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SILENT RAGE (dir: Michael Miller, R) - Kurt says, "Attention CHUCK NORRIS fans… Are you tired of all this, 'CHUCK NORRIS this, and CHUCK NORRIS that' gobble-de-gook? Are you tired of feeling ‘excited’ during a CHUCK NORRIS movie? Are you ready for the softer, less kung-fu side of Mr. NORRIS? ? Never has a film's title more accurately described how it will make you feel; SILENT with RAGE. I will say one thing in the defense of this movie… all of the sound effects are actually well done. Very little ‘man groaning’ during fighting makes the action more intense and believable. Although you may be groaning with boredom, give it a chance and make up your own mind with this OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME."
BLADE RUNNER (dir: Ridley Scott, R) - Michelle says, "Since Thom’s out of town, I thought I’d take this opportunity to publicly contest his point that A SCANNER DARKLY is the best film adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s work. But then I realized that I haven’t actually read 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', so maybe he’s right. Still, this is a better movie than A SCANNER DARKLY because it creates a dark alternate world so convincing that you focus on the characters and not the actors portraying them. Which is to say that Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer (and Daryl Hannah, in a smaller role) are all believable as people who may or may not be robots rebelling against their soulnessness. And though both movies explore Dick’s identity paranoia, BLADE RUNNER’s post apocalyptic urban aesthetic wins over A SCANNER DARKLY’s nightmare suburban setting. As a viewer, where would you rather escape to?"
POETRY IN MOTION (dir: Ron Mann, Not Rated) - Thom says, "A surprising number of the greatest post-fifties poets are in attendance on this wonderful DVD, all fighting the accepted notion of what poetry is and can be in order to push and thrash it to somewhere dangerous and vital – the very things which make poetry a crucial art. Poets include: Robert Creeley, Amiri Baraka, Tom Waits, Jim Carroll, Charles Bukowski, William S Burroughs, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Jayne Cortez - and these only account for a third of those included. If any of these people have meant anything to you I strongly and completely urge you to check this out. And if this is your first foray into this terrifying and beautiful world – welcome."
THE THING (dir: John Carpenter, R) - Greg says, "Since I've always had a predilection for movies about being snowbound, there was no option but for me to love John Carpenter's chiller about a shape-shifting alien slaughtering its way through an Antarctic research station. Luckily, it's also a masterpiece that features Kurt Russell pouring a cocktail into a computerized chess game and then calling it a 'cheating b****.'"
BURDEN OF DREAMS (dir: Les Blank, Not Rated) - Greg says, "When I first became conscious of the strange relationship between Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog, I assumed that Herzog was the straight man to Kinski's maniac. In MY BEST FIEND, the loving documentary Herzog made about their relationship, Kinski is repeatedly seen ranting and raving and threatening Herzog. No one could ever deny the wild look in his eyes. But after seeing BURDEN OF DREAMS, which chronicles the making of FITZCARRALDO, their fifth film together and the second after AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD to be filmed entirely in the South American jungle under ridiculously arduous conditions, I realized that Herzog is the really crazy one. Watching a Brazilian engineer try to explain to him why it is impossible/incredibly dangerous to drag a boat over a mountain only to have him casually go ahead with the plan anyway is like watching a staggering drunk snatch his car keys from someone and drive away. Some people are just gluttons for punishment."
ANNIE (dir: John Huston, PG) – Michelle says, "Growing up an orphan on the Lower East Side in the 30s, I always felt like no one understood my hard-knock life. I mean, until the director of THE MALTESE FALCON's film adaptation of the stage musical adaptation of that comic strip with people with the funny circle eyes documented my rise to fame and fortune. And that time I climbed that really tall ladder and Punjab was there with the helicopter. Plus also Sandy too!"
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (dir: John Milius, R) – Kurt says, "Could there ever really be a finer fantasy film? Nope! Furthermore, this movie is a skewed biopic of Genghis Khan. Subotai, a thief, is Conan’s right hand man, who shares the same name with Khan’s General. Didn’t know that did you? Please watch this movie if you haven’t seen it already. It literally shaped me into the man I am today."
DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (dir: Carl Reiner, Not Rated)
E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (dir: Steven Spielberg, Not Rated)
FANNY AND ALEXANDER (dir: Ingmar Bergman, Not Rated)
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (dir: Amy Heckerling, Not Rated)
THE KING OF COMEDY (dir: Martin Scorsese, Not Rated)
LE BEAU MARIAGE (dir: Eric Rohmer, Not Rated)
MOONLIGHTING (dir: Jerzy Skolimowski, Not Rated)
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