PIRANHA (1978)
1978, New World Pictures, 94 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

Screenwriter John Sayles cleverly riffs on JAWS in this early directorial effort from Joe Dante, in which a school of deadly mutant piranha heads for a sleepy summer community. Combining crisp action with razor-sharp satire, this fast, funny and scary creature feature is one of the best films to come out of producer Roger Corman's New World Pictures in the 1970s.


TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
1991, Sony Repertory, 136 min, USA, Dir: James Cameron

Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger is an obsolete killer, sent back as guardian to Linda Hamilton and her teenage son (Edward Furlong). The effects are dazzling, but it’s Cameron’s uncanny blend of pop humor and visionary sci-fi that make TERMINATOR 2 the ultimate in Future Shock.


RENAISSANCE
2006, Miramax Films, 105 min, France, UK, Luxembourg, Dir: Christian Volkman

It is Paris, 2054: A promising young scientist, Ilona Tasuiev, is abducted, and the massive health and beauty corporation she works for, Avalon, wants her found alive. Disillusioned police captain Karas (Daniel Craig) is put on the assignment, and soon unearths a puzzle of identity theft, drug connections, missing files and a crime committed long ago in the past – 2006. Rotoscoped in inky black-and-white, RENAISSANCE is a stylized neo-noir with its roots in sci-fi and mystery.


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