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Towson University's

recently announced its fall 2009 film series, and it's a doozy: a 20th anniversary celebration of the movies of 1989. Don't expect the Oscar fodder from that year, such as Oliver Stone's


Born on the Fourth of July

, Peter Weir's

Dead Poet's Society

, or Bruce Beresford's Best Picture-winning

Driving Miss Daisy

. While there are a few nominees and award-winners in the list-

My Left Foot

, Spike Lee's

Do the Right Thing



, Kenneth Branagh's

Henry V

-the series winningly includes some of that year's true gems: the Holly Hunter comedy


Miss Firecracker

, Hayao Miyazaki's anime

Kiki's Delivery Service



, the benign Merchant/Ivory handling of Tama Janowitz' bestseller

Slaves of New York

, and that cheeky Shannon Tweed, Bill Maher, and Adrienne Barbeau comedy called

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death

, the writing/directing creation of one J.F. Lawton, who would go on to create such television triumphs in camp as the Pamela Lee Anderson vehicle


. Each movie will be introduced by a faculty member.

for the full schedule, reprinted below. Each screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium.

The Films of 1989 schedule:

  • Sept. 14 Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Sept. 21 Violent Cop
  • Sept. 28 Miss Firecracker
  • Oct. 5 My Left Foot
  • Oct. 12 Do the Right Thing
  • Oct. 19 Crimes & Misdemeanors
  • Oct. 26 Field of Dreams
  • Nov. 2 Heathers
  • Nov. 9 Drugstore Cowboy
  • Nov. 6 Glory
  • Nov. 23 Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
  • Nov. 30 Henry V
  • Dec. 7 Slaves of New York
  • Dec. 14 Cinema Paradiso