MATCH
2014, IFC Films, 92 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Belber

Adapted from his 2004 play, writer-director Stephen Belber’s engrossing character-driven drama centers on Tobi Powell (Patrick Stewart, outstanding here), a Juilliard ballet instructor who has been asked to do an interview about dance in the 1960s. When the interviewer (Carla Gugino) shows up with her husband (Matthew Lillard), the man starts asking Tobi some very personal questions and it soon becomes clear that their visit has nothing to do with choreography.


THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS
KATAKURI-KE NO KÔFUKU
2001, 113 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Whimsical musical numbers, grotesque horror and Claymation all come together in this wildly surreal film by one of the world’s greatest masters of blending genre. The Katakuri family open a bed-and-breakfast in the remote countryside but are met with misfortune when their guests start dying in spectacular fashion. Determined to prevent negative publicity from spoiling their new business, the Katakuris pile corpse after corpse in the backyard to keep up appearances.


VISITOR Q
BIJITÂ Q
2001, 84 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Shot like a disturbing home video, Takashi Miike’s transgressive genre-bending portrait of a disturbingly dysfunctional family unit begins with a father’s attempt to document “young people today.” What follows is a descent into a household where incest, drug abuse and ultra-violence are all a part of daily life. Can the intervention of the mysterious stranger Q restore order to this bourgeois family? Equally disturbing, dark and funny, VISITOR Q is unlike anything you’ve seen before.


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