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”
Film / Send in the clowns

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

5 Videos To Look Pretty When You Cry While Ushering In Sad Girl Autumn This Labor Day
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5 Videos To Look Pretty When You Cry While Ushering In Sad Girl Autumn This Labor Day

  *sniff sniff* Why, hello there, dearest tear-stained Filthy Dreams readers! What’s that? Oh, I’m just sobbing as I can feel that chill in the summer air, and you know what that means…no, not our World Famous Pumpkin Punch, though that would make any stable person weep (Secret: it’s the sheer amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, … Continue reading

Does “Midsommar” Satisfy Our Universal Urge To Join A Cult?
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Does “Midsommar” Satisfy Our Universal Urge To Join A Cult?

*Ho HA!* What’s that, dearest Filthy Dreams cult member…*ahem* I mean, reader? Oh, I’m just practicing my new method breathing for when I move to Sweden to join the Hårga, that darkly sunny commune, from director and writer Ari Aster’s deeply unsettling yet intoxicatingly beautiful cult horror classic Midsommar. I’m ready to drink mushroom tea … Continue reading

Nothing Gold Can Stay: David Hockney’s Desired Objects and Heartbreak In “A Bigger Splash”
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Nothing Gold Can Stay: David Hockney’s Desired Objects and Heartbreak In “A Bigger Splash”

Near the beginning of A Bigger Splash, Jack Hazan’s newly restored 1974 semi-fictionalized film about British artist David Hockney, the artist’s studio assistant Mo McDermott says in a voiceover, “When love goes wrong, more than two people are affected.” When it comes to Hockney, he’s right. Hazan gives us an intimate look into how forcefully … Continue reading

Jesus Loves Winners: Satirizing The American Scam In “Drop Dead Gorgeous”
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Jesus Loves Winners: Satirizing The American Scam In “Drop Dead Gorgeous”

“To live in a country where you can take an ugly old mountain and put faces on it—faces of great Americans who did so much to make our country super great—well, that just makes me…proud to be an American!” No, this perversely patriotic phrase wasn’t uttered at one of Trump’s demented and near unintelligible Rose … Continue reading

5 Videos To Yeehaw Your Way Through A Startled 4th of July BBQ
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5 Videos To Yeehaw Your Way Through A Startled 4th of July BBQ

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw!! *spins cowboy hat around* Ahem…*cough* whoa! What’s that? What’s with my fringed and rhinestone-studded jacket, bolo tie and boots? Well, I want to be a cowboy, baby! Here, grab some whiskey, preferably from a dusty and potentially dangerous saloon, while we celebrate the birth of our country by diving headfirst into fanatical cowboy mania. … Continue reading