RENAISSANCE
2006, Miramax Films, 105 min, France, UK, Luxembourg, Dir: Christian Volkman

It is Paris, 2054: A promising young scientist, Ilona Tasuiev, is abducted, and the massive health and beauty corporation she works for, Avalon, wants her found alive. Disillusioned police captain Karas (Daniel Craig) is put on the assignment, and soon unearths a puzzle of identity theft, drug connections, missing files and a crime committed long ago in the past – 2006. Rotoscoped in inky black-and-white, RENAISSANCE is a stylized neo-noir with its roots in sci-fi and mystery.


THE LITTLE MERMAID
1989, Walt Disney Pictures, 83 min, Dir: Ron Clements, John Musker

Headstrong young mermaid Ariel (beautifully designed by animating legend Glen Keane) can't contain her interest in the mortal world above the waves, or her boredom with her everyday life under the sea. Entering into a risky bargain with Ursula the Sea Witch (who rivals SLEEPING BEAUTY's Maleficent as the ultimate female Disney villain), Ariel trades her lovely voice for legs in the hopes of nabbing her land-bound love, Prince Eric. With original score by Alan Menken including the classic songs "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Poor Unfortunate Souls."


AMERICAN POP
1981, Sony Repertory, 96 min, Dir: Ralph Bakshi

The bouncing and bruising story of four sets of fathers and sons, this is Bakshi’s musical cruise through rock’n roll history, fueled by classic tunes from Gershwin, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Seger, and dozens of others.


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