Heroes & Villains FREE outdoor Film Festival comes to Brindleyplace all week ft. Cool Runnings & more. See full details here.
Halima’s Path + Q&A (dir: Arsen A. Ostojic, 2012, cert 15)
War is messy enough, but when it’s an elongated attritional war between several entities drawn along ethnic and religious divides the human emotional detritus can be complex and heartbreaking. So it is that the titular Halima (Alma Prica) is thrust into tragedy in Ostojic’s painful study of familial drama in The Bosnian War of the nineties. A powerful journey to resolution whatever the psychological cost. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.
Mon 17 Jul 7pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
A Man Called Ove (dir: Hannes Holm, 2017, cert 15)
There’s black humour and then there’s the Scandinavian variety, a breed of dark comedy so treacle thick it would stop bullets with ease. We insist you go check out Sweden’s greatest exponent of these chasm deep tragic laughs Roy Andersson immediately. In the meantime ‘enjoy’ the blunt curmudgeon Ove, played with malicious non-charm by a dead eyed Rolf Holger Lassgård, a man so entrenched in a world of curtain twitching and judgemental busy bodiness he dumps his best friend for buying a non-Swedish car. A year after his wife’s death from cancer Ove believes he should commit suicide. Sounds simple enough. Ultimately uplifting, A Man Called Ove is littered with a downbeat hilarity and a life affirming honesty.
Mon 17 Jul to Thu 20 Jul at The Lighthouse, The Chubb Buildings, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT £8.15 light-house.co.uk
The Graduate (dir: Mike Nichols, 1967, cert 12A)
Iconic coming of age story starring a boyish Dustin Hoffman; in his first major role as Benjamin Braddock, a drifting and unremarkable graduate awkwardly engaged in an illicit affair with a bored and married Mrs Robinson (Ann Bancroft). For a film set in the sixties the lack of reference to the tumultuous events sweeping the world is stark. Braddock’s universe is divorced from flower power, hippies, new music and drugs, but there is just a sense that times are changing. What those changes are we’re still trying to figure out; wrapped, as we are, in the confused thoughts of the film’s close as Braddock and girlfriend Elaine (Katharine Ross) trundle towards an uncertain future, like the decade.
Tue 18 Jul 6pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
The Elvis Dead show with Evil Dead 2 (dir: Sam Raimi, 1987, cert 18)
Bruce Campbell, star of Cult horror The Evil Dead 2, has always had a touch of the Elvis’ about him, he even plays him in the low budget indie horror Bubba Ho Tep. So we think an interpretation of the greatest horror sequel ever made using the King’s music makes perfect sense. Rob Kemp’s award winning ‘The Elvis Dead’ is worth seeing on that incredible title alone, but luckily for you the show itself is an uproariously off kilter trawl through the murderous Deadite home invasion of Evil Dead 2, Vegas style. Following Rob’s performance Sam Raimi’s wild slapstick splatterfest gets a screening. Extreme, hilarious and unrelenting, The Three Stooges with chainsaws violence is a jackhammer visual feast of eye popping, quite literally, gore. We think this is going to be one hell of a night. Groovy.
Fri 21 Jul 6.30pm at Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £6 www.eventbrite.co.uk
Little Shop of Horrors (dir: Frank Oz, 1986, cert PG)
Muppeteer extraordinaire Frank Oz directs the rock musical version of Roger Corman’s 1960 original. Rick Moranis is perfect as the befuddled and easy to manipulate florist Seymour Krelborn feeding humans to the mysterious plant Audrey II. Filled with riotous songs, cheesy set pieces and some great cameos, our favourite being the late great John Candy, Little Shop of Horrors is a blast. Now please excuse us we’re off to listen to Wink Wilkinson’s Weird World on the radio.
Sat 22 Jul 12pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Good Morning Vietnam (dir: Barry Levinson, 1987, cert 15) & Mrs Doubtfire (dir: Chris Columbus, 1993, cert 12)
Nice touch from The Mockingbird to celebrate what would have been Robin Williams’ 66th birthday, a double bill of the tragic comic’s best films. Even better, 20% of the ticket price will go to the mental health charity Mind. Good Morning Vietnam showcases Williams’ kinetic hyper energy as real life wartime DJ Adrian Cronauer and Mrs Doubtfire is possibly one of the greatest family films ever made. Both movies stand repeated viewings and poignantly illustrate the sad loss Williams’ suicide was. Watch them both then go check out the Mind website to see what you can do for the people in your life with mental health problems.
Sat 22 Jul 7pm at Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £7 www.eventbrite.co.uk
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (dir: Ken Hughes, 1968, cert U)
There are some scary characters in films. Leatherface; Hannibal Lecter, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, I could go on, but they all pale into significance when compared to the Child Catcher (Robert Helpmann) in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Even typing his name gives us the heebie jeebies. ‘There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.’ Eek. A children’s adventure that manages to be enthralling, sinister and uplifting all at once. This must be in part due to the Roald Dahl screenplay adapted from James Bond author Ian Fleming’s novel. Rousing songs, incredible characters and even a real Bond Villain in Gert Frobe. An exhilarating joy from start to finish.
Sun 23 Jul 1.30pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Published on: Fri 14 Jul 2017