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JELLYFISH EYES

JELLYFISH EYES (2013), 1hr 41min, BLU-RAY EDITION, 1 DISC, THE CRITERION COLLECTION, UNCERTIFIED (SPINE# 787) – IMPORTED. REVIEW At first glance, this poké-concept children’s film lacks the familiar dynamic and disquieting qualities of Japanese pop-culture artist turned director Takashi Murakami‘s best work. Stick with it and there’s a peculiar parental cult and some adventurous battle scenes that bolster the […]

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A BIGGER SPLASH

A BIGGER SPLASH: FEATURING DAVID HOCKNEY (1974) DUAL FORMAT EDITION, BFI, CERT. 15 (CATALOGUE NUMBER: BFIB1137) At times of intense Hockney the normally sedate Tate Britain will be opening until midnight to cope with the crush for their acclaimed retrospective. Having elbowed our way through the crowds, we were inspired to spend a lazy Sunday morning with A […]

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Small Screen

“DO IT ON THE RADIO”

Inspired by Jamie Lloyd’s production of KILLER at Shoreditch Town Hall, we thought we’d screen a brace of horror movies that – ahem – “do it on the radio”*. PONTYPOOL Not a zombie movie – (KNOW YOUR MONSTERS 101: marauding hordes don’t have to be the living dead to cause you considerable harm) – PONTYPOOL (2008) is something […]

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THE FUNHOUSE

THE FUNHOUSE (1981), LIMITED EDITION, ARROW VIDEO, CERT. 15 (CATALOGUE NUMBER FCD477). We spent Sunday strolling through THE FUNHOUSE. What did we learn? The famously inarticulate Tobe Hooper (literally, everyone talks about it), turns out to be a witty killer with a one-liner. By the end of Arrow Video’s limited edition blu-ray, the filmmaker’s self-deprecating style even convinced us to […]

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GUIDES

CRITERION COLLECTION GUIDE

Now that the fabled CRITERION COLLECTION is nearly a year into releasing its home cinema titles in the UK, we thought we’d turn our attention to them for our next GUIDE* to adventurous moving pictures.

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BURIAL GROUND

(1981) 1hr 25mins Andrea Bianchi’s gut-munching Marxist manifesto for mansion tax takes a surreal spin through its stripped back storytelling, synth-heavy score and messy maternal melodrama. But best of all are Gino De Rossi and mask-maker Rosario Prestopino’s tooled-up proletariat zombies: the vengeful dead in glorious worm-wriggling closeup.

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HARD TO BE A GOD

(2013) 2hrs 57mins As if Andrei Tarkovsky’s gifted pet chimpanzee sculpted Pieter Bruegel’s DULLE GRIET in its own shit. Simply sensational science fiction filmmaking.

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