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A Million Little Pieces
Director: Felix van Groeningen Release Year: 2019 Genres: drama Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Odessa Young, Giovanni Ribisi, Juliette Lewis, Dash Mihok Runtime: 113 min Production Co: 3Blackdot, Federal Films, Makeready Country: USA
Synopsis: At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a drug addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There, he found much more than traditional treatment. He found similar broken souls yearning and fighting for a better life. This is a story of recovery and love, a story of friendship and hope. This is an account of his six weeks in rehab.
Director: Royce Gorsuch Release Year: 2015 Genres: sci-fi Cast: Chris Mason, Scott Mechlowicz, Spencer Locke, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Faran Tahir, Brandon Scott, Levy Tran, Klement Tinaj Runtime: 90 min Production Co: VIX Prod. Co. Country: USA
Synopsis: A young tech genius wants to save humankind from itself and from destroying the world by hacking into the human mind. By doing so, he strives to recode what he calls "the original spark of life". Through his tinkering, he brings to life an imaginary projection who has a different perspective on things.
Director: Gaspar Noe Release Year: 2015 Genres: drama, porno Cast: Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock, Klara Kristin, Juan Saavedra, Gaspar Noe Runtime: 135 min Production Co: Les Cinemas de la Zone, RT Features, Rectangle Productions Country: France | Belgium
Synopsis: Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.
Schneider vs. Bax
Director: Alex van Warmerdam Release Year: 2015 Genres: crime, comedy Cast: Tom Dewispelaere, Alex van Warmerdam, Maria Kraakman, Gene Bervoets, Annet Malherbe, Pierre Bokma, Henri Garcin, Loes Haverkort, Eva van de Wijdeven Runtime: 96 min Production Co: Graniet Film BV, CZAR, Mollywood Country: Netherlands
Synopsis: Schneider, a hit man, gets a call from Mertens on the morning of his birthday. He has a rush job for Schneider who refuses it, because it is his birthday and he has promised Lucy, his wife, to help her with the preparations for the dinner party. Mertens insists that it is an important matter. Schneider is told that the target is Ramon Bax, a writer and smoker marijuana. He lives alone in a secluded place. "It's an easy job. With a little luck you're back home before noon." Schneider accepts the assignment. What seems to be a simple job turns out to be more than expected.
Director: Daniel Monzon Release Year: 2014 Genres: crime Cast: Jesus Castro, Luis Tosar, Eduard Fernandez, Sergi Lopez, Barbara Lennie, Jesus Carroza Runtime: 136 min Production Co: Telecinco Cinema, Ikiru Films, Vaca Films Country: Spain | France
Synopsis: El Nino is a young boy who lives in La Linea de la Concepcion, close to Rock of Gibraltar, repairing and testing motorboats. After a night of party with his friend El Compi, they meet Halil, a young Muslim who has an uncle, Rachid, a drug dealer. Convinced by El Compi, El Nino accepts to be a drug mule, crossing it from Africa to Spain in a motorboat. In the opposite side of the law is Jesus, a veteran police officer who, helped by his partner Eva, is looking for El Ingles, an important drug dealer who operates in the Rock of Gibraltar.
Director: Larry Clark Release Year: 2012 Genres: drama Cast: Adam Mediano, Drake Burnette, Jeremy St. James, Mary Farley, Mercedes Maxwell, Indigo Rael, Tina Rodriguez Runtime: 105 min Production Co: Breaking Glass Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: A story centered on a directionless 16-year-old living in Marfa, Texas and his relationships with his girlfriend, his neighbor, his teacher, a newly arrived local artist, and a local Border Patrol officer.
On the Road
Director: Walter Salles Release Year: 2012 Genres: adventure Cast: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen Runtime: 140 min Production Co: MK2 Productions, American Zoetrope, Jerry Leider Company Country: France | USA | UK | Brazil | Canada
Synopsis: Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives.
