FIERCE CREATURES
1997, Universal, 93 min, UK/USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young

The stars of A FISH CALLED WANDA reconvened for this underrated farce adapted from an idea by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and Michael Palin. A series of corporate mergers brings Jamie Lee Curtis to the Marwood Zoo, where the institution’s director (John Cleese) and its owner (Kevin Kline, in a dual role) have differing ideas on how to boost profits. Among the schemes that goes hilariously wrong: a plan to purge the zoo of all animals that aren’t violent enough to draw crowds of onlookers.


THELMA & LOUISE
1991, Park Circus/MGM, 128 min, USA/France, Dir: Ridley Scott

Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) take a fishing trip to get away from their dead-end relationships, only to end up dispatching a would-be rapist. This results in a cross-country rampage on the lam from the law, all culminating in one of the most daring, simultaneously uplifting/downbeat climaxes ever recorded on film, due in no small part to Ridley Scott’s expert direction and Callie Khouri’s gutsy script. With Harvey Keitel and a young Brad Pitt in his breakout role.


V FOR VENDETTA
2005, Warner Bros., 132 min, USA, Dir: James McTeigue

Adapted by the Wachowskis from Alan Moore’s graphic novel, this sci-fi thriller stars Hugo Weaving (“Agent Smith” in the MATRIX trilogy) as a masked freedom fighter trying to incite revolution in a Britain governed by totalitarian rule. Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) joins the fight after V rescues her from the secret police, and together they work to topple the brutal Norsefire regime. The film’s distinctive Guy Fawkes mask has been adopted as a symbol by anti-government protesters around the world.


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