Film Club: March 22-28
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We fucking love a campy cult classic, can you tell? There's something about them that just soothes our brains into a quirky, irony-filled, peaceful mush. Lucky then that three of the best are hitting London cinemas for one-offs, so you should probably cancel all your plans and make that a top priority. By way of new releases, it's a bit heavy-handed on the horror this week, but you're all grown ass adults, so you can probably handle it.
Wed March 22
This one's for the self-identifying loners, the high school misfits, the tortured souls, and anybody who's ever frequented a 50s-themed diner ironically. A quirky story about female friendship (albeit not a very strong one... seriously Enid, chicks before dicks), replete with dark humour, self-deprecation, and the art of trying really hard to look like you're not trying at all.
Sat March 25
Calling Barbarella a fashion film is kind of like calling 50 Shades a romance - let's just tell it like it is and admit to ourselves that it's softcore erotica, and we can all just get on with our lives honestly. In any case, Jane Fonda's look in this movie is 10/10 iconic, and we're here for the feminist subtext (dated though it may be).
David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, and Catherine Deneuve in a bloodthirsty lustful vampire love triangle. We literally will say no more.
New Releases from March 17
Picture-perfect suburban America has often been a successful backdrop for horror films, but Jordan Peele's Get Out has managed to take that formula, get extremely real with it, and completely blow us away. The big baddie here isn't a ghost or an alien or a cold-blooded killer, but rather just the all-too frightening middle-class white racists, and the lengths they would go to keep themselves in their white bubble *shivers*. Imagine if the Stepford husbands hooked up with the alt-right, and you've got a terrifying premise for a vaguely satirical but also really fucking real horror film.
Showing at Curzon Aldgate, Picturehouse Central, Hackney Picturehouse, Everyman Baker Street, Everyman Canary Wharf, Everyman Hampstead, Genesis Cinema, Empire Sutton, and most Odeon and Cineworld locations.
Kristen Stewart is stuck working in a vapid, meaningless job that she hates as a personal shopper, which in and of itself is the stuff of nightmares (we feel ya K-Stew, we've all done the dead-end job thing, it sucks). The real horror though comes by way of mysterious hauntings from her dead twin brother, her own uneasy identity, and the possibility of her failing health. It might not sound like it, but this is the scariest film we've seen in a long time.
Showing at Curzons Aldgate, Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Soho, and Wimbledon; Picturehouse Central, Hackney Picturehouse, Rio Cinema, and Rich Mix Cultural Foundation.
The Olive Tree
This quirky, beautiful, and touching film chronicles one young woman's absurdist journey to find the olive tree that had been sold from her family's grove in recession-era Spain after having been there for 2 millennia. Her thought is that bringing the tree back will cure her ageing grandfather of his depression and get him to speak and eat again. With the best of intentions but absolutely no forethought, she enlists help from a rag-tag group of friends and relatives, trying to track the tree down from wherever the hell it might be.
Showing at Curzon Bloomsbury.