Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dvd/150: CECIL B. DEMENTED (John Waters, 2000)

John Waters' freewheeling satire seizes it's opportunities to poke fun at both the Hollywood and Independant film worlds.


Hollywood actress/full-time bitch Honey Whitlock is kidnapped in Baltimore by The Sprocket Holes, a group of film terrorists and forced to star in their own underground film directed by their leader Cecil B. Demented.


Of course Honey soon becomes a willing guerrilla filmmaker - the irony of Patricia Hearst being cast as one of the gang's mother is not lost..


Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff have great fun in their lead roles and the cast give winning performances, in particular Alicia Witt and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and it's great to see Waters alumni Mink Stole, Susan Lowe and Mary Vivian Pearce in the mix.


However the film's climax feels oddly muted, as if Waters ran out of steam.


The dvd needs a commentary track as Waters excels when talking about his work.


Shelf or charity shop?  Possibly a contender for the limbo of a paper sleeve in the storage box

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