Director:Nima Nourizadeh Release Year: 2012 Genres: comedy Cast: Thomas Mann,
Jonathan Daniel Brown,
Kirby Bliss Blanton,
Alexis Knapp Runtime: 88 min Production Co: Green Hat Films, Silver Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: 3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Director: Stephen Chbosky Release Year: 2012 Genres: drama, comedy, romance Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson,
Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh,
Mae Whitman Runtime: 102 min Production Co: Summit Entertainment, Mr. Mudd See Country: USA
Synopsis: This movie is about 15-year-old Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love, the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world.
Based on the book: Stephen Chbosky "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Director: Jay Lee Release Year: 2011 Genres: trash Cast: Jade Dornfeld, Tamara Feldman, James Duval, Eddie Rouse, Larry Cedar, Yorgo Constantine, Megan Gallagher, Rena Owen, Tracey Walter, Bret Roberts Runtime: 90 min Production Co: Social Construct, Scream HQ Country: USA
Synopsis: After accidentally knocking her best friend off a roof, Alyce is haunted by guilt and delves into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart along with anyone else who gets in her way.
The Rum Diary
Director: Bruce Robinson Release Year: 2011 Genres: comedy, adventure Cast:Johnny Depp, Michael Rispoli, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi, Amaury Nolasco, Marshall Bell, Bill Smitrovich, Julian Holloway Runtime: 120 min Production Co: Dark & Stormy Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol?
Based on the book: Hunter S. Thompson "The Rum Diary"
Director: Spencer Susser Release Year: 2010 Genres: comedy, drama Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Piper Laurie, Brendan Hill, John Carroll Lynch, Monica Staggs, Mary Elizabeth Barrett Runtime: 106 min Production Co: Last Picture Company Country: USA
Synopsis: T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months' before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive.
Director: Walter Salles Release Year: 2010 Genres: biography Cast:Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve,
Scout Taylor-Compton, Alia Shawkat, Riley Keough Runtime: 105 min Production Co: River Road Entertainment, Linson Entertainment, Blackheart Films Country: USA
Synopsis: A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.
Director: Pat Holden Release Year: 2009 Genres: drama Cast: Stephen Graham, Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle, Oliver Lee, Lee Battle, Sean Ward, Michael Ryan, Ian Puleston-Davies, Holliday Grainger Runtime: 105 min Production Co: Red Union Films Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and fighting.
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Director: Grant Heslov Release Year: 2009 Genres: comedy, adventure Cast:George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Robert Patrick, Stephen Lang, Waleed Zuaiter, Stephen Root, Glenn Morshower Runtime: 94 min Production Co: BBC Films, Smokehouse Pictures, Westgate Film Services Country: USA
Synopsis: A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends.
Director: James Isaac Release Year: 2008 Genres: horror, comedy Cast: Travis Aaron Wade, Tina Huang, Howard Johnson Jr., Trevor Bullock, Rajiv Shah, Jason Foster, Nick Tagas Runtime: 98 min Production Co: Pig Hunt Productions Country: USA
Synopsis: When John takes his San Francisco friends to his deceased uncle's remote ranch to hunt wild pigs, it seems like a typical guys weekend with guns - despite the presence of John's sexy girlfriend Brooks. But as John and his crew trek deeper into the forest, they begin tracking the awful truth about his uncle's demise and the legend of The Ripper -- a murderous three-thousand-pound black boar! Their pursuit leads them through fields of marijuana and into the muddy landscape of Big Wallow, involving high-powered weaponry, the violent and unpredictable Tibbs Brothers, massacred emus, a machete-toting Hippie Stranger, vengeful rednecks, and throat-slitting Cult Girls who grow dope by day and worship a Giant Killer Pig by night. By the time the pig hunt is done, no one is innocent - or unscathed. Not for the faint of heart, PIG HUNT is a darkly comic horror film that combines the best of deliverance, jaws, and diner, but remains uniquely Nor-Cal in its tone and scope.
