AMERICAN PSYCHO
2000, Lionsgate, 101 min, USA, Dir: Mary Harron

Director Mary Harron slyly distills Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel down to its satirical essence, using the conventions of the slasher film to explore the sociological horrors of 1980s America. Christian Bale is hilarious, charming and disturbing as an upwardly mobile yuppie who goes on a killing spree - the logical extension of his desire to consume everything in sight. With a terrific 1980s soundtrack, a visual style of Kubrickian precision, and an ensemble that includes Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto, this is a literary adaptation that is fully worthy of its source.


MUD
2013, Lionsgate, 130 min, USA, Dir: Jeff Nichols

Young friends Ellis and Neckbone (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) discover a man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding on a Mississippi island. Mud spins wild tales of his flight from bounty hunters and his hope to escape with his love Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). The boys are skeptical but agree to help, and sure enough, their little town is soon being turned upside down in the search for Mud. With Sam Shepard and Michael Shannon.


ELECTION
1999, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Payne

Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon face off in Alexander Payne’s devilish satire of high school politics. Overachieving control freak Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) runs unopposed for student body president, while civics teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick) looks on queasily at her monopoly, and ultimately convinces unassuming jock Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to give the chirpy blonde a democratic run for the title. Payne received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film's caustically funny dialogue.


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