DEMON SEED
1977, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Donald Cammell

“Never was a woman violated so profanely. ... Never was a woman subjected to inhuman love like this. ... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny. ... Julie Christie carries the ‘Demon Seed.’ Fear for her.” Based on the Dean R. Koontz novel and directed by Donald Cammell (PERFORMANCE), this provocative, imaginative sci-fi thriller is even more relevant today than when it was originally released. Scientist Fritz Weaver’s supercomputer decides it wants to impregnate his wife, Julie Christie, with its artificially created DNA, in a sinister attempt to take over the world with its hybrid progeny! A terrifying cat-and-mouse game follows as Christie is trapped alone in the house with the omniscient computer. Cinematography is by Bill Butler (JAWS) and the music score was composed by Jerry Fielding (THE WILD BUNCH, STRAW DOGS). With memorable voice work by Robert Vaughn as Proteus IV.


ROCKY IV
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 91 min, USA, Dir: Sylvester Stallone

In the biggest box office hit of the ROCKY series, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is killed in the ring by Soviet heavyweight Ivan Drago (a very imposing Dolph Lundgren), and Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) travels to Russia to avenge his old friend’s death in an epic 15-round bout. Made while Cold War tensions were high, ROCKY IV shamelessly waves the U.S. flag, but when James Brown sings “Living in America,” you’ll feel like doing the same.


THE CONVERSATION
1974, American Zoetrope, 113 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Sandwiched between THE GODFATHER and GODFATHER II, THE CONVERSATION is Coppola at his very best - a sinister, unstoppable portrait of moral (and physical) violence and the sheer paranoia of living in the modern world. Gene Hackman is tremendous as fly-on-the-wall surveillance expert Harry Caul, drawn into a murderous whirlpool when he’s hired to bug lovers Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams. Co-starring John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr and Harrison Ford.


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