Rick Powell

Queer, contrarian, lover of beer, boys, and movies. Writer, editor, photographer, WordPress consultant. Cancer survivor, pending.

C.O.G. gay film review by Rick Powell

film note: C.O.G.

I haven’t read the David Sedaris “essay” this film is based on, or if I have I’ve forgotten it, but I have read Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed By Flames. My overall impression of Sedaris is that, although funny, he is barely able to conceal his misanthropy and that he likes things nice ‘n’ tidy. A little too tidy, particularly in that last collection in which every piece ends like a key entering a lock, whether it opens the door or not.

Jayne Mansfield in The Girl Can't Help It

Film Link: John Waters discusses Frank Tashlin’s The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

It’s no surprise that this nutty and energetic Frank Tashlin-directed Jayne Mansfield vehicle is one of John Waters’ favorites. He’s very good at observing its ironies (“Camp is for rich people!”) and its establishment inversions. He also extolls the virtues of Deluxe Color over Technicolor, but not after misidentifying the color process that was used. …

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