Eight Miles High /Das Wilde Leben/
Director: Achim Bornhak Release Year: 2007 Genres: drama, biography Cast: Natalia Avelon, David Scheller, Matthias Schweighofer, Friedrich Kempter, Alexander Scheer, Victor Noren, Milan Pashel Runtime: 117 min Production Co: Babelsberg Film, Neue Bioskop Film, On the Road Country: Germany
Synopsis: Achim Bornhak's movie focuses on the restless life of Uschi Obermaier, the icon of the 1968 movement in Germany and groupie. At the age of 16, Uschi is bored by her job in a photo lab, but soon becomes the "it girl" of Munich's club scene. When she gets to know Rainer Langhans, they move to Berlin and live in "Kommune 1", the first politically-motivated commune in Germany. While the other occupants claim she isn't political enough, Uschi just wants to have fun, works as fashion model and leads international music stars in temptation.
Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Release Year: 2006 Genres: comedy, action Cast:Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam,
Theresa Bennett, Jose Pablo Cantillo Runtime: 85 min Production Co: Lion Gate Film Country: USA
Synopsis: The hit-man Chev Chelios is poisoned by the criminal Verona and his friend and doctor Miles advises him that he must keep his adrenaline in an upper level to stay alive. Chev meets his girlfriend Eve and together he looks for Verona to kill him.
Director: George Hickenlooper Release Year: 2006 Genres: drama, biography Cast:Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Huston, Tara Summers, Mena Suvari, Shawn Hatosy, Beth Grant Runtime: 91 min Production Co: Weinstein Company, The, L.I.F.T. Production Country: USA
Synopsis: A beautiful, wealthy young party girl drops out of Radcliffe in 1965 and heads to New York to become Holly Golightly. When she meets a hungry young artist named Andy Warhol, he promises to make her the star she always wanted to be. And like a super nova she explodes on the New York scene only to find herself slowly lose grip on reality...
Van Sant Release Year: 2005 Genres: drama Cast: Michael Pitt, Asia Argento, Kim Gordon, Lukas Haas, Ricky Jay, Harmony Korine Runtime: 92 min Production Co: HBO Films Country: USA
Synopsis: Filmmaker Gus Van Sant wrote and directed this meditation on stardom and its costs, inspired in part by the life and death of rock musician Kurt Cobain. Blake is the leader of an influential alternative rock band who has unexpectedly won a large degree of fame and fortune. Depressed and unsure of what to do with himself or his success, Blake wanders about the run-down mansion he calls home and the visits the woods nearby. While a handful of friends live with Blake, he prefers to avoid them, as they often seem more interested in money or help with their music than in his friendship; meanwhile, Blake is also confronted by a handful of fans, his agent, and a gentleman who sells advertising space in a telephone directory and has no idea who Blake is. As Blake goes through the motions of his day, he tries to decide what he should do next, and what might finally free him from his ennui.
Director: Rowan Woods Release Year: 2005 Genres: drama Cast:Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson, Noni Hazlehurst, Dustin
Nguyen Runtime: 109 min Production Co: Film Finance Corporation Australia Country: Australia
Synopsis: In Sydney, Tracey Heart is a thirty-two years old manager of a video shop ex-addicted in heroin and clean for four years. She is trying to raise forty thousand dollars to buy a shop for computer games on the next door of the rental and become partner of her boss, but based on her negative records, the banks deny the loan. Tracey takes care of her junkie stepfather Lionel Dawson, unsuccessfully trying to make him quit his heroin habit. When her former boy-friend Jonny returns from Vancouver, Tracey's mother Janelle fears a fall of Tracey, while she blames Jonny for the car accident where her son Ray lost one leg. When Ray and Jonny associate to Moss, the assistant of the retired criminal boss Bradley 'The Jockey' Thompson, in drug dealing, Tracey is convinced by Jonny to join them and raise the necessary money for her business along the weekend.
Director: Terry Gilliam Release Year: 2005 Genres: drama Cast: Jodelle Ferland, Jeff Bridges, Brendan Fletcher, Jennifer Tilly, Wendy
Anderson, Sally Crooks, Janet McTeer, Dylan Taylor Runtime: 115 min Production Co: Capri Films Country: USA
Synopsis: Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma OD's, he fears to be charged of homicide and takes her along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy worlds she and her doll heads enter magically. In its adventures she also stars the crazy locals, notably Dell, her domineering hag ma and adult, but retarded brother Dickens.
