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Thana (Zoë Lund) is having a bad day. Not only did she wake up as mute and socially awkward as she was the day before, but she also has the misfortune of being raped twice, by two different men, in completely unrelated incidents. Wrong place, wrong time… Thana is essentially the John McClane of rape victims. The double-barreled assault leaves her understandably traumatized, but instead of going to the police or curling up into a quivering ball Thana picks up a .45 and starts wandering the streets looking for misbehavin’ men. Abel Ferrara‘s Ms .45 has long been considered an exploitation classic, but while it’s often categorized as an early entry in the rape/revenge subgenre only the first half of that is accurate. There’s actually very little revenge to be found here. Instead, the film offers up a violent descent into madness that gives birth to a still mute and even more socially awkward serial killer.

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Director Abel Ferrara is no stranger to making movies about creeps – he did direct the original Bad Lieutenant after all – so he’s probably as good a choice as any to make a dramatization of the recent scandal French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been involved in. For those uninitiated, Strauss-Kahn (or DSK, as the French adorably refer to him) was the former director of the International Monetary Fund and had a pretty high profile campaign for the French presidency running before he was arrested in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel maid. A sexual encounter between the two was confirmed, but exactly how consensual it really got was never revealed, and eventually the case was dismissed; not before the incident garnered a tidal wave of media attention and derailed the man’s political career, however. Anyway, on to the movie news. Ferrara has told Le Monde that his next film will be a dramatization of the incident starring Gérard Depardieu as the politician and Isabelle Adjani as his very angry wife. It will be filmed in New York, Washington, and France, places that Ferrara describes as being “all spots of power.” In an interview on Ferrara’s site screenwriter Chris Zois said that the movie is, “really going to talk about the relationship between two people – two people who are larger than life, but in many ways very much like ordinary people under stress.”

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We’ll probably never know what happened between the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan and the hotel maid who accused him of sexual harassment, Nafissatou Diallo. It’s a modern scandal that resulted in the high scrutiny of a potential contender for the French presidency and ended with the charges being dropped completely. Still, it was enough to stop Strauss-Khan’s political aspirations – perfect for any conspiracy theorist looking for something fresher than JFK. Now, according to Deadline Neuilly, Gerard Depardieu is pissing himself to play the role and he may team up with actress Isabelle Adjani. At the front of it all is director Abel Ferrara (the original Bad Lieutenant). He and collaborator Christ Zois are working on a script that will apparently utilize the Strauss-Khan story in a larger narrative about “addiction and politicians,” according to Wild Bunch producer Vincent Maraval. Current events are definitely fodder for stories, especially if you’re the showrunner for Law and Order: SVU, but the fact that there’s apparently more to the story here is intriguing. Plus, Ferrara’s involvement is also the best of kind of bizarre. There’s no doubt it will spice things up.

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Body Snatchers (1993) Abandon yourself and join us. Synopsis Brooding teenager Marti Malone is having the worst summer of her life. She’s stuck on an extended road trip with her stepmom, little half-brother and her dad — an EPA agent. Dad’s assignment is to inspect military bases in the South. What he finds at his final stop is worse than any Superfund site: Aliens are invading the earth by cloning us out of existence.

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Don’t call it a comeback for Wesley Snipes and director Abel Ferrara, they’ve been here for years…

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