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Midnight Movies and The Moustache

Posted by: Matthew Turner 06/03/2008 @ 10:32
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 61

Midnight Movies Launch: Society
Last Friday I attended the launch of the Curzon Soho's cult movie strand, Midnight Movies, which kicked off in fine style with Brian Yuzna's ‘80s horror classic, Society. I'd never seen the movie before and although I'd heard about “The Shunting” (those who've seen the film will know what I mean), I wasn't quite prepared for the sheer ickiness of it. All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and it felt like going to a party at a friend's house, what with the laid back, not-too-loud DJ in the corner and lots of like-minded film obsessives milling about. I've already booked my ticket for next month's movie – they're showing Grindhouse as it was meant to be seen: a double-bill of Planet Terror and Death Proof with all the spoof trailers reinstated. Tickets are selling out fast though, so hurry if you want to join in. You can sign up to the mailing list by emailing midnightmovies@curzoncinemas.com and you can also send them lists of suggestions for future screenings. Check out their blog, too.

Please Release Me: The Moustache
This is the first in an occasional series of Films I Have Seen At Film Festivals That Really Deserve A Theatrical Release. I saw The Moustache at Edinburgh in 2005 and was told it was definitely getting a release but so far there's no sign of it. Essentially, it's a delightful French film about a man who begins to doubt his own existence after he shaves off his moustache and no one notices. Here's what I wrote on my Edinburgh Film Festival Blog at the time:

Vincent Lindon plays a man who has worn a moustache for the last 15 years. The film opens with him shaving in the bath and he casually asks his wife (Emmanuelle Devos) how she would feel if he shaved it off. She tells him not too, that she's grown used to it, but he shaves it off anyway. However, his wife doesn't notice. They go out to dinner and their friends don't notice either. Neither do his work colleagues the next day. He becomes angry, because he thinks his wife has told his friends not to say anything, but when he confronts her she says, "What are you talking about? You've never had a moustache." From that bizarre, intriguing premise, the film gets stranger and stranger: he leaves out photos that show him with a moustache, but they disappear and his wife denies they ever existed. A woman in the street confirms that he does indeed have a moustache in his passport photo. Then his wife buys him a hideous green jacket and makes him wear it to a restaurant. Finally, he's driven to distraction and hunts through the garbage, waking his wife up to show her a handful of hair. Then, just when his wife is about to have him committed, he escapes to Hong Kong, where he does nothing but ride the ferry all day. And then comes the brilliant ending, which I won't spoil. Lindon is terrific, with his hangdog expression and strangely sad eyes - he underplays it and it works brilliantly. Devos is really good too and you're never sure what exactly is going on. Four stars - this is easily one of my favourite films so far.’

Top 5 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):

No change this week either, though I enjoyed both Garage and The Other Boleyn Girl.

1. There Will Be Blood
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3. No Country For Old Men
4. The Edge of Heaven
5. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

DVD of the Week: Once (out now, RRP £19.99)

This week's DVD of the Week is Once, fresh from its success at the Oscars where it won Best Original Song. It's the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. If you missed it at the cinema, this is a must-buy, because it's one of the best films of last year. The DVD includes several commentaries by both the director and the actors plus a couple of decent featurettes, though sadly not the “Broken Hearted Hoover Sucker Guy” webisodes that are on the Region 1 DVD - you can see the YouTube version of it below, though.

Comments

by  Anonymous  07/03/2008 @ 10:03
The Moustache sounds very creepy. But then again, moustaches are always creepy.
by  Anonymous  10/03/2008 @ 13:55
I like the idea of film clubs and meeting people who love cinema as much as me, but then there are a lot of weirdos out there who think that because you both like the same thing, you will be best friends forever, and if they are blokes will invariably assume that they can wow you with their amazing level of detailed knowledge about all six Star Wars films and get you into bed with a piss poor Darth Vader impression. The exception to the rule though, is the Secret Cinema Club - and if you don't know what that is, then all the better, because it's a secret.
by  Anonymous  10/03/2008 @ 14:32
I shaved off my moustache and no one noticed. Big Deal.
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