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  The Rhythm Section [read more]
  Blake (get)s even
  Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, an ordinary woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When Stephanie discovers that the crash was not an accident, she enters a dark, complex world to seek revenge on those responsible and find her own redemption. Based on the novel by Mark Burnell, from director Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) and the producers of the James Bond film series, The Rhythm Section also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown.

THE RHYTHM SECTION COMING TO CINEMAS SOON. Try the trailer at the link.
  Graeme Clark [19 Sep 2019 at 23:33]
     
  The African Queen on Blu-ray [read more]
  Attack of the giant leeches
  Eureka Entertainment to release THE AFRICAN QUEEN, John Huston's heartfelt and thrilling romantic adventure starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, on Blu-ray presented with a Limited Edition Hardbound Case and 60-page Collector's Book [3000 copies only] as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 18 November 2019.

Three movie giants come together in the cinematic classic The African Queen, combining the masterful direction of John Huston with the fabulous chemistry of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in their only onscreen pairing. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, this wartime romantic adventure sees the pair forced to travel together down a hazardous East African river after the outbreak of World War I.

Katharine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim British missionary (Robert Morley). When invading Germans kill her brother and level the village, Charlie Allnut (Bogart in the role which won him his only Oscar), the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, offers to take Rose back to civilisation. She can't tolerate his drinking or bad manners; he isn't crazy about her imperious, judgmental attitude. However, it does not take long before their passionate dislike turns to love. Together the disparate duo work to ensure their survival on the treacherous waters and devise an ingenious way to destroy a German gunboat.

The African Queen is one of the most beloved films in the history of cinema, and may well be the perfect adventure film. With a roller-coaster storyline complemented by the chemistry between its stars, and masterful direction from John Huston. Watch the new trailer at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [19 Sep 2019 at 23:30]
     
  Itsy Bitsy on digital [read more]
  Arachnophobia?
  Kew Media Distribution will be releasing the new horror feature ITSY BITSY on UK digital platforms from 14th October. Directed and produced by Micah Gallo (Wick - short) alongside special effects master Dan Rebert (True Blood), ITSY BITSY stars Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion, X-Men), Elizabeth Roberts (Old Fashioned, CSI), Denise Crosby (Pet Sematary, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Arman Darbo (And Then I Go, Kung Fu Hero) and Chloe Perrin (Mary, Single Parents).

ITSY BITSY weaves a character-driven story of responsibility, love and loss set against a terrifying backdrop of chilling scares and monstrous legends.

When Kara (Elizabeth Roberts) a single mother struggling to raise two children in New York City, receives a job offer to work as a private nurse in the mid-West, it's an opportunity she can't refuse. So, she uproots her family, moving them to the remote farm owned by Walter (Golden Globe-winner Bruce Davison), a semi-retired antiquities appraiser who has multiple sclerosis.

At first, things seem normal enough. But what Kara doesn't know is that doom preceded their arrival in the form of a mysterious ancient relic. And, if her family are to survive the horrific nightmare now lurking in the shadows, they will need to confront their deepest fears and personal demons. The trailer's above.
  Graeme Clark [19 Sep 2019 at 23:24]
     
  The Peanut Butter Falcon [read more]
  Shia the heart warmer
  The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Dakota Johnson (Suspiria, Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as Zak's loving, but stubborn, carer.

From writer/director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz the film also stars Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, Fury), Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways), Bruce Dern (Nebraksa), John Hawkes (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and introducing Zack Gottsagen as Zack.

In UK & Irish cinemas 18th October 2019.
  Graeme Clark [19 Sep 2019 at 23:20]
     
  Chantal Akerman Retrospective Handbook [read more]
  Tribute tome
  Book launch at Regent Street Cinema
Tuesday September 24th, 6.30pm
Regent Street Cinema

Screening:
Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman (1996)
Rarely seen, yet this is Akerman's own self-portrait. At the start Akerman appears to talk about her life's work, then orchestrates a collage of clips from her films that superbly embroider her meaning. Essential viewing, not available on DVD nor on-line.

