DOUBLE IMPACT
1991, Park Circus/MGM, 110 min, USA, Dir: Sheldon Lettich

Get two Jean-Claude Van Dammes for the price of one! Twenty-five years after their parents were killed by a business partner in league with a crime lord, long-separated identical twins Chad and Alex Wagner return to Hong Kong to settle the score. Playing two different characters, Van Damme gets to flex his acting muscles as well as his biceps, but rest assured, DOUBLE IMPACT has plenty of martial arts mayhem (including a climactic battle with BLOODSPORT antagonist Bolo Yeung).


HOWARD THE DUCK
1986, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: Willard Huyck

The titular sarcastic, cigar-chomping, 27-year-old hero of this ahead-of-its-time fan favorite hails from the planet Duckworld, from which he’s suddenly beamed away via an Earth-based scientific experiment gone awry. Landing in Cleveland, Howard must contend with this new and strange place, and, of course, prevent the very destruction of the universe by a villain who also gets accidentally beamed down to Earth. Visually inventive and engaging, HOWARD THE DUCK is an amazing oddity: a comic book film squarely aimed at adults with humor way above the heads of the young audience it drew.


KING KONG (1976)
1976, Paramount, 134 min, Dir: John Guillermin

Oil executive Charles Grodin and paleontologist Jeff Bridges set sail for a previously unexplored island, where they discover a gigantic ape; Jessica Lange (in her feature debut) is the beauty who charms the beast. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, this hit remake takes a lighter tone than the original, and Rick Baker and Carlo Rambaldi’s work bringing Kong to life earned the film a visual effects Oscar. “The moviemaking team has come up with a pop classic that can stand in our affections right next to the original version.” - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker.


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