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Tim Burton's Oscar-winning 1994 classic Ed Wood - a love letter to the greatest of bad filmmakers - returns as part of our Cinematic Essentials series, representing the Oscar category of Makeup/Hairstyling!

Johnny Depp stars as Edward D. Wood Jr., the young director behind such cinematic gems as Glen or Glenda and the notorious Plan 9 From Outer Space. Desperately trying to make it in Hollywood, while hiding his transvestism from his wife, he befriends horror legend Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) and the two form a partnership that not only pushes both to their personal limits, but those of cinemas as well.

Winner of two Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actor for Landau's legendary performance, and Best Makeup and Hair Styling for Rick Baker, Ve Neill, and Yolanda Toussieng's remarkable transformations, Ed Wood is widely considered to be Burton's masterpiece, and is easily one of his most personal films.

“Mr. Depp isn't best known as a comic actor, but he gives a witty and captivating performance, bringing wonderful buoyancy to this crazy role.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times

“A masterful ode to movie making and the horror genre.” – Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

“Outrageously disjointed and just as outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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Neon Nightmares continues with Gaspar Noe's Lux Æterna, a genre-defying, stroboscopic addition to his dark and disconcerting body of work.

Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg star as themselves, a director and a lead actor (respectively) in the process of shooting a film about witches. As the time approaches to shoot the film's climactic witch-burning scene, tensions among cast and crew start to boil over. Minor spats and on-set drama spin out of control, and the production descends into screaming chaos.

Produced by Yves Saint Laurent, Lux Æterna is a psychedelic essay on the art of filmmaking.

“[…] as dark and distressing as great horror films can be.” – Chloé Gold, Dread Central

“[…] an enjoyable snippet of rambunctious formalism that puts Noé in a category of his own.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“[…] another unexpectedly fascinating sensory experience from Noé […]” – Nicholas Bell,

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Legendary provocateur Gaspar Noé takes on a more somber key with Vortex, starring Françoise Lebrun and Dario Argento in a rare onscreen appearance.

The Father (Argento) lives peacefully with his wife (LeBrun) in their Paris apartment. One day, the Father becomes worn down by a heart condition, rendering his health in a dire state. As his wife begins to succumb to her own suffering under dementia, the couple begin to sense finality in their togetherness, reaffirming their love as often - and as strongly - as they can.

Shot entirely in split-screen, Vortex is an emotionally searing and achingly personal detour for Noé, with performances from its lead couple containing immeasurable power.

"Noé's extraordinary film unfolds as a tale of murmured terrors and nameless dread, creeping softly around a cramped Paris apartment like a cinematic Grim Reaper.”?- Xan Brooks, The Guardian

"Doubtless, due to Noé's own real-world experiences, “Vortex” is a success [...]: a dignified, sometimes desperate tribute to, as the dedication reads, “all those whose minds will decompose before their hearts.”?- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"With its uncommonly human touch and restless, unflinching visual aesthetic, VortexThe Wrap

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