A Prayer for the Dying
- 107 min
Jack Higgins' straightforward thriller about a guilt-ridden IRA bomber forced into "one last job"
Amazon Women on the Moon
- 85 min
A series of short sketches, most of which parody late-night television and the low-budget movies one often finds there. Other skits include a man being attacked by his apartment, a funeral hosted by classic comedians, and a teen-age boy's big night turning into a nightmare.
Assault and Matrimony
- 100 min
Silvia and Edgar have been married for a long time, but can't stand each other now. But a divorce would mean having to sell their dream house, which both of them want to keep. Instead they both secretly decide the answer is to kill the other. Written by Brian W Martz <[email protected]>
- 88 min
A highway patrolman goes after a ring of hit-and-run drivers known as "Banzai runners," who have fast, expensive cars and stage illegal, dangerous high-speed races on the freeways at night.
- 110 min
Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and evidence, while strong forces use any means they can to keep the story untold.
- 96 min
While working in a greenhouse, a man receives an insect bite after touching an exotic plant. Immediately, he falls ill and is taken to an emergency room where the doctors diagnose him as suffering from an unknown bacteria, and a strange parasite which emerges from his mouth as a large slimy wormlike creature. Soon, there are more cases of bacterial infection, but the more immediate problem for the hospital is the wormlike creature which after accidental exposure to a genetic growth stimulant grows to monstrous proportions and starts a reign of terror and bloodshed in the hospitals abandoned wing.
- 117 min
Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island. The young Lucy Irving takes a chance on contacting him and after a couple of meetings they decide to go ahead. Once on the island things prove a lot less idyllic than in the movies, and gradually it becomes clear that it is Lucy who has the desire and the strength to try and see the year through.
- 113 min
He chased a dream that became a nightmare.
- 89 min
Director Abel Ferrara updates ROMEO AND JULIET in this neon-drenched tale of Italian and Chinese gang relations in lower Manhattan. With Canal Street as their border, Little Italy's and Chinatown's respective mobs have co-existed peacefully for years, but when a Chinese restaurant opens on the wrong side of the street, conflict ignites between Mercury (David Caruso) and Tsu Shin (Russell Wong), the young hotheads of each gang. The situation gets even more explosive when Shin's over-protected sister, Tye (Sari Chang), falls in love with Italian pizzeria employee Tony (Richard Panebianco), leading to the death of his mobster brother, Alby (James Russo). Eventually, lower Manhattan erupts into a tide of violence that neither the elder's wisdom nor Tony and Tye's barrier-crossing love can stem. Lit up in reds, golds, and yellows by acclaimed cinematographer Bojan Bazelli, CHINA GIRL looks beautiful, and is filled with strong performances - Caruso is especially memorable as the mayhem-loving Mercury. The script is by longtime Ferrara collaborator Nicholas St. John and is filmed with Ferrara's patented blend of gritty street style, flashy violence, sex, and religious symbolism. Fans of his later KING OF NEW YORK will want to hunt this down.
Damned If You Don't
- 42 min
"Damned If You Don't is a real prize. Beautifully shot in black and white, it blends conventional narrative technique with impressionistic camerawork, symbols and voicovers to create an intimate study of sexual expression and repression. It begins with footage from a stylish old potboiler about an isolated convent, whose tale of passions leashed and unleashed provides the leitmotif for a young lesbian who watches it and the lonely nun she pursues and seduces. As the two women's lives come closer to joining, voiceovers from the biography of a 16th century lesbian nun and the reminiscences of a woman's closeted romances at a Catholic school flesh out the theme. When the two women finally meet and make love, the woman's careful unwrapping of the nun's complicated prison of clothing is both foreplay and liberating metaphor. The film is as hypnotic as a dream." Written by Andrew Rasanen, Bay Windows