BAD TIMING
1980, Park Circus/ITV, 123 min, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

An all-star cast heads this drama about love, possession and obsession. Alex (Art Garfunkel) is an American psychoanalyst and lecturer in Vienna. He meets and falls in love with Milena (Theresa Russell), a young and beautiful American, and the two embark on a passionate affair. She, however, does not wish to be confined to one man, and as she becomes increasingly unfaithful, Alex becomes more and more possessive. The film is told in flashback as Alex sits in a hospital where Milena is being treated for a drug overdose. He recounts the events to the investigating officer (Harvey Keitel), who must decide whether her condition is attempted suicide or something more sinister.


DOGMAN
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 102 min, Italy/France, Dir: Matteo Garrone

This riveting underworld drama from Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH) centers on Marcello (Cannes Best Actor winner Marcello Fonte), a humble dog groomer, a loving single father and, to make ends meet, a petty coke dealer. Among his customers is Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a thug who terrorizes his run-down Naples neighborhood - and wants Marcello’s help to commit a robbery. A fable of good and evil colored by dark humor and surreal touches, DOGMAN earned eight Nastro d'Argento awards. “DOGMAN unfolds its relatively straightforward story with both thrilling style and serious moral force: it’s a sensation judged on either bark or bite.” - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.


NAKED LUNCH
1991, 20th Century Fox, 115 min, Canada/UK/Japan, Dir: David Cronenberg

Once more, director David Cronenberg films the un-filmable with this adaptation from one of his key literary influences, William Burroughs. Peter Weller is Bill Lee, a frustrated writer and bug exterminator who is introduced to the narcotic effects of bug poison by his wife (Judy Davis) in the 1950s. After accidentally shooting her and pursued by the drug squad, Lee finds himself traversing the strange Middle Eastern city Interzone, where all manner of half-human and polysexual creatures dwell. With Roy Scheider, Julian Sands and Ian Holm. "[P]erhaps one of the most penetrating examinations of a writer's processes ever made. Certainly it's one of the strangest and most disturbing." – Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


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