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2020-06-23 8:57:10 AM  
I watched "Cry Baby" for the first time on Saturday.  I remember when it came out that everyone said it sucked, but I think people weren't really ready for such a campy movie.  The tragically ludicrous?  The ludicrously tragic?
 
2020-06-23 9:50:26 AM  
There's a great program about Divine on Netflix, you should look it up. She was incredible.
 
2020-06-23 10:41:40 AM  
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Who you calling campy?
 
2020-06-23 10:46:56 AM  
' Polyester' was filmed in 'Odorama' which required viewers to scratch a certain number on a card during certain scenes.
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It started off pleasantly with the scent of a rose - then devolved into smells of feet, vomit & farts.
John Waters is one sadistic bastard.
 
2020-06-23 10:55:16 AM  
Wish i still had my Egg Lady fridge magnet, that was a prized possession and inspired many interesting conversations with the uninitiated.
My second favorite story about the making of the movie was how David Lochary dyed his hair and pubes with a magic marker, then had to go to a straight job with blue hair which turned quite a few heads back in 72.
 
2020-06-23 11:05:30 AM  
I walked into my friend's apartment when I was 17, and on his gigantic oldschool big screen TV was Pink Flamingos. The scene where the guy is on a small stage in a park, naked, making his bunghole dilate and close repeatedly.

Ever since then I've advocated for destroying every trace of that film from history.
 
2020-06-23 11:07:23 AM  
I love Roger Ebert's review:

John Waters' "Pink Flamingos" has been restored for its 25th anniversary revival, and with any luck at all that means I won't have to see it again for another 25 years. If I haven't retired by then, I will. . .

"Pink Flamingos" appeals to that part of our psyches in which we are horny teenagers at the county fair with fresh dollar bills in our pockets, and a desire to see the geek show with a bunch of buddies, so that we can brag about it at school on Monday. . . Waters shows the original trailer for the film, in which, not amazingly, not a single scene from the movie is shown. Instead, the trailer features interviews with people who have just seen "Pink Flamingos," and are a little dazed by the experience. The trailer cleverly positions the film as an event: Hey, you may like the movie or hate it, but at least you'll be able to say you saw it! . . .

Note: I am not giving a star rating to "Pink Flamingos," because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.


I give credit to Ebert for including reviews of fringe films like this in "At The Movies."  Thanks to him, I lost my only shot at dating the cute girl in high school because, when I invited her over to watch a movie at my place, I rented "Eating Raoul" that I had just heard Ebert rave about.
 
2020-06-23 11:11:41 AM  
14 may have been too young for me to have seen that film.  I still think of you and miss you dearly, Michael.
 
2020-06-23 11:42:57 AM  

Skeleton Man: I walked into my friend's apartment when I was 17, and on his gigantic oldschool big screen TV was Pink Flamingos. The scene where the guy is on a small stage in a park, naked, making his bunghole dilate and close repeatedly.

Ever since then I've advocated for destroying every trace of that film from history.


That's funny.

First time I rented the movie and popped the cassette into the VCR, it was at that exact scene. Apparently, the previous renter stopped at that moment and hit eject and didn't even bother to rewind.

You didn't even see the worst of it.
 
2020-06-23 12:44:25 PM  
Heh. I am a Waters devotee. You guys are lucky you never saw "Desperate Living," which pretty much makes "Pink Flamingos" seem mild in comparison.

Heck, even "Female Trouble" had Miss Edie in a black leather fetish dress...

God. Waters used to be something else.
 
2020-06-23 12:47:49 PM  

oldfarthenry: ' Polyester' was filmed in 'Odorama' which required viewers to scratch a certain number on a card during certain scenes.
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It started off pleasantly with the scent of a rose - then devolved into smells of feet, vomit & farts.
John Waters is one sadistic bastard.


Odor #2 was exactly what you think it was.
 
2020-06-23 1:00:32 PM  
Pink Flamingos - re:View
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Because these hack frauds always have to be brought into a thread.
 
2020-06-23 1:42:18 PM  

gunga galunga: Skeleton Man: I walked into my friend's apartment when I was 17, and on his gigantic oldschool big screen TV was Pink Flamingos. The scene where the guy is on a small stage in a park, naked, making his bunghole dilate and close repeatedly.

Ever since then I've advocated for destroying every trace of that film from history.

That's funny.

First time I rented the movie and popped the cassette into the VCR, it was at that exact scene. Apparently, the previous renter stopped at that moment and hit eject and didn't even bother to rewind.

