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'Rock and Roll High School' (1979)
Allan Arkush took the unlikely combination of a preposterously cute PJ Soles, the uber-low-budget world of Roger Corman, and the anarchy of The Ramones, and he somehow spun them all together into one of the most exuberant films about rock fandom ever made. It is a deeply silly film, but there is something almost moving at this point about seeing The Ramones together in their heyday and seeing the sheer joy and release of rock music somehow captured in the energy of this film. Arkush has had a long career, but he has rarely hit the same heights as he did here, and it's just one of those cases where everything worked exactly right.