The Neon Demon, Suture, Barry Lyndon
The beautiful vacuity of the fashion world is reflected in Nicolas Winding Refn’s shiny new offering, The Neon Demon, while Stanley Kubrick’s monumental rise and fall opus Barry Lyndon returns on UK screens newly restored. Both releases are the occasion to look at the theme of ambition in film - excessive, obsessive, ruinous or sublime - over the summer.
In home entertainment, we welcome the restoration of enigmatic modern noir Suture, with an interview with directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Also out on Blu-ray and DVD are Andrei Tarkovsky's 1975 masterpiece Mirror and Sion Sono's twisted family film Love and Peace. Plus, to tie in with the release of Ben Wheatley's delirious Ballard adaptation High Rise, we have a podcast of an interview with the director as well as a conversation with Fay Ballard and Harley Cokeliss on J.G. Ballard.
Also this month, we talk to composer Cliff Martinez about the score for The Neon Demon and his long-term collaboration with filmmakers Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, while musician and filmmaker Barry Adamson writes about the soundtrack to Vertigo in our Reel Sounds column, in anticipation of the ‘Soundtrack’ season he has co-curated with HOME’s Artistic Director of Film Jason Wood, which will be launching in Manchester in August 2016.
In our Alter Ego column, author Daisy Johnson has picked Leeloo from The Fifth Element as her film character, and we will also be reporting from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. ■
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.
Ruthless gold-diggers, obsessive dreamers, visionary megalomaniacs: Our new theme looks at ambition in film - excessive, obsessive, ruinous or sublime, including reviews of Jodorowsky's Dune, Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath of God and Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void, along with a feature on John Huston's The Treasure of Sierra Madre, interviews, podcasts and more.
Electric Sheep Film Show
Summer Shockers: Alex Fitch presents a couple of interviews about films to chill the soul during the summer heatwave. Suture directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel discuss their classic 90s neo-noir as it sees a new release on Blu-Ray in the UK by Arrow, while FrightFest founder and programmer Alan Jones explores the various examples of international gore screening as part of this year's festival from 25-29 August 2016 at the Vue Shepherd’s Bush.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 17 August 2016 (TBC).
From 25-29 August, Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 returns with a packed programme of 62 new feature films, embracing sixteen countries and bringing together established filmmakers, British first-timers and emerging international visionaries from six continents. This year the venue is the Vue Cinema in Shepherd’s Bush. Check out the full line-up announcement here.
Tickets are now on sale via the FrightFest website. Full Festival pass £185 / Single tickets £14.
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