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The All-New 7 Day Cinema Diet #7

The All-New 7 Day Cinema Diet #7

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 Arrow Player. (both available with free trials). 

See you at the movies! 

Adam J Marsh

Day One – QUAD Cinema 

Another Round  

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Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At its heart is Martin (Mads Mikkelsen), an unappreciated tutor, husband and father. Playing a once brilliant but world-weary shell of a man, the ever-surprising Mikkelsen delivers a touching, note-perfect performance. Winner of Best International Film and nominated for Best Director at the Oscars and winner of the Best Film Not In the English Language award at the BAFTAs.  

"It's not just Mikkelsen in the lead, but three supporting actors including Festen's Thomas Bo Larsen who give the film its can't-look-away dynamic." - Screen International 

Gunda  

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A vivid and hypnotic documentary study of the world of animals. Set on a farm and shot in natural light, featuring long takes and no score, Gunda invites you to view the lives of a mother sow (the eponymous Gunda), two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken through new eyes. Gunda reminds us that we share our planet with billions of other animals. 

Cruella  

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All new Disney prequel showing the early, rebellious years of one of Disney’s greatest villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. Set in Punk Rock London of the 1970s, the film follows young Estella whose flair for fashion opens the door to her darker side and, of course, a love for spots! 

Day Two – ALL4 

Those Glory Glory Days 

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Low-key comedy drama from the early years of Channel 4. Set in the early 1980s, the story follows successful sports journalist Julia Herrick (Julia Goodman), who, finding herself sharing a car with ex-Spurs hero Danny Blanchflower (appearing as himself), tells of her long-held obsession with the double-winning team of 1961. Flashbacks take the viewer back to those heady days, as a young Julia experiences an emotional awakening within the male-dominated environs of White Heart Lane. 

Cocoon 

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Awkward 14-year-old Nora (Lena Urzendowsky) spends the summer hanging out with her older sister Jule (Lena Klenke) and trying to gain acceptance from her peers as their mother neglects them due to her alcohol addiction. When a new girl, Romy (Jella Haase), arrives Nora finds herself drawn to her vitality and a new found confidence grows within her as she begins to note the subtle changes into adulthood. 

My Beautiful Laundrette 

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The Hussein family of Pakistani immigrants living in London have carved out a relatively prosperous life for themselves in Thatcher's Britain. Omar (Gordon Warnecke)'s branch of the family is not quite so well off however and he is unemployed until his uncle Nasser (Saeed Jaffrey) is persuaded into letting Omar manage one of his run-down laundrettes. In his search for help in running the business, Omar reconnects with former lover and ex-National Front thug Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis). Naturally, the Front's other racist acolytes do not take kindly to Johnny's betrayal and the reunited couple must reconcile their ambitions and their relationship if either is to succeed. 

Eagle Eye

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Shia LaBeouf as a 20something slacker who, with his single mother, are framed as terrorists and forced to become members of a cell with plans to commit a political assassination. With Michelle Monaghan, Billy Bob Thornton and Rosario Dawson. 

Day Three – BBC iPlayer 

The Outlaw 

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The Outlaw follows the friendship of Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel, Rose of Cimarron) and fellow outlaw Doc Holliday (Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), as they both pursue the affections of Holliday's girlfriend, Rio (Jane Russell), while being chased through the desert by Sheriff Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach) and his posse. Financed and directed by reclusive tycoon Howard Hughes (Hell’s Angels), his second and final directing effort--the film’s release was delayed several years due to censorship issues and public outroar relating to Russell's abundant cleavage! It finally received a wide release by United Artists in 1946 and became a big box office hit. Legendary filmmaker Howard Hawks (Rio Bravo) co-directed the film with Hughes, but was not credited. 

Early Man 

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With the future of his tribe threatened by the advancing forces of the evil Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age army, young caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne) sets off on an epic adventure to the big city in a heroic attempt to save the day. Accompanied by his loyal sidekick Hognob, Dug soon comes across local girl Goona (Maisie Williams) who vows to help him with his quest. 

