ROAR
1981, AGFA, 102 min, Dir: Noel Marshall

“No animals were harmed in the making of this film. 70 cast and crew members were.” Anyone who thinks life with the lions is all BORN FREE bliss should watch this notorious adventure-horror film, shot over the course of a decade. Star of THE BIRDS and an animal-rights activist, Tippi Hedren plays a woman who brings her three children (including real-life daughter Melanie Griffith) to visit her husband’s California wildlife ranch - only to be attacked by its four-legged inhabitants.


BODY DOUBLE
1984, Sony Repertory, 114 min, Dir: Brian de Palma

Director Brian De Palma has always openly expressed his admiration for Hitchcock and has used various tropes common to the master in a number of his pictures. This is one of his most jaw-dropping, melding influences from REAR WINDOW and VERTIGO as well as giving a vigorous nod to the delirium of 1970s Italian giallo shockers. When a claustrophobic and cuckolded actor (Craig Wasson) finds himself suddenly homeless, he house-sits for a theater workshop acquaintance (Gregg Henry). But he finds himself going from the frying pan into the fire after witnessing the murder of a beautiful neighbor. To make matters worse, he falls for sweet, dysfunctional porn star Holly Body (Melanie Griffith), who may have been tricked into doubling for the victim.


NOW AND THEN
1995, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Lesli Linka Glatter

During a pivotal 1970 summer, four friends (Gaby Hoffmann, Thora Birch, Christina Ricci and Ashleigh Aston Moore) make a pact to always be there for one another; 20 years later, as one is about to become a mother, they reunite and reminisce. Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson play the girls as adults in this poignant coming-of-age tale, which features a great period soundtrack and the coolest treehouse since STAND BY ME.


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