Dog Day Afternoon
Based on a true story, this is a case of the truth being stranger than fiction. Al Pacino plays bisexual, John “Sonny” Wortzik, who holds up a Brooklyn Bank to help pay for his gay “wife” Leon’s gender reassignment surgery. Everything goes horribly wrong but Sonny becomes something of a hero of the people for his defiance against the police. This is Pacino at his absolute best. Definite must see.
Dr Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Atomic Bomb
Stanley Kubrik’s only comedy, this dark satire is set during the cold war, where the USA and Russia are set in a stalemate nuclear arms race. A deranged general, obsessed with bodily fluids, attempts to force the USA to engage in actual war and sets off a series of events that will trigger a nuclear holocaust. Although Dr Strangelove (Peter Sellars) is really only a bit part, it steals the entire film. This would be worth watching for the US President’s phone conversation with the Russian Premier’s alone.
Dungeons And Dragons
OMG what a load of old shit! Empress Savina (Thora Birch) wants the people of Izmer (sounds like a birth control pill) to be equal whether mage or not but evil Profion (Jeremy Irons, who must have been seriously broke to agree to this) has other ideas and sends a bloke wearing blue lipstick to find some magic dragon stick (which looks like it came out of a lucky packet) so he can take over. When two thieves break into the magic school (cos that’s a good idea?) they get sucked into the quest to stop him. Predictable, badly acted and with plot holes you could drive a bus through, avoid at all costs.
Tim Burton’s biopic of cross-dressing 50’s B-movie director-flop, Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) is a tragicomedy of the highest order. Wood is hopeless but absolutely convinced of his abilities despite a series of disasters. What is most touching though is his relationship with horror movie star, Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau). After a random encounter with Lugosi, who is now destitute and a drug addict, Wood’s attempts to resurrect his career are painful to watch. The fact that the film is done in 50’s B-movie style, just adds to the atmosphere. Excellent.