PINK FLAMINGOS
1972, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: John Waters

“Mama, nobody sends you a turd and expects to live. Nobody!” In 1972, Baltimore’s favorite filmmaking son, John Waters, unleashed this torrid tale about the battle to retain the title “The Filthiest Person Alive” - starring 300 lb. drag queen Divine. This “exercise in poor taste” does not disappoint, with ample doses of foot festishization, scatology, cannibalism and even coprophagia (look it up!). When was the last time you saw something so vile, so repulsive, on the big screen?


ONCE UPON A TIME
1944, Sony Repertory, 89 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Hall

Huckster showman Jerry Flynn (Cary Grant) has to come up with a quick $100,000, or he’ll lose his theater for good. As luck would have it, he stumbles upon a whimsical find that just might be the ticket out of financial woe: a singing, dancing caterpillar that the nation goes wild for. But as reporters and scientists all fight for the inside scoop about this miraculous creature, the turmoil threatens to separate Flynn from his new-found friends, the caterpillar’s ingenuous owner Pinky and the boy’s charming older sister Jeannie.


BLIND FURY
1989, Sony Repertory, 86 min, Dir: Phillip Noyce

A loose adaptation of the beloved ZATOICHI series, BLIND FURY stars Rutger Hauer as Nick Parker, a blind samurai sword-wielding Vietnam vet, who slices and dices his way through the Reno-based criminal organization that kidnapped his old army buddy (played by Terry O'Quinn). The mob boss (Noble Willingham) soon finds that he has messed with the wrong guy, as neither swarms of henchman nor hired assassins are any match for Nick’s skill with the blade.


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