OPERA
aka TERROR AT THE OPERA
1987, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Dario Argento

One of director Dario Argento’s greatest masterpieces, OPERA is a tour-de-force of deliriously cinematic setpieces surrounding the murderous production of an operatic version of "Macbeth." (The script was inspired by Argento’s attempt to mount "Rigoletto"!) Argento’s camera moves like a thing possessed: swooping, gliding, tracking a bullet through a peephole and, in one mind-bending shot, whirling around the opera house on raven’s wings. When a prominent opera star suffers a non-fatal car accident, her understudy Betty (Cristina Marsillach) must take on the role of Lady Macbeth. Coincidentally, a deranged madman goes on a homicidal rampage. Co-starring Ian Charleson and Daria Nicolodi (DEEP RED). “A violent aria of memory, bad luck, the artistic drive and the horror of the stare. … If you've pinpointed the identity of the film's killer, it's of little consequence - the genius of the film lies not in such details but in Argento's operatic attention to death and the way in which the film's killer forces Betty's gaze.” – Ed Gonzalez, SlantMagazine.com.


BEST F(R)IENDS
2017, 95 min, USA, Dir: Justin MacGregor

Finally, the dynamic duo that is Greg Sestero & Tommy Wiseau re-unites for a dream project that will send fans of cult favorite THE ROOM into paroxysms of unabated joy. Sestero plays a drifter who arrives in L.A. physically unharmed but mentally bruised and winds up begging on the mean Angeleno streets. He is resigned to a hand-to-mouth existence until he crosses paths with a peculiar mortician (Wiseau), and an evening of work turns into a regular gig for the drifter. The two find themselves engaged in an unusual yet increasingly lucrative underground enterprise, but as the money rolls in, jealousy, anger and greed start to poison their initially warm, if odd, partnership. Will these best f(r)iends survive the turning tide?


THE RUNNING MAN
1987, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: Paul Michael Glaser

Adapted from a Stephen King novel, this ’80s sci-fi favorite is set in 2019, two years after economic collapse has plunged the United States into totalitarianism. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a police helicopter pilot framed for a massacre and forced to appear in the popular reality TV show “The Running Man,” in which convicts are pursued by heavily armed hunters. As the show’s host, Richard Dawson (of “Family Feud” fame) is at his smarmy best; María Conchita Alonso, rocker Mick Fleetwood and wrestler Jesse Ventura help round out the cast.


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