|Awakenings 1990 PG-13, 121 min.|
Director: Penny Marshall
Cast: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller, Max von Sydow, Ruth Nelson, Anne Meara, Richard Libertini, Judith Malina, Alice Drummond, Laura Esterman, Barton Heyman, George Martin, Dexter Gordon
Neurologist Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) works in the chronic-care ward of a hospital in the Bronx where he gives the new drug L-DOPA to patient Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro) who is in a semi-comatose state. The drug works, and Lowe is gradually awakened after 30 years. He experiences the wonder of life and love, and this success with L-DOPA encourages Sayer to administer the drug to his other patients. Oscar nominations included Best Picture and Actor (De Niro).
|From Other Worlds 2007 N/R, 88 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Sci-Fi
Director: Barry Strugatz
Cast: Cara Buono, Isaach De Bankole, David Lansbury, Melissa Leo, Joel de la Fuente, Robert Peters, Jonah Meyerson, Quinn Shephard, Robert Downey Sr., Paul Lazar, Sharon Wilkins, Laura Esterman, Lori Tan Chin, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Larry Block
Joanne Schwartzbaum (Clara Buono) is leading a somewhat boring life in Brooklyn with her husband Brian (David Lansbury) and children Linda and Henry (Quinn Shephard and Jonah Meyerson). Then, one night, Joanne walks into the kitchen and is kidnapped by aliens. Afterwards, they remove Joanne's memory of them and leave her on her patio with a fan-shaped bruise on her abdomen. As she tries to sleuth out the mystery, Joanne joins a UFO support group where she meets and joins forces with Abraham (Isaach De Bankole). Together, Joanne and Abraham convince the UFO support group to help them break into the Brooklyn Art Museum in order to steal a certain artifact. Their actions result in saving the whole world.
|Ironweed 1987 R, 135 min.|
Director: Hector Babenco
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Tom Waits, Diane Venora, Fred Gwynne, Margaret Whitton, James Gammon, Joe Grifasi, Jake Dengel, Nathan Lane, Will Zahm, Laura Esterman, Hy Anzell
It is 1938 in Albany, New York, where Francis Phelan (Jack Nicholson) and Helen Archer (Meryl Streep) have been drinking companions for years lamenting over their misfortunes in life. Francis was once a professional baseball player but after killing his infant son by dropping him, Francis left his wife Annie (Carroll Baker) and children, and his life spiraled downward. Helen has turned to prostitution to support her drinking and other basic needs. When Francis visits Annie and family, there is a chance for reconciliation. Will he take steps to rehabilitate himself, or will he continue his downtrodden life with Helen? Both Nicholson and Steep were nominated for Oscars.
|Suspended Animation 2001 N/R, 114 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: John D. Hancock
Cast: Alex McArthur, Laura Esterman, Sage Allen, Rebecca Harrell, Fred Meyers, Maria Cina, Jeff Puckett, Daniel Riordan, J.E. Freeman, Sean Patrick Murphy, Daniel Mooney, Gary J. Mion, Joe Forbrich, Robert Breuler, Denise Bohn
While snowmobiling with friends, Tom Kempton (Alex McArthur) suffers an accident and seeks help at the cabin of the Boulette sisters, Vanessa and Ann (Laura Esterman and Sage Allen) The next thing he knows is that he is naked and tied to a wheel chair. Tom's friends come to the rescue, but his obsession with the women will lead him into even more danger.
|1. Awakenings (1990)|
2. From Other Worlds (2007)
3. Ironweed (1987)
4. Suspended Animation (2001)
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