PRIMER
2004, erbp, 77 min, USA, Dir: Shane Carruth

This micro-budget sci-fi film, one of the most thought-provoking in recent memory, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Engineers tinkering in a garage invent a device that opens up time-travel possibilities; their attempts to exploit the discovery quickly spiral out of control. “The experience of watching PRIMER is so intensely pleasurable that you’ll want to see it several times, not so much to figure it out (that’s a fringe benefit) as to revel in its striking composition and wry sense of humor.” - Mike D’Angelo, Esquire


THE ROCK
1996, Buena Vista, 136 min, USA, Dir: Michael Bay

FBI chemical weapons specialist Nicolas Cage and ex-convict Sean Connery (the only man to successfully escape from Alcatraz, aka "The Rock"), are enlisted to break into the former prison when a disgruntled U.S. general (Ed Harris) goes over the edge, seizing the island with his elite commandos and threatening to attack San Francisco if his demands aren’t met. Bruckheimer’s first film after splitting with partner Don Simpson, THE ROCK is a mega-octane action machine, delivered with characteristic skill and humor by director Michael Bay and acted by a superb cast including Cage, Connery, David Morse, Michael Biehn and William Forsythe.


THE MACHINIST
2004, Paramount, 101 min, Spain/USA, Dir: Brad Anderson

This haunting portrait of a man on the edge of sanity stars Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik, an industrial worker plagued by insomnia and hallucinations. Fired after his erratic behavior causes an accident at work, Reznik’s sole source of comfort is prostitute Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), but soon even she becomes suspect in his eyes as the machinist grows increasingly paranoid. Bale went on a crash diet to play the emaciated title character, losing more than 60 pounds.


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