Cabaret (dir: Bob Fosse, 1972, cert 15)
What is it with the Nazi’s and kinkiness? A succession of movies have mined the supposed decadence of the Third Reich with varying degrees of success from Visconti’s ‘The Damned’ through to the repugnant ‘Ilsa’ series of Nazisploitation sex horrors. Cabaret walks a classy but desperate line through the sleaze, Liza Minnelli’s Sally Bowles embodying a nation on the brink of disaster as she carouses through songs such as ‘Mein Herr’ at The Kit Kat Klub to an audience increasingly filled with Nazi Party members. A challenging film that won eight Academy Awards including Best Actress for Minnelli and Best Director for Fosse. A Cinematic Time Machine screening.
Mon 29 May 11am at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
The Apartment (dir: Billy Wilder, 1960, cert PG)
Think Mad Men drowning in a clogging sea of desperate cynicism as Jack Lemmon’s office drone Bud allows his apartment to be used for extra-marital affairs by his superior’s in a shameless attempt to try and further his own career. An existential masterpiece of comedy and tragedy as events reinforce Bud’s crippling ennui and isolation. Continued an extraordinary run of film making from Wilder, who won that year’s Best Director Oscar, that included Double Indemnity and Some Like It Hot. A Cinematic Time Machine screening. The screening will be preceded by an introduction from head of B-Film Rob Stone.
Mon 29 May 2pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
The Room (dir: Tommy Wiseau, 2003, cert 18)
An oasis of ineptitude in a week of high quality cinema. Tommy Wiseau’s appalling The Room is filmmaking of the lowest order and worthy of your utmost cinematic contempt. The Electric have kindly given punters the opportunity to vent their disdain and possibly throw plastic spoons at the screen. Makes Ed Wood look like Eisenstein. “You, you’re just a chicken. Chip-chip-chip-chip-cheep-cheep.” It gets worse.
Mon 29 May 5.30pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Bunch of Kunst (dir: Christine Franz, 2017, cert 18)
Sleaford Mods have become the voice of the the under represented and marginalised working classes, feeding in to an underclass zeitgeist that is either ignored or ridiculed by the mainstream media. With stripped down tunes and an acerbically astute lyricism their potent rage is an effective blend of righteous angst and literary genius. Bunch of Kunst is an excellent peek into the band’s motivations and a harsh reflection of modern British life. Sleaford Mods are also coming to the O2 Institute in October, read our preview here.
Tue 30 May 9pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Goldfinger (dir: Guy Hamilton, 1964, cert PG)
Usually touted as the greatest Bond film ever, it’s certainly up there, but we’re big Live and Let Die fans here. Sean Connery’s finest hour as 007 is certainly a classic featuring grade A quipping, “Choose your next witticism carefully, Mr Bond, it may be your last,” the Aston Martin DB5, Pussy Galore, Oddjob, John Barry and that Shirley Bassey theme tune. Not only a quintessential Bond film but also an innovative and genre defining piece of action cinema. A Cinematic Time Machine screening.
Sat 3 Jun 12pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Box of Delights
Programme two of the excellent Box of Delights showcase, screening award winning short films specifically curated for 8-12 year old’s but enjoyable for all. Nine films that have won in various categories at The British Animation Awards have been selected all exhibiting incredible flair and creativity. We highly recommend Virginie Taravel’s ‘Nicolas & Guillemette’ (2008), a tale of incorrect string tying and a thousand headed monster, brilliant.
Sat 3 Jun 2pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Recommendations still screening
La Strada, Mindhorn, The Handmaiden and Get Out at the mac.
Colossal, The Red Turtle, Lost in London and Frantz at the Electric.
Published on: Sat 20 May 2017