THE END
1978, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Burt Reynolds

This pitch-black comedy stars Burt Reynolds as a man who uses his recently diagnosed terminal illness as a means to manipulate those closest to him. As the mental patient who, in his own murderous way, tries to help, Dom DeLuise was never funnier; the outstanding cast also features Sally Field, Carl Reiner, Joanne Woodward and Myrna Loy.


KILL!
KIRU
1968, Janus Films, 114 min, Japan, Dir: Kihachi Okamoto

In this pitch-black action comedy, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, a former samurai haunted by his past, prefers living anonymously with gangsters. But when both men discover the wrongdoings of the nefarious clan leader, they side with a band of rebels under siege at a remote mountain cabin. Based on the same source novel as Akira Kurosawa’s SANJURO, KILL! playfully tweaks samurai film convention, borrowing elements from established chanbara classics and seasoning them with a little Italian Western.


A DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN
2004, 100 min, USA/Mexico/Spain, Dir: Sergio Arau

How do you make the invisible visible? You take it away. Misunderstandings and humorous situations abound in this comedic satire when California wakes up one morning to discover that a third of its population has vanished - the sole characteristic linking the 14 million disappeared being their Hispanic background. As the state begins to deteriorate, the crisis is reflected in the lives of a teacher (Maureen Flannigan), a senator (John Getz), a ranch owner (Muse Watson) and a reporter (Yareli Arizmendi).


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