BEST IN SHOW
2000, Warner Bros., 90 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Guest

The same folks who brought you THIS IS SPINAL TAP and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, are responsible for this side-splitting spoof on the insanity both in front of and behind the scenes of big-time dog shows. Christopher Guest not only directed and starred in but cowrote the howlingly funny script with costar Eugene Levy. The incredible ensemble cast includes Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard and Michael McKean, to name but a few.


THIS IS SPINAL TAP
1984, Rialto Pictures, 82 min, USA, Dir: Rob Reiner

Director Rob Reiner’s funniest film, this side-splitting rock mockumentary chronicles the less-than-triumphant return to America of legendary British heavy-metal group Spinal Tap. As the band members who don’t spontaneously combust or die in gardening accidents, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean deliver spot-on performances; the many terrific cameos include Patrick Macnee as Sir Denis Eton-Hogg and Rob Reiner himself as documentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi.


DRUGSTORE COWBOY
1989, Park Circus/MGM, 102 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

Devilishly charming Matt Dillon is the head honcho of a quartet of ne’er-do-well addicts (the superb Kelly Lynch, James LeGros and Heather Graham round out the foursome) who support their habits by robbing drugstores in the mid-1970s Northwest. Director Gus Van Sant expertly shifts his matter-of-fact tone from humorous to gut-wrenching, proving a potent force to be reckoned with in his first major film. The picture that made critics stand up and really take notice of Matt Dillon’s multi-faceted talent. With James Remar as Dillon’s cop nemesis and William Burroughs as a junkie ex-priest.


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