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Party Monster 2003

This is the true story of Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate...

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I know every night seems like a movie night for the J-Man and the Megster. Wednesday night was no different. We rented Jane Campion's disasterous In the Cut and the intruiging yet long-winded Party Monster starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green.

In the Cut (Campion, 2003) - 1/2*
Jane Campion directed The Piano in the early 90s and became one of the most acclaimed female directors of all time. My consensus, on the other hand, is that SHE SUCKS!!! She is, by definition, the female John Woo. She isn't japanese, but she is the WORST female director EVER (and John Woo is the worst male director of all time). Here is my reasoning... Campion covers up the fact that she can't tell a decent story by tricking Hollywood A-list actors into getting naked for her so-called artistic vision. She knows how to make her films look pretty, but her characters are completely annoying. Meg Ryan holds her own in an utterly pointless role, shedding her romantic comedy image as well as her clothes. Yesterday, I put down Robert Altman's The Company for lacking any redeemability. I apologize Mr. Altman. The award goes to you, Miss Campion. In the words of the sexy Megster, "I bet Jane is a slut."

Party Monster (Bailey & Barbato, 2003) - **
I was expecting absolutely nothing going into this film. I knew nothing about the "club kid" phenomenon or the true story of Michael Alig. Leaving the movie, I am still not sure if I know anything. BUT I feel as if that is a good thing. The film is alright in its storytelling and low budget filmmaking techniques, but it is thirty minutes too long. The acting is beautifully over-the-top, and a cameo by John Stamos (of Uncle Jesse fame) as a television talk show host adds to the film's uniqueness. The directors obviously love their film so much (they made a documentary about the same story a few years before) that they never let it truly evolve into cinema. Director Robert Rodriguez also had this problem in last year's Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Some directors are unable to interpret their film properly, and that is what keeps me from completely recommending Party Monster. But don't get me wrong, there is brilliance to the film, but it is garbled between sequences of tediosity.
I needed to give this movie a 4 because of the crappy acting job by Macauley Caulkin. ugh! It was like watching a high school student act in his first play. I was into the rave scene between '93 and '96 which is what drew me to the movie but jeez, terrible acting on his part. Seth Green by the way was fantastic!!
Going to watch Wonderland next...



I've gotta admit, I'm a sucker for colorful, ultra-stylish flicks, in the vein of Greg Araki and, in that sense, Party Monster appealed to me. While this film is not near the quality of any of Araki's work, I still enjoyed it quite a bit.
This is not say that this is a great movie, it's not. However, while I can't say I'm personally familiar with the New York club scene, circa 1988-1996, I did think the directors kept a cohesive feel to the piece that struck me as authentic.
Not everyone will like this movie, I'm willing to say most people won't. However, it did keep my interest both in story and visually. The acting was decent, though it is still difficult to take Macaulay Culkin too seriously. Marilyn Manson, on the other hand, did a fantastic job in his role as Christina, which is almost worth renting the movie for, in and of itself.



Had wanted to see this movie and finally got around to renting it last night. I know many critics didn't think too much of it, but I liked it well enough. At least it kept my interest.

Based on a true story and the book "Disco Bloodbath" by James St. James, and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato ("The Eyes Of Tammy Faye"). The hedonistic world of 1980s club culture is effectively portrayed here. The costumes and music were great.

Macaulay Culkin digs in to the role of Michael Alig, his first since the 1994 release "Richie Rich". Alig, a midwestern bred boy, who always felt different and never really "fit in", moves to New York City in search of a life unlike those of the "normals" or "drearies" as he calls them... he wants "fabulousness" as well as love and acceptance.

Enter James St. James, played to the hilt by Seth Green. In fact, Green steals this movie right from under Culkin. James introduces Michael to the club scene, which he takes to like a duck to water. Dylan McDermott portrays Peter Gatien, club impresario, owner of "Limelight" with whose help Alig soon outshines "original club kid" St. James, as his parties become quite the attraction, Michael setting out to create "a world of color, where everyone could play", using Andy Warhol's Factory as a template.

