ALPHAVILLE
ALPHAVILLE, UNE ETRANGE AVENTURE DE LEMMY CAUTION
1965, Rialto Pictures, 99 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is on a mission to eliminate Professor Von Braun, the creator of a malevolent computer that rules the city of Alphaville. Befriended by the scientist's beautiful daughter, Natasha (Anna Karina), Lemmy must unravel the mysteries of the strictly logical Alpha 60 and teach Natasha the meaning of the word “love.” Akim Tamiroff costars in this noir-ish sci-fi favorite, which won the Golden Bear at the 1965 Berlin Film Festival.


UNBREAKABLE
2000, Buena Vista Pictures, 106 min, Dir: M. Night Shyamalan

When the Eastrail 177 train from New York to Philadelphia crashes, all on board are killed except for security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis). At a memorial service to the victims, he gets a cryptic message from Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), an art gallery owner who believes Dunn may have extraordinary powers. A cult favorite that has spawned two sequels, this mind-bending deconstruction of superhero films co-stars Robin Wright and features a suspenseful James Newton Howard score.


THEY LIVE
1988, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Construction worker Roddy Piper learns that the world has been taken over by grinning skull-headed aliens who are permeating society with subliminal messages to mindlessly consume (sound like some corporations you know?). Glimpsing the truth with the aid of special sunglasses that strip away the phony layers of manufactured reality, he and fellow drifter Keith David join the underground to rebel against the mind control in this searingly satirical sci-fi jaunt, one of Carpenter’s best and wildest films. Co-starring Meg Foster.


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