Deathtrap

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student’s script.

Parsifal

Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s Parsifal film is a psychological interpretation of the opera mixing in references to the history of Germany, Wagner’s life, German literature and philosophy. The action is centered around Wagner’s death mask. Kundry (played by the German actress Edith Clever and sung by Yvonne Minton) is the main character – one might read the film as the story of her redemption rather than that of Amfortas. Made entirely in a studio (in 1981 and…

Angel (1982)

Saxophonist Danny witnesses the murder of his band manager and a deaf-mute girl after a gig. Questioned by the police, he remembers only the orthopedic shoes of the killers’ leader. So begins his quest to avenge her. He seeks an answer to the simple question ‘Why?’ but finds only more, and deeper, questions which resonate with the wider context of ‘the Troubles’, the inter-communal strife gripping the modern-day Northern Ireland which is the film’s setting.

Veronika Voss

In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz, who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn, Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the couple’s relationship escalates in intensity, Veronika begins seriously planning her return to the screen — only to realize how debilitated she has become through her drug habit.

Q (1982)

New York police are bemused by reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work ex-con is the only person who knows the location of the monster’s nest and is determined to turn the knowledge to his advantage, but will his gamble pay off or will he end up as lizard food?

984: Prisoner of the Future

A corporate executive is taken prisoner by an underground organization known as The Movement, and is turned over to a ruthless interrogator.

Tannhäuser

A Romantic Opera in three acts live from the Metropolitan Opera.

The Ghost

Jesus (played by the director) returns to present-day Bavaria, walks around Munich in a somewhat dazed manner and strikes up an affair with a nun, arguing that they are married anyway. Therefore, he refers to himself as “Ober” (waiter), obviously the male form of “Oberin” (Mother Superior). He occasionally transforms into a snake when being afraid and is finally carried up into the sky by the nun, who transforms into a bird of prey. (IMDB…

Uliisses

Director Werner Nekes has created this experimental film in the mode of James Joyce’s Ulysses to the extent that human interactions are represented by poetic, symbolic images and language, with a certain amount of nudity added in. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Airplane II: The Sequel

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the sun, and man-with-a-past, Ted Striker must save the day and get the shuttle back on track – again – all the while trying to patch up his relationship with Elaine.

Forty Deuce

A young hustler tries to get drug money by selling a boy to a middle-aged man; his plans are disrupted when the kid dies.

The Excluded

Die Ausgesperrten revolves around an unlikely group of 4 youths in Vienna who band together, each for different reasons, to mug people. Two are fraternal twins, the third a blue-collar worker, the fourth the privileged daughter of wealthy parents who “needs a little dirt in her life”. The story provides penetrating insights into the Austria of the 50s, in which some enjoyed the benefits of the “Economic Miracle”, while others were shut out. It repeatedly…

The Fan

The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans pushing him for autographs. She is later shocked when he lets her know that he does not love her. In an instant, she is caught “in a trance” and feels a murderous urge that is bigger than the both of them.

Next of Kin

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother’s diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother’s diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Kamikaze 1989

In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

Rejected by her lover, the only man left in Cheryl’s life is the orphaned nephew she has raised as her own son. She’ll stop at nothing to keep Billy with her. When her plans misfire, she is swept up into an insane frenzy that means death to anyone who comes between her and her obsession. But the investigating detective is convinced that Billy is the real killer – and determined to prove it. Madness and…

Eating Raoul

A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant.

One Man's War

Via the New York Times: “…a dialogue between found objects… the remarkably calm, somewhat banal wartime journals of Ernst Junger, a German writer and army officer living in occupied Paris in World War II, and newsreel footage of Paris as it really was.”

The Secret of NIMH

A widowed field mouse must move her family — including an ailing son — to escape a farmer’s plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.

The Last American Virgin

The friendship of a group of young friends struggling with teen sex, drugs, and work is jeopardized by a romantic interest which may turn pals into bitter rivals.