IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
2016, Focus World, 104 min, Dir: Ti West

A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog make their way toward Mexico, landing in the forgotten town of Denton. The once-popular mining town is now nearly abandoned, and controlled by a brash group of misfits led by Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving marshal (John Travolta). As tensions rise, an inevitable act of violence starts a disastrous chain reaction that drags the town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. With Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan.


PULP FICTION
1994, Park Circus/Miramax, 153 min, USA, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930s crime fiction, Elvis Presley flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville and much more was easily the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990s. The movie’s brilliant, against-type casting includes John Travolta (in a career-reviving performance), Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stolz, Maria de Medeiros, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames. Nominated for seven Oscars and winner for Best Screenplay. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Actor (Travolta) and Screenplay (Tarantino and Roger Avary).


SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
1977, Paramount, 119 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Plucked from the cast of the ensemble high-school sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter” for his first starring film role, this is the movie that made John Travolta a movie star and confirmed that the man can DANCE! Director John Badham, better known for action and war movies, here captures the connection between great dance music and the body. The story of a Brooklyn youth stuck in a working-class job, who finds that being king of the dance floor during the late-’70s disco craze might be his ticket to bigger things, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER has it all: big hair, white polyester suits and the quintessential Bee Gees soundtrack.


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