DOCTOR DOLITTLE
1967, 20th Century Fox, 152 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Based on the original Hugh Lofting stories, director Richard Fleischer’s (20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, FANTASTIC VOYAGE) charming, beautifully conceived fantasy stars the irreplaceable Rex Harrison as the Man Who Talks to the Animals, with help from Samantha Eggar and the late, great Anthony Newley - not to mention the two-headed pushmi-pullyu and a giant pink sea snail! Wonderfully scored and written by Leslie Bricusse, featuring such lovely, bittersweet gems as "When I Look in Your Eyes" and "If I Could Talk to the Animals." A true delight for young and old.


HAIRSPRAY
1988, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: John Waters

Among writer-director John Waters’ most subversive achievements is this critical and box office success focusing on a local Baltimore TV dance show and a pudgy teen's (Ricki Lake) desire to be one of its featured stars. Waters mainstays Divine and Mink Stole are joined by Jerry Stiller, Pia Zadora and rockers Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono and Ruth Brown in this fun-filled look at growing up in the 1960s.


PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
1985, Warner Bros., 90 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

The ’80s were precarious. If you weren’t careful you could be forced to feel sorry for the yuppie ratsticks in WALL STREET or find yourself actually rooting for egomaniacal Jerry Lewis to free himself in KING OF COMEDY. But the decade triumphantly launched PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE, the movie that lionizes the 90-pound weakling and propelled Tim Burton and Danny Elfman into the goth cinematic darkosphere. Part caper, part road movie, PEE-WEE is an homage inside a tour-de-france with every kitsch genre mined to full potential. It's the story of a lovable weirdling (Paul Reubens) who lives alone with just his beloved bicycle. When the bike is stolen, Pee Dub rightly suspects his bratty neighbor Francis (Mark Holton), but Francis has paid a thug to ditch the bike and the chase is on all the way to the basement of the Alamo. Drunken bikers, a ghostly lady trucker and Godzilla all show up with madcap consequences. '80S WARNING: This movie contains James Brolin being ironically hilarious. No one will be seated during Twisted Sister.


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