New cinema Whoa, it’s a film glorifying the bad guys! Who’s a regular movie-goer even meant to root for anymore?! But relax, they’ve all been equipped with sympathetic hero fodder: a treasure chest of smarmy, not-that-funny wise-cracks. Phew!
Netflix A grim story that underlines those “sniff the water and you’ll instantly die three times” headlines about Brazil’s current plight. It’s probably the nation’s best film, taking you on an emotional journey into the poverty-driven gang warfare on the outskirts of Rio.
MUBI This is what you’d think Stranger Things was like if you only watched its title sequence. But while most of that show’s about kids with no teeth hiding a creepy girl under a table, OGF is more sinister. Everything throbs a soft red like there’s an alarm going off silently. Eerie as you like, mate.
BFI, Sat Says it all in the title: a loud, frantic movie from Spanish master Pedro Almodovar. The experience of watching it in the cinema is, at times, like sitting in a Hen-Do Simulator. Endure that to get to the joy of the genuinely great black-comedy bits.
30th anniversary re-release Sid Vicious’ life, suitably presented as a collage of carnage. Full of crazy moments that would be amazing to see popping up on Instagram Stories. Although the current wave of “OMG new feature… Not sure about it tho :-/” posts sure is entertaining!
An international festival of light
Dinner in a decommissioned 1967 underground carriage
Half-price brunch and a HUGE fried chicken burger