SEQUENCE BREAK
2017, 80 min, USA, Dir: Graham Skipper

A reclusive video arcade repair technician, Oz (Chase Williamson), has his reality fractured when a mysterious new arcade machine appears in his shop and a beautiful woman (Fabianne Therese) enters his life. Inspired by films such as VIDEODROME and ALTERED STATES, this surreal sci-fi stunner throws Oz down the rabbit hole, featuring strange metaphysical forces, bizarre biomechanical mutations and Cronenbergian hallucinations.


BEFORE WE VANISH
SANPO SURU SHINRYAKUSHA
2017, Neon , 129 min, Japan , Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Very few filmmakers can stake claim to the extraordinary run that Kiyoshi Kurosawa had from CURE (1997) to PULSE (2001), films energized by the director’s anger and frustration with society. In this thought-provoking sci-fi drama, the vanguard of an alien invasion arrives to take control of human bodies and study our emotions and values. But even as the invaders learn that most of us aren’t worth saving, Kurosawa cannot give up on his fellow man and woman, and humanity’s most positive qualities could be the key to our salvation.


HOWARD THE DUCK
1986, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: Willard Huyck

The titular sarcastic, cigar-chomping, 27-year-old hero of this ahead-of-its-time fan favorite hails from the planet Duckworld, from which he’s suddenly beamed away via an Earth-based scientific experiment gone awry. Landing in Cleveland, Howard must contend with this new and strange place, and, of course, prevent the very destruction of the universe by a villain who also gets accidentally beamed down to Earth. Visually inventive and engaging, HOWARD THE DUCK is an amazing oddity: a comic book film squarely aimed at adults with humor way above the heads of the young audience it drew.


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