LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread, Punch-Drunk Love, Magnolia) the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love. Movie in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian.
People say “dream carefully, because it might become true”. Struggling screenwriter Marty (played by Colin Farrell) could do anything for inspiration to write. His prayers came true. Crazy Marty’s friends Hans and Billy (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) are the part time dog thieves. They all become entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after they kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. Sounds funny? Marty obviously do not think so. It is obvious that making gangsters angry is not good for one’s health.
In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. Empty cities, broken highways, seared earth—all around him, the marks of catastrophic destruction. There is no civilization here, no law. The roads belong to gangs that would murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water…or for nothing at all. But they’re no match for this traveler. A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli (Denzel Washington) seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality.
Attilio is a poet and like all poets, he is a dreamer. Each night, he has the same dream, where his perfect woman whispers him sweet nothings. To his surprise, he ends up meeting the woman of his dreams in flesh at a conference of an Iraqi friend! He doesn't have a minute to lose to seduce her. But Vittoria seems inaccessible and then suddenly disappears. Attilo decides to search for her in despair... The actor/director previously won an Oscar for the holocaust comedy Life is Beautiful.
A comic series of short vignettes built on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the '20s, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide--all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. As director Jim Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys and addictions of life can be, if truly observed.