Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008)

This documentary about the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil has been one of our favourites for years. It's a bittersweet story of a band that watched their heavy metal peers such as Scorpions and Whitesnake rise and shine in the eighties, while they somehow stagnated at the verge of their breakthrough. It shows the passion and nightmares of being in a band. In the wake of the release of the rockumentary in 2008, Anvil got their second wave of success. A beautiful band and a great film for anyone with any interest in rock and roll. The struggle is real.

We recommend Anvil! The story of Anvil with a 6 pack of red stripe and no trousers.

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)

Possibly the best psycho horror movie of the last decade. A surreal suburban thriller with lazy and long scenes so filled with imagery of childhood nostalgia, but you still can't quite put your finger on what decade it's meant to represent. You can somehow smell the scenery. The plot of the movie sounds so pathetic when you write it down, and it would be a spoiler, so I won't give it to you. Make sure you watch it in the best sound possible.

We recommend It Follows with a long lonesome walk afterwards.

The Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero, 1968)

This American cult classic from 1968 is a must see. A story of a 'living dead' or ghoul outbreak, the flesh-eating creatures we call zombies. The budget for the film was very low, so Romero shot it on a 35 mm b/w film, which gives the film a "guerrilla style" vibe and benefits it greatly. The fact that there was no money involved makes this horror movie quite comical as props were extremely DIY. The blood was Bosco Chocolate Syrup, the consumed flesh consisted of roasted ham and entrails, and wax was used to simulate wounds. The film opened the door for the splatter film sub-genre and influenced directors and writers to take horror away from the mysterious unknown and into the ordinary, unexceptional locations.

We recommend The Night of the Living Dead with a pizza, a friend, and a hangover.

Melancholia (Lars Von Trier, 2011)

This one is a heavyweight beauty, a psychological sci-fi drama thriller that takes such a hold of you that you're likely to spend two whole days in a bathtub by yourself after watching it. Definitely not suited for people with suicidal tendencies. Trier's amalgamation of the apocalypse, a wedding and heavy depression results in a dark and beautiful masterpiece. Absolutely fucking amazing.

We recommend Melancholia with solitude, light salad with no dressing, and iced water. Make sure you have cheerful and uplifting plans for the day after.

Rokk í Reykavík (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1982)

A unique documentary about the Icelandic post-punk scene in the early eighties. Filled with shots of live shows and short interviews with the musicians, it truly captivates the spirit, creativity and restlessness of the youth at the time. Drawn to anarchy and constant self-identification, these young musicians opened a path for other Icelandic bands and are arguably the main reason for the attention and success that Icelandic music has had since. A very important wave and movie.

We recommend Rokk í Reykjavík with a paper bag, strong glue, bottle of moonshine and dried haddock.

Mammút's forthcoming new album, Kinder Versions, will be released on July 14th via on Bella Union. Check out their November UK dates below, along with the video for 'Breathe Into Me'.

Wednesday 22nd November – Brighton – The Hope And Ruin
Thursday 23rd November – London – Sebright Arms
Saturday 25th November – Bristol – The Louisiana
Monday 27th November – Norwich – Arts Centre
Tuesday 28th November – Manchester – Gullivers
Wednesday 29th November – Glasgow – The Hug & Pint