Thursday, August 17, 2017

August-September DVD Spotlight: Cult Films

To kick off the new academic year, we're embracing the weird and wonderful with a spotlight on the cult movies in our DVD collection.  These are films that, while they may not have been popular at the time of their original release, have gained a passionate and devoted fanbase in the years since.  Some of them, like the anime masterpiece Akira (1988) and the beloved fairy tale The Princess Bride (1987), are genuinely good films, while others, like Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster (1956) and the Village People-starring Can't Stop the Music (1980) ... well, not so much.  But it's the bad cult films that usually have the most ardent admirers, and they offer a reminder that it's often our flaws that make us so special.

Whether you like good cinema, or cinema that's so-bad-it's-good, we've got something for you.

Featured titles include:

After Hours (1985)
A lesser-known, darkly comedic gem from the great Martin Scorsese, about a New York yuppie's long, surreal night in SoHo.

F for Fake (1975)
Orson Welles's playful, free-form documentary takes as its subjects art forgery, hoaxes, and the very idea of trickery itself.

Hard-Boiled (1992)
Two Hong Kong cops team up to take on a gang of smugglers in this influential, shoot-em-up classic from action master John Woo.

Night of the Lepus (1972)
Giant, man-eating rabbits terrorize a southwestern town.  Enough said.

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)
Widely considered to be the worst film ever made, Ed Wood's unintentionally hilarious B-movie tells the story of grave-robbing aliens who turn corpses into zombies.

Road House (1989)
Patrick Swayze stars as Dalton, a legendary bouncer whose attempts to clean up a notoriously violent Missouri bar bring him into conflict with a local crime boss.

Save the Green Planet (2003)
In this bonkers Korean comedy/sci-fi film, a disturbed man kidnaps and tortures his ex-boss after becoming convinced that he is an alien who has infiltrated human society.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

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