Some cool noirs are the real headliners for me this week. I adore DETOUR a whole crap-ton and it's such a great example of the fatalism that I love about these types of films in general. Low budget and short, but very effective. HIGHLY recommended. Also recommended in the noir vein is a film called CRY DANGER with Dick Powell. Hadn't seen this before, but had been meaning to. Great stuff. Other classics I'd draw your attention to include Sirk's BATTLE HYMN, Preston Sturges THE BEAUTIFUL BLONDE FROM BASHFUL BEND and the Louise Brooks silent DIARY OF A LOST GIRL. Miramax added a bunch of stuff this week including Tarantino favorites PULP FICTION andRESERVOIR DOGS(I know this isn't Miramax, just lumped it in) as well as the excellent Peter Jackson flick HEAVENLY CREATURES. Maybe my favorite Jackson film that one. Depp fans should seek out Jim Jarmusch's DEAD MAN is a great film, right up there with his best. Also look for THE HOUSE OF YES, WALKING AND TALKING and the not-quite-so-good REINDEER GAMES. Additionally enjoy some Beatles goodness with A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. Lots of fun junk here too like STEP UP 3, SHARK ATTACKs 2 & 3 and the creepily oddWHITE CHICKS. Oh and let's not forget the 80s Michael Keaton classic JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY (you iceholes)! I once lost a bet on JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY, with my erroneous thinking that Martha Coolidge of VALLEY GIRL fame had directed it rather than Amy Heckerling of FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. The only time I've felt dumber than that is when I famously lost a large wager that the late Liz Taylor was in Howard Hawk's LAND OF THE PHAROAHS. What can I say, I am a moron(and damn you Joan Collins!).
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