ESCAPE FROM L.A.
1996, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Kurt Russell returns as Snake Plissken, the U.S. government’s go-to guy for dangerous missions in the dystopian future – a time when Los Angeles has been turned into an island prison camp for people whom tyrannical Cliff Robertson has declared undesirable. Hiding among them is a revolutionary who’s stolen the president’s super weapon, and Plissken has 10 hours to retrieve the device before a virus claims his life. Carpenter’s sequel to cult favorite ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is packed with wicked satire, lots of action and a colorful supporting cast including Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda and Pam Grier.


THE NINTH CONFIGURATION
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, KILLER KANE
1980, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: William Peter Blatty

This hilarious, thrilling and altogether amazing fusion of horror film, ultra-black comedy and religious allegory was directed and written by THE EXORCIST author William Peter Blatty. Stacy Keach stars as the psychiatrist assigned to straighten out the inmates in a decaying castle taken over by the U.S. military.


THE NEW CENTURIONS
1972, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Director Richard Fleischer brings his usual straightforward approach to this underrated adaptation of former cop-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh’s bestseller. George C. Scott is excellent as the seasoned police veteran who shepherds young newcomer Stacy Keach in the ways of the street. Initially hoping to support himself by police work until he gets his degree, law student Keach is gradually worn down by the pitiless grind and lets go of his ambition and family (including wife Jane Alexander). The job likewise takes its toll on Scott, but he is better at keeping his emotions hidden – until it is too late.


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