TRUE ROMANCE
1993, Morgan Creek, 120 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Director Tony Scott and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino collaborate for a characteristically over-the-top, stylishly haywire crime romance, following the explosive marriage of comic store clerk Clarence (Christian Slater) and prostitute Alabama (Patricia Arquette), who inherit a suitcase of cocaine on their wedding day. When the couple tries to sell the drugs, a slew of Hollywood’s hardest and most flamboyant gangsters (including Christopher Walken, James Gandolfini and Gary Oldham) starts gunning for the star-crossed lovers. With an estimable and delightfully tweaked-out supporting cast headed by Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt and Samuel L. Jackson.


CHARLIE CASANOVA
2012, 94 min, Ireland, Dir: Terry McMahon

To an outsider, Charlie Barnum’s life is picture-perfect: He is successful in work, marriage and friendship. But in reality Charlie’s business is shrinking and he’s caught up in an affair with his best friend’s wife. While driving to a conference one day, Charlie accidentally kills a girl in a hit-and-run. Unsure of what to do with the terrible predicament facing him, Charlie uses a deck of cards to determine his fate. The first film to be entirely conceived via Facebook, this pitch-black, highly controversial comedy made love-it-or-hate-it waves at SXSW 2011.


AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF YOUR BIRTH
2012, 119 min, USA, Dir: Jim Akin

Jim Akin wrote, directed and shot this surreally dark-humored portrait of outsider Eli Willits, compressed into a seven-day, philosophical-geographical quest through the wilds of Los Angeles. A music-driven celebration of uncertainty, the film features gorgeously composed digital cinematography and an original soundtrack by acclaimed singer-songwriter Maria McKee.


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