Jesse James. Billy the Kid. Calamity Jane – the Old West has a rich and iconic history that immediately conjures up the names of the cowboys and outlaws who roamed the plains of the American Frontier in the late nineteenth century. Join us as we look down the barrel of the gun at six of Hollywood’s best movies about the gunslingers of the Ol’ Wild West!
The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.
“Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.”
On 24 June, Indicator presents a selection of iconic independent productions from the 1970s and 80s – Black Joy (1977); Scum (1979); The Missionary (1982); and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) – which bring together some of British film and television’s most celebrated talents, both on and off screen, including award-winning cinematographers Phil Méheux and Peter Hannan – both of whom worked closely with Indicator to ensure that the films all look as they originally intended.
“Life is for living…”
“Greetings from Tromaville!” Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, is heading to the United Kingdom on Wednesday, 13th March for a screening of his 1996 Shakespeare-based opus, Tromeo & Juliet at the Deptford Cinema in London. There will also be a special Q&A with Kaufman!
Tromeo & Juliet has been praised by The New York Times as “goofily exhilarating” and “a deliriously grossed-out parody of Shakespeare”.
“Body piercing, kinky sex, dismemberment. The things that made Shakespeare great.”
On 22 April, Indicator presents a selection of classic films, directed by and starring some of Hollywood cinema’s most celebrated talents, all available on Blu-ray for the first time: Dragonwyck (1946); The Snake Pit (1948); The Reckless Moment (1949); and Lilith (1964).
“I remembered once reading in a book, that long ago they used to put insane people into pits full of snakes. I think they figured that something which might drive a normal person insane, might shock an insane person back into sanity.”
Indicator presents a genre-spanning quartet of London-set films, all starring, written and directed by some of Britain’s most celebrated and iconic talents, and released on Blu-ray for the first time. First, two uncompromising thrillers from the more conservative half of the 1960s: The Third Secret (1964); and Psyche 59 (1964). Next, two films which explore sexual freedom as the ‘Swinging’ decade comes to a close: Take a Girl Like You (1970); and A Severed Head (1971).
“The screen prowls the lonely place where lust hides!”
Indicator ushers in 2019 with an eclectic quartet of distinctive American films directed by and starring some of the most iconic and celebrated talents of their day: Gardens of Stone (1987); R.P.M. (1970); and Breakout (1975).
However, 2018 is not over yet. Indicator are delighted to announce that Powerhouse Films will present its first ever theatrical release on 14 December – Dennis Hopper’s visionary The Last Movie (1971).
“There is a time to die and a time not to.”
Slasher Pack X: Tarantino includes four Japanese inspired horror tees from Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown; available for pre-order now!
“Every dog has his day…”
This November Indicator presents a quartet of classic British films from the 1960s. First up are two films from the heyday of the Swinging Sixties: Silvio Narizzano’s Georgy Girl (1966); and Bryan Forbes’ The Wrong Box (1966).
In addition, Indicator present two films from the end of the decade: Albert Finney’s directorial debut, Charlie Bubbles (1968); and Michael Powell’s stunning, yet much-maligned Age of Consent (1969).
“The wildest thing to hit the world since the mini-skirt!”
In 1818 Mary Shelley produced one of the most influential texts in literature: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Her novel attracted a huge degree of critical attention and gained increasing cultural importance, so much so that the circumstances of its composition has achieved a kind of mythic status. One might expect that the film would indicate how Mary was shaped by the many losses, difficulties, and disappointments of her life, but instead filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour tends to revel in the love story, the costumes and the poetic flights.
“Her greatest love inspired her darkest creation.”
With the release of Avengers: Infinity War and a packed year of comic book films to come, mainly adapted from Marvel, it’s important to note it’s not just the big two [including DC Comics] that release comic book film adaptions.
“You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good.”
On 18 June, Indicator presents a collection of films by the legendary Samuel Fuller, as well as two uncompromising works directed by and starring some of American cinema’s most iconic names.
Samuel Fuller at Columbia, 1937-1961 brings together the maverick director’s hard-hitting crime dramas, along with a series of films made for Columbia Pictures which were based on stories by Fuller.