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After Divine, Edith Massey is the most beloved actor in John Waters‘ early Dreamland Studios ensemble. Whether she was playing the Egg Lady in Pink Flamingos, Aunt Ida in Female Trouble, Queen Carlotta in Desperate Living or Cuddles in Polyester, Massey always put in an unforgettable performance. Above, Robert Maier, who worked on most of those films and became good friends with Edie, shares his remembrances with this unique lady hanging out at her thrift store or making his 1972 documentary, Love Letter to Edie, which is available on eBay.
Recently, Maier has been cashing in on his experiences working on Waters’ trashy movies and we say: Thank God! As of this writing, Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film is only about a quarter through Maier’s memoir Low Budget Hell: Making Underground Movies With John Waters, but we can unequivocally say that this book is an absolute must read. »
- Mike Everleth
Well, folks, 2011 is officially in the can, and surprisingly it wasn't such a horrendous year. It was definitely better than 2010, which was a huge step up from the putrid 2009. We laughed, we applauded, we were left dumbstruck, and of course we were infuriated. Read on for our cheers and jeers!
Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.
And don't be lazy by just reading along! Get off of your asses and give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you if only to compare notes. Lots and lots of notes.
Speaking of notes, the most common complaint we've heard over the years is that we don't have one definitive list representing Dread Central as a whole so for 2011 we dropped everyone's choices in the blender, hit puree, »
- Uncle Creepy
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died Saturday morning. It is expected to send shock waves throughout the world as no plan for succession has been announced publicly, though his son has been mentioned as a possible successor.
Students in New York who were suspended over "Tebowing" in the hall during class changes are protesting their suspension. The school board says it has nothing to do with religious freedom (and the students admit it was more about the football than praying), but having students incite 40 people to drop to one knee in crowded hallways disrupts class changes and creates fire hazards. Cell phone video seems to support the administration.
Deadline seems to think GLAAD is getting worked up over nothing with the protest of Work It. It's just a guys-in-dresses comedy in the British tradition. This is of course not taking into account the advertising with men in dresses at urinals, »
1 more shopping week until Christmas!
Robert Maier wrote a book about working for John Waters and now he’s got a blog with a ton more stories. This article about how Hairspray became a PG-rated movie is extremely fascinating, but go ahead and read through the entire site, too.Michael Varrati has a wonderful interview up with Lewis Jackson, director of the Christmas cult classic You Better Watch Out aka Christmas Evil. Jackson is very candid about all the horrible things that went wrong making the film and with its distribution. Yet, he still managed to make a masterpiece.Film Comment posted up their list of the Best Unreleased Movies in 2011 and, of course, they have some underground films on there, like Alex Ross Perry’s The Color Wheel, which screened at this year’s Chicago Underground Film Festival; and experimental features like Nathaniel Dorsky’s The Return, Ken Jacobs’ Seeking the Monkey King, »
- Mike Everleth
I first met John Waters as a crew member on "Female Trouble," his follow-up to his ground-breaking film, "Pink Flamingos." We hit it off well as young movie-crazy counter-culturists from the Baltimore suburb of Towson. Working together nearly every day until "Female Trouble" was released, we also became Friday night drinking buddies in the “art crowd” that prowled Baltimore’s Fells Point bar scene in the 1970s. When "Female Trouble" went into distribution, John wasn’t so busy during the week. One night he called to see if I’d go to the movies with him. He »
- Robert Maier
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, and Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.
This weekend a trio of song-singing chipmunks will do box office battle with a charming super sleuth and the ultimate Hollywood rebel. But if the weather outside’s too frightful for you to venture out, enjoy these selected streaming adventures that feature beguiling gumshoes, screwball siblings and brilliant and bizarre showbiz docs — all from the comfort of your couch!
The to sequel Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has the dapper detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his devoted Watson (Jude Law) chasing down Holmes’ malevolent nemesis Moriarty (Jared Harris). Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams co-star.
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 Year-end top 10 lists can get pretty mind-numbing, as you see the same titles crop up again and again and again... and again, but filmmaker John Waters has set himself apart by both by posting his a bit early and by, oh yeah, being John Waters. You wouldn't seriously expect the man who gave us Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Hairspray to just name War Horse and The Artist like everrrrrrryone else, would you? No, Waters' tastes tend toward more unconventional choices, like Kaboom, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (seriously), with Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In topping the list. Read the top 10 after the jump. Waters published his list in Artforum  (via First Showing ), along with brief explanations for his picks: 1. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar) 2. Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes) 3. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Jon M. Chu »
- Angie Han
Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact and Richard Bates Jr.’s Excision are two of the seven feature films selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival as part of the “Park City at Midnight” cult movie section. These films will be screening out of competition at the fest.
What makes these two horror-themed films stand out from the others is that they are feature-length versions of two acclaimed short films, both of which have been reviewed on Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film.
You can read Bad Lit’s review of the short version of The Pact here. Although Bates had at one time uploaded his original version of Excision to Vimeo, he has since set the short film to “private.” In fact, it appears Bates has removed all of his own references to the short film online.
In addition to both films being in the horror genre, they »
- Mike Everleth
Cult director John Waters has never been nominated for an Oscar, but if you think about it, Tate Taylor's "The Help" -- a shoo-in for a few little gold statues this year -- is essentially Waters's "Hairspray" dusted off and restructured for maximum award potential.
There is no jitterbugging or high-camp humor in "The Help," but both movies are set in the early '60s and involve a forward-thinking white gal who charms her way inside the African-American community, gains its trust, and brings about social change while exposing racists for what they are. Also, just like in the infamous scene in Waters' "Pink Flamingos" during which Divine eats dog poo, one of the maids in "The Help" serves up a pie made of her own excrement to her former employer. Bon appétit, Oscar watchers!
