THE MAN FROM EARTH
2007, 87 min, USA, Dir: Richard Schenkman

After history professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) unexpectedly resigns from his university, startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. They’re shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement: John claims he is immortal, and cannot stay in one place for more than 10 years without his secret being discovered. Tempers rise as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, and what started out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax.


A CHRISTMAS CAROL
1951, 20th Century Fox, 66 min, UK, Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst

Also known as SCROOGE, this British-made fantasy may be the definitive film version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Alastair Sim is pitch-perfect as Ebenezer Scrooge, whose miserly outlook is transformed by three spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. The fine supporting cast includes Patrick Macnee, Hermione Baddeley and Kathleen Harrison.


THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS
KATAKURI-KE NO KÔFUKU
2001, 113 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Whimsical musical numbers, grotesque horror and Claymation all come together in this wildly surreal film by one of the world’s greatest masters of blending genre. The Katakuri family open a bed-and-breakfast in the remote countryside but are met with misfortune when their guests start dying in spectacular fashion. Determined to prevent negative publicity from spoiling their new business, the Katakuris pile corpse after corpse in the backyard to keep up appearances.


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