We’ll be sharing cinema together again soon, but until then, Palace Cinemas wants to share some of our film favourites with our Weekly Watch List. Here’s to sharing and staying safe.
THREE COLOURS: RED (1987) | Krzystof Kieslowski
Valentine, a beautiful model, crosses paths with a retired judge and discovers that he amuses himself by eavesdropping on all of his neighbours’ phone conversations. A complex, and fully realized portrait of interconnected lives Three Colours: Red is an incredible story of spiritual kinship and mutual redemption.
“Another deft, deeply affecting variation on Krzysztof Kieslowski’s recurring theme that people are interconnected in ways they can barely fathom.” Lisa Nesselson, Variety.
Stream it on Kanopy.
THE APARTMENT (1960) | Billy Wilder.
This ‘comedy’ may have some pretty heavy themes, but legendary director Billy Wilder’s customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos – and wound up winning 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.
“All this is quite a load for a comedy, but where else has social comment ever been so effective? Wilder hones his points to a piercing edge….” James Powers, Hollywood Reporter.
Rent it on itunes, Google Play or Youtube or stream it on Stan.
NOISE (2007) | Matthew Saville
A young Melbourne police officer, suffering from tinnitus, is pitched into chaos after a tragic event on a suburban train in a small community and must deal with both his affliction and those around him recoiling with the afterburn of the crime. Up there with Australia’s best ever noir films.
“It is… difficult to find an Australian police drama more sophisticated and moment-by-moment compelling than this extraordinary film…” Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian.
Rent on iTunes, Google Play or Youtube or stream on Kanopy.
BARTON FINK (1991) | Joel & Ethan Coen.
Here’s one for your isolation madness… Disturbingly captivating, the Coen brothers’ satirical tale of a 1940s playwright struggling with writer’s block is packed with their trademark sense of humor with darkly haunting undertones. For those that haven’t seen, stick with it, you’ll lose your head if you don’t.
“Gnomic, claustrophobic, hallucinatory, just plain weird, it is the kind of movie critics can soak up thousands of words analyzing and cinephiles can soak up at least three espressos arguing their way through.” Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine.
Rent it on itunes, Google Play or Youtube.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (1994) | Mike Newell
This irresistible classic boasts one of the most flawless romantic-comedy screenplays of all time, irresistible performances from Hugh Grant and Annie MacDowell, as well as a charming group of friends you genuinely feel you belong a part of. If you’re feeling lonely, this is your cure.
“Richard Curtis’ screenplay is a celebration, and the film’s success is that we end up celebrating with it.” Quentin Curtis, Independent on Sunday.
Rent it on iTunes, Google Play or YouTube, or stream on Foxtel Now or Stan.