FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR
1986, Walt Disney Pictures, 90 min, USA, Dir: Randal Kleiser

David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is an ordinary boy destined for a most extraordinary adventure aboard a spectacular, futuristic spacecraft. After a mystifying disappearance, David returns, possessing vast, undiscovered knowledge about the farthest reaches of the universe. With these sudden navigational powers, David is able to take the fantastic flying machine anywhere he desires, accompanied by both its wisecracking robotic commander, Max (Paul Reubens), and an assortment of bizarre extraterrestrial creatures. With Sarah Jessica Parker, Howard Hesseman and Veronica Cartwright.


MOOCH GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
1971, 51 min, Dir: Richard Erdman

Higgins, the dog who rose from a Burbank animal shelter to international stardom as BENJI, plays against age, type and gender as the title character, a young ingénue seeking fame and fortune in sleazy counterculture, early-1970s Hollywood. Part MIDNIGHT COWBOY, part VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, this TV movie follows Mooch through her discovery of strip clubs and Cesar Romero, the Playboy Mansion and psychedelic drug parties, haircuts from Felipe of “Three’s Company” and motorcycle rides with Vincent Price. Narrated by Richard Burton (and then suddenly not), with fabulous voice-over work by the one and only Zsa Zsa Gabor and appearances by Mickey Rooney, Edward G. Robinson, Jill St. John, Rose Marie, Jim Backus, Phyllis Diller and more!


WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE?
KHANE-YE DOUST KODJAST?
1987, Janus Films, 83 min, Iran, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

The first film in Abbas Kiarostami’s sublime, interlacing trilogy of films set in the northern Iranian village of Koker takes a premise of fable-like simplicity - a boy searches for the home of his classmate whose school notebook he has accidentally taken - and transforms it into a miraculous, child’s-eye adventure of the everyday. As our young hero zigzags determinedly across two towns aided (and sometimes misdirected) by those he encounters, his quest becomes both a revealing portrait of Iranian society in all its richness and complexity and a touching parable about the meaning of personal responsibility. Shot through with all the wonder, beauty, tension and mystery one day can contain, WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOUSE? established Kiarostami’s reputation as one of cinema’s most sensitive and profound humanists.


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