LUC Briefing 007: Monsters

My mommy always said there were no monsters – no real ones – but there are.

Yes, there are, aren’t there?

Why do they tell little kids that?

Most of the time it’s true.

The next LUC Briefing will be on the subject of: Music


i. Kim Jong Il’s Monster Movie

From an article on Vanity Fair:

“There were thousands dying in North Korea,” Fischer wrote via e-mail, “but at the same time here comes Kim Jong Il, and his idea of advancing the regime’’s purposes is to kidnap two South Korean filmmakers, trick some Japanese film crew members, drown them all in gifts and luxury, to play with rubber monster suits and make a Godzilla rip-off.”



ii. Operating Jabba The Hutt

According to the marvellous short documentary “Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth – Life Inside Jabba the Hutt”, being one of the several puppeteers who operated Jabba The Hutt in Return Of The Jedi was even less fun than you may have imagined it would be…

iii. King Kong Lives (With a Computerised Heart)

Plot synopsis from Wikipedia of the 1986 sequel to the lamentable 1976 version of King Kong:

220px-Kingkonglives.jpg“King Kong, after being shot down from the World Trade Center, is kept alive in a coma for about 10 years at the Atlanta Institute, under the care of surgeon Dr. Amy Franklin (Linda Hamilton). In order to save Kong’s life, Dr. Franklin must perform a heart transplant and give Kong a computer-monitored artificial heart. However, he lost so much blood that a transfusion is badly needed, and to complicate matters, Franklin says there is no species of ape or other animal whose blood type matches Kong’s. Enter adventurer, and eventual love interest, Hank “Mitch” Mitchell (Brian Kerwin), who goes to Borneo (Mitchell theorizes that Borneo and the island from the first movie were once part of the same landmass) and captures a giant female gorilla who is dubbed “Lady Kong.” Mitchell brings her to the Institute so her blood can be used for King Kong’s operation. The transfusion and the heart transplant are a success, but Kong escapes along with Lady Kong.”

If you really want to, you can watch the trailer here:

iv. The Gingerdead Man

Is anyone genuinely surprised that when it came to casting a psychotic, murdering cake monster, the producers turned to Gary Busey?

v. Zombie Movies Are a Metaphor for the State of Society

Monstrous creatures and characters can often be explained as metaphors for exploring the worries and concerns of the author or filmmaker that created them.

Vampires are all about sex, alien invasions stories are often grounded in xenophobia and racism and the monsters in Troll 2 are literally an embodiment of the evils of vegetarianism.

Zombies seem to be more of a (slowly) moving target. Previously used as a critique of our blind consumerist nature, Zombie movies have changed since the turn of the millennium to express more contemporary fears and anxieties. All is explained in this article on Wired:

“This continues a long and distinguished history of zombie themes standing in for au courant topics like slave rebellion, communism, über-capitalism, technophobia, and globalization. However, how zombie tales—and their fans—deal with these issues has proven as problematic as, well, the problems themselves.”


vi. Werner Herzog vs The Loch Ness Monster

Expressed as an equation:

Incident At Loch Ness = (Exit Trough The Gift Shop + Jaws) x (Grizzly Man / The Blair Witch Project)

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vii. Godzilla & Godzooky

Producer Joseph Barbera putting a brave face on things:

“The problem with the show was simply this: When they start telling you in Standards and Practices, ‘Don’t shoot any flame at anybody, don’t step on any buildings or cars,’ then pretty soon, they’ve taken away all the stuff he represents. That became the problem, to maintain a feeling of Godzilla and at the same time cut down everything that he did. We managed to get a fair show out of it. It was OK. Godzooky kind of got the kids going.”

viii. The Patterson Bigfoot Film Stabilised

Someone has spent ages stabilising the famous bigfoot home movie footage – but conjecture as to whether it is real or not still continues…

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LUC Briefing 006: Fashion

Despite what the denizens of our underground lair may think, LUC is an organisation that always has one eye on the considerations of fashion.

Our standard issue boiler suit went through over forty iterations until we found just the right shade of dark blue to engender a tone of kineticism and artistry as well as being able to absorb a reasonable amount of of blood or oil before the stains become too unsightly. Fashionable design is at its strongest when form follows function, which is why our standard staff haircut is a number 4 clipper all over – classic, timeless and extremely unlikely to get caught in any exposed machinery.

