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★★★★☆ Producer Roger Corman's modus operandi was to take guys who wanted to be the next Godard and get them to make a 90-minute low budget exploitation film, so they could learn their craft and become more disciplined filmmakers. From Martin Scorsese to Francis Ford Coppola, the talents involved in 'The Roger Corman Film School' (as James Cameron called it) would go on to start the New Hollywood movement in the 70s. Directed by future genre iconoclast Joe Dante from a screenplay by John Sayles, Piranha (1978) is a delight; a silly B-movie with a smart script and an amusing anti-authoritarian undercurrent.

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