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remember Movieline magazine? They had a great feature called Bad Movies We Love. There are some movies that are more like Bad Movies I Tolerate.

The Doors has two things going for it. The first is Val Kilmer's almost supernatural performance as Jim Morrison. Kilmer inhabits the role both on and offstage. There are points where apparently the other members of The Doors had no idea whether it was Kilmer singing or the real deal.


The other is Robert Richardson's cinematography. Oliver Stone has used Richardson for most of his movies, and he does great work here: beautiful shots of period LA bathed in light.

Too bad the movie is terrible to the point of camp. The story is simple boilerplate rise-and-fall-of-a-star nonsense. With the exceptions of Mimi Rogers as a saucy photographer, Kathleen Quinlan as Morrison's Wiccan paramour and Crispin Glover as a gloriously weird Andy Warhol, Kilmer has no one to act off. Meg Ryan is miscast as Morrison's common law wife Pamela and Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley and Kevin Dillon as the other Doors have zero personality.

And yet I love this movie in a weird way. What movie is like that for you?

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