AMERICAN PSYCHO
2000, Lionsgate, 101 min, USA, Dir: Mary Harron

Director Mary Harron slyly distills Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel down to its satirical essence, using the conventions of the slasher film to explore the sociological horrors of 1980s America. Christian Bale is hilarious, charming and disturbing as an upwardly mobile yuppie who goes on a killing spree - the logical extension of his desire to consume everything in sight. With a terrific 1980s soundtrack, a visual style of Kubrickian precision, and an ensemble that includes Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto, this is a literary adaptation that is fully worthy of its source.


WHO AM I THIS TIME?
1982, SpectiCast, 53 min, USA, Dir: Jonathan Demme

Shy hardware store clerk Christopher Walken becomes a different person when performing in local theater; new arrival Susan Sarandon is cast opposite him in “A Streetcar Named Desire” without realizing that his Stanley Kowalski is just an act. This production for TV’s “American Playhouse” series was adapted from a Kurt Vonnegut short story and features music by John Cale.


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