Blazing Saddles 

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When the citizens of Rock Ridge ask Governor Lepetomane (director Mel Brooks) to find a new sheriff to clean up their town, his nefarious assistant Hedley Lamarr picks Bart (Cleavon Little), a black convict, reasoning that the racist townsfolk will soon get rid of Bart and leave him free to get on with destroying Rock Ridge in secret. But Bart and his newfound friend, the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder), have other ideas and set about winning over the people of Rock Ridge and spoiling Lamarr's dastardly plans at every turn. 

The Producers 

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Failed Broadway producer Max (Zero Mostel) and timid accountant Leo (Gene Wilder) come up with a foolproof plan to make a fortune, by staging a musical which is guaranteed to flop and close after one night. A mad Nazi seems to have the perfect raw material - a tribute to the Fuhrer entitled 'Springtime for Hitler'. However, the show is taken for a comedy classic, and becomes an overnight success. The two schemers, now faced with financial ruin, decide to blow up the theatre in a desperate bid to cut their losses. 

Day Four – BBC iPlayer 

Paint Your Wagon 

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At the peak of California's Gold Rush Days, miners Ben (Lee Marvin) and Pardner (Clint Eastwood) share everything: the songs, the laughter, the gold...and their wife! Loosely based on the Broadway play, Paint Your Wagon sets a tale of California before "civilisation" against a background of beautiful natural scenery, with some catchy songs by a familiar cast. 

A raucous western comedy, Paint Your Wagon is punctuated with a classic Lerner and Loewe musical score, including "They Call The Wind Maria" and "I Talk To The Trees." 

Casablanca  

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During World War II former lovers Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilse (Ingrid Bergman) are reunited by chance in Casablanca, where he runs a nightclub and she, with her husband (Paul Henreid), is working for the French Resistance. Recriminations, rekindled desires and patriotic duty battle for primacy as Ilse's husband tries to outwit the local Nazis and escape from Morocco, whilst Rick and Ilse re-kindle their love and decide to run away together... One of the masterpieces of cinema. 

Captain Fantastic 

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Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben, a father raising his six children Bodevan (George MacKay), Kielyr (Samantha Isler), Vespyr (Annalise Basso), Rellian (Nicholas Hamilton), Zaja (Shree Crooks) and Nai (Charlie Shotwell) in the isolated forests of the Pacific Northwest. As a result of their rural location the children have been sheltered from popular culture supplemented with Ben's rigorous home-schooling which imparts to them a left-leaning education in which Noam Chomsky's birthday is celebrated as if it's Christmas. When a tragic event propels the family unit into reality, they find themselves much at odds with their fellow citizens and Ben's parenting methods are scrutinised. 

Twelve Monkeys 

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Is it too soon to recommend this tale a pandemic that decimates the world?. In the year 2035 the world has been decimated by a virus which originated back in 1996. Convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) is selected to travel back in time to trace the virus to its source. The first attempt at time travel lands Cole back in 1990, where he is diagnosed as a schizophrenic and committed to a mental institution. Can he escape and get to the right year to prevent the outbreak of the virus? 

Day Five – BFI Player 

Summer 1993 

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Frida (an extraordinary performance from Laia Artigas) is dealing with a grief she cannot process when she is packed off from her Barcelona home to live with her mother’s brother, his wife and their four-year-old daughter in rural Catalonia. However, good intentions don’t always produce the desired result as Frida struggles to settle into a new family dynamic. Balancing an acute sense of place and time with a broader autobiographical slant, Summer 1993 is a distinctive film realised with heartfelt sensitivity and a keen sense of visual poetry. 

Kansas City 

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Legendary maverick directory Robert Altman helms an evocative, bullet riddled tribute to the music and movies of his youth in Kansas City, a Depression-era gangster flick as only he could make one. Blondie O’Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) resorts to desperate measures when her low-level hood husband Johnny (Dermot Mulroney) gets caught trying to steal from Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), a local crime boss operating out of jazz haunt The Hey-Hey Club. Out on a limb, Blondie kidnaps laudanum-addles socialite Carolyn (Miranda Richardson), hoping her influential politician husband can pull the right strings and get Johnny out of Seldom Seen’s clutches.  

