AFTER HOURS
1985, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Manhattan becomes a surreal dreamscape of bizarre terror in Martin Scorsese's film about an ordinary guy who agrees to a late-night date with an attractive but alarmingly disturbed woman (Rosanna Arquette). Dead bodies, strange sculptresses and an incensed ice cream truck mob are all part of the protagonist's weird journey into the dark and neglected hours of the morning.


THE HIRED HAND
1971, Sundance Channel, 90 min, USA, Dir: Peter Fonda

This quietly unassuming but powerful Western languished for decades in obscurity - until it was recently restored in a beautiful new print through the efforts of director and star Peter Fonda, editor Frank Mazzola and the Sundance Channel. After many years away, world-weary Harry (Peter Fonda) returns to the family farm with easygoing pal Arch (the superb Warren Oates), only to be greeted by bitter wife Hannah (Verna Bloom). Determined to settle down, Harry’s healing relationship with Hannah is imperiled when grudge holders from the past threaten him. The stunning, near-hallucinatory cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond looks even better today than it did in 1971. Not to be missed!


MEDIUM COOL
1969, Paramount, 110 min, USA, Dir: Haskell Wexler

Photographed in and around the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, MEDIUM COOL stars Robert Forster as a cynical TV reporter trying to maintain his equilibrium amid tear gas, yippies, black militants and working-class mother Verna Bloom. Written, directed and shot by Haskell Wexler.


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