L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is Curtis Hanson’s tabloid tribute to film noir and the sleazy side of ’50s Los Angeles. Based on the work of LA paranoia prince James Ellroy, the movie gets its galvanizing yin and yang from a pair of Aussies: Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. Fifteen years after its release, the film remains a lurid and bracing combination of craft and brazen entertainment—one of the great Hollywood movies of its era.
Developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC. and WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, Jessica Yu’s LAST CALL AT THE OASIS presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. The film features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.
In LET ME OUT, Seoul-based student filmmaker Soh Jae-yong does it better for zombie lovers through the story of (surprise!) student filmmaker Mu-young, whose inexperience, demands and impatience cause every human involved in his first film—an undead melodrama—to go crazy. So, the zombies step in and help out. LET ME OUT ends up as the ultimate tribute to low-budget guerrilla cineastes struggling to create. This film is hope.
Newly single thirtysomething Jesse Fisher worries that his best days are behind him. But when his favorite college professor invites him to campus to speak Jesse is prepared for nostalgia, but not Zibby—a beautiful, precocious, classical-music-loving sophomore who awakens scary, exciting, long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection that Jesse thought he had buried forever.