You didn't even see the worst of it.


HA! My friend in grade school watched his parents version, they rented it or were cool enough to own it, not sure. But he was trying to explain that scene to us 5th graders. "HUH? He did what???"
 
2020-06-23 1:50:37 PM  

gunga galunga: Skeleton Man: I walked into my friend's apartment when I was 17, and on his gigantic oldschool big screen TV was Pink Flamingos. The scene where the guy is on a small stage in a park, naked, making his bunghole dilate and close repeatedly.

Ever since then I've advocated for destroying every trace of that film from history.

That's funny.

First time I rented the movie and popped the cassette into the VCR, it was at that exact scene. Apparently, the previous renter stopped at that moment and hit eject and didn't even bother to rewind.

You didn't even see the worst of it.


John Waters has said that the Singing Asshole (as that character is called in the screenplay) has gone on to a respectable career elsewhere, and he will hold on to the secret of his identity forever.

/spoiler alert: the character isn't called "Singing Asshole" because he's a jerk
 
2020-06-23 1:51:31 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: oldfarthenry: ' Polyester' was filmed in 'Odorama' which required viewers to scratch a certain number on a card during certain scenes.
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It started off pleasantly with the scent of a rose - then devolved into smells of feet, vomit & farts.
John Waters is one sadistic bastard.

Odor #2 was exactly what you think it was.


Thankfully the noise of the farts were before the flashing numbers on screen.
It gave the viewers the option of not scratching & huffing the pong.
 
2020-06-23 2:42:09 PM  
I was sharing Pink Flamingos with my cousins late one night years ago when my aunt came down to see what we were up to. It was during the scene where Babs and Crackers were defiling the Marbles' house. She completely freaked out 😹
 
2020-06-23 6:23:36 PM  
I'd only watch that again if I were blind and deaf.

/saw it in 1981.
 
2020-06-23 9:21:05 PM  

jake_lex: gunga galunga: Skeleton Man: I walked into my friend's apartment when I was 17, and on his gigantic oldschool big screen TV was Pink Flamingos. The scene where the guy is on a small stage in a park, naked, making his bunghole dilate and close repeatedly.

Ever since then I've advocated for destroying every trace of that film from history.

That's funny.

First time I rented the movie and popped the cassette into the VCR, it was at that exact scene. Apparently, the previous renter stopped at that moment and hit eject and didn't even bother to rewind.

You didn't even see the worst of it.

John Waters has said that the Singing Asshole (as that character is called in the screenplay) has gone on to a respectable career elsewhere, and he will hold on to the secret of his identity forever.

/spoiler alert: the character isn't called "Singing Asshole" because he's a jerk


The secret is out.

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FTF obituary:
David E. Gluck, who had an infamous and uncredited role in John Waters' 1972 comedy "Pink Flamingos" and later worked as a computer analyst at the Social Security Administration, died June 2 from pneumonia at Sinai Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 70.

"David was an unsung hero, and I'm forever grateful for his talent," said Mr. Waters, a Guilford resident. "And I kept his name secret for 48 years, until his widow said now that he was gone, it was OK. He is now for the world to know."
 
2020-06-23 10:16:36 PM  
They showed this in film film school and no one could explain what what was redeeming about it. I think they showed it to us as a joke.
 
2020-06-24 3:20:21 AM  

Mugato: They showed this in film film school and no one could explain what what was redeeming about it. I think they showed it to us as a joke.


It's a pretty funny movie, but I don't know how intentional that was. I'm going to be generous and say that you're meant to be laughing.
 
2020-06-24 12:16:43 PM  

jake_lex: John Waters has said that the Singing Asshole (as that character is called in the screenplay) has gone on to a respectable career elsewhere, and he will hold on to the secret of his identity forever./spoiler alert: the character isn't called "Singing Asshole" because he's a jerk



The guy died June 2, 2020. His name was David E. Gluck.
 
2020-06-24 1:19:51 PM  

CuddlesHucklebunny: jake_lex: John Waters has said that the Singing Asshole (as that character is called in the screenplay) has gone on to a respectable career elsewhere, and he will hold on to the secret of his identity forever./spoiler alert: the character isn't called "Singing Asshole" because he's a jerk


The guy died June 2, 2020. His name was David E. Gluck.


I was not aware of that; thank you for pointing it out (and the other Farker who did too above).  I hope he's butt-syncing to "Surfing Bird" in heaven right now.
 
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