March 7th, 2006
October 19th, 1945 - March 7th, 1988
Current Mood: sad
Current Music: Divine - I'm So Beautiful
February 3rd, 2006
I've got a new Divine portrait pendant up at Etsy!
January 22nd, 2006
|polyester_queen||12:19 am - Filthy: The Weird World of John Waters by Robrt L. Pela|
While Filthy: The Weird World of John Waters is servicable as a brief overview of John Waters' career, it really doesn't offer anything one couldn't learn by reading Waters' Shock Value and Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters, Frances Milstead's My Son Divine, or even by watching Steve Yeager's great documentary Divine Trash, all of which are vastly superior to this book. In fact, most of the quotes in Filthy are taken from those other works, implying that the author hasn't actually come into contact with any of the people involved with John Waters' films (or as fans like to call them, Dreamlanders). The book begins with a concise look at Waters' childhood and travels through the making of his films, all but skipping over his latter period works like Serial Mom and Cecil B. Demented. Unfortunately, the chapters aren't laid out very well and the film anecdotes are interrupted by idiotic stories like an unnecessary and disrespectful segment where the author supposedly channels Divine through a psychic, or mean-spirited descriptions of a few Waters fans told through the eyes of a man who clearly isn't as big of a fan as he makes himself out to be.
Another unpropitious aspect of Filthy is that the author makes one too many mistakes throughout the text, either with facts or with plot descriptions. These errors may be considered minor to the casual Waters fan, but will absolutely ruin the reading experience for John Waters fanatics by prompting them to take what the author says with a grain of salt. For example, Pela states that Jean Hill has no lines in Polyester. Anyone who has seen the film, and enjoys it as much as I do, knows that this is not true. Her scene is one of the funniest moments in the film, as she spews out insults a mile a minute to a passing car full of teenagers.
In addition, one can easily tell which films Pela doesn't care much for because he nearly eschews them completely. The passage about Serial Mom is less than a page, which is disappointing because it is the best film from Waters' post-Polyester days. It's also sad when what seems like half of the book is comprised of a filmography with cast and crew lists, plot synopses, dialogue, and other assorted facts that are either repeated from earlier chapters or could (and should) have been placed elsewhere in the book.
What is good about Filthy? It is well-written and is pretty comprehensive in outlining how these films were made, in a cramped sort of way. The chapters on Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Polyester were thorough and the chapter about the author's visit to Baltimore was mildly amusing. There were a few quotes from Waters, Divine, Mink Stole, and others, that I had never read before and a couple of facts here and there that enlightened me to a point. I suppose Filthy would be a good guide for people who know little or nothing about John Waters and his films, but it is obvious that Pela has no first-hand experience speaking with the people behind these films. The chapters about the fans and about Pela contacting Divine beyond the grave--not to mention the bloated filmography at the end of the book--are simply filler. The author has taken all of this information from other works of reference and condensed it into one compact resource, which may be fine for some, but leave others like me begging for more substance.
January 21st, 2006
so, i saw 'lust in the dust' for the first time yesterday, and i cant decide if i like it or not. it wasnt holding my interest, but i think its because i was watching it while thinking 'this isnt a john waters film' - when i have a mentality like that i automatically dont like it. [for example, i hate the city i live in now, because i keep thinking of it as 'not my hometown'.]
anyway, i was just curious to know if anyone else has seen it and/or liked it.
Current Mood: content
Current Music: 'daughter', smashing pumpkins.
January 14th, 2006
|chase_nothing||10:44 pm - never EndinG|
In my seemingly never ending search for others who know the tantilizing grace and beauty that is Divine, i stumbled on this here group.
tid bit of trivia 4 you.... Divine is the only "celebrity?" to be featured on the Hollywood death sites tour that is also a poart of the tour now.....
thought i'd share that.
thanx a bunches.....
Current Mood: giddy
December 25th, 2005
last christmas, i was given a copy of 'polyester' on dvd, and it came with an odorama card. it was my favorite gift that year. i cant wait to see what i got this year. =)
Current Mood: content
Current Music: 'red alert', basement jaxx.
December 22nd, 2005
Oh my gosh---look what I found...I've never seen this pic before. It's one of the photos taken for the poster art for THE NEON WOMAN stage show he did after WOMEN BEHIND BARS.
December 21st, 2005
I can't believe I worked a craft fair and sold all this stuff which was not nearly as cool as my pendant portraits of Divine and Edith Massey, and they languished! There is no accounting for taste, or a lack of appreciation for the refined tastelessness they embodied in Female Trouble.
They're up for grabs at http://kateblack.etsy.com
December 18th, 2005
Just made a new banner for the community. Enjoy:
Current Mood: content
December 17th, 2005
Divine and I...together at last...
Current Music: Trioxin theme from Return of the Living Dead