Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE
COWBOY BEBOP: TENGOKU NO TOBIRA
Dir: Shinichiro Watanabe
This is anime that's as far from Miyazaki as Hitchcock is from Chaplin, with all the emotion and visceral impact of any great live-action film. Set on a terraformed Mars, in a city that blends aspects of Manhattan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Cairo and Paris, COWBOY BEBOP mixes past and future machinery, architecture and graphics with urban realism - in a story that's part film noir, part spaghetti Western and part HK actioner. Beautifully voiced in English, the script and characters entirely live up to the amazing design by Shiho Takeuchi. Special mention must be made of the jazzy, bluesy, rock score by Japanese composer Yoko Kanno - like the soundtrack of the best ’70s cop show never made.
Dir: S. Sylvan Simon
In what’s often cited as his best feature, funnyman Red Skelton plays a man struggling to hold down a job until his sweetheart (Janet Blair) pulls some strings for him at the Fuller Brush Company. Red proves surprisingly effective as a door-to-door salesman - until he’s mistaken for a murderer when a customer turns up dead. The slapstick and one-liners fly fast and furious in this film, co-written by the great Frank Tashlin.
Dir: Roger Vadim
Jane Fonda, the final word in comic-strip space heroines, trips the light fantastic in director Roger Vadim's delightfully whacked-out romp in the 41st century, an acid-trip lightshow of a universe populated by blind birdman John Phillip Law, one-eyed dominatrix Anita Pallenberg (Keith Richards’ onetime girlfriend!) and galaxy dictator Durand-Durand (Milo O'Shea) and his orgasm machine. Ultra-groovy soft-psych soundtrack by Bob Crewe and The Glitterhouse. With David Hemmings and Marcel Marceau.