|Out on:||VOD 2nd April 2023|
ARROW DELVES INTO WORLDS UNKNOWN
IN APRIL, ARROW DELIVERS NAKED LUNCH IN 4K, EXPLORES THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF SLIME MOULD, UNLEASHES NIC CAGE, AND MORE!
Key highlights this April on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW includes, in eye-popping 4K only on www.Arrow-Player.com, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the cult classic novel Naked Lunch; the extraordinary slime mould documentary The Creeping Garden; a triple bill starring the incomparable Nicolas Cage; four films from Japanese auteur Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, as well as much more...
In April, ARROW are proud to present - streaming in all its hallucinatory glory in 4K only on www.Arrow-Player.com - Naked Lunch, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ cult 1959 novel. Starring Peter Weller and Judy Davis, and featuring outlandish visuals and unforgettable creature effects melded with a discombobulating nightmare jazz score, this is an absolute one-of-a-kind film that will burrow into your brain and never leave…
April sees the addition of The Creeping Garden, an award-winning feature-length documentary exploring the extraordinary world of the plasmodial slime mould, as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them. Long overlooked by biologists, in recent years this curious organism has become the focus of much research in such areas as biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot engineering, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. The film depicts these otherworldly lifeforms using startling time-lapse macro-cinematography to reveal hidden facets of the world around us.
Showing on ARROW are four films from legendary Japanese director Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, a cinema pioneer whose career spanned sixty years and dozens of films. Immerse yourself into the wonderful, visionary world of Ôbayashi with the intriguing sci-fi fantasies School in the Crosshairs and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the dazzling magical adventure The Island Closest to Heaven, and the romantic drama His Motorbike, Her Island.
Seasons in April include Cage Rage, a fantastic triple bill of films starring the Oscar®-winning meme icon and cult hero Nicolas Cage - the horror mystery Pay the Ghost, where he is hunting for the son he had taken from him at a Halloween carnival; the strange but sort of true comedy Army of One, which sees Cage as a modern-day Don Quixote commanded by God (Russell Brand) to kill Osama Bin Laden with a sword bought from a shopping channel; and the slick thriller, Inconceivable, which sees Nic facing off against an obsessed nanny. April witnesses Ban This Sick Filth: The Return, where the disgusting reprobates at ARROW have filled their streaming airwaves with the sauciest, dirtiest, sleaziest, most controversial content imaginable!
ALSO SHOWING: Insightful documentaries on legendary directors Sam Peckinpah and Peter Bogdanovich, horror in the woods in Cabin Fever, a selection of unmissable film picks from directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, mad scientists, zombies and much much more…
APRIL RELEASE CALENDAR
New Titles – From April 7
Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron
Pieces of Time: Bogdanovich on the Movies
From April 10
Naked Lunch [In 4K on the Arrow web app]
From April 14
Army of One
Pay the Ghost
From April 21
School in the Crosshairs
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Island Closest to Heaven
His Motorbike, Her Island
From April 28
The Creeping Garden
New Seasons this April
April 3: Benson and Moorhead Selects
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the celebrated super-cool directorial duo behind Cult favourites Spring and The Endless, and most recently Something in the Dirt and Moon Knight, have curated a collection of their favourite films on ARROW. Curious about their recommendations? Then come and discover what made the cut in Benson and Moorhead Selects.
Titles Include: Rashomon, The Holy Mountain, Hounds of Love
April 7: The Dead Walk!
If it’s hot, tasty braaains you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. The Dead Walk! is a veritable zombie horde of films featuring decomposing shamblers that sees takes on the flesh-eating rotten shufflers from everybody from Fulci to Miike, and George A. Romero to Jean Rollin.
So, board up the windows, hit PLAY and remember to aim for the head, because today The Dead Walk!
Titles Include: Zombie Lake, Horror Express, Zombie for Sale
April 14: Cage Rage
Hollywood legend and possessor of not only a Best Actor Oscar but some of the most meme-worthy freak-outs ever put on film, Nicolas Cage, finally arrives on ARROW!
The Cage Rage triple bill features Pay the Ghost, the 2015 horror movie in which he is hunting for the son he had taken from him at a Halloween carnival; the mental 2016 comedy Army of One, which sees Cage as a modern-day Don Quixote commanded by God (Russell Brand) to kill Osama Bin Laden with a sword bought from a shopping channel; and the 2017 thriller, Inconceivable, which sees Nic facing off against an obsessed nanny.
