Director: Milos Foreman.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman. USA 1975. 133 mins.
Jack Nicholson is the ingenious, heroic free spirit R.P. ‘Mac’ McMurphy, who leads an uprising in the men’s ward of a mental hospital, run by heartless Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). Adapted from Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient) and Michael Douglas (his first producer role), the brilliant supporting cast includes Danny DeVito – in his first major role – as Martini, Brad Dourif (Billy Bibbit), Christopher Lloyd (Taber) and Will Sampson as Chief Bromden.
Director: George Miller.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult. Australia 2015. 120 mins.
Ditching the vibrant colours of the 2015 cinema release, this black-and-white version is director George Miller’s preferred vision of his post-apocalyptic world, set chronologically between Mad Max and The Road Warrior.
Max Rockatansky (Hardy) joins a band of renegades fleeing across the wastelands, led by elite Imperator Furiosa (Theron). Furiosa is hell-bent on crossing the desert in her War Rig truck to reach sanctuary in her childhood homeland. They’re hotly and viciously pursued by the warlord Immortan Joe (franchise alumnus Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his ruthless followers, including the fearsome convoy driver Nux (Hoult).
Nominated for an impressive ten Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography, this is an awesome, pyrotechnic epic.
Director: Roman Polanski.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. USA 1974. 125 mins.
Los Angeles, 1937. Private detective Jake Gittes discovers murder, corruption and enigma when he is lured into an apparently simple investigation of adultery and estrangement. Rooted in a palpable evocation of time and place and in a mordant sense of the dark underside of American history, CHINATOWN became the classic detective film of the 1970s.
Director: Dennis Hopper.
Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza, Karen Black. USA 1969. 95 mins. Colour.
Hopper’s low-budget movie of odyssey and alienation at the time of Vietnam, whose success brought Hollywood to its knees by initiating a disastrous cycle of imitative youth pictures. Great rock/folk rock score – and a star-making performance from Jack Nicholson as the drunken lawyer who hitches along for the ride.
The Fairy Tail guild sets out to capture a magical wand called Dragon Cry on behalf of the Kingdom of Fiore, after it is stolen by Zash and given to Animus of the Stella Kingdom. Dragon Cry is said to be powerful enough to destroy the world – but will Natsu be able to awaken his instincts and save everyone? Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is the latest in Screen Anime – a selection of the best and brightest Japanese animated releases on UK cinema screens.
Director: David Lynch. Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise. USA 1992. 135mins.
In the homely little town of Deerfield, an FBI agent disappears into thin air during an investigation into the mysterious murder of teenager Teresa Banks. Prompted by a series of strange, haunting visions and uncanny supernatural encounters, fellow Agent Dale Cooper (MacLachlan), becomes certain that the murderer will strike again. Meanwhile, a year on from these events in the nearby town of Twin Peaks, Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer is on a hedonistic path leading nowhere good...
At once prologue and epilogue to Lynch's iconic television series, Fire Walk With Me entered into cult history with the same strange, heady brew of folksy Americana and weird symbolism.
Screening in a beautifully restored version on the eve of the Twin Peaks Season 3 premiere, join us in a world where the birds sing a pretty song and there’s always music in the air. Costumes and logs welcome.
Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd. UK/USA 1980. 144 mins.
Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror is widely considered to be the most terrifying movie of all time. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, this tale of a family man and would-be writer (Jack Nicholson) going mad as winter caretaker of the cursed Overlook Hotel is a seminal work of the genre. It is also – as Martin Scorsese has pointed out - like no other horror film ever made – ‘essentially unclassifiable, endlessly provocative and profoundly disturbing’.
This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can’t ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he’s always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and further away from her family?
Leaving the world of J-pop behind her, Mima Kirigoe begins life as an actress on a crime drama show called Double Blind. When offered a lead role in the show as a rape victim, Mima accepts in spite of her manager’s reservations. However, the backlash from fans over her career change and a strange website called ‘Mima's Room’, written by a fake Mima, begin to worry her. When a stalker appears and people involved in Double Blind begin turning up dead, with all the evidence pointing to her, Mima is thrown into a state of confusion, madness and paranoia.