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Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

Director : John Dullaghan
Stars : Charles Bukowski (archive footage) Bono John Bryan

Biography of electrical inventor and visionary genius Nikola Tesla.

Director : Robert Uth
Writers : Robert Uth Phylis Geller
Stars : Stacy Keach (voice) Elisabeth Noone (voice) Nikola Tesla (archive footage)

In a post holocaust society, robots take it on their own to help the dying human race by giving them android bodies.

Director : Wesley Barry (as Wesley E. Barry)
Writers : Jay Simms Jack Williamson (uncredited)
Stars : Don Megowan Erica Elliott Frances McCann

In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Director: John Boorman
Writer: John Boorman
Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman

Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Howard Sackler
Stars: Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky

A psychotic big game hunter deliberately strands a luxury yacht on a remote island, where he begins to hunt its passengers for sport.

Directors : Irving Pichel Ernest B. Schoedsack
Writers : James Ashmore Creelman (screen play) Richard Connell (from the O.Henry prize winning collection story by)
Stars : Joel McCrea Fay Wray Leslie Banks

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director : Rob Reiner
Writers : Stephen King William Goldman
Stars :James Caan Kathy Bates Richard Farnsworth

I caught you knockin' at my cellar door
I love you, baby, can I have some more?
Ooh, ooh, the damage done
I hit the city and I lost my band
I watched the needle take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done
I sing the song because I love the man
I know that some of you don't understand
Milk blood to keep from running out
I've seen the needle and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie's like a settin' sun

A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.

Director : Don Taylor
Writers : H.G. Wells Al Ramrus John Herman Shaner
Stars : Burt Lancaster Michael York Nigel Davenport

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

Director : Stuart Gordon
Writers : H.P. Lovecraft Dennis Paoli William Norris (as William J. Norris)
Stars : Jeffrey Combs Bruce Abbott Barbara Crampton

Goku's fear of needles

I, Pet Goat II is an animated film brimming with silent messages and esoteric symbolism. While the movie has no dialog, each symbol tells a piece of a story that covers the fields of history, politics, war, occultism and spirituality. This film explores the Fire of Truth at the Heart of Suffering in a lyrical way.

Director : Louis Lefebvre

Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor is one of the most famous pieces of Baroque organ music ever written - with a particularly iconic opening

Bach probably composed the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, between 1703-7, but no one is sure of the exact date. It's important to remember the BWV catalogue number as well - there are actually three pieces of organ music written by Bach with the same name! One of these Toccata and Fugue sets, BWV 538, is even in D minor, but it's known as the 'Dorian', which distinguishes it from Bach's more famous organ music.

Many people will be familiar with its three dramatic opening flourishes followed by the low, growling pedal note underneath a huge, fortissimo rolling chord. The Toccata is rhapsodic – like an improvisation – and has many features that are unusual for an organ work of its time. The Fugue, too, has elements that are uncharacteristic of Bach.

In fact, there are strong reasons to suggest that Bach’s celebrated Toccata and Fugue was not originally in D minor, nor written for the organ. It might have been written for violin or harpsichord, and some scholars believe it's too crude a piece to have been written by Bach at all! The earliest score contains many un-Bach-like dynamics and markings, in a copy made by Johann Ringk (1717-78), who was a student of one of Bach’s students. No original manuscript survives, so perhaps we'll never clear up the mystery.

An animated anthology of five tales adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's stories.

Director : Raul Garcia
Writers : Edgar Allan Poe Raul Garcia Stéphan Roelants
Star : Christopher Lee (voice) Bela Lugosi (archive footage) Julian Sands (voice) Guillermo del Toro (voice) Roger Corman (voice)

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle

In a dystopian America, a falsely convicted policeman gets his shot at freedom when he must forcibly participate in a TV game show where convicts, runners, must battle killers for their freedom.
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Writers: Stephen King (novel) (as Richard Bachman), Steven E. de Souza (screenplay)
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto

The Sims Life. A mini-documentary from MTV that debuted just after the Sims 2 release, focusing on how different people play the game.

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as World Champion and Cold War icon, to his life as a fugitive on the run. This film explores one of the most infamous and mysterious characters of the 20th century.
Director : Liz Garbus
Stars : Bobby Fischer(archive footage) David Edmonds Anthony Saidy (as Dr. Anthony Saidy)

This is a clever short animation showing the impact of addiction on someone's life.

A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Writers: H.P. Lovecraft (short stories "Dagon" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"), Dennis Paoli (screenplay)
Stars: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño

In utero (1993)

Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.

Director : Paul Verhoeven
Writers : Edward Neumeier (as Ed Neumeier) Robert A. Heinlein
Stars : Casper Van Dien Denise Richards Dina Meyer

Police chase an armed criminal in a version of Los Angeles comprised entirely of corporate logos.

Directors :François Alaux Hervé de Crécy Ludovic Houplain
Writers : François Alaux Hervé de Crécy Ludovic Houplain
Stars : Bob Stephenson (voice) Sherman Augustus( voice) Aja Evans( voice)

A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director : Milos Forman
Writers : Lawrence Hauben (screenplay) Bo Goldman (screenplay) Ken Kesey (based on the novel by)
Stars : Jack Nicholson Louise Fletcher Michael Berryman

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