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BLUE VELVET (R18+, 121 mins)
There's something going on behind the white picket fences of Lumberton, North Carolina.
David Lynch's unforgettable dark, disturbing, dreamlike mystery starring Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dean Stockwell, and Dennis Hopper is gripping, bold and stylish.
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Although initially receiving a divided critical response, the film is now widely acclaimed as one of the greatest films of the 1980s and earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director. As an example of a director casting against the norm, Blue Velvet is also noted for re-launching Hopper’s career and for providing Rossellini with a dramatic outlet beyond the work as a fashion model and a cosmetics spokeswoman, for which she had until then been known.
Since its initial theatrical release, Blue Velvet has achieved cult status, generated significant academic attention with regard to its thematic symbolism and is widely regarded as one of Lynch’s best works. The film is consistently ranked among the greatest American films of all time by various publications, including Sight & Sound, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and BBC Magazine. In 2008, Blue Velvet was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest mystery films ever made.
Angelo Badalamenti's creepy score heightens the atmosphere.
"An American masterpiece." Empire
“An essential experience for anyone who is a fan of the movies.” Uproxx
“Blue Velvet remains one of American art cinema’s most unflappably cool creations” Indiewire
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FARGO (M, 103 mins)
Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, and Harve Presnell.
Fargo is the unforgettable dark comedy that Set the Coen Brothers up as a recognisable voice in American cinema.
Jerry Lundegaard is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has landed himself deep into debt. Desperate for money, he hires two inept crooks to kidnap his own wife in the hope that her wealthy father will pay the ransom, giving him enough cash to pay off his associates and clear his debts.
But Jerry’s plan goes horribly wrong when the thugs kill a highway patrolman and two innocent bystanders, and the murders fall under the jurisdiction of Marge Gunderson; a pregnant but persistent police chief in rural Minnesota who starts to unravel the deadly scheme.
Fargo was nominated for no less than seven Academy Awards, winning in the Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay categories, while Joel Coen received the BAFTA David Lean Award and the Cannes Film Festival Award for directing.
Fargo is one of those special films that deserve to be revisited every once in a while, and as one of the best works of the Coen brothers, it’s at the same time among the best films America has presented to the world in the past couple of decades.