TO SLEEP WITH ANGER
1990, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Charles Burnett

Charles Burnett’s beautiful, poetic masterpiece is novelistic in its narrative density and richness of characterization. Harry Mention (Danny Glover), an enigmatic drifter from the South, comes to visit an old acquaintance named Gideon (Paul Butler), who now lives in South-Central Los Angeles. Harry’s charming, down-home manner hides a malicious penchant for stirring up trouble, and he exerts a strange and powerful effect on Gideon and his thoroughly assimilated black, middle-class family. The household was already rife with conflict when the devilish guest arrived, and Harry’s grab-bag of folktales, lucky charms and foul magic only deepens the family rift. Sickness and insanity gradually descend upon Gideon’s home, and it soon becomes evident that something will have to give.


SUPERSTAR
1999, Paramount, 81 min, USA, Dir: Bruce McCulloch

The “SNL movie” phenomenon was never more gleefully inside-out than with SUPERSTAR, the funtastic origin story of “television's most endearing insecure extrovert” (New York Times.) Molly Shannon lays down the comedic law as Mary Katherine Gallagher, a Catholic schoolgirl with showbiz aspirations equally as mondo as her skewed sexual awakening. An absurd, subversive ‘90s ride - and the only film co-starring both MTV’s Tom Green and MARY POPPINS’ Glynis Johns.


SHORT CUTS
1993, Warner Bros., 187 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Working from short stories by Raymond Carver, director Robert Altman creates a funny, tragic and wholly original portrait of Southern Californians whose lives intersect in surprising ways. The cast is one of Altman's best: Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Buck Henry, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Andie MacDowell, Jack Lemmon, Lili Taylor and Robert Downey Jr. are just a few of the stars in this masterpiece.


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