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Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig (2015)

A review of the wild New York City nightlife of the 90s. The cast of characters who made up the infamous Club Kids speak candidly about that era, culminating with Alig's release from incarceration.


Ramon Fernandez

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Credited cast:
Michael Alig ... Himself
Noel Ashman ... Himself
Fenton Bailey ... Himself
Victor Corona Victor Corona ... Himself
Andrew Barret Cox Andrew Barret Cox ... Himself
Jimi Dava Jimi Dava ... Jimi Dava
Jimmy Dava Jimmy Dava ... Himself
Victor Dinaire Victor Dinaire ... Himself
Johnny Dynell Johnny Dynell ... Himself
Astro Earl Astro Earl ... Himself
The Fabulous Wonder Twins The Fabulous Wonder Twins ... Themselves
Patricia Field ... Herself
Ernie Garcia aka Ernie Glam Ernie Garcia aka Ernie Glam ... Himself
R. Couri Hay R. Couri Hay ... Himself
Kenny Kenny Kenny Kenny ... Himself


New York City. 1987. A new group of individuals arrives to fill the artistic power vacuum created by Andy Warhol's untimely death and the demise of his "Factory", in the form of The Club Kids. They would reign supreme over The City's nightlife through an era of decadence, debauchery and creative heights, which culminated with the death of one of them as well as the party itself. Their undisputed leader was Michael Alig, who came to New York with dreams of working in the fashion industry, only to find himself at the head of a nightlife movement which went far beyond anyone's expectations, reaching outrageous proportions. It ultimately imploded catastrophically with Michael going to prison for the murder and dismemberment of fellow Club Kid and drug dealer Angel Melendez. This coincided with the death of the NYC Super-Club era. Written by Ramon Fernandez

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Astoundingly in-depth bio-pic
2 November 2017 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

You should understand when going into this 2 hours plus movie, that it isn't merely a biography of one NYC personality, but rather a documentary about New York itself. Through the eyes and words of legendary club promoter/celebutante Michael Alig, and the countless amazing personalities that knew him and were in that scene, the viewer is given a very in-depth tour of NYC then, and the NYC of today, which is barely recognizable as the same place. The incredible thing about this film, is that it spends so much time focusing on how everything began, and all that is so fascinating, that when they finally get to the famous murder, we have forgotten all about it. And when it comes, it is a real jolt, almost like we are seeing it all unfold in real-time.

Someone put a staggering amount of time and thought into this production. Everyone who was there in any way, is interviewed in depth, as we get to know this collection of very talented people of all ages and backgrounds. And we don't just get to hear from the club people, we also get interviews with New York detectives, journalists, Alig's family members, as well as people who weren't even around at the time, but whos lives were somehow inspired or changed by the mere legend of 80's/90's NYC club life. We even get a good background on Angel Melendez, who was at the center of this incredible drama, but has always been sadly overlooked in other documentaries and news stories about the murder. He was the victim, and this movie finally gives him the recognition that he deserves. Anyone who was there at that time, such as myself, (a regular patron of Limelight's "Disco 2000" Wednesdays,) or for anyone interested in art, or film, or music, needs to see this amazing film. I believe it is the most complete and in depth documentary ever. There isn't a boring second, or boring person from the first frame to the last. And those many scenes of the "Golden Days" of New York City, will fill you with a sense of amazement and bittersweet nostalgia. You might find yourself saying, "wow, was it really that incredible..." and you know that it was.

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