THE LAST MOVIE STAR
2017, A24, 96 min, USA, Dir: Adam Rifkin

Once a major Hollywood star, Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds, in a role tailor-made for him) reluctantly accepts an invitation to be the special guest at a Nashville film festival and receive a lifetime achievement award. When the film fest turns out to be a slapdash wannabe gala, Vic tells his messed-up millennial driver Lil (Ariel Winter) to take him to his hometown of Knoxville. There Vic reconnects with his past and rediscovers a side of himself he hasn’t seen since he became a box office sensation in the 1970s. As Vic comes to grips with who he was, who he is and who he could still become, he helps Lil put her own life into focus. With Chevy Chase.


THE DARK BACKWARD
1991, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Adam Rifkin

Judd Nelson is Marty Malt, a garbage collector moonlighting as a stand-up comic in a Lynchian netherworld where opportunism rules the day. Friend and fellow garbage man Gus (Bill Paxton, in one of his most underrated performances) seems eager to help, but Marty’s comedy career only takes off after a third arm starts growing out of his back. Costarring Wayne Newton, James Caan and Rob Lowe, this relentlessly grimy satire is one of the strangest films of the 1990s.


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