Two For The Road (1967) | 05 February 2020
Director: Stanley Donen
Cast: Audrey Hepburn And Albert Finney
Duration: 1 hr 51 mins
One of the best studies of a marriage in crisis, Stanley Donen's under-rated "Two for the Road" was a major influence on Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut". Kubrick even hired Frederic Raphael who wrote 'Two for the Road' to co-write his own film. Though Donen's film is much lighter and comic in tone it is also revolutionary in its "back and forth non-linear" approach as we examine the evolution of the marriage through vignettes over a 10-year period. Finney and Hepburn are characteristically charming as the couple in crisis. The famous title song was written by Henry Mancini
Mr. Holmes (2015) | 12 February 2020
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Ian McKellan, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Milo Parker
Duration: 1 hr 50 mins
Set in 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes has retired to a remote cottage, living with a housekeeper and her young son for company. He revisits a previous unsolved case that continues to haunt him, trying to recall events and search for answers as the mystery deepens.
The Band Wagon (1953) | 19 February 2020
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse
Duration: 1 hr 51 mins
One of the great, underrated musicals of the 50s, Vincente Minnelli’s (The Bad and the Beautiful, Gigi, An American in Paris) delightful look at the functioning of the theatre world features some of the best dancing ever put on the screen with the standout ‘girl hunt ballet’ being imitated to this day - it inspired Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ music video. What makes Astaire’s dancing achievements even more remarkable is that he was 53 at the time of the film’s shooting. Other standout numbers include ‘That’s Entertainment ‘, ‘A Shine on Your Shoes’ and ‘Dancing in the Dark’. The film is an ode to the primacy of entertainment over pretension in the arts
Force Majeure (2014) | 26 February 2020
Director: Ruben Ostlund
Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli
Language: Swedish with English subtitles.
Duration: 2 hours
Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund’s film follows a young family vacationing in the French Alps and observes the consequences ensuing from the instinctive reaction by the patriarch when confronted by a sudden incident. This amusing psychological relationship drama lightly explores the impact of human frailty, emotions and moral dilemmas in modern civilization.
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