THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
CHELOVEK S KINO-APPARATOM
1929, Flicker Alley, 68 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Dziga Vertov

In his Kino Eye manifesto of 1923, director Dziga Vertov declared, “I am an eye. A mechanical eye. I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only the machine can see it,” embracing cinema as an art form that shuns traditional or Western narrative in favor of images from real life. This most studied Soviet film (named the best documentary of all time by Sight and Sound) paints a composite portrait of several Ukrainian cities, expressing Soviet themes of constructivism and collective success through a kinetic cascade of visuals.


SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II
1987, Concorde Pictures, 77 min, USA, Dir: Deborah Brock

“Thrills, chills, guitars and drills!” Revving from its slumber five years later, the only female-written-and-directed slasher film franchise returns louder than ever. Courtney (Crystal Bernard) has nightmares about a power drill-wielding maniac who terrorized her sexually repressed sister years earlier; hoping to clear her mind, she and members of her all-girl rock band rent a condo to play some music and party hard. However, Courtney’s nightmares spill into reality as the driller killer returns looking to make some noise.


BABY DRIVER
2017, TriStar Pictures, 112 min, UK/USA, Dir: Edgar Wright

The breakout hit of the year, Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER is the heist film we’ve long dreamed of. Effortlessly paying homage to its revered predecessors while magnificently catapulting the genre forward,

BABY DRIVER is a true stick of cinematic dynamite, unlike anything we’ve seen before. BABY DRIVER tells the story of the best getaway driver in the business, the always cool, music encyclopedia, Baby. After being coerced into working for a notorious crime boss, Baby is partnered with a rogue’s gallery of professional criminals as they embark on a doomed heist. In order to survive, Baby must draw on every driving skill at his disposal - and his ever-present iPod.

With a cast to die for, BABY DRIVER is a technical marvel that is crisply shot and masterfully edited; it also contains one of the greatest soundtracks committed to film. The result is a pulsating revelation and a reminder how brilliant cinema can be when it’s so effortlessly executed – BABY DRIVER is an exhilarating joyride from start to finish.


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