DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD
1991, 102 min, United States, Dir: Stephen Herek

“Dishes are done, man!” Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate) and her siblings (including ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING’s Keith Coogan and HALLOWEEN 4’s Danielle Harris) are left with a particularly nasty babysitter when their mother goes to Austria for the summer. By divine intervention, the babysitter dies, leaving the kids free to enjoy their summer as they please - until they realize that all the money their mom left for them went with the now-deceased babysitter to the mortuary. Forced to support her family and save the summer, Sue Ellen lands a dream job at a fashion company by using a fictitious résumé. Now she must keep up the charade so no one at the company finds out who she really is and for that matter, that the babysitter is dead.


BLOOD SIMPLE
1984, MGM Repertory, 99 min, USA, Dir: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Hangdog Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) hires a corrupt and corpulent detective (M. Emmet Walsh) to kill Abby, his unfaithful wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). What follows from this simple, familiar crime premise is one of the most assured moviemaking debuts of the 1980s. Full of intuitively stylish bite, poisonous one-liners and goosebump-inducing setpieces, this neo-noir put Joel and Ethan Coen on the map of filmmakers to watch.


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