- Robert DeSalvo
Waters has been labelled with the nicknames ‘Pope of Trash’ and ‘Prince of Puke’ because of his tendency to shock viewers with the outrageous content of his films. He is perhaps best known for Hairspray and Serial Mom, both of which reached the status of ‘cult classic’ during the late eighties and early nineties.
There are some surprising choices on his list of the best movies of 2011. See if you agree with the moustachioed, subversive thinker:
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
I'm trying to keep it kinky! We're already getting to that time of year when Top 10 lists arrive, and one of the first up is John Waters, the eccentric, quirky filmmaker (of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) who always has unique choices on his top list, and this year is no exception. The list comes from ArtForum (via twitter) and does indeed include Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In as his #1 favorite of the year, a "dark, twisted, beautiful, and, yes, funny shocker from the greatest director in the world." Great choice, but there's plenty more he's got including a few that'll will make you spit your milk, so read on for the full thing. On the original ArtForum post, Waters provides a brief blurb about each film, which we've included a few of the better quotes from in his list below. Yes, he somehow put the 3D concert »
- Alex Billington
Following up their initial competition announcement the folks at the Sundance Film Festival have released the names of thirty additional 2012 selections, in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next, and New Frontiers sections.
Although these sections tend to focus more on young and up-and-coming filmmakers (particularly the Next sidebar, which was created just a few years ago with that specific mandate), you might find a few names you recognize in the full list of invited films below. Next is where you'll find the new film from "Great World of Sound" director Craig Zobel; it's called "Compliance" and it's described as the (based-on-a-)true story of what happens "when a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee." Lynn Shelton, director of "Humpday," will premiere "Your Sister's Sister" starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and "Humpday"s Mark Duplass. Duplass also wrote his wife Katie Aselton »
- Matt Singer
Here’s where Sundance gets fun!
The midnight selection always produces the best genre films and this year’s slate for the Jan. 19-29 looks to out-due last year’s picks. Perhaps the most unexpected inclusion is the debut film of comic Mike Birbiglia, who brings his story of late-night, unconscious wanderings to the big screen in Sleepwalk With Me.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.”
Man, is it really that time of the year already? You betcha! With the 2012 Sundance Film Festival gearing up to deliver the goods, we've started digging around the horror selections for you cats, and guess what?!? We landed some gory stills from Excision. Dig it!
Excision / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Richard Bates, Jr.) — A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. Cast: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, John Waters.
There will no doubt be a few more movies announced over the coming days; in the meantime keep your eyes on the official 2012 Sundance Film Festival website for more info.
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- Uncle Creepy
Yesterday the Sundance Film Festival announced the core lineup of films  that will be spotlit in the Competition slates at the 2012 festival. Now we've got a lineup of films that will play out of competition in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier schedules. There are a few films in here with which you might be nominally familiar, like The Raid, Grabbers and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, not to mention Andrea Arnold's new version of Wuthering Heights. But many are new announcements. While the competition lineups are always a good place to look for some of the films that will be the most talked-about in the year following each Sundance fest, these schedules are where some of the more unique and provocative films live. There are still some big premieres to be announced next week, but if I was making a big Sundance wishlist, »
- Russ Fischer
New proof that mumblecore is heading into a natural fitting genere of horror, Katie Aselton's Black Rock and V/H/S - the project helmed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence featuring Joe Swanberg, Calvin Reeder, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal and Kate Lyn Sheil are a pair of highly anticipated titles that'll be shown in Park City at Midnight. Among our correct predictions we find Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact and (see pic above) Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's wacko Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. Completing the roster we have a non-horror title, documentary (Shut Up And Play The Hits) which follows the 48-hour period after LCD Soundsystem pulled the plug. Look for perhaps one more title to be added to a line-up that only has seven titles in all. Black Rock / U.S.A. (Director: Katie Aselton, Screenwriter: Mark Duplass »
The Sundance Institute has been rolling out the names of the films that will be screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah; and while the horror offerings are a bit on the scant side so far, a few definitely sound like projects to keep an eye on. Read on for the details.
A couple of the below titles may not be pure horror, but based on their descriptions we thought them worthy of inclusion on our list. As more details are provided, we may or may not provide any kind of follow-up info based on how genre-worthy they turn out to be.
Park City At Midnight - From horror flicks to comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you edge-seated and wide awake. Each is a world premiere.
Black Rock / U. »
- The Woman In Black
Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival
Yesterday, the Sundance Institute announced its in-competition narrative and documentary films for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Today, they announced their out-of-competition film in the Spotlight, Midnight, Next and New Frontier sections. The full list is below:
Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.
Corpo Celeste / Italy (Director and screenwriter: Alice Rohrwacher) — After »
- Michelle Kung
Following yesterday's announcement of the titles lined up for the four programs of the Competition, the Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the lineups of its out-of-competition sections: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier. This time, I'm going to go ahead and copy-n-paste the release nearly in full because, well, these are, potentially at least, the more interesting batches.
We'll cut in just as Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, is saying, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.”
Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, »
Following yesterday’s announcement of competition titles, Sundance Film Festival 2012 have announced the line-up for a few more sections today. In their Spotlight section we have a few of my favorite Tiff titles, including Wuthering Heights (pictured above), Your Sister’s Sister, as well as audience-winners The Raid and Where Do We Go Now? We also get the insane-looking Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie in the midnight section. Check out the list below.
Park City, Ut — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier. The Festival takes place from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the »
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