AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN
2018, 108 min, UK/USA, Dir: Jim Hosking

Jim Hosking’s follow-up to THE GREASY STRANGLER is every bit as crazy as you would expect. Lulu Danger’s (Aubrey Plaza) unsatisfying marriage takes a strange turn when a man from her past comes to town to perform a mysterious event called “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.” Lulu’s world is populated with grotesque characters who say and do stupid things, and while each of their stories could be its own film, all the disparate elements come together for an absolutely insane finale. Director Hosking has a knack for off-kilter comedy, expertly balancing Lynchian small-town desolation with Jared Hess-style absurdity, and Plaza’s terrific central performance ensures that for every gross joke there’s an unexpectedly tender moment that lends depth and compassion to this bizarre world.


THE HERO (2017)
2017, The Orchard, 100 min, USA, Dir: Brett Haley

Aging Western star Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) spends his days reliving past glories and smoking too much weed with his old co-star - now his dealer - Jeremy (Nick Offerman). When a cancer diagnosis swiftly adjusts his priorities, Hayden decides to look for one last role that will cement his legacy and strikes up a new relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon) while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter Lucy (Krysten Ritter). Written and directed by Brett Haley (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS), THE HERO is a poignant meditation on life and mortality and the legacies we leave behind.


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