Greetings Earthlings!. From this day forth, the space cadets and intergalactic warriors being assembled at Grindhouse Therapy will be rounding up some of the best (or worst?) films or documentaries of the month for you to quite possible consider paying good clean (or filthy?) money to see at the local cinema of your choice. So if you are into cult, arthouse/independent cinema, yet still occasionally like to pig out with an array of food at your side, in front of a multi-zillion dollar blockbuster, from time to time, then we hope you will like some of the films we deem worthy to mention.
Along with latest cinema releases we will also be covering latest DVD/Blu Ray releases, Latest Music/Video’s, and also a what’s on guide to the very best in art exhibitions and gigs from around the planet and past the attacked ships of Orion, the glittering C- beams in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate and far beyond!!.
1. Amy. A harrowing and often sad documentary on the tragic rise and fall of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died aged 27 in 2011 from alcohol poisoning and complications due to her drug dependancies. From award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna 2010), which has already gained notoriety and controversy due mainly to Kapadia’s portrayal of Mitch Winehouse in the film as an uncaring father who kept Amy from getting professional help rather than continuing on her lucrative concert tour. The entire story is told through extensive archive footage and photographs with occasional audio interviews Amy gave with her ex-husband Blake Fielder.
The film is a fitting tribute to a fun loving girl from Camden, North London with a unique talent, who ascended to the upper echelons of super stardom status along with all it’s pitfalls in a very public way.
Amy is released in selected cinemas on 3 July 2015 (U.K and U.S only).
2. The Salt Of the Earth (2014). Another documentary on the list, this time from filmmakers Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders on the Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado (father of Ribeiro). First shown at The Cannes Film Festival in May 2014, this is a visually stunning work of beautiful cinematography that chronicles the work of the celebrated photographers journey from the early 1980’s photographs of tens of thousands of workers at the now closed gold mine plant of Sera Palada in his native Brazil, and his depictions of the anguish and human suffering throughout four decades (always in black and white), up to his latest projects, which sees a more humanistic and sympathetic approach to Salgado’s work.
The best place to watch this film is on a big screen, which means that The Salt of The Earth is our recommended choice of the month.
The Salt of the Earth is now showing in selected cinemas in the U.K from 3 July 2015.
3. Victoria. From German filmmaker Sebastion Schipper. The film starts in the small hours of the morning in a Berlin nightclub with the lead character Victoria (played by Laia Costa) dancing to the thumping sounds of a techno beat (and strobe lighting). It soon becomes apparent that Victoria is foreign and alone and unable to speak German. After leaving the club she soon becomes embroiled in an adrenalin pumping heist with a local gang of amateur criminals, which is filmed in real-time.
Victoria is a unique experience in cinema with the entire film being shot in a single take (130 minutes), without a single cut or edit, with most of the dialogue improvised, and shot in a single day between 4:30 am and 7:00 am in Berlin.
Victoria was initially released on 11 June (Germany), and is now released worldwide (in selected cinemas).
4. Ant Man. Directed by Payton Reed, and adapted from a comic by Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee, along with artists Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, first published in 1962. Despite the failed attempt from first choice directer and screenwriter Edgar Wright, after having spent more than 8 years on the project. It looks like the Marvel juggernaut hasn’t wavered due to the last minute change of director, and will prove to be a big box office hit… or maybe not!, let’s wait and see?.
Ant-Man is released worldwide on 17 July (2015)
5. Frank The Bastard. A haunting tale of long-buried secrets uncovered in a remote town in Maine, New England. From director/writer Brad Coley (The Undeserved 2004), and described as a “Northern Gothic” movie by Paladin company president Mark Urman. The story centers around 33 year old Clair Defina (played by Rachel Miner), returning to her childhood home, after she and her father had fled due to her mothers tragic and mysterious death. Clair eventually encounters hostility and uncovers secrets buried by the local bigwig Cyrus Gast and his enigmatic bastard son Frank.
Frank The Bastard is released (U.S, New York and Los Angeles only) on 28 July (2015).
6. 13 minutes (Elser). From director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall 2004). 13 minutes tells the true story of German pacifist Georg Elser, the man who nearly thwarted the second world war in 1939 by assassinating Adolf Hitler at a Nazi convention in Munich, the 13 minutes in the title refers to the time from when Hitler left the platform to the time when the bomb actually detonated, causing eight deaths and massive damage to the spot where the fuhrur had previously been standing. Hitler always began his speeches at the same time every year, but on this occasion, decided to leave early, eager to return to Berlin. After making a disastrous English speaking biopic on the late princess Diana it looks like filmmaker Hirshbiegel is back to a winning formula.
13 minutes is released worldwide (in selected cinemas) on 17 July 2015.
7. The Gallows. From directors/writers Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, along with production company Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious). The latest in the current trend of found-footage style supernatural horror films. The film will probably appeal to some people who like this style of film, and others (myself included) will probably give it a miss and watch it when it’s eventually released on Blu Ray.
The Gallows is released worldwide (in selected cinemas) on 17 July 2015.
8. True Story. The debut feature length film for writer and stage director Rupert Goold, with James Franco and Jonah Hill together again in a movie that is not a comedy. The film tells a fictionalised account of the real life events of disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Hill) who forms a bond with murder suspect Christian Longo (Franco) who had stolen the reporters identity and was hiding under a similar name in Mexico before being incarcerated. After Finkel was fired from the magazine for fabricating part of an article, the film deals with an episode which took place between 2001-2 between the pair after Longo promises to give Finkle complete access to his story in exchange for lessons in how to write.
True Story was first released in April 2015 (U.S) and is due for release in the U.K and Ireland on 24 July 2015.