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
Luz: The Flower Of Evil
Far into the Colombian mountains, a small farming community is rocked by the arrival of a mysterious young boy. Their leader, El Señor, claims that the child is the new Messiah, there to save their land, yet his three daughters start to question their father’s beliefs when the community starts to dissolve into madness and violence. Is this boy God? The Devil? More importantly, is there a difference?
Luz: The Flower Of Evil marks the arrival of a stunning new cinematic voice. Juan Diego Escobar Alzate’s harrowing yet beautiful take on Good versus Evil is unlike anything that has come before it and is essential viewing for any folk horror, acid western and dark arthouse film aficionados. Brace yourself.
Winner of the Best Film at the Paracinema Film Festival in 2020.
Satori Screen – Daijamin
In 16th century rural Japan the people of a small village lives in fear of Daimajin, a spirit which is said to inhabit a local rock formation. When the benevolent local lord is slaughtered in a treacherous coup his son and daughter escape to the local mountains where they are protected by an elderly priestess. A decade later, when the priestess is also murdered, the rage of the slumbering spirit is invoked in the form of a gigantic statue to bring vengeance to the family. Produced by the Daiei studio, Daimajin (AKA Monster Of Terror) is the first of a three film series drawing upon the rich realm of Japanese folklore to create a vibrant competitor to Toho’s Godzilla franchise.
This screening will be introduced by Satori Screen's Peter Munford.
Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About IDLES
This film captures a 10-year journey of Bristol band IDLES’ struggle, grief and moving determination. Exploring their vulnerabilities through their experience, lyrics and sound, we learn the reasons why these five individuals have connected with legions of people across the world.
Tickets available soon.
Life for influencer Sylwia is non-stop. The division between professional and personal is one that she can little afford. But though she has a huge following, Sylwia appears to have no-one close to her. Van Horn’s distanced camera captures Sylwia’s world to chilling effect. One of the first films to fully engage with the Insta-age in a meaningful way and asks an age-old question: what price fame?
Day Two – QUAD
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Tickets available soon.
Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho It’s off to QUAD we go! Back on the big screen, the feature film that kickstarted Disney’s rise to dominance in the world of animation. Disney’s retelling of the Snow White story has proved to be a perennial favourite.
Last Man Standing
Tickets available soon.
A documentary about Suge Knight, the former CEO of legendary rap music label Death Row Record and how L.A’s street gang culture and his association with corrupt police officers came to dominate his business affairs. It would be this world of gang rivalry and dirty cops that would claim the lives of the world’s two greatest rappers, Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
The Reason I Jump
An immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people, based on the book by Naoki Higashida. The film presents portraits of five remarkable young people; and opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe. A sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.
In The Earth
Tickets available soon.
In a world suffering an outbreak of a deadly and highly contagious virus, Dr Martin Lowery (Joel Fry) leaves isolation to join a research hub based next to an expansive forest. When he arrives he is buddied up with park ranger Alma (Ellora Torchia) to embark on what should be a two day routine equipment run. As they journey deep into the forest they sense something sinister is lurking. Conceived and made during lockdown, this is a fun return to Wheatley’s low-budget, creepy countryside roots.
Day Three – BBC iPlayer
Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner star in this US drama which marks the directorial debut of writer Aaron Sorkin. Following the rise and fall of entrepreneur Molly Bloom (Chastain/Samantha Isler), the story follows Bloom as she plans one of the most exclusive high-stakes poker games in history. Managing to run her game for nearly ten years, Bloom suddenly finds herself the subject of an FBI investigation but with her players including members of the Hollywood elite as well as business tycoons and the Russian mob, Bloom faces the ethical dilemma of protecting their anonymity or facing trial herself.
Oscar winner Gary Oldman gives a towering performance in acclaimed director Joe Wright's soaring drama. As Hitler's forces storm across the European landscape and close in on the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill (Oldman) is elected the new Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move, and King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) skeptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead his nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat ever seen.
Bryan Cranston stars as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in this biographical drama directed by Jay Roach. The film follows American screenwriter and novelist Trumbo who became one of the Hollywood Ten in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee during their investigation of communist influences in Hollywood. Trumbo was blacklisted from working for the major film studios and served eleven months in jail. Upon his release, however, he continued to practise his craft and would go on to win two Oscars for screenplays written under different pseudonyms.
Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter...but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four's songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James) - the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all.
Day Four – BBC iPlayer
Around The World In 80 Days
This star-studded adaptation of the Jules Verne story, with over 40 cameo appearances, won several Oscars, including one for Best Picture. A Victorian English gentleman (David Niven) and his valet make a bet that they can circumnavigate the globe in only 80 days. They travel by almost every form of transport possible at the time, whilst being chased by an English detective who is convinced that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England.
Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm
Black Sabbath, Queen, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Coldplay, Simple Minds, Robert Plant and Manic Street Preachers are some of the greatest bands and musicians of our time, but what is the one thing these titans of music have in common? This film tells the unlikely tale of how two Welsh farming brothers turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time, producing four decades of legendary rock music. It’s where Queen recorded their seminal Bohemian Rhapsody, featured in the Hollywood blockbuster of the same name. But Rockfield’s own story has never been told until now.
Out Of Sight
Bank robber Jack Foley (George Clooney) is forced to kidnap federal agent Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) while breaking out of prison. The two feel a strong sexual attraction for each other, but Karen still takes the opportunity to escape when it arises. Jack teams up with his old partner, Buddy (Ving Rhames), and they plan one last job together in Detroit. Intending to rob the mansion of millionaire Richard Ripley (Albert Brooks), the duo still have Karen on their tail, and also face competition from ex-con Glenn Michaels (Steve Zahn) and the psychopathic Maurice 'Snoopy' Miller (Don Cheadle).
John Hughes comedy in which two high school nerds hook a doll to their computer and scan in magazine pictures of 'perfect' parts of the female anatomy as part of their experiment. The result is the woman of their dreams - Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), a curvaceous and house-proud beauty - whose mission it is to help them get girls. They soon find themselves the most popular boys at school after Lisa manages to guide them in the right direction.
Day Five – All4
Asif Kapadia directs this documentary focusing on the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Featuring archive footage and interviews with the artist herself, the feature chronicles Amy's life and successful music career which was cut short when she died from alcohol intoxication in 2011 aged 27. In addition to private home footage, those that knew Amy, including her father Mitch, husband Blake Feilder-Civil and collaborator Mark Ronson, discuss her life, career and notorious struggles with drugs, alcohol and eating disorders.
Unconventional romantic comedy directed by Roger Michell. Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), a married couple approaching 60, return to Paris to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with hopes of reigniting the spark in their relationship. Desperately clinging on to their marriage, which has evidently gone stale in the past few years, they visit memorable landmarks and places of mutual interest in the French capital. Despite their best endeavours, it is clear that both possess reservations about the relationship. However, a chance meeting with an old friend (Jeff Goldblum) results in the couple being invited to a party at his fashionable home and their run-in with the Parisian bourgeoisie may change their perspective on life - and each other - profoundly.
John Wick 3 – Parabellum
Keanu Reeves reprises his role as the eponymous hitman in this third instalment of the action franchise. After killing a fellow assassin on the grounds of the Continental Hotel, John Wick is declared excommunicado from the league of assassins and a 14-million-dollar bounty is placed on his head. Immediately targeted by every assassin in New York, he is forced to flee the city and seeks refuge with former mentor The Director (Anjelica Huston) before going in search of the head of the High Table to overturn his exiled status.
Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams star in this romantic drama directed by Sebastian Lelio and based on the novel by Naomi Alderman. Following the death of her estranged father, Ronit Krushka (Weisz) returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish community in London in which she was raised but chose to abandon. Staying with her childhood friend Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), Ronit rekindles an illicit passionate love affair with his wife, Esti (McAdams), which threatens to spark outrage in their community and causes both women to question their faith and their future.
Day Six – Arrow Player
American: The Bill Hicks Story
Growing up in Texas, Bill Hicks first started performing comedy at the age of 15. He soon became a regular in Houston’s comedy circuit, before moving to LA and embarking on a touring schedule, playing up to 300 shows a yea, all in a country where he was largely unknown. In 1990, Hicks performed in the United Kingdom for the first time, and became an instant star, finding fame and notoriety which had escaped him in the US and it was just as Hicks seemed on the verge of a commercial breakthrough in America, that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died on February 24, 1994 at just 32. Using never-before-seen animation techniques we hear Bill’s story, for the first time, through the people who knew him best, his family and friends, showing a timeless legacy left that’s as fresh and relevant today as it was when he wrote it.
