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  • Manson

    Manson

    ★★½

    When this ran at the Pickford Theater in 2001, just six weeks after 9/11, I programmed a Benji featurette to run before it, thinking that might take off the edge. It made the feature even harder to take.

  • Brimstone & Glory

    Brimstone & Glory

    ★★★★

    Lighting a first Communion cake with roman candles is totally Metal Catholic.

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  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    ★★★★★

    I first saw this movie a few days after I turned sixteen. It was my first favorite movie, but it wasn't (just) the T&A that left an impression. This was the first time I noticed a film's production values, the first time I was blown away by a movie's skewed camera angles and rapid-fire editing. Meyer's insistence on playing Roger Ebert's script with a straight face put me off the smug, knowing tones of deliberate camp for life. I still don't understand when people respond to BVD as if its meant to be taken seriously, but I guess that confirms Meyer knew what he was doing.

  • Bravetown

    Bravetown

    ★★

    Because the best way to remember our fallen veterans is to dance for them.