The next LUC Briefing will be on the subject of: Monsters

i. John Malkovich – Fashion Designer

Get saving up if you want to dress like someone from inside John Malkovich’s head.
“THERE’S ALWAYS GRATIFICATION IN SELF-EXPRESSION”, quoth JM in stylish capital letters on his web site. I wonder if he’d let us open a stockist fifty feet below Leamington Spa?

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ii. Gaultier and The Fifth Element

From an article on Girls Do Film:

“Gaultier did more than a thousand costumes… So a thousand costumes is like 10 collections but all for one movie. It’s an incredible amount of work people don’t even know about. For a thousand costumes, he may have even done 5,000 sketches before narrowing it down”

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iii. A List Of Sewing Machines Featuring in Movies

From what is possibly a Singer 15-91 in Five Easy Pieces to the Florence Treadle in The Picture Of Dorian Grey, this list will satisfy all of your ‘what kind of sewing machine is that?’ needs during film viewing.


iv. Knock Off

A rip-roaring, enjoyably atrocious action flick from 1998, Knock Off features Jean Claude Van Damme as a salesman for a fashionable brand of Jeans. These particular Jeans appear to be counterfeit, as well as containing highly explosive rivets. In many ways an astute satire of the fashion world, as well as being the sort of film that features a man being shot by a missile at close range.

Also worth noting, the theme tune by Sparks is especially bewildering and has the air of a contractual obligation.

v. Become a Costume Designer in Just 9 Easy Steps

You might have thought that becoming a costume designer would take years of hard work, long hours and sacrifice to make it in such a highly competitive and cut-throat industry.

Apparently not.

Just follow these helpfully illustrated steps and pretty soon you’ll be costuming theatre and film productions the world over.

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vi. Pret a Porter – The Fashion World Satire That Virtually Everyone Hated

“Can you tell me what’s goin’ on on this planet? This is fuckin’ fruitcake time. I mean, is that fashion? Is it? I mean, is there a message out there? I mean, you got a lot of naked people wanderin’ around here. I mean, I been forever trying to find out what this bullshit is all about, and you know what? You know what? I have had it. I have had it.”

vii. The Rise and Fall of the Tron Guy

tron guyProbably the most famous clothing designer of the modern era, Jay Maynard aka The Tron Guy achieved a level of fame and recognition that most fashion designers can only dream of. After publishing an exhaustive, almost forensic, description of how to make a near-flawless Tron Costume, Maynard appeared all over the internet and TV, before possibly getting a bit big for his glowing neon boots. He was barred from appearing in costume at a screening of the 2010 Tron sequel and booed off a TV talent show. But hey, let’s remember the good times.


viii. Just How Do Movies Influence the World of Fashion?

From an article on that could fit very nicely into Private Eye’s Pseuds Corner:

“His movies are like those vivid dreams we all have and don’t quite understand but can’t wait to tell everyone about the next day — similar, in fact, to Prada’s fall 2013 show, with its cryptic set and eerie score that oozed mystery.”



LUC Briefing 005: Money

“Money Is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons”

– Woody Allen

“You gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women. ”

– Tony Montana, Scarface

“I’m living in America, and in America, you’re on your own. America’s not a country. It’s just a business. Now fucking pay me.”

– Jackie Cogan, Killing Them Softly
The next LUC Briefing will be on the subject of… Fashion


i. The Queen Of Versailles

A bizarrely fascinating documentary about the family of an unpleasant timeshare billionaire who have hit (relatively) hard times. Can loads of money make you happy? Apparently not.

ii. Margot Robbie’s Unfortunate Paper Cuts

From an article on The Daily Beast

“If anyone is ever planning on having sex on top of a pile of cash: don’t. Or maybe real money is a bit softer”


iii. Do Tax Breaks Lead to Deliberately Bad films?

The whole sorry tale of Uwe Boll, his terrible, terrible video game adaptations and the complexities of German tax write-offs is akin to The Producers, but with all the jokes taken out and replaced by evasive accounting practices. There is still an annoying, dictatorial figure involved though.



iv. Maths and the Weight of Money Ruin the Plausibility of Fast Five

From an article on

“In other words, after 15 seconds of acceleration, the pair would be dragging the vault at only 2.3 miles per hour. According to a quick mental calculation, 2.3 mph < 50 mph. By a lot.”
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v. The severe cost of Hollywood Film Production

One of the most illuminating things about this breakdown of what it cost to produce the 2014 version of Annie isn’t the $11 million tax break or Cameron Diaz’s $7.5 million fee – what caught my attention was that the titles cost $101,500. I’d have done it for half that…


vi. Remember when The KLF Burnt A Million Pounds?

