R.I.P WILLIAM FRIEDKIN
William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION caught cinema in 1971 by storm with its taught portrayal of real life events involving the NYPD and a French drug smuggling ring. Featuring Gene Hackman in a legendary performance as Popeye Doyle and a "car" chase that would become the gold standard for chase scenes in cinema.
Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, THE EXORCIST endures as a defining classic that influenced movies afterward and still shocks and haunts today.
The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother's frantic resolve to save her and two priests - one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith - joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless.
May always be THE SCARIEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME.
Sat 16/09 - To Live & Die In LA (1985) 35mm Presentation
Set in what Friedkin dubs a “violent, cynical wasteland under a burning sun”, the Los Angeles here is a tough, dirty place filled with money launderers, sociopaths and reckless drivers all operating to the erratic, glossy soundscape of Wang Chung.
Featuring a pre-MANHUNTER William Petersen in the lead and a deliciously evil Willem Dafoe as the villain, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.presented in 35mm and as violent and cynical as ever. And, yes, there’s a mind-blowing car chase.
Director William Friedkin calls this his “black comedy love story”. We love this hidden gem , truely one of his best films. Insane, beautiful and shocking. The less you know going in the better.
Just know Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon give emotionally powerhouse performances as two lovers who enter the void of paranoia.
Friedkin’s triumphant return to glory came with this tar-black comedy of plans going horribly, murderously awry in trailer park Texas. It’s vile, repugnant and outrageously funny - and Matthew McConaughey, in the title role, has to be seen to be believed. But be warned: KILLER JOE is not for the squeamish, and features a stomach-churning finale that duly earns its hard R18 rating.