|MAG's Movie Picks Of The Week
If Men in Black had been played straight, it might look a little like this preposterously enjoyable B-movie from the mid 80s. A pre-Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachalan plays a quirky FBI agent hunting parastic aliens whose mission is to turn their human hosts into homicidal maniacs on crime sprees. Find it near the top of any 'ripe for a remake' list.
One advantage of Love Film's 70,000-title catalogue is the chance to catch up on great foreign films like this outstanding thriller about a prison warder who, caught up in a riot, finds his survival dependent on pretending to be an inmate. It's a dizzyingly high concept from writer-director Daniel Monzon. See it before Paul Haggis' remake comes out next year.
Is it because its Oscar-nominated script was written by two women that Paul Feig's hit has an authenticity missing from most female-ensemble comedies? Or is it the winning performances, including scene-stealing Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy? Either way, Bridesmaids delivers straight to the funny bone.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Perhaps Wes Anderson's least appreciated film, this sees Bill Murray lead a strong cast on a quest to destroy the (mythical?) shark that killed his partner – an elaborate excuse for one of the director's examinations of quirky leadership figures and the flotsam and jetsam carried in their wake.
The Turin Horse
Winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin, Bela Tarr's final film is a fictionalised, highly allegorical story of the horse which Nietzsche famously tried to protect from a whipping, before the German philosopher collapsed into mental illness and, ultimately, death.