SPECIAL OFFER: SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER – QUOTE ‘INDEPENDENTS DAY’ AND GET 2 FOR 1 RENTALS

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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT VIDEO STORE DAY WITH US!

SHOW US YOUR LOVE – FOR FILMS, FOR INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES, FOR THE WELL-BEING OF YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD, FOR US…

THIS SATURDAY (TOMORROW) WE ARE OFFERING 2 FOR 1 RENTALS TO ANYONE WHO QUOTES ‘INDEPENDENTS DAY’ – USE IT OR LOSE IT PEOPLE!!!

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A Taste For Terror: Carrie (1976)

As Hallowe’en approaches, Video City’s own blood-sucking ghoul takes us on a trip

into the dark…

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by Lally Pollen.

The original poster for Carrie shows two images of the same young girl. The first version of her is holding flowers in her arms, her long golden hair shining in the spotlight underneath a glittery crown, a blissful smile beaming down on her unseen audience.

The second is holding no flowers, her slick wet hair grips the sides of her head, its deep red hue almost lost against the dark background. Stark white glows from all sides of her pupils, her smile replaced by a hard, intensely focused stare. The blood covering her body hides the party frock, instead emphasising the protruding collar bones which cast shadows across her thin body.

This poster sums up the film well. It is about how girl one turns into girl two. A film about transformation, and not just Carrie’s but ours as well.

Based on the book by Stephen King, Carrie was released in 1976 and is amongst Brian De Palma’s first big hits. Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is a teenage girl hated by her entire school, teachers included, and her mother, a religious fundamentalist, believes her to be a child of Satan. Carrie assumes she’s dying when she get her first period, her mother having left her ignorant of the facts. The opening scene is of the traumatic start to her sexual awakening. Slow-motioned, steam-filled shots of a crowded shower room depict lively, ethereal, dream like creatures that turn into vicious cackling tormentors at the helpless pleas of our protagonist. These are high school bullies, teenage girls presented as something akin to the sirens in The Odyssey. These terrors however, are all merely a build-up to what we should be truly scared of.

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The abuse Carrie is subjected to bonds us to her plight, we can not but sympathise with her as she is bullied by all those around her. We long for her to be accepted, to have at least one night of undisrupted joy. Despite the ever-present sense of impending doom, we dare to hope.

carrie1However, her helplessness and inability to face her foes from the start develops another desire. A longing for revenge takes over. This desire reaches a boiling point when the fatal prank is pulled. As her justice is blindly thrown at all in her line of sight, we are simultaneously caught up in her blood-lust and in fear of it. Carrie is the victim that turns into a monster, yet so are we.

Despite all the awful acts committed through-out the film, it is the final scene that cuts to the heart of some basic human fears. The horror of helplessness, the prospect of losing control and of being on the outside looking in.

carrie_1976_1The director makes good use of the universally understood fear of nightmares, using a multitude of camera tricks to give many of the film’s key scenes a dream-like quality. Using split-screen, revolving shots and many other techniques, the realistic fears of the cruelty of teenagers and mob mentality, bountiful in high school situations, are blended with the surreal, mysterious and supernatural possibilities of nightmares.

tumblr_maqq97PQbq1qaf396o1_1280Just as De Palma was influenced by Hitchcock, referencing Psycho both by using the famous four-note soundtrack and the Bate’s name for the high school, so in turn has he influenced many others after him; a dialogue continued over many generations of film.

“After Carrie, everyone had to have a second ending” Wes Craven

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New Releases:14TH OCTOBER

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA:

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Emmy-winning HBO drama that the Hollywood film studios wouldn’t touch (this is still the 21st Century, right?) about the life and loves of Liberace. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Sparkling eye shadow and diamante galore!

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AFTER EARTH:

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Sci-fi starring real-life father and son team Will and Jaden Smith. Dropped on a deadly planet, the two must overcome the odds – and their own fears – to survive. The planet? Yes, it’s Earth… Whatever happened to utopian sci-fi as a genre?

