STRANGE DAYS is surely KATHRYN BIGALOW'S masterpiece, though sadly unappreciated. This German BD is excellent but Strange Days is one those films that needs to be seen (at least once anyway) at the cinema on the biggest screen possible. This breathtaking and very stylish movie takes place on the last day of 1999 (the near future for this film made in 1995) the new millennium approaches (rather ominously it seems) continual riots on the streets of Los Angeles - casually observed by Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) as he drives down them - burning cars in the middle of the road - Father Christmas been chased and mugged (in slow motion). Lenny is a petty criminal but instead of drugs he peddles SQUID a web that fits under a hairpiece and allows the wearer to experience first hand the activities of others - as if they were happening to them! Ralph Fiennes gives one of his best performances as Lenny a character who's pathetic, romantic, crazy but determined. He needs the assistance of his sidekick 'mace' ANGELLA BASSETT who's the real hero and does most of the fighting, JULIETTE LEWIS excels as Lenny's sensual, mysterious lost love who's gone over to the enemy. I can't say much about the villains of this piece (Michael Wincott & co) for fear of revealing the main rapist/killer but I must mention one minor but memorable female villain 'Vita' played by LOUISE LECAVALIER (why haven't I heard more of her since?) a unique & bizarre creation who's only line gives this review it's headline.