Friday, May 1, 2009

"All dressed up and ready to fall in love"


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

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-

http://jco.usfca.edu/works/wgoing/text.html

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