TALE OF TALES
IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI
2015, IFC Films, 125 min, Dir: Matteo Garrone

Acclaimed director Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH) makes his English-language debut with this fantasy-horror anthology film, which takes the classic PENTAMERONE collection of fairy tales as its source. An international cast including Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones stars in a trio of stylish fables exploring love, desire and obsession.


THE GOOD GIRL
2002, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 93 min, USA, Dir: Miguel Arteta

This offbeat black comedy stars Jennifer Aniston as Justine Last, whose marriage to dim-witted Phil (John C. Reilly) and job in a discount store are both dead-ends until a new cashier (Jake Gyllenhaal) obsessed with The Catcher In The Rye arrives and sweeps her off her feet. With Zooey Deschanel. “A droll, well-acted, character-driven comedy with unexpected deposits of feeling.” - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice.


HARD EIGHT
1996, Paramount, 102 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Seasoned professional gambler Sydney (Philip Baker Hall) takes on a young homeless man (John C. Reilly) as his protégé after learning of his current struggles to raise money for his mother’s burial. Enveloped by the pulpy world of Reno casinos, both men soon become involved in murder, prostitution and kidnapping - vices that are all the more ominous once it becomes clear Sydney is hiding a devastating secret. Paul Thomas Anderson’s thrilling debut feature contains wonderful supporting performances by Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson and offers a fresh, original study of themes that later occur throughout the director’s body of work.


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