JUDY & PUNCH
2019, 105 min, Dir: Mirrah Foulkes

Playing out like a twisted marriage between “Monty Python” and SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, Australian actress Mirrah Foulkes’ feature directorial debut is a one-of-a-kind, anarchic pummeling of the senses in the best possible way. Judy (Mia Wasikowska) and her husband Punch (Damon Herriman) are puppeteers in the town of Seaside. While Judy is the real talent, it’s Punch who receives the plaudits and spends his time getting endlessly drunk. When a domestic argument escalates into violence, Punch ends up killing Judy – or so he thinks. Soon, a righteously angry Judy is plotting revenge and no one in this hamlet marked by ugliness within and without will escape unscathed.


LORDS OF CHAOS
2018, 112 min, UK/Sweden, Dir: Jonas Åkerlund

Set in 1987, this is the story of the birth of Mayhem, the notorious Norwegian black metal band that wore corpse paint, aimed to create the most extreme metal music ever heard, burned down churches and were involved in brutal murders. Rory Culkin stars as Euronymous, guitarist and leader of a little-heard extreme metal band struggling to break out to a wider audience. Although he talks about creating suffering, chaos and death, it’s mostly just talk - until he meets Varg (Emory Cohen) and alpha-male one-upmanship kicks in. As the original drummer for black metal band Bathory, director Åkerlund knows his subject matter well, and LORDS OF CHAOS is shot through with pitch-black humor and unflinching violence without ever placing these princes of darkness on a pedestal.


THE BAD BATCH
2016, Netflix, 115 min, Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour

Complete with stellar cast, electrifying visuals and a score to die for, director Ana Lily Amirpour has created a film that is as uncategorizable as her acclaimed debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. Set in a hostile desert, THE BAD BATCH focuses its lens on Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) as she is unceremoniously dumped in a dystopian wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While making her way through this unforgiving environment, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she'll have to fight to live. As Arlen adjusts to life in "the bad batch," she discovers that being good or bad often depends on who you're standing next to.


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