Money Can Buy You Camp (Just Unintentionally): On Bad Progressive Camp and The 2021 Met Gala
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Money Can Buy You Camp (Just Unintentionally): On Bad Progressive Camp and The 2021 Met Gala

A nuclear green alien robot baby with his daddy’s matching lime-green hair. A morph suit dress that resembles a cross between the eponymous character from Alien and Charlie’s Green Man from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. A Balenciaga sleeping bag that could be mistaken for Mugatu’s Derelicte line from Zoolander. The blanket from Roseanne‘s sofa. … Continue reading

Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying?: A Conversation on “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love & Rage”
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Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying?: A Conversation on “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love & Rage”

HBO’s documentary Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, directed by Garret Price as a part of their Music Box series, seems to pose Woodstock ’99 as a seminal concert shitshow, like 1969’s Altamont, that somehow, in its dissolution into hormone-driven madness, which included chucking $4 water bottles at Wyclef Jean and The Offspring, rolling around … Continue reading

The Closest Some of Us Will Ever Get to Heaven: The 9/11 Museum is the Greatest American Museum
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The Closest Some of Us Will Ever Get to Heaven: The 9/11 Museum is the Greatest American Museum

That’s all folks! This is what a disarmingly cheery sign, battered and mangled and a little bit dusty, reads—or approximately reads as it is missing a few pieces that were presumably blasted off—in the exhibition galleries depicting the aftermath of September 11th in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Placed above a singed file cabinet, melted into … Continue reading

Cease to Exist: Jack Skelley’s “Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson”
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Cease to Exist: Jack Skelley’s “Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson”

“Topanga’s hot today, Manson’s in the air,” sings Lana Del Rey in the second verse of her song “Heroin” on Lust for Life. And who doesn’t sense Charles Manson, his acid-headed Family, and the echoing terror of the Tate-LaBianca murders in these sweltering and wildfire-choked days of early August? These murders that occurred from August … Continue reading

“If You’re Watching This Video, You’re A Loser”: Nikocado Avocado Is The American Dream This Fourth of July
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“If You’re Watching This Video, You’re A Loser”: Nikocado Avocado Is The American Dream This Fourth of July

*waves American flag wildly* Well, hello there, dearest Filthy Dreams patriots! What’s that? Why am I feeling just so proud of our fair nation on this 4th of July? Maybe it’s because I finally believe in the American dream again! Sure, we all know that the post-World War II dream of a suburban house, a … Continue reading

Another Dream Comes True in The Villages!: A Savage Journey into the American Dream in “Some Kind of Heaven”
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Another Dream Comes True in The Villages!: A Savage Journey into the American Dream in “Some Kind of Heaven”

Who among us can deny the alluring draw of golf carts circling and darting here and there in formation set to the rhythm of their instructor’s whistle and shouted directions, “Ted! Ted!!”? Certainly not me. Only a couple seconds into Lance Oppenheim’s intoxicating documentary Some Kind of Heaven, which opens with the faint sounds of … Continue reading

Sifting Through The Trash of Donald Trump’s “Low Class” Capitol Insurrection
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Sifting Through The Trash of Donald Trump’s “Low Class” Capitol Insurrection

“Is it the end of an era? Is it the end of America?” Lana Del Rey answers her own questions with a semi-confident, “No. its’ only the beginning…” But, now maybe the answer is: yes? Of course, I’m talking about the Trump fanatics’ attempted coup, siege, sedition, treason, trash insurrection, whatever you want to call … Continue reading

Filthy Dreams’ Fanatical Superlatives of 2020
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Filthy Dreams’ Fanatical Superlatives of 2020

*blows party horn* *shoots confetti cannon* Ahhh…Happy New Year, dearest Filthy Dreams readers! Get ready for that champagne hangover after battling the hoards of amateur drinkers on these final days of 2019! …or 2020. What year is it? Did we have a year? Or is this still some cold sweat alcohol-poisoning fever dream after choking … Continue reading

Staring Out Of The Abyss: A Filthy Dreams Election Think Piece
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Staring Out Of The Abyss: A Filthy Dreams Election Think Piece

Dildo madness. If I had to sum up the past four years in two words, that would be it. Or maybe it’s completely unfair to categorize four years of viral grifts, racism, xenophobia, pussy-grabbing, Sharpie-huffing, COVID-infecting, manic-tweeting, Big Mac-engorging, Fox News-binging in relation to something that provides pleasure. However, madness seems on point. Yes, of … Continue reading