It seems almost quaint now, but the pop charts used to be home to the sort of mad situationist art terrorists who would quite happily troop off to a remote Scottish island and film themselves burning a million quid. It seems unlikely that Ed Sheeran will be doing something like this any time soon.

vii. Trying To Make Your Millions On Youtube Sounds Like No Fun At All

From an article on Cracked:

“There’s practically no difference between being an up-and-coming ‘tuber and a disaffected middle-of-the-rung ‘tuber. You’re producing the types of content that get good numbers, but from a corporate perspective, you’re too small to justify sponsorship. You’re in the same financial position as before, but with the added complication that your decent-sized following now recognizes you and judges your every twitch.”


viii. The Money Gun

Too lazy or too cool to throw your money at people manually? There’s a solution for that. Just think of the time this could have saved the Bullingdon club back in the day. Also a sensitive and playful foreplay accoutrement – what woman wouldn’t like to be treated like a stripper by a man with a toy gun?

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Leamington Underground Cinema presents


Leamington Underground Cinema is once again throwing open an exciting creative contest, challenging you to make a short film in just 48 hours.

We want you (and any friends you may have) to make a miniature movie from scratch over the two day period from 7.30pm on Friday 28th April to 7.30pm on Sunday 30th April.

To make things entertaining, each team will be given a random genre of film to make as well as a line of dialogue and prop that must feature in the finished film.

You don’t need any prior experience or filmmaking knowledge, just access to a camera, some way of editing your footage and a bundle of enthusiasm for making a movie over a wild and probably sleepless 48 hours.

All entries will be screened at the Clarendon on Friday 5th May from 7pm. It costs £10 to per team to enter and the best film, as judged by our shadowy elite jury, will win a prize of £150.


To take part in the contest you need to register your team by Sunday 23rd April – you can do this by emailing with your name, your team name and how many people are likely to be in your team, please use the subject line “REGISTERING FOR THE 48 HOUR FILM CONTEST”

All teams (or at least one representative) will convene at 7.00pm on Friday 28th April at The Clarendon in Leamington Spa where in exchange for their £10 entry fee, they will be randomly assigned a genre for their entry as well as a line of dialogue and prop that must feature in the finished film.


As stated above the deadline for registering a team to enter is Sunday 23rd April. Your team can have as many/few members as you like. Entry is £10 per team. Anyone taking part under the age of 16 must have the written permission of their parent/guardian.

Films will be made during the 48 hours between on Friday 28th April and 7.30pm on Sunday 30th April 2017

Entries must be between 1 minute and five minutes long – this includes any opening/closing credits.

Your film must fit the genre that you are assigned and must somehow include the line of dialogue and prop that you are given.

All films must include the LUC 48 Hour Film Contest title card that we will supply to you.

Your film must be all your own work, or make use of public domain materials. Please do not use any copyrighted footage or music in your entry.

Please ensure you have the permission of everyone who appears in your film – you are responsible for ensuring this.

Finished entries must be submitted before 7.30pm on Sunday 30th April to the LUC representative on station at The Clarendon pub in Leamington Spa. Entries can be submitted using any of the following methods:

  • On DVD
  • On Bluray
  • Uploaded to Youtube/Vimeo and a link provided to by the deadline
  • On USB stick (any mainstream file format is fine)

All entries will be screened at the Clarendon on Friday 5th May, beginning at 7.00pm, entry to the screening is free so please bring all your friends to see your masterwork. The winner will be announced after all the films have been shown. The winner will be chosen by our elite judging panel. Their decision is final, binding and deeply, deeply meaningful.

The winning team will win £150 in cold hard cash and some sort of exciting trophy. The management of The Clarendon has asked us to say that you should feel free to spend your winnings on several rounds of drinks.

If less than five teams have registered by the deadline of 23rd April then LUC may decide to cancel the contest.

LUC reserves the right to not screen any entries that contain any illegal, wildly offensive or copyrighted material. So no nazi themed pornography please.

LUC Briefing 004: Conspiracy

As a shadowy, sinister, manipulative, not entirely credible organisation run by a cabal of mysterious figures, LUC has been dismayed to see how our conspiracy based operating model has been copied by an increasing number of governments without any credit being thrown our way at all.

Indeed now that the US is playing out a bizarre real life version of the Manchurian Candidate, it seems as good a time as any to look at the impact of conspiracy theories upon movies and also how the world of cinema is entwined with the murky world of conspiracy itself.

