It's been a few years since I first saw Multiple Maniacs, and it still mostly holds up. It's always entertaining when Waters holds up silly acts of transgression ("queers kissing each other like lovers on the lips!") next to serial homicide. He was clearly still figuring out how to arrange a scene here though.
Let's talk about the lobster scene though. I love the lobster scene. I loved Róisín Murphy's lobster scene. And I feel the need to write about…
Tickled is quick to unsettle, offering a shady conspiracy and the awkwardness of watching someone else's kink. It really can't go wrong whenever it doesn't veer too far from the rabbit hole. What got me were the moments when people broke through the tension by acknowledging the sheer absurdity of it all, so I offer these as my review:
"Well of course it's weird."
The Bitter Stems opens with our protagonist recounting the events that brought him to a murder he's preparing to commit. Stop me if you've heard this one before.
During its first act, the film alternates between flashbacks and the homicidal wheels in motion. It transitions so smoothly that it feels as if the whole film were in Alfredo's own mind. In particular, there are two wonderful sequences that set up the plot. The first is a dream shedding light on…