| TRAILER TUESDAY | mother! (USA, 2017)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the plot follows a young newly married housewife (Jennifer Lawrence), whose tranquil life with her husband (Javier Bardem) at their country home is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple. Major worldwide release is scheduled for September 15h. 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Le Samouraï (1967)

One thing Jean-Pierre Melville knew very well was how to create tension and suspense through character and not action. He knew very well that action would do nothing but release that feeling of tension, betraying the effect of keeping the audience on edge. Thus, he would just build up the momentum for a dramatic effect.  He does exactly that with this film. Le Samouraï is a masterclass in visual style and minimalistic storytelling. The ever so charming looks of Alain Delon and his stoic, cold and deadpan performance just screams with coolness. The strongest accomplishment with this picture is that, Jean-Pierre Melville showcase his confidence in the material. Without a doubt, a piece of art, that still to this day inspires many. 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Tokyo Drifter (1966)

 Seijun Suzuki created something so ahead of its time in Japanese cinema, it was widely ignore and disregarded upon its release. However, like any other great film, it stands the test of time. A movie that just oozes with style. A sense of oomph that is missing in many pictures of today. However, it is not all about the style. It has a lot to say about the culture of the Yakuza's, family, loyalty and the colourful people of Japan. A must watch!  

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| TRAILER TUESDAY | Wonderstruck (USA, 2017)

A magical look at two stories told in different time periods. The two kids are in search of what they are missing. Every film by Todd Haynes is worth getting excited for. The initial release date for the US, is 20th of October.

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Blow-Up (1966)

Michelangelo Antonioni gave us many films to admire and cherish, films that are considered modern cinema classics. This is all true for his stylish London set film, Blow-Up. A movie designed like a puzzle, you feel like with each viewing you learn something more. Answers to your philosophical questions. But film critic Roger Ebert summarized it best, "What remains is a hypnotic conjuring act, in which a character is awakened briefly from a deep sleep of bored alienation and then drifts away again. This is the arc of the film. Not 'Swinging London.' Not existential mystery. Not the parallels between what Hemmings does with his photos and what Antonioni does with Hemmings. But simply the observations that we are happy when we are doing what we do well, and unhappy seeking pleasure elsewhere. I imagine Antonioni was happy when he was making this film."

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| TRAILER TUESDAY | Beach Rats (USA, 2017)

A Brooklyn teenager struggling with his self-identity, spirals into trouble as he suffers from the consequences of his actions. Directed by Eliza Hittman and starring newcomer Harris Dickinson. Slatted for a limited release in the US, 25th of August

 

 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

There are people who come to this world and leave behind them a long-lasting legacy. A legacy that will admired by many from all around the world. Connecting people through their craft and accomplishments.  Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain did exactly that. The documentary directed by Brett Morgen, preserves the legacy of the rock icon. But instead of glamorizing his lifestyle, it turns it upside down into an intimate look at a tormented teenager, a striving artist, passionate husband and a loving father. To the point that it feels not like a documentary but a confessional piece through Cobain's own audiotapes, personal diary notes and home videos.

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| TRAILER TUESDAY | A Ghost Story (USA, 2017)

A small intimate tale about the passage of time and the legacy you leave behind. Both poetic and heartbreaking at how life just keeps moving on. Directed by David Lowery, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Currently enjoying a limited release in North America and the U.K.

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Where is the line drawn between trying to impersonate the man you admire, or to become that person? Recreate the legacy of the man you love, or to carve your own legacy by killing him? Andrew Dominik expertly crafts this world, it almost feels tangible. The world is filled with these legends and myths. However, the reality always will be that, all these things look grander than what meets the eye. You are sucked into this period of time, when the daily living was a threat to your own survival. Even though, all of it is masterfully crafted in front of Roger Deaken's lenses, you do believe in this world. It is not as much about the machismo and the daily life of the outlaws but rather a melancholic reflection on destiny and regret.

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