Bloody Nose Empty Pockets 

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It’s the closing night party at an American dive bar and it ain’t over til it’s over. Michael’s losing his couch, Pam has some things to get off her chest and who knows where the night will take us. The warmth of a pub jukebox spills out like liquor, behind the laughter, heart-to-hearts and enveloping ruby lighting. New friends are made in this last chance saloon, where the locals prop up the bar, along with each other. But where does authenticity start and stop in the ways we get to know one another and the personas we perform? In the semi-constructed circumstances of this compellingly ambiguous film, director brothers Bill and Turner Ross tap into the community spirit that local bars engender and the real connections people make in unexpected places. 

Prevenge 

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Alice Lowe directs and stars in this riotous tale of a pregnant serial killer, hellbent on revenge. Ruth is pregnant and full of murderous fury. Cloaked in ordinariness and with a sinister internal dialogue impelling her on, our highly cynical anti-heroine has a shape-shifting personality and a moral compass that’s gone AWOL. Lowe’s directorial debut starts as a dark comedy, and just keeps getting darker. Like Sightseers, which Lowe co-scripted and starred in, the film has an exhilarating sense of tonal incongruity, constantly wrong-footing any of its characters foolish enough to underestimate seemingly dour Ruth’s capacity for extreme behaviour. Directed and performed when Lowe was herself seven months pregnant, a state rarely presented onscreen by those actually experiencing it, Prevenge offers an insight – albeit a severe one – that goes far beyond hormonal havoc. What not to expect when you’re expecting. 

Day Six – Arrow Player 

Ludwig  

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Dominated by Helmut Berger (The Damned, The Bloodstained Butterfly) in the title role, Ludwig nevertheless manages to find room for an impressive cast list: Romy Schneider (reprising her Elisabeth of Austria characterisation from the Sissi trilogy), Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice), Gert Fröbe (Goldfinger), John Moulder-Brown (Deep End) and Trevor Howard (Brief Encounter) as Richard Wagner. Stick a pot of coffee on because this clocks in at nearly four hours and is broken into five parts on Arrow Player.  

Savage Three 

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By day, Ovidio (Joe Dallesandro, The Climber) and his two friends work at a data center. After work, they blow off steam by committing random acts of savage violence, swiftly graduating from sparking a riot at a football game to vehicle theft, rape and murder. The police are convinced this recent spate of crimes is politically motivated, but world-weary veteran Commissario Santagà (Enrico Maria Salerno, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) suspects a far more terrifying explanation: that these young men are motivated by nothing more than boredom and disaffection with civilised society. As Ovidio’s behavior escalates, a psychological game of cat-and-mouse ensues between the two adversaries, building towards a shocking final confrontation. Directed by Vittorio Salerno (No, the Case is Happily Resolved) from a script co-written by Italian cult veteran Ernesto Gastaldi (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail), Savage Three combines unrestrained brutality with biting social commentary to create a tense and frightening portrait of modern man and his innate capacity for violence. 

Like Rabid Dogs  

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Three wealthy youths – ringleader Tony (Cesare Barro, Violence for Kicks) and his friends Rico (Luis La Torre, Evil Eye) and Silvia (Annarita Grapputo, Magnum Cop) – get their kicks from committing a series of random thefts and murders. Commissario Muzi (Jean-Pierre Sabagh a.k.a Piero Santi, Vow of Chastity) is on the case but can’t make anything stick on the over-privileged thugs. Realising that justice is a rare commodity when it comes to the wealthy and powerful, Muzi and his lover and fellow cop, Germana (Paola Senatore, The Killer Reserved Nine Seats), plot to entrap Tony and his friends – but fail to anticipate just how ruthless these “rabid dogs” can be… Ranking among the most brutal of all the poliziotteschi, Like Rabid Dogs depicts a bitterly divided society in which being born into wealth seems to equate to a license to commit the most outrageous acts of violence without repercussions. Directed by Mario Imperoli (Canne mozze), this ultra-violent, ultra-cynical thriller combines grindhouse exploitation with an almost nihilistic worldview for unforgettable – and at times shocking – results. 

