THE GENERAL
1926, Douris Corp., 80 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

During the Civil War, train engineer Johnny Grey (Keaton, at his most fearless and funny) has his beloved locomotive stolen by Union spies. He boards and mans another massive train, appropriately named Texas, and sets out to pursue and catch up to his kidnapped steam engine. This classic film is not only an inimitable comedy but also a feat of physical daring, and is not to be missed! Includes Keaton riding the front of a moving train, running along the roof and jumping from car to car, and the filming of a locomotive careening off a collapsing bridge!


THIEF
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 122 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

Director Michael Mann's stunning debut feature stars James Caan as the professional thief of the title, a man whose desire for domestic tranquility clashes with his obligations in the underworld. Featuring a cast of standout supporting performances, with Jim Belushi as Caan's partner, Willie Nelson as his mentor and Robert Prosky as the deadly boss he has to please. Actual thieves served as technical consultants on the film, supplying an array of tools used in real heists.


GALAXY QUEST
1999, Paramount, 102 min, USA, Dir: Dean Parisot

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman star in this delightfully daft send-up of TV sci-fi. The has-been cast of a “Star Trek”-like television show are suddenly kidnapped by an alien race who believe their TV show broadcasts were real. Watch for subtle and not-so-subtle jabs at the Trek franchise and pop culture in general: The “rock monster” is a mock tribute to William Shatner, who reportedly desperately wanted rock monsters in THE FINAL FRONTIER but had to cut his vision due to budgetary limits, while the evil warlord Sarris was named after unforgiving film critic Andrew Sarris.


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