New Releases: 27th JANUARY

SELFISH GIANT:

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A highlight of last year, Clio Barnard’s brilliant follow-up to The Arbor transposes Oscar Wilde’s short story to modern day Bradford. Fantastic performances from the two young leads along with a lyrical approach full of heart makes this vital viewing.
Cert. 15

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RUSH:

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Still trying to flog Formula One to the yanks Ron Howard (Splash) directs this biopic following the rivalry between racing drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. All looks pretty cheesey from the trailer but the word has been good with Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin) and cameraman Anthony Dod Mantle (127 Hours, Antichrist) there to add some class to proceedings.
Cert. 15

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SUNSHINE ON LEITH:

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Just when you feared they’d never be a musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers your prayers are answered. Former child actor Dexter Fletcher follows Wild Bill with this story of a pair of ex-soldiers learning to embrace life on the civvy streets of Edinburgh after serving in Afghanistan. A quality cast includes Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks and Jason Flemyng.
Cert. PG

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THE CALL:

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Dull title, Halle Berry, disappeared at the cinema – on the face of it this is trash. But it’s directed by Brad Anderson who made the scariest film you’ve never seen (Session 9) and The Machinist so I’d expect this thriller to be a cut above (it’s also been endorsed by distinguished critic John Patterson).
Cert. 15

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HANNAH ARENDT:

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Drama that looks at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
German with English subs. Cert. 12

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CUTIE AND THE BOXER:

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Oscar-nominated doc explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko.

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MORTAL INSTRUMENT: CITY OF BONES:

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HAPPY (warped and weirdly-angled) BIRTHDAY , DAVID LYNCH! (YPPAH YADHTRIB)

img-david-lynch-01-_184117216071David Lynch, Prince of the bone-bendingly dark and scratchy places you otherwise try to keep free in the corners of your mind, those beautifully uncomfortable pointy places that point in at you and then yawn in boredom at how conventional and drab your subconscious turns out to be. David Lynch sneaks into these spots like a Dickensian squatter, armed with mysterious and alluring incantations and ancient hymns of invocation of mutant children and log-stroking one-eyed women.

BEHOLD!

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Well, why not?

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The Eyes Have It: Otto Heller

If you look up cameraman Otto Heller on imdb.com you will find 235 credits. Like many film crew during the silent era Heller shot many films each year (in 1921 alone he has 10 listed credits). Czech by birth Heller worked around Europe before settling in England in 1940. And it is his work on British film that is still vital 50 years on.

Perhaps the huge experience in silent cinema contributed to his bold approach, for Heller is notable for his striking imagery, unusual angles and use of high contrast in both black and white and colour photography. The viewpoint is fresh but never gimmicky, with each shot only adding to the characters, the story, and the feeling. These are visuals that remind you what cinema can be…

The Ladykillers:

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New Releases: 20th January

IN A WORLD:

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Latest American indie multi-hyphenate Lake Bell (yes that is her real name) writes/directs/acts in this comedy about a wannabe voice-over artist. Also features veteran character actor Fred Melamed (A Serious Man, Hannah and Her Sisters).
Cert. 15

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STUART HALL PROJECT:

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Not to be confused with Stuart Hall of It’s A Knockout and operation Yewtree fame this documentary instead looks at one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of his generation. Using a wealth of archive footage director John Akomfrah creates an absorbing account of cultural changes in Britain during Hall’s life with the man himself providing commentary.
Cert. 12

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WHITE HOUSE DOWN:

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Not to be confused with Olympus Has Fallen, though rest assured the White House will get blown up. Expect lots of CGI, overcooked action, and clocks counting down to zero.
Cert. 12

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R.I.P.D.:

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Not to be confused with P.A.P.P. or T.U.R.D. or Men in Black, this blockbusting flop is about a cop who gets shot only to become a part of the Rest In Peace Department created to protect the world from the undead. Hmmm.
Cert. 12

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HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS:

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Tongue in cheek documentary looking how to make a fast buck by pursuing the modern American dream. Featuring various rappers in talking head mode.
Cert. 15

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GOATS:

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Poster of the Day: BOOM! (1968)

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“I NEED MYSELF A LOVER”

Directed by Joseph Losey (The Servant, Don Giovanni), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noel Coward and based on a play by Tennessee Williams – could the camp value be any higher and could the potential for disaster, fantastic, diamonte encrusted disaster, be any stronger? Probably not. Joseph Losey said he hated the film and Tennessee Williams was delighted, saying it was the best film adaptation of any of his plays, and when you consider what some of the other films are – Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Night of the Iguana etc etc – that’s a pretty strong statement. Of course the film flopped at the box office and is indeed a mess in many ways – but it’s such a fantastic mess that it really is worth it.

