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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.
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.
There's stuff I really loved about this film, but I think it could have been even better.
Things I loved:
-The costumes. Can't fault 'em (also I now understand how much girls like Milk, Sussi, and Blew Velvet draw from the original 80's scene).
-Production design. Blended well with the costumes.
-Breaking of the 4th wall. I'm a sucker for it.
-Cinematography was perfect for the story.
-Appearances by Diana Scarwid(no idea she was in this, but clearly I'm on a Scarwid streak), and Damian from Mean Girls (unfortunately I don't know his real name. Also did Bully?).
Stuff I was eh on:
-Seth Green and Culkin. They're without a doubt perfect for the roles, look wise. But because they're…
This movie was a very strange trip.
I think I liked it.
I can't remember the first time I watched this movie.
There's something about it that makes me watch it again and again.
Is it the glitter-and-gutter aesthetic?
Is it the colors and the music?
Is it the gore? The acting? The fact that it's a true crime? I'm not sure. There's just something so utterly intriguing, especially after you've watched the original documentary and seen how genuine it all is - otherwise you might be wont to believe no-one would behave like this IRL. Perhaps it's the fact that I was born in 1992 and had no chance to experience strange subculture first hand. I think, I wish I could have been there. Just standing in a safe distance.
Whatever Michael Alig says, blood is not a good look.
This review also available with images at: aethervault.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/party-monster-review/
I’d like to note that this is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a movie. I’ve reviewed a lot of things, some for money, some for experience, but never have I written about a film until now. What I’m saying is that while I am very experienced in writing opinion pieces, I feel as though my knowledge of films is underwhelming in comparison to most subject I cover. Nonetheless, let’s have a look at Party Monster.
I first discovered Party Monster when I shared an image on Facebook. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but it was a quote from the film, in retrospect probably taken out of context. I was…
Those overly glamorous films that never get enough love. THIS FUCKING MOVIE THOUGH.
Macaulay Culkin and Seth motherfucking Green doing drugs and showing what Club Kid was about, parties and glamour to show it off for people and those crazy ass outfits. You don't need to take a true story and over do it. Make it, call it as you see it, give it that edge like it was back in that time. I can re-watch it over and over and it's the possessiveness of these characters, the fact that they're real too.
It does serve as drug addicts getting wasted and also a crazy murder situation. All around crazy, fucked up. Macaulay Culkin was A+ just saying.
God dammit, you won't find another movie like this for a while.
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