Please ensure your phone is in a Faraday cage and your tinfoil hat is firmly in place before proceeding any further.

The next LUC briefing will be on the subject of: Money

i. Randy Quaid’s Star Whackers

You may well be aware of actor Randy Quaid’s flight from the US to Canada to escape the ‘Star Whackers’ conspiracy that has been responsible for various Hollywood deaths.

You may not have heard this song that he has written about it though.

ii. The Bruce Lee Curse

From an article on Conspirazzi:

“The Triads, a group of organized criminals with ties to the entertainment industry in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, China, are top suspects in the murder of both Bruce and Brandon Lee. The Triads were angry with Bruce Lee for refusing to work in their movies, and in turn, held a grudge against his son, Brandon. The fact that the Triads had ties with the entertainment industry, only begs more questions. Was Brandon’s murder an inside job? The answer is simply yes, but the explanation is far more complex.”


iii. This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory

Check out this marvellous, episodic web series by Kirby Ferguson (who also made Everything is a Remix) about ‘the dark forces that shape our lives’. Described by the Guardian thus: “With a visual intensity often bordering on the cacophonous, the series occasionally feels like a PowerPoint presentation by the world’s most coked-up history professor.”

(more at:

iv. Yes. You Are Living In The Matrix

The Matrix was released in 1999, bringing the philosophical idea that we are all living in some kind of simulation into the mainstream. Science has now proven that we are all probably living in some kind of x-dimensional hologram and even the likes of Elon Musk state that it is more than likely we are all probably part of some clever aliens version of The Sims.

What really gets the David Icke brigade going is all the coded details apparently built into the Matrix films – the best example being Neo’s driving licence, glimpsed for a second in the interrogation scene – which expires on September 11th 2001 – WE WERE WARNED!


v. The Parallax View Montage Scene

Right in the middle of this brilliant and disturbing 1974 thriller, an investigative reporter played by envelope-botherer Warren Beatty is subjected to a form of audio visual test by the sinister parallax corporation. A kind of reverse Ludovico technique, seemingly designed to work out whether the candidate would make a good political assassin, or possibly some kind of brainwashing technique. There is a really good analysis of this scene by DVD Savant, and you can watch the montage itself via the image below. Please don’t shoot any presidents afterwards.

vi. How To Make Sense Of Conspiracy Theories

If you want to get deep into the subject check out this extensive documentary by Rob Ager.

“Both conspiracy theories and the attempts to debunk them are a minefield of complex ideas that are affected by poor research, personal bias, denial, deliberate disinformation and cherry picking of information. This video offers a detailed study of the subject matter, based on extensive exploration of available documentation.”

vii. Debunking Room 237

Over the years all the conspiracy stuff about Stanley Kubrick directing the moon landings has gone from mildly entertaining to a load of overblown bollocks. The apex of this paranoid nonsense can be found in the documentary Room 237, which tries to tie even small incidental details of the film to a huge international conspiracy in an amazingly annoying way.

From an interview with Kubrick’s assistant and actor Leon Vitali:

Mr. Vitali said he never spoke with Kubrick about any larger meaning in “The Shining.” “He didn’t tell an audience what to think or how to think,” he said, “and if everyone came out thinking something differently that was fine with him. That said, I’m certain that he wouldn’t have wanted to listen to about 70, or maybe 80 percent” of “Room 237.”

Why not?

“Because it’s pure gibberish.”

(Full article:

viii. Jacking It In San Diego

Looking back it is still hard to get to the bottom of that Invisible Children Kony 2012 video and everything surrounding it. Many now think the whole thing was a CIA fronted bit of propaganda to enable the US to deploy troops into an oil and resource rich nation on a phoney humanitarian pretext – a proper conspiracy.

But another more complex question remains: What led the director of the infamous video to go on a naked public masturbation spree on the streets of San Diego? Someone needs to get the Warren Commission back together, or at least the South Park writing team.


LUC Briefing 003: Games

Welcome to the third Leamington Underground Cinema briefing, this time our team of crack researchers (or should that be crack team of researchers?) bring you a bundle of information on the historically difficult intersection between the seemingly connected worlds of cinema and games.

Thanks to a new dietary supplement that has been successfully tested on the research team, from now on these briefings will be a weekly affair, appearing every Friday.

The next instalment will be on the shady, whispered subject of Conspiracy.

i. Nuke ‘Em

Satire it may have been, but in the late 80s everyone wanted the future to arrive quickly so we could play this apocalyptic family board game of nuclear paranoia rather than Monopoly.