So, stay loose, prepare to go off the handle at the least provocation and make sure to deliver your lines like no one else on the planet ever would with CAGE RAGE!
Titles Include: Pay the Ghost, Army of One, Inconceivable
April 17 : Gala Avary Selects
Gala Avary from THE VIDEO ARCHIVES PODCAST invites you into the scene…
POV: It’s Friday night. Instead of going out we’ve decided to stay in and hang out. We’ve already labored over the difficult decision of what to eat (and, of course, decided on ordering Thai food like usual) — but now it’s time for the even harder choice of the night. What are we going to watch? Don’t worry, you won’t have to make that decision. You sigh a big breath of relief realizing that when you’re with me, I’ve got control of the clicker. You settle down on the comfortable couch with your curry and egg rolls, put your feet up, and prepare to watch one of these Arrow Selects...
Titles Include: Road Games, The Slayer, The Slumber Party Massacre
April 21: Ban This Sick Filth: The Return
Fear not, my sins-soaked children, for Sister Filth is here to whip you all back into shape and set you on the path to piety.
Since my last visit, the disgusting reprobates at ARROW have filled their streaming airwaves with even more morally reprehensible depravity. But I have taken it upon myself to shield you from these sickening sights by ensuring they all stay here, in the safety of this collection, away from your easily-led eyes.
Reject temptation, remain pure and whatever you do - do not be enticed by these filthy sights or seduced into viewing these wicked and damnable films full to bursting with ARROW's sauciest, dirtiest, sleaziest, most controversial content.
Titles Include: Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine, Angel, Sweet Trash
April 28: It's Alive! The Mad Scientists Collection
A crazed cabal of sanity-challenged scientists has been brewing up this collection late at night in ARROW Labs. Featuring the weirdest and wildest experiments from the most deranged physicists, ‘It’s Alive!: The Mad Scientists Collection’ sees definitively deluded doctors unleashing their most terrifying creations on… YOU! So, glove up, sharpen your scalpel and prepare for total chaos and utter madness.
Titles Include: The Devil Bat, The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly, The Curious Dr Humpp
APRIL TITLES - IN DEPTH
FROM APRIL 2: SAM PECKINPAH: MAN OF IRON
This straight-talking program seeks to understand the enigmatic and controversial Sam Peckinpah, whose violent films such as The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs had a telling effect on the cinema of the 1970s and 80s. Those who knew and worked with him, including actor James Coburn, actress Ali MacGraw, his associate Katherine Haber, his cousin Bob Peckinpah, and several screenwriters and producers, examine his life in an attempt to separate the man from the persona. Clips from key films reinforce this detailed discussion of Peckinpah's art and a fixation on violence that still permeates Hollywood today.
PIECES OF TIME: BOGDANOVICH ON THE MOVIES
Pop your collar and pull up a poolside sun lounger next to legendary director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) at his Hollywood hills home. Here, documentarian Paul Joyce (Made in the USA) employs his signature unfettered access to capture Bogdanovich in imperious and candid form. The celebrated and gossiped-about director spills all regarding the successes, failures and scandals he has gone through during his rollercoaster ride of a movie-making career, dropping truth bombs and spot-on impressions of Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock as he goes. A brutally honest eye-opening industry insider documentary that lifts the lid on tinsel town, Pieces of Time: Bogdanovich on the Movies is an unmissable watch for all cinephiles.
FROM APRIL 10: NAKED LUNCH 4K
David Cronenberg (Crash) first filmed the unfilmable in 1991, writing and directing his adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ cult 1959 novel - Naked Lunch. Although not an initial box office success, the film has become a true cult classic and seeped its way into our collective consciousnesses to the point of even being referenced in The Simpsons. William Lee (Peter Weller - Robocop) is a New York exterminator with all the double-hard-boiled dialogue and trappings of a noir Private Detective. When Lee discovers that the insecticide he uses to kill bugs also doubles as an intense mind-bending drug he trips out and believes that he is a spy tasked with killing his wife by a giant talking beetle.Then sent to a place called Interzone to lay low and write a report by his “sexually ambivalent” handler, a creature called Mugwump, Lee spirals into a story of betrayal, mind-altering substances, horny insect typewriters and Julian Sands as a Swiss centipede.Hallucinatory visuals and unforgettable creature effects melded with a discombobulating nightmare jazz score from Howard Shore and Ornette Coleman create an absolute one-of-a-kind film that will burrow into your brain and never leave.So exterminate all rational thought and strap in for a far-out, gross-out ride into the addled, bizarre and utterly unique.
