Welcome to the second installment of the officially official DVD recommendation column, with a separate (no matter how random) theme every week.
The man in charge is Cesar Guadamuz, writer, actor (see him in “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot” at the Roscharch Theatre, and any other play that may or may not have simulated sex in it), diplomatic offspring, pupusas enthusiast and the man with the longest Q in netflix we know: over 400 awaiting and then some, which makes him extremely qualified in our (all knowing) eyes. So there….take it away Cesar.
I, Queue Genius promise to entertain, educate, illustrate and emanate my infinite wisdom of all things film. The views of I, Queue
Genius, do not reflect those of BYT or the IQG’s Chief/Ladyfriend/Comrade/Fellow Cineaste. Please enjoy this weekly at your own risk of falling as madly in love with film as, I, Queue Genius, have.
This week in my queue: Jeffrey Dahmer wants to ask you out on a date, then kill you, THEN have sex with you. Also, Jim Jones is one wigged-out crazy motherfucker. And finally, 9/11…shit’s still scary.
Dahmer (2002, USA). Holy shize on a stick, “have-I-seen-him-before” actor Jeremy Renner portrays one of America’s most notorious serial killers with the warmth, complexity and calculation that probably made Dahmer so attractive to his victims. But do not expect a gore/bloodfest. This gem of an independent film, which will probably never reach mainstream audiences, focuses more on the what might’ve possibly been running through Dahmer’s head than the murders themselves. Renner captures what we might imagine to be Dahmer’s ridiculous thoughts and reasons for committing the crimes that made him a historical figure. The very subtle soundtrack, stark language, and certainly slow-moving action bring the creep levels of this movie to an absurd high and prove to us that, yes, Jeffrey Dahmer was in fact a big crazy asshole!
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006, USA). This fascinating account of the establishment and destruction of the Preacher Jim Jones’s utopic progressive community delivers a shocking and deeply sad look at how Jones amassed his following and finally ended the lives of over 900 men, women and children. Without a narrator to intervene and only depending on the interviews of former members of the Peoples Temple, including Jones’s adopted son, this film compellingly takes you through the man’s childhood, ascent to a God-like status, the birth of a paradise in Guyana and Jones’s heinous final contribution to the world. So well-made is this film, that after the closing credits you will have more questions than you did at the beginning. And yes, friends, the creep factor in this real life documentary is crazy effin high. BTW, you know where the saying, “don’t drink the kool-aid” comes from? Yeah, I know.
IQG, I want more crazy dudes, with crazy agendas and ever crazier acts in my queue: Try Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997, USA), Helter Skelterr (1976, USA), and Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War (2003, USA).
9/11 (2003, USA/France). Of the many films, books, articles, and even plays about 9/11, this one personally stands out for its direct, candid, and humane recollection of the events as they were unfolding. Two French filmmakers (and brothers) set out to make a documentary about a rookie firefighter. Never in their wildest filmmaking dreams could they have imagined what they were about to capture with their cameras.
IQG, it’s not a morbid thing I promise, but I am fascinated by the events of 9/11: Try Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004, USA), In Memoriam: New York City 9/11/01 (2002, USA), and World Trade Center (2006, USA).
Next week, happy movies with happy people, thinking happy thoughts and doing happy things….maybe!