ULZANA’S RAID
1972, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Aldrich

When Ulzana (Joaquin Martinez) and a small band of Apaches escape from an Arizona reservation and begin killing settlers, a green cavalry lieutenant (Bruce Davison) is assigned to capture them with the help of a veteran scout (Burt Lancaster). The desert pursuit that ensues is both a tense tactical game and an unflinching look at how ethnic conflicts brutalize both sides. An underrated Western, expertly directed by Robert Aldrich (THE DIRTY DOZEN) from Alan Sharp’s intricate screenplay.


IT’S MY PARTY
1996, MGM/Park Circus, 110 min, USA, Dir: Randal Kleiser

After learning he has only a short time to live due to an AIDS-related illness, Nick Stark (Eric Roberts) decides to go out on his own terms by planning one final party for his family and friends before taking his own life. However, complications arise when estranged lover Brandon (Gregory Harrison) shows up to Nick’s farewell bash uninvited. With Margaret Cho, Marlee Matlin, Olivia Newton-John, and George Segal.


LAST SUMMER
1969, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Frank Perry

Bruce Davison, Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas and Catherine Burns star in this aggressively unsentimental coming of age story. Director Frank Perry charts the behavior (and misbehavior) of a group of teens on Fire Island whose tastes for sex, drugs, and rock and roll devolve into more sinister interests as the summer progresses. Ultimately the characters' loss of innocence mirrors that of America in the decade during which the film was made and takes place.


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