WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM
1980, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Art Linson

Bill Murray turns in a transformative performance as Hunter S. Thompson in this one-of-a-kind biopic that draws from several of Thompson’s writings to tell the story of his outrageous friendship with lawyer and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta (called Carl Lazlo in the film and played by Peter Boyle). With music by Neil Young.


BADLANDS
1974, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

The first feature from visionary maverick Terrence Malick, based on the Charles Starkweather-Carol Fugate murder spree of the late 1950s, stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as innocent, amoral young killers flashing across the desolate American landscape like brushfire. A violent folktale for the modern age, brilliantly written and directed by Malick, and photographed by Brian Probyn, Tak Fujimoto and Stevan Larner.


DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS
1995, Sony Repertory, 102 min, USA, Dir: Carl Franklin

Adapted from the first of Walter Mosley’s popular Easy Rawlins novels, this neo-noir stars Denzel Washington as the private investigator plying his trade in South Central Los Angeles after WWII. When DeWitt Albright (a memorably shifty Tom Sizemore) asks Easy to find a missing woman (Jennifer Beals) involved with a mayoral candidate, the detective soon has several murders to solve. With Don Cheadle. “It's the film's glowing visual qualities, a striking performance by Denzel Washington and the elegant control Carl Franklin has over it all that create the most exotic crime entertainment of the season.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


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