CULTURE SHOCK
2019, Blumhouse, 91 min, USA, Dir: Gigi Saul Guerrero

This episode of the popular Hulu original series INTO THE DARK follows a young Mexican woman (Martha Higareda) in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States only to find herself in an American nightmare. Martha Higareda, Richard Cabral, Shawn Ashmore, Barbara Crampton and Creed Bratton star in this socially relevant and painfully human story of desperation and the terrifying realities that accompany the struggle to get a fair chance at life.


NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2007, Park Circus/Miramax, 122 min, USA, Dir: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

A mesmerizing thriller from Academy Award-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize winning American master Cormac McCarthy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. When Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds a pickup truck surrounded by a sentry of dead men with a load of heroin and two million dollars in cash still in the back, a chain reaction of catastrophic violence begins that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) – can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives (Javier Bardem) – the film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headline.


THE DRILLER KILLER
1979, AGFA, 96 min, USA, Dir: Abel Ferrara

Spiraling between grimy horror, punk rock and art film, Abel Ferrara directs and stars as Remo Miller, a starving artist struggling to make it in NYC. As the pressure mounts, his sanity slips, and the only way to fulfill his artist craving is by taking a power drill to anyone he encounters on the streets late at night. As the opening title card says: "This Film Should Be Played Loud," so prepare for mayhem at maximum volume.


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