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With: John Waters
Written by: John Waters
Directed by: Jeff Garlin
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86
Date: 09/14/2006

This Filthy World (2006)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Shock and Schlock

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

John Waters is one of our country's greatest cultural thinkers and writers. His brilliant appreciation of Tennessee Williams recently published in the New York Times Book Review takes a different tack than one usually hears, painting Williams as an outcast, relegated to the "see librarian" section of the library. Like the drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs, Waters can sniff out boring phoniness ("I shut off the movie when Forrest Gump started running") and find something to love among the dregs (his favorite movie is the forgotten Joseph Losey classic Boom!). Film buffs may debate his worth as a director, but one thing he is not is a public speaker. His theatrical presence -- pencil moustache aside -- leaves a bit to be desired. This new concert film features Waters talking about his career with various clever side comments and anecdotes that will make you want to take notes. Director Jeff Garlin films Waters on a nearly bare stage in front of a giant flower vase on one side, trashcans on the other side and a confession booth in the center, and randomly cuts to the bemused audience in-between. It's definitely a great monologue, but a mediocre film.

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