GAS FOOD LODGING
1992, IRS Media, 101 min, Dir: Allison Anders

The acclaimed second feature from writer-director Allison Anders stars Brooke Adams as a single mom struggling to raise two teenage girls (Ione Skye and Independent Spirit winner Fairuza Balk) in a small town in New Mexico. Featuring music (and a cameo appearance) by J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., this heartfelt drama is among the most affecting indies of the 1990s.


What Is It?
2005, Volcanic Eruptions, 72 min, USA, Dir: Crispin Hellion Glover & David Brothers

Veteran actor Crispin Hellion Glover describes his directorial debut as “the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe and how to get home, as tormented by an hubristic racist inner psyche." Part one of the “IT” trilogy, the film features a cast largely comprised of actors with Down Syndrome, with Glover appearing as the young man's inner psyche and actress Fairuza Balk voicing one of the snails. “It's like Fellini on psychedelics - wildly creative but completely twisted." - Jane Ganahl, San Francisco Examiner.


RETURN TO OZ
1985, Disney, 113 min, USA, Dir: Walter Murch

Legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch directs this pleasantly subtle and delightfully bizarre sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ. After a disturbing stint in a mental hospital, a cherubic Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) gets washed away to Oz, only to find it a changed place. Menacing Wheelers swivel around a broke-down Emerald City, vain witch Mombi covets her walk-in chamber of human heads, and a nefarious Nome King has wreaked terror on the land. With the help of new friends (the adorable Tik Tok and hapless, affable Jack Pumpkinhead), Dorothy sets out once again to save Oz from seemingly insurmountable villains.


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