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Films In 1987

"Are you trying to make a play for my daughter'", asks Lear (Burgess Meredith) of William Shakespeare the 5th, a development exec. with the "Cannon Cultural Division", currently travelling Europe in search of bankable projects and "meaning" in life and art, after a Chernobyl like disaster has ... Read more
A familiar thing such as a staircase can become nightmarish when its steps mysteriously give way under the feet of whoever ventures to mount it. ... Read more
Can a reversal of traditional sex roles lay beneath the sea'? Can ballet metge with new-wave? A pristine, monochrome subterranean dance fantasy. - (CK) ... Read more
A pristine, monochrome subterranean dance fantasy. Two members of the Montreal troupe Lalala Human Steps perform a tough, jumpy, tender pas de deux in a dream-like setting. ... (Winner, Best Experimental Film MIFF 1989) ... Read more
A long-time soccer club manager (played by the late, great Ugo Tognazzi) is retrenched, then recatled to rescue a poorly performing team. With his demeanour of a man in a hurry, fast-talking, headstrong, an all-round operator who loves power, Tognazzi reinforces the feeling of "speed" that the film ... Read more
Last October marked the 40th anniversary of the beginning of what some observers have called The American Inquisition - the House Un-American Activities Committee's investigation of Communist activities m Hollywood in 1947. What ensued was a not-so-golden page in Hollywood history, an era of ... Read more
The second major work Tezuka produced as a reflection on the art, craft and history of animation (the first being Pictures at an Exhibition). Legend of the Forest is formally dedicated to walt Disney, and conveys Tezuka's ongoing theme of the importance and value of life in all its forms. Told ... Read more
... ... Life Classes stands as the definitive 'life-trans-formed-by-art movie, and MacGillivray's most fully realized film to date, a gently satirical yet deeply moving portrait of self-discovery. ... ... ... Mary, a young woman from the Gaelic region of Nova Scotia, decides to leave her hometown ... Read more
Science fiction comedy first and best aviation pilots - Dr Cronic and his offsider Dribbler - Never seen on T.V. Dr Cronic - Ewan Cameron and Dribbler - Jim Hammerly ... Read more
A portrait of Melbourne as a typical city with its shrines of consumption and entertainment. The shrines are (in no particular order), drive-ins, sex shops, fast food restaurants and neon signs. The tape is divided into two sections - day and night. ... Read more
A man tries to woo a woman. He holds a monologue, a love-sick tirade, he threatens, flatters, brags. But his efforts are in vain - the lady does not yield to him. He tries the same monologue - on another woman. ... Read more
A man tries to woo a woman. He holds a monologue, a lovesick tirade, he threatens, flatters and brags. But his efforts are in vain — the lady does not yield to him. He tries the same monologue — on another woman. ... Winner, Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival, 1988. ... Read more
János Rózsa's new film a modern tragi-comedy about strained family relations, ... whose meaning is universal. The first part, ... and probably the best, is an ingenious kaleidoscope tracing the frenetic life of a family, (headed by a well positioned businessman who brings his mistress home for a ... Read more
The hypocracy of the horse racing elite and the hardened gambler is highlighted in this work. ... Images of admiring crowds and gentle handlers are countered by the demise of the horse. ... Read more
When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie that's Lupo! ... A rib tickling adventure, not for the vegetarians at heart. ... Read more
Ejected from his lonely retreat, William finds inspiration on the street outside. One image gives way to another, it's all quite simple really. ... Read more
With this, his fifth feature film, director-screenwriter John Sayles has fashioned something special, a modern American epic which lies somewhere between The Grapes of Wrath and High Noon (or as one critic has noted, "High Noon and Shane as written by John Dos Passes") It's also US history on ... Read more
“You want to be treated like men? You want to be treated fair? Well, you ain't men to the coal company, you're equipment.”Featuring Chris Cooper, David Strathairn and an early screen role for musician Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince' Billy) as a child preacher, Matewan looks at a volatile ... Read more
"Women, like the witches of old, learn to fly and use magical powers With these new-found powers, they try to inflict "female" suffering onto men This new understanding is seen as a vision, if not a key to the possibility of a different world " - Vera Ncubauer ... Read more
The, sequel to 1984's Bad New\ (a pie Spinal Tap mockumentary) finds the worlds worst heavy metal band lured to the come-back trail by a lucrative recording contract, four years after the inevitable split. Since then Colin (Mayall) has become a bank clerk (but still has a groovy pad at his mum's ... Read more
Morena is made up of little fragments of a personal history: old stills, bits of dreams, identifications, moments of clarity and things only half seen. I hope that from behind these scattered images will emerge a feeling: a thread to connect diverse experiences and suggest something essential that ... Read more
"A Niagara of blood, booze, saliva and sick by Stephen (My Beautiful Laundrette) Frears, closer in spirit to The Young Ones than any of the other Comic Strip pics Edmondson and Mayall play a pair of bored escorts who, while taking care of Nicholas Parsons (British TV personality long the butt of ... Read more
An ethnographic fiction premised upon a dog-napping of presidential consequence. The film's mercurial thermometer measures American cultural vanities from hot pursuits in the local supermarket to the cold Big Mac on Danny's dinner plate. ... Read more
One of Tezuka's last shorts. Utilizing a sketchy realist mode of depiction , it is a cautionary tale of armament set against a backdrop of samurai lore and iconography. Towards the end of his life, Tezuka was specially outspoken on a variety of global issues. His cautionary address, though, exists ... Read more
My Mama Done Told Me is about torch songs as they arc experienced in real life It weaves together classical recordings (by Edith Piaf, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee, among others) with dramatic dance sequences performed by Lynne Seymour, based on Elizabeth Smarts evocative depiction of an obsessive ... Read more
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