DESPERATE HOURS
1990, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, Dir: Michael Cimino

Bristling with energy, director Michael Cimino and producer Dino De Laurentiis’ remake of the 1955 crime drama stars Mickey Rourke as Michael Bosworth, a psychotic criminal who uses his lawyer to escape while on trial. With two associates, Bosworth invades the home of Tim and Nora Cornell (Anthony Hopkins and Mimi Rogers), holding them and their kids hostage while they hide out for a few hours. Rourke’s and Hopkins’ full-throttle performances are matched by that of Lindsay Crouse as the FBI agent in pursuit.


BARBARELLA
1968, Paramount, 98 min, France/Italy, Dir: Roger Vadim

Jane Fonda, the final word in comic-strip space heroines, trips the light fantastic in director Roger Vadim's delightfully whacked-out romp in the 41st century, an acid-trip lightshow of a universe populated by blind birdman John Phillip Law, one-eyed dominatrix Anita Pallenberg (Keith Richards’ onetime girlfriend!) and galaxy dictator Durand-Durand (Milo O'Shea) and his orgasm machine. Ultra-groovy soft-psych soundtrack by Bob Crewe and The Glitterhouse. With David Hemmings and Marcel Marceau.


FLASH GORDON
1980, Universal, 111 min, France/USA, Dir: Mike Hodges

Like the early-1930s serial, director Mike Hodges’ FLASH is surprisingly faithful to Alex Raymond’s original comic strip, with just the right balance of action, tongue-in-cheek humor and mind-blowing production design (here courtesy of wizard Danilo Donati), with a score by none other than Queen! Relative unknowns Sam J. Jones and Melody Anderson play Flash and Dale, but the supporting cast is full of heavyweights, including Max Von Sydow as Ming, Topol as Dr. Zarkov and Ornella Muti as Aura, as well as Lina Wertmuller favorite Mariangela Melato (SWEPT AWAY) and future James Bond Timothy Dalton.


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