SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS
1998, Fox Searchlight, 91 min, Dir: Tamara Jenkins

Growing up on the outskirts of Beverly Hills, Vivian (Natasha Lyonne) dreams of a life in which her car salesman father (Alan Arkin) can finally afford a home and retire and she and her brothers can fit in at their prestigious high school. Those dreams seemingly become reality when Vivian’s wealthy uncle Mickie (Carl Reiner) promises them a luxury apartment. The only catch is that Vivian must keep an eye on his daughter (Marisa Tomei), who’s struggling to kick an addiction and finish nursing school - a task that is sure to push the young 14-year-old to her limit. Funny, observant and filled with memorable performances, this remarkable feature debut from writer-director Tamara Jenkins is richly deserving of its cult status.


QUIZ SHOW
1994, Buena Vista Pictures, 133 min, USA, Dir: Robert Redford

In December 1956, millions of viewers tuned in to watch reigning champ Herb Stempel (John Turturro) lose to the refined Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes) on the quiz show “Twenty-One.” But it was all faked, and the resulting scandal is the basis for this nuanced look at integrity falling victim to TV ratings. Paul Attanasio’s script earned an Oscar nomination, as did Redford’s direction and Paul Scofield’s performance as Van Doren’s father.


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