Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 6: Mon Jan 6

No1 Only God Forgives (Winding Refn, 2013): Rooftop Cinema, Kensington, 7pm

The key here is the experience as much as the film. Here's the introduction to the night's entertainment:

The Rooftop Film Club is back in an exclusive marquee situated 100ft above Kensington High Street tucked away in the tranquil setting of 1.5 acres of themed gardens. On arrival at The Roof Gardens please give your name at the reception area. Doors are open from 6pm, with your screening starting at around 7pm

Tickets include a glass of wine or a bottle of beer (soft drinks available) and a freshly prepared hot snack (a vegetarian option will be available) grilled on the outdoor coal fire barbecue. We suggest arriving early so that you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your snack and wander around the gardens before the screening begins.

N.B. All screenings are indoors in a heated marquee in The Tudor Garden area of the Kensington Roof Gardens. 

The bonus is the chance to see one of last year's most talked about films.

Chicago Reader review of Only God Forgives:
After the relatively mild-mannered Hollywood release Drive (2011), Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn returns with a grisly tale of vengeance set in the Bangkok underground. Ryan Gosling is the relative good guy (he refuses to murder a schoolgirl), an American drug smuggler caught up in a war between his dragon-lady mother (Kristin Scott Thomas, outstanding) and an icy crime kingpin who dispatches victims with a samurai sword (Vithaya Pansringarm). As always, Refn's style is captivating—much of the action takes place under infernal red light but the fascination with extreme gore never amounts to more than a fetish, and there's none of the deft characterization that made his revered Pusher trilogy and British biopic Bronson so engaging.
JR Jones

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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