Based on the book: Mitch Cullin "Tideland"
Maria Full of Grace
Director: Joshua Marston Release Year: 2004 Genres: drama, crime Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Wilson Guerrero, John Alex Toro, Jaime Osorio Gomez Runtime: 101 min Production Co: HBO Films, Fine Line Features, Journeyman Pictures Country: Colombia, USA
Synopsis: In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with sixty-two pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned.
Director: Matthew Vaughn Release Year: 2004 Genres: crime Cast: Daniel Craig, Kenneth Cranham, Dexter Fletcher, Jamie Foreman, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy Runtime: 101 min Production Co: Sony Pictures Classics, Marv Films Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings. The title "LAYER CAKE" refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no 'codes', or 'families' and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his 'savvy', 'telling' and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy, and an international drug ring threaten to draw him back into the 'cake mix'.
Dead Man's Shoes
Director: Shane Meadows Release Year: 2004 Genres: drama Cast: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Emily Aston, Neil Bell, Craig Considine Runtime: 87 min Production Co: Warp Films Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: Richard returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. Payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. At first his campaign employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the men and put them ill at ease. But then he steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the terrifying angel of vengeance that Richard has become.
Director: Spike Lee Release Year: 2002 Genres: drama Cast:Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox Runtime: 95 min Production Co: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Gamut Films Country: USA
Synopsis: The 25th Hour depicts the last day of freedom for a young man before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with his two close male friends and his girlfriend, he is forced to re-examine his life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking, disturbing finale.
City of God /Cidade de Deus/
Director: Fernando Meirelles, /Katia Lund Release Year: 2002 Genres: crime, drama Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Douglas
Silva, Alice Braga, Emerson
Gomes Runtime: 130 min Production Co: Miramax Films Country: Brazil, France
Synopsis: Brazil, 1960's, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970's: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980's: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God.
The 51st State
Director: Ronny Yu Release Year: 2001 Genres: crime, comedy Cast:Samuel L. Jackson,
Emily Mortimer, Meat Loaf, Robert Carlyle Runtime: 89 min Production Co: Screen Gems Country: USA, Canada
Synopsis: Elmo McElroy is a streetwise American master chemist who heads to England to sell his special new formula - a powerful, blue concoction guaranteed to take you to 'the 51st state.' McElroy's new product delivers a feeling 51 times more powerful than any thrill, any pleasure, any high in history. But his plans for a quick, profitable score go comically awry when he gets stuck in Liverpool with an unlikely escort and his ex-girlfriend and becomes entangled in a bizarre web of double-dealing and double-crosses.
Director: Richard Linklater Release Year: 2001 Genres: drama Cast:Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman Runtime: 86 min Production Co: Detour Filmproduction, IFC Productions, InDigEnt Country: USA
Synopsis: Twenty-eight year olds Jon and Vince, friends from high school, meet in Vince's seedy motel room in Lansing, Michigan. Jon had invited Vince to town from his current residence of Oakland to help celebrate the fact of his latest movie, independently shot, having a screening at the local film festival the following day, the first public screening of one of his movies. While Jon seems to have grown up in having this career path and a nice room in an upscale hotel provided by the festival, Vince, who, in preparing for the evening has already had a few beer by the time Jon arrives, hasn't, he who deals drugs for a living with no change on the horizon, and his girlfriend, who was supposed to accompany him to Lansing, having broken up with him, indirectly because of his immaturity. This divergence quickly becomes an issue of contention between the two. But as Vince's behavior is seemingly more and more substance affected, he having broken out the weed and coke, his intention with Jon may be ...
