The Love Witch (dir: Anna Biller, 2016, cert 15)A gloriously garish throwback to the technicolor cinema of yore, filmed in sumptuous 35mm and recalling thriller genres such as giallo and sexploitation. Anna Biller’s feminist appropriation of what is a uniformly and historically sexist narrative lends an edifying power to her vision. The attention to period detail is astonishing, right down to the publicity material but the message buried in all that nostalgia is from the 21st century. Demands to be seen on a big screen.Mon 5 Jun to Tue 6 Jun at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
The Wicker Man (dir: Robin Hardy, 1973, cert 15)
Quite simply one of the greatest horror films ever made. The terrifying thrill of seeing Edward Woodward’s virginal policeman Sergeant Howie led a merry; and very creepy, dance by the citizens of the Island of Summerisle to its shocking finale, is an unforgettable cinematic moment. Christopher Lee, as the island’s eponymous Lord, was never better than as the pagan patriarch manipulating the bewildered Howie to his doom. We’re so excited by this screening we’ve been dancing around a maypole all week. ‘Oh God! Oh Jesus Christ!’
Tue 6 Jun 8.15pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Carol (dir: Todd Haynes, 2015, cert 15)
The lavishly staged Carol is a stylish adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel ‘The Price of Salt’. Cate Blanchett is unforgettable as the titular hero Carol; forging a lesbian relationship with Rooney Mara’s Therese, in a beautifully realised fifties Manhattan and the fact that Haynes’ imperiously filmed drama was ignored by the Academy is a travesty.
Tue 6 Jun 7.30pm at Birmingham LGBT, Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ Free www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk
Monochrome (dir: Thomas Lawes, 2017, cert 15)
Something all fans of cinema in the city should be getting behind. The Electric has produced its first in house feature film, the psychological thriller Monochrome starring BAFTA award winner James Cosmo and Jo Woodcock. Filmed extensively on location in the Midlands we hope this is the start of big things for the city’s, nay the country’s, finest cinema. The Tuesday screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Thomas Lawes.
Tue 6 Jun to Thu 8 Jun at Electric, 47-49 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50www.theelectric.co.uk
Citizen Jane: Battle For The City (dir: Matt Tyrnauer, 2016, cert PG)
Author and activist Jane Jacobs was a pioneering influence on urban studies and town planning best remembered for her book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. Tyrnauer’s breezy documentary recalls Jacobs’ opposition to the 1968 plan to build an expressway through New York’s Little Italy and SoHo, a campaign that prevailed and also led to her arrest.
Wed 6 Jun 2pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Taxi Tehran (dir: Jafar Panahi, 2015, cert 12)
Recalling Abbas Kiarostami’s sublime ‘Taste of Cherry’ and ‘Ten’, Panahi’s docufiction takes place within the eponymous taxi as the director trawls the streets of Tehran collecting and depositing a rag tag collection of personalities from the streets of the Iranian capital. Filmed in such a manner due to Panahi falling foul of the Iranian authorities and being banned from film making for twenty years in 2010, Taxi Tehran is a glorious salute to the power of cinema. This is real guerrilla film making.
Thu 8 Jun 6.30pm at The Irish Centre, 14-20 High Street Deritend, Birmingham B12 0LN £5 www.facebook.com
Flash Gordon (dir: Mike Hodges, 1980, cert PG)
High camp hi jinks on Planet Mongo as Flash tackles Ming the Merciless, played with delicious scorn by Max von Sydow, and gets the girl whilst saving Planet Earth. Effortlessly silly and filled with nausea inducing visuals it is superb fun and possibly the only acting role where Brian Blessed’s booming voice comes off as restrained due to the mayhem surrounding him. You all know the theme tune, once you think about it it’ll remain in your head for the rest of the day, ‘Flash, a-ah, he’ll save everyone of us’. Sorry. Strap yourselves in and head for Sky City.
Sat 10 Jun 2pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Published on: Thu 1 Jun 2017