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Irreversible 2002, Unrated)
Salo (Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma) 1975, NC-17)
Gummo 1997, R)
Ex Drummer 2007, Unrated)
Calvaire (The Ordeal) 2004, Unrated)
Requiem for a Dream 2000, R)
Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to his groundbreaking "Pi" is a portrait of addiction, disturbing in the achingly emotive performances and in its suggestion we could all go down that road. Ellen Burstyn is Sara, whose addiction to sugar and television becomes an addiction to diet pills as she tries to lose weight to enter a tv game show. Her son, Harry [Jared Leto] is addicted to heroin, as is his girlfriend Marion [Jennifer Connelly]. This is not your typical drug-addicts-cleanup story, this is a stunning, brutal account of where addiction can lead all of us!
Men Behind the Sun 1988, Unrated)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986, NC-17)
Raw, uncompromising and genre-defining. You can almost smell this film which is loosely based on the real killings of Henry Lee Lucas, whose 1985 death sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment by the Texas governor, one George W. Bush. Set in a grim, working class Chicago, this takes us through one graphic killing after another. Although the real Henry [male, white, drifter, softly spoken, shy] was caught, here he remains free, as the film focuses on a disturbingly realistic examination of killing. The use of unknown actors, coupled with debut director McNaughton's grimy visual approach, leaves the viewer feeling like a voyeur at times. Some scenes proved to much for the actors, with one actress going into shock after her scene as a victim. The full uncut version runs at 85 minutes [Region 2].
The Exorcist III 1990, R)