WILD WEED
1949, 70 min, USA, Dir: Sam Newfield

Also released as SHE SHOULDA SAID NO, this exploitation quickie capitalizes on the notoriety of Lila Leeds, who’d been busted for marijuana possession with Robert Mitchum a year earlier. She stars as Anne Lester, a nightclub dancer introduced to the devil’s weed by a local drug dealer (Alan Baxter); after her life goes to pot, Anne agrees to help the local police captain (Lyle Talbot) shut him down.


FRAILTY
2001, Lionsgate, 100 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton makes an impressive feature directorial debut with this twist-laden horror film, in which he plays a father who surprises his two sons with a disturbing revelation: that God has tasked them with killing evil people. Matthew McConaughey is equally memorable as the man who shows up at FBI agent Powers Boothe’s door claiming that he can close the book on the “God's Hand” serial murders. “FRAILTY is an extraordinary work, concealing in its depths not only unexpected story turns but also implications, hidden at first, that make it even deeper and more sad.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


TWISTER
1996, Warner Bros., 113 min, USA, Dir: Jan de Bont

Though on the brink of divorce, husband-and-wife meteorologists Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt work together to test a new storm-warning system, braving some of the most destructive tornados in movie history as they try to stay a step ahead of rival storm chaser Cary Elwes. Oscar-nominated special effects send cows flying through the air and buildings tumbling to the ground in this blockbuster helmed by action specialist Jan de Bont and co-written by Michael Crichton.


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