COCOON
1985, 20th Century Fox, 117 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

Senior citizen troublemakers Art (Don Ameche), Ben (Wilford Brimley) and Joe (Hume Cronyn) have seemingly discovered the fountain of youth during one of their nightly excursions to an unattended swimming pool. After their swim, their ailments and fatigue dissipate and they begin to experience a renewed energy. Little do they know that the source of the pool’s power involves a pair of extraterrestrial visitors, who are eager to enlist the men’s help in an elaborate plot to return home. Featuring Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg and Maureen Stapleton, this Ron Howard sci-fi classic won Oscars for Best Visual Effects and Best Supporting Actor (Ameche).


POINT BREAK
1991, Intermedia Film Distribution Limited, 120 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Pure adrenaline from director Kathryn Bigelow, with Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent convinced by his partner (Gary Busey) to go undercover in the surf community to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. Reeves soon finds himself falling under the spell of the gang’s philosophical and charismatic leader, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). The L.A. surf/crime action movie! “There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies.” – Derek Adams, Time Out (London); “Bigelow is an interesting director for this material. She is interested in the ways her characters live dangerously for philosophical reasons. … Bigelow and her crew are also gifted filmmakers. … Surprisingly effective.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


FLASHDANCE
1983, Paramount, 105 min, USA, Dir: Adrian Lyne

Feisty Alex (Jennifer Beals) is a blue-collar worker by day and aspiring dancer by night. She dances in bars, longing for a real career in dance. An ’80s movie-candy fairy tale, with a romance subplot between welder/dancer Beals and boss Michael Nouri that is especially sweet. The city of Pittsburgh co-stars. Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for the title song "Flashdance…What a Feeling."


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