Sunday, August 31, 2008

Quickies 8-31-2008

This Filthy World ~ This one-man show with cult movie writer and director John Waters was directed by Jeff Garlin. Basically Waters is just let loose on a stage and he talks, and talks, and talks. That’s not to disparage him at all, he’s absolutely mesmerizing, and his knowledge of film, both pop and obscure is unparalleled.

Among the subjects he touches on in this 86-minute extravaganza are film, books, teaching, Jackie O, his early movies, drugs, Michael Jackson, bears, capital punishment, Liz Renee, Divine, kids, juvenile delinquency, homophobes, fans, the mainstream, Baltimore and movies he’d like to make. He also talks a bit about Kenneth Anger, Andy Warhol and for those of us in the Philadelphia area, the infamous Uncle Ed.

My favorite quote from the show: ”Even Divine had his limits. The first time he met Richard Simmons he felt homophobic.” This is a must-see.

I Love Your Work ~ Does Giovanni Ribasi ever not put in an Oscar caliber performance? And does Jason Lee almost always shine in roles with just a touch of creepy in them? These two are just a couple from the superior cast that make this very slick piece on stalking, paparazzi, and the dark side of Hollywood such a great film. What it lacks in story and character it more than makes up for in brilliant direction and cinematography. I Love Your Work was co-written and directed by Adam Goldberg, of Hebrew Hammer fame, and is recommended.

Monster Ark ~ So symptomatic of what is wrong with most Saturday night movies on the SciFi Channel Рfaulty premise, clich̩ characters and a totally predictable plot. The only thing this one was lacking was Casper Van Dien.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry ~ After a few Adam Sandler films where he was almost bearable, now I get this. Just because the characters learn the error of their ways and side with the gay community at the end of the film does not excuse all the verbal hate crimes committed before that. Avoid this.

The Crippled Masters ~ It must be seen to be believed. Check the trailer below. The best part is watching the villain’s facial scar morph and move throughout the flick. I actually liked it, recommended.

1 comment:

  1. 'this filthy world' was phenomenal...his thoughts on how to mess with the minds of little children gave me great ideas!

    and i agree with your review of 'i love your work'...giovanni has yet to disappoint me cinematically.