Director: Curtis Hanson Release Year: 2000 Genres: drama Cast:Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Rip Torn, Richard Knox, Jane Adams Runtime: 103 min Production Co: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), MFF Feature Film Productions Country: USA | Germany | UK | Japan
Synopsis: Grady Tripp is a professor/writer living in Pittsburgh who is struggling with writer's block and smokes marijuana every day. Whilst doing this, he also manages to get the chancellor pregnant. In the meantime, he and a college student, James Leer are trying to find a rare jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe, and a college girl, Hannah Green boarding with Grady has a bit of a crush on him.
Jovy Release Year: 2000 Genres: drama Cast: Matthew Rhys, Sienna Guillory, Fay Masterson, Jason Donovan Runtime: 102 min Production Co: Excell Film Agentur, Jovy Junior Enterprises Country: United Kingdom, USA
Synopsis: Carl has travelled from Yorkshire to central London to clear up the details of his brothers death. Although a successful attorney Carl finds that there is another side to his brothers life, which he willingly gets pulled into. A group of techno junkies accept him into their family, as he is the brother of their late friend. With copious MDA to aide him Carl enters the underground all-night rave scene in hopes of discovering the truth to his brothers suspicious death.
Director: Danny Boyle Release Year: 2000 Genres: adventure, drama Cast:Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet, Robert Carlyle Runtime: 118 min Production Co: 20th Century Fox Country: USA
Synopsis: Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
Based on the book: Alex Garland "The Beach"
Cecil B. Demented
Director: John Waters Release Year: 2000 Genres: comedy Cast:Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt, Adrian Grenier Runtime: 85 min Production Co: Artic Productions LLC, Canal+, Ice Cap Production Country: France, USA
Synopsis: In Baltimore, guerrilla filmmaker Cecil B. Demented leads a band of cinema revolutionaries who kidnap Honey Whitlock, a bitchy and aging movie star of big-budget froth. Cecil wants her in his movie, a screed against Hollywood they film during blitzkrieg attacks on a multiplex, a Maryland Film Commission press conference, and the set of a "Forrest Gump" sequel. He insists on celibacy; the cast and crew channel sexual energy into the production. With a family-values coalition, aggrieved Teamsters, and the police on their trail, Cecil needs help from porno, kung-fu, and drive-in audiences. What about Honey? Will she bolt or refuse to act? Or will she hit her marks and light up the screen?
Director: Gary Walkow Release Year: 2000 Genres: drama Cast:Courtney Love, Kiefer Sutherland, Lisa Sheridan, Patricia Llaca, Steve Hedden, Ron Livingston, Norman Reedus, Daniel Martinez, Kyle Secor Runtime: 100 min Production Co: Background Productions Country: USA
Synopsis: The bulk of the film takes place in Mexico City with side-trips to more remote areas. The scenery outside the City is lush and lovely. The interactions among the actors reflect these locales. I found the film extremely watchable, and was fascinated with the performances. All the lead roles are clearly developed. I loved Courtney Love. She is as beautiful as a modern day Anna Magnani and never has a bad scene. Seeing Kiefer Sutherland in something so unlike his "24" role is a delight. Ron Livingston's performance is controlled and finely honed. Norman Reedus presents raw energy. The cinematography is excellent with wondrous scenes of light and color. One can almost smell the tropical foliage. This is decidedly Courtney Love's movie, since she plays Burroughs' tragic wife. The interactions of these characters, based on real-life people during that time period, is a mesmerizing glimpse into lives in emotional turmoil.
Director: John Strickland Release Year: 1999 Genres: drama Cast: Steve John Shepherd, Ben Waters, Alec Newman, Anjela Lauren Smith, Alun Armstrong, Melanie Gutteridge Runtime: 113 min Production Co: Icon Entertainment International Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: Six London school-leavers attempt to make it in the world, balancing the challenge of trying to make a name for themselves in the music industry against the pressures and tragedies of everyday life.
