Another 7 day’s worth of streaming titles to keep you going as we head toward’s QUAD’s reopening on the 7th September.
This week we explore the BFI’s Japan 2020 season, highlight Nottingham filmmaker Chris Cooke’s excellent One For The Road and draw your attention to the subject of this week’s Cine-Lit podcast, Julien Temple, with his documentary on Ibiza.
Day 1 – BBC iPlayer
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Francis Ford Coppola’s stunning vision of man’s heart of darkness revealed through the madness of the Vietnam War. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) receives orders to seek out a renegade military outpost led by the mysterious Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willard’s mission: “Terminate with extreme prejudice.”
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
It is pre-Revolution France. The Marquises de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) are decadent members of the Paris aristocracy. The Marquise challenges the Vicomte to conquer the young Cecile (Uma Thurman), the wife-to-be of an old friend. However, the perverse Vicomte prefers to work upon the seduction of the Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer), a married and moral young acquaintance. The sexual and social repercussions of the seductions has disastrous effects.
Ibiza: The Silent Movie (2019)
A 90 minute feature film that drills into the soul of this extraordinary, magical island and releases the story of 3,000 years of Ibizan history. Julien Temple’s iconic trademark style sends its audience on the ultimate, emotionally exhilarating and groundbreaking time-travel ride through the psyche of this jewel of the Mediterranean.
Things start going bump in the night in a suburban home, much to the consternation of its resident family. When the youngest daughter gets sucked into the television screen, her parents call in an eccentric psychic for assistance. Directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg.
Day 2 – All 4
Roman J. Israel esq. (2017)
This dramatic thriller is set in the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a drive, idealistic defence attorney whose life is suddenly disrupted. When he is recruited to join a firm led by ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) – and begins a friendship with a young champion for equal rights (Carmen Ejogo) – a turbulent series of events ensues, which will put the activism that defined Roman’s career to the test.
The Principles Of Lust (2004)
Dark adult drama starring Alec Newman, Marc Warren and Sienna Guilorry. Paul (Newman), a struggling artist, meets Juliette (Guillory) and embarks on a relationship with her. On the same day that he meets Juliette, Paul also meets Billy (Marc Warren) and Hole (Lara Clifton), who live a life full of drugs, sex, and violence. Paul soon finds his life going from one extreme to another as he moves between Juliette, who lives with her son, and the wild lifestyles of Billy and Hole.
Wild Tales (2014)
A portmanteau film that crosses six stories, each focusing on patience and what pushes people over the edge in darkly hilarious Argentinean style. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
For Those In Peril (2013)
In director Paul Wright's debut drama, the sole survivor of a fishing boat accident struggles to come to terms with his loss. Ostracised by the other members of the small fishing community where he lives for surviving the tragedy that claimed his brother Michael (Jordan Young) and four other men, Aaron (George MacKay) finds himself drifting into a dream-like, fantasy-based reality shaped by the folklore tales his mother told him as a child. As his search for answers unfolds, and heedless of the concerns of his mother Cathy (Kate Dickie), Aaron, convinced that his brother is still alive, sets out on a journey to find him.
Day 3 – MUBI
Dragon Inn (1967)
During the Ming dynasty, the emperor’s minister of defence is framed by a powerful court eunuch and executed, and his family is pursued by secret police. In the ensuing chase, a mysterious band of strangers begins to gather at the remote Dragon Gate Inn, where paths (and swords) will cross. An inspiration to countless filmmakers including Tsai Ming-liang, Dragon Inn revels in Hu’s sublime attention to space and the ecstatic choreography of battle, all in delirious widescreen!
