Point Break: Richard Foreman
Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 05, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Which director’s career is worthy of a marathon viewing?

Which director’s career is suitable for a start-to-finish screening marathon on a long weekend? — Doug McConville
First, the calculation: Plan on a three-day event beginning on a Friday night, and schedule one screening that Friday and, say, three on each of the next three days. Now, the answer: The career-span repertoire of artist-turned-action stylist Kathryn Bigelow makes for a great mini-festival of fearless cult successes and skids. Start with Bigelow’s striking 1982 feature debut, The Loveless (a.k.a. Breakdown); dig her vampire flick Near Dark (1987); and then bash your way from Blue Steel (1990) up through K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), with loving attention paid to the futuristic mind-scramble Strange Days (1995). Of course, you’ll pause to savor the dudeship of Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in the 1991 surftacular Point Break. Completists should also seek out Bigelow’s episodic work on Homicide: Life on the Street, Karen Sisco, and the TV miniseries Wild Palms. Woo-woo, what a badass!

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