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CAPSULE: IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994)

DIRECTED BY: John Carpenter

FEATURING: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, Charlton Heston

PLOT: An insurance investigator investigates the disappearance of a bestselling horror novelist whose books have the power to drive men mad.

WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: In the Mouth of Madness has an ahead-of-its-time, and slightly weird, premise, but . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994)

CAPSULE: FRANZ KAFKA’S IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1993)

DIRECTED BY: Peter Capaldi

FEATURING: Richard E. Grant

PLOT: A tormented Franz Kafka struggles to complete the first line of his story “The Metamorphosis,” and the constant interruptions by wandering vendors and loud neighbors don’t help.

WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: It is, as promised, a legitimately Kafkaesque story, but with . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: FRANZ KAFKA’S IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1993)

CAPSULE: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN (2010)

DIRECTED BY: Yony Leyser

FEATURING: Peter Weller, Amiri Bakara, Jello Biafra, David Cronenberg, Allen Ginsberg (footage), Iggy Pop, Genesis P-Orridge, Patti Smith, Gus van Sant, Andy Warhol (footage), John Waters

PLOT:  A portrait of the life of the literary outlaw told through archival footage, rare home

movies, and interviews with friends, admirers and followers. . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN (2010)

CAPSULE: GENTLEMEN BRONCOS (2009)

DIRECTED BY: Jared Hess

FEATURING: Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell, Halley Feiffer,Jennifer Coolidge, Hector Jimenez

PLOT:  A pretentious pulp fantasy icon who’s run out of ideas steals a home-schooled teen

writer’s sci-fi epic, “Yeast Lords: The Bronco Years,” and positions it to be his next bestseller; meanwhile, the original author has sold the . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: GENTLEMEN BRONCOS (2009)

BORDERLINE WEIRD: TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS [STORIE DI ORDINARIA FOLLIA] (1981)

DIRECTED BY: Marco Ferreri

FEATURING: Ben Gazarra, Ornella Muti

PLOT: Alcoholic skid-row poet Charles Serking (a pseudonym for Charles Bukowski, on

whose stories the film is based) drinks, writes poetry, has bizarre sex with a small harem of loose women, and finally falls in love with a beautiful but self-destructive prostitute. WHY IT’S ON . . . → Read More: BORDERLINE WEIRD: TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS [STORIE DI ORDINARIA FOLLIA] (1981)

51. BARTON FINK (1991)

“And the king, Nebuchadnezzar, answered and said to the Chaldeans, I recall not my dream; if ye will not make known to me my dream, and its interpretation, ye shall be cut in pieces, and of your tents shall be made a dunghill.”–Daniel 2:5, the passage Barton reads when he opens his Gideon’s Bible (Note that . . . → Read More: 51. BARTON FINK (1991)

BORDERLINE WEIRD: SEX AND LUCIA [LUCIA Y EL SEXO] (2001)

DIRECTED BY: Julio Medem

FEATURING: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri

PLOT:  Lucia, a waitress, falls in love with Lorenzo, a young novelist with a secret in his

past; their passionate love story is intertwined with dramatized scenes from Lorenzo’s novel, with it left to the viewer to decide what is “real” and what is “fiction.” 

. . . → Read More: BORDERLINE WEIRD: SEX AND LUCIA [LUCIA Y EL SEXO] (2001)

18. NAKED LUNCH (1991)

“It’s impossible to make a movie out of ‘Naked Lunch.’  A literal translation just wouldn’t work.  It would cost $400 million to make and would be banned in every country of the world.” –David Cronenberg

DIRECTED BY: David Cronenberg

FEATURING:  Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Julian Sands

PLOT:  Bill Lee is a writer/exterminator in New . . . → Read More: 18. NAKED LUNCH (1991)

CAPSULE: ADAPTATION (2002)

DIRECTED BY: Spike Jonze

FEATURING: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Columbus

PLOT:  Adaptation tells two stories: in one, a “New Yorker” journalist (Meryl

Streep) becomes obsessed with the subject of her nonfiction book, a trashy but passionate collector of orchids (Chris Cooper); in the other, a depressed screenwriter (Nicolas Cage) struggles to adapt her . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: ADAPTATION (2002)