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Good Riddance (2011)
"The Most Hated Woman in America (to some)!"
I was so thankful to see this on DVD (unfortunately, no EXTRAS!). It is very good, but I feel a few inaccurate points are within.
ONE; There is a scene when Madalyn is on stage and is insulting a largely Christian audience - calling them 'witless' and 'very rude'..... Well, you do have to wonder why so many Christians would show up in an auditorium to be berated like this. According to Madayln's son, Bill Murray - in his 'mommie dearest' book - this was a staged event. She appeared with the Rev. Bob Harrington, the so-called 'Chaplain of Bourbon St.' in these shams to receive large donations from the mostly Christian audience members. It was later exposed by a newspaper reporter and the 'debates' eventually ended. Even in this documentary it sounds like Madalyn is reading a script (acting for effect, In order to raise the take!) in these segments, and why did they never show Rev. Harrington that was connected to this? I can only guess because he is now old and ailing, so they didn't want to drag him into the picture. Too bad because that would have been an important factor.
Regarding her son, Bill Murray, however, I was amazed how he seems so emotional-less regarding his daughter, Robin, who was brutally murdered. He doesn't shed a tear while talking about her gruesome death. I cried more for my sweet cat when she died. Maybe this isn't his personality, but it is very bizarre regardless.
Well, one thing about Robin, she did seem to have a brilliant mind, but I suspect this had more to do with her Jewish mother (I still wonder whatever became of her? This is never mentioned.), and to Madalyn, than to absentee-father, Bill
Also, normally I like Phil Donahue, but I'm surprised how misogynistic he comes off (typical Catholic, I guess. I bet he raved about Bill Maher's 'Religulous' documentary...who basically did the same job as Madalyn at criticizing religion) as mercilessly badmouthing Madalyn. He constantly used her for his ratings, and then his comment (ridiculing her) of Madalyn with her using the word, GAAWD!, but Bill Murray said the word the same way. Perhaps it's simply their Baltimore, Maryland accent and not a condescending remark? Just Sayin!
Also, while being deposed in a lawsuit with 'The Truth Seeker' publication, this is where Madalyn says something about, "hiring dancing boys in sequin jockstraps...Is that a living?" (a great sound bite) when lawyer, Roy Withers, asks where she gets her money to live. A fair question, but you soon learn Madalyn can hold her intellectual own!
My only wish is the entire documentary of Madalyn being interviewed back in 1970 (I think it is) when she speaks about how much she hated her mother (a Bob Elkins film, I believe)...and The Truth Seeker deposition, would have been included in its entirety as DVD extras!
Sulka's Wedding (1984)
Sulka....in her prime, I suppose
I only purchased this movie because of Miss Sulka, as I'm not really a fan of XXX-rated films. Years ago she was in all the transsexual fanzines, like "LeFemme, F.M.I. and TRANSSEXUALS." I agree with the other reviewer that she is noticeably surgically constructed (back-in-the-day it was rumored she had lost all feeling in her body due to the extensive surgery she had. I don't know if this was true or not, however). Although, she had silicone implants ~ or maybe injections ~ in her hips and buttocks, not from any hormone injections as the previous reviewer said. I'm not really sure where she 'purchased' her genital surgery, either (I assume it was the famed Dr. Biber, though), but it didn't look at all real or nature. At least not compared to the genetic women in the movie.
But regarding the movie itself. I assume it's the typical fare, but probably with a better production value than most in the genre. There was some great scenes of San Francisco which were beautifully shot. I will admit I started fast-forwarding through some of the sex scenes because ~ as with typical hard-X ~ the sex scenes went on and on and on..... You get the picture!
Almost Myself (2006)
Stories of Male-to-Females Over 40
I had purchased this documentary after hearing and reading about Judy/Josef's website a few years prior. His/her full story was told as well as about 6 or 8 other male-to-female transsexuals from different backgrounds. To listen to all of their stories does indicate that the life of transsexuals is not all the same as many people would like to believe. One of the most refreshing things is that NONE of these ladies present the stereotype of male-to-females working in the sex-industry or prostitution for creepy 'straight' guys porn-induced sexual fantasies. On a side Note, though, I would have been curious what a few of them did for a living since it was never discussed by them.
However, I do understand the 'complaint' by some transsexuals who were always feminine, knew they were female from day one, and made the transition at a young age - I'm in this category myself - that most of the transsexuals interviewed were so-called 'truck driving Sallys' who had lived for years as heterosexual males, and some had even fathered children as husbands. I, too, do not totally understand this, but their stories were interesting enough to keep one clued to the tube. Especially a male-to-female named, "Beth," who told a heartrending story about losing her (ex) wife and her son: who died of a heart-attack in her front yard after having an angry confrontation with her (his father) prior to this. Although, I only wish they would have explained what the ex-wife died of. We were only left to guess that it may have been a suicide after a mental breakdown when her husband ('Beth') left her. Very Sad! One thing, it did make me wonder if Beth didn't now regret coming out and going through with the transition as Judy/Josef had regretted.