Only God Forgives
The follow-up to Drive sees Refn & Gosling (swoon) back together. Reviews so far have been mixed, but mainly highly negative, but it has the potential to be a cult classic. It’s meant to make Drive look like a Disney film, and with comparisons to Noé, Jodrowsky and talk of literal Hell, it’s not likely to be anything other than highly controversial and polarising.
“This is one of the most shocking and one of the best movies of the year.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“Refn’s nerve is admirable, even if his film often borders on unwatchable.” – San Francisco Chronicle
When a popular TV character makes the step up to film, there’s always the worry that it will go horribly wrong (Ali G in da House anyone?). However, if most of the early reviews are anything to go by, the results look promising. Playing Coogan off against Colm Meaney could be a masterstroke.
“You’d expect an Alan Partridge movie to be funny. You wouldn’t expect it to be a coup de cinema. And yet, in its own superficially low-brow, cheapo way, Alpha Papa is exactly that.” – Guardian
From Up On Poppy Hill
Miyazaki Jnr takes the reins again for the latest Studio Ghibli film From Up On Poppy Hill. The film focuses on a group of teens trying to save their school’s clubhouse from demolition in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The reviews are very positive.
“The story of a girl grappling with first love, the absence of her parents and the anxieties of an on-rushing future in 1963 Yokohama has all the earmarks of a Miyazaki classic.” – Washington Post
Also worth catching:
Elysium – Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in this futuristic thriller set in a state of the art medical facility from the director of District 9
What Masie Knew – This loose adaptation of Henry James’s 1897 novel tells of an unravelling marriage, as viewed through the eyes of a couple’s six-year-old daughter.
Looking for Hortense – Kristen Scott-Thomas stars in this bittersweet comedy is a tale of dysfunctional relationships in modern day Paris.
Foxfire – Laurent Cantet, the director of 2009’s award-winning The Class, returns with an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ bestselling novel.
Kuma – A young woman has to deal with the clash between Islamic traditions and Western culture when she moves to Vienna.
Blackfish – Keeping Orcas in captivity has long been controversial, but this harrowing documentary investigates the traumatic effects of this enclosure on their psychological state, and the deadly consequences it can bring.
Lovelace – Amanda Seyfried stars in this biopic of the (in)famous eponymous porn star.
Paradise: Hope – The last in the Paradise Trilogy, ‘Hope’ tells the story of first love.
Mirror to the Soul – Mirror to the Soul a patchwork montage of historic Pathé footage and music from Caribbean culture during the post-war immigration to the UK. Featuring a Q&A and post screening DJ set reception.
Women of Steel – Documentary about the part played by women in the Sheffield munitions factories during the Second World War. Featuring a Q&A with women who worked in the Sheffield steel industry,
For more details visit the Showroom website