1999. USA. Dir: Alexander Payne. With Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon. 102 min. 35mm print.
The search for a new class president takes on all the desperation and intrigue of an actual election cycle when a popular teacher meddles with an overachiever determined to win. As the vote draws nearer and personal lives begin to unravel, Payne’s pitch-black comedy paints a perfect picture of political pettiness.
2013. USA. Dir: Alexander Payne. With Bruce Dern, Will Forte. 115 min.
A forlorn son decides to indulge his increasingly senile father’s fantasy by driving him from Montana to Nebraska to collect a million-dollar sweepstakes prize he believes is awaiting him. On the way, an extended family reunion stirs old rivalries and sheds light on remnants of the man’s past in a hilarious and profound snapshot of Americana.