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  The Tragedy of Macbeth
  The Scottish Play - and so do the Americans
  Joel Coen's "The Tragedy of Macbeth" will make its World Premiere on the Opening Night of the 59th New York Film Festival on 24th September 2021.

A work of stark chiaroscuro and incantatory rage, Joel Coen's boldly inventive visualisation of The Scottish Play is an anguished film that stares, mouth agape, at a sorrowful world undone by blind greed and thoughtless ambition. In meticulously world-weary performances, a strikingly inward Denzel Washington is the man who would be king, and an effortlessly Machiavellian Frances McDormand is his Lady, a couple driven to political assassination - and deranged by guilt - after the cunning prognostications of a trio of "weird sisters" (a virtuoso physical inhabitation by Kathryn Hunter). Though it echoes the forbidding visual designs - and aspect ratios - of Laurence Olivier's classic 1940s Shakespeare adaptations, as well as the bloody medieval madness of Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, Coen’s tale of sound and fury is entirely his own—and undoubtedly one for our moment, a frightening depiction of amoral political power-grabbing that, like its hero, ruthlessly barrels ahead into the inferno. An Apple/A24 release.
  Graeme Clark [24 Jul 2021 at 00:02]
     
  Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD [read more]
  Music and movements
  A collection of films made between 1978-1996 featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson, Steve Reich, Asian Dub Foundation, John Cooper Clarke and more

2-disc DVD set released on 16 August 2021

From the streets of Brixton and Manchester to leafy suburbs, junk yards, punk venues and community centres, GREAT NOISES THAT FILL THE AIR celebrates and showcases an eclectic trove of music, poetry and spoken word performance in a curated collection of film and video works made between 1978 and 1996, and rarely seen since.

In the later decades of the 20th century, independent filmmakers pushed at the creative boundaries of documentary work thanks to Arts Council funding, generating an eruption of diverse, dynamic, cutting edge films that still stimulate the intellect and inflame the senses. By turns poetic and impressionistic, personal and experimental, these bold films highlight the potential of documentary to challenge, celebrate, excite, fight and inspire.

DISC 1
Dread Beat and Blood (Franco Rosso, 1979, 44 mins): Linton Kwesi Johnson uses his poetry as a weapon in the pursuit of justice against racism and violence
Steve Reich: A New Musical Language (Margaret Williams, 1987, 56 mins): the pioneer of minimalism and process music at work in New York
Elizabeth Maconchy (Margaret Williams, 1984, 48 mins): the groundbreaking British composer's impassioned argument as a female artist in a male-dominated field
Strong Culture (Smita Malde, 1995, 6 mins): an early incarnation of Asian Dub Foundation find themselves booked to play a traditional county fair
Bristol Vibes (Ruppert Gabriel, 1996, 12 mins): 24 hours in the lives of three groups of Bristol-based African-Caribbean musicians, from reggae-driven dub to soul and jungle-jazz crossover, this city symphony retells the city's Black history, a story of resistance, through music and image.
Clocks of the Midnight Hours (Simon Reynell, 1988, 27 mins): Max Eastley, kinetic sound sculptor, journeys deep into the aural underworld of dreaming
Great Noises That Fill the Air (Simon Reynell, 1988, 26 mins): Bow Gamelan Ensemble distil experimentation into visual performance and percussive sound-assault

DISC 2
Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt (Nick May, 1982, 61 mins): John Cooper Clarke presents a drily humorous, despairing hymn to the urban devastation and human casualties of the Thatcher era
Celebrashan (Pauline Bailey, 1995, 6 mins): African oral tradition and its impact on the development of music
Cornelius Cardew 1936 -1981 (Philippe Regniez, 1986, 53 mins): the 'graphic score' composer's controversial contribution to avant garde music and political songwriting
Steel 'n' Skin (Steve Shaw, 1979, 34 mins): African and West Indian sounds and culture come together to be explored in 1970s Merseyside
Chutney in Yuh Soca (Karen Martinez, 1996, 21 mins): a serving of Trinidadian chutney, the dance music rooted in the culture of 19th-century Indian indentured workers
Music in Progress: Mike Westbrook - Jazz Composer (Charles Mapleston, 1978, 43 mins): the cult Brit-Jazz legend revisits classical forms, exploring new directions in sound and performance, on stage and on the streets
*** First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet with new essays and notes on each film along with credits
  Graeme Clark [23 Jul 2021 at 23:56]
     
