Release date: 18 March 2016 Certification: 12A Running time:103 min Director:Dan Trachtenberg Starring:John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.
It’s been eight years since Matt Green’s Cloverfield brought authenticity to the big monster movie with Blair Witch-style shaky cam and tonnes of carnage. Although light on character, the intense action set-pieces made for one hell of roller coaster thrill-ride on the big screen. Going in the opposite direction, Dan Trachtenberg’s quasi-sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane relies heavily upon its three leads for the majority of its screen time; the labyrinth of New York replaced by the claustrophobic confines of a nuclear bunker.
Release Date: 18 March 2016 Certification:15 Running Time:119 min Director: Ben Wheatley Starring:Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss
With half the world’s wealth owned by one percent of the population and the western world becoming increasingly urbanised and dependent on technology, the work of English science fiction writer JG Ballard has never seemed so prescient. First published in 1975, his novel High-Rise examines societal breakdown within an insular community housed in a huge concrete tower block. As the gap between rich and poor grows ever more pronounced and global politics descends into a nightmare of name-calling and one-upmanship, Ben Wheatley’s furious howl of an adaptation arrives bang on time.
Release date: 11 March 2016 Certification: 15 Running time: 92 min Director: Robert Eggers Starring: Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Harvey Scrimshaw
Robert Eggers’ directorial debut is more assured than those with double his experience. An incredibly bleak and spine-chilling folktale, The Witch‘s darkest moments nestle in your subconscious like the remnants of a lingering nightmare. A million miles away from the cheap scares of your average horror, Eggers instead prefers to slowly ease in the tension as if a python slowly constricting his prey. It recalls the bizarre paganism of The Wicker Man, as well as recent frontier stories like The Homesman and even the more effective elements of Shyamalan’s The Village, but remains a fascinating piece in its own right.
This month’s episode is about a man so iconic that you only need to hear his first name. Just like Cher.
Join Joe and his guests Ian Thomson and Sophie Watson for a chat about classic Clint movies like The Good, The Bad and TheUgly, Dirty Harry and Unforgiven, and find out when Clint’s hair was its most majestic and whether he looks like a good kisser or not.
After all of that, talk turns to this month’s Celluloid Skeleton;the Cold War spy thriller Firefox starring Clint as a traumatised Vietnam veteran sent on a daring mission to Moscow. Should you go hunting for Firefox, or is it yesterday’s news like the web browser it shares a name with? Listen on to find out.
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Release date: 11 March 2016
Running time: 90 mins
Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
In 2008, acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York, a baffling piece which saw Philip Seymour Hoffman’s theatre director disappear down a rabbit hole of ambitious projects, as he attempted to create a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse. Kaufman’s follow up Anomalisa has a sense of art imitating life imitating art; the director spent three years painstakingly creating this moving and effective stop-motion drama. With over one thousand costumes and props meticulously constructed, everything in this world is built with the specific purpose of telling and intimate story about mental illness, loneliness, and 21st century malaise.