THE VAST OF NIGHT
2019, 89 min, Dir: Andrew Patterson

Over the course of one exhilarating night in New Mexico during the 1950s, a young switchboard operator and a DJ attempt to uncover the mystery behind a strange frequency while the residents of their town are focused on a crucial high-school basketball game. What they uncover not only sends them down a rabbit hole of gargantuan proportions but also threatens humanity in ways they could never imagine. Channeling the aesthetics of classic sci-fi films, but doing it in a way that is wholly unique, Patterson’s wildly imaginative debut is awash with long single takes and intriguing one-on-one interviews, and features incredible lead performances by Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz.


VAMPIRE HUNTER D
KYÛKETSUKI HANTÂ D
1985, Sentai Filmworks, 80 min, Japan, Dir: Toyoo Ashida

Based on the Hideyuki Kikuchi novel, this stylish anime favorite takes place in the year 12,090 A.D., when technology and the supernatural have overtaken the world, leaving the land desolate and despotic. The remnants of humanity are scattered into small communities, and live in fear of vampires who compose the ruling nobility. When Count Magnus Lee tastes the blood of Doris Lang, she is forcibly chosen to be his next wife. In an effort to escape her ill-gotten fate she hires a mysterious vampire hunter known only as D, who comes from a peculiar lineage.


MILLENNIUM ACTRESS
SENNEN JOYÛ
2001, Eleven Arts, 87 min, Japan, Dir: Satoshi Kon

When the legendary Ginei Studios shuts down, filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant are tasked with interviewing its reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who had retired from the spotlight 30 years prior. As she recounts her career, Genya and his crew are literally pulled into her memories where they witness her chance encounter with a mysterious man on the run from the police. Despite never knowing his name or his face, Chiyoko relentlessly pursues that man in a seamless blend of reality and memory that only Satoshi Kon could deliver. Boasting countless awards, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS is a must-see for anime fans of all ages.


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