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.
This award-winning story follows a young girl named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima where she marries Shusaku Hojo, a young clerk who works at the local naval base. Living with his family, Suzu becomes essential to the running of the household and creatively prepares meals during the tough wartime conditions while also carrying out daily housework. In 1945, intense bombings by the US military finally reach Kure, with devastating effect to the townsfolk and their way of life. Suzu’s life is changed irrevocably, but through perseverance and courage, she manages to continue to live life to the fullest.
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?