October at the Showroom promises all manner of excitement. Celluloid Screams Horror Festival aside, the schedule is packed full of great looking films. Indeed, there are so many good films out, it’s very difficult to highlight just a few.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
I’ve been excited about Beasts of the Southern Wild for ages now. Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature focuses on Hushpuppy, a six year old girl living in an isolated bayou in America, who has to deal with her father’s failing health as rising waters threaten to engulf her island. Fresh from rave reviews at Sundance and Cannes, Beasts of the Southern Wild promises to be a very special film.
“Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you’ve never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius.” Roger Ebert
“…a mesmerizing hellhole of magical realism… when the very ground you stand on is constantly subsiding, you have to come out scrapping, a warrior in white Wellies.” – NPR
Tipped as sci-fi film of the year, Looper has caused a lot of debate (and confusion) after early press screenings. After the debacle that was Prometheus, cinema needs a good sci-fi action film. Starring Hollywood’s hottest property, Joeseph Gordon-Levitt, alongside Bruce Willis, I’ve seen several comparisons to Terminator 2 from early reviews. Set in the year 2042, Gordon-Levitt is a Looper, employed to dispose of agents sent by their employers from the year 2072. Until one day he is tasked with killing his future self.
“The most ambitious, inventive, downright invigorating film you’re likely to see all year. Original science fiction film-making at its very finest.” – SFX
“The smartest movie of the year and the best action movie of the year.” – CraveOnline
Leos Carax has not made a feature film since Pola X (a remarkable, if flawed, piece of cinema) back in 1999, but it would seem that his long absence has not been in vain. Carax is one of the most exciting director of our age, and the only one who appears to be prepared to make films that the world may not as yet be ready for. The fact he may well be more than slightly insane is bye the bye.
IMDB describes Holy Motors as:
“From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man…”
“An exhilarating, lunatic odyssey that delves deep into the murky relationship between film and our dreams.” – Robbie Collin – Telegraph 5*
“It is wayward, kaleidoscopic, black comic and bizarre; there is in it a batsqueak of genius, dishevelment and derangement; it is captivating and compelling.” – Peter Bradshaw – Guardian 5*
Untouchable – It has the worst trailer you’ll see all year but cleared up at the Césars.
On The Road – Kerouac’s famous book adapted to the big screen and starring Sam Riley, Kirsten Stewart & Garrett Hedlund.
Barbara – Banished to a small town in 1980s East Germany, Barbara plans her escape to the West.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Liberal Arts – When uninspired 30 something Jesse goes back to his old college for his favourite professor’s retirement, he meets Zibby, which changes his life.
Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry – This is a really fascinating film about a Chinese artist who refuses to operate within the Chinese government’s censorship.
Frankenweenie – Tim Burton revisits his short film of the 80s and turns it into a feature length animation.
Ruby Sparks – Weird Science for bookworms?
Room 237 – With the forthcoming release of the extended US cut of The Shining in the UK, this is a timely documentary about hidden messages within the film
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