A real cult classic, this reimagining of the Kennedy assassination asks what might have gone down in an alternate and very similar universe. Based on the book by Manchurian Candidate author Richard Condon, the story gives us Nick Kegan (Jeff Bridges), the half-brother of a president assassinated 19 years earlier. Suddenly, evidence reveals there was more than one shooter that day (sound familiar?), sending him into a wild -- and often wildly funny -- hunt for his brother's actual killers. Dryly comedic, William Richert takes his directorial debut into impressive places -- and wow, check out that cast! Too bad it gets a little kooky in the end, but that doesn't detract much from a very fun movie.
Extremely strange, The American Success Company gives us poor schlub Harry (Jeff Bridges), who's married to the boss's daughter but has absolutely no spine. Solution: He takes lessons from a hooker on how to be an asshole. And succeeds -- his marriage is reinvigorated and he turns things around at the office. He goes a little too far, of course, which is where the fun begins. Hard to find and more than a little confusing, this extremely weird entry from A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon director William Richert is worth a peek on late-night cable.
George Orwell has to be turning over in his grave. Current political climate aside, something within Orwell just has to be annoyed at the endless procession of utterly stupid dystopia chic. The massive flow of filmmakers that have turned out sad sci-fi epics with worlds think they are honoring Orwell but instead are making a mockery of him.