HUDSON HAWK
1991, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Michael Lehmann

Bruce Willis is Eddie “Hudson Hawk” Hawkins, a master burglar who’s just been paroled from prison when he’s caught up in an international chase for a machine that transmutes lead into gold. The machine was designed by Leonardo da Vinci, who hid parts of it in his artwork, and it’s up to Hudson and his partner (Danny Aiello) to piece all it together. But with the Mafia, the CIA, the Vatican and the evil Mayflower Industries after him, it’s anybody’s guess whether the Hawk will get shot down or fly free. A roller coaster ride that swings from dynamic action sequences to outlandish humor, HUDSON HAWK swaggers with Willis’ signature brio (the actor cowrote the story). With James Coburn and Andie MacDowell.


TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
1991, Sony Repertory, 136 min, USA, Dir: James Cameron

Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger is an obsolete killer, sent back as guardian to Linda Hamilton and her teenage son (Edward Furlong). The effects are dazzling, but it’s Cameron’s uncanny blend of pop humor and visionary sci-fi that make TERMINATOR 2 the ultimate in Future Shock.


BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
1986, 20th Century Fox, 99 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Ultra-colorful adventure in the grand tradition of 1930s serials, starring Kurt Russell as a cocky truck driver who finds himself battling ancient Chinese warlords and hideous demons to save feisty Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City"). A great guilty pleasure, and one of Carpenter’s most purely entertaining genre films.


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