What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, and created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself, THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment. Featuring an extraordinary cast of rising young actors, including Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, and Thomas Mann.
Rob Reiner’s directorial debut has developed into a cult phenomenon. The film that invented the “rockumentary” has now outlasted most of the bands it mocked. Following the ill-fated American comeback tour of an aging heavy-metal group, this film has joined the ranks of the greatest comedies ever made. One of the biggest comedy cult hits of the 1980s, this truly inspired mock rockumentary about a fictitious British metal band named Spinal Tap is more than a deadpan sendup of dinosaur rock groups like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. It takes hilarious potshots at every aspect of the music industry -- from vacuous contemporary songwriting to lame-o record promotions to pyrotechnic-obsessed concert performances. Almost entirely improvised, it features hilarious performances by Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest as over-the-hill rockers whose hair and egos are a lot bigger than their talent. Director Rob Reiner is the earnest filmmaker who documents the group's disastrous American tour -- which at one point finds them reduced to opening for a puppet show at an amusement park. The "documentary" weaves together performances of Spinal Tap songs like “Hell Hole" and “Big Bottom," archival footage of the group in an earlier psychedelic incarnation, and interviews in which the dim-witted band members discuss their music and careers. Parodying with understated perfection the ridiculous self-seriousness of many real rockumentaries, smartly directed, brilliantly acted, and packed with endlessly quotable moments, THIS IS SPINAL TAP is an all-time comedy classic.
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