Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Reiner, Dennis Hopper and Jenna Elfman star in this unforgettable story of a nobody…that has everyone watching. Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) is just an ordinary guy who thinks he has nothing to lose when he agrees to star in one of the first reality TV shows. Overnight, Ed’s a national celebrity and his most private moments become public entertainment as millions tune in to watch a real-life soap opera that’s filled with drama, comedy and romance. Academy Award-winner Ron Howard directs this hilarious hit that was a beacon for the future of reality-based entertainment. (Original Title – EDtv)
All aboard for America! Join the adventures of an adorable mouse named Fievel in this heart-warming “tail” of following your heart. Fievel and his family have grand hopes for their new homeland “where the streets are lined with cheese” when he is accidentally lost at sea. Determined to reunite with his loved ones, the brave little mouse embarks on a huge adventure through the streets of New York, meeting unexpected friends every step of the way. Featuring the voice talents of Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Plummer, it’s a family-friendly treat from Steven Spielberg and director Don Bluth (The Land Before Time).
Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.
The tale of Jodorowsky and his Dune is a fascinating trip through creativity and imagination, a story about the relentless pursuit of a dream, and the necessity of art. In pre-production for over two years, the film was to star Jodorowsky’s own 12-year-old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and even Salvador Dali, set to a musical score by Pink Floyd and art-design by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud.
A life transforming journey of a pro hockey player who after having been imprisoned for dealing drugs and losing the things and people he loved most seeks a return to happiness and redemption via a humanitarian journey into South East Asia.