Director: John Cameron Mitchell.
Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shore, Michael Pitt. USA 2001. 92 mins.
Hedwig is playing small joints in the States with her band The Angry Inch whilst recounting her life story. Originally a boy in East Berlin who married a GI after a botched sex-change operation, she ends up dumped in a trailer park and falls for a local teenager, Tommy, who steels her songs and becomes a huge star. Glam Rock has never seemed less glamorous for the down-at-heel Hedwig.
Director: Ira Sachs.
Starring: Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri. USA/Greece 2016. 85 mins.
Set in New York, this charming coming-of-ager is a tender tale of teenage friendship. Brooklyn boys Jake and Tony (impressive newcomers Taplitz and Barbieri) become best pals when Jake’s parents, Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle), move into the apartment above the shop run by Tony’s mother, Leonor (Paulina García, Gloria). Director Sachs (Love Is Strange) beautifully observes the boys’ time together, allowing their friendship to flourish organically. But inevitably, trouble arises. The shop was leased from Brian’s late father, and when Brian discovers that Leonor is paying far below the market rent, he sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to rip the boys apart. This nostalgic but never sentimental look at childhood is also a story about how innocence is often punctured by the complexities of grown-up life. Subtle and telling, the result is a gem.
Director: Oliver Stone. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans. France/Germany/USA 2016. 134 mins.
Having discovered that the US government is eavesdropping on the digital lives of millions of innocent Americans in the name of national security, loyal CIA contractor and computer genius Edward Snowden (Gordon-Levitt) undergoes a damascene conversion. In leaking thousands of classified documents to the Guardian newspaper to expose this malfeasance, he became a pariah to some, a twenty-first-century hero to others. Oliver Stone’s chillingly persuasive account of Snowden’s journey from patriotic soldier to global whistleblower allows us to make our own judgement, not least thanks to a finely balanced script from Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman), and stunning performances from Gordon-Levitt, Woodley (Divergent’s Tris) as his feisty girlfriend, Tom Wilkinson as a Guardian elder and Ifans as Snowden’s CIA handler. Gripping.
Written by Quentin Tarantino, TRUE ROMANCE is a hip, hard-edged story of modern love – a fast-paced tale of romance surviving in a violent world.
Shy, lonely comic-book boffin Clarence (Slater) meets Alabama (Arquette), his dream girl, during a triple bill of old kung fu movies at a local cinema. After a whirlwind courtship, violence erupts and the couple find themselves on the run from police and gangsters alike. Firmly rooted in pop culture, the film bears many of the classic Tarantino hallmarks: razor-sharp dialogue, outbursts of visceral violence, and numerous cinematic references, in this case to BADLANDS and SOMETHING WILD among others.
Now on a digital print for the very first time, TRUE ROMANCE looks bigger, brasher, badder and more stylish than ever.