Few filmmakers have managed a career half as diverse as the great John Boorman, who shot to prominence with the crime drama "Point Blank" starring Lee Marvin in 1967 and helmed films ranging from the Oscar-nominated autobiographical "Hope and Glory" to the haunting backwoods drama "Deliverance" and the sci-fi oddity "Zardoz."
The 82-year-old's new film, a sequel to "Hope and Glory" called "Queen and Country," opens at Film Forum next week. In anticipation, the theater is hosting a retrospective of Boorman's work. These are some highlights:
It's iconic for several reasons -- "Dueling Banjos," a certain horrifying scene -- but the best reason to re-experience the story of friends on an ill-fated canoe trip is the enormous, unrelenting tension Boorman builds at every turn. Friday
'Hope and Glory'
Boorman's own childhood inspired this engaging coming-of-age tale set during the Blitz. It's ideal viewing for families with young teens. Feb. 16 and 17
Brendan Gleeson is one of our greatest actors, and he's in fine form as the Dublin gangster Martin Cahill. Sunday
It's a cult classic, it's sci-fi, it's got Sean Connery (!) and it's a dystopian fantasy about battles between the "Eternals" and the "Brutals." So, yeah, you're interested. Saturday
'Point Blank'/'Hell in the Pacific'
Boorman's collaborations with Lee Marvin are two studies of violence: the first film finds Marvin hunting down his stolen take; the second sees him facing off with Toshiro Mifune. Thursday and Friday