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1998, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Director Terry Gilliam’s psychedelic kaleidoscope of bad vibes as seen through the twisted prism of writer Hunter S. Thompson (Johnny Depp) and walking pharmaceutical factory Dr. Gonzo (a scary Benicio Del Toro) as they sojourn in Las Vegas circa 1971. Consumer culture and the gaudy artifice of middle class gaming resorts are mercilessly skewered in Gilliam’s trenchant adaptation of Thompson’s notorious book. Tons of great bits from a potpourri of stars including Tobey McGuire, Christina Ricci, Harry Dean Stanton, Lyle Lovett, Cameron Diaz, Gary Busey, Mark Harmon, Ellen Barkin, Penn Jillette, Flea and more.

2012, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 95 min, USA, Dir: Ben Lewin

Poet and journalist Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) has been confined to an iron lung for most of his life due to his crippling bout with polio as a child. At 38, he decides that it's time to lose his virginity, an endeavor he pursues under the counsel of his priest (William H. Macy), and with the help of sex surrogate Cheryl (Helen Hunt). The journey that ensues is moving, funny and inspiring in this Sundance Film Festival favorite based on O'Brien's true story.

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