Rey, Free Fire, Age of Shadows
This month sees the release of Ben Wheatley’s crime film Free Fire, along with Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper and Anna Biller’s Love Witch. We have an interview with Kim Jee-woon about his new film Age of Shadows, and we look forward to the screening of Days of Heaven at the BFI as part of their Big Screen Classics strand.
In home entertainment, we review Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry and two giallo gems from Luciano Ercoli, Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight. Also out on BR/DVD is The Story of Sin, the only film made in Poland by Walerian Borowczyk, while the six intensely kinetic Lone Wolf and Cub films, based on the bestselling manga series, are now released in a new Blu-ray collector's edition. Plus, Ben Cresciman’s beautifully crafted psychological thriller Sun Choke is being made available on horror streamig servive Shudder, and Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp’s feature-length documentary The Creeping Garden also comes to DVD/BD, following a short run in selected cinemas in the UK.
Kinoteka returns to London from 17 March 5 April 2017, to showcase the best in Polish film, music, visual arts and live performances. This year’s edition focuses on films by Andrzej Wajda and opens with his last feature, Afterimage, a biopic about the Polish avant-garde painter Władysław Strzemiński. Plus, we report from the Rotterdam Festival with reviews of provocative Indian drama Sexy Durga, elusive Japanese reverie Haruneko and the ambitiously surreal Rey. ■
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.
Murderous tenderness, destructive desires, awkward love: During the month of love our special focus is on films that take a twisted approach to romance, from Jacques Deray's La piscine, a classic French noir-ish tale of desire, jealousy and male rivalry among the glamorous St Tropez jet set, to Pablo Larraín's minimalist Post Mortem, in which a lonely mortician falls for a troubled dancer as Pinochet brutally takes power in 70s Chile.
Electric Sheep Film Show
This month's edition of the Electric Sheep Film Show is a women-in-horror special: On 15 March 2017, editor Virginie Sélavy talks to Nicole McControversy, director of the Boston Underground Film Festival, Kat Ellinger, editor in chief of horror magazine Diabolique, and Brazilian-born actress and producer Marcia do Vales.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 19 April 2017.
Synthetic Flesh/Rotten Blood
On 16 March 2017, Miskatonic London looks at 'The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936' as John Towlson asks the question: Is the thirties horror film more akin to graphic modern horror than is often thought? Taking a fresh look at the genre from 1931 through 1936, this class examines ‘happy ending’ horror in relation to industry practices and censorship, illustrated with memos, letters and censorship reports from the studio archives and other research.
Individual and season tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.
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