1324 – Strange Days (1995)

timespace coordinates: 1999, turn of the century (near-future) Los Angeles (racial war zone / New Year’s Eve party) 

MV5BODFkMTBmNjktMjM1Yy00MjY5LTliMGEtM2FhYjE2YjRmN2RkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzkwMjQ5NzM@._V1_Strange Days is a 1995 American science fiction thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks, and produced by Cameron and Steven-Charles Jaffe. It stars Ralph FiennesAngela BassettJuliette Lewis, and Tom Sizemore. Set in the last two days of 1999, the film follows the story of a black marketeer of SQUID discs, recordings that allow a user to experience the recorder’s memories and physical sensations, as he attempts to uncover the truth behind the murder of a prostitute.

Blending science fiction with film noir conventions, Strange Days explores themes such as racismabuse of powerrape, and voyeurism. Although the story was conceived by Cameron around 1986, Bigelow found inspiration after incidents such as the Lorena Bobbitt trial and the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the Rodney King verdict.

Strange Days was a commercial failure and almost derailed Bigelow’s career (…) Nevertheless, the film’s critical standing has improved over the years, with many fans feeling that the film has been overlooked by a casual mass audience and misguided critics.

The scene where the crowd celebrates the turn of the new century at the end of the film was shot at the corner of the 5th and Flower streets, between the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and the Los Angeles Public Library. Over 50 off-duty police officers were hired to control an assembled crowd of 10,000 people, who had to pay $10 in advance to attend the event. The film-makers also hired rave promoters Moss Jacobs and Philip Blaine to produce performances featuring Aphex TwinDeee-Lite, as well as “all the cyber-techno bands they could garner”.

In 2015The Washington Post editor Sonny Bunch felt that Strange Days was still relevant, comparing the imagery captured by the SQUID units to that of first-person shooters or cellphone videos on YouTube. He added that events such as Jeriko One’s murder and the subsequent coverup of the crime contribute to activist movements like Black Lives Matter, and that their media documentation amplifies their reception and consequences. (read more: Themes)

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1272 – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s Iranian ghost-town Bad CityMV5BMjMzNjMyMjU2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzA3NjQ0MzE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,701,1000_AL_A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Persian: دختری در شب تنها به خانه می‌رود‎ Dokhtari dar šab tanhâ be xâne miravad) is a 2014 Persian-language American vampire western film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (imdb). Tagged as “The first Iranian vampire Western“, it was chosen to show in the “Next” program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The film is described as being set in “the Iranian ghost-town Bad City” and depicts the doings of “a lonesome vampire”. (wiki)

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1263 – All Is True (2018)

timespace coordinates: After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613 William Shakespeare returns home to Stratford with his wife, Anne HathawayMV5BODI5Nzc1Nzk2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTg5MTQ5NjM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_All Is True is a 2018 British film directed by Kenneth Branagh, written by Ben Elton. It stars Branagh as playwright William Shakespeare. (wiki)

 “…as if the fire that gutted the Globe also burned his brain.” Matthew Lickona – San Diego Reader 😛

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