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SPIKE ISLAND:

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British coming-of-age comedy-drama set in the early 90s. A group of young lads who have formed a band and who are avid fans of The Stone Roses, plan to see their favourite band in the flesh at what was to become the legendary Spike Island gig…

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LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE:

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Iranian master film-maker, Abbas Kiarostami, directs this Japanese drama that centres around the unexpected connection that develops between a young prostitute and an elderly widower.

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SUMMER IN FEBRUARY:

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British romantic period drama focusing on a love-triangle amongst a group of friends in the Edwardian artist’s circle that had settled in Cornwall in the early 20th century.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

BIG WEDDING:

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HAWKING:

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MODERN FAMILY SEASON 4:

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MENTALIST SEASON 5:

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Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013)

patrice-chereauIt has been announced that french director/actor/writer, Patrice Chéreau, died yesterday. Chéreau left behind him a well-respected body of work, including the sumptuous La Reine Margot, starring Isabelle Adjani and Daniel Auteuil – one of the go-to classics of recent French cinema, Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train, the controversial English-language film Intimacy which sparked much debate surrounding the question of unsimulated sex on film, and the fantastic Gabrielle starring Isabelle Hupert and Pascal Gregory.

gabrielle-movie-poster-2005-1020449997Based on the short story, The Return by Joseph Conrad, Gabrielle tells the story of a high-society couple whose relationship, on the night of their 10th anniversary, is thrown into question by the revelation of an infidelity. With minimal dialogue the film manages to be utterly captivating through masterful performances and Chéreau’s incredibly sensitive direction. Much recommended.

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The Video Rental Business: The Lay of the Land

DSC01041Majestic Disorder investigates the UK video-rental industry and asks whether the shop-based rental market can survive. Thanks to GOOD CUSTOMERS AND DEDICATED STAFF it seems like it can… Read the report – featuring an interview with Video City’s own lead man, Simon, and tell us what you think!

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And don’t forget to support your local independent film rental outlet on Saturday the 19th October:

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New Releases: 7th October

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING:

much-ado-about-nothing_612x907By most accounts, a very fine re-telling of the Shakespeare play, set in modern America and directed by Joss Whedon, director of Avengers Assemble, Serenity and the very fine TV series Dollhouse and the man behind Buffy, Firefly and Toy Story… Filmed on a low-budget and shot primarily in Whedon’s own residence, the film stars actors from a variety of the director’s previous productions – Whedon fans keep your eyes peeled. Cert. 12

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DEADFALL:

deadfallThriller involving a pair of siblings who are on the run after a heist they pull goes wrong. Heading in separate directions, Liza is picked up by a young man heading to a Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Things seem quiet until Liza’s brother turns up, with the police close behind. Starring Eric Bana (Hanna) , Olivia Wilde (Rush), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Kris Kristofferson (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid). Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters). Cert. 15

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BACHELORETTE:

bachelorette_posterDark American comedy about three friends invited to be bridesmaids for a friend’s wedding. As the bachelorette party begins to unravel, each one of them comes faces to face with dark aspects from their past. Starring Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia). Cert. 15

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WE STEAL SECRETS: WIKILEAKS:

we-steal-secrets-the-story-of-wikileaks-posterDocumentary about the whistle-blowing website that has been at the centre of so much controversy and has been the conduit for many troubling revelations, from war crimes to the massive breaches of personal privacy committed by our governments everyday. Directed by Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Freakonomics, Mea Maxima Culpa, Enron). Keep an eye out for the forth-coming feature film, the Fifth Estate, with Assange played by Benedict Cumberbatch – might make for an interesting comparison. Cert. 15

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BREATHE IN:

breathe-in-poster02The lives of a married couple are turned upside down when they play host to an enigmatic foreign exchange student. Directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy). Cert. 15

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Also out this week:

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COME AS YOU ARE:

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EPIC:

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BOMB GIRLS SEASON 1:

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SIBERIAN EDUCATION:

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Coming Soon: International Independent Video Store Day

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Support your local, independent, HUMAN-RUN film emporium (hopefully, that’s us!) with the 3rd Annual International Independent Video Store Day.

