Directed by Jay Levey. US. 1989. PG-13. 97 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
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“By all rights, this film debut of rock spoofer Weird Al Yankovic should at best be a sporadically amusing, teenage, suburban mall-pleaser. But surprisingly, it is much more – a genuinely funny and fast-paced riff on TV, movies and Americana. Weird Al plays a daydreaming nobody who inadvertently gets control of a near-zero rated television station. Of course, he makes the station a huge success. Hilarious take-offs . . .
Directed by Lindsay Shonteff. UK. 1964. NR. 81 minutes. MST3K and Gordon Films. DVD.
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Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Japan. 1988. R. 124 minutes. Funimation. 35mm.
“In spite of its increasingly daring and experimental visual stylings, the Japanese animation industry has yet to produce a film that truly rivals Katsuhiro Otomo’s much-heralded animated film adaptation of his 2,000-page comic book Akira. The 1988 cyberpunk extravaganza—in which a weak, put-upon biker punk named Tetsuo is suddenly endowed with phenomenal psychic powers, and uses them to exact violent retribution on any and . . .