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 BFI Player and MUBI (both available with free trials).
See you at the movies!
Day One – QUAD Cinema
The Odd Couple (PG)
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Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau), a divorced, sloppy sports writer invites Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon), a newly separated meticulous photographer, to share his apartment. A hilarious comedy film based on Neil Simon’s stage play is the second pairing of ten films Matthau did with Lemmon. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay adaptation.
Film Historian and Cine-Lit’s resident expert Darrell Buxton will introduce the film on Monday 14th June at 3pm.
Listen to the Cine-Lit podcast on The Crime Films Of Walter Matthau here.
Ahead Of The Curve
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With a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track, and chutzph for days, Franco Stevens launched Curve, the best-selling lesbian magazine ever published. Ahead Of The Curve tracks the power of lesbian visibility and community from the early ‘90s to the present day through the story of Franco’s founding of Curve magazine. Decades later, in the wake of a disabling injury, Franco learns that Curve will fold within the year and questions the relevance of the magazine in the face of accelerating threats to LGBTQ+ community.
"Zippy, insightful and deeply moving" - Hollywood Reporter
In The Heights (PG)
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A bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. With songs and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) from his hit Broadway musical, Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) directs this joyous, happy movie musical. To borrow a phrase from the pop charts “It’s bound to be the feel good hit of the summer!”
"In the Heights is a musical triumph, unafraid to lift its voice up to the sky." ★★★★★ - The Independent
A Quiet Place Part 2 (15)
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After the devastating events of the first film, the Abbott family are forced out into the wider world where they realise that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path. With Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Cillian Murphy.
"What a pleasure to see a big, brash picture like this on the big screen" ★★★★ - The Guardian
The screening on Friday 18 June at 7pm will be introduced by Film Historian Darrell Buxton.
Day Two – ALL4
The Stone Roses – Made Of Stone
Documentary following the reunion of English rock band The Stone Roses. A product of the Madchester music scene of the late '80s and early '90s, The Stone Roses gained critical acclaim with their self-titled debut album and followed with a second album in 1994 before disbanding two years later. Fifteen years on, the band announced their reunion and plans of a world tour backed up by a potential third album. In this documentary, renowned British film director and long-term Stone Roses fan Shane Meadows follows the group as they prepare for the tour with an all access pass giving an insight into their past, present and future.
24 Hour Party People
British comedy drama which follows the life of Factory Records boss Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan). After attending an early concert by the Sex Pistols at a dingy Manchester venue in 1976, Wilson is inspired to showcase the band and other punk acts on a local television station. Despite a number of obstacles, Wilson goes on to open The Hacienda nightclub before starting Factory Records, which soon becomes the home of popular local bands such as Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays. However, despite some early success, both The Hacienda and Factory begin losing money as Wilson struggles to maintain control of the business.
Days Of The Bagnold Summer
Adapted from the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, Days of the Bagnold Summer is a tender, funny coming-of-age story about single parenting and heavy metal. Sue works in a library. Daniel eats chips and listens to Metallica. This was the summer Daniel was due to spend with his dad and his dad’s new wife in Florida. But when they cancel his trip at the last minute, Sue and Daniel suddenly face the prospect of six long weeks together. An epic war of wills ensues in the unassuming battleground of their suburban home as they each reckon with private tragedies – and pursue their personal passions. Featuring original songs by Belle and Sebastian.
12 Years A Slave
Award-winning historical slave-narrative drama directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film follows the experience of Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), an African-American living with a wife and two children in Saratoga, New York, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery by men claiming to offer him work as a circus musician. Transported by ship to New Orleans, it isn't long before he is given a new name and sold to William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), a relatively empathetic slave owner. But confrontations with the cruel and violent overseer John Tibeats (Paul Dano) leads to Solomon being passed on by Ford to the extremely abusive and alcoholic planter Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), who rules his slaves with a whip in one hand and a Bible in the other. Believing the only hope of regaining his freedom is to remain passive for the time being, Solomon ceases fighting against the illegitimacy of his situation until salvation is offered to him by a kindly labourer named Bass (Brad Pitt).
