These movies didn’t win any grand awards, except Silence of the Lambs, which won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), and Best Screenplay (Ted Tally).
The plot lines will make you fidget, the images will make you want to turn your head away, even though you can’t tear your eyes from the screen. These movies are not for the faint of heart. You’ve been warned.
Silence of the Lambs
Clarise Starling is a newbie FBI agent who must get into the mind of psychologist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to find the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, who has been kidnapped by a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill.
Anthony Hopkins is deliciously evil as Hannibal Lecter. Jodie Foster exudes a softness, an almost fragile quality, as Agent Starling, who bewitches Lecter. Rated R for violence, language, and adult situations.
Eyes Wide Shut
This was Stanley Kubrick’s last film, and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s last film together. Dr. William Hartford and Alice are a seemingly happily married couple, until Alice reveals a devastating truth.
Beneath the luxurious New York apartment, the prestigious medical office, and the superficial looks, is a couple that is spiraling towards despair, secrets pushing them further and further apart. This is a disturbing look at societal taboos and the ragged relationships between men and women. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, and adult situations
This is yet another Nicole Kidman flick. Rae (Kidman) is married to John Ingram (Sam Neill). After a personal tragedy, John takes his wife on a voyage in their sailboat. While out at sea, the couple encounters a man named Hughie (Billy Zane) in a life boat. They welcome him on their sailboat, but John is suspicious of Hughie and his story about the other people on the boat he was on. John and Rae are led down a dangerous path. How far would you go to protect yourself and the one you love? Rated R for language, violence, nudity, and sexual situations.
As Tom Hanks said in Sleepless in Seattle, this movie scared “the —- out of every man in America.” Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) is content with his marriage with Beth (Anne Archer), and life with their daughter Ellen.
In a moment of weakness, however, he allows Alex (Glenn Close) into his life. Dan quickly learns that lust has consequences, as he tries everything to cut ties with an increasingly obsessive Alex. The price of infidelity is more than you can ever imagine. Rater R for language, violence, nudity, and sexual situations.
Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is about to retire when he gets hitched with a new partner, Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt), and he gets swept into a morbid world. Somerset and Mills must capture a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins (envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and envy) as his calling card. The images are dark, and a seedy world erupts from the streets where there are no happy endings. A taut thriller that will keep you awake for days. Rated R for graphic violence.
Visually, this movie is spectacular, but ultimately disturbing. Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) is a child psychologist who must invade the mind of a serial killer, Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio), in order to find his latest victim.
Directed by Tarsem, best-known for music videos like REM’s Losing my Religion, the movie’s plot borders on the ridiculous, but you can’t escape its graphic surrealism and the vibrant colors that pulsate between the film’s dialogue. Rated R for language and violence.
Edward Norton narrates the story of a simple guy whose life is in the gutter, his hopes and dreams relegated to evaluating accidents. Then he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a man that changes his life. Suddenly, Norton’s character is brash, confident, and unafraid. His once-boring life turns 180 degrees, becoming deathly exciting. But is this the life he wants? Is he the person he wants to be? Rated R for language and violence.
Death and the Maiden
This film is directed by Roman Polanski, from the Ariel Dorfman play. Paulina Escoabr (Sigourney Weaver) is convinced that Dr. Miranda, a man her husband has brought into their home, is a man that once tortured her (Ben Kingsley).
Although her husband protests against her accusations and Dr. Miranda denies everything, Paulina is convinced that she is looking into evil’s eyes. She holds a mock trial in hopes that Dr. Miranda will reveal his true identity. Paulina will accept nothing less than a confession from Dr. Miranda. Death and the Maiden is emotionally intense and asks the question “Can you be both judge and jury?”
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