It wouldn’t be winter without a stroll down the South Bank, marinating under the aggressive Christmas lighting, head pounding, pushing past the post-office crush. Ah, London. And what better way to alleviate the dark winter weeks than sticking your head in the most multi-coloured and absurd of David Lynch (December 2 and 3). It might not be everyone’s idea of relaxation, but it might be just the thing to jolt you out of that mid-winter slump.
Thoroughly creepy, sepia-tinged 50s horror. If you like your horror films subtle, intelligent and iconic then you could do an awful lot worse than this double header (also including Oh Whistle And I’ll Come To You). A big block of Red Leicester’s worth of nightmare material stuffed into one evening’s worth of watching.
Creeping paranoia, sinister visions, a low-fi sense of impending doom. No, it’s not checking your online banking in the aftermath of work’s Christmas night out. This is David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (December 18), which follows the best of the John Carpenter-y tradition of horror flicks. And it’s in the atmospheric confines of Caroline Gardens Chapel in Peckham. Which is worth the trek south alone.
Alright, ignore the annoying alliteration in the same way you ignore plot holes in Luther. Focus on the very appealing, very intimate interior, the live piano accompaniment, the booze and the warm, predictable tears streaming down your face as Clarence gets his wings (December 18).
You know what’s good? Watching Joe Pesci getting his head set on fire on that juicy full-size cinema screen, baby! Sometimes you just need some high-def slapstick and a novel-ish venue. With The Dalloway Film Club you’re getting the best of both. Now “Silent” anything might make you flash back to those sad undergraduate discos, but this is a genuinely excellent corrective. A free drink, some popcorn and a pair of wi-fi headphones: what more do you actually need? (December 10)
Preposterous and delicious limited-edition meat parcels
At the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize