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The All New Cinema Diet #13

The All New Cinema Diet #13

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 Arrow Player (free trial available) 

See you at the movies! 

Adam J. Marsh

Day One – Summer Nights Film Festival 

The Greatest Showman  

See the film at Derby Rugby Club on Friday 13th August 

Book tickets here.

Roll up, roll up for the Greatest Show! This best selling musical is based on the true tale of the life of showman P.T. Barnum. Starring Hugh Jackman as the legendary figure alongside an all star cast including Michelle Williams, Zac Effron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson. 

Labyrinth 

See the film at Derby Rugby Club on Saturday 14th August 

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Teenage Sarah journeys through a maze to recover her baby brother from the goblin king in this classic 80s flick with incredible upbeat musical numbers and the iconic, and beloved, David Bowie. 

Day Two – QUAD 

The World To Come 

See the film at QUAD. Book tickets here

In 19th Century America, Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife and her new neighbour Tallie (Vanessa Kirby) find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. A grieving Abigail tends to her withdrawn husband Dyer (casey Affleck) as free spirit Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney. 

Space Jam – A New Legacy 

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Superstar LeBron James and his young son Dom, get trapped in digital space by a rogue A.I (Don Cheadle). To get home safely, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a high stakes basketball game against the A.I’s digitised champions – a powered up roster called the Goon Squad. A revamp of the 1996 hit. 

Off The Rails  

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A dying wish from their best friend Anna (Andrea Corr), compels Cassie (Kelly Preston), Kate (Jenny Seagrove), and Liz (Sally Philips), to put old feuds aside and take her 17 year old daughter on an interrailing journey across Europe that they did not quite finish during their studies. Now in their fifties, they are older but not necessarily wiser. With bad luck, train strikes and romantic entanglements thrown in their way, the trip promises as many laughs and tears and self-discovery as the first time around. The question is: will they reach their destination in time to honour their friend’s memory. 

Limbo  

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A group of asylum seekers find themselves stuck on a remote Scottish island in Ben Sharrock's critically acclaimed comedy-drama Limbo. Omar (rising star Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician, awaits the result of his asylum claim. He feels trapped - not only by the harsh landscape, but by guilt, regret, his loss of identity and his daunting future. However, he isn't alone. In between brief long-distance conversations with his parents and passing interactions with oddball locals, Omar and his fellow asylum seekers attend outrageously misjudged ‘cultural awareness’ classes, binge Friends boxsets, and debate attending the local open mic night, all the while waiting for the delivery of letters that will ultimately determine their future. 

Day Three – QUAD 

Nowhere Special 

See the film at QUAD. Book tickets here. 

Inspired by true events, featuring a stunning performance from James Norton (Happy Valley, War & Peace, McMafia) and a heart-warming debut by Daniel Lamont, Nowhere Special follows a thirty-five-year-old window cleaner, John, who has dedicated his life to bringing up his son after the child's mother left them soon after giving birth. When John is given only a few months to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for his three-year-old son, determined to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. 

Hugely affecting and perfectly played, Nowhere Special is a peach of a picture” – ★★★★ Empire Magazine 

Fright Club – Wes Craven’s New Nightmare 

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This time staying awake won't save you… Ten years after writer and director Wes Craven brought his personal nightmares to the movie screen as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, the horrifying child killer returns, stepping out of his celluloid world to haunt the life of the actress who first defeated him on film. This seventh film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series has the cast starring as themselves in a wicked spin as key players from earlier instalments are terrorised by Freddy Kreuger and his razor-fingered glove. Starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, and Miko Hughes. 

M*A*S*H 

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M*A*S*H focuses on three American army surgeons, Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland), Trapper John McIntyre (Elliot Gould) and Duke Forrest (Tom Skerritt), stationed in Korea during the war. Though highly skilled and dedicated, they adopt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies surrounding them in their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. One of the films that kickstarted the New Hollywood movement and spawned a very successful TV sitcom.   

California Split 

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A bittersweet exploration of the highs and lows of gambling. This pleasingly freewheeling buddy movie takes two new friends (Elliot Gould and George Segal) on a series of betting sprees. Altman arguably perfects his style here with comedy that’s funny but also hits on a deeper level. 

Day Four – BBC iPlayer 

High Society 

See the film here

This musical remake of The Philadelphia Story stars Grace Kelly as socialite Tracy Lord who, even as she prepares for her second marriage, still has obvious feelings for her ex-husband (Bing Crosby). She also strikes up a friendship with a reporter (Frank Sinatra), who has been sent to cover her society wedding. The Cole Porter score includes Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and the famous Crosby/Sinatra duet Well, Did You Evah

Every Day 

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Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named "A" who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and "A" to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make. 

Grace Jones – Bloodlight and Bami 

See the film here

Documentary focusing on flamboyant entertainer Grace Jones. Clips show Grace's family-oriented private life, on-stage performances including famous hits Slave to the Rhythm and Pull Up to the Bumper, studio recordings and interviews with friends and family discussing her fame and unique, creative personality. The director, Sophie Fiennes spends five years gathering personal footage of Grace, giving an overall homage to this lively, fierce individual. 

Equals 

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In a futuristic dystopian society where all human emotion has been eradicated by drugs, co-workers Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kirsten Stewart) begin a secret relationship after picking up a mysterious virus which causes their feelings to return. However, when a cure for the disease is found, Silas and Nia must find a way to escape the totalitarian state in order to preserve their relationship. 

Day Five – BBC iPlayer 

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King 

See the film here

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, a film by Nottingham director Jeanie Finlay tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.  With a fictional identity torn from the pages of the bestselling novel Orion by Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death exploded into a cult success – and the “Elvis is alive” myth began.  The story of Orion proves that fact is indeed ‘stranger than fiction’. This is the story behind that story. Who was that masked man? 

In The Dark Half 

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After the young son of her next-door neighbour dies in her care, Marie's behaviour gets more erratic and her dark obsessions worsen, until she is convinced she is haunted. 

Gringo 

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The film follows businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) as he travels to Mexico to oversee the manufacturing of his company's revolutionary new medical marijuana pill. However, whilst there, Harold is kidnapped by members of a fearsome cartel who want revenge on Harold's bosses, Elaine Markinson and Richard Rusk (Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton), for cutting them off from their new drug. From the safety of their office, Elaine and Richard despatch the resourceful Mitch (Sharlto Copley) to find Howard and bring him home safely as his dire situation continues to spiral out of control. 

The Deer Hunter 

See the film here.

As Michael (Robert De Niro), Steven (John Savage) and Nick (Christopher Walken) volunteer to serve in Vietnam, they fail to foresee the horrors that will encapsulate their future lives. When the men are captured by the Vietcong and forced to play Russian roulette for their entertainment, Michael and Steven manage to escape leaving Nick to fight off the enemy. As Steven is shipped home, severely disabled and damaged by the whole experience, he discovers that Nick has sent him money to help him get back into society. When the news of the fall of Saigon reaches home, Michael vows to return to Vietnam to bring home his friend. 

Day Six – ALL 4 

The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad 

See the film here.

After discovering a golden tablet, Sinbad (John Phillip Law) joins forces with the Grand Vizier of Marabia (Douglas Wilmer) on a quest to find the Fountain of Destiny on the lost continent of Lemuria. However, they are not the only ones after its fabled treasure, as they are pursued by the villainous Prince Koura (Tom Baker), who uses his dark magic to hinder their voyage and lead him to the fountain. Possibly the highlight of animator Ray Harryhausen’s stellar career. 

Nuns On The Run 

See the film here.  

Charlie and Brian (Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle) are two conmen who want to go straight but need one last heist to finance a life in Rio. However, their plans go awry when their getaway car breaks down in front of a convent. Pursued by the gang from whom they stole the money, they bluff their way into the convent and make a startling transformation - into Sisters Euphemia and Inviolata. With Janet Suzman and Camille Coduri. 

Red Monarch 

See the film here

In a Russia where fear has become the everyday currency, Stalin and Beria are the two double acts to end them all. With the Kremlin as their stage and the Politburo as their stooges, Stalin signs death warrants while Beria chases women. United by their Georgian heritage and moral depravity, they trust each other only as much as they have to. A humorous look at Stalin, dictator and family man. With Colin Blakley, David Suchet, David Threlfall, David Kelly and Brian Glover. 

Rams

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Grimur Hakonarson writes and directs this brotherly drama set in a remote valley in Iceland. Brothers Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodor Juliusson) live in close proximity tending to their prized flocks which carry an ancient lineage. Despite sharing land and a shepherd lifestyle, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken in 40 years. When Kiddi's flock suddenly becomes infected with a serious disease, the authorities take the decision to cull all the animals in the area. As the local authorities draw nearer the brothers must find a way to work together to protect their sheep breed. 

Day Seven – Arrow Player 

Orchestra Rehearsal 

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Made in 1978 for Italian television, Orchestra Rehearsal is possibly Fellini's most satirical and overtly political film. An allegorical pseudo-documentary, the film depicts an Italian television crew's visit to a dilapidated auditorium (a converted 13th-century church) to meet an orchestra assembling to rehearse under the instruction of a tyrannical conductor. The TV crew interviews the various musicians who each speak lovingly about their chosen instruments. However, as petty squabbles break out amid the different factions of the ensemble, and the conductor berates his musicians, the meeting descends into anarchy and vandalism. A destructive crescendo ensues before the musicians regroup and play together once more in perfect harmony. Abounding with its director's trademark rich imagery and expressive style, Orchestra Rehearsal marks the last collaboration between Fellini and the legendary composer Nino Rota (due to the latter's death in 1979) who provides one of his most beautiful themes in the film's conclusion. 

The Devil And Daniel Johnston 

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His drawings and sketches are exhibited and sold worldwide. Beck, Wilco, Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam have recorded his songs. But beneath Daniel Johnston's success as an artist and musician is an incredible story of genius touched by madness: diagnosed as manic-depressive, Johnston has spent the last three decades of his life in-and-out of mental institutions. Told through a compelling combination of interviews, home movies and performance footage.  

Blind Beast  

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Blind Beast is a grotesque portrait of the bizarre relationship between a blind sculptor and his captive muse, adapted from a short story from Japan’s foremost master of the macabre, Edogawa Rampo (Horrors of Malformed Men, The Black Lizard, Caterpillar). Blind Beast is a masterpiece of erotic horror that explores the all-encompassing and overwhelming relationship between the artist and his art and the obsessive closed world that the artist inhabits, with maestro director Yasuzô Masumura (Giants and Toys, Irezumi) conjuring up a hallucinogenic dreamworld in which sensual and creative urges combine with a feverish intensity. 

Man Under Table 

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In Hollywood, it’s who you know, not what you write. Guy is writing a movie, or so he claims in bars, parties, pretty much wherever he can. Guy eventually stumbles into the path of Indie darling Jill Custard and her lackey Ben who endlessly accosts him and pull him into projects that are not his own. Frazzled and frustrated, Guy decides to join forces with a washed up neverbeen Gerald, and the duo plan to write what could be the dumbest movie ever made. 

Set against the backdrop of a crumbling dystopian Los Angeles, Man Under Table pushes a spotlight onto the endlessly bizarre world of the Hollywood movie industry where things are never easy, dreams are crushed, content is king, and you’ll need to wear a gasmask to cope with the unnamed toxins in the polluted green air...