Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Bruce LaBruce's new film Raspberry Reich is out on DVD. Unfortunately it isn't very good. He hit a relative high point with Hustler White. The only good line in the film is when one of the characters is at a shooting gallery, she turns to the camera and shouts (almost all of the dialogue is shouted) "The REVOLUTION is my BOYFRIEND!" A lot has been made of the fact that the film contains hardcore sex. Fortunately, a lot of this is covered over by little images of Tony Blair and George Bush which effectively censor erect penises. It probably sounded like a good idea at the time, but in reality it's just silly. The actors aren't particularly attractive either, so you kind of wish they'd just kept their clothes on (or spent longer in the gym).

On a happier note, I have obtained a copy of a fabulous book called "Reach for The Big Time". It's a book of publicity pictures of wannabe stars from the 1970s and 1980s. They have names like Reggie Mental and Annie Bright, and are so outrageously bad they're good. Apparently, one of the people featured in the book, Eddie Cantor (whose gimmick was that he had huge glasses) complained regarding copyright issues and the book has had to be pulped. Here are some of my favourite lines from the publicity posters:

Jean (Grannie) Cope. Has been playing grannies (sad and funny) for forty years. Has bicycle, will travel.

Gay Duo. Sophisticated Cabaret: songs mostly about the gay way of life. From Goblin Man to My Guy's Gone straight.

Tony James: Tony is a very clean-cut comedian with clean material. The climax being the removal of his hairpiece, which is quite hair-raising.

Disco Kid: Not so much a disco as a happening.

The Sweet Illusion Dance Band: Can create sounds from middle-of-the-road to pop.

I can see myself becoming obsessed with some of these acts and carrying out evenings of google searches in order to find out "Whatever Happened To Lori Wells and The Brothers" etc. It's so much classier to stalk someone who has probably never been stalked before. I'll keep you informed of my discoveries.

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