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I've been watching a lot of Penelope Spheeris' older work lately and really gained a newfound respect for her as a director. I have to say, she made some of the most compelling character films of the decade. She really had a knack for delving into the subject of troubled youth, and did it without any silly pretensions or latent biases weighing her down. Strange how she evolved into the go-to Saturday Night Live feature director in the '90s...but I guess everyone has to pay the bills. It looks like she's managed to work in a few documentaries in-between comedy vehicles, though. I haven't caught Decline of the Western Civilization Part III or We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll yet, but they seem to have garnered strong ratings at imdb. Anyone else a big fan of hers?
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A big fan of her's a s well. Stuff like Decline, Suburbia, and the Boys next door has always got some love from me. Definetly an antidote to the candy coated 80's Reagan years.
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I have The Boys Next Door dvd
and Dudes vhs tape and soundtrack album.
All good stuff.

In fact, i need to watch these flicks again
to refresh my memory.

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I've seen some of her films like...

# Black Sheep (1996)
# The Little Rascals (1994)
# The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
# Wayne's World (1992)
# The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)


I can't remember if I've seen these:

# Dudes (1987)
# Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)
# The Boys Next Door (1985)
# Suburbia (1984)

I own The Boys Next Door. Just need to watch it...

What do you think about the other films???

Thanks,

- jdocster [Smile]

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I didn't know she did Dudes actually. It's been a favorite of mine for a while now although people on here hardly ever talk of it. Makes sense that she would put Lee Ving on Decline fame in another movie of her's. Repo Man was Alex Cox, although it seemed like a Spheeris film a bit.

She's a great female director though, her Martha Coolidge and Penny Marshall stand out for me.

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Don´t forget Kathryn Bigelow...
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Or Amy Heckerling...
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decline of western civ I, suburbia, boys next door are all great movies that i would recommend.

trying to remember if i saw hollywood vice squad.

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Watched Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) yesterday.

While i felt a little disappointed, it still was pretty entertaining 90 minutes.
Lots of cool street scenes, some funny stuff (especially Evan C. Kim)
and a little bit action.
Maybe there was just too many characters in this flick.

Some decent acting (Ronny Cox) and some hilarious overacting (Frank Gorshin and Leon Isaac Kennedy)
Carrie Fisher was cute and Robin Wright Penn was hot in her first feature film.

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I don't think i've ever heard you say anything truly bad about a film in here, bro [Smile]

Even if you don't like a flick, you usually round it off with "but it was pretty entertaining". Are the finnish just by definition, easily entertained, or is it just you [Razz]

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Oh, i´m easily entertained, always trying to find the "good" in every godawful flick [Smile]

And i´ll admit that i´m not the best "critic" in the world or in this forum.

Bad reviews hmmm, check out the Blood sisters review for example [Cool]

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Ok, checked it out, Daaaaamn that Blood Sisters movie must be a huge pile of rectal scratch [Smile]

If aTomiK says it's bad, then IT IS BAD!!!!

[Wink]

Wish I was as positive as you, dude! Im probaly too jaded, over analytical and nitpicky sometimes.

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OMG you said rectal scratch! that made me laugh and blush. hahaha

I have the Boys Next Door and still haven't watched it.....i'm gonna get on that since I have 3 days off this week. [Smile]

I've had Dudes in my wishlist forever.....what can you guys tell me about it?

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I really like that movie.
Check out here for more Dudes talk

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A Sphincter says what?
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eeeh... what?!
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quote:
Originally posted by Valley:
A Sphincter says what?

What?

haha when your 14 it's the funniest thing to say EVER!..............and all the time.

You know Waynes World really is an awesome movie [Smile]

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You want me to say "what". Like I don't get it. Is that it?

WW-HH-AA-TT.

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I always found the scene in boys next door when Maxwell takes his shirt off at that guys apartment very mesmerizing.

Boys Next Door will mess you up for a few weeks.

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quote:
OMG you said rectal scratch! that made me laugh and blush. hahaha
And itch?

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I have the Boys Next Door and still haven't watched it.....i'm gonna get on that since I have 3 days off this week. [Smile]
Slacker! Don't expect it to make you happy!

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I've had Dudes in my wishlist forever.....what can you guys tell me about it?
Odd. It's interesting, but not a 'classic'. I recall not liking it that much, but I haven't seen it in a while. If Atomik likes it though...

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You want me to say "what". Like I don't get it. Is that it?
My favourite bit!
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I didn't watch Boys Next door still.....but the whole bit of Maxwell taking his shirt off sounds intriguing.....scary and sexy at the same time? haha
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