If you're feeling overwhelmed, but still want to squeeze a film into your daily routine, this list is made for…
Filmed in ODORAMA
A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.
Me: "You know, we've been dating six weeks, and except for one all the movies we've seen together have been John Waters movies."
Mitch: "I don't see the problem."
God bless John Waters. Even his relative move into the mainstream is filled with abortion talk, Moral Majority parody, throwback '50s hooliganism, Medici-level intra-family scheming for power, and more. Divine is just wonderful as the frumpy housewife trying to keep a lid on her hell family's mania.
The sweet smell of success. [35mm]
The films of John Waters are definitely some of the most bewildering there are. The 70's spawned a lot of different directors around the world, and Waters was one of them, making the raunchy and trashy "Pink flamingos". Polyester is not as 'filthy' as the latter, but maintains that strange style that Waters goes for with his films.
It is good that he lessens down the scale of nudity and disgusting imagery, and tries to balance the film out more as just a wild comedy, and that is what it is. The story follows a housewife (Divine), whose married to a pornographer and her children are off the chain, with her son becoming known for breaking women's feet in the…
Saw this in Odorama in the Arcadia theatre at the Hayden Orpheum and I don't think I could've picked a better setting for my first John Waters. What a beautiful experience :')
If I had to sum up John Waters' Polyester in one word, I think overwhelming would be that one that suits it best. This is a unrelenting barrage of imagery and sound that never lets up and constantly challenges your brain to catch up with what you're being presented with. Whether intentional or not, I think this technique benefits this film well, especially considering its littered with Waters' typically crude humor and unrestricted subject matter occupying every crevice. It's total sensory overload and it's a unique angle to approach the 50's melodramatic satire genre with.
A wonderful performance from Divine, an Avalanches sample origin and Bill Murray of all people signing over a montage all enhance this already succinct and lovely satire to an even higher level of enjoyment.
"You're really gauche, madam -- a regular little cochon. And that means PIG!"
If John Waters ever made a sitcom, it would probably resemble Polyester. Plus, now I know where that sample came from at the beginning of The Avalanches' 'Frontier Psychiatrist', I can sleep a lot easier.
Somehow everything is all on the exact same level of campiness which makes this film a masterpiece, obviously.
Not a dull moment and it features some of his best satire.
A very fun romp
Disclaimer: Throughout 2016 and beyond, I will be going through selected works from a director's filmography on a month by month basis. I will be specifically spotlighting directors who's work I've somehow never had the privilege of sampling until now. The lone requirement is that the director in question must be either retired/semi-retired or deceased. Month #7 will focus on the so-called "Pope of Trash" himself, Mr. John Waters. Next up is the director's first foray into quasi-mainstream cinema, Polyester.
Who needs 3D when you can have "Odorama" am I right? For the uninitiated, Odorama was a gimmick implemented during Polyester's theatrical release where theatregoers were given scratch and numbered sniff cards to use whenever a number would flash on…
Wonderful, filthy, funny, biting, insane, and melodramatic! This is a transition film for Waters (like Bakshi's Wizards), this is dirty but as dirty as Female Trouble or Pink Flamingos. He's going for a more mainstream feel and still retains his identity as a filmmaker. I recommend this. It's not as accessible as Hairspray (which is also great) so there's that. It's a wonderful film regardless.
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