Director: Sam Mendes Release Year: 1999 Genres: drama Cast:Kevin Spacey, Peter Gallagher, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Scott Bakula, Annette Bening, Sam Robards Runtime: 120 min Production Co: DreamWorks SKG, Jinks/Cohen Company Country: USA
Synopsis: Lester and Carolyn Burnham are on the outside, a perfect husband and wife, in a perfect house, in a perfect neighborhood. But inside, Lester is slipping deeper and deeper into a hopeless depression. He finally snaps when he becomes infatuated with one of his daughter's friends. Meanwhile, his daughter Jane is developing a happy friendship with a shy boy-next-door named Ricky, who lives with a homophobic father.
Lock, Stock and Two
Director: Guy Ritchie Release Year: 1998 Genres: crime, comedy Cast:Jason Flemyng, Nick Moran, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Nicholas Rowe, Vinnie Jones, Sting Runtime: 120 min Production Co: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: Four Jack-the-lads find themselves heavily - seriously heavily - in debt to an East End hard man and his enforcers after a crooked card game. Overhearing their neighbours in the next flat plotting to hold up a group of out-of-their-depth drug growers, our heros decide to stitch up the robbers in turn. In a way the confusion really starts when a pair of antique double-barrelled shotguns go missing in a completely different scam.
Director: James Merendino Release Year: 1998 Genres: comedy, drama Cast:Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Lien, Til Schweiger, Christopher McDonald, Devon Sawa, Jason Segel, Adam Pascal, James Duval Runtime: 97 min Production Co: Beyond Films, Blue Tulip Productions Country: USA
Synopsis: Two punks live in Salt Lake City. The film covers their all-day routine. The realism of the character-narrated movie may be discussed. One of the punks gets ill, stays in hospital for three weeks, comes out again. Three parties are covered and one concert including a fight between punks, rednecks and others.
Director: Todd Haynes Release Year: 1998 Genres: drama, music Cast:Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard Runtime: 124 min Production Co: Country: United Kingdom, USA
Synopsis: In 1984, British newspaper reporter Arthur Stuart is investigating the career of 1970s glam rock star Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by American rock singer Curt Wild, whose show was quite crazy for his time.
Grodecki Release Year: 1997 Genres: drama Cast: Miroslav Caslavka, David Svec, Miroslav Breu, Jiri Kodes Runtime: 133 min Production Co: Country: Czech
Synopsis: After failing in school and fighting with his father, 16-year-old Marek flees his village for Prague, where he's attacked at the train station. Offered work, he's taken to an apartment, drugged, and introduced into the world of male hustlers. Teaming with David, they parlay their situation into a partnership with their boss, saving money and making plans to exit the city.
Temple Release Year: 1996 Genres: drama Cast:Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Ted Levine, Adrien Brody, John Enos III, Suzanne Shepherd Runtime: 96 min Production Co: The Village Roadshow-Clipsal Film
Partnership Country: USA
Synopsis: Butch "Bullet" Stein is a Jewish junkie from the mean streets of Brooklyn, is paroled after eight years in prison. Butch rips off a runner for local drug dealer, Tank, and is soon right back into his old habits of snorting coke and shooting up heroin with his best friend Lester. Enraged by Butch's affront and already determined to get revenge on him for a past wrong, Tank sets about getting even with his old enemy by hiring a hulking brute, Gates to beat Butch. When the confrontation occurs, however, Gates breaks his hand on the battle-hardened Butch. Besides Lester, the only people in Butch's corner are his two brothers, the mentally-unhinged Vietnam War veteran Louis and aspiring artist Ruby, neither of whom can be counted on to help him in the inevitable showdown.
Director: Adrian Lyne Release Year: 1990 Genres: drama, horror, mystery Cast: Tim Robbins, Macaulay Culkin, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Alexander, Patricia Kalember, Eriq LaSalle, Ving Rhames Runtime: 108 min Production Co: Carolco Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: New York postal worker Jacob Singer is trying to keep his frayed life from unraveling. His days are increasingly being invaded by flashbacks to his first marriage, his now-dead son, and his tour of duty in Vietnam. Athough his new wife tries to help Jacob keep his grip on sanity, the line between reality and delusion is steadily growing more and more uncertain.
