Salvador

“Salvador” (1986), directed by Oliver Stone, featured May & June (2022) on MGM HD, kicked off a string of hits for the director that would establish his reputation as one of the most provocative directors of his era. The movie, also co-written by Stone, dealt with themes that continue to weave through the tapestry of […]

The Night of the Hunter

The image is iconic: a country preacher leans against a baluster, the word LOVE tattooed on his right hand, the word HATE on his left; his expression a paradox of friendly menace. He proceeds to wrestle his hands together in a demonstration of man’s eternal struggle. The preacher is the great Robert Mitchum, and the […]

Flash Gordon

The Emperor Ming: “Klytus, I’m bored. What plaything can you offer me today?”  Klytus: “An obscure body in the S-K System, Your Majesty.  The Inhabitants refer to it as the planet… “Earth.”  The Emperor Ming: “How peaceful it looks… I like to play with a thing for a while before annihilation!” Evil intergalactic warlord, Emperor […]

Night of the Comet

It’s Christmas, 1984 and the world is celebrating as the Earth passes through the tail of a comet for the first time in sixty-five million years. Unfortunately, this once-in-a-lifetime event turns into an end-of-a-lifetime disaster when the comet’s dust eradicates all living things. Except for a lucky few survivors, those who weren’t killed immediately are […]

RoboCop

You could be forgiven for mistaking “Robocop” (1987), featured April (2022) on MGM HD, for just another 80’s era action movie. It has all the hallmarks of the genre: guns, explosions, violence, and an unstoppable hero. However, in the hands of director Paul Verhoeven and star Peter Weller, “Robocop” rises head and shoulders above other […]

Vampire’s Kiss

A man in a suit runs through the streets of Manhattan, waving his arms and shouting, “I’m a vampire!” as puzzled passerby part and reform in his wake. Is the man frightened of what he’s become or excited to spread the news? The man is Nicolas Cage and the movie is Robert Bierman’s cult classic, […]

The Perez Family

We’re spotlighting Women’s History Month with director Mira Nair’s film, “The Perez Family” (1995), featured March (2022) on MGM HD. A vibrant story of immigration, family, renewal, and above all, love, set in Miami’s Cuban community. The story, set in 1980 against the backdrop of the Mariel Boatlift, focuses on the journey to America by […]

Valley Girl

Two young men from Hollywood enter a teenage party in the San Fernando Valley. They are in unwelcome territory, a pair of punks lost in a sea of preppies. The evening seems like a loss for these two boys, who are not so much from the wrong side of “The Hill” that serves as Los […]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

A mysterious gelatinous organism floats through space and lands on Earth generating seed pods with pretty little flowers that belie a sinister intent. Within days of arriving, the people of a major American city begin to act strangely in small, nearly unnoticeable ways. When a research scientist’s live-in lover begins to exhibit odd behavior, she […]

Susan Seidelman

Role reversals, doppelgängers, and gender politics are but a few of the themes mined for comedy and commentary by director Susan Seidelman.  We’re celebrating Women’s History Month with three of Seidelman’s comedies: “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985), “Making Mr. Right” (1987), and “She-Devil” (1989) – March (2022) on MGM HD. Seidelman’s films standout for featuring strong […]