ROUNDERS
1998, Park Circus/Miramax, 118 min, USA, Dir: John Dahl

Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) loses his money in a poker game against Russian gangster Teddy “KGB” (John Malkovich). Under pressure from his girlfriend (Gretchen Mol), he quits gambling - until his friend, Lester “Worm” Murphy (Edward Norton), gets out of prison and needs to pay off an old debt to Teddy. One of the best poker movies ever made, this underrated gem costars John Turturro, Famke Janssen and Martin Landau.


ISLE OF DOGS
2018, Fox Searchlight, 101 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Wes Anderson

This animated gem from writer-director Wes Anderson tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture. The star-studded voice cast includes Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum.


FIGHT CLUB
1999, 20th Century Fox, 139 min, USA, Germany, Dir: David Fincher

Director David Fincher adapts Chuck Palahniuk’s mind-twisting novel. Edward Norton is the nameless narrator, an insomniac looking for relief who briefly finds comfort in various support groups. But when he encounters another lost soul (Helena Bonham Carter) with increasing regularity, the comfort disappears. Then Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) enters the scene, an untamed force of nature. The two soon find an intoxicating bond in pummeling each other senseless and, before long, they have other guys who want to join in. “FIGHT CLUB delivers a sucker punch to the audience and then pulls the rug out from under it. It is sensational. It is also grimly funny.” - Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle.


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