Cronos (Guillermo del Toro, 1993)

MX, 94 min


Stylish, surreal horror/drama about elderly Mexican antique dealer stumbling across magical artifact. A favorite with cult horror connoisseurs, though many will find its combination of disturbing horror, sweet sentimentality jarring.


decent; darker than the devil’s backbone
but i think i’ve had my fill of del toro for the moment
except he’s slated to do the hobbit films
i don’t know about that, ya’ll


Chats Perchés (Chris Marker, 2004)

The Case of the Grinning Cat

Fr / 59 min


Master cinema-essayist Chris Marker whimsically reflects on art, culture and politics at the start of the new millennium, documenting the appearances of a charming graffiti’d grinning yellow cat in Parisian streets—the work of an anonyous street artist dubbed Monsieur Chat. Monsieur Chat meets French politics as the capital’s streets are the stage for a changing social climate—from the pro-American feelings generated shortly after September 11, to the anti-Bush and Iraq War demonstrations that later became prevalent, as well as the public response to the 2002 French presidential elections that shockingly pitted right-wing extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen against center-right Jacques Chirac. Chats perchés highlights the vital importance of expressions of art and imagination in our public lives. —

imdb :: face council





Seconds (John Frankenheimer, 1966)

USA, 107 min

buy rock hudson’s face!
it only costs thirty grand
… they wasted your chance

reel: “Dark, harrowing, Kafka-esque allegory chronicles middle-aged man’s attempt to escape boring, loveless life via conspiratorial organization’s “rebirth” program. This overlooked ’60s masterpiece is a sleeper for fans of non-mainstream psychological horror.”