NAKED
1993, Park Circus, 132 min, UK, Dir: Mike Leigh

David Thewlis delivers a bravura performance as Johnny, a nicotine-addled, paranoid tramp who wanders the streets of Manchester and London haranguing strangers, searching for cheap sex and traumatizing the few loved ones from his past who still care about him. With its creative genesis arising from the cast’s improvisations, NAKED is a startling exploration of self-destructive toxic male vitriol tempered by Leigh’s consummate humanism. Winner of the 1993 Best Director and Best Actor prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. “This is a painful movie to watch. But it is also exhilarating, as all good movies are, because we are watching the director and actors venturing beyond any conventional idea of what a modern movie can be about.” - Roger Ebert


ANOMALISA
2015, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

For a customer service guru, Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is unusually alienated; everyone he meets when he checks into Cincinnati’s Fregoli hotel sounds the same to him. Everyone except for Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a customer service rep who may offer Michael a fleeting chance at real connection. Kaufman’s first foray into stop-motion animation was the Grand Jury Prize winner at the Venice International Film Festival. “Its emotional power creeps out from under the subtle humor and leaves a subcutaneous imprint that lingers long after the movie is over.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter.


MR. NICE
2010, MPI Media Group, 121 min, UK/Spain, Dir: Bernard Rose

Inspired by Howard Marks’ popular autobiography, this sprawling cannabis tale recounts the Welshman’s rise to the top of the drug-smuggling world of the 1960s and 1970s, and his later reinvention as a marijuana evangelist. Rhys Ifans and Chloë Sevigny play Marks and his wife, Judy, with able support from Crispin Glover, David Thewlis and Ken Russell (yep, the famous director) as well as a fine Philip Glass score.


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