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  • The Fabulous Allan Carr

    The Fabulous Allan Carr

    ★★★★

    Out of all the show business figures I've ever read about, I've never identified more with one than I do Carr, a physically unimpressive fanboy whose love of glamour and desire for fame compelled him to become a Hollywood success story, only to have his distinctive tastes fall out of cultural favour almost as soon as he hit the top.

    This documentary, inspired by PARTY ANIMAL, Robert Hofler's fantastic biography, gets four stars for existing (it's a story I love…

  • Naked Vengeance

    Naked Vengeance

    ★★★½

    Essentially a remake of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE/DAY OF THE WOMAN (right down to a scene that essentially combines three of the other film's murder set pieces), NAKED VENGEANCE displays the casual amateurishness that defines Santiago's filmography, but still manages to be one of his better efforts.

    DALLAS cast member Tranelli leads as an actress who watches in horror when her husband is murdered by a random street psycho. She returns to her hometown to recover, only to attract…

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  • Can't Stop the Music

    Can't Stop the Music

    ★★★★½

    A disaster you say? Maybe, but an infectiously enjoyable one! I've seen it more times than Citizen Kane! Where else can you see The Village People pretend to be everyday heterosexual dudes conscripted into the gayest disco sensations of all time. All that and Bruce Jenner in jean shorts and Valerie Perrine's perfect breasts! Do you hate joy?

  • Teeth

    Teeth

    ★★★★½

    Sold as horror, TEETH is actually a moving black comedy about a sweet young woman who discovers she possesses something all men secretly suspect women have, but do not use.

    Filled with some brilliant dark comic scenes, TEETH lives and dies on the performance of Jess Wexler, who more than credibly takes the character of Dawn on a journey from frightened innocent to feminist avenger. Without her the film wouldn't have its emotional resonance, nor would it have made me literally clap with delight at the end.