QUAD Cinema Programmer Adam Marsh brings you another seven days of fantastic film viewing options.
Indoors, outdoors, Cinema or Home? Something for all occasions this week. All the recommendations have been pulled from QUAD’s weekly listings, free streaming platforms BBC iPlayer and All4, plus a Bergman Double Double – Two from Ingmar and Two from Ingrid.
See you at the movies!
Adam J. Marsh
Day One – Summer Nights Film Festival
The Lion King
See the film at Belper Rugby Club on Thursday 19th August
The photorealistic adaptation of the classic ‘90s animation The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother, and former heir to the throne, has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
See the film at Belper Rugby Club on Friday 20th August
I feel the need! The need for SPEED! Top Gun, the United States elite fighter school trains the best. Hotshot pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school where his reckless attitude and cocky demeanour brings him in opposition to the other pilots, but gets the attention of beautiful flight instructor Charlotte (Kelly McGillis). Welcome to the Danger Zone!
The Full Monty
See the film at Belper Rugby Club on Saturday 21st August
Sheffield, England. Once a bright community “on the move”, the city has fallen into ruin after the steel factories are closed and thousands of men lose their jobs. Gaz (Robert Carlyle) is a former worker and about to lose his son because he can’t pay for joint custody. His friends (and former co-workers) aren’t doing much better: Dave is depressed and convinced his wife isn’t interested in their marriage anymore; Lomper has to take care of his mom and is suicidal; and Gerald has been lying to his wife for six months about his unemployment. After stumbling across a Chippendales dance club and seeing how many women are paying for it, Gaz realises that if they can do it, so can he. The guys pull together, adding Horse and Guy to the line-up. But Gaz realizes that they have to offer something that the “real thing” doesn’t… so these guys are going The Full Monty.
Day Two – QUAD
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. They're guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters' secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.
"Magnificent, with every scene framed like a gorgeous painting." - The Spectator
Film censor Enid takes pride in her meticulous work, guarding unsuspecting audiences from the deleterious effects of watching the gore-filled decapitations and eye gougings she pores over. Her sense of duty to protect is amplified by guilt over her inability to recall details of the long-ago disappearance of her sister, recently declared dead in absentia. When Enid is assigned to review a disturbing film from the archive that echoes her hazy childhood memories, she begins to unravel how this eerie work might be tied to her past.
Censor is a faithful, creative ode to 1980s aesthetics and a twisted, bloody love letter to the video nasties of that era. In her assured feature debut, director Prano Bailey-Bond re-creates a moment in which society was on the brink of mass hysteria over the dangers of viewers being seduced by violent images – and then she cleverly immerses us in the haunted Enid’s shifting reality. Actress Niamh Algar stuns as her brittle character grows increasingly possessed by her quest.
The Courier is the true story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK’s MI-6 and a CIA operative he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Initially conceived as part of Wong’s 1994 film Chungking Express (also screening as part of this season) Fallen Angels eventually took on a life of its own and whilst it shares a lot of DNA with its predecessor it features a much darker, moodier tone. In its first tale a hitman wants out of his life of crime, unaware that his female partner has strong feelings for him and is not going to give him up easily. The second follows a young mute who has escaped jail is enlisted by a women to help find her ex-boyfriend's new lover. Featuring a dry streak of humour and stunningly shot in the neon lit night-time Hong Kong streets Fallen Angels demonstrated that Chungking Express was no fluke and established Wong Kar-wai as a vital new name in international cinema.
“An exhilarating rush of a movie, with all manner of go-for-broke visual bravura that expresses perfectly the free spirits of bold young people.” - Los Angeles Times
Day Three – BBC iPlayer
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House
Jim (Cary Grant) and Muriel Blandings (Myrna Loy) are Manhattanites who are forced to seek a new home for themselves and their two daughters. Jim selects a farmhouse in the country, but upon moving in discovers that not only was he hideously overcharged, but the property needs extensive repairs and renovations.
