EXISTENZ
1999, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

When leading game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is attacked by an assassin while conducting a focus group for her new virtual-reality game eXistenZ, she escapes into the game with marketing trainee Ted Pikul (Jude Law). Cronenberg is at his squirm-inducing, orifice-fetishizing best here, with great supporting turns from Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe and Sarah Polley.


MR. NOBODY
2009, Belga Films, 141 min, Belgium, Dir: Jaco Van Dormael

118-year-old Nemo (Jared Leto) hazily recounts the story of his life to a reporter. As the old man's memory fades in and out, he recalls a trio of formative points in his younger life: his parents' divorce; his marriage to Elise (Sarah Polley), depressed from a former lost love and determined to have her ashes sprinkled on Mars; and his later marriage to Jean (Linh Dam Pham), with whom he shared a life of cold, bored luxury. With Diane Kruger. Winner of the Biografilm and Golden Osella Awards and nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.


THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
1988, Sony Repertory, 126 min, UK, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam's third fantasy film (following TIME BANDITS and BRAZIL) is yet another terrific children's film that's just as entertaining (if not more so) for adults. The mythical Baron Munchausen (John Neville) materializes after a heinous performance of his life story, and sets off with pint-sized gamine Sally (Sarah Polley) to save a city in trouble, stopping off along the way for encounters with Oliver Reed, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Uma Thurman and Robin Williams as the Moon King. "The worlds Gilliam has created here are like the ones he created in his animations for Monty Python - they have a majestic peculiarity. And you're constantly amazed by the freshness and eccentricity of what is pushed in front of your eyes." -Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


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