Lost Highway (1997)

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Lost Highway is a fever dream of a film that concerns a jazz musician named Fred Madison (Bill Pullman, Independence Day, Spaceballs) who’s life spirals downhill after receiving a strange message telling him “Dick Laurent is dead”. Shortly thereafter he’s convicted for the murder of his wife Renee (Patricia Arquette, A Nightmare on Elm St. 3, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure). Somehow, while in prison, he transforms into a young man named Pete Dayton (Balthazar Getty, Natural Born Killers, Ladder 49) and is released. Pete falls in love with a mafioso’s dame (also played by Patricia Arquette) and the downward spiral begins a new.

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Killer Joe (2011)

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Based on a 1993 play by Tracy Letts (who’d later write August: Osage County), Killer Joe is a black comedy/southern gothic crime tale directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist). The plot concerns a trailer trash family whose son, Chris (Emilie Hirsch, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, The Girl Next Door) involves them in a murder for hire plot to take kill his estranged mother for her insurance policy to help pay off a drug related debt. He and his alcoholic father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church, Demon Knight, Don McKay) hire a police officer who also moonlights as a hit man named “Killer” Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey, True Detective, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation). Chris and Ansel plan to pay Joe his $25,000 fee after the life insurance policy is cashed in, but Joe wants the money up front and takes Chris’s younger sister Dottie (Juno Temple, Black Mass) as a “retainer”. Continue reading