Meet Me In St Louis
Judy Garland stars in Vincente Minnelli's classic musical following the middle-class Smith family in the lead up to the 1904 World's Fair hosted in St Louis. Esther (Garland), the second eldest daughter of Alonzo (Leon Ames) and Anna Smith (Mary Astor), falls for her new next door neighbour, John Truitt (Tom Drake), and initially has difficulty winning his affections. When their romance begins to blossom, however, Esther learns that Alonzo's employer is transferring him to New York where he plans to move the family. It soon becomes clear how much the move will affect his four daughters and son, Lon Jr. (Hank Daniels), and, what's more, it means they will miss the World's Fair. The film includes the songs Meet Me in St. Louis, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The Trolley Song.
One of the most authoritative racing movies ever made, Le Mans is daring, death-defying drive along one of the most perilous courses ever created. Hollywood icon and racer Steve McQueen performs most of his own driving for his role as American Michael Delaney, a rough and ambitious racer determined to find victory on the 8.5 mile course, one year after an accident that left another man dead. Filmed on location in France with over 45 international racing stars, this high-adrenaline film provides a fascinating look at the extraordinary cars and unique personalities drawn to the thrill of this high-risk sport. This cult-classic film has been digitally restored providing fans with an extreme, nerve shattering, and action packed car-racing experience!
Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz star in this French drama written and directed by Michael Haneke, following the Laurent family as they experience a number of trials and tribulations. Upset with her mother, young Eve (Fantine Harduin) leaves her in a coma by poisoning her. Meanwhile, her aunt, Anne Laurent (Huppert), becomes embroiled in a costly legal battle after one of her employees is injured in an accident at their construction firm. She does so while also caring for her father George (Trintignant), who suffers with dementia, and her troubled son Pierre (Franz Rogowski), who has a drinking problem, as events threaten to tear the family apart at their mansion in Calais.
Day Four – BBC iPlayer
My Favourite Wife
Nick Arden (Cary Grant) has his wife Ellen (Irene Dunne) declared legally dead after she has been missing for seven years, in order to marry his new love, Bianca (Gail Patrick). When Ellen, who has been shipwrecked all this time, returns to find her erstwhile husband has remarried, she sets out to get him back by making him jealous over Stephen (Randolph Scott), the man with whom she was shipwrecked.
Craig Roberts makes his directorial debut in this black comedy in which he also stars. Welsh teenager Jim (Roberts) is an outcast at school with no friends when he meets his new neighbour, mysterious American Dean (Emile Hirsch). Following Dean's advice, Jim learns how to be cool, making friends and going on a date with his crush Jackie (Charlotte Randall). But there is more to Dean than meets the eye and before long Jim finds himself on a downward spiral.
The Peanut Butter Falcon
American adventure drama starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen as Zak, a Down syndrome man living in a care home who has ambitions of becoming a wrestler. When Zak escapes from his care home, assisted by some of the elderly residents, he befriends struggling crab fisherman Tyler (LaBeouf), who agrees to help him make it to the wrestling school. However, they are soon caught up by care home worker Eleanor (Johnson) who would prefer Zak to return to his assisted living facility. The cast also features Bruce Dern, John Hawkes and Thomas Haden Church.
Peter Farrelly directs this drama following Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) and African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) during a musical tour of the Southern United States in the 1960s. Determined to break barriers and perform his music to the masses, Dr. Shirley sets out on his tour with the help of his newly hired driver, Tony, and the aid of the Green Book, a guide listing racially accepting establishments for African-Americans to perform, eat and sleep in. Despite being forewarned that his presence in these states may bring trouble, Dr. Shirley and Tony form an unlikely bond as Tony is awakened to the prejudices the black community are subjected to while Dr. Shirley educates Tony in what it means to be sophisticated.
Day Five – All 4
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet - high school. Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents while trying to solve the seemingly impossible mystery behind a lost Incan civilisation. Surprisingly enjoyable adventure from the director of The Muppets (2011).
East Is East
Damien O'Donnell directs this comedy drama set in Salford, 1971. Pakistani chip shop owner George Khan (Om Puri) lives with his white wife Ella (Linda Bassett) and their seven children. George wants to raise his children as devout Muslims, but things go wrong when his eldest son Nazir (Ian Aspinall) flees his arranged marriage midway through the ceremony. Undeterred, George plans a marriage for his son Tariq (Jimi Mistry), but when Tariq discovers what is happening he rebels against his father, and the future of the family is plunged into doubt.
Within Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, Menashe battles for custody of his son after his wife dies, since they live in a culture that requires a mother present in every home. Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to give him a final chance to prove that he can be a capable parent.