Unfortunately, the actual Robocop board game that came out was a load of rubbish.

ii. The Most Dangerous Game

As the titular 1924 short story warns, hunting man is the most dangerous game. This is a trope that has been recycled repeatedly by the movies in various forms ever since. Notable examples include 1945’s A Game Of Death and John Woo’s Hard Target starring Jean Claude Van Damme and a mullet that was cited as a war crime by the UN security council.

The mad, bloodthirsty pinnacle of the genre is probably the 1994 version Surviving The Game, starring Ice-T, Rutger Hauer and the astonishing Gary Busey, who literally acts himself out of breath in this unhinged monologue…

iii. Choose Your Own Film Adventure

The idea of interactive cinema, where the audience determine the turns of the plot and eventual outcome, has been around for a while. An infamous early example was Mr Sardonicus, where the film was stopped and the audience voted on whether the villain should be executed at the end. Legend has it that no audience ever voted to spare the life of the hapless Sardonicus – which was helpful – because legend also has it that the alternative ending was never actually filmed.

Experiments in this sort of thing have never gone particularly well, or caught on to any great extent, probably because as Roger Ebert pointed out, movies are a collective experience, while games are more solitary and insular. Still this hasn’t stopped the idea from hanging around. Reports exist that the old line of Choose Your Own Adventure books have been licensed for adaptation, while Steven Soderburgh’s next film Mosaic will have some form of interactivity/multiple paths driven by a mobile phone application.

Where interactivity is working to a degree is in the world of YouTube, where all sorts of clever linked films can be found As is usual on the internet a lot of them involve zombies but others involve more meaningful stuff, such as the self explanatory Interactive Hot Tub Girl:

iv. Video Game to Movies // Movies to Video Games

It is fair to say that despite years of trying, no-one has made a decent film based on a video game franchise or property. When the laughable Mortal Kombat is held up as one of the better examples, you know that something is wrong. However, in an industry that is generally ruthless on ditching poorly performing ideas, Hollywood can’t stop banging its head against this particular wall. According to this article, there are no less than 56 video game properties currently being adapted into films – I haven’t checked but this may well be one of the signs of the apocalypse.

Going in the other direction, despite a lot of rubbish, rushed, blatant cash-in examples, there are actually some quite good video game adaptations based on movies. In 2014 LUC ran a contest for people to make game adaptations as part of our festival, the art department came up with this surprisingly gory take on Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, which you can play online by clicking the image below.


v. Video Game documentaries are surprisingly good

In contrast to the appalling narrative features that have sprung from the video game well, there are loads of really rather good documentaries about the creation and playing of games out there. LUC particularly recommends checking out King Of Kong, Ecstasy Of Order and Man vs Snake. Although you may end up having nightmares about some of the people featured in them.

vi. The Shining Board Game You Can Download for free

Visit this site to download a bundle of .pdf files and then warm up your printer for some table-based mad axe-brandishing fun.


vii. The Top Five Fictional Cinematic Sports

Number 5: The Transcontinental Road Race

Number 4: BASEketball

Number 3: Whack Bat

Number 2: Rollerball

Number 1: Skeet Surfing

viii. Tom Hanks Was In a Film About How Dungeons And Dragons Is Evil

Mazes and Monsters reflects the strange moment in pop culture when polite society viewed role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons as a corruptive influence on younger minds. Many thought that immersing yourself in the fantasy fiction of an RPG could lead to flirtations with Satanism, occult worship — and, in turn, criminal behaviour.”

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(article on Mashable:

LUC’s 18 Most Anticipated Films of 2017

Now that ten percent of 2017 is out of the way, it seemed as good a time as any to fire up our valve-driven, cold-war era artificial intelligence driven Anticipation-ometer, so that it can tell us which future cinematic releases we should be most excited about. Pausing only to feed in few parameters to ensure that all sequels, re-makes and re-boots were ignored, we donned our hazmat suits, engaged the cooling rods and switched the power on. After several minutes of buzzing noise, flying sparks and minor radiation poisoning, a stack of glowing metal discs were ejected,  each etched with a burst of binary data. When decoded and translated from Russian, the information formed the list following below…

One: Catfight

I guess we’re not going to be short of satires about the Unite States in the next few years. This one apparently skewers the nature of American society through the medium of an ongoing conflict between two women who really want to destroy each other and have an ongoing series of punch ups – sort of like Ridley Scott’s The Duellists. A bit.


