4/10/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
This highly original romcom is based upon the lives of its writers Kumail Nanjiani, who stars as himself, and Emily V Gordon. A relationship begins when aspiring stand-up comedian and part time Uber driver, Kumail, meets the sparky Emily (Zoe Kazan) at one of his gigs. He has a Pakistani background, and she is white American, so both are aware that there could be problems ahead. Consequently Kumail decides to bring the relationship to an end, but Emily has just become critically debilitated by a mystery illness, and this is the heart of the story. Hence the title The Big Sick. Kumail feels guilty and installs himself at Emily’s bedside, where he has to confront both sides of his predicament in the form of Emily’s and his own parents. “Western viewers will learn more about Pakistan from The Big Sick than from any other US-made romantic comedy they are ever likely to see. [which] goes a long way to explaining what makes the film so original and so charming.” (Geofrey Macnab, The Independent)
Dir: Michael Showalter 117mins USA 2017
11/10/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
When down at heel punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) is duped into becoming a car repossession worker for the resplendent Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), strange occurrences ensue. The search for one particular ’64 Chevy and its contents exploits the viewer’s suspension of disbelief to the full. The sparkling banter and punk soundtrack makes this an effervescent ride. The film, a mixture of comedy, surrealism, sci-fi and aliens, is set in a dystopian Los Angeles and undermines the cultural norms of the time. Regarded as a classic in the Reagan era, it remains essential viewing. “[…] there are endless things to enjoy, from Robby Müller’s crisp camerawork to a superb set of performances, from witty movie parodies to a tremendous punk soundtrack.” (Geoff Andrew, timeout.com)
Dir: Alex Cox 92mins USA 1984
18/10/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Following his hugely successful Gloria, Lelio now makes a sensitive contribution to the debate about the rights of transgender people. Singer and restaurant worker Marina shares an apartment with her lover, Orlando and they lead a happy and contented life. With his sudden death Marina’s life is thrown into chaos. Her gender and her marital status are challenged by the hospital, the police, and Orlando’s family. She is excluded from Orlando’s funeral, and his ex-wife and son seek to evict her from her home. But throughout the film Marina is always represented with dignity.
“It may be a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one” Ryan Gilbey, theguardian.com. We screened Lelio’s Gloria in 2014.
Dir: Sebastián Lelio 100mins Ch/Ge/Sp/US 2016