FIRESTARTER
1984, Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: Mark L. Lester

After rocketing to fame in E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, pre-teen Drew Barrymore was tapped for the lead in this Stephen King adaptation. She plays Charlene “Charlie” McGee, a girl with pyrokinetic powers that government agency “The Shop” is eager to harness; her father (David Keith) also has psychic abilities, which he uses to protect his daughter from Shop agents. Sharing the screen with fiery special effects is a top-notch cast - including George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Louise Fletcher, Art Carney and Heather Locklear - and an electronic score by Tangerine Dream.


CAT’S EYE
1985, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Teague

Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King and Robert Hays star in this three-part anthology of Stephen King short stories connected by a stray cat that wanders through each tale. Chain smoker Morrison (Woods) joins a stop-smoking group run by sadistic Dr. Monatti (Alan King). A gambler named Cressner (Kenneth McMillan) makes a bet with his wife's lover. And a young girl (Barrymore) is terrorized by a tiny troll.


CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND
2002, Park Circus/Miramax, 115 min, USA, Dir: George Clooney

At the height of his career as a television game show producer, Chuck Barris (a revelatory Sam Rockwell) finds himself being followed by a suspicious character who recruits him for secretive and dangerous service as a CIA operative. As he basks in the glamour of his two worlds, Barris’ double life soon begins to spiral out of control. Adapted by Charlie Kaufman from the real Chuck Barris’ “unauthorized autobiography,” this bizarre tale gets a unique visual treatment from production designer James Bissell, who employs what might be called a “neo-hallucinogenic” color palette as well as a number of mind-bending pre-CG cinematic techniques.


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