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Population: 1 (NR)

Cult Epics

In the '80s, when the great American musical was DOA, the punk generation claimed it. Legendary Screamers lead singer Tomata du Plenty stars as the last man on Earth, in an underground bunker, creating a musical about 200 years of revisionist U.S. history. In his head. It's entertaining and original, and while most of it looks like a mid-'80s MTV video all harsh video-burns and uneven chroma-key that adds to the film's charm. Plus, you get classic performances from Los Lobos, Vampira, the Blasters, El Duce and a very young Beck. This perfectly encapsulates that lost bizarro fun that was the L.A. punk scene, and for that alone, it's worth repeated viewings. Louis Fowler

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In the Gutter (NR)

Anchor Bay Entertainment

I love these Starz Originals documentaries, dissecting lesser-known and maligned subgenres. This one's a history of the "gross-out" film. Though toilet humor dates to Shakespeare, it became a cultural trademark in the '60s and '70s, and the doc spends time analyzing this phenomenon and the recent resurgence in adolescent dick humor. Serious cinephiles may hate this stuff, but the mainstream loves it, and In the Gutter is a great primer . Louis Fowler

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Cinematic Titanic Presents: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (NR)


The other faction of Mystery Science Theater 3000 has started its own movie-riff group, Cinematic Titanic. Five features in, these guys are excruciatingly funny and show no signs stopping. The B-classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, about a group of inept Martians who kidnap Santa and a troublesome pair of kids, is bizarre but not that watchable. When the CT crew gets a hold of it, they tear into every aspect, making this perfect holiday party viewing, even if it's a party of one. Available directly from cinematictitanic.com. Louis Fowler


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