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Used Cars (1980) starring Kurt Russell Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Robert Zemeckis's madcap comedy is a lot of fun and laden with satirical barbs to boot. The highlight, of course, is Kurt Russell, who is at his cocksure best here. Also starring Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae and Deborah Harmon.

Used Cars starring Kurt Russell

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One, Two, Three (1961) dir: Billy Wilder Blu Ray (Eureka!)

James Cagney plays a Coca-Cola executive stationed in Cold War-era Berlin who lands in hot water while looking after his boss's unruly teenage daughter Scarlett (Pamela Tiffin). The result is an underrated, rapid-fire farce. Also starring Horst Buchholz and Arlene Francis.

One, Two, Three (1961) directed by Billy Wilder

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Parents (1989) Blu Ray (Vestron Video/Lionsgate)

Bob Balaban's black horror comedy about cannibalism within the Suburban American Dream is a subversive, surreal gem. Randy Quaid gives the finest, creepiest performance of his career. Also starring Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis and Bryan Madorsky.

Bryan Madorsky in Parents (1989)

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True Stories (1986) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne's first and only feature film is an interesting but somewhat uneven oddity. It looks and sounds great but comes across as being unfocused and self-consciously twee. It provided John Goodman with his first big break.

David Byrne in True Stories (1986)

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Shampoo (1975) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Warren Beatty plays a lothario hairdresser who juggles multiple girlfriends: Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn and Lee Grant. As farce and satire, it doesn't really work as it should but there is some amusement to be had, along with Carrie Fisher in her movie debut.

Warren Beatty in Shampoo (1975)

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The Producers (1967) dir: Mel Brooks Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

Mel Brooks's directorial debut is a somewhat overrated comedy which places too much emphasis on loud, dated stereotypes. Nonetheless, it's worth making your way through to the last half hour, with its Springtime for Hitler musical number and Dick Shawn's hilarious performance as L.S.D.

Dick Shawn as L.S.D. in The Producers

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Heathers (1988) starring Winona Ryder Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Director Michael Lehmann's first and best film is a sharp satire about the neo-fascist reality of high school life and the media-fuelled cult of teen martyrdom. It's stylish, witty and has great performances, notably from its two leads Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

Christian Slater and Winona Ryder in Heathers

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King of Hearts (1966) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Philippe de Broca's surreal anti-war satire features breakout performances by Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold, alongside large helpings of archetypally Gallic cinematic magic and a bunch of lunatics who ultimately turn out to be the sane ones in this story.

King of Hearts (1966)

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Little Murders (1971) starring Elliott Gould Blu Ray (Indicator)

Alan Arkin's adaptation of Jules Feiffer's stage play is a wry and anarchic view of an America which chooses to carry on apathetically in the face of its own insanity. While some aspects are rooted in its own time, the madness still goes on today.

Little Murders (1971)

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Blue Collar (1978) dir: Paul Schrader Blu Ray (Indicator)

Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto play three workers at a Checker Cab plant in Detroit who are fed up with taking it from The Man and decide to rob their union. It's a potent mix of polemic, humour and thriller whose message endures all too well to this day.

Richard Pryor in Blue Collar (1978)

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