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.


1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE
1992, Paramount, 154 min, USA, Dir: Ridley Scott

Released on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, this epic adventure stars Gérard Depardieu as the famed explorer and Sigourney Weaver as Queen Isabella. While his initial landing on San Salvador made history, Columbus’ later voyages were increasingly costly - both to him and to the native inhabitants, who were brutally subjugated by the Spanish colonizers. Unjustly neglected at the time of release, the film features a stirring score by Vangelis as well as strong supporting performances from Armand Assante, Fernando Rey and Frank Langella.


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