Day Three – BBC iPlayer
Cliff Richard stars in this classic British musical. Faced with a miserable British summer, Don (Richard) and his friends at the Aldenham Works head off on a European holiday in a red double decker bus, given to them by their employers at London Transport, which they convert into a holiday home. As they head for a concert in Athens, the boys pick up three stranded girls in France and an American boy, who brings trouble and unwanted attention their way.
3:10 To Yuma
In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver Wade alive to the 3:10 to Yuma, a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail - and dangers at every turn - the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny. Surprisingly good remake.
Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
International art sensation Keith Haring blazed a trail through the legendary art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionised the worlds of pop culture and fine art. This fascinating and compelling film - told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary - is the definitive story of the artist in his own words. The film also includes exclusive, unprecedented access to the Haring Foundation’s archives, capturing the wild, creative energy behind some of the most recognisable art of the past 30 years.
Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
Day Four – BBC iPlayer
Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones star in this classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. In sunny Oklahoma, cowboy Curly (MacRae) has fallen madly in love with local girl Laurey (Jones), but ever the good girl, Laurey plays hard-to-get, even after he asks her to the box social. When lonely farmhand Jud Fry (Rod Steiger) also asks Laurey to the social, she agrees to go with him in an effort to make Curley jealous. After Jud realises that Laurey is really in love with Curley, his anger gets the better of him and chaos ensues.
British comedy starring Phil Collins as Buster Edwards, one of the men involved in the Great Train Robbery of 1963. Petty criminal Buster forms part of the firm, led by Bruce Reynolds (Larry Lamb), looking to rob a Royal Mail train reportedly carrying up to one million pounds. When the audacious robbery is pulled off successfully the crew use a remote farmhouse as a safehouse. Back in London, Buster's wife June (Julie Walters) is shocked to find out about her husband's involvement in the robbery but as police forces close in on the perpetrators the pair flee to Mexico with their young daughter. However, June struggles to settle in her new life away from home and Buster must face difficult decisions about what matters most to him.
Totally Under Control: Trump And Covid-19
Filmed during lockdown, this investigative documentary made by Academy Award-winning film-maker Alex Gibney, with co-directors Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, includes revealing testimonies from public health officials and senior White House staff, exposing a system-wide collapse. With the US election just around the corner, the film scrutinises the US response compared with South Korea, and how they handled the virus. On 20 January 2020, both countries discovered their first cases of Covid-19. Since then, however, the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 220,000* Americans, while only claiming 447* lives in South Korea (*at the time of publication).
The Hurt Locker
Tense and gritty war film from director Kathryn Bigelow, following the lives of an army bomb disposal squad in war-torn Iraq. Having to look death in the face daily, the soldiers of an elite ordnance disposal team struggle to accept their new sergeant, William James (Jeremy Renner), when he risks their lives with his reckless behaviour. With the men trying to come to terms with their new leader, their patrols become increasingly hazardous, as a sudden escalation in the violence leads them to confront the most dangerous assignment of their tour. After winning six awards at the 2010 BAFTAs, the film went on to win another six at the Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Day Five – BFI Player
Cleo From 5 to 7
Agnes Varda’s classic character study follows a successful pop singer as she wanders around Paris while awaiting results of serious medical tests. More or less recreating ‘real time’, the film chronicles her various encounters (including a marvellous musical interlude with Michel Legrand) with wit and quiet compassion. Jean Rabier’s luminous images, mostly shot on the streets, speak of vitality, anxiety and cautious hope.
The story of Mona, a young hitchhiker who cannot communicate with the world, is told in flashback by people who came into contact with her, after she is found frozen to death in a ditch. Winner of the Venice Golden Lion, Vagabond is a cinematic landmark that introduced one of the most intriguing, complex and uncompromising female protagonists in modern cinema. Sandrine Bonnaire gives a remarkable performance as the independent and rebellious Mona, who drifts through the South Of France.
The Cold Day In the Park
Just prior to his career breakthrough M*A*S*H Robert Altman made this memorably unsettling psychological thriller, which originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Frances Austen, a young, wealthy spinster, invites a mute teenager into her apartment after finding him freezing in the park next to where she lives. Despite her best efforts, their lack of communication only increases her sense of loneliness, as her possessiveness spirals into frightening new realms. A remarkable central performance by Sandy Dennis anchors this fascinating, haunting tale, anticipating Altman’s subsequent studies of female psychological breakdown, Images and 3 Women. That Cold Day In The Park is a long-neglected gem from an American master.
