NAKED
1993, Park Circus, 132 min, UK, Dir: Mike Leigh

David Thewlis delivers a bravura performance as Johnny, a nicotine-addled, paranoid tramp who wanders the streets of Manchester and London haranguing strangers, searching for cheap sex and traumatizing the few loved ones from his past who still care about him. With its creative genesis arising from the cast’s improvisations, NAKED is a startling exploration of self-destructive toxic male vitriol tempered by Leigh’s consummate humanism. Winner of the 1993 Best Director and Best Actor prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. “This is a painful movie to watch. But it is also exhilarating, as all good movies are, because we are watching the director and actors venturing beyond any conventional idea of what a modern movie can be about.” - Roger Ebert


TRASH HUMPERS
2009, Drag City, 78 min, Dir: Harmony Korine

A gang of elderly people wander the nighttime back alleys of Nashville, hidden behind grotesque latex masks, causing general chaos until they find the perfect discarded junk to gyrate against. Korine’s attempt to make a project as fast as possible resulted in a damaged, non-aesthetic style shot and edited entirely on VHS. This non-narrative, utterly uncategorizable movie has elements of zombie horror, black comedy, cultural satire and home video. A love letter to a bizarre subculture Korine himself created for the film, TRASH HUMPERS plays like a thrift-store digger’s ultimate found-footage score … if they were hunting through the greatest Goodwill in Hell.


JULIEN DONKEY-BOY
1999, Warner Bros. , 94 min, Dir: Harmony Korine

In writer-director Harmony Korine’s second feature, Ewen Bremner portrays a young man plagued by mental illness. The grueling horrors of his home life don’t help; he suffers under a ruthless tyrant of a father (Werner Herzog in a rare turn in front of the camera) and finds little solace in the sister he may have impregnated (Chloe Sevigny) or his brother, an aspiring wrestler. The first American release to experiment with the Dogme 95 Manifesto’s “Vows of Chastity,” JULIEN DONKEY-BOY wields a unique abstracted aesthetic, shot on MiniDV before being transferred to film.


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