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Monday, November 05, 2007


Many people think I'm insane when they find out John Waters is my favorite living movie director, but if you know me outside the internet universe or read this site with any regularity does that surprise you in the least? The guy's definitely got a vision that's all his own, is incredibly witty and funny while at the same time being vulgar, lowbrow and frequently disgusting, loves raunchy pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll, has all manner of twisted obsessions and has the common indeceny to share them with anyone who'll listen, may just be the coolest gay guy ever to draw breath, and is a pioneering filmmaker who brought previously unthinkable levels of bad taste onto movie screens across the globe. I mean, what's not to love?

And I do love John Waters, from the bottom of my black little heart.

THIS FILTHY WORLD is an 86-minute document of a one-man spoken word performance he did almost two years ago, and it's a must-see for anyone with an open mind and people who only know his sense of humor and worldview from the uncharacteristically innocuous HAIRSPRAY. His hilarious monologue covers ground well known to the Waters cogniscenti, containing as it does stuff found for over two decades in magazine articles, interviews, and Waters' autoboigraphy SHOCK VALUE (1981) and the collection of short pieces CRACKPOT (1987), but while the material may be familar to many it's the vocal delivery of of it that holds the viewer riveted and laughing to the point of tears. The highlights are too many to go into, plus I wouldn't want to spoil anything for those who've never experienced Waters' unique way of telling a story, so by all means give it a view, particularly the horrible bit where Waters theorizes what could happen to a kid staying at the burn unit at Michael jackson's Neverland ranch... It's tasteless even for him, so doesn't that make you a bit curious?


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