|Bringing Out the Dead 1999 R, 120 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore, Marc Anthony, Mary Beth Hurt, Cliff Curtis, Nestor Serrano, Aida Turturro, Sonja Sohn, Arthur J. Nascarella, Cynthia Roman, Afemo Omilami, Cullen O. Johnson
Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) is a burned-out paramedic working in Gotham's Hell's Kitchen. After five years on the job, Frank finds himself hallucinating about two women: 18-year-old Rose (Cynthia Roman), who he was unable to save and for whom he wants redemption, and Mary Burke (Patricia Arquette) whose father, a heart attack victim, Frank was unable to resuscitate. Through it all, the unrelenting chaos of answering emergency calls continues to take its toll.
|Getting to Know You 1999 N/R, 96 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Lisanne Skyler
Cast: Heather Matarazzo, Zach Braff, Michael Weston, Bebe Neuwirth, Mark Blum, Bo Hopkins, Chris Noth, Tristen Skyler, Sonja Sohn, Mary McCormack, Richard Bright
Combining several of Joyce Carol Oates' short stories results in a powerful film about a dysfunctional family. This time around, it's the parents–Trix (Bebe Neuwirth) and Darrell (Mark Blum)–who cause problems. The children–Judith (Heather Matarazzo) and Wesley (Zach Braff)–serve to link the stories together as they tell two tales, which mesh into the original story of their unusual lives.
|Slam 1998 R, 100 min.|
Director: Marc Levin
Cast: Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone, Beau Sia, Lawrence Wilson, Dominic Chianese Jr., Andre Taylor, Momolu Stewart, Taylor Mali, Reamer Shedrick, Ron Jones, Liza Jessie Peterson, Allan E. Lucas, DJ Renegade, Jerome Goldman
Filmed as a mock documentary, Ray Joshua's (Saul Williams) story unfolds of a man incarcerated in a Washington, D.C. prison who finds himself in the middle of a tug-of-war between rival gangs. His escape is in writing poetry and eventually getting his life together. Inspired by Paul Devlin's "SlamNation," a documentary about poetry slams (competition) filmed earlier the same year.
|1. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)|
2. Getting to Know You (1999)
3. Slam (1998)
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