JUST IMAGINE
1930, 20th Century Fox, 109 min, USA, Dir: David Butler

In this highly original sci-fi musical, long-dead El Brendel is revived 50 years in the future - 1980! - and finds it impossible to adapt to the way times have changed. Maureen O'Sullivan and John Garrick costar in this stunning collection of then-futuristic set pieces.


EXISTENZ
1999, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

When leading game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is attacked by an assassin while conducting a focus group for her new virtual-reality game eXistenZ, she escapes into the game with marketing trainee Ted Pikul (Jude Law). Cronenberg is at his squirm-inducing, orifice-fetishizing best here, with great supporting turns from Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe and Sarah Polley.


TOTAL RECALL
1990, Rialto Pictures, 113 min, USA, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Future-time 2084: Construction worker Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to escape his nightmares by taking a mind-vacation to Mars - trouble is, he’s already been there, in director Paul Verhoeven’s brutally surreal, wickedly funny adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale." Sharon Stone literally kicks out the jams as Arnold’s murderously sexy "wife" with help from uber-villain Michael Ironside.


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