“Film fans, Directors, actors, producers, screen writers, distributors, labels and anyone in the home entertainment film industry who has a vested interest in working together to promote this industry from the bottom up, should take this day to join with us as independently owned video stores across the world act together, unified in purpose to take a stand and to celebrate the rich history and promising future of home video!”

So come and chat to us, Tweet at us/about us – perhaps even compose a little song.

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Video City Staff A-Z: E is For… (Pt.1)

LALLY SAYS:

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E IS FOR EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960) – dir. Georges Franju

Eyes without a Face is both a haunting fairy tale and a poetic nightmare, that has influenced multiple films in the 53 years since its release. The second feature film by archivist and co-founder of Cinematheque Française, George Franju, tells the story of a prominent doctor whose guilt for disfiguring his own daughter in a car crash leads him to steal other girls faces, hoping to restore Christiane to her former beauty. He is helped by his loyal assistant Louise (Alida Valli), a former recipient of one of his successful yet experimental face lifts, dragging her into the pit of moral corruption he has already carved out for himself.

22184_Eyes-without-a-Fa-6The film is shot by Eugen Schüfftan (The Hustler, Port of Shadows) who’s elegant yet simple imagery compliments the stark A lines and high collars of Hubert de Givenchy’s gowns (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade). Thus attired, Christiane is a bird in a gilded cage and the princess in the tower of this tale. Beautifully played by Edith Scob, she wanders through the mansion, wearing an expressionless mask barely veiling her anguish, looking like the apparition of a china doll.

Maurice Jarre provides a sinister yet jaunty score suggestive of a carnival you’d be relieved to escape, which is well dispersed amid the sounds of dogs and crows dropping in their calls of ill Omens. For all its sinister elegance, Eyes Without a Face does not shy away from the realities of the doctor’s experiments, particularly with the striking scene in which he removes the face of one of his victims.

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MEHDI SAYS:

east_is_east_27307_film4_itunesE IS FOR EAST IS EAST (1999) – dir. Damien O’Donnell

One of my favourite British films, East is East, is a family comedy-drama set in 1970’s Salford, Manchester. Featuring a strong cast, the movie is centred around a mixed-race household, headed by a traditional Pakistani Muslim man, played by legendary Indian actor Om Puri; his English wife played by Linda Bassett and their seven children, one of whom is played by a young Jimi Mistri.

B0016005-4CApart from being very funny, the movie also touches on socio-political issues, religion, race, gender, cultural identity and the complications and adversities of life in a multi-cultural community. East is East will go down as a timeless British classic. Its well worth the watch!

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#HCD2013

Home Cinema Day has landed! All over the country people are gathering together to participate in the Scalarama event where people organise their own viewings, invite their friends and share their day by tweeting, blogging or just singing about it…

Video City have come up with a list of staff-recommended double-bills for you to share with your chosen watching buddies – and we’ve thrown in a special offer to boot: rent any of these double-bills today and pay just £3. That’s 2 films for the price of 1, so get involved!

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Here is the complete list:

Lally:

Morvern Callar&Mister Lonely
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Ed Wood&Bela Legosi’s Dracula
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The Red Shoes&Tales of Hoffman
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Mehdi:

