POISON IVY
LA MOME VERT-DE-GRIS
1952, Pathe, 97 min, France, Dir: Bernard Borderie

The first of Eddie Constantine’s (France’s biggest star of the 1950s) jokey, self-referential Lemmy Caution tales, LA MOME VERT-DE-GRIS also features blonde bombshell Dominique Wilms, who leaves every man she meets during the film’s delirious action more than a little breathless. As Bertrand Tavernier noted, Constantine’s alter ego Lemmy Caution is the template for James Bond - though he’s clearly more hangdog and unkempt than the suave British spy. But Constantine wins us over with his crooked smile, his love of liquor and women, and his reckless courage in the face of gunfire. LA MOME VERT-DE-GRIS makes it clear why Paris was at Eddie’s feet in the ’50s, and you’ll want to scratch that itch for more Lemmy!


MANDY
2018, RLJE Films, 121 min, USA, Dir: Panos Cosmatos

After a couple’s quiet, reclusive life in the mountainous region of the Mojave Desert is brutally upended by a heinous cult, lumberjack Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) is left with one thing to live for: revenge. Embarking on a blood-spattered journey of carnage and destruction with his trusty chainsaw, Red will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Directed by Panos Cosmatos (BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW), MANDY is unforgettable horror odyssey, featuring one of Cage’s most gleefully insane performances. “[A] hypnotic midnight movie, which veers from astonishing, expressionist exchanges to gory mayhem without an iota of compromise.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire.


SPIDER
2002, Sony Pictures Classics, 98 min, Canada/UK/France, Dir: David Cronenberg

Dennis Cleg (a masterful Ralph Fiennes) has just been released from the psychiatric ward and has been assigned to live in a halfway house. A conflicted and deeply troubled soul searching for answers in his past, he receives little care and attention and is left alone with his own thoughts - which center around his tragic childhood and the events that landed him in the hospital in the first place. Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne and Lynn Redgrave costar in this riveting psychological thriller.


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