WILD AT HEART
1990, Park Circus/MGM, 124 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

Blending elements of THE WIZARD OF OZ and CINDERELLA (!) with a catalog of film noir subplots, director David Lynch leads us on an intoxicating, bizarrely perverse Southwestern odyssey with romantic ex-con and Elvis fan Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and his teen girlfriend Lulu (Laura Dern) as they flee psycho matriarch Diane Ladd (Dern’s real-life mom). With an unforgettable Willem Dafoe as demonic slimeball Bobby Peru. Also starring Harry Dean Stanton and Isabella Rossellini. This film was initially in danger of getting an X rating, until Lynch was forced to make cuts to earn an R.


CHRISTINE
1983, Sony Repertory, 110 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Horror heavyweight John Carpenter directed and co-composed the music for this adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a 1958 Plymouth possessed by evil. Nerdy teen Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) buys and restores an auto against the better judgment of buddy Dennis (John Stockwell), and as the killer car dispatches its victims, it gradually transforms its owner into a '50s-style delinquent. With Harry Dean Stanton and Kelly Preston.


STRAIGHT TIME
1978, Warner Bros., 114 min, USA, Dir: Ulu Grosbard

This adaptation of the novel No Beast So Fierce, the crime-fiction debut of ex-con writer Edward Bunker (written while he was in prison), is one of the most underrated and least seen of Dustin Hoffman’s 1970s performances. Reformed Los Angeles junkie and thief Hoffman comes up against the gritty realities of a smugly unfair parole officer (M. Emmet Walsh) and the limited employment opportunities for ex-convicts. Although the bitter, frustrated Hoffman finds love in the form of Theresa Russell, his institutionalized resentments gradually suck him back down into the company of lowlife companions (Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton) and a life of crime. This was a project close to Hoffman’s heart - he initially began directing the film himself but turned it over to director Grosbard after the first few days.


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