NG film guide this February at Errol Flynn Filmhouse
Gents, as awards season gets underway and we all wait to hear the news that we’ve waited to hear for many a year now – that’s right, 2016 being the year that Leonardo finally wins THAT award – it seems the Errol Flynn Filmhouse are embracing the award fervour with a great selection films lined up for February and early March.
We decided to highlight ten films that each silver screen loving gent should be aware of. Five being the mainstream movies that should not be too much of a shock to many, and five Under the Rader films that may be more of a revelation.
When a gent mentions The Revenant, it is usually followed with the statement, ‘This has to be his year!’ This is of course referring to the Oscars’ bridesmaid but never bride Leonardo DiCaprio, and it seems 2016 may be the last time this statement is uttered after his performance in The Revenant. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the film is inspired true events, as one man struggles against all odds to survive in the uncharted American wilderness. With a gent power couple of DiCaprio and Thomas Hardy and featuring a bear, The Revenant has already scooped up Golden Globes and is nominated for no less than twelve Oscars. We hope you are booking your tickets already gents.
An award front runner, Room is an intensely powerful and emotionally charged new film from director Lenny Abrahamson that tells the story of a young boy who knows nothing of the world outside the room that he was born and raised in, until his mother – played by Brie Larson – risks everything to achieve their escape. Having already bagged Larson a Golden Globe; it is certainly one to have on your radar gents.
When you think of Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in the same film, you could be forgiven for dreaming of a The Italian Job meets Reservoir Dogs hybrid; instead the result is an incredibly touching and affecting drama. Michael Caine gives a tour-de-force performance playing Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his oldest friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker on a vacation to the Swiss Alps. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life. No minis or three-way stand-offs, but a drama that will have you no less gripped.
Based on the true story that took place in Boston, director Tom McCarthy’s dramatic thriller tells the story behind the Boston Globe’s year long investigation into the Catholic Church and allegations of abuse. The far reaching investigation would uncover decades of cover ups in the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal and government establishments as the tenacious ‘Spotlight’ team hunted the truth. Tense, scandalous and absolutely enthralling.
The Big Short
Also based on true events, comedy The Big Short has more stars than the Milky Way. Starring a gent squad of Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt and directed by Adam McKay, the flick follows a group of men who anticipated the housing and credit bubble collapse and decided to profit from the big banks. Nominated for five BAFTAs and five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Bale and Best Director, the film is a must watch.
Under The Radar
‘Best Director’ winner at Cannes 2015, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin is set in ninth-century China and follows an exiled and exceptional assassin as she is sent to kill the man she loves. A beautiful film with incredible choreography, this martial arts epic is a visual spectacle.
An Italian crime epic, Black Souls is based on a novel by Giocchino Criaco and tells the tale of the Carbone family that gather in Calabria in preparation for an all-out war against a local crime boss. In Italian with English subtitles, the film is not short on violence and looks at vendetta and a complex morality passed down through generations in Southern Italy.
Having won the prestigious Un Certain Regard prize at 2015’ Cannes Festival, this moving Icelandic drama follows the story of a hard-drinking farmer who must work together with his estranged brother to save their flocks of rams. Subtitled into English, poignant and funny, Rams will have you wondering why you haven’t got a flock of rams to call your own.
A film originating from down under, this unnerving Australian psychological thriller sees Vincent Cassel give a stand out performance as Gregori, a cold and calculating leader of a commune who raises young children to be assassins and carry out his orders without question. With incredible cinematography and an unsettling plot, Partisan is certainly one to be aware of gents.
My Nazi Legacy
Following soon after Holocaust Memorial Day, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse will show a screening of the emotional documentary My Nazi Legacy, in which three men travel across Europe. Two of the men are the children on Nazi war criminals who are confronted with the acts of their fathers. The other is human rights Lawyer Philippe Sands, who lost multiple members of his family in the Holocaust. A deeply emotional and psychological exploration by three men personally confronting the past and their interpretation of the truth.
To see the rest of the flicks that the cinema shows, visit www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com to see all the upcoming films and performances.