Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at ... See full summary »
John G. Avildsen
Lou is a small time gangster, who thinks he used to be something big. He meets up with a younger girl, Sally, who is learning to be a croupier. Her husband turns up with drugs he has stolen... See full summary »
The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age... until Miriam has enough of them. Unfortunately that's currently the case ... See full summary »
Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a ... See full summary »
Semi-retired university professor David Winters and his wife and former student Melanie Winters née Lansing live on a hobby farm in the Eastern Townships of Quebec with their adult son ... See full summary »
It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's ... See full summary »
A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an ... See full summary »
Anna Rose Menken
Kooky midwestern shiksa meets kooky New York Jew and embarks on tentative romance. On a sunny day with all the planets aligned you get "Annie Hall". On a rainy day in Akron, you get the bravely-titled "Something Short of Paradise", a romantic comedy with no romance, not to mention wit, chemistry or pathos. Sarandon and Steinberg grimly plod through the standard plot points, meeting, breaking up and getting back together, but since they strike no romantic sparks you wonder why they bother. Nothing entertaining is made of the characters' cultural or tempermental differences, and the actors often move (or stand around) awkwardly as though they hadn't rehearsed. What's worse, Steinberg's Harris Sloane is petulant and even shows some flashes of jealous violence. Besides being completely wrong for his rather nebbishy character, I'd think this would cause any intelligent woman to run while she could. Unless you're a big fan of Sarandon or Steinberg, both of whom give their all in this lost cause, I'd suggest you do the same.
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