Cast and Crew: Charles Napier
What It’s About: Ingenue rock and roll band The Kelly Affair travel to L.A. to try to make it in the music industry, rise to success under the wing of maniac rock producer Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell (John Lazar), then fall prey to the many dangers of fame, fortune, and rock and roll.
Why Watch it Today?: Roger Ebert, who was born today in 1942, is known mainly as a film critic, but he also collaborated with legendary skin-flick director Russ Meyers on a series of occasionally hilariously over-the-top films. The first, and best, of these collaborations was today’s film, which avoids being just another rise-and-fall story through its wicked sense of humor, ludicrous dialogue, and twists that seem to come from nowhere. The film is also a time capsule of late 1960s Los Angeles, although it comes from two men who were outsiders in the community, and plays as a parody. By the time the 20th Century Fox fanfare plays over a decapitation you will either love or hate this film.
Other Choices: Ebert also collaborated with Meyers on Up!