SHELF LIFE
1993, 81 min, USA, Dir: Paul Bartel

The last feature directorial effort from Paul Bartel (DEATH RACE 2000, EATING RAOUL) offers a subversive look at suburban values across two generations. Spooked by the Kennedy assassination, the St. Cloud family retreats to the safety of their fallout shelter - but never gets the "all clear" when the nuclear holocaust they'd feared fails to materialize. Decades later, after their parents have died, Tina (O-Lan Jones), Pam (Andrea Stein) and Scotty (Jim Turner) are still in that bunker, having grown to adulthood through daily rituals fashioned from snippets of television and vague memories of the world outside. Never before released, SHELF LIFE strikes a darkly comedic tone sure to make it a cult favorite.


THE GREAT
2020, Hulu, 50 min, UK/Australia, Dir: Tony McNamara

THE GREAT is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. Season One is a fictionalized, fun and anachronistic story of an idealistic, romantic young girl, who arrives in Russia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter. Hoping for love and sunshine, she finds instead a dangerous, depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court onside. A very modern story about the past which encompasses the many roles she played over her lifetime as lover, teacher, ruler, friend and fighter. Incorporating historical facts occasionally, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow.


ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELLING BY TRAIN
VENTAJAS DE VIAJAR EN TREN
2019, WaZabi Films, 106 min, Spain/France, Dir: Aritz Moreno

"Would you like me to tell you about my life?" Editor Helga Pato (Pilar Castro) is approached with this disconcerting question during a train journey. Her seatmate turns out to be Ángel Sanagustín (Ernesto Alterio), a psychiatrist who specializes in personality disorders. During the trip, Ángel tells her the sordid and delirious story of the worst clinical case he has ever faced: Martín Urales de Úbeda (Luis Tosar), an extremely dangerous and paranoid patient obsessed with garbage, among many other things, as an instrument of control. This fortuitous encounter will irremediably mark the future of Helga and all the other characters involved in a series of unpredictable plots that overlap, layer after layer, until they reach a delirious climax.


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