Orson Welles’ classic film noir Touch of Evil has been reissued by the British Film Institute and can be seen this week at the Irish Film Institute and Lighthouse Cinema. It’s the definitive 1998 version, which was reconstructed using notes left by Welles himself. Best known for its stunning opening shot, the movie features one of Welles’ greatest acting performances, barely recognisable as crooked cop Hank Quinlan. Definitive stuff.
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson gets the biopic treatment in Love & Mercy, which hones in on two periods of the musician’s life – the ’60s recording of the album Pet Sounds (where he is played by Paul Dano) and the ’80s, where Wilson (here played by John Cusack) is a recovering drug addict under the dubious care of a quack doctor. It’s a must see for Beach Boys fans, with Cusack’s best performance in decades.
Originally aired as a four part mini-series on French TV, Bruno Dumont’s small town tale of murder, P’tit Quinquin, is being released theatrically here as a 200 minute long feature. It has its moments of oddball humour but ultimately it’s likely to test your patience.
The Lighthouse continue their season of ‘Films You’d Love Your Kids To See’ with a pair of movies from Muppets supremo Jim Henson. You can catch Labyrinth on Tuesday and The Dark Crystal on Wednesday.
By Eric Hillis