THE DOORS: THE FINAL CUT
2019, Rialto Pictures, 138 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

THE DOORS was originally released in 1991 by Tristar Pictures. Capturing the hedonistic chaos of the late ’60s, THE DOORS: THE FINAL CUT follows the life and times of the band's enigmatic and magnetic front man Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer) from cradle to grave. Stone’s powerful musical portrait, featuring an amazing soundtrack including over twenty-five songs from The Doors’ catalogue, charts Morrison’s turbulent relationship with his muse Pamela Courson (Meg Ryan), the formation of the band in Southern California, his experimentation with hallucinogens and the occult, and his tragic death at the age of 27 in Paris.


DUNE
1984, Universal, 137 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

The first big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi best-seller stars Kyle MacLachlan as a potential messiah caught between rival factions battling for control of the planet Dune, where the empire’s most valuable substance is mined. The amazing cast includes Max von Sydow, Jose Ferrer, Jürgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart and rocker Sting. Though Lynch distanced himself from the film, the dark undercurrents and occasional bizarre twists for which the director is famous remain.


HAMLET (2000)
2000, Park Circus/Miramax, 112 min, USA, Dir: Michael Almereyda

Transposing some of theater’s most famous soliloquies to Blockbuster Video stores and high-rise apartments, this powerful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play is set among the corporate elite of Manhattan. Here the title character (a fine Ethan Hawke), the son of a murdered Wall Street CEO, employs a student film to “catch the conscience” of his father’s killer and exact revenge. The all-star supporting cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Sam Shepard and Bill Murray. “The director's rigorous trimming has a boldness and vivacity that makes this version exhilarating while leaving Shakespeare's language and intent intact.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times


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