NAKED LUNCH
1991, 20th Century Fox, 115 min, Canada/UK/Japan, Dir: David Cronenberg

Once more, director David Cronenberg films the un-filmable with this adaptation from one of his key literary influences, William Burroughs. Peter Weller is Bill Lee, a frustrated writer and bug exterminator who is introduced to the narcotic effects of bug poison by his wife (Judy Davis) in the 1950s. After accidentally shooting her and pursued by the drug squad, Lee finds himself traversing the strange Middle Eastern city Interzone, where all manner of half-human and polysexual creatures dwell. With Roy Scheider, Julian Sands and Ian Holm. "[P]erhaps one of the most penetrating examinations of a writer's processes ever made. Certainly it's one of the strangest and most disturbing." – Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


GARDEN STATE
2004, Fox Searchlight, 102 min, USA, Dir: Zach Braff

Zach Braff earned a “Best First Feature” Independent Spirit Award for this wonderfully nuanced dramedy, in which he stars as a TV actor who returns to his hometown after the death of his mother and learns to look at his life in new ways. Co-starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm, and featuring a Grammy-winning soundtrack.


ANOTHER WOMAN
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 81 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

With noisy construction going on where she lives, philosophy professor Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) rents a room in another building to complete her new book in peace. But now she’s next to a therapist’s office and can overhear the patients - among them an expectant mother (Mia Farrow) whose problems strike an unexpected chord with Marion. The top-flight supporting cast includes Gene Hackman, Blythe Danner, Ian Holm and, in his final film, John Houseman. This Bergman-esque drama (shot by Sven Nykvist) is among Allen’s most absorbing.


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