★The film will only be available to stream in 4K via www.Arrow-Player.com★
FROM APRIL 14: ARMY OF ONE
The (mostly) true story of Gary Faulkner (Nicolas Cage), an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who sets out on the unlikeliest of missions. Armed only with a Samurai sword, purchased from a home-shopping network, and the belief that he is following the express command of God (Russell Brand), he travels to Pakistan in order to capture Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice. Gary's is joined on his journey by old friends back home in Colorado, new friends he makes in Pakistan, and some new enemies he makes at the CIA, as well as God and Osama themselves - who all can't help but be inspired and forever changed by coming in contact with such a force of nature as Gary.
When Katie (Nicky Whelan) moves to town with her young daughter, in order to start a new life after enduring abuse in her past, she quickly befriends another mother, Angela (Gina Gershon), and her husband Brian (Nicolas Cage). She is soon chosen by the couple to become the surrogate mother for their long-desired child. Little do the unlucky couple know, however, she is harbouring a dark secret about her past that may have fatal consequences for them and their child.
PAY THE GHOST
Almost a year after his young son disappeared while by his side on Halloween night in New York City, Mike (Nicolas Cage) is alone and haunted by terrifying visions of his son. Desperate but determined not to let go he researches all the cases of missing children in the city and comes to a horrifying conclusion. After bombarding the detective in charge of the case with his crazy-sounding theories he finally reunites with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies) and explains to her what he now believes. That every Halloween a vengeful ghost surfaces to abduct three children and if they don't recover their son within a short window of time on All Hallows Eve, he will be lost to the spirit world forever.
FROM APRIL 21: SCHOOL IN THE CROSSHAIRS
Yuka Mitamura (Hiroko Yakushimaru) is a normal shy middle school student that has psychic powers. When a new student with similar powers begins to show his skills, by stealing the student government election, Yuka and her friends vow to stop him. The election has uncovered something which will put Yuka's powers to the ultimate test!
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME
Ordinary middle-class high school girl Kazuko Yoshiyama is accidentally exposed to a strange lavender-scented steam in her school science lab. She discovers soon after she now possesses the ability to teleport and time-leap.
THE ISLAND CLOSEST TO HEAVEN
After her father's sudden death, a Japanese high school girl travels to the southwest Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia in search of the location, which they had agreed to visit together, of the film's title. From her encounters with Japanese émigrés and locals, she learns where the real island closest to heaven may be found.
HIS MOTORBIKE, HER ISLAND
After a failed romance, a temperamental young biker meets a carefree rural girl while riding through her island hometown and gets her obsessed about riding a motorcycle.
FROM APRIL 28: CABIN FEVER
A group of five college graduates rent a remote cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. As it spreads among the friends, their true feelings and personalities emerge as they struggle to survive the virus and each other.
THE CREEPING GARDEN
A REAL-LIFE SCIENCE-FICTION MOVIE EXPLORING A WORLD CREEPING RIGHT BENEATH OUR FEET, WHERE TIME AND SPACE ARE MAGNIFIED AND INTELLIGENCE REDEFINED.
The Creeping Garden is an award-winning feature-length creative documentary exploring the extraordinary world of the plasmodial slime mould as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them.
Long overlooked by biologists, in recent years this curious organism has become the focus of much research in such areas as biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot engineering, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. The film transports us from the laboratory into its natural habitat, depicting these otherworldly lifeforms using startling time-lapse macro-cinematography to reveal hidden facets of the world around us.
Co-directed by the artist film-maker Tim Grabham (KanZeOn) and author and film critic Jasper Sharp, with an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O Rourke (Sonic Youth, Grizzly Man), The Creeping Garden is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, immersing the viewer within the worlds of the observers and the observed.
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