Colt 38 Special Squad 

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The city of Turin is in the grip of a brutal crime boss known as “the Marseillaise” (Ivan Rassimov, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), and plenty of cops have good reason to want him dead – none more than Inspector Vanni (Marcel Bozzuffi, The French Connection), whose wife was murdered by the ruthless gangster. Having exhausted every other avenue, Vanni forms a crack squad of motorcycle-riding, shotgun-toting elite officers, tasked with meting out justice on the margins of the law. But when the Marseillaise launches a bombing campaign designed to extort a vast ransom from the city’s authorities, Vanni finds himself in a race against time to exact his revenge and avert disaster. Bearing a strong resemblance to the Dirty Harry sequel Magnum Force and featuring thrilling motorbike chases and a memorable theme song sung by Grace Jones, Colt 38 Special Squad ranks as one of the most unabashedly entertaining entries in the poliziotteschi canon – a faced-paced, no-holds-barred cop thriller and the swansong of its director, Massimo Dallamano (What Have They Done to Your Daughters?), who tragically died in a car accident just months after its release. 

Day Seven – Arrow Player 

Highway Racer 

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Devil-may-care driving ace Marco Palma (Maurizio Merli, Violent City) of the Rome police’s Mobile Squad has a reputation for risk-taking – making him the perfect candidate for an undercover op to take down “Il Nizzardo” (Angelo Infanti, The Godfather), a fellow hotrodder and the ringleader of a band of bank robbers. Posing as a crook himself, Palma soon inveigles his way into Il Nizzardo’s group. But with only his wits and a souped-up Ferrari 250 GTE sports car to rely on, can Palma fly under the radar long enough to take down his nemesis, or will the ruthless gangster sniff him out and put paid to his daredevil antics once and for all? Loosely inspired by the exploits of real-life police driving ace Armando Spatafora, this action-packed thriller kickstarted a highly successful partnership between star Merli and veteran poliziotteschi director Stelvio Massi (Magnum Cop). Featuring a catchy score by maestro Stelvio Cipriani (Colt 38 Special Squad) and daring, high-octane driving stunts by regular Bond stunt coordinator Rémy Julienne, Highway Racer is one of the most adrenaline-pumping entries in the genre. 

No, The Case Is Happily Resolved 

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While out fishing at a tranquil lakeside one peaceful afternoon, Fabio Santamaria (Enzo Cerusico, Blood and Black Lace) inadvertently witnesses the brutal murder of a young woman. Terrified that he too will be targeted by the maniac, Fabio resolves to keep his head down and say nothing. However, the killer – respected Professor Ranieri (Riccardo Cucciolla, Rabid Dogs) – secretly hatches a plot to avert suspicion by framing Fabio for the crime. And, as he frantically protests his innocence, Fabio quickly discovers that the entire system is stacked against him…Co-starring Enrico Maria Salerno (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and Martine Brochard (Murder Obsession), this bleak, angry thriller from director Vittorio Salerno (Savage Three) – whose original ending was deemed too pessimistic by the distributor – throws into stark relief the power afforded by social status and the unequal manner in which the law is dispensed. 

Warning From Space 

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The first Japanese science fiction film to be made in colour, Koji Shima's Warning From Space features eye-popping special effects from the same team at Daiei Studios that would bring Gamera to life a decade later. As Japan is rocked by mysterious sightings of UFOs over Tokyo and large one-eyed aliens attempting contact, scientists collaborate to investigate the unexpected rise in extraterrestrial activity. Unbeknownst to them, one of the aliens has already assumed human form and is about to deliver a very important message... that could be humanity's last hope for survival. With a witty script by Hideo Oguni (screenwriter of several Akira Kurosawa classics including Seven Samurai) and iconic starfish-like aliens designed by avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto 

Future Shock: The Story of 2000AD 

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First published in 1977 at the height of the punk era, UK Sci-Fi comic 2000AD was violent, anti-authoritarian, darkly funny and distinctly British. With such iconic characters as Strontium Dog, Nemesis and Judge Dredd, it became the anarchic underdog that forever changed the face of the international comics industry.