REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
1990, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA/Japan/UK, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Jeremy Irons won a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor for his wonderfully sly performance as aristocrat Claus von Bülow, accused of attempted murder of his rich wife, Sunny (Glenn Close). Costarring Ron Silver as Alan Dershowitz.


CONAN THE DESTROYER
1984, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

A kinder, gentler Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads Akiro (Mako) and Zula (Grace Jones) on a quest to save a princess. Also stars Wilt Chamberlain (!) and Tracey Walter. Written by Marvel Comics titans Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, stunningly photographed by the incomparable Jack Cardiff and saturated with a more go-for-broke, gonzo appeal than its slightly more serious predecessor.


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.


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