In this week's Netflix 911, Jamie examines the punk satire that saw Oscar winning screenwriter Nancy Dowd team up with 60's pop impresario (and director of Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke) Lou Adler to chart the birth, demise, and ultimate rebirth of the punk rock movement.
Long before The Academy considered her the only woman worthy of a Best Director Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow spent decades crafting cinema that combined barbarous action with scholarly ideas. Though Blue Steel, Near Dark, and Point Break get a lot of praise, very little is said about Strange Days; a rich tech-noir thriller with bite.
Jamie Carruthers went along to Manchester's independent cinema, The Cornerhouse, to see if Katsuhiro Otomo's genre-defining anime still holds up after 25 years of hype and advances in animation technology.
Gerard Depardieu and Nastassja Kinski star in Jean Jacques Beineix’s second feature, a depressive and surreal vision of Marseilles slum life dripping with noirish flair.
Since the 1950s, one man has reigned supreme over all exploitation cinema. The productions of Roger Corman have shaped the filmmaking industry in almost every facet. From shoot to marketing, Corman’s influence can be felt across Hollywood and beyond.
Lang creates a rich and storied world, very much based in reality, for Dr. Mabuse to run his antagonistic game of chance. Equally pulpy as it is political; Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler may seem impenetrable to casual movie-watchers, but the continued cinematic influence of Fritz Lang makes his Mabuse a surprisingly contemporary experience.
Where began the exploitation film is much discussed and disputed. Whilst many people believe that the exploitation boom was borne out of the public’s readiness to attend sexual hygiene films for a more titillating experience than the makers were expecting, others have disputed that exploitation reaches back to the very start of cinema.