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  • The Room

    The Room

    ★★★★★

    Greg Sestero read from his book and introduced The Disaster Artist at the AFI Silver last week; most importantly, he took volunteers from the audience to read unfilmed scenes from The Room's original script. Certain fixations emerged in other places here--the competitive computer business, Lisa's mother's cancer--but what Sestero took away from that first draft is how much Wiseau wanted everyone to be his best friend. Re-watching the movie for the first time in several years, Tommy's vision of friendship…

  • Swamp Country

    Swamp Country

    ★★★

    This odd swamp thriller loosely anticipates Rambo and Liam Neeson action movies, and its crazy score sounds vaguely like ur-Jandek.

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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.