DON’T REACH FOR A SMOKE! WAIT UNTIL I OFFER YOU ONE!”

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Tarantino’s Top 10 of 2013

The Kill Bill director’s favourite films from last year… Behold his broad and varied taste! (Not a single foreign film listed.) Pffft.

1. Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)

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2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)

BEFORE-MIDNIGHT-stillsThe third and, frankly, thankfully the last, in the ‘Before’ trilogy. Perhaps it was because Hawke and Delpy were young, perhaps it was simply because it was the ’90s, but the original two films featuring the diatribes and existential banter of these two were decidedly more charming than this. Half way through the film you find yourself wishing that a space lab would fall out of the sky (see Delpy’s Le Skylab) and squash both of them just so they would shut up about EVERYTHING. Navel gazing and nauseating, cringy and irritating. Whywhywhy??? Out on DVD so you can decide for yourselves. Answers on a postcard.

3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)

blue_jasmine_ver2Woody Allen’s latest and the winner of a Golden Globe for Cate Blanchett’s performance as a troubled socialite who turns up on her sister’s doorstep.

4. The Conjuring (James Wan)

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5. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)

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6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

frances_ha_ver2Baumbach and Gerwig follow on from Greenberg with this Woody Allen-esque comedy-drama about a would-be dancer, Frances, a dreamer at a difficult point in her life. Out on DVD.

7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

gravity-posterWinner of best director for Alfonso Cuaron at the Golden Globes this year. Tense story of a scientist’s battle with her will to survive in the most mind-bending of circumstances. Visually stunning, but suffers from annoyingly predictable gender roles. It would’ve been more interesting perhaps to see George Clooney play the inexperienced, nerdy scientist who had recently lost a child and who then relies upon the upbeat and encouraging voice of Sandra Bullock to pull him through.  Oh well.

8. Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)movies-kick-ass-2-international-posterFun follow-up to the fun 1. Out on DVD.

9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)

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10. This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)

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For an alternative list of the top films of 2013, check out our very own Rob Munday’s guide.

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Short and Sweet

Feeling tired and bloated from never-ending self important TV series? Now is the time to re-invigorate your filmic taste buds with a blast of fresh short films.

The London Short Film Festival kicks off tonight and has a massive range of programmes to tickle your fancy with screenings across the city.


Video City staff are also involved with Will Goodey curating Pseudofruit on Saturady 18 Jan and Rob Munday contributing to Exquisite Corpses in the Lo-Budget Mayhem programme tonight and directing Lady.Moving.Train.Man showing in Celluloid Traces on Sunday 19 Jan

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New Releases: 13th January

LA GRANDE BELLEZZA:

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AKA The Great Beauty. Much anticipated new film from Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be the Place, Consequences of Love) about a writer who at 65 takes stock of his lavish lifestyle. For me this is bloated, indulgent and boring but it seems I’m in the minority.
Italian with English subs Cert. 15

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PROMISED LAND:

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Latest film from Gus Van Sant, a director who veers wildly between experimental and mainstream. This drama takes on the hot-button topic of fracking for natural gas in small town America with a script penned by Damon and co-star Krasinski.
Cert. 15

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THE FROZEN GROUND:

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Who looks weirder on this poster Cage or Cusack? After some rare critical plaudits for his turn in The Paperboy John Cusack decides to play another psycho, this time real life serial killer Robert Hansen. Nic Cage is the Alaskan state trooper in hot pursuit (lets hope he gets to do some shouting). Cert. 15

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WINTER OF DISCONTENT:

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This drama explores the 2011 Egyptian revolution through the linked stories of a computer programmer, a TV anchor woman and a state security officer.
Arabic with English subs Cert. 15

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MUSEUM HOURS:

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Drama about the relationship between a Vienna museum guard and an enigmatic visitor that also contemplates the ways artworks reflect and shape the world.
German with English subs Cert. 12

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KELLY AND VICTOR:

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Bold British drama about a passionate love affair and its consequences.
Cert. 18

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LEBANESE ROCKET SOCIETY:

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Intriguing looking documentary about the period in the 1960s when Lebanon took on the big boys in the Space race.

