''Summer of Sam'' is a past gem from Oscar nominee Adrien Brody
COSTARS John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito
PREMISE In the summer of 1977, a Bronx neighborhood is terrorized by the Son of Sam killings. Neighbors suspect Richie (Brody), a spike-haired punk rock guitarist with a borrowed accent and a seamy sex life.
FUN FACT Director Spike Lee cowrote ''Sam'' with Michael Imperioli, before he found fame as Christopher Moltisanti on ''The Sopranos.''
WHY IT'S GREAT It's a shock to see Brody -- whose quiet dignity humanizes ''The Pianist'' -- sporting a blond Mohawk, a ripped Union Jack T-shirt, and a real anger-management problem. But the versatile actor wears it well.