New movies in-store this week, all of the film and tv releases that get the fopp stamp of approval in one handy place.
Check out all of our favourites below.
As a director, Mel Gibson is not one to be put off by the sight of blood. You may remember his Passion Of The Christ, or his Mayan adventure, Apocalypto, both of which offered visceral takes on their subjects. Hacksaw Ridge, a WW2 drama, similarly displays an insatiable relish for depicting carnage.
The setting is the Battle of Okinawa, in April 1945, the bloodiest campaign of the war, where we meet combat medic and conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield). The battle scenes are gruesome – like a XXX-rated Saving Private Ryan. But the violence makes Gibson’s point effectively – the faith of a Seventh-Day Adventist who wants no part of violence at all.
In a way, it is a good companion piece to Scorcese’s Silence, where Garfield played a Jesuit priest in 17th Japan; another devout man forced to observe great horrors so that we may better comprehend his faith.
Film / Notfilm
Film, Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s lone work for projected cinema, is a beguiling experimental short film in which a probing camera pursues a character named ‘O’ , played by silent screen legend Buster Keaton.
In his Kino-Essay, Notfilm, Ross Lipman explores the history surrounding the production of Film. Citing the work of Buñuel, Vertov, Vigo and Eisenstein, and featuring interviews with cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Billie Whitelaw and the film’s producer Barney Rosset and others, Notfilm examines Film’s genesis, production, themes, and philosophical implications.
Special features include:
New restoration of Film (1965) by Ross Lipman and the UCLA Film and Television Archive
Film (David Rayner Clark, 1979, 26 mins): rare British remake starring comedian Max Wall
The Street Scene (6 mins): a lost scene reconstruction from the Film outtakes
The Dog and Cat Takes (8 mins): outtakes from the 1965 version of Film
What if E’s Eyes Were Closed? (7 mins): audio recordings of Beckett, Kaufman and Schneider
Buster Keaton and Film: James Karen in Conversation (42 mins)
Memories of Samuel Beckett: An Afternoon with James Knowlson (8 mins)
Jean Schneider: Memories of Alan Schneider (11 mins)
Jeanette Seaver: Beckett and Godot (4 mins)
Photographing Beckett (7 mins)
The Music of Notfilm: Downloadable MP3 recording by Mihály Víg (DVD only)
Illustrated booklet with new writings by Ross Lipman, Michael Brooke and Vic Pratt
In Lion, five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven.
Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning.
With just a small store of memories and his unwavering determination, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.
Mulholland Drive (Digital Restoration)
David Lynch’s acclaimed tale of murder and amnesia in Los Angeles. Having narrowly survived a murder attempt and a car crash, a shocked and wounded woman (Laura Elena Harring) takes refuge in a nearby apartment.
When she is discovered the next morning by the apartment’s official resident, aspiring actress Betty Elms (Naomi Watts), she confesses that she neither knows who she is nor what happened to her.
The two women then begin to investigate, and it gradually becomes clear that they have known each other in the past. Meanwhile, a young film director (Justin Theroux) finds that the mob are taking an unusual interest in the casting of his latest film.
From Illumination, the creators of Despicable Me, comes Sing. The story of a koala named Buster Moon who has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
also out this week
Boys On Film 16: Possession
Cops Vs Thugs
Daughter Of The Nile
Die Screaming Marianne
Hinterland: Series 3
Rita Sue & Bob Too
Two Minute Warning