NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE
1976, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: Paul Mazursky

Writer-director Paul Mazursky takes a semi-autobiographical look at his days as an aspiring actor in 1950s New York in this engaging dramedy. Against the advice of his mother, fresh-faced Lenny Baker moves to Greenwich Village, where he falls in with a surrogate family of oddballs as he chases stardom. Along with such veteran performers as Shelley Winters, Lois Smith and Lou Jacobi, aspiring actor Bill Murray made his big screen debut in a brief, uncredited role here.


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
1986, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Frank Oz

Director Frank Oz’s delightful adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical spawned by Roger Corman’s legendary low-budget horror comedy stars Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn, a lowly assistant working in a New York flower shop. Following an eclipse, he finds a particularly unusual plant and discovers that it feeds on human flesh - in fact, its hunger for it is insatiable. The flower shop booms as its carnivorous star attraction grows, and Seymour is willing to look the other way when it gobbles up a couple of not-so-nice people. But when “Audrey II” sets its sights on the co-worker he’s in love with (Ellen Greene), it’s time for Seymour to weed out this mean green mother from outer space. With Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist and Bill Murray as his masochistic patient.


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