Noel Clarke’s new flick Storage 24 is this week’s Film Club pick! Fingers crossed it’ll be just as good as these other British movie masterpieces…
KES Poor Billy Casper’s having a tricky time of it when he meets his new best friend. Beaten at home, bullied at school, things look to be on the up when he finds a baby kestrel (Kes, obvs) and decides to give it some love. This is a properly GORGEOUS movie in every possible way, with great performances throughout and the sort of cinematography your eyes can only dream of. It’s so good, it almost makes up for the existence of Fat Slags.
BILLY ELLIOTT If you’d told us back in 1999 that a movie that combined the miners’strike with boys doing ballet would come along and fill our hearts with joy in its purest form, we’d have probably laughed in your face. And then there was Billy Elliott…the movie that turned Jamie Bell from Durham dancer to Hollywood superstar. That said, Julie Walters is in it so it was never going to be bad.
WITHNAIL AND I Still Richard E Grant’s most famous role 20 years on, Withnail is a stone cold classic. Grant blows it out of the water. In every. Single. Scene, spouting some of British cinema’s most famous lines thanks to one of the best screenplays every written by anyone, ever.
The studio actually hated the movie and threatened to fire writer/director Bruce Robinson, who actually walked out before lunch on the first day. Luckily it all got sorted, or we’d have been deprived of the immortal ‘I feel like a pig shat in my head.’
BRIEF ENCOUNTER Two folks, both married, meet on a train platform and decide to be besties. But friendship turns to something more, and before you can say tea and crumpets this respectful twosome are contemplating throwing it all away for love’s sake. Oh dear…
Probably the greatest weepie ever made, and it didn’t need Bette Midler crooning Wind Beneath My Wings to get there. Even the stiffest of upper lips is guaranteed to wobble.
BRAZIL Originally considered too bleak and blocked by studio honchos left right and centre, this 1984-esque dystopian sci-fier was only released after director Terry Gilliam begged someone to buy it in trade press ads. Now it’s like, dead famous and has been named a favourite by such famous director sorts as the Coen Brothers! Like Metropolis but with more paperwork, Brazil sees Sam Lowry attempting to correct a mistake that led to a man’s wrongful imprisonment, only to be hunted by the state.
Fact: we first saw this movie in a high school English lesson. We wept in front of the whole class.
Storage 24 is out now. Here’s the trailer:
But just what is this Film Club malarkey all about? It’s simples, really. Each week we send a pair of cinema tix (ODEON or Cineworld, whichever is best) to 10 of our most active Facebook/Twitter followers. We put the film we’re going to see to the vote, and the winning film is the one we all go to see. Then we all sit around on Facebook on the Sunday night (6.30) and chat about it. Magic. Sound like something you want to get involved with? Drop us a line at twitter.com/f_t_r_c or on Facebook at on.fb.me/d4dMv8
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