LUCK, TRUST & KETCHUP: ROBERT ALTMAN IN CARVER COUNTRY
1993, 90 min, USA, Dir: John Dorr, Mike Kaplan

This remarkable documentary of Robert Altman and the cast and crew of SHORT CUTS on location in Southern California offers a fascinating look at Altman's process and a tapestry of perspectives from the various actors in his ensemble.


THE PLAYER
1992, Warner Bros., 124 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Director Robert Altman and writer Michael Tolkin mercilessly rip apart the self-important execs at major movie studios who study demographics, have story conferences, listen to writers’ absurd pitches and basically create grist for the mill, and they conjure a spot-on satire in the process. Tim Robbins’ appropriately-named character Griffin Mill is the kind of lowest-common-denominator advocate of whom it could be said, "If he ever had an original thought it would die of loneliness." After accidentally killing a writer who has been harassing him, Mill tries to cover his tracks but becomes mesmerized by the dead scribe’s girlfriend (Greta Scacchi). Simultaneously badgered at work by another exec, Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) who is after his job, Mill gradually, hilariously unravels. With Whoopi Goldberg, Lyle Lovett, Fred Ward, Vincent D’Onofrio.


BULL DURHAM
1988, MGM Repertory, 108 min, Dir: Ron Shelton

This debut feature from writer-director (and ex-minor leaguer) Ron Shelton was ranked the No. 1 greatest sports movie of all time by Sports Illustrated. Kevin Costner is pitch-perfect as “Crash” Davis, a catcher who’s devoted a dozen years to baseball with only 21 days in the majors to show for it. Assigned to mentor a promising pitcher (Tim Robbins), he must compete for the rookie’s attention with Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon), the team groupie who dates one player every season. As they groom the hurler for the big leagues, Crash and Annie gradually are drawn to each other.


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