DEMON SEED
1977, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Donald Cammell

“Never was a woman violated so profanely. ... Never was a woman subjected to inhuman love like this. ... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny. ... Julie Christie carries the ‘Demon Seed.’ Fear for her.” Based on the Dean R. Koontz novel and directed by Donald Cammell (PERFORMANCE), this provocative, imaginative sci-fi thriller is even more relevant today than when it was originally released. Scientist Fritz Weaver’s supercomputer decides it wants to impregnate his wife, Julie Christie, with its artificially created DNA, in a sinister attempt to take over the world with its hybrid progeny! A terrifying cat-and-mouse game follows as Christie is trapped alone in the house with the omniscient computer. Cinematography is by Bill Butler (JAWS) and the music score was composed by Jerry Fielding (THE WILD BUNCH, STRAW DOGS). With memorable voice work by Robert Vaughn as Proteus IV.


THEY CALL ME JEEG
LO CHIAMAVANO JEEG ROBOT
2015, Uncork’d Entertainment, 112 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Mainetti

Gabriele Mainetti’s feature directorial debut gives a distinctive Italian twist to the superhero movie. On the run through the slums of Rome, small-time crook Enzo (Claudio Santamaria) winds up in the Tiber River, where contact with toxic waste gives him extraordinary powers. Though Enzo is content to use his new strength to break into ATMs, an attractive young woman (Ilenia Pastorelli) and a maniacal crime boss (Luca Marinelli) have different ideas. Winner of seven David di Donatello awards.


ARRIVAL
2016, Paramount, 116 min, USA, Dir: Denis Villeneuve

With all of humanity on the brink of chaos after alien spacecraft land on Earth, the military enlist top linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to decipher the ships’ communications and find out why are they here. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker costar. “Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


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