Two: Colossal

Anne Hathaway is an alcoholic who is somehow controlling a giant monster that is causing Godzilla style chaos in Korea.


Three: The Modern Ocean

A new film from the enigmatic Shane Carruth, who made Primer and Upstream Color. Not much info yet, but let’s be honest, it is bound to be brilliant. This meagre description and an epic cast list is all we have so far:

“The storyline revolves around vengeance and the fierce competition for valuable shipping routes and priceless materials that converge in a spectacular battle on the rolling decks of behemoth cargo ships.”

Four: Prevenge

Alice Lowe’s film about a pregnant woman whose unborn child seems to encourage her to go on some sort of killing spree. Out very soon and apparently very good indeed.


Five: The Masterpiece

Franco’s film about the making of The Room, features a contractually unavoidable cameo by Tommy Wiseau. I bet that day of filming was fun, in a suicidal sort of way.

Six: Bitch

Could be a bit dark:

Bitch follows a trapped housewife and mother’s descent into insanity. Ignored by her philandering executive husband Bill, Jill finally breaks down, assuming a vicious canine persona and living down in the family’s basement, on all fours.” – Allegedly based on a real life case.

Seven: I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Made by Macon Blair who was in Blue Ruin and Green Room, this seems to have a similar theme of unfortunately escalating violent drama, but maybe with a slightly more comedic thread running through it. Frodo looks especially mad.


Eight: You Were Never Really Here

Not much info yet, but it is based on a rather good short story by Jonathan Ames about an ex military type investigator sent to rescue a girl from a cult. Joaquin Phoenix is in it, so hopefully it will be like a good version of Inherent Vice.

Nine: KUSO

Has caused walkouts and controversy, so instantly interesting but possibly very, very hard work. If you want to delve into the nastiness, there is an article on Verge about how this is the grossest film ever made.


Ten: Get Out

Tea Leaf from Psychoville goes for what looks like a racially awkward Meet The Parents weekend, which turns into some kind of escalating, racist-horror nightmare. When they were making it, I’m sure it seemed like a far fetched satire – by the time it comes out, it may seem more like a documentary.


Eleven: Bushwick

The southern states of the US decide to secede from the union and decide to invade New York to make their point. All manner of hilarity ensues. Again, something that started as an outrageous civil war version of Red Dawn, buy now looks like an eerily realistic prediction for the future.


Twelve: Free Fire

Ben Wheatley’s stagey looking shootout in a warehouse, could go either way but has a bunch of cool people involved and a nice line in sweary comedic unpleasantness in the trailer, so probably worth a punt.


Thirteen: The Sisters Brothers

An adaptation of Patrick deWitt’s brilliant book (which itself seemed to be based on an alternate universe Coen Brothers film) – telling the episodic story of two old-west killers and their involvement in an unusual prospecting scheme. The brothers are played by John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. Which seems about right.

Fourteen: Okja

Hopefully this will get more of an airing than Bong Joon-ho’s previous movie, Snowpiercer, which the Weinstein organisation went to all sorts of lengths to keep away from audiences in the UK. The story concerns a young girl protecting a giant creature from an evil corporation – no more info at the time of writing – bound to be worth checking out though.

Fifteen: The Discovery

Set in a world where the existence of an afterlife has been scientifically proven, everyone is killing themselves to get there. Sounds very similar to the idea of one of the stories from Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted to me. But still, it is an interesting idea and at least has the potential to explore some deeper ideas than the deluge of comic book crap coming out in 2017.


Sixteen: Mute

Duncan Jones’ future-noir flick which is supposed to be set in the same fictional universe as Moon. Definitely seems to have a cyberpunky/Blade Runner thing going on. The plot concerns a bartender searching for his missing girlfriend in a neon soaked futuristic Berlin. I think everybody wants this to be good.

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Seventeen: The Death Of Stalin

New film from Armando Ianucci of Thick Of It, Veep and In The Loop fame. Some of this was filmed at a London council office which makes this not only an exciting cinematic proposition, but also probably the most interesting thing to happen in UK local government in the last thirty years.

Eighteen: Nobody Speak

Documentary about how the website Gawker was brought to ruined by the legal case bought by Hulk Hogan over the publishing of a sex tape in which he made a starring appearance. The intriguing part is how Hogan’s case was bankrolled by the hyper rich Peter Thiel who had a previous grievance against the site for outing him. The whole thing looks like a test case for the fate of the free press in the US in the face of a bunch of litigious oligarchs. Hopefully there is no actual Hogan on-the-job footage involved.