Monday, September 23, 2019

CrAP21

When I was a baby gay in the mid-late 90s, I auditioned for the musical theatre department at NYU.  To get us all hot and bothered beforehand so we'd beg our moms to sign away their ovaries, they took us into a conference room and played a "This is why you should go to Tisch" video for us.  This video featured ANNE BOBBY from Nightbreed.   A star!  Mission accomplished, I wanted in.



I don't really think I understood Nightbreed as a kid, but I owned the VHS because there was a day-glo font on the cover and I knew that Clive Barker was gay and he fit my bizarre pasty-brunette-vampire-boyfriend fetish that was already cast in stone by the time I was 14.


By "I don't think I understood," I mean I have no idea what it was about because, to my credit, the theatrical cut isn't great.  It's bombastic and visually compelling - but you can't track a story to save your life.


Last night it was too hot to sleep so I put Nightbreed on my phone (it's streaming on amazon).  This wasn't necessarily the best idea since it can get loud, but it turned out to be a great idea because, in the moments before shutting it off and resigning myself to insomnia, something clicked.  I was intrigued.  I realized that I had no memory of ever having seen this film.


The version on Amazon right now is the director's cut and it's good - not just aesthetically/queer good, but good good.


This movie is about a gay therapist (played by David Cronenberg) who wants to kill all the straight people only to be undone by a hot bisexual and his musical theatre actress girlfriend. Ryan Murphy wishes!

Nightbreed's ultimate lesson is that outcasts and artists aren't meant to blend in with normal people and we should find solace in each other and in living outside traditional, heteronormative value systems.  Who can argue with that?


It took me a long time to get my head around bisexuals, just like it took me a long time to get my head around Nightbreed.  I apologize.  Bisexuals face a huge amount of discrimination in the gay community and, for whatever reason, so did Clive Barker as a filmmaker.  Thirty years later, we can all start to think clearly.


Nightbreed is definitely worth reassessment when you're ready to receive it.

Besides the fact that Clive shoots the boys through my favorite '90s-soft-core queer lens, where else can you find puppets and Giallo levels of gore coupled with Anne Bobby singing a number while wearing a statement scarf?


Eat your heart out, Carnegie Mellon!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

you've got to pick up every stitch

Spider-Man taught me that with great power comes great responsibility and, as a boy-crazy slut, it's my responsibility to point you in the direction of queer horror films that can change your life.


If you're anything like me, there's a manifesto that demands your attention:

Anna Biller's The Love Witch (2016).


My best friend used to date this messy gay, let's call her Lance, who would get drunk all the time and fight people.  Lance was crazy hot though and a true-blue sweetie, so they’re still friends. 

Lance's fatal flaw is that he's boy crazy, which I respect, but he's also young and gorgeous so he gets away with making a lot of bad choices that normal people could never get away with.  He figures that as long as he has a hot boyfriend, he doesn't need to worry about getting a job or moisturizing – hilarity ensues every time.


One summer Lance started getting all tired and skinny because his boyfriend at the time was a drug-fiend and got mad at Lance for blowing 4 guys at a house party, but they had already moved in together so Lance stole the drug-fiend’s car and threw all his stuff out in the street the night before The Woman's March only to get back together with him three hours later before the keynote speaker had even gone on.  Now I see his ex-boyfriend with boys half his age at King's Road Cafe.

That's what The Love Witch is about.


I’m not about to exonerate myself from this narrative.  Lance isn't the only mess when it comes to finding a happily-ever-after.  When I first moved to LA, I went to some acquaintance friend’s house and a man there asked for my number and he had a Mercedes and I had never been in a fancy car before, so I agreed to go out with him.  He had a house without any roommates or anything and I was sure I was ready to settle down for the rest of my life. Hilarity ensued.

Thank Gaia that didn't happen.


I learned to aim higher as I got older.  When I was 26, I didn't know then that I hate people who spend money on cars and that people who ask you to serve drinks at their parties aren't your friends.  Over time, you learn to put yourself first.  No good comes from chasing dick. you’ve got to let dick chase you.  But I’m not crazy hot like Lance, bless his heart, so I had lots of time for introspection.  It may take him a while to figure this all out.  I really only got here after a boyfriend stole my TV.  


Elaine from The Love Witch is similarly gorgeous and messy.  

She’s done it all - she's been a grocery store clerk, she’s worked as a burlesque dancer and she escaped a coven of witches, leaving behind a trail of dead-ex boyfriends in every port.  She also eats cake whenever she wants. My kinda lady.  She’s been through real shit and now finds solace in casting love spells that work all too well.  


Like Lance, Elaine can't get enough love.  I get it.  The planet is warming faster than a toaster strudel.  International governments are collapsing around us.  Organized religion is a scam.  People are literally dying.  It's much easier to focus on something like procuring a boyfriend and getting him to wear cute outfits and vintage frames than it is to plan for the impending apocalypse.  I don't even know where you get fresh water.  A stream?  And we're not supposed to use plastic, so what do we put the water in when we get to the stream?


Elaine is retro-feminist.  She falls for all the trappings of trapping a man.  She wears fancy underwear and layers her lashes, she wakes up early to douche and prepare a four course breakfast so it's waiting for when he gets up.  The gag is, we do these things and it still doesn't make a difference.  You can't make someone like you and, even in the odd instance when you do, it's not smart.

Just ask anyone who's broken up and then got back together with an ex.  It doesn't work.  So much of the chase is about ego - wanting to be right, loved, not left.  If you do the work (aka: take some time for yourself) you'll see you don't need anything from anybody you can't get from yourself.  But self-actualization doesn't make a good horror movie.  Elaine makes all the wrong choices and lots of people die.  Good for her.


