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Stanley Kubrick – “the rhythm of genius”

We reopen the Lexi with a rare showcasing of the work of this most enigmatic and occasionally tyrannical film maker. No detail was too small, no close up too large…  What survives is an exceptional body of work, and we are delighted to offer this mini season at a mini ticket price – £2.50.   We reopen our doors on Fri 29 Aug with THE SHINING; Sat 30 Aug is A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, with our own Milkbar; and we wrap with EYES WIDE SHUT on Sun 31 Aug.

Martini Night: Casablanca

Join us in our very own Gin Joint for complimentary martinis as part of our bar launch celebrations.  The martinis are shaken not stirred courtesy of local distller, Sacred.

“Whether you return to Casablanca for a nostalgia fix, a guilty pleasure or for the waters, you can be certain there’ll be something you didn’t notice last time out.” (Total Film)  We return, again and again, without apology!  Quintessential film making:  romance, intrigue, honour and betrayal; luscious b&w photography; a memorable tune or two (thanks, Dooley Wilson!); plus Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.   And then there are those super elegant gowns…

Here’s looking at you, kid!

 


A Clockwork Orange

Part of our Kubrick tribute, tickets are £2.50.

Based on Anthony Burgess’s cult novel, this disturbing dystopian tale was brought vividly to the screen by Kubrick. Released in late 1971 (within weeks of Sam Peckinpah’s brutally violent Straw Dogs), A Clockwork Orange sparked considerable controversy, with its X-rated violence; after copycat crimes in England, Kubrick withdrew the film from UK distribution until after his death.

Opinion was divided on the meaning of Kubrick’s detached view of this shocking future, but, whether the discord drew the curious or Kubrick’s scathing diagnosis spoke to the chaotic cultural moment,  A Clockwork Orange became a hit. On the heels of New York Film Critics Circle awards as Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, Kubrick received Oscar nominations in all three categories.



Official Bar Launch: The Big Lebowski

Maude Lebowski: What do you do for recreation?

The Dude: Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around.  Take it easy at the Lexi bar.  The occasional acid flashback.

For the official launch of our new bar it could only be our perennial favourite, The Big Lebowski! On release in 1998 it was received with some critical disappointment – the Coen brothers’ previous film had been Oscar winner Fargo, after all – but this loopy shaggy dog story of mistaken identity and a stolen rug has proved the most enduring of all the brothers’ films.

Usual Lexi dress code applies:  dressing gowns and bowling shirts welcome.  We will be sampling White Russians, and we are currently auditioning rugs – to tie the new bar together.   In the best spirit of The Dude, keep your mind loose and your cocktail glass topped up. Celebrate with us:  the Lexi abides!

 


 

The Muppets Most Wanted

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

“Never have I seen a production of the play that was so raw in its emotion, so violent and so deeply upsetting – Gillian Anderson giving the performance of her career. An absolute knock-out.”  ***** Telegraph

Tennessee Williams’ steamy masterpiece about violence, desire and destruction, A Streetcar Named Desire, live from the Young Vic, hosted by NT Live.   Gillian Anderson (The X-FilesThe Fall) is vulnerable elder sister Blanche, Ben Foster (Lone SurvivorKill Your Darlings) is Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great ExpectationsThree Sisters at the Young Vic) is Stella.

Blanche DuBois:  a role actresses would kill for!  Gillian Anderson follows in the footsteps of Jessica Tandy, Vivian Leigh, Rachel Weisz, Cate Blanchett and more in the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history.  As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters.  And he has a few new tricks up his sleeve for this production of Streetcar, his second time of staging it.

 

 

Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the multi-award-winning polymath, comedian, actor, presenter, writer and raconteur on stage in a one-man comic tour de force. This sneak preview of the third volume of autobiography, More Fool Me, is a heady tale of the late Eighties and early Nineties in which Stephen – driven to create, perform and entertain – burned bright, partied hard, and damned the consequences.   To celebrate the book launch the eloquent host will be broadcast live into cinemas from the Royal Festival Hall, reading extracts of his book and pleasing the audience with witty anecdotes, and insightful observations.  And you will hear it all before Fry’s 6 million Twitter followers!

 

 

 

Cinema Gems: Finding Vivian Maier

Screen Gems:  a chance to view, discuss and enjoy good film in good company, with guided discussion after.  Tickets £5

“More connect-the-dots detective thriller than traditional doc, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s revelatory riddle of a film unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight for decades” Entertainment Weekly

This documentary is a tribute to Vivian Maier, an unsung genius of urban photography. The accidental discovery of her work by real-estate agent John Maloof resulted in her posthumous recognition as one of the finest street photographers of the 20th century.

Paying homage to her work as well as exploring the strange twists and turns of her segmented life, this film is dense with stunning images, interviews and revelations, painting a fitting and moving portrait of the artist. See it for the surprising story of this quixotic talent; see it for the skills of the film makers in presenting it so entertainingly; but most of all see it for the sublime photography.  Unmissable!

Greene Sunday: Begin Again

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Greene Sundays, the best films for only £2.50, courtesy of Greene & Co estate agents.

In this uplifting tale from the director of Once, Mark Ruffalo is Dan, a New York record-label boss who is flailing in both his personal and professional life, and Keira Knightley plays Greta, a songwriter whose career has derailed since her partner hit the big time. When Dan hears her performance at an open-mic night, he suspects that she might just be the Real Deal. Resisting predictable plot turns, director John Carney keeps us guessing the trajectory of our two lost souls in this sophisticated crowd-pleaser.

Sponsored by estate agents Greene & Co, tickets for this screening can be purchased here or in person from Greene & Co’s office, 72-74 Chamberlayne Rd NW10 3JJ

Spirited Away

Spirited AwayA fantasy adventure film unlike any other, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious ten-year-old girl who believes the entire world should submit to her every whim.

While en route to a new home, Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a mysterious tunnel, which leads them to a ghostly town. There, the parents greedily devour the buffet in an abandoned restaurant, and unceremoniously turn into pigs as Chihiro looks on. They have unwittingly strayed into the Land of the Spirits, a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings who holiday at a giant bathhouse run by the demonic sorceress, Yubaba.

Chihiro finds an ally in the enigmatic Haku, who explains that in order to survive this strange and perilous world, she must make herself useful by working hard at the bathhouse. Chihiro renounces her laziness, her reason, her memories, even her name…

This visionary work from Studio Ghibli and director Miyazaki is a dreamlike fable and an enchanting fairy tale.  Classic fare!