This quietly devastating Czech film from 1963, released for the first time in the UK, brings utterly credible nuance to depictions of the Holocaust; and intense insight into the lives of those millions who faced death as a waiting game.
What else can be said about such a timeless, watershed masterpiece as Rome, Open City that hasn’t been said before? A film Martin Scorsese described ‘as the most precious moment of film history’, the master work that launched the new wave of Italian neo-realist movies of the 1940s and 1950s
Even the most ardent detractor of the pressed collar world in which Wes Anderson operates will struggle to supress the infectious brilliance of his latest slice of obscure life. Constructed with all of his signifiers and tropes in place, as well as a roll-call of familiar faces from his universe, it’s his best since The Royal Tenenbaums and easily the most accessible Anderson adventure thus far.
300 At Sea: there’s the high-concept premise for you. But actually this film is way better than that sounds. It’s over the top and undoubtedly trashy, but this ‘inter-quel’ to 300 (the story here is contiguous with events in the earlier film) is spectacular and bewildering and hetero-sexy and fun – it may even demonstrate that the Frank Miller approach vouchsafes the future of historical epic cinema.
Restored and re-released after decades gathering dust (in Pittsburgh, of all places), Kotcheff’s nightmarish, often darkly funny film retains a manic energy that attracts and repels in just about equal measure. “Contains strong scenes of kangaroo hunting and slaughter”, the BBFC’s web page tells us
Shot on 35 mm film in arduous conditions – much of the film was shot in real snow – this Japanese remake of the Clint Eastwood classic presents the story as a bleak reminder of the price of violence, minimizing the more redemptive aspects of the original. The film has received the Eastwood seal of approval.
The Haunting in Connecticut was a scare-filled film about a teenage cancer patient who finds himself haunted by spirits of the house he movies into with his family. Ghosts of Georgia acts as a bother film in the franchise in the sense that it has nothing whatsoever to do with these events other than its name (it’s not even set in Connecticut but rather Georgia). However like the first film, this film depicts the events of a “true story”.
Linda Sinclair (Moore) is an English teacher, a frugal spinster whose passion for the written word leads her to stage a play written by former student Jason (Angarano – Almost Famous) following a chance encounter. For Jason it appears to be a lucky break, an opportunity to escape the law school future mapped out by his domineering father
The film opens with rookie astronaut Ryan Stone (Bullock) and seasoned space veteran Matt Kowalski (Clooney), as they attempt to service the Hubble Telescope.
This remake of little seen Mexican chiller, Somos Lo Que Hay (2010) arrives with the rather misleading “cannibal movie” label. Yes, it features some carnivorous behaviour that would be frowned upon at the dinner table, but it’s also a beautifully shot, wonderfully acted oddity that manages to sustain interest beyond the shocking premise.