HOWARD THE DUCK
1986, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: Willard Huyck

The titular sarcastic, cigar-chomping, 27-year-old hero of this ahead-of-its-time fan favorite hails from the planet Duckworld, from which he’s suddenly beamed away via an Earth-based scientific experiment gone awry. Landing in Cleveland, Howard must contend with this new and strange place, and, of course, prevent the very destruction of the universe by a villain who also gets accidentally beamed down to Earth. Visually inventive and engaging, HOWARD THE DUCK is an amazing oddity: a comic book film squarely aimed at adults with humor way above the heads of the young audience it drew.


THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE
2016, RandomMedia, 88 min, Uin, Dir: Peter Brosnan

For his 1923 biblical epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, director Cecil B. DeMille re-created ancient Egypt on the central California coast with one of the biggest movie sets of the silent era, which was buried on location in Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes after the film was completed. And there it lay, forgotten, for the next 60 years.... the "lost city of Cecil B. DeMille." In 1983, a group of determined film buffs -- inspired by a cryptic clue in DeMille's posthumously published Autobiography -- located the remains of the set. Director Peter Brosnan’s 30-year quest to unearth the site - and, through numerous interviews, its secrets - makes for one of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes documentaries ever. “For anyone who cares about Hollywood history - or, for that matter, California history - THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE is an irresistible detective story, told with a sense of wonder, a sense of humor and a mild exasperation over the ‘permit people,’ as Brosnan wryly calls them.” - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter.


ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING
1987, Disney Pictures, 102 min, United States, Dir: Chris Columbus

When Chris Parker’s (Elisabeth Shue) boyfriend cancels their romantic dinner date at the last minute, she reluctantly agrees to a babysitting job. What starts off as a boring night quickly changes when Chris receives a frantic phone call from best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller), who is stranded at a bus station in downtown Chicago. Chris agrees to pick up Brenda but has to bring the kids along with her. Their rescue mission quickly goes off the rails as a flat tire on the freeway sends them spinning into a night of chaos filled with one-handed homicidal tow truck drivers, a car theft ring, a blues bar with one sacred rule and the almighty Thor. Chris now must survive the night and gets the kids home safely before their parents return home.


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