Showroom Cinema with Andy Moore
This coming week at the Showroom Cinema sees the arrival of the much-anticipated film ‘Parasite’.
The first Korean film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, it’s a genuinely jaw-dropping pitch-black social satire which is not to be missed. The film sees a family of grifters infiltrate the lives of a much wealthier family, and things first go comically, then horribly, wrong...
On Monday the 3 rd of February we’ve got a special preview screening with a satellite Q&A with the director beamed live from the Curzon Mayfair in London. (The film then opens on general release from the 7 th February).
An equally distinctive film hitting our screens this week is Robert Eggers’ nightmarish and hallucinatory The Lighthouse, a film that The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, in a five-star review, described as “Steptoe and Son at sea and in hell”.
If that doesn’t make you want to see it, I’m not sure what will…
Our other new releases this week include the stylish and provocative Queen & Slim and the heart-warming A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Queen and Slim sees a couple’s otherwise forgettable first date take an unexpectedly tragic turn as a traffic stop turns violent.
The pair become unlikely folk heroes – a kind of black Bonnie & Clyde – and the film takes us on compelling journey that sensitively explores African American solidarity in the face of systematic racism and police brutality in the US.
It’s the kind of subject matter that, if he’d lived, the real-life Fred Rogers (the subject of Marielle Heller’s striking biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) would no doubt have tackled on his ground-breaking US children’s show.
With a deeply held belief that children lead emotional lives just as complex and rich as adults, Rogers’ show (Mister Rogers Neighborhood), tackled difficult subjects like grief, divorce and racial prejudice - often through puppetry and song.
A genuine national institution in the US, in the film Rogers is played by another national treasure - Tom Hanks (in an Oscar nominated performance).
It’s perfect casting, with Hanks nailing Rogers’ quiet charisma and charm.
Finally, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns once again this February, with another jam-packed season showcasing the diversity and uniqueness of Japanese cinema.
Our season kicks off on Sunday the 2 nd of February with My Dad is a Heel Wrestler, in which Japanese pro-wrestler Hiroshi Tanahashi stars as the father of a nine-year-old boy whose world is shaken when he finds out his dad is a wrestling villain known as Cockroach Mask!