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The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose to the top... and there was no place to go but down.
This god damned movie.
I'm not exactly sure this movie exists and isn't just a fever dream I had.
Because this movie is 90 minutes of Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green doing drugs and killing people and serving club kid realness and breaking the fourth wall and doing more drugs and it looks like it can't have cost more than five dollars to make and it completely doesn't give a shit about whether or not you like it and it's so fucking weird and magical you guys. This fucking movie.
"I am not addicted to drugs, I'm addicted to glamour."
Blissed-out films like this don't get made often. Green/Culkin simultaneously at their best and worst. Christina is the single greatest thing Marilyn Manson has ever done in his career.
I was watching an interview with James St. James a few weeks ago where he was talking about how in the era of NYC club kids, you'd party directly next to Andy Warhol, and anyone who wants to make a name for themselves could do it. Mini celebrities were everywhere. I love him (even if his current state of doing YouTube videos is a bit... disillusioning), I barely knew anything about Alig, and was that Amanda Lepore?
This really was made for gay people in such a joyous fashion, and at no point does it pander to its audience. It's a celebration. I love it so much.
It's camp factor is cranked up to 100 and it knows it. The acting is all over the place, Culkin and Green are so over the top in their roles, but it works since the rest of the movie is one big colorful drug trip of decadence and bizarre people.
The first half of this felt like a 12 year old aspiring filmmaker's first film, starring the friendly neighborhood kids Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green. It only mildly improved in the second half.
I got serious deja vu when Culkin's character, Michael Alig, started pitching a bunch of bizarre ideas to the club owner. It made me want to rewatch Stefon skits from SNL, who's basically the same person as Michael. I feel like that would've been a better use of my time.
Also one of my favorite films of all time. Money, success, fame, glamour. For we are living in the age of the thing. Macaulay Culkin is just perfect in it.
Seen it at least 5 times and one way or another I always miss parts. When I see it the next time, I have a feeling like I've never seen some parts before, how is this possible. The same thing happens when I watch 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. That's why I love it too.
I actually tend to really like it when straight actors play giant flaming queens (Guy Pearce in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Justin Kirk or Jeffrey Wright in Angels in America, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, Patrick Stewart in Jeffrey), but Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green are tuuuurrrible. And they aren't helped by the fact that this seems to have been written and directed by Stefon.
never have i seen a movie as perfect as this one. i bought a copy to just carry it around everywhere in my backpack. i did the same thing with koopsta knicca's da devil's playground, it is that AMAZING.
michael alig is the person milo yiannopolous thinks he is
this movie was so campy and weird and i loved it
this was fucked
Culkin is fucking adorable in this film...I mean apart from the murder-y stuff.
I got one question: what the fuck
A film made with dubious intent, fabulous costumes, truly copious amounts of drug use, and a stilted script with (purposefully?) stilted acting. Had moments of real fun, but that was offset by the viscerally upsetting details of a real-life murder at the end of the film that kind of ruined it for me. Most of the characters managed to pass through the film without imparting any real emotional depth or empathy.
On the plus side, absolutely filled with bit actors, from Wilmer Valderrama to Damien from Mean Girls.
Reminded me a bit of a lower-quality Boogie Nights
If you are searching for a movie that will reminds you of a ideal life of rock n' roll, sex and drugs, this movie it's the best (in lgbtq community)
This film takes you to another dimension and it's based in true facts, you will kinda get a little attached to the movie.
Fave character: none, I liked all of them!
Drugs are bad, mmm'kay?
When life is nothing but drugs
And fame, it's trouble.
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