TOY STORY
1995, Walt Disney Pictures, 81 min, USA, Dir: John Lasseter

The film that started it all and launched one of the most successful animated franchises of all time, TOY STORY takes its audience on an immersive journey into the room of a young boy, whose eclectic collection of toys magically comes to life when left unsupervised. Utilizing groundbreaking computer animated effects (and officially the first CG feature film ever), the films follows the adventures of a vintage cowboy doll. Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), who is confronted with the possibility of his own obsolescence after meeting the high tech action figure Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen). Featuring a memorable ensemble of voice actors including Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, and Laurie Metcalf.


BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
1992, 20th Century Fox, 86 min, USA, Dir: Fran Rubel Kuzui

Writer Joss Whedon would bring Buffy and friends to television with even greater success five years later but this big-screen original remains loads of fun. Spoiled L.A. teen Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) is skeptical when an older man named Merrick (Donald Sutherland) tells her that she’s destined to kill the undead, but when vampire leader Lothos (Rutger Hauer) and his deputy (Paul Reubens, in a very effective turn from his Pee-wee Herman persona) cross her path, Buffy goes into action. Luke Perry costars as her eventual ally, with an impressive array of future stars (including Hilary Swank and an uncredited Ben Affleck) joining them in the halls of Hemery High School.


ALIEN RESURRECTION
1997, 20th Century Fox, 109 min, USA, Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Against all odds, Ellen Ripley lives. Brilliantly brought (back) to life in Joss Whedon’s clever and haunting screenplay, Ripley once again battles one of American cinema’s great monsters, discovering in the process that she herself has undergone a shocking acidic change.


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