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.


SUPERGIRL
1984, Warner Bros., 124 min, UK/USA, Dir: Jeannot Szwarc

After an energy source for a community of Krypton survivors is accidentally whisked to Earth, Kara-El (Helen Slater) chooses to go to Earth to find it and bring it back. Upon her arrival, Kara becomes just as powerful as her cousin but encounters dangerous battles and unexpected obstacles including an evil witch (Faye Dunaway). Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow and Brenda Vaccaro costar in this magical SUPERMAN spin-off, the first superhero film with a female lead.


A*P*E
1976, Kino Lorber, 87 min, South Korea/USA, Dir: Paul Leder

A freighter glides across the still waters of the Pacific; its cargo is a recently captured 36-foot-tall ape. Suddenly a giant fist bursts through the deck, sending the sailors sprawling - the A*P*E (Attacking Primate monster) is loose! After battling a very large snake and a giant white shark, A*P*E defies the JAWS of the great white and is the victor. An American actress (Joanna Kerns, TV’s “Growing Pains”) arrives in South Korea to appear in a film at the same time that A*P*E does and must survive as the beast destroys the city of Inchon and everything in his path. Paul Leder (I DISMEMBER MAMA) co-wrote and directed this cult classic that needs to be seen to be believed. Co-starring Hollywood veteran Alex Nicol.


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