  Paranormal Activity on Blu-ray [read more]
  Bedroom bother
  In 2009 a low-budget horror arrived with little fanfare and quickly become a demonic force to be reckoned with, growing into an international horror phenomenon,,,that film was Paranormal Activity. Scaring the living daylights out of audiences the world over and spawning many a sequel, this monster of a horror hit makes the most mundane into the most terrifying film of its time and is now set for the Limited Edition Blu-ray treatment, from expert in the field, Second Sight Films.

Director Oren Peli's chiller became one of the most talked about horror films of the 21st century, going on to earn its place as one of the horror greats and redefining the found footage genre, it now gets a hauntingly brilliant new high-def release on 30 August 2021. The box set comes in a rigid, slipcase with new artwork by James Neal plus a book featuring brand new essays and collectors' art cards, it also contains a slew of special features including audio commentaries, new cast and director interviews, an alternative ending and The Festival Cut ending.

A young couple, played with elan by Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, move into a new home in the suburbs, but all is not well and they soon become convinced that it’s haunted by a demonic presence. In the hope of finding evidence they set a video camera up in their bedroom to film the room as they sleep. What they record is more terrifying than they could ever have imagined.

Paranormal Activity 'hit the bull's-eye of a particular cultural and cinematic zeitgeist' (The Fright File), you’ll definitely want this Limited Edition Blu-ray in your possession.
  Graeme Clark [23 Jul 2021 at 23:51]
     
  The ARTEKino Festival [read more]
  More streaming, more movies
  The ARTEKino Festival is an innovative online film festival presented by ARTE.tv and Festival Scope aimed at movie goers from all over Europe. The festival strives to celebrate and promote European films and to give a large audience access to critically acclaimed festival hits that might otherwise not be available in all countries. Launched in 2016, with the aim of showcasing and aiding the circulation of cutting-edge films by young Europeans, the festival takes place each year in December.

While we wait for the 2021 edition there is European cinema to discover throughout the year with the ARTEKino Selection, available free at ARTE.tv. Each month a new film is featured representing the richness and diversity of European cinema.

In July, the ARTEKino Selection features Claire Denis’s 2008 film 35 Shots of Rum, currently streaming on ARTE.tv. For August, Tereza Nvotová's powerful debut feature Filthy, explores hard-hitting issues of rape, trauma and secondary victimisation. In September ARTEKino presents the potent real-world feminist fable Sibel, featuring a mesmerising performance by Damla Sönmez.
  Graeme Clark [23 Jul 2021 at 23:48]
     
  Prince of Muck at EIFF [read more]
  Not that kind of muck
  Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to announce that it will screen the World Premiere of Prince of Muck - set on the tiny inhabited island of Muck, off Scotland’s west coast, Cindy Jansen's cinematic and haunting documentary explores how difficult it is to change the habits of a lifetime.

On Thursday 19 August the World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival will simultaneously see the film screened in around 12 locations across Scotland from Edinburgh to Lerwick, Tiree to Tobermory and Inverness to Glasgow.

Lawrence MacEwen, who turns 80 years old this weekend, has farmed the Isle of Muck since the late 1960s. With his family he has created a rural retreat, perhaps out of time with the rapid transformations of the world around it. Revered for his eco-conscious stewardship in the 1970s, Lawrence now finds himself stubbornly battling to preserve his vision of the island for the next generation. Dutch filmmaker Cindy Jansen captures a uniquely cinematic portrait of a place and a person haunted by the past and struggling to maintain their relevance for the future.

Prince of Muck is one of three films which will screen simultaneously at locations across Scotland as part of EIFF's vision to play an active role in bringing cinema audiences back together across the country.

