NATURAL BORN KILLERS
1994, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

This satirical look at the depths to which tabloid media will sink to deliver a good crime story was named one of the 10 most controversial films in history by Entertainment Weekly. As serial killers/lovers Mickey and Mallory (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) blaze an exceptionally gory trail across the Southwest, they are pursued by an enraged police detective (Tom Sizemore) and elevated to folk heroes by Wayne Gale (Robert Downey Jr.), the host of the popular TV show “American Maniacs.”


NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
1989, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Screenwriter John Hughes expertly juggles farce and sentiment in this delightful holiday film, perhaps the best in the entire VACATION series. Suburban dad Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) finds his plans for the perfect Christmas going awry thanks to a visit from obnoxious brother-in-law Eddie (a hilarious Randy Quaid), but the slapstick antics give way to a surprisingly touching finale that perfectly sums up Hughes’ feelings about home and family. With Beverly D’Angelo, Diane Ladd.


FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)
1996, Dimension Films, 108 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rodriguez

Bank-robbing brothers George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino (in a rare appearance in front of the camera) head to a Mexican safehouse after killing a Texas Ranger. But safety is the last thing they find south of the border, as they make an ill-advised stop at a strip club frequented by vampires. Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek and Cheech Marin costar in this wildly entertaining cult horror classic.


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