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  • Working Girls

    Working Girls

    ★★★★★

    How old am I? Old enough to be one of the very few people to have actually seen Borden's second feature (an early Miramax pickup) at last night's screening at the Quad; I reviewed it for the Daily Northwestern in 1987, and may have put it on my Top Ten list. I should have, anyway; it's outstanding, and I recalled whole parts of it, though I haven't seen it since VHS. (It's never been on DVD/Blu, and in her Q&A…

  • Tab Hunter Confidential

    Tab Hunter Confidential

    ★★★

    A good way to memorialize the late actor, who had quite the career in film and music, lost it all (but regrouped as a cult figure), and somehow maintained his class and dignity in an industry and culture unfriendly to homosexuals. Interesting that his long-time partner (the film's producer) bears a more than passing resemblance to his lover in the studio era, Anthony Perkins.

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  • Saint Jack

    Saint Jack

    ★★★★★

    A cable favorite in my teens, finally available in a good quality DVD, anamorphically enhanced at last. (Why no Blu-ray?) Its frank, febrile atmosphere is one of those things that got me to Asia, though Singapore was a disappointingly authoritarian place by the time I got there. There's nothing disappointing about the film, though, Bogdanovich's return to movies after a string of flops, a Paul Theroux adaptation made with a dummy script to fool the authorities into thinking it was…

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    ★★★★★

    Kicking off an after-hours exploitation film festival with a truly golden oldie, a movie that delivers on every forbidding promise in its trailers and TV and radio spots. It was one of the very first VHS tapes I rented (in early 1983; the others in that order, from Video Express in Morris Plains, NJ, were FIRST BLOOD and AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION) and even panned and scanned it made a huge impression. The director may have made better films but…