Perthians, January is drawing to a close (ish) and the Luna Outdoor Cinema in Leederville has a fine range of movies that you will enjoy, along with some excellent drinks and snacks. Get ye down to Oxford Street and peruse the silver screen by moonlight. Sessions commence at 8:15 PM. Here are this week’s films .
PRISCILLA (TUE-WED, 23-24 JAN)
With quiet observations and volatile emotions, the biopic Priscilla compellingly shows the doomed relationship of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. With Cailee Spaeny‘s performance in the title role leading the way, Priscilla sees Sofia Coppola taking a tender yet clear-eyed look at the often toxic blend created by mixing first love and fame.
When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla’s long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy, and fame.
ANATOMY OF A FALL, (THU-SAT, 25-27 JAN)
(French with English subtitles.)
In Justine Triet‘s film, starring Sandra Hüller and Samuel Theis, a marriage and a death are subject to the minutest scrutiny, as a woman is suspected of her husband’s murder, and their blind son faces a moral dilemma as the sole witness. A smart, solidly crafted procedural that’s anchored in family drama, Anatomy of a Fall finds star Sandra Hüller and director/co-writer Justine Triet operating at peak power.
For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Samuel’s suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect. What follows is not just an investigation into the circumstances of Samuel’s death but an unsettling psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel’s conflicted relationship.
THE ROOM (SUN, 28 JAN)
Grab your friends and get ready to throw spoons once again as Wiseau’s disasterpiece returns to the big screen for another sensational night of the cult phenomenon that’s so bad it’s good! Hosted by either RTRFM’s Tristan Fidler (Movie Squad) or Monkey Collective Immersive’s James Palm.
The Room is basically a love triangle set in a San Francisco apartment building. But it’s filled with subplots that go nowhere, dodgy green-screen skylines, lots of un-sexy sex scenes and acting that wouldn’t pass muster on a soft-focus soapie. The Room has garnered a massive worldwide cult following (especially in Perth!) leaving audiences stunned and laughing and is beloved by comic actors such as Kristen Bell, and Paul Rudd.
Friends, dress as your favourite character, wear tuxedos, throw spoons, bring roses, toss footballs, eat metaphoric apples and yell insulting comments about the quality of the film, as well as lines from the film itself. Be prepared for a really a wild evening. You won’t forget it, that’s for sure. A strange, bizarre and unique cinematic experience
ALL OF US STRANGERS (MON-TUE, 29-30 JAN)
Adam (Andrew Scott) is a lonely, middle-aged screenwriter, eking out a solemn existence in contemporary London by bingeing on takeaway dinners and late night T.V. One night in his near-empty apartment block, he has a chance encounter with his mysterious and sensual neighbour, Harry (Paul Mescal), which punctures the bleak routine of his everyday life. As a tentative romance begins to flourish between them, Adam is preoccupied with memories of the past and finds himself drawn back to the suburban town where he grew up.
Travelling back to his childhood home, Adam somehow finds his long-deceased parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell) still living there, as youthful as they were when he lost in them in a car crash at just 12 years-old. Though at first incredulous, Adam can’t help but relish the opportunity to bask in the parental love and attention he never received as a child. But when it comes to coming out, the seismic difference in British politics between now and 30 years ago strains their miraculous family reunion, forcing them to confront and navigate the generational trauma of gay shame and familial estrangement.
Adapted from Japanese author Taichi Yamada‘s award winning novella Strangers, All of Us Strangers is a heroically unabashed treatise about the healing power of love, expressed through extraordinary cinematography and a quartet of stars bouncing off each other to hit stratospheric acting highs.
GODZILLA MINUS ONE (WED 31 JAN)
(Japanese with English subtitles.)
From filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki comes GODZILLA MINUS ONE, the first Japanese Godzilla movie since Shin-Godzilla (2016).
When Kamikaze pilot Shikishima (Ryunosuke Kamiki) makes an unscheduled landing at an island outpost in the final days of World War II, an enormous creature from the ocean depths destroys his aircraft. When the same creature reappears years later, Shikishima becomes part of an impossible mission to save his young family and a devastated post-war Japan.
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