a battle, Jason and his crew must fight the hardest fight of their lives if they are to succeed in bringing home the golden fleece. 

Check out the Cine-Lit podcast on the master of stop motion animation Ray Harryhausen - https://shows.acast.com/cine-lit/episodes/ray-harryhausen 

P’tang, Yang, Kipperbang 

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John spends his whole life thinking about cricket and kissing. The object of his kissing fantasies is one of his classmates, Ann, who only has eyes for the school heart-throb. John may get his chance to share a kiss with Ann when he stars opposite her in the school play. Vintage comedy from the pen of Jack Rosenthal. 

Skate Kitchen 

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The film follows Camille (Rachelle Vinberg), a New York teenager who defies her mother's wishes and gets involved with a group of girls brought together by their love of skateboarding. After a showdown with her mother, Camille moves in with her friend Janay (Dede Lovelace) and also begins skating with some of the local boys. However, things get complicated when Camille begins getting close to Devon (Jaden Smith), a member of the boys' crew who has a complicated history with Janay. 

Why Don’t You Just Die? 

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Kirill Sokolov directs this Russian comedy horror starring Aleksandr Kuznetsov and Vitaliy Khaev. When Matvey (Kuznetsov) meets his girlfriend's parents, he and his prospective father-in-law take an instant disliking to each other. Not content with being civil, they both hatch plans to kill the other. 

Day Seven – Mubi 

Diva  

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Jules, an opera enthusiast, is particularly enchanted by American diva Cynthia Hawkins, who refuses to be recorded. So enamoured with her, he makes an illegal tape at her concert. But when the tape is confused with one implicating a police chief with the mob, he must use all his ingenuity to survive. The tenets of the “cinéma du look” tradition are well represented in this debut feature from Jean-Jacques Beineix (Betty Blue), a lively film following its young protagonist through a super-stylised pop-art Paris. A visual thrill reminiscent of Beineix’s contemporaries Luc Besson and Leos Carax. 

The Human Voice 

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A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment. For his English-language debut, our favourite Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar teams up with Tilda Swinton for a loose adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s timeless play. Swinton delivers a spellbinding solo performance, in which vulnerability and despair turn into a monologue of magnificent obsession. 

The Harder They Come 

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Ivan, a renegade rural musician, journeys to Kingston looking for fame and fortune, but only finds reality. Becoming an outlaw after a music producer refuses to play his record, Ivan achieves such notoriety while on the run from the police that eventually the producer can’t resist airing his music. Made on a shoestring budget, the film stars the iconic Jimmy Cliff, who participated in giving the soundtrack legendary status. 

Rubber  

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Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. French director Quentin Dupieux (aka the musician Mr. Oizo, under which name he composed the film’s soundtrack!) is known for his singularly wacky, absurdist style. Set in the barren landscapes surrounding LA, this irrational parody of a killer-on-the-loose story follows a most unusual subject…