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And absolutely worth reviewing, as a film that's either brilliant or a complete PoS, depending on what frame of mind you're in when you see it.

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Well, technically it wasn't his last screenplay. He wrote a screenplay for the Sex Pistols, but the money was pulled after a day and a half of shooting. He also had a hand in the screenplay of "Up!," a later Russ Meyer film.

 

But yeah, this movie was crazy.

 

"You're a groovy boy. I'd like to strap you on sometime."

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http://youtu.be/TH6bgJEEr34

 

Not a sequel to 'Valley of the Dolls,' but a similar kind of thing and an excuse to show breasts and piggyback off of a catchy title? This movie is an example of exploitation insanity, and a perfect time capsule of something that could only happen in the late 1960s and into 1970 (when the film was released). There's little bits of madness all over the place, interspersed with HUGE BITS of madness, nudity, and musical numbers. Plus, it would be the first time Russ Meyer would be discussed on HDTGM, and if we're willing to discuss the feminist implications of 'Spice World,' then holy crap, that guy is a whole warehouse full of cans of worms.

 

"I got a wading pool full of mayonnaise!"

"Mayonnaise!?!?"

 

"Am I interrupting something?"

"Only a little make-out session between Count Dracula and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley here."

 

I think 'North' is a great choice for an Ebert tribute as well, since that might be his most famous review, I'm just putting this one forward as a possibility since he wrote the screenplay.

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"You will drink the black sperm of my vengeance!"

 

The fun part is that Ebert basically admitted they were making parts of it up as they went along. (The climactic shootings were supposedly added in the day they were shot, and Z-Man's big secret was thrown into the script on a whim). He answered the question of how it got made pretty well when he said:

 

Remembered after 10 years, "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" seems more and more like a movie that got made by accident when the lunatics took over the asylum.

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This movie is the paragon of so bad that it is good. Written by ROGER EBERT and RUSS MEYER, this drugged out rock musical has one of the greatest shock twist endings in all of cinema. It is Neither, Niether, Ether, eIther,... It is Beyond The Valley of the Dolls.

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Let's start this off by mentioning that Roger Ebert wrote this glorious piece of shit. The movie follows a group of women trying to make it as a female band but struggle to keep focused on their dream with all of the sex, drugs and various other distractions that surround them. Plus, the end of the movie is pretty wackadoodle... 

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