Tim Mielant’s feature-length debut bares all bringing laughs by the bucket load, in a film that often brings to mind the work of Aki Karusmaki. With both Kevin Janssens’ Patrick and supporting star Jermaine Clement on top form throughout, Patrick sets us off to search in a world where everything is laid out in plain sight.
Day Six – All 4
Mark Herman writes and directs this drama set in North Yorkshire. A local colliery band, led by Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), prepare for a national competition despite the fact that they are faced with redundancy if their pit closes. Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald), the daughter of a former band leader, returns to the band and raises their spirits, beginning a relationship with one of their younger members, Andy (Ewan McGregor).
Maxine Peake stars in this British comedy drama as a woman who defies expectations by becoming a stand-up comedian. With a natural gift for making people laugh, she strives to leave her dull existence with her violent husband behind to pursue an on-stage profession. After some initial nervous starts, she becomes a renowned success at various comedy clubs as she surprises both men and women of all backgrounds with her wicked sense of humour.
The film follows Daphne Vitale (Emily Beecham), a 31-year-old cook living alone in a small apartment in London. Focused on her job and with a laidback attitude to relationships, Daphne seems quite content with her somewhat isolated and comfortable lifestyle. However, when she is left traumatised after witnessing a violent robbery at a local shop, Daphne is forced to confront some personal demons as she begins to question what her future may hold.
Noah Baumbach directs this stylised comedy co-written by and starring Greta Gerwig as a young woman struggling with the demands of growing up. Filmed in black and white, the movie revolves around the adventures of Frances (Gerwig), a 27-year-old aspiring dancer. Since college Frances has been inseparable from her flatmate Sophie (Mickey Sumner), but when Sophie, now a successful publisher, announces that she is moving out, Frances finds her life at a crossroads. With distance rapidly growing between her and Sophie and her lack of finances leading her to move into smaller and less glamorous apartments, Frances begins to realise that perhaps 27 isn't so young after all. Will she be able to move on from her youthful dreams and get her life back on track?
Day Seven – MUBI
Cecil B. Demented
The young, disillusioned filmmaker Cecil B. Demented, along with his gang of film fanatics ‘The Sprocket Holes’, kidnap the A-List Hollywood movie goddess Honey Whitlock and force her to play the female lead in their own underground, terrorist, anti-Hollywood movie. John Waters – that legendary subverter of cinematic norms – goes after Hollywood and all it’s convention, erasure, and propaganda in this fiery satire. With an all-star cast that includes Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cecil B. Demented is a romp of joyous and liberating camp.
At a countryside manor a celebration is being organised for the revered family patriarch Helge’s 60th birthday. Everyone has been invited, and most importantly his wife and three grown-up children: Christian, Michael, and Helene. Christian makes a speech nobody will ever forget. Arguably portraying one of cinema’s most messed-up families ever, Festen is considered the first film made under the rules of the radical Dogme 95 movement. Thomas Vinterberg’s madcap time-bomb of latent secrets and repressed grudges makes any family dinner seem like a piece of cake.
Jack is an internet gambler living in NYC who becomes fixated on Scarlet – a cam girl from San Francisco. His obsession reaches a boiling point when fantasy materialises in reality and Jack sees Scarlet on a rainy Chinatown street. A satirical tale of obsession in the digital age, PVT Chat stars the electrifying Julia Fox – recently discovered in Uncut Gems – as an online dominatrix. Set in the cool but alienating world of New York’s art scene, this noirish sex comedy interrogates the uneasy boundaries between fantasy and reality.
College student Danielle is faced with a series of awkward encounters at a day-long shiva, a Jewish gathering during a time of mourning. Amongst overbearing relatives, she is rattled by the appearance of an ex-girlfriend and of her secret sugar daddy, who unexpectedly arrives with his wife and baby. A truly unforgettable debut, Emma Seligman’s acclaimed Shiva Baby find the sweet spot between distress and hilarity. Led by a commanding performance from Rachel Sennott, the film’s masterful formal construction heightens its darkly comedic, sex positive take on family, religion, and sugar daddies.