2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT
1984, Warner Bros., 116 min, USA, Dir: Peter Hyams

Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke's follow-up novel, this underrated sequel to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY follows a joint U.S.-Soviet mission sent to discover what happened to the Discovery spacecraft. Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban and Helen Mirren lead the team of astronauts, with Keir Dullea and Douglas Rain (the voice of HAL 9000) returning from the original film. “This is a good movie. … Once we have freed 2010 of the comparisons with Kubrick's masterpiece, what we are left with is a good-looking, sharp-edged, entertaining, exciting space opera.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


THE BLOOD OF HEROES
1989, 90 min, Dir: David Webb Peoples

The first directorial effort from veteran screenwriter David Webb Peoples (BLADE RUNNER) is one of the most adrenaline fueled, fast paced action films of all time. THE BLOOD OF HEROES is set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which a hyper-violent version of football—played with dog skulls instead of pigskin—dominates popular culture. Rutger Hauer stars as a disgraced former player, who embarks on a daring comeback with his teammates played by Joan Chen (who amazingly supplied many of her own stunts), Vincent D'Onofrio and Delroy Lindo. Thirty years after its original release, the film has become a cult classic, as well as the inspiration for the real sport “Jugger,” which is now played across the world. “No one carries the dog boy!”


HARD TICKET TO HAWAII
1987, AGFA, 96 min, USA, Dir: Andy Sidaris

Bullets! Bikinis! Bazookas! Radioactive pythons exploding out of toilets! No film captures the playful chaos of action cinema’s golden age like director Andy and producer Arlene Sidaris’ undisputed masterpiece. The Agency is a tough-as-nails, tech-savvy squad of physically ideal humans (led by Playboy icon Dona Speir and “The Bold and the Beautiful” soap legend Ronn Moss) who defend Hawaii’s Molokai Island from diamond smugglers, narcotics slingers and a skateboarding maniac armed with an inflatable sex doll. Tirelessly and shirtlessly, they deal out homicidal justice at every turn - unleashing helicopters, motorcycles and deadly Frisbees to ensure the safety of every bronzed boytoy and babe on the beach. This inexhaustible geyser of top-notch sex and violence exists beyond entertainment’s maximum limits - if you see only two movies in your lifetime, it should be because you watched this twice.


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