INTERSTELLAR
2014, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, 169 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Nolan

In the not-too-distant future, life on Earth can no longer sustain itself. It’s up to Cooper, a pilot-turned reluctant farmer-turned astronaut, to lead a team into space to look for new worlds to inhabit. Combining family drama with eye-popping visuals and mind-expanding philosophical inquiry, Nolan’s sci-fi epic stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow and Michael Caine and won an Oscars for its stunning visual effects. “An enormous undertaking that, like all the director’s best work, manages to feel handcrafted and intensely personal, “Interstellar” reaffirms Nolan as the premier big-canvas storyteller of his generation, more than earning its place alongside THE WIZARD OF OZ, 2001, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and GRAVITY in the canon of Hollywood’s visionary sci-fi head trips.” - Scott Foundas, Variety.


REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
2000, Lionsgate, 101 min, USA, Dir: Darren Aronofsky

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky adapted the Hubert Selby, Jr., novel about mothers, sons, drugs and letting your demons take over your rational self. Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Connelly and an Oscar-nominated Ellen Burstyn turn in stellar performances in this hard-hitting film about the corrosive nature of addiction in all its forms. Once again working with PI cinematographer Matthew Libatique, Aronofsky juggles characters’ subjective and external worlds with an innovative visual style to evoke a nightmare that’s impossible to shake.


THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
1971, Sony Repertory, 118 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms and Cybill Shepherd star as a trio of sexually confused teens trapped in a dying, dust-blown town. Flawlessly directed by Peter Bogdanovich and photographed by Robert Surtees, with a letter-perfect supporting cast led by Ben Johnson (Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner), Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner) and Ellen Burstyn.


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