The british are coming! The british are coming! Oh look, it’s not just the British, but the Irish, Australians, and South Africans are coming as well, and their armed with loaded canisters of film. Let’s not fight them, people, lets come together and welcome them with our open cinematic hearts to the Vogue Theatre (3290 Sacramento Street) from February 2nd through the 9th.
This year’s lineup offers films both new and old. While the newer films look interesting and feature a lot of things I find visually appealing in my movies i.e., Irish bare knuckle fighting (Knuckle), anything with Guy Pearce (33 Postcards), sport documentaries (Fire in Babylon), and revenge thrillers (Route Irish), it’s the older films that have really grabbed my attention.
This year the MBFF will be showing all 7 parts of the renown Seven Up documentary series, as well as a newly restored version of the 1926 silent doc, The Great White Silence. While those films alone have me amped up for some series cinema watching, I’m even more excited for this year’s focus on directorial firsts. Being that I am a big fan of director Nicholas Roeg‘s earlier work (The Man Who Fell To Earth, Don’t Look Now, Walkabout), I have no plans of missing a chance at seeing his 1970 debut, Performance. Besides Roeg, some other director first films being screened are Stephen Frears‘ (High Fidelity, The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons) 1971 crime/comedy starring Albert Finney, Gumshoe, as well as Mike Figgis‘ (Leaving Las Vegas, Hotel, Internal Affairs) 1988 crime/drama starring Tommy Lee Jones, Sting, and Melanie Griffith, Stormy Monday.
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