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THE TUNNEL:

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ANY DAY NOW:

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RIDDICK:

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New Releases: 6th January

FRANCES HA:

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Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig follow up Greenberg with this black and white comedy in the mould of 70s era Woody Allen. Will the ditz and pretension grate or will Frances win your heart?
Cert. 15

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INSIDIOUS 2:

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A young family move into an old house, spooky stuff happens – who’d a thunk it? If this runs to form then you might as well wait for the third installment (as they tend to be better than number 2 but not as good as the first).
Cert. 15

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WHAT MAISIE KNEW:

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Personally that title makes me want to run for the hills but the critics have enjoyed this drama – a modern take on the Henry James novel where we see the fall-out of a custody battle from the viewpoint of the child. Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan.
Cert. 15

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THE TASTE OF MONEY:

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Tastes like… Victory. No, thats not right, I have no idea what money tastes like. This promises to be a slick and soapy ride into the midst of a powerful South Korean corporate-crime family obsessed with sex, money, and intrigue.
Cert. 18 Korean with English subs.

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New Releases: 30th December

UPSTREAM COLOUR:

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Shane Carruth’s long-awaited follow up to his no-budget time-travel puzzler Primer. Upstream Color is another singular work that is either a beautiful mind-bending meditation on synchronicity or a humourless pile of tosh depending on your viewpoint (just don’t ask me to explain the plot).
Cert. 15

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THE VICIOUS KIND:

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American indie Comedy/Drama about two brothers, their dad, and the woman who makes everything get complicated. Looks like it might have some of the acerbic edge of Exec Producer Neil LaBute’s early work (In the Company of MenYour Friends & Neighbors).
Cert. 15

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ALL THAT I LOVE:

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Set in the 1980s this Polish Comedy/Drama is about four friends who form a punk band in the midst of political unrest.
Cert. 15

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VIDEO CITY T-SHIRT: #1 CITIZEN KANE – NOW IN STOCK.

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Hand screen-printed and designed especially for Video City by staff-member, Dixie, this Forgotten Title t-shirt is intended to be the first in a series of tongue-in-cheek designs based around the idea of film descriptions when you can’t remember the title – and sometimes misremember the film…!

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The Eyes Have It: Roger Deakins

Roger Deakins is perhaps the greatest cameraman alive.

His visuals for Sid & Nancy beautifully capture the necessary grit of the punk scene while revealing a magical realism that adds to the doomed romance. He started out shooting documentaries where he learnt how to use minimal lighting and adapt to filming on location.
With Barton Fink he started his productive partnership with the Coen Brothers. His input seems to have added heart and realism into their stylised world with the sparse simplicity of his work on the snowbound Fargo particularly impressive.

He also shot 1984, Dead Man Walking and Kundun and has been nominated for an Oscar ten times without ever winning.
Deakins knows how to create images that are utterly true but never run of the mill. This is the world in your head, the seen and the felt, perfectly combined.

Sid & Nancy:

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Assassination of Jesse James:

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True Grit:

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A Serious Man:

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Top Ten of 2013

Rob’s pick of his 10 favourite films of 2013 (all titles in bold available to buy or rent)

10. Shell

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9. Nebraska

8. A Field in England

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7. Act of Killing

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6. Silver Linings Playbook

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5. Epic of Everest

4. Made of Stone

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3. No

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2. The Selfish Giant

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New Releases: 23rd December

ELYSIUM:

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Sci-fi blockbuster from the director of District 9. The world is spilt between the haves who live on a space station while the have-nots fester on the ruined Earth. Expect impressive robots and Matt Damon taking the bold decision to act without the aid of hair.
Cert. 15

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THE WAY WAY BACK:

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Coming-of-age comedy about shy 14-year-old called Duncan who while on a family holiday finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Sam Rockwell) manager of the Water Wizz water park. Rockwell could play a turd and still be entertaining so this may be a good antidote to those winter blues. Also stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Alison Janney.
Cert. 12

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LOVELACE:

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Biopic of infamous star of Deep Throat the pornographic film that became a smash-hit. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl) this looks to show both sides of the Linda Lovelace story (just don’t mention Boogie Nights).
Cert. 18

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WOLF CHILDREN:

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