Cover Yourself In Jesus’s Blood And Watch “Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies” This Easter
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Cover Yourself In Jesus’s Blood And Watch “Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies” This Easter

Why a hap-hap-hop-hoppy Easter Sunday to you, dearest Filthy Dreams bunnies! What’s that? You’re not religious? That doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the ecstatic joy of trash religiosity. I mean, this Easter, I feel like I finally understand the resurrection of Christ. I mean, nearly 30 days into my bout with COVID-19, I know how … Continue reading

I Want My Later Career To Be A Vaudeville Act With A Monkey Like David Lynch’s “What Did Jack Do?”
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I Want My Later Career To Be A Vaudeville Act With A Monkey Like David Lynch’s “What Did Jack Do?”

David Lynch has never sold out. I know using the term “sell out” makes me sound like an angry Goth kid furiously smoking behind the school dumpsters yelling “POSEURS” at anyone who walks by in the wrong band T-shirt. Hey, if the shoe fits. But when we live in a time when outsiders desperately want … Continue reading

‘Cats’ Is My Favorite Cinematic Failure Of All Time
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‘Cats’ Is My Favorite Cinematic Failure Of All Time

There’s something spectacular about failure. Of course, it’s no surprise that I think that. As most of you faithful Filthy Dreams readers know, I have a soft spot for failure, from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ atrocious album Nocturama, David Bowie’s unbearable pirate song “Red Sails” to Tennessee Williams’ putrid paintings. Even our blessed … Continue reading

Why So Serious?: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”
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Why So Serious?: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”

“I used to think my life was a tragedy. Now I realize it’s a comedy,” says soon-to-be Joker/Gotham’s resident gaunt downer Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) in Todd Phillips’s much-discussed, much-think pieced, much-hyped, much-backlashed film Joker. This line became a standout early on in the promotion of the film, and truth be told, for a good … Continue reading

Sympathy For Mr. Fleck: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”
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Sympathy For Mr. Fleck: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”

By and large, I’ve grown to despise comic book and superhero films. When I see praise lavished upon these narrative-less, stakes-less, CGI shlock-fests I stew with hatred for the artistically bankrupt culture that produces and pays for them to be continuously made. So when I went into a theater to watch Todd Phillips—a director best … Continue reading