If you're going to read someone's biography, you're lucky if you can find one written by the subject's mother. Granted, Divine's mom wasn't around for everything that happened in his life - they went for a long time in the 70s without seeing each other - but they were close early on and later in life, and I think she did a splendid job with writing this book. I really felt like I got to know the shy, sweet man behind the make-up, and I started dreading getting closer to the end, which of course, ends with his untimely death shortly after Hairspray's release in 1988.
Many lifelong friends of Divine are interviewed and quoted, John Waters and fellow cast members in particular. Amazing stories, as well as photos from Divine's childhood, teenage years, and beyond - just so many! Also included is a complete filmography and discography. Must-read for Divine and John Waters fans.
Really interesting documentary about the MPAA and how films are rated. You wouldn't believe what some filmmakers go through! The MPAA seems almost like a secret society that decides what's okay and what's not in films. Funny and fun, but also eye-opening. Very worthwhile.
Fun fluffy read, but more enjoyable because of the amazing photos of RuPaul throughout the book. Look for a very funny picture of RuPaul as both President Obama AND Michelle Obama! The content includes RuPaul's personal advice on life and style. Advice on life? Sensible, but not much different from what you heard from your mother growing up. The fashion and style? A must. Especially if you wear wigs. RuPaul will show how to work it, girl.
If I could choose any person, still living, to spend the day with, it would probably be John Waters. We could hang out in Baltimore for the day and hit all of his favorite trashy bars and go shopping for ridiculous clothing. And so, just as he restrained to kiss Little Richard's shoes upon meeting him, I would have to restrain myself from kissing his shoes if I were ever in the same room as John Waters.
His book reads as if he was writing just for you, just having a conversation with you at the bar. It's endearing and also well written. Favorite chapters include: Leslie, Baltimore Heroes, Rei Kawakubo, Bookworm, and Cult Leader. Also, I had known John Waters was an avid reader, so it was really great to hear about some of his favorites in the Bookworm chapter, and throughout the rest of the book, too. There's about ten more books I have to read now because they all sound so fascinating! Thank you John.
William Friedkin's Sorcerer had the bad fortune of being released during the same time as Star Wars and it subsequently flopped at the box office. It's a shame because it's an enjoyable, highly tense, gorgeous film that keeps you on the edge of your seat - once the action starts. (The beginning is a little slow.) Four men come from varied criminal backgrounds, have nothing left to lose, and so they take a job offering a big payoff - transporting volatile dynamite across the tropical rain forest. Throughout the movie though, what you are still left thinking about are some of the deeper, underlying feelings of the characters. Are they just looking for "a way out"? Or are they seeking some sort of redemption as well? Whatever the case, you're glued to the screen once the action begins because the trucks being driven could blow up with the slightest agitation.
There is no magical sorcerer in the film; Sorcerer happens to be the name of the one of the trucks. This confused some folks since Friedkin had done The Exorcist a few years earlier. But the film is not without magic. Watch for a particularly special hallucinogenic Roy Scheider scene. They don't make ones like that anymore. Go, Roy Scheider, go!