Sunday, 1 September 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 267: Tue Sep 24



This 70s classic is being re-released in the '18' version and showing at all Cineworld cinemas throughout the country tonight.

Chicago Reader review: John Travolta found the escape hatch from Welcome Back, Kotter with this 1977 update of Rebel Without a Cause; he acquits himself honorably as a teenager dead-ended in Brooklyn who finds his only chance to shine at the local disco. Director John Badham, a refugee from TV movies, gets a firm grip on a slippery Norman Wexler screenplay and turns up some unusual New York locations. A small, solid film, made with craft if not resonance. 
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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No2 Mysterious Skin (Araki, 2004): ICA Cinema, 6.30pm



Chicago Reader review:
Independent filmmaker Gregg Araki (The Doom Generation) takes his first stab at adaptation with this screen version of Scott Heim's 1995 novel, and the result is flawed but frequently haunting. The narrative cuts back and forth between two damaged kids in a small Kansas town: Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a cocky gay hustler who splits for New York City as soon as he can, and Brian (Brady Corbet), a shy nerd who suffers a dramatic blackout at age eight and later becomes convinced he was kidnapped and medically examined by aliens. The two stories converge powerfully at the end, but Corbet is so catatonic that Gordon-Levitt (an electric presence in the indie drama Manic) is forced to carry most of the movie.
JR Jones

This ICA Cinematheque series of screenings entitled Amour Fou, of which this is part, investigates carnal obsessions, infidelity, subversive sexuality, and the notion of insane love, from Todd Solondz' pitch-black ensemble comedy Happiness to Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic swan song Eyes Wide Shut. You can find all the details here.

This screening is also part of the Scalarama season which runs throughout September. Scalarama is the follow-up to Scala Forever and Scala Beyond and brings together all types of different cinemas, venues, film clubs, societies, pop-ups and festivals to encourage and champion repertory and community cinema, and be the UK’s widest and most inclusive film event.

Here is a link to the full calendar of films being shown and here is the Scalarama Facebook page. There's a very good article about the background to the season here at Mostly Film.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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