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Gregory Dark – Body of Influence (1993)

Beverly Hills shrink Dr. Jonathan Brooks (Nick Cassavetes) seemingly has everything; wealth, a successful practice and a beautiful lawyer fiancée, Jennifer (Diana Barton). Brooks is helping his cop friend Harry Reams (Richard Roundtree) compile a psychological profile of a serial killer on the loose in L.A. Meantime, he starts treating an interesting new patient, Laura (Shannon Whirry), a shy woman who transforms under hypnosis into a completely different persona; the seductive Lana. A torrid affair takes place between the irresistible Lana and Brooks, but he gets more than he bargained for. Lana steals videotapes of ‘sessions’ the doctor has had with other patients and blackmails him with the damning evidence, while at the same time Harry Reams is getting closer and closer to identifying the serial killer. Read More »

Ulu Grosbard – Georgia (1995)

Synopsis:
Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her desperate need to be accepted by her sister is constantly complicated by her drug and alcohol problems. Georgia lives a very ordered life with husband, house and children, and Sadie does everything to get her attention. Read More »

Stanley Kubrick – Fear and Desire (1953)

Synopsis:
A ficticious war in an unidentified country provides the setting for this drama. Four soldiers survive the crash-landing of their plane to find themselves in a forest six miles behind enemy lines. The group, led by Lt. Corby, has a plan: They’ll make their way to a nearby river, build a raft, and then, under cover of night, float back to friendly territory. Their plans for getting back safely are sidetracked by a young woman who stumbles across them as they hide in the woods, and by the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill. Read More »

Jon Jost – Stagefright (1981)

An essay-film on language and theater, on human communication – intellectual in content, but purely poetic in terms of form: image, sound, language, cinema. Stagefright, with the exception of one shot, was all filmed in a small puppet theater space, actors against black. Read More »

Norman Z. McLeod – Horse Feathers (1932)

Synopsis:
Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff has just been installed as the new president of Huxley College. His cavalier attitude toward education is not reserved for his son Frank, who is seeing the college widow, Connie Bailey. Frank influences Wagstaff to recruit two football players who hang out in a speakeasy, in order to beat rival school Darwin. Unfortunately, Wagstaff mistakenly hires the misfits Baravelli and Pinky. Finding out that Darwin has beaten him to the “real” players, Wagstaff enlists Baravelli and Pinky to kidnap them, which leads to an anarchic football finale. Read More »

Leo McCarey – Duck Soup (1933)

Synopsis:
The small state of Freedonia is in a financial mess, borrowing a huge sum of cash from wealthy widow Mrs. Teasdale. She insists on replacing the current president with crazy Rufus T. Firefly and mayhem erupts. To make matters worse, the neighboring state sends inept spies Chicolini and Pinky to obtain top secret information, creating even more chaos! Read More »

Victor Heerman – Animal Crackers (1930)

Synopsis:
Captain Spaulding, the noted explorer, returns from Africa and attends a gala party held by Mrs. Rittenhouse. A painting displayed at that party is stolen, and the Marxes help recover it. Well, maybe ‘help’ isn’t quite the word I was looking for–this is the Marx Brothers, after all…
— Ken Yousten (IMDb) Read More »