TOY STORY 4
2019, Walt Disney Studios, 100 min, USA, Dir: Josh Cooley

Nine years after the satisfying end of the third installment, Josh Cooley directs this triumphant return to the internationally beloved TOY STORY series of films. The story begins when Woody, who is still taking care of Bonnie, meets her beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale). After the new member of the toy collection declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.


MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ
1981, Janus Films, 110 min, USA, Dir: Louis Malle

In this captivating and philosophical film, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with theater director friend André Gregory at a restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side, and the pair proceed through an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional about love, death, money and all the superstition in between. Playing variations on their own New York–honed personas, Shawn and Gregory, who also cowrote the screenplay, dive in with introspective intellectual gusto, and Malle captures it all with a delicate, artful detachment. A fascinating freeze-frame of cosmopolitan culture, MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ remains a unique work in cinema history.


RICHARD
1972, 83 min, USA, Dir: Harry Hurwitz

A pre-Watergate lampoon of the then-sitting president, RICHARD tells the hilarious origin story of a young congressional candidate’s rise to reigning crook of the USA. Under the control of three more-than-questionable advisers, Richard undergoes dramatic facial reconstruction (by a plastic surgeon played by John Carradine) in order to achieve his new presidential face, which is strikingly similar to the real thing thanks to professional Nixon impersonator Richard M. Dixon. Aiding his new presidential ambitions is a guardian angel (played by Mickey Rooney), who fails to save him from a CLOCKWORK ORANGE-like brainwashing procedure. But for Nixon, being subject to mind control is a small price to pay to gain the Oval Office. Mixing actual newsreel footage with razor-sharp satire, Harry Hurwitz’s RICHARD was strangely prescient in its day - and eerily resembles the modern age as well.


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