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Kino Korner October 5, 2007
British Film Festival at 35MM
Tea, Crumpets—Action!
Watch This is England, where you can see chavs scream, "Break yo' self fool."

The British Council is bringing some good film to 35MM this week, along with some seriously stinking Britcrap of the Jane Austen and Jude Law variety. On October 5th and 7th, present a copy of this article at the box office and receive a free plate of fish 'n chips wrapped in a special collector's edition of the Downing Street Memo. For more info see

Red Road
Oct. 5, 21:00; Oct. 6, 18:30; Oct. 9, 21:30
Andrea Arnold's debut feature about a Glaswegian CCTV operator played by Kate Dickie has been almost universally acclaimed as an effective thriller and a masterpiece of slow-burn realism. It's the first installment of a three-film director's collective experiment called The Advance Party, which is sort of like Dogme 95, but with less actors pretending they're retarded.

This is England
Oct. 7, 14:30; Oct. 9, 19:30; Oct. 10, 17:00
Based on the preview, this is boots down the most realistic skinhead film since a teenage Russell Crowe burned it up in Romper Stomper. Set in 1983, Shane Meadows' autobiographical neighborhood band-of-skins flick looks full of fine-grained grit--replete with a old skool ska soundtrack, lots of pimply chicks wearing rough-cut Chelseas, and a homemade tattoo scene that was not faked. 

Becoming Jane
Oct. 4, 19:30; Oct. 6, 20:30; Oct. 7, 18:45
They ran out of Jane Austen novels to melt the emotional panties of real-life Bridget Joneses, so have turned to fictionalizing Austen's life with the same costumes. Anne Hathaway plays the convention-bucking novelist; James McAvoy gets the role Hugh Grant would have been handed a decade ago. For people who masturbate to dialogue like, "I have never! Why, the impertinence of that handsome man!"

Breaking and Entering

Oct. 4, 21:00; Oct. 5, 17:00; Oct. 8, 21:30
Juliette "If Only Kieslowski Could See Me Now" Binoche and Jude "The Chunkier the Nanny the Better" Law star in this by-the-numbers romance/thriller/suspense pisspot by Anthony Minghella. If you loved The English Patient....

I Want Candy
Oct. 4, 22:00; Oct. 7, 19:00; Oct. 8, 19:30; Oct. 9, 21:00
"British Pornography" may be the most counterintuitive combination of words in the English language--"Knob me, Nigel!"--but Britishness didn't stop someone from writing this comedy about two young aspiring filmmakers who get roped into making porn for some English mobsters. A washed-up Carmen Electra was flown in to provide some real California juice as Candy Fiveways. We'd rather have a wank at home.

Starter for Ten
Oct. 5, 19:30; Oct. 8, 21:00; Oct. 7, 20:45
What happens when HBO and the BBC team up to produce "a bittersweet comedy about loyalty, class, falling in love and the difference between knowledge and wisdom"? If that question interests you, there should be plenty of seating available.

Vera Drake
Oct. 5, 21:30; Oct. 6, 15:00; Oct. 8, 16:30
Is it really so hard to get the rights to Naked or Life is Sweet? Not Mike Leigh's best film, but not his worst either, Vera Drake is the story of a kindly abortion doctor in gritty postwar London. If you've never seen it, go. You'll never conduct a back-alley abortion the same way again.

Oct. 6, 16:30; Oct. 7, 15:00; Oct. 10, 19:30
Peter O'Toole, the journeyman with the double-phallic name who has played both Lawrence of Arabia and Lord Jim, puts in an amazing senior performance as a dying old man who makes one last stab at a fresh piece of ass. Funny, sad, and true.

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Save The eXile: The War Nerd Calls Mayday
The future of The eXile is in your hands! We're holding a fundraiser to save the paper, and your soul. Tune in to Gary Brecher's urgent request for reinforcements and donate as much as you can. If you don't, we'll be overrun and wiped off the face of the earth, forever.

Scanning Moscow’s Traffic Cops
Automotive Section
We’re happy to introduce a new column in which we publish Moscow’s raw radio communications, courtesy of a Russian amateur radio enthusiast. This issue, eXile readers are given a peek into the secret conversations of Moscow’s traffic police, the notorious "GAIshniki."

Eleven Years of Threats: The eXile's Incredible Journey
Feature Story By The eXile
Good Night, and Bad Luck: In a nation terrorized by its own government, one newspaper dared to fart in its face. Get out your hankies, cuz we’re taking a look back at the impossible crises we overcame.

Your Letters
Russia's freedom-loving free market martyr Mikhail Khodorkovsky answers some of this week's letters, and he's got nothing but praise for President Medvedev.

Clubbing Adventures Through Time
Club Review By Dmitriy Babooshka
eXile club reviewer Babooshka takes a trip through time with the ghost of Moscow clubbing past, present and future, and true to form, gets laid in the process.

The Fortnight Spin
Bardak Calendar By Jared Lindquist
Jared comes out with yet another roundup of upcoming bardak sessions.

Your Letters
Richard Gere tackles this week's letters. Now reformed, he fights for gerbil rights all around the world.

13 Toxic Talents: Hollywood’s Worst Polluters
America By Eileen Jones
Everybody complains about celebrities, but nobody does anything about them. People, it’s time to stop fretting about whether we’re a celebrity-obsessed culture—we are, we have been, we’re going to be—and instead take practical steps to clean up the celebrity-obsessed culture we’ve got...


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