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  • Altered States
  • Altered States (R)

    This Ken Russell film (1980) is just as much a camp joke as Lisztomania or Mahler, but this time nobody's laughing, perhaps because Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay provided the first recognizably realistic context for Russell's obsessions since Women in Love. more...
  • Valley Girl
  • Valley Girl (R)

    Director Martha Coolidge turned a short-lived fad into a genuine sleeper, an exploitation film that thoroughly transcends its origins to become a highly appealing romantic comedy (1983). more...
  • Death Race 2000
  • Death Race 2000 (R)

    Vintage 1975 sleazebucket production from Roger Corman's New World Pictures, loaded with sex, violence, and general vulgarity, but orchestrated by one of the most interesting personalities then operating in the exploitation field, Paul Bartel (director of the notorious Private Parts and, later, Eating Raoul). more...