Monday, 2 December 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 355: Fri Dec 20

No1 Bad Santa (Zwigoff, 2003): Prince Charles Cinema, 4.10pm

Chicago Reader review:
After the remarkable one-two punch of Crumb and Ghost World, Terry Zwigoff eases into the mainstream with this R-rated holiday comedy (2003) about an alcoholic thief (Billy Bob Thornton) working as a department store Santa. He and his partner, a caustic dwarf (Tony Cox), show up in a different city every year and rip off the store safe on Christmas Eve, but their scam is complicated this time when a miserable fat kid (Bret Kelly) attaches himself to the bitter, foulmouthed Thornton. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the story, using the ancient gag of the toxic Santa as a vehicle for their patented brand of misanthropy. With Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, and John Ritter in his last film.
JR Jones

Here (and above) is the trailer.


No2 Black Christmas (Clark, 1974): Ritzy Cinema, 11.15pm

This movie also screens on Saturday 21st December. Details here.

Ritzy introduction:
The few remaining residents of a Canadian sorority house are celebrating the onset of Christmas vacation when a thirteen year-old girl is found dead in the park. Soon, it is discovered that one of the sorority sisters is missing, which triggers a terrifying chain of murders within the house...
Director Bob Clark's tense, effective film is a precursor to the 'slasher' films Friday 13th and Halloween that would come a half decade later.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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