A Woman’s Revenge (2012)
From auteur Rita Azevedo Gomes comes this ghostly, elegantly-shot adaptation of the 19th century classic Les diaboliques. Featuring a thrilling performance by Rita Durão, A Woman’s Revenge echoes both Manoel de Oliveira’s late-period movies and the bold filmmaking of Eugène Green. Roberto is a handsome, wealthy man of the world. He is arrogant and easily bored. Yet one evening his attention is attracted by a prostitute who turns out to be a missing noblewoman. She tells her story: a marriage without passion, an affair, a shocking murder and ultimate revenge.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
The true-life story of pilot Dieter Dengler. During the Vietnam war, he is shot down while flying over Laos and held in a prisoner of war camp. Conditions are terrible, yet Dieter remains positive and plans to escape. But the jungle may prove even more dangerous and hostile than the prison. In this dramatic telling of a tremendous true story, Werner Herzog turns the subject of his doc Little Dieter Needs to Fly into a human fight for survival in the jungle’s surreal depths. Christian Bale is a harrowing lead, but the real surprise is Steve Zahn’s manic, career-best performance.
Non Fiction (2018)
Successful Parisian publisher Alain struggles to adapt to the digital revolution, and has doubts about the new manuscript of Léonard, one of his long-time authors—another auto-fiction recycling his affair with a minor celebrity. Selena, Alain’s wife and a famous actress, is of the opposite opinion. Long-lasting affairs, doomed writers and intellectual repartee: welcome to Paris’ publishing world! With a stellar French cast including la Binoche, Olivier Assayas’ digital revolution satire unravels just like a dinner party—full of impassioned conversations and witty jokes. Acerbic and delightful.
Day 4 – BFI Player
Tokyo Story (1953)
A constant fixture in critics' polls, Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece, Tokyo Story, is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly husband and wife's visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation.
Ghost In The Shell (1995)
Mamoru Oshii’s beautifully animated 2029-set anime classic centres on Public Security Section 9’s hunt for supreme hacker The Puppet Master. This is a world where governments are dependent on computer controlled systems, and cyber terrorists pose the biggest threat to global stability. Anime classic that remains the most powerfully prophetic, raising philosophical questions around transhumanism that are more relevant than ever.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Makoto Konno may not be the smartest girl in school, but she knows how to have fun. Her life changes when she has a brush with death and discovers a special power; the ability to jump backwards in time. Unable to resist exploiting this gift, she sets about changing her school grades and playing tricks on classmates. But it becomes clear that, when it comes to time, dangers lurk at every corner. With a host of awards under its belt and stunning art direction from Studio Ghibli's Nizo Yamamoto, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is breathtaking.
Orgies Of Edo (1969)
Teruo Ishii’s landmark ‘ero-guro’ film tells three stories of moral sickness set during Japan’s prosperous Genroku era. A stylistic about-face from the director’s prior work for Toei on the successful Abashiri Prison action series starring Ken Takakura, Ishii’s erotic films grew increasingly shocking, violent and strange, and Orgies of Edo finds him combining period film detail with carnivalesque grotesquerie to create his own particular vision of love and sex. This landmark ‘ero-guro’ film allowed Ishii to experiment with elements that would later show up in his masterpieces Horrors of Malformed Men and Blind Woman’s Curse, including the participation of sideshow performers and butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata.
Day 5 - Netflix
Anelka: Misunderstood (2020)
Inscrutable, incomparable or both? Famed French footballer Nicolas Anelka’s controversial legacy is explored in this in-depth documentary. Interesting look at the brilliant footballer Anelka who played for some of the biggest clubs in the world…Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bolton Wanderers…
The film follows businessman Harold Soyinka (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 (Theron and 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 cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton, Yul Vazquez and Paris Jackson.
In a near-future world, where technology controls everything, technophobe Grey Trace is the victim of a brutal mugging that leaves his wife dead and him paralysed. A reclusive billionaire inventor offers him an experimental cure, an A.I. implant called STEM. Grey accepts and is immediately transformed into an unstoppable killing machine with enhanced strength and agility. Now it’s payback time. An instant cyberpunk classic.
