METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED-SYN
1983, Universal, 84 min, USA, Dir: Charles Band

Produced and directed by B-movie maestro Charles Band, this highly enjoyable cult film takes place on the mysterious desert planet of Lemuria, where humans gather in small mining towns to scavenge for crystals imbued with mystical powers. Dressed suspiciously like Mel Gibson’s Max Rockatansky, space ranger Dogen (Jeffrey Byron) sets out to stop the murderous villain Jared-Syn, memorably played by THE ROAD WARRIOR’s Michael Preston. This MAD MAX knockoff is a surprisingly fun adventure that takes wasteland sci-fi to new, intergalactic places with some truly outstanding visuals.


GLEAMING THE CUBE
1989, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, USA, Dir: Graeme Clifford

High school underachiever Brian (Christian Slater) lives to thrash. But when his adopted brother is murdered, he is thrust into a world of illegal weapon trafficking to solve the crime. Featuring a plethora of skating stunts performed by the famous Bones Brigade including Tony Hawk.


BEAT THE DEVIL
1953, Sony Repertory, 89 min, UK/Italy/USA, Dir: John Huston

If screwball comedies were about criminal entanglements instead of romantic ones - and if they featured dialogue by Truman Capote - they would resemble this delightful adventure spoof. Jennifer Jones plays a compulsive liar traveling to Africa with her husband when she meets Humphrey Bogart, who’s been enlisted by a group of criminals (including Robert Morley and Peter Lorre) eager to acquire a uranium mine. Bogart lost a bundle of money and several teeth making the film, but it remains among the most distinctive and entertaining of his career. Costarring Gina Lollobrigida.


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