Partnering with independent cinemas and working in partnership with Film Hub Scotland, INDY Cinema Group and Regional Screen Scotland, fantastic films secured as part of EIFF will be shown in local cinemas including the Opening Film, the European Premiere of Pig starring Nicolas Cage at his melancholy best, and the Festival's Closing Film, the UK Premiere of Here Today, directed and starring the disarmingly charming Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.
  Graeme Clark [23 Jul 2021 at 11:53]
     
  Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality [read more]
  This is a game! It's not a cartoon
  Digital entertainment studio, Maze Theory, in partnership with BBC Studios, today announces that the brand-new videogame Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality will launch on Wednesday 30th September 2021.

Compatible with current and next-gen consoles as well as PC, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality reimagines and expands on Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, with a completely new and compelling adventure.

With new worlds to explore and all-new modes of gameplay, players will be guided by the Thirteenth Doctor (voiced by Jodie Whittaker), and for the first time will also encounter the Tenth Doctor (voiced by David Tennant) in a new story written by Gavin Collinson (Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins).

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality will be jam-packed with Easter eggs, terrifying new foes, and iconic monsters such as the Cybermen, the Daleks and the Weeping Angels. Players will also find themselves immersed in the 'Chaosverse': a corrupted alternate universe where worlds and timelines collide to create new adventures, encounters, and threats...
  Graeme Clark [22 Jul 2021 at 23:05]
     
  Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms [read more]
  This ain't a game! It's a cartoon
  The fate of the universe once again hangs in the balance as warriors come together for one final clash in Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, an all-new, feature-length film produced by Warner Bros. Animation in coordination with NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on August 30, 2021 to Blu-ray and August 31, 2021 to Digital.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms picks up shortly after the explosive finale of Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, the 2020 blockbuster hit that initiated these animated films - which are based on one of the most popular videogame franchises in history. In Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, our team of heroes are besieged by the enemy forces of Shao Kahn - forcing Raiden and his group of warriors into a deal to compete in a final Mortal Kombat that will determine the fate of the realms. Now our heroes must travel to Outworld in order to defend Earthrealm and, simultaneously, Scorpion must find the ancient Kamidogu before it's used to resurrect the One Being - which would mean certain destruction of all things in the universe. Time is short and the stakes are high in this action-packed continuation of the Mortal Kombat journey.

Joel McHale (Community, Stargirl) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) return to their lead roles as Hollywood star-turned-fighter Johnny Cage and all-business warrior Sonya Blade, respectively. Also returning for the sequel are Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird, The Fosters) as Liu Kang; Patrick Seitz (Mortal Kombat X, Aggretsuko, Naruto: Shippuden) as Scorpion & Hanzo Hasashi; Artt Butler (Her, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Shang Tsung & Cyrax; Robin Atkin Downes (The Strain, Batman: The Killing Joke) as Shinnok & Reiko; Dave B. Mitchell (Mortal Kombat 11, Call of Duty franchise) as Raiden, Kintaro & Sektor; Ikè Amadi (Mass Effect 3, Mortal Kombat 11) as Jax Briggs & One Being; Grey Griffin (The Loud House, Young Justice, Scooby-Doo franchise) as Kitana, Satoshi Hasashi & Mileena; and Fred Tatasciore (Robot Chicken, Family Guy) as Shao Kahn. See the trailer at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [22 Jul 2021 at 23:00]
     
  Eye Without A Face
  Vile voyeur
  Do you know who's watching this very moment? Brand new horror feature Eye Without A Face from director Ramin Niami (Paris, Shirin In Love) combines chills, thrills and bloody murder to bring the voyeur genre bang up to date. This edgy movie creeps on to digital 23 August for its UK Premiere from Miracle M.

Holed up in his LA apartment agoraphobic Henry (Dakota Shapiro - The Affair, Valley Of The Boom), spends his days hacking into the webcams of unsuspecting local young women, seeing himself as their protector and guardian angel, rather than what he really is... a stalker. But his creepy peeks take a sinister turn as he starts to suspect one of his 'friends', Laura (Vladka Verevko - South Park, Suits), is a killer...

When his YouTuber flat mate Eric (Luke Cook - Dynasty, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina) steps in to try and put a stop to the twisted hobby, things take a turn for the worse. With Henry becoming more and more convinced that the woman is a murderer and Laura beginning to suspect she's being watched, the two are soon on a collision course - who will make it out alive?
  Graeme Clark [22 Jul 2021 at 22:58]
     

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