ABALLAY
ABALLAY: EL HOMBRE SIN MIEDO
2011, 100 min, Argentina, Dir: Fernando Spiner

Gaucho Aballay (Pablo Cedrón) brutally kills a man during a routine highway hold-up. When he sees the shattered and terrified look on the face of the murdered man's young son, Julián, hidden during the attack, Aballay resolves to change his criminal ways. Ten years later, the gaucho has become a mysterious local saint, forever mounted on a horse as penance for his earlier deeds. A grown-up Julián (Nazareno Casero) materializes in town seeking revenge for his father's death, with pictures sketched from his memory of the murderous culprits. Julián's relationship with his father's murderer becomes more complex than he bargained for when predatory psychopath El Muerto (Claudio Rissi) forces him to seek Aballay's protection. "An homage to both Argentina's gaucho culture and the brutal oaters of Sam Peckinpah and Walter Hill, ABALLAY is raw, surreal and memorable… broodingly intense, fierce and visually dazzling… Helmer Fernando Spiner brilliantly makes his point about the violence that underpins both Argentinean and American popular culture. " – Variety. In Spanish with English subtitles.


MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
1961, Sony Repertory, 101 min, UK, Dir: Cy Endfield

Based on Jules Verne's sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND follows a group of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War who escape using an enemy balloon, only to find themselves blown off-course to a remote island, populated by monstrous creatures and the enigmatic Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom) himself! Directed by Cy Endfield (ZULU, TRY AND GET ME) in a rare fantasy outing, with a superb score by maestro Bernard Herrmann. With Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill.


RANGO
2011, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Gore Verbinski

A bug-eyed, Hawaiian shirt-wearing pet chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) pines for outside-the-terrarium-tank adventure, which is exactly what he gets when a freak accident lands him in the Mojave Desert outpost of Dirt. Dirt’s varmint inhabitants need a hero to save them from the slithery predators and corrupt turtle mayor (voiced by Ned Beatty) who are preying on the town and keeping it in a perpetual state of drought, and the chameleon obliges, taking on the role of daring gunslinger Rango. Filmmaker Gore Verbinski’s (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) endlessly imaginative, borderline hallucinogenic and visually stunning riff on the Wild West genre, with a hilarious, witty script by John Logan, is a treat for audiences of all ages. With the voice talents of Bill Nighy as the venomous Rattlesnake Jake, Ray Winstone as the gila-monster heavy Bad Bill and Isla Fisher as Rango's love interest, Beans. “RANGO is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) filmed in glorious 2-D.” -Roger Ebert


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