127 HOURS
2010, Fox Searchlight, 94 min, Dir: Danny Boyle

When headstrong, adventure-seeking Aron Ralston (James Franco) finds himself trapped between a rogue boulder and a canyon wall during a rock-climbing excursion, he must do the unthinkable to free himself and save his life. Based on a true story, Danny Boyle directs with slick dexterity this tense, gripping script by Simon Beaufoy. Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor and Adapted Screenplay.


A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
1966, Sony Repertory, 120 min, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

Director Fred Zinnemann’s classic drama (based on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA writer Robert Bolt’s award-winning play), A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS stars Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More, whose disagreement with former friend Henry the VIII (played by Robert Shaw) over divorce and Papal authority shook England in the 16th century. Riveting throughout with a cast of greats that includes Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Susannah York, John Hurt and Vanessa Redgrave. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actor, Director and Cinematography (by Ted Moore).


RESERVOIR DOGS
1992, Lionsgate, 99 min, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s self-assured feature debut pits five criminals of different temperament - strangers brought together by an elderly mastermind (perfectly cast Lawrence Tierney) - against an undercover cop who sabotages their jewelry store heist. A riveting saga told in disjointed time with bravura characterizations, spotlighted in the fraternal bonding of Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), the sadistic antics of psychotic Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), the foul-mouthed comments of Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) and, last but not least, the versatile Chris Penn as Nice Guy Eddie Cabot, Tierney’s faithful son.


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