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Edgar Wright Presents…

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Culture Shock roundel-01Culture Shock presents a special season at Picturehouse Central, curated by celebrated British filmmaker Edgar Wright, director of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Mr Wright will try and introduce them all in person, but as he is a very busy man look out for confirmation via social media as the dates approach!

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Monday 12 September, 7.00

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (18) (35mm)

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Director: Michael Cimino. USA 1974. 114 mins.

Edgar Wright’s Verdict:
Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges are a fine pair of scoundrels in this highly entertaining buddy movie. The late, great Michael Cimino was given his break here as writer and director by Clint himself, and delivers a heist movie that feels like a Coen brothers film, with dry humour, outbreaks of violence, oddball encounters and some of the finest ’70s shirts to grace the screen. You are going to love it.

Monday 19 September, 7.00

The Blues Brothers (15)


Director: John Landis. USA 1980. 133 mins.

Edgar Wright’s Verdict:
How can one movie be so deadpan yet so full of carnage at the same time? John Landis’s epic expansion of Belushi and Aykroyd’s SNL skit manages to mix state-of-the-art car chases and the history of R & B into one lavish caper. They don’t make them like this anymore. They didn’t then either.

Monday 26 September, 7.00

Raising Arizona (15)


Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. USA 1987. 94 mins.

Edgar Wright’s Verdict:
Quite simply my favourite movie and, I think, one of the greatest comedy screenplays of all time. Pitch-perfect performances, endlessly quotable machine-gun dialogue, a huge heart, and wild visual energy that bounces off the screen. I never tire of this one.

Monday 3 October, 7.00

The Driver (15)

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Director: Walter Hill. USA/UK 1978. 91 mins.

Edgar Wright’s Verdict:
Walter Hill’s hugely influential The Driver is the apex of late-’70s neo-noir, and has influenced Michael Mann, Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Winding Refn and me. A spare, taut, zero-fat thriller that sees Ryan O’Neal and Bruce Dern chase like cat and mouse through downtown LA’s concrete jungle.

Monday 10 October, 7.00

Phantom Of The Paradise (15)


Director: Brian De Palma. USA 1974. 91 mins.

Edgar Wright’s Verdict:
Brian De Palma’s only rock-and-roll horror opera! Does that not grab you? For my money it’s better than The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a satirical script, eye-popping visuals, and iconic cult performances by Paul Williams, Gerritt Graham, Jessica Harper and William Finley. Obsessed over by Guillermo Del Toro, Daft Punk and myself, this will become your new favourite cult movie.

Monday 17 Oct, 7.00

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (18) (35mm)


Director: Russ Meyer. USA 1970. 105 mins.

Edgar Wright’s Verdict:
Russ Meyer directs! Roger Ebert writes! Traditional Hollywood burns to the ground! One of the most bananas movies to ever be made at a major studio sees girl group The Carrie Nations become overnight stars in Tinseltown, before they are sent on a breakneck hell-ride to oblivion. You simply must come. Z Man demands it!

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