Steve McQueen co-writes and directs this starkly honest portrait of a man struggling with sex addiction. Michael Fassbender stars as Brandon, a lonely 30-something New York bachelor who lives a carefully-concealed second life revolving around excessive levels of casual sex, prostitutes, pornography and masturbation. When his depressive sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan), arrives unannounced to stay with him, seeking refuge from her own troubles, Brandon's life starts to unravel as his dark and shameful secrets are revealed.
Day Six – ALL 4
Brie Larson stars in this drama adapted by Emma Donoghue from her own novel about a mother and son who have been held captive for five years. Joy 'Ma' Newsome (Larson) and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) have been living in a small room since Jack was born, meaning he has no knowledge of the outside world. Joy realises Jack is now old enough to learn the truth about their situation and together they plan to escape their captor Old Nick (Sean Bridgers). But being in the real world comes with its own challenges... The film also stars Joan Allen and William H. Macy as Joy's parents. Larson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama and the BAFTA for Best Leading Actress for her performance. The film was also nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay with Larson winning in the Best Actress category.
How To Get A Head In Advertising
Richard E. Grant plays a successful advertising executive who cracks up while trying to think up a campaign for a new spot cream. He then develops a spot himself, which soon enough grows a face and begins talking to him.
Racer And The Jailbird
Belgian drama co-written and directed by Michael R. Roskam. Set in Brussels, the film follows Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts), a bank robber who falls in love with professional racing driver Bibi (Adele Exarchopoulos). Desperate not to scare off his new love, Gigi keeps quiet about his secret profession, but as the pair grow closer, Bibi soon begins to suspect that he is hiding something from her. When a big heist then goes badly wrong, Gigi is arrested and thrown in prison, leaving Bibi facing some big decisions as she weighs up whether or not they can stay together.
John Madden directs this thriller, telling the story of Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), a highly talented lobbyist determined to advance gun control measures in the United States. Sloane has a reputation as formidable, cunning and ultimately successful. But she has never faced opposition quite like this before, and this bout places her career in jeopardy. The cast also includes Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sam Waterston. The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Chastain).
Day Seven – BFI Player
Port Of Call
Arguably the most acclaimed of Ingmar Bergman's early films, this charts the unsteady relationship between a girl bruised by her parents’ unhappy marriage and a sailor tired of years at sea. This charts the unsteady relationship between two outsiders unsure of themselves: a girl bruised by her parents’ unhappy marriage and a sailor tired of years at sea. While the film’s atmospheric location footage shows the influence of Rossellini, its quiet lyricism and tender compassion for the vulnerable loners are sometimes reminiscent of the early films of Nicholas Ray.
The currents of courtship and marriage as navigated by two orchestral violinists; he (Stig Olin) more insecure and selfish as he dreams of a solo career, she (Maj-Britt Nilsson) more mature and supportive. Overseeing their ups and downs (and directing the Beethoven finale that gives the film its title) is their tetchy conductor, played by Ingmar Bergman’s mentor Sjöström, the actor and director later cast in Wild Strawberries.
Six years after Germany Year Zero, Roberto Rossellini returned to Germany to make this noir-influenced examination of solitude, alienation, and a crisis of moral values in contemporary life. Loosely based on the Stefan Zweig novel Angst, Fear explores the inner turmoil of a woman pushed to the edge through the anxiety and guilt of her infidelity.
Ingrid Bergman stars as Irene, the wife of a prominent German scientist, Albert Wagner (Mathias Wieman). Irene has been engaged in an illicit affair which she goes to great pains to hide in order to keep her husband blissfully unaware. However, when her lover’s jealous ex-girlfriend, Luisa (Renate Mannhardt) learns of the relationship and proceeds to sadistically extort her, Irene’s life soon spirals out of control.
Journey To Italy
Roberto Rossellini's acerbic but finally very moving masterpiece about marital crisis boasts great performances from Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders. Roberto Rossellini moved beyond neorealism to a more profound exploration of inner truths with this masterly study of a middle-aged, middle-class English couple on the brink of marital breakdown in Italy. Deftly playing upon the images of Ingrid Bergman (vulnerable, anxious) and George Sanders (bored, cynical), he paints a brilliant portrait of ennui and over-familiarity redeemed by need and love.