Turo is trying to overcome his fears by leading the most unknown heavy metal band in Finland, Impaled Rektum, to the hottest metal festival of Norway. The journey includes heavy metal, grave robbing, Viking heaven and an armed conflict between Finland and Norway.
Enjoyed Satori Screen’s presentation of Daimajin? Then check out the two sequels on Arrow Player.
Return Of Daimajin
On the shores of the mystical Lake Yakumo sit three villages. The despotic Lord Danjo Mikoshiba (Takashi Kanda) has his eye on the fertile lands of the peaceful Chigusa clan, and takes the opportunity to invade during a ceremony marking the passing of Lord Chigusa. His cruel actions force the new young lord of the clan, Juro (Kо̄jirо̄ Hongо̄) into hiding among their neighbouring allies, the Nagoshi. With the Nagoshi also under threat from Mikoshiba, Juro’s bride-to-be Sayuri (Shiho Fujimura) prays to the towering stone idol situated on the island in the middle of the lake, but Mikoshiba, fearing warnings of retribution for his evil acts from the ancient god Daimajin, orders his men to destroy it, an unspeakable act that cannot go unpunished.
Wrath Of Daimajin
Lord Arakawa (Tōru Abe) rules over a mountainous region of Japan with an iron fist, using kidnapped villagers as slave labor, mining materials from the steaming sulphur pits to produce gunpowder. A group of four young boys – Daisaku (Shinji Horii), Kinta (Masahide Iizuka), Sugimatsu (Muneyuki Nagatomo) and Tsurukichi (Hideki Ninomiya) – take it upon themselves without telling anyone to set off on a perilous trek across the mountains in search of the legendary god Daimajin, to beseech its help in freeing their families from enslavement. Facing hunger, blizzards, rockfalls and many other hardships on the way, while avoiding capture from Arakawa’s scouts, they finally reach their goal, but will they manage to rouse the sleeping giant, and will the elemental force of the Daimajin meet its match against gunshot and cannon fire?
Day Seven – BFI Player
White Of The Eye
A serial killer is on the loose in and around the small community of Globe, Arizona, and housewife Joan White (Cathy Moriarty) gradually comes to suspect that her opera-loving hi-fi engineer husband Paul (David Keith) might know more than he’s letting on… So far so familiar, but in the hands of British visionary Donald Cammell (who wrote and co-directed Performance with Nicolas Roeg), the film becomes a dazzling kaleidoscope of images and ideas, spanning everything from Apache folklore, desert landscapes and stylish murder set-pieces that recall Dario Argento to a painfully vivid dissection of the emotional fissures undermining a modern marriage. It’s all set to an equally eclectic score co-written by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. Described by the distinguished critic David Thomson as “one of the great secret works in cinema”, White of the Eye is one of the most bizarre and unforgettable thrillers ever made.
Enjoying our Robert Altman season at QUAD? Explore the director’s work further on the BFI Player. And listen to Adam and Darrell on the Cine-Lit podcast talk about the director’s career here.
Even when depicting the bizarre upstairs-downstairs world of the British aristocracy in the early 1930s, Altman proved triumphant. Julian Fellowes’ canny script concerns a murder committed during a gathering of extended family, friends and servants; the director, seeing the project as Agatha-Christie-meets-La Règle du jeu, worked magic with an extraordinary cast, balancing comedy and moving drama with his customary expertise.
While holidaying in Ireland, a pregnant children’s author (Susannah York) begins to suspect her husband (Rene Auberjonois) of having an affair, which leads to paranoia, hallucinations and terrifying visions of a doppelgänger. Long before Gosford Park (2001), acclaimed American maverick Robert Altman made a rare foray to the British Isles for this unsettling psychological horror. While its depiction of mental health and a clearly male-oriented view of female psyche may be open to criticism today, the film remains an undoubtedly successful exercise in style, scored by an Oscar-nominated John Williams, with “sounds” by Stomu Yamash'ta (The Man Who Fell to Earth), and remarkable cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind).
That 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. Shot by László Kovács (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces) with Altman’s trademark long lenses and drifting zooms, as well as intriguing experimentation with sound, That Cold Day in the Park is a long-neglected gem from an American master.