Robert De Niro, Stellan Skarsgård and Sean Bean star in this US action thriller directed by John Frankenheimer. Ronin are a group of five mercenaries who hire their expert skills out to the highest bidder - Sam (De Niro) is an ex-CIA man, Vincent (Jean Reno) a French operative, Spence (Bean) a weapons expert, Gregor (Skarsgård) an ex-KGB electronics wizard and Larry (Skip Sudduth) a driver. Contacted via Irish revolutionary Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) by an unseen employer, the group are hired to steal a well-guarded briefcase. The mission succeeds, but divisions within the team soon result in treachery and betrayal.
Day 6 – BFI Player
The Discreet Charm Of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Six well-to-do characters hoping to have a meal together are repeatedly frustrated in their plans by the various strangers they encounter -– or is their failure to eat really the consequence of their own complacency, deceits and insecurities? Luis Buñuel’s deliciously mischievous comedy of bourgeois manners boasts a pleasingly unpredictable storyline and a truly magnificent cast on peak form.
Winter Sleep (2014)
From master filmmaker Nuri Bilge Celyan comes an extraordinary, epic drama that won the Palme d’Or in 2014. With unflinching and fascinating detail, Ceylan’s immersive tale follows a few days in the life of retired actor Aydin and his interactions with the various people in his life, from the guests at his hotel, to the tenants of his nearby flats, his troubled sister and his young, restless wife. Ceylan’s film offers a forensic examination of the subtle power plays and moral compromises of daily life, in a studied, stately drama that recalls Chekhov and Bergman at their most incisive.
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
On Saturday 14th February 1900 a party of schoolgirls from the Appleyard College took a trip to Hanging Rock near Mt. Macedon in the state of Victoria. Some of the girls were never seen again. The film that established Peter Weir as a major filmmaker is a critically acclaimed classic of Australian cinema. With BAFTA-winning photography and a memorably haunting score, Picnic At Hanging Rock remains one of the most chillingly atmospheric and beautifully enigmatic films ever made.
When a family gathers to celebrate the patriarch’s 60th birthday the reunion turns both dark and hilarious, sometimes both at the same time. Festen was the first film of the Dogme 95 movement initiated by Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier, an influential filmmaking manifesto that emphasised story, theme, acting and simple production values over special effects, elaborate lighting and technology.
Day 7 – Mix Of Platforms
Spike Island (2012) – BBC iPlayer
School is nearly out for summer (and forever) for five 16-year-old lads from Manchester. A nostalgic snapshot of Britain in the early 1990’s this is a fictional story set against a real event – UK band The Stone Roses’ legendary gig of May 27th 1990 at Spike Island in Widnes. Featuring an early role for Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones).
What We Did On Our Holidays (2014) – BBC iPlayer
Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this family comedy written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin (Creators of Outnumbered). As Doug (Tennant), his wife Abi (Pike) and their three children prepare to travel up to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie (Connolly)’s birthday, they fail to give their children a list of things that are to be kept secret. While their offspring set about telling Grandpa and Grandma (Annette Crosbie) the ins and outs of their lives down in London, including intimate details of arguments their parents have had, Doug and Abi try to put aside their differences and have an enjoyable weekend.
One For The Road (2003) – ALL4
One for the Road follows Jimmy, Paul, Richard and Mark who meet on a rehabilitation course for drink drivers. Jimmy is young, ambitious and desperate to sell his late father's business; Paul has been salesman of the year three times running, however, that was five years ago; Richard is a retired millionaire property developer and Mark is a taxi driver with a weakness for weed and philosophy. Very quickly they realise the course is the networking opportunity of a lifetime as Paul, Mark and Jimmy plot to relieve Richard of some of his wealth... Written and Directed by Nottingham director Chris Cooke, one of the co-founders of Mayhem Film Festival.
A Touch Of Sin (2013)
An angry miner revolts against the corruption of his village leaders. A migrant worker at home for the New Year discovers the infinite possibilities a firearm can offer. A pretty receptionist at a sauna is pushed to the limit when a rich client assaults her. A young factory worker goes from job to job trying to improve his lot in life. Four people, four different provinces. A reflection on contemporary China: that of an economic giant slowly being eroded by violence. Winner of the Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival.