CRASH
1996, Fine Line, 100 min, Canada/UK, Dir: David Cronenberg

Controversy positively mushroomed in the wake of director David Cronenberg’s savagely candid NC-17 adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s infamous 1973 novel. After suffering a catastrophic accident, James Ballard (James Spader) suddenly finds himself sexually aroused by car crashes, something that introduces him to a group of like-minded accident victims that includes Holly Hunter and Rosanna Arquette. But Vaughan (Elias Koteas), their defacto leader and the most-addicted to the phenomenon of flesh merging with metal, pushes the envelope way beyond near death experiences. With Deborah Kara Unger.


THE THIN RED LINE
1998, 20th Century Fox, 170 min, Dir: Terrence Malick

Director Terrence Malick’s adaptation of James Jones’ novel is an intensely poetic story of paradise lost in the South Pacific during WWII, a cosmic vision of man at war with himself and nature. With a mind-boggling cast including Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte and John C. Reilly.


THE LAST DAYS ON MARS
2013, Magnet Releasing, 98 min, UK / Ireland, Dir: Ruairi Robinson

On the first manned mission to Mars, an astronaut discovers fossilized evidence of bacterial life. But when crew members begin to vanish, the rest of the team wonders if the lifeform they have discovered is not yet dead, and the group falls apart as it awaits a relief ship. Starring Liev Schrieber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai and Olivia Williams, LAST DAYS is a lean, muscular and fast-moving genre picture that shows that science fiction smartly done on a budget can hold its own with anything.


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