Alig sets himself on a downward spiral, doing more drugs than I thought it possible for a human to consume...culminating in the murder of Angel Melendez (played by "Party of Five"'s Wilson Cruz), a drug dealer / hanger on after a dispute about drugs and money. Alig and a fellow clubber Freez, bludgeon Angel with a hammer, and he is then smothered and his veins injected with liquid drainer. Alig's boasting on a television talk show, as well as the discovery of a washed up cardboard box containing the legless body of Angel led to his arrest and imprisonment.

The film's supporting roles were well cast. Chloe Sevigny ("American Psycho") as Alig's "girlfriend" Gitsie, Wilmer Valderrama ("That 70s Show") as Alig's "boyfriend" Keoki, Diana Scarwid ("Mommie Dearest") as Michael's mother, and Marilyn Manson in a turn as the stumbling, drug addled Christine.

This is making me want to check out the "Shockumentary" released in 1999, also by Bailey and Barbato which I've been told is a *much* better and more compelling telling.
Films between March 14, 2004 - March 18, 2004.
This movie was good, but very disturbing.


I'd actually give this a 6.5,
but MEMO to whomever hasn't seen this::

You may want to view Party Monster: A Shockumentary before
the movie itself, because it will fill in the gaps for events and such.
Seth Green is surprisingly good as James St. James,
but Culkin and the rest of the cast ham it up mildly, which despite being
true to the film, does hamper it.

Party Monster is one of two things: 1) a cautionary tale about the dangers of the late 80s club/drug scene or 2) a satirical look at the early 80s club/drug scene. If the movie were one or the other perhaps it would have worked. Instead it tried to have it both ways and it failed miserably. The lead characters were way to over the top for the movie to be taken seriously and, yet not interesting enough to even laugh at. I guess there was a point to this film but after a while I lost interest and stopped caring about what it was.
mega big recent viewings: part one of three

The Evil Dead Trilogy

The Evil Dead

this is one of the few horror films that actually scares me. the opening with the swing beating against the side of the house creeps me out until this very day. Raimi is really inventive with the camera work, and I think he is very effective with atmosphere here. Ash is really cool character; I think that is a given. of the three, I think Evil Dead is the best mainly because it is so interesting in the way it was shot. The film is really gruesome and gory, so much so it's a kick in the gut. the effects are just a little fake at times through; but that's a minor problem.

The Evil Dead 2

in essence this is a reworking of one. it rehashes everything; including the rape scene with the tree. that is why I think it is the weakest. It's still laugh-out loud funny for it's entire runtime; the sequence with the hand is my favorite. Raimi does a fine job with combining the horror and comedy.

Army of Darkness

funny, campy and oh so cult classic, Army brings the trilogy into full comedy; I wish they tried to keep some of the horror elements scary. Ash truly becomes the king of one liners here. the final battle ranks among my favorite scenes.

general comments

the trilogy doesn't fit well together (continuity and tonal differences); that bothers me a little bit. I think these are among the best of the horror genre, and I'm really glad that I sought them out.

Bubba Ho-Tep

I was thoroughly disappointed with this movie; I heard such wonderful things about, but a las I disagree. the biggest problem is the film seems false, and forced. the film has many conceits (Elvis being alive, Bubba, JFK) in it, and I think the director didn't know how to handle them at all; the conceits feel like conceits. apart from this the film is suppose to be a comedy, and it produces groans not laughs. On top of this, the director can't handle switching between drama, and comedy; both come out as hokey. I also think the film is pretty stupid. also, voice over was used like crutch.

Campbell does a very good Elvis impression through.

Party Monster

if I was to describe this movie in a word it would be grating. the film is too enthralled and easy on the "club kid" lifestyle, and Michael; it's borderline hypocritical. it seems to damn the lifestyle, but suggest hell it has it perks. Culkin does a good job playing annoying, but after 45 minutes I wanted to strangle the guy; as an aside, he looks really freaky in this film; he looks so much like a girl. the film also approaches the material in the most simplistic way possible; since the lifestyle is excessive, campy and chaotic, the movie should be as well. also, camp doesn't even begin to describe this film; god it's so annoying.

Seth Green does a good job through.