THE PROPOSITION
2005, Millennium Entertainment, 104 min, Australia/UK, Dir: John Hillcoat

Nick Cave penned the screenplay and provided the evocative score to this Australia-set Western, a pitiless drama that is as beautiful as it is violent. The Burns gang is the scourge of the outback until Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) and his simple-minded younger sibling are captured after a family is massacred. Facing execution, he is offered a deal – the two can go free if Charlie kills his older, more vicious brother, Arthur (Danny Huston). With Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and John Hurt. “A near-masterpiece of mood and menace, and one that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible.” - Ty Burr, The Boston Globe.


BREATHE IN
2014, Cohen Film, 98 min, USA, Dir: Drake Doremus

Living with his wife and high school-aged daughter in upstate New York, Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) is a musician who finds his work as a piano teacher stifling - until the arrival of gifted pianist Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who is searching for fulfillment herself. That Sophie is also a British exchange student staying at Keith’s home makes their budding attraction even more problematic. Director Drake Doremus (LIKE CRAZY) handles what could be a formulaic situation with unusual sensitivity, aided by a top-flight cast that includes Amy Ryan and Mackenzie Davis.


L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
1997, Warner Bros., 138 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Hanson

Director Curtis Hanson brings James Ellroy’s epic, muckraking crime novel to vivid life, zeroing in on murder, scandal-mongering and police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. A white-hot slab of ensemble acting adds to the fireworks, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, who won a much-deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. One of those all-too-rare movie literary adaptations that matches the quality of the original book.


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