Eddie Murphy double bill:
Coming to America&Trading Places
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French Rom-com:
Priceless&Heartbreaker
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French alternative:
Untouchable&Cafe De Flore
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Italian double:
Cinema Paradiso&Life is Beautiful
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Middle-Eastern double bill:
A Separation&Incendies
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Arnie double bill:
Terminator 1&2
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Great British drama:
Tyrannosaur&Broken
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Cronenberg double:
History of Violence&Eastern Promises
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Alpacino/De Niro double:
Godfather 2&Heat
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Brad Pitt double:
Meet Joe Black&Legends of the Fall
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Tom Cruise double:
Jerry Maguire&Cocktail
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Family double:
Mrs. Doubtfire&Evan Almighty
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Jim Carrey:
Dumb & Dumber&Me, Myself & Irene
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Will:
GRUNGE CINEMA
River’s Edge&Interview With a Vampire
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TWO TAKES
Celine and Julie Go Boating&Desperately Seeking Susan
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CRAZY LOVE
Suddenly, Last Summer&Pigsty
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TONY MANERO LOVES ROCKY BALBOA
Saturday Night Fever&Rocky
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VROOM VROOM
Two-Lane Blacktop&Radio On
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Simon:
A Mads Mikkelsen Double Bill:
AFTER THE WEDDING&THE HUNT
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How to Train Your Dragon&Dinosaur
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Borrowers&Cool Runnings
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Charlie&Lola&Winniethe Pooh

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Tom:
THE BEAT GOES ON DOUBLE BILL:
Permanent Vacation&Last Exit to Brooklyn
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ON THE TURN   – A MONSTROUS YOUTH DOUBLE BILL:
Lord of the Flies&Carrie
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CULTURES ON THE MARGINS DOUBLE BILL:
Taqwacores&Paris is Burning
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MY FEET KEEP DANCING DOUBLE BILL:
Red Shoes&They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
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MUCH TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH DOUBLE BILL:
Boom!&Beyond The Valley of the Dolls
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BROKEN BRITAIN DOUBLE BILL:
Sus&Made in Britain
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I’M DOING THIS BECAUSE I LOVE YOU – A PUNISHING DOUBLE BILL:
Mommie Dearest&Uncle David
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I SING THE BODY UNUSUAL DOUBLE BILL:
Freaks&Pumping Iron
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IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES… A FUN DRUG MOVIE DOUBLE BILL:
Spun&Party Monster
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TRIP OUT FOR REAL DOUBLE BILL:
Easy Rider&Magick Lantern Cycle
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LOOKING FOR TROUBLE – AN S.E. HINTON / F.F. COPPOLA DOUBLE BILL:
Rumblefish&The Outsiders
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THE DOUBLE LIFE OF BILL BURROUGHS DOUBLE BILL:
Drugstore Cowboy&Naked Lunch
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EDGEY TEEN DOUBLE BILL:
Rivers Edge&Over the Edge
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“POUR ME A DOUBLE” BILL – FILMS FOR SERIOUS DRUNKS:
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?&Faces
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ROCK BOTTOM / HIGH END DOUBLE BILL:
Spring Breakers&Trash Humpers
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WICKED SPIRITS DOUBLE BILL:
The Innocents&Blithe Spirit
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WEEPY CHEATING DOUBLE BILL:
Brief Encounter&Indiscretion of an American Wife
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SEEING DOUBLE DOUBLE BILL – A COUPLE OF FILMS WITH TWINS:
Dead Ringers&Big Business
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FEMINIST PROBLEMS DOUBLE BILL:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers&Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
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THE HAPPIEST MUSICAL EVER MADE AND… DOUBLE BILL:
Easter Parade&The Saddest Music in the World
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Dixie:
A Troubled Duo:
Aileen&Tyson
Gender Bender Musical Double:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch&Calamity Jane
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Men without a Name Double:
Yojimbo&Fistfull of Dollars
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Freedom/Roots/Identity Double:
Battle of Algiers&Exiles
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Chips Dips Chains N Dips Double:
Teenwolf&Weird Science
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Make Me/Be Me/Kill Me Double:
The Thing&The Fly
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A for Authenticity Double:
F for Fake&Close up
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Andrei:
Not Quite Hollywood&Corman’s World
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Big Trouble in Little China&Beverly Hills Cop
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Black Fish&Rust and Bone
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Dig&Beware of Mr.Baker
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LA Confidential&Chinatown
House of Games&Nine Queens
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Rob:

