Posts tagged ‘Prince Charles Cinema’

May 27, 2012

Iron Sky (2012 – Cinema)

“All presidents who start a war in their first term get re-elected”

The idea of a film about the Nazis returning from their hidden base on dark side of the moon to invade earth with a giant flying saucer powered by an iPad sounds like a hilarious concept.  Thankfully 2012’s ‘Iron Sky’ doesn’t just drag this one joke out for 90 minutes, it positively crams in the gags and references to famous scenes in past films mocking the Nazis like ‘Dr. Strangelove’ and ‘The Great Dictator‘ and the recreation of a certain scene from ‘Downfall’ had the audience rolling in the aisles with one wobble of the spectacles.  The cast have great fun with their performances including exploitation cinema legend Udo Kier who revels in his role as the creepy lunar Führer. The makers clearly made ‘Iron Sky’ with a love of exploitation B-Movies in their hearts but with their eyes set firmly on A-Movie production values.  The huge space battle scenes easily rival anything George Lucas or James Cameron could cook up but these guys did on a thousandth of their budgets.

The UK release by distribution company Revolver has limited ‘Iron Sky’ to one day in the cinemas which has been condemned by the filmmakers (You can read about it here).  The exception comes from the wonderful Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester square which is running it all week, so go catch a screening. Give this Indie gem your support because as the trailer says “The battle for earth is gonna get Nazi!”.

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February 26, 2012

Prince Charles Cinema’s Charlie Awards 2012

“For the rest of your life will be looking over your shoulder”

I’ve been a bit excited about attending ‘The Charlie Awards’ at the Prince Charles Cinema. The idea is to be an Alt-Oscars with two categories; Best old film Screened By The PCC in 2011 and best new film Of 2011.  The audience was invited to vote on-line from a short list and turn up on the night for a surprise Double-Bill. Just for the record, I voted for ‘Army Of Darkness’ and ‘The Artist’. On Sunday at around 6.15pm, party poppers were handed out anda brief introduction was given. An actual ‘Charlie’ statuette was handed to the girl with the best frock, and then the lights dimmed and the first film began.

The poppers all went off as the BBFC card came up with the words ‘Back To The Future’. I started grinning as you can never watch 1985’s BTTF too many times. When I was a kid I thought Marty McFly was the coolest guy ever and I dressed head to toe like him. Jeans, Denim jacket (with sleeves rolled up), check shirt, trainers, shades, Sony Walkman and even the hair style. I never stretched to the braces and actually learning how to hang onto the back of a car while skateboarding though.  It never ceases to amaze me the way Robert Zemeckis pulled all his elements together to create one of the greatest Popcorn thrill rides ever.

After a quick breather to stretch legs and refill Colas the lights went down again for the PCC’s best film of 2011 (Drum roll)… ‘Drive’. Now the first time I saw ‘Drive’ I hated it. The pacing, the acting, the cinematography, the casting, the effects and the script all irritated me but I did think the Electro soundtrack was fantastic. I must have been in a cranky mood at that first screening, as this time I loved it. I loved the staccato pacing, the wonderful subtlety of the acting, the neon look of the lighting, the excellent cast and the daring minimalism of the script. The cartoonish gore effects are still a bit laughable although the film’s sudden violent moments audibly shocked many others in the cinema. The first time I thought it was all style over substance but now I think it’s still achingly stylish but with passionate depths beneath. By god I’m gonna have to go get that soundtrack now, it’s still ringing in my ears… “You have proved to be… a real human being… and a real hero”.

 

February 13, 2012

The Room (2003 – Cinema)

“You don’t understand anything, man… leave your stupid comments in your pocket”

Yesterday I finally got to see Tommy Wiseau’s infamous 2003 film ‘The Room’ at the Prince Charles Cinema as part of their The Room Week.  Unfortunately I was a few minutes late to see Tommy himself doing a live Q&A (Although On the way out after, one punter was saying “What kind of Q&A was that?!?! he didn’t even say anything!!”).  The room has been promoted with the line “If The Room is the Citizen Kane of bad movies, that makes Tommy Wiseau the Orson Welles of crap”.  This wonderfully describes how eye-gougingly awful the film is and also the admiration one feels that one man could create a movie that stands head and shoulders below everything else mankind has yet created (Of course I haven’t seen Madonna’s new film ‘W.E.’ yet!).

Tommy Wiseau directed, wrote and starred in the film despite the now obvious fact that he can’t direct, can’t write and his acting is isn’t just bad it’s like his face is trying to channel some hitherto unknown emotions he’s learned from some visiting aliens.  What also impacts on his lead performance is that his face and body is that of a disfigured 1930s Universal Studios monster.  In fact the multiple shots of Tommy’s cadaverous naked buttocks pulsating in front of the camera during the many ill-judged sex scenes are still giving me Vietnam style flashbacks (To quote the Colonel… “The horror, the horror”).  At one point the lead actresses very neck muscles are comically popping out and misbehaving, perhaps in an attempt to get away from this film.

Clearly I’m way behind some of the people who have already been indoctrinated into the cult.  Some audience members knew all the lines and shouted them out, held lighters in the air during a love scene, threw spoons into the air (When a picture of a spoon was shown!) and were even having loud imagined conversations with the characters on the screen.  It was one of those boisterous and hilarious screenings that the PCC is uniquely famous for.  Go see The Room at least once but I guarantee you’ll want to see it again!

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