Friday, May 1, 2009

"All dressed up and ready to fall in love"

'One of the most vile, stupid and repulsive movies ever made'

The above quote is stamped on the dvd cover of John Water's Pink Flamingos. The first time I saw it, I was stoned out of my bloody mind. I guess that might be the only way someone could actually get -and enjoy- what John Waters was trying to say with this movie. It IS vile and -yes- it IS repulsive but it's also fucking hilarious. I cringed many times and I was disgusted plenty but there's something amusing in a film that takes pride in its main character eating shit and having random - and rather- strange orgasms. It's all real. John Waters shot this for a measly $ 10,000 and it shows.

Pink Flamingos never got a wide release -for good reason- gaining its notoriety year by year, baby step by baby step. It was only shown at midnight screenings and was called all the names in the book- described as pornorgraphy, The film was banned in Australia, some provinces in Canada and Norway. In some fashion many people- myself included- are as fascinated by the back story than the actual film itself. It's not exactly a work of art nor is it a recomended movie- in fact I'd rather not watch it ever again. But for the Jackass crowd this is somewhat of a tempting film to absorb- literally- and its a true milestone in midnight cinema.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Image Of The Day 04/29/09

The twisted world of Terry Gilliam. A shot from his 1985 dystopian film Brazil, a film of sheer terror and dark comedy with incredible visuals.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Where Have You Been, Where Are You Going ?

Is there a better short story than Joyce Carol Oates' Where Have You Been, Where Are You Going ? If there is, I haven't read it yet. Based on the 60's Charles Schmidt murders in Tucson, Arizona- it's a firecracker of a story and the best piece of pop art I have ever read. Schimdt never took his victims by force, there was always seduction and small talk that lead to them to his car- he was a master manipulator with dark demons inside his soul. The hypnotic allure and dreaminess of the story are -for some- too dark and too much to handle, but the rewards are plentiful and resonate with you for a good long time. The story is so good that hollywood decided to remake it in the 80's with 'smooth talk' a limp story with absolutely none of the darker undertones and social relevance Oates inflicted on the reader. Want to know the best part ? Oates' masterful short story is available online- here's the link-

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