IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
2016, Focus World, 104 min, Dir: Ti West

A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog make their way toward Mexico, landing in the forgotten town of Denton. The once-popular mining town is now nearly abandoned, and controlled by a brash group of misfits led by Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving marshal (John Travolta). As tensions rise, an inevitable act of violence starts a disastrous chain reaction that drags the town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. With Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan.


BLOW OUT
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, Dir: Brian De Palma

John Travolta gives one of his best performances as Jack Terry, a sound-effects man in the wrong place at the wrong time, who accidentally records a fatal car crash that might be a hushed-up political assassination. Combining forces with escort Sally (Nancy Allen) - an eyewitness with an, er, intimate knowledge of the crash - Jack begins piecing together the whitewashed incident, even as his and Sally’s lives become increasingly endangered. A brashly stylish reflection on the corruption of American patriotism and politics from director Brian De Palma. With John Lithgow.


PULP FICTION
1994, Park Circus/Miramax, 153 min, USA, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930s crime fiction, Elvis Presley flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville and much more was easily the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990s. The movie’s brilliant, against-type casting includes John Travolta (in a career-reviving performance), Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stolz, Maria de Medeiros, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames. Nominated for seven Oscars and winner for Best Screenplay. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Actor (Travolta) and Screenplay (Tarantino and Roger Avary).


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