Classic, beautiful (and not cheesy), romance:
A Matter of Life and Death&L’Atalante
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French Nuts:
Science of Sleep&A Town Called Panic
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Jesse:

Salesman&Glengarry Glenross
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Werckmeister Harmonies&Songs from the Second Floor
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Trashhumpers&Salo or the 120 days of Sodom
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Dead Man&eeks Cutoff
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Gypsy Caravan&Black cat, White cat
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The Corporation&Tout Va Bien
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In the name of the father &Hunger (Steve McQueen)

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The Double-Bill Blow-Out Is Nearly Upon Us…

Just a few pesky hours separating us from Home Cinema Day, and our list of recommendations continues:

SIMON RECOMMENDS

A Mads Mikkelsen Double Bill:

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AFTER THE WEDDING (2006) – dir. Susanne Bier

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TheHuntTHE HUNT (2012) – dir. Thomas Vinterberg

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JESSE recommends:

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Romani Double-Bill:

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ALL OTHER RECOMMEND DOUBLE BILLS WILL BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW – WATCH THIS SPACE

New Releases: 30th September

Iceman:

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Kings of Summer:

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A Glimpse Inside the mind of Charles Swan III:
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Last Exorcism Part 2:
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Struck by Lightning:

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Treme S.3:
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Glee S.4:
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Walking Dead S.3:

ONLY 1 DAY TO GO!

Home Cinema Day is tomorrow – so get ready to grab your staff-recommended double-bills. All double bills will be listed on this blog and there will be a print out of the list at the shop on the day for all you late starters. Our list continues:

MEHDI RECOMMENDS

An Eddie Murphy double bill:

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French Rom-com double bill:

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French alternative double bill:

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Will Recommends

A GRUNGE CINEMA Double Bill:

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RIVER’S EDGE (1986) – dir. Tim Hunter

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TWO TAKES DOUBLE BILL:

celine_and_julie_go_boating_posterCeline and Julie Go Boating (1974) – dir. Jacques Rivette

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Desperately-Seeking-Susan-movie-posterDesperately Seeking Susan (1985) – dir. Susan Seidelman

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Lally recommends

A Samantha Morton Double Bill:

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TOM recommends

A BROKEN BRITISH DOUBLE BILL:

Made_in_BritainMade In Britain (1982) – dir. Alan Clarke

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Sus-directed-b-001S.U.S. (2010) – dir. Robert Heath

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I’M DOING THIS BECAUSE I LOVE YOU – A PUNISHING DOUBLE BILL:

mommie-dearest-posterMommie Dearest (1981) – dir. Frank Perry

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Uncle_David_screenshotUncle David (2010) – dir. David Hoyle

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I SING THE BODY UNUSUAL DOUBLE BILL:

Freaks_02Freaks (1932) – dir. Tod Browning

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IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES… A FUN DRUG MOVIE DOUBLE BILL:

spun_ver5Spun (2002) – dir. Jonas Akerlund

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Party_MonsterParty Monster (2003) – dir. Fenton Bailey

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HOME CINEMA DAY – DOUBLE-BILL BONANZA!!

And so we continue with our list of staff-selected double features as part of Scalarama‘s celebration of film screenings in diverse locations – on this occasion (this Sunday) in YOUR living room. Remember, on this Sunday only, you get 2 for 1 when renting any of our staff-suggested double-bills (i.e. each double-bill will cost just £3).

