Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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.
Finally caught up with this classic and hilarious John Waters comedy, his first foray into major studio filmmaking. It may not be quite as in-your-face as PINK FLAMINGOS or FEMALE TROUBLE, but he lost none of his boldness as a filmmaker in the transition.
POLYESTER is essentially a parody of melodramatic soap operas, following good-hearted housewife Francine Fishpaw (Divine, in a tremendously good "bad" performance) as her life falls apart around her. Her husband is cheating on her, her teenage daughter is pregnant by a local hooligan, and her son is a glue-sniffing criminal with a foot fetish. You know things are really bad when the family dog hangs himself.
As with many John Waters films (aside from perhaps HAIRSPRAY),…
Got to watch this with a packed audience, using the odorama gimmick at the Orpheum. On every front it was a hoot although the poor sound quality mixed with the uproarious rabble of the crowd meant I often missed lines. I would easily rewatch this with mates.
Exactly what you'd expect from John Waters. And therefore wicked, twisted and wonderful.
Experienced as intended in the original "Odorama" format in a beautiful cinema full of rambunctious weirdoes. What an absolute blast! The most successful scratch and sniff odours were; roses, pizza, natural gas and air freshener.
The debutant celebration of Edith Massey's character is one of the most beautiful moments I have ever seen in cinema. It is clear that she is a woman that has had a hard life and Water's devotes a whole segment that just celebrates and honors her. That kindness that emerges from an otherwise goofy romp moved me.
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