CHILD'S PLAY
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 87 min, USA, Dir: Tom Holland

Andy Barclay has a new playmate who’s in no mood to play. Young Andy is thrilled to get the hottest new toy - until he learns his doll is possessed by the spirit of a psychotic criminal! Can Andy convince the adults in his life that “Chucky” (voiced by an exceptionally creepy Brad Dourif) is out to get him before it's too late? Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks star in this horror classic which spawned an entire Chucky franchise, and which does double duty as a shrewd satire on consumerism and its effect on children.


DRIVE, HE SAID
1971, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson’s first trip behind the camera as director is a subtle character study about basketball, college and Vietnam. It stands as one of the best sports-related movies ever made and captures the true feeling of the late ’60s/early ’70s college experience. William Tepper is a star basketball player with a drug-addled best friend (Michael Margotta) who is dodging the draft and a faculty-wife girlfriend (Karen Black) bent on giving him the boot. Bruce Dern's performance as the snide, take-no-prisoners coach is masterfully hard-nosed. With Robert Towne and Henry Jaglom in prime supporting roles, and cinematography by Bill Butler. "Nicholson deftly illustrates the background cynicism of big-time sports against the more obvious cynicism of college life." – Variety.


FRAILTY
2001, Lionsgate, 100 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton makes an impressive feature directorial debut with this twist-laden horror film, in which he plays a father who surprises his two sons with a disturbing revelation: that God has tasked them with killing evil people. Matthew McConaughey is equally memorable as the man who shows up at FBI agent Powers Boothe’s door claiming that he can close the book on the “God's Hand” serial murders. “FRAILTY is an extraordinary work, concealing in its depths not only unexpected story turns but also implications, hidden at first, that make it even deeper and more sad.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


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