Book:
Chantal Akerman Retrospective Handbook
Joanna Hogg & Adam Roberts
with a foreword by Laura Mulvey
the essential Chantal Akerman companion

Between 2013 and 2015, A Nos Amours presented in London a complete retrospective of the films of the celebrated film-maker Chantal Akerman. This was not easy as rights and screening copies turned out to be widely scattered and difficult to access. The research needed to present this retrospective is offered in this book so that others may easily follow suit.

Also included are the texts, journalism and blogging that was offered to the audience as a means to engage with film-works that are at once radical, heterodox and, in many cases, little known. The book aims to be accurate and a reliable source of detailed information about the films.
  Graeme Clark [19 Sep 2019 at 23:17]
     
  Salò on Blu-ray [read more]
  Sadist cinema
  Banned, censored and reviled the world over since its release, Salò was Pasolini's final and most controversial masterpiece. The content and imagery is extreme, retaining the power to shock, repel and distress. But it remains a cinematic milestone: culturally significant, politically vital and visually stunning.

On 30 September 2019 the BFI will release Salò on Blu-ray utilising a High Definition master new to the UK. Special features for this release include a new commentary by Kat Ellinger.

Based on a novel by the Marquis de Sade, Salò is a film about power, corruption, and the degradation of the human body; a devastating, angry cry from one of the most controversial auteurs in cinema history.
  Graeme Clark [17 Sep 2019 at 23:42]
     
  Der Golem on Blu-ray [read more]
  Feat of clay
  Eureka Entertainment to release DER GOLEM; Paul Wegener and Carl Boese's classic silent horror, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, from a brand new 4K restoration on 18 November 2019. Presented with a Limited Edition Slipcase [First Print Run of 2000 copies only].

An iconic early horror masterpiece, Der Golem was Paul Wegener's third attempt at adapting the Golem character for the big screen. Starring and co-directing with Carl Boese, Wegener crafted one of silent cinema's most enduring masterpieces.

In the Jewish ghetto in 16th century Prague, Rabbi Low (Albert Streinruck, Asphalt) creates a forbidding clay Golem (played by director Paul Wegener) to protect his people from the tyrannical Emperor Luhois (Otto Gebuhr). Brought to life with a demon spirit and an amulet placed in the centre of the creature's chest, the Golem is a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism. But when the Rabbi's assistant attempts to control the Golem for selfish gain, it becomes a terrifying force of destruction, rampaging through the ghetto leaving fire and death in its wake.

A landmark film in the horror canon, influencing most notably James Whale's 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein, Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam is also a pre-eminent example of German Expressionism, and an important contribution to the golden age of Weimar Cinema.
  Graeme Clark [17 Sep 2019 at 23:38]
     
  En Brazos de un Asesino [read more]
  Cartel chaos
  Victor (William Levy) is one of the world's most handsome men, but he has a deep secret - he is a cold blooded assassin. Smooth talking and seductive, Victor was raised to do one thing only, which is to kill for money. When he is sent to the home of a brutal drug lord to collect payment for his most recent hit, he encounters the beautiful Sarai (Alicia Sanz), who has been forced to spend the last 9 years of her life with the drug lord. After Victor leaves the compound, Sarai seizes her chance at freedom by hiding out in Victor's car. But things don't go as planned and instead of being transported back to her home, she finds herself free from one dangerous man only to be caught in the clutches of another. While on the run from the vengeful drug lord and his brutal henchmen, Victor's conscience catches up with him as he risks all that he stood for to protect his captive. In the end, the power Sarai unknowingly holds over Victor and their undeniable attraction may be what places her right in the arms of a killer.

EN BRAZOS DE UN ASESINO arrives in theaters everywhere on December 6, 2019! Click the link for the trailer.
  Graeme Clark [17 Sep 2019 at 23:34]
     

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