VIDEODROME
1983, Universal, 87 min, Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

One of director David Cronenberg’s most disturbing, subversive thrillers. While searching for programs to boost ratings on his small cable station, jaded Max Renn (James Woods) becomes hooked on an underground TV show, “Videodrome,” that may be a genuine snuff video. But tracking down its source proves dangerous as lifelike hallucinations kick in, skewing Max’s very concept of reality, and his new girlfriend, talk-show host Nikki Brand (Blondie's Deborah Harry), goes missing. "Long live the new flesh!"


ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
1984, Warner Bros., 229 min, Dir: Sergio Leone

Childhood friends Robert De Niro and James Woods rise to power as New York gangsters during the glory years of Prohibition, only to lose their souls in the process. Leone’s final masterpiece features Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Danny Aiello and William Forsythe, as well as the film debut of Jennifer Connelly.


THE BLACK MARBLE
1980, 113 min, Dir: Harold Becker

Paula Prentiss is a cop who falls in love with her new partner (Robert Foxworth), but his alcoholic struggle to deal with the realities of his work creates a major obstacle. Adapted from a novel by Joseph Wambaugh. With James Woods, Harry Dean Stanton and Christopher Lloyd.


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