Harsh Texture

  • A sobering look at an FBI sting against a potential terrorist. Far from the Hollywood glamor, here the FBI pits a psychopath against a fairly tech-savvy islamic convert.
  • The promise of six figure jobs at oil fields so desperate for labor they'll forgive all past transgressions draws desperate men to a small North Dakota town. Once there they quickly find that the reality of the situation is much more dire. Many are forced to live as the homeless while waiting for a job to materialize.
  • In the greatest example of VHS sci-fi, a cyborg assassin from the future relentlessly hunts the mother to-be of a resistance leader.
  • John Wayne trades an ungrateful generation for the youth of tomorrow in a do-or-die cattle drive while being trailed by a gang of bandits.
  • The sins of endless, overseas war come to roost when a former comrade of the Peterson's fallen son visits their home and becomes a fixture in their life. This is as far into critique of military-culture The Guest is comfortable with but its enough to fashion an solid genre-horror/thriller.
  • The old man and his wife meticulously pack for their trip to Tokyo. They plan to spend time with every one of their adult children. Once arrived they find their children live in modest comfort, but have little time to spare for their parents. The old man and wife spend their trip waiting for events that never happen. It becomes immediately clear that the grown children are too busy with their own affairs to truly afford their parents any attention. So they send their parents to an affordable spa that turns out to be loud and boisterous. Eventually the
  • Luis Buñel's second to last film marries his frequent skewering of European elites with a fear of the modern world
  • A deliciously pre-code look at an inept police department targeted by the serial killer Mr. X, and the jewel thief wrongly accused of the crimes.
  • In perhaps the purest distillation of a Miramax picture, a group of C-List actors will themselves into bigger careers in a film that highlights the mid 90's neo lounge culture.
  • With Ant-Man, Marvel plays it safe. Journeyman Peyton Reed replaced Edgar Wright as director and any hope of edginess or hope of a new style went with him. The finished picture wound up being an especially direct representation of Marvel's favorite hobby horse: daddy issues.