TOM RECOMMENDS:

THE BEAT GOES ON DOUBLE BILL:

permanent-vacation-movie-poster-1982-1020202578Permanent Vacation (1980) – dir. Jim Jarmusch

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last_exit_to_brooklyn_ver2Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) – dir. Uli Edel

ON THE TURN  – A MONSTROUS YOUTH DOUBLE BILL:

Lordofthefliesposters Lord of the Flies (1963) – dir. Peter Brook

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CARRIE hd_3521ef8f5c5bea231c0e3065254c9fcaCarrie (1976) – dir. Brian De Palma

CULTURES ON THE MARGINS DOUBLE BILL:

the-taqwacores-poster_08,11Taqwacores (2010) – dir. Eyad Zahra

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Paris is Burning_movie_posterParis is Burning (1990) – dir. Jennie Livingstone

MY FEET KEEP DANCING DOUBLE BILL:

red-shoes-the-broadway-movie-poster-1993-1020407395Red Shoes (1948) – dir. Powell&Pressburger

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MUCH TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH DOUBLE BILL:

bOOM 70-867Boom! (1968) – dir. Joseph Losey

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beyond-the-valley-of-the-dolls_posterBeyond The Valley of the Dolls (1970) – dir. Russ Meyer

Home Cinema Day: Staff Double-Bills Pt. 2

Our list of Staff recommended double-bills as part of Scalarama’s Home Cinema Day – this Sunday, 29th September – continues here. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER LISTINGS:

JESSE RECOMMENDS

AN OFFBEAT WESTERN DOUBLE:

Dead-Man-1996-movie-posterDEAD MAN (1995) – dir. Jim Jarmusch

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meekswebMEEK’S CUTOFF (2010) – dir. Kelly Reichhardt

ROB RECOMMENDS

A FAST EDDIE FELSON DOUBLE:

the-hustler-movie-poster-paul-newman-jackie-gleasonTHE HUSTLER (1961) – dir. Robert Rossen

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el_color_del_dinero_1986_5THE COLOUR OF MONEY (1986) – dir. Martin Scorsese

DIXIE RECOMMENDS

A CLASSIC HORROR DOUBLE-BILL:

Thing_poster_01THE THING (1982) – dir. John Carpenter

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fly_xlgTHE FLY (1986) – dir. David Cronenberg

REMEMBER, TAKE ONE OF OUR RECOMMENDED DOUBLE-BILLS

THIS SUNDAY FOR THE PRICE OF JUST ONE TITLE!!

 

posted by Dixie Turner

Home Cinema Day: Pt.1 of our Staff Choice Double-Bills

As Home Cinema Day beckons, the staff at London’s finest film emporium (yes, that’s us) have got together to raid the far corners of their hearts and minds to come up with our exclusive Scalarama selection of double bills for you and your friends/family/bitter enemies to enjoy watching together this Sunday. Plus, to make the whole thing even better, we’ve decided to let you take any of our recommended double-bills for the price of one film – Sunday 29th only! Just name the double-bill of your choice on the day – or book it in advance if you have something fancy planned – and away you go: £3 richer (sort of).

So, for our first list of recommendations:

ROB RECOMMENDS

A SPOT OF FRENCH NUTTINESS:

the-science-of-sleep-movie-poster-2006-1020451579The Science of Sleep (2006) – dir. Michel Gondry

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A-Town-Called-Panic-UK-PosterA Town Called Panic (2009)

DIXIE RECOMMENDS

A TROUBLED DUO:

large_5XKJyw56qjuuVXGgyKZtrYMWKgUAileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003) – dir. Nick Broomfield

Unexpectedly poignant documentary-portrait of Aileen Wuornos, the American serial killer, and the woman who Charlize Theron portrayed to Oscar-winning success in Monster.

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tyson_ver2Tyson (2008) – dir. James Toback

Violent. Vicious. Mad? Vulnerable? This excellent documentary shows the man as you’ve seen him, and as you haven’t.

ANDREI RECOMMENDS

THE ULTIMATE SUNDAY HANGOVER CURE:

big-trouble-in-little-china-posterBIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) – dir. John Carpenter.

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Beverly-Hills-Cop-1984-Movie-PosterBeverly Hills Cop (1984) – dir. Martin Brest

posted by Dixie Turner

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