POINT BREAK
1991, Intermedia Film Distribution Limited, 120 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Pure adrenaline from director Kathryn Bigelow, with Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent convinced by his partner (Gary Busey) to go undercover in the surf community to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. Reeves soon finds himself falling under the spell of the gang’s philosophical and charismatic leader, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). The L.A. surf/crime action movie! “There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies.” – Derek Adams, Time Out (London); “Bigelow is an interesting director for this material. She is interested in the ways her characters live dangerously for philosophical reasons. … Bigelow and her crew are also gifted filmmakers. … Surprisingly effective.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


RIVER'S EDGE
1986, Park Circus/MGM, 99 min, USA, Dir: Tim Hunter

Director Tim Hunter and writer Neal Jimenez’s tale of disaffected teens, who are tainted by either knowledge or complicity in a young girl’s murder, hits as hard today as it did 30 years ago. A smart, literate, fearless movie chock-full of amazing performances, from conscience-stricken Keanu Reeves, to visibly damaged psychotic adult Dennis Hopper, to crazed and mesmerizing Crispin Glover, to the heart of the picture, a dull-eyed, empty-headed "Samson" of a man played by Daniel Roebuck.


THE BAD BATCH
2016, Netflix, 115 min, Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour

Complete with stellar cast, electrifying visuals and a score to die for, director Ana Lily Amirpour has created a film that is as uncategorizable as her acclaimed debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. Set in a hostile desert, THE BAD BATCH focuses its lens on Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) as she is unceremoniously dumped in a dystopian wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While making her way through this unforgiving environment, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she'll have to fight to live. As Arlen adjusts to life in "the bad batch," she discovers that being good or bad often depends on who you're standing next to.


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