Out Now – 4th November 2011

Straw Dogs
A classic and controversial film is remade and relocated from the deep South of Cornwall to the deep South of America as a couple rub the locals up the wrong way, leading the locals to rape and torture them. Not the most mindlessly violent film out this week, but still far from fun.

Weekend
A one night stand between two men spirals into something much deeper. From IMDb, as written by the writer/director Andrew Haigh; “The Weekender is both an honest and unapologetic love story between two guys and a film about the universal struggle for an authentic life in all its forms.” How embarrassing, he got the title wrong.

Oslo, August 31st (limited release)
A day in the life of a recovering drug addict in Oslo. Norwegian adaptation of a French book with a title that could get confusing when up on a marquee.

Jack Goes Boating (limited release)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, amazing man that he is, is turning his hand to directing and in typical “my first movie” fashion is making a small emotional film with himself in the lead role. This won’t make the film any less amazing though.

The Future (limited release)
“When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.” This sounds amazing! Not least because Miranda July is credited as both the lead and the voice of Paw-Paw.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (limited release)
In 19th Century China two girls invent a secret code in order to communicate in a country with strict social rules. Girl power, etc.

Will (limited release)
“An orphan journeys across Europe to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul.” At first this left me cold, but then I found out that Damien Lewis is in the film. Damien Lewis is always worth a look-see.

Junkhearts (limited release)
Gritty British film about three individuals struggling with various combinations of alcoholism, drug addiction and homelessness. You may need to go and see The Future or Jack Goes Boating afterwards to regain happiness in your life.

Sound It Out (limited release)
Documentary about the last surviving vinyl record shop in Teeside. A film about men and their music and an outdated, impractical but ultimately irreplaceable musical format.

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (limited release)
Expect a very limited release for this video nasty causing an endless fuss. Shot in black and white we follow a man obsessed with this film’s predecessor, intent on making a twelve person human centipede. Apparently there is a Schindler’s List moment, only there is no girl in a red coat but instead a substance spraying from a wound… Spielberg’s legacy is everywhere.