CRFC9: Nicholas Van Orton is a "man who has everything", but who seems to be missing a key piece of himself. On his 48th birthday, his wayward brother Conrad shows up for dinner, and gives Nicholas a card that's good for one free session with Consumer Recreation Services. And so begins The Game. [more inside]
CRFC9: The Constructed Reality Film Club is starting back up for the new year with a slight change in direction. 1986's Labyrinth tells the story of a young girl, Sarah, who is lost in her own fantasy world. When she asks for her baby brother to be taken away she gets more than she asked for, and must enter the Labyrinth of Jareth, The Goblin King, to get him back. [more inside]
Streaming options are starting to run a bit low on movies that fit directly. Here are a few proposed movies that stretch the definition a bit. Feedback is welcome. [more inside]
CRFC8: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York centers on a theater director named Caden Cotard. Caden, coming off an award winning production of Death of a Salesman, is given a MacArthur grant for his work. With the newfound money he strives to make the most realistic piece of theater ever. [more inside]
CRFC7: In The Truman Show, Truman Burbank lives what seems to be the perfect life: a sunny city with friendly people, a loving wife, a stable job and a devoted friend. However, he is haunted by a lost love who was taken from hom many years ago, and a longing to venture outside of the town that he has never left. Amid a series of bizarre occurrences, Truman begins to formulate his escape. [more inside]
CRFC6: In a dreary city where the sun never seems to rise, a man named John Murdoch awakens in a seedy hotel room with no memories and a murder rap. As he seeks to uncover the truth, and clear his name, he uncovers a much vaster conspiracy than he could ever have imagined. [more inside]
I'm not sure if there's really any interest in this or not, but I'm having fun with it. If you have opinions about what you might like to see for the next film then feel free to post it here. My druthers are for Strange Days, first because it's great, and second because it's on streaming services.
The Inaugural Constructed Reality Film Club (CRFC) Thread!: eXistenZ (1999), by David Cronenberg. eXistenZ tells the story of a game designer, Allegra (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who becomes trapped inside of her own creation. She is accompanied by marketing trainee, Ted Pikul (Jude Law), as they embark on a disorienting and mind bending journey across multiple intersecting realities, enabled by the disgustingly lovable Metaflesh Game Pod. [more inside]