RIVER'S EDGE
1986, Park Circus/MGM, 99 min, USA, Dir: Tim Hunter

Director Tim Hunter and writer Neal Jimenez’s tale of disaffected teens, who are tainted by either knowledge or complicity in a young girl’s murder, hits as hard today as it did 30 years ago. A smart, literate, fearless movie chock-full of amazing performances, from conscience-stricken Keanu Reeves, to visibly damaged psychotic adult Dennis Hopper, to crazed and mesmerizing Crispin Glover, to the heart of the picture, a dull-eyed, empty-headed "Samson" of a man played by Daniel Roebuck.


GAS FOOD LODGING
1992, IRS Media, 101 min, Dir: Allison Anders

The acclaimed second feature from writer-director Allison Anders stars Brooke Adams as a single mom struggling to raise two teenage girls (Ione Skye and Independent Spirit winner Fairuza Balk) in a small town in New Mexico. Featuring music (and a cameo appearance) by J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., this heartfelt drama is among the most affecting indies of the 1990s.


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