CAT’S EYE
1985, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Teague

Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King and Robert Hays star in this three-part anthology of Stephen King short stories connected by a stray cat that wanders through each tale. Chain smoker Morrison (Woods) joins a stop-smoking group run by sadistic Dr. Monatti (Alan King). A gambler named Cressner (Kenneth McMillan) makes a bet with his wife's lover. And a young girl (Barrymore) is terrorized by a tiny troll.


CONAN THE DESTROYER
1984, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

A kinder, gentler Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads Akiro (Mako) and Zula (Grace Jones) on a quest to save a princess. Also stars Wilt Chamberlain (!) and Tracey Walter. Written by Marvel Comics titans Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, stunningly photographed by the incomparable Jack Cardiff and saturated with a more go-for-broke, gonzo appeal than its slightly more serious predecessor.


UNDER CAPRICORN
1949, BFI, 117 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock shot this film about a love triangle in 1830s Australia in long takes, à la ROPE, to explore the motivations of some very complex characters. Joseph Cotten is an Irish ex-convict turned successful landowner; Ingrid Bergman is his wife, being pushed toward alcohol-induced delirium until childhood acquaintance Michael Wilding appears. Jack Cardiff provides the striking Technicolor cinematography.


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