2004, GKIDS, 103 min, Japan, Dir: Masaaki Yuasa, Kôji Morimoto

This exhilarating animated cult classic is an explosion of gloriously colorful mages ricocheting in rapid-fire associations - like Masaaki Yuasa’s brain splattered onto the screen in all its goopy glory. Audiences will begin to grasp what they are in for early on as loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God – shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light. But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest.

2017, Gravitas Ventures, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jenée LaMarque

In this improvised comedy, Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a joint bachelorette weekend in wine country. On the first night, the brides and their friends get wasted, and Lu admits to everyone that she’s never had an orgasm. This admission comes as a complete surprise to Andi and derails the weekend in unexpected and poignant ways. It causes everyone to reflect on trust, love and their journeys to experiencing their first orgasm.

1995, 20th Century Fox, 124 min, USA, Dir: Forest Whitaker

The big screen adaptation of Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel follows four African-American women - played by Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon - whose friendship sustains them as they struggle with the men in their lives. A box office success and Image Award winner for Outstanding Motion Picture, WAITING TO EXHALE features a chart-topping soundtrack highlighted by Houston’s No.1 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”

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