If Elaine wasn't boy-crazy, she could have accomplished so much to help people - including herself.  As you get older, hopefully, you can leave behind the spells cast by old loves.  Take the lessons you learned from relationships and apply them to your day to day encounters in hopes that every year becomes a better version of last year - with or without a man.

Don't stalk boys on social, who cares if they're on vacation in Prague or working at a coffee shop in Seattle.  That isn't gonna help you get a better job or learn how to make vegan kugel.

Evolution.  Things do happen for a reason - even a stolen television.  


(But just in case you want a little help along the journey, the House of Intuition here in LA has amazing manifestation candles.)

Friday, September 13, 2019

do it up right

I hope y'all refilled your PrEP prescriptions because it's FRIDAY THE 13TH!


Celebrate.  Get high.  Drink domestic beer.  Get an STI!
These days, it's all we have left.


But in case you're anything like me and need to have a strict itinerary or else you just wind up watching tv on the living room floor - here are some suggestions of holiday-appropriate activities from our friends in Friday the 13th Part 5: The One With Scooby Doo.


1.  Take some boudoir shots for your scruff profile.


If you're lucky, maybe you'll meet someone.


2.  Go on Zillow and find yourself a new apartment.


3.  If you're in a relationship, spice things up by grabbing your guy and dressing him up like the fellas in CRUISING and finally make the time to go on that date you've been hankering for.  Be sure rig your starter to break down at the perfect make-out spot in the middle of the woods.




If you're lucky, maybe you'll meet someone.



4.  Work on your arms.


5.  Call your best girl and get some enchiladas from El Cholo.



6.  Leave work and go for a swim.



If you're lucky, maybe you'll meet someone.



or, better still...

7.  Stay home alone and do some of those makeup tutorials you've always been curious about.


Throw on a couple records and you're all set.  
You won't even need to make an emergency visit to the clinic on Monday!


xoxo

Monday, September 9, 2019

live fast, die young



I dated a scammer once and a movie I helped him produce got into a film festival because he was besties with the programmer and another movie dropped out and this (much better) movie was part of that lineup, thus making it the best thing to come out of that relationship.  Sharing is caring.  More life.

Friday, September 6, 2019

DIY

"Why don't you start cleaning upstairs and I'll work on the downstairs?"


My biological family is dead and I didn't inherit a haunted mansion.  Not even a craftsman.
Some days that's harder to accept than others - especially with the median two-bedroom-tear-down in my neighborhood selling for over two-million dollars.  Who has two million dollars?  I don't.  I had to rifle around in my backseat for change to pay for my subway sandwich this morning.


But I digress.  Things are just fine in my rent-controlled beach bungalow. 
In anticipation of the holiday season, I'm finally replacing my wall-to-wall carpet with the original hardwood floors underneath.  I love a project.  So does Jonathan from Ghoulies (1985).


Like me, Jonathan is an orphan.  Accordingly, he puts a lot of emphasis on his friendships and relationships.  He loves hosting game nights with his besties and he never scrimps on serving the fancy apps from Whole Foods 365.


Jonathan understands that when you're an orphan and an only child, there's a lot of stake in making a home - even if his friends don't care as much.


This may come as a shock to some of your kids, but gays can be flakes and, despite hours at the gym, they're totally averse to manual labor.  Take for example my floor project.  Suddenly everyone I know is unavailable - taking their sister to the airport or "working" or suggesting I just "hire someone."  Rude and nasty.  Nasty and rude.


This is why I've been watching Ghoulies a lot lately.


When he inherits a $7mm fixer-upper,  Jonathan becomes consumed by home renovations.  His friends are totally useless when it comes to knowing the difference between a drum sander and a buffer, so he goes down to the basement and conjures up some helpers with black magic.  That's when things start getting a little messy and, the next thing you know, he's out in the garden conjuring little ghoulies.


This is a similar thing to what happened when Streisand had those koi genetically modified to match the color scheme of her $100mm Malibu compound.  But it's a very short road from decorating your barn to creating a master-race of maltipoos.

First thing you're finding the perfect color to paint your barn, then you're wearing nothing but housecoats and summoning the dead and worshipping King Paimon.

It probably wasn't the best time for Jonathan to start intermittent fasting, but here we are.


I like Jonathan.  I get being so fed up with your friends that you want to hypnotize them into helping with painting a ceiling or sanding a floor and then feed them to ghouls for not being more accommodating in the first place - but I also understand that home renovations are personal.  No one asked me to tear up my rotten carpet and rent three machines from a big box store with questionable politics.  That's on me and my blisters will heal.  No one had to die this time.


The best distinction between straight and gay lives is when it comes to "obligations."  Straight people exist solely for obligations. 

"I decided to get married you have to come to my engagement party and my wedding and my baby shower and bring me presents and then you have to come to all my kid's birthday parties where you'll get some random flu from a five year old and get stuck talking to a borderline gun-nut who works for CAA and doesn't understand why you're there in the first place if you don't have kids and I'm so sorry I can't make it to your Monsterpalooza brunch and no, I won't be there to re-grout your bathroom even though that's more important than my massage appointment but I wasn't ever taught to prioritize people who make different life choices than I do because mine are somehow socially acceptable, not like sodomy."



Point being: Ghoulies is great and the soundtrack slaps and my floors look amazing.

beep, beep

How many home-of-sexuals are in the new It movie?


That's certainly more than I was expecting so...