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Director: Uli Edel Release Year: 1989 Genres: drama Cast: Stephen Lang, Stephen Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Burt Young, Peter Dobson, Jerry Orbach, Alexis Arquette Runtime: 98 min Production Co: Allied Filmmakers, Bavaria Film, Neue Constantin Film Country: USA, United Kingdom, Germany (FRG)
Synopsis: The story is set in the early 1950s in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blighted waterfront town of boarded-up storefronts and striking factory workers. Harry Black, a machinist put in charge of the local union strike office, suddenly finds himself one of the most important men in town. But for all his sudden power, there's something disturbing Harry. He rejects his wife's caresses and discovers himself infatuated with a frail young man who calls himself Georgette, who has a crush on well-muscled hood Vinnie. But Harry doesn't confront his problem head-on until he falls head-over-heels in love with Regina, a local transvestite. As the strike becomes more intense, Harry sinks deeper into an obsessive affair with Regina, using the strike fund to shower him/her with personal gifts. As Harry sinks into obsession, other characters float through the decaying streets. There's the attractive prostitute Tralala who falls in love with a sailor about to be shipped overseas. There is also an agreeable young man named Tommy who is beaten by his soon-to-be father-in-law Big Joe for making his daughter Donna pregnant. Everything comes to a tragic conclusion as the workers' strike escalates into a violent confrontation.
Based on the book: Hubert Selby "Last Exit to Brooklyn"
Director: Brian De Palma Release Year: 1983 Genres: crime Cast: Al Pacino, Stephen Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon Runtime: 170 min Production Co: Universal Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: When Fidel Castro opens the harbor at Mariel, Cuba, he sends 125,000 Cuban refugees to reunite with their relatives in the United States. Among all the refugees, there is one who wants it all, his name is Tony Montana. Tony and his friend Manny arrive in the United States and start in small time jobs. Soon, they are hired by Omar Suarez to pay money to a group of Colombians. When the deal goes wrong, Tony and Manny leave with the money and succeed in their job. Soon Tony meets with drug kingpin Frank Lopez and falls for his boss's girl, Elvira. Pretty soon Tony will know that those who want it all, do not last forever; that is the price of power. The world will know Montana by one name... Scarface.
Director: Mark Rydell Release Year: 1979 Genres: drama, music Cast: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Primus Runtime: 134 min Production Co: 20th Century Fox Country: USA
Synopsis: Bette Midler plays "Rose", an artist strikingly similar to Janis Joplin. The film follows Rose's career during her last tour. Her rock and roll lifestyle of Drugs, Sex, and Rock and Roll and constant touring lead her to an inevitable breakdown.
Kubrick Release Year: 1971 Genres: drama, sci-fi Cast:Malcolm McDowell,
Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, John Clive Runtime: 131 min Production Co: Warner Bros. Pictures Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: Protagonist Alex is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programed to detest violence. If he goes through the program his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating.
Based on the book: Anthony Burgess "Clockwork Orange"
Director: Richard C. Sarafian Release Year: 1971 Genres: road-movie Cast: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, Charlotte Rampling Runtime: 106 min Production Co: Cupid Productions Country: USA
Synopsis: Kowalski works for a car delivery service. He takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to take from Colorado to San Francisco, California. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours. After a few run-ins with motorcycle cops and highway patrol they start a chase to bring him into custody. Along the way, Kowalski is guided by Supersoul - a blind DJ with a police radio scanner. Throw in lots of chase scenes, gay hitchhikers, a naked woman riding a motorbike, lots of Mopar and you've got a great cult hit from the early 70's.
Director: Derek Ford Release Year:1970 Genres: drama Cast: Billy Boyle, Richard Shaw, Donald Sumpter, Esme Johns, James Beck, Paul Bacon Runtime: 95 min Production Co: Salon Productions Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: A bored teenage girl decides that she wants to meet rock stars, and the best way to do that is to become a groupie. She finds herself going on the road with a rock band called Opal Butterfly, and soon discovers that being a rock band's groupie isn't as glamorous or exciting as she thought it would be.