ALICE COOPER: WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE
1975, 84 min, USA, Dir: David Winters

To support his first solo album, king of shock rock Alice Cooper put together his most elaborate stage show yet and took it on the road. Built around the concept of a young boy’s nightmares, the production featured such hits as “I'm Eighteen” and “School's Out” along with songs from the Welcome to My Nightmare album. With a great band including guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter, the Coop is in terrific form throughout this London-shot concert film, a longtime staple of the midnight movie circuit.


MRS. PARKER & THE VICIOUS CIRCLE
1994, Warner Brothers, 124 min, Dir: Alan Rudolph

Jennifer Jason Leigh gives one of her greatest performances as the brilliantly bitchy, emotionally tormented Dorothy Parker in writer-director Alan Rudoph’s wonderful, sardonic portrait of the legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s. With superb supporting work by Campbell Scott as Parker’s platonic soulmate Robert Benchley, Matthew Broderick as love-’em-and-leave-’em writer Charles MacArthur, and a virtual who’s who of up-and-coming talent including Lili Taylor (as a hilariously-butch Edna Ferber), Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Martha Plimpton and Nick Cassavetes.


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