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The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

Director: Macoto Tezuka

Writer: Macoto Tezuka

Cast: Kan Takagi, Shingo Kubota, Kyôko Togawa, Kiyohiko Ozaki, ISSAY

Cert: 15

Producers: Katsunori Haruta, Takashige Ichise, Katsuichi Takagi

Music: Haruo Chicada (musical director)

Cinematography: Eiichi Ôsawa

Editors: Mara Kishi, Macoto Tezuka

Running time: 101mins

Year: 1985



What’s the story: Through the magic of song and music videos, a Japanese pop duo recount their rise and fall.

What’s the verdict: You can always rely on Third Window to deliver the most cult of cult items from Asia. The Legend of the Stardust Brothers disappeared virtually unnoticed upon its 1985 release in Japan, and never saw distribution outside the country.

A shame it languished so long in obscuri...

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La La Land

la-la-land-posterDirector: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Cert: 12

Running time: 130mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: In a wonderland Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) and struggling jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling) experience the dizzying rollercoaster of love.

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What’s the verdict: Early signs were worrying. Lead actor Miles Teller was to be replaced. Lead actress Emma Watson had left to pursue other projects (Beauty and the Beast). The film was going to be a big, sprawling musical.

Could Damien Chazelle be in danger of going the way of Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly? Following a knockout breakthrough movie (Whiplash) with an indulgent dud? Could La La Land be Southland Tales?

The answer to that question is, trust Damien Chazelle...

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Must-See Films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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When writing preview features for the London Film Festival it’s difficult to resist the numbers. Those big numbers representing how many films will show over the 12 day festival, how many countries are featured, how many cinemas films are hosting films. And crucially, which numbers in the calendar you should be blocking out.

That last one’s easy – Wednesday 5th to Sunday 16th October.

But, there is one figure this year of paramount importance. 60.

In 2016 the BFI London Film Festival marks its 60th anniversary. Maintaining the original brief of being a “festival of festivals” the LFF continues to bring to the UK movies which have wowed audiences at other festivals that year.

The opening film way back in 1957 was Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Throne of Blood...

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Into the Woods

Into-The-Woods---posterDirector: Rob Marshall

Writer: James Lapine (screenplay), Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine (original musical)

Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Daniel Huttlestone, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford

Cert: PG

Running time: 125mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 fairytale mash-up musical comes to the big screen courtesy of the Mouse House. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Red Riding Hood converge in the woods along with a baker and his wife, on a quest to break a witch’s curse and have a child. A high wattage cast dive into the meta-panto spirit and it’s all gorgeously mounted, though younger audience members may flag before the finish line.

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The full verdict: Into the Woods’ journey t...

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Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribe - posterDirector: Sion Sono

Writer: Sion Sono (script) Santa Inoue (manga)

Cast: Young Dais, Ryouhei Suzuki, Nana Seino, Shota Sometani, Riki Takeuchi

Cert: 18

Running time: 117mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Ichi the Killer with a transfusion of West Side Story is one way to describe Tokyo Tribe. The most dazzling teen movie since Scott Pilgrim is another. The latest film from Japanese provocateur Sion Sono is cinematic MDMA. The plot: rival gang war, organised crime and sentimental bromance is standard stuff. The rush comes in the telling, a narcotic blast of hip-hopera, kung-fu, nudie exploitation, yakuza silliness and bizarro horror. Addiction is mandatory.

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The full verdict: Tokyo Tribe will split audiences in much the same way various gang members are bisected by the myriad katana samurai s...

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Stage Fright (2014)

Stage Fright - Allie MacDonald, Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, posterDirector: Jerome Sable

Writer: Jerome Sable

Cast: Allie MacDonald, Meat Loaf, Douglas Smith, Minnie Driver

Cert: 15

Running time: 89mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: The stalk n’slash genre gets a Glee-ful makeover with this full-on murderous musical. A summer camp for performing arts becomes the setting for bloody mayhem, one of the chief victims being musical theatre. Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver offer spirited big name support in a film that won’t be getting a Rocky Horror or Phantom of the Paradise-like cult following, but has a cheeky lightweight charm.

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The full verdict: “I’m gay, I’m gay, but not in that way!” So sings a closeted hunk in one of the many full-blooded musical numbers that pepper Jerome Sable’s infectiously fun debut.

Clearly paying homage to the giallo an...

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Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith - quad posterDirector: Dexter Fletcher

Cast: Jane Horrocks, Peter Mullan, George Mackay, Kevin Guthrie, Antonia Thomas, Freya Mavor

Cert: PG

Running Time: 100 mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Sweet-spirited, upbeat adaptation of The Proclaimer’s sell-out musical. Unfairly dubbed ‘MacMamma Mia’, Dexter Fletcher’s directorial follow-up to Wild Bill effectively utilises its source material. Friends Davy (MacKay) and Ally (Guthrie) return home from a disastrous call of duty in Afghanistan for the 25th wedding anniversary of Davy’s parents Rab (Mullan) and Jean (Horrocks) where past secrets and present doubts threaten to derail the celebrations. Silence your cynical side and journey north for a beery, teary, toe-tapping tale of home, heart and Hibernian FC.

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The full verdict: If your knowledge of t...

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