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Hip, hip, hoooray, friends! This week’s installment of IQG goes out to all fans of independent film actresses, perhaps not always the most recognizable but certainly the most talented and memorable. What’s with my religious overtones in this one? I don’t know. Beats me. Read on!


This week on I, Queue Genius, first, young Catholic girl seeks Saviour, loves stigmata, then, a little person and his hot milfy grieving girlfriend, and finally, Dawn Weiner is going to hell!!!


Household Saints (USA, 1993). Most of you know Lili Taylor as the mad crazy later-dead wife of Nathan in HBO’s seriously good Six Feet Under. But Taylor has been making movies for many years. As one of independent films most awesome actresses, she’s played a variety of characters, crazy and non-crazy alike. Director Nancy Savoca’s Household Saints stars Taylor in one of her brightest, most memorable performances. In a matching star performance, Tracey Ulman plays Taylor’s overbearing Italian mother whose daughter puts herself through a series of often disturbing acts of faith, loyalty, and ultimate preparation for a life dedicated to God, in great and earnest hopes that upon her death she may be canonized as a saint. The explored themes of generational ties between familial women and the universal Catholic devotion to God are explored in the most unboring and entertaining ways. After all folks, this is one of those intensely humanistic INDEPENDENT family dramas.

IQG, where else can I check out Lili Taylor? Try, Live from Baghdad (USA, 2002).


The Station Agent (USA, 2003). Independent star of stage and screen, Patricia Clarkson is best known for her unending supporting but memorable roles in Hollywood hits such as The Green Mile and Good Night and Good Luck. But as a lean mean indie screen queen, Clarkson keeps returning to those small sleepy little films that allow her to explore a serious gamut of characters and personalities without the worries of winning over the mainstream movie public. And yet, whatever she does, no matter how big or small the budget, you will not forget this milfy actress. In The Station Agent, Clarkson plays a grieving mother in a quiet little New Jersey town whose life is forever changed when she meets a 4-foot out-of-town stranger who takes ownership of a defunct train station. The Station Agent features the finest performances from three of the industries newest faces. And Clarkson, who is often plays mothers and is also remembered again for her fine shizzle in Six Feet Under, makes some memorable appearances in this film.

IQG, can you recommend another random-ass but good independent film that features Clarkson? Try, The Dying Gaul (USA, 2005).


Welcome to the Dollhouse (USA, 1996). Oh my Jeshivah and holy merde, you guys! If there is a movie you must move to the top of your queue, for the love of all things lovable, please make it Todd Solondz’s disturbingly hiliarous look at young teenage losers, Welcome to the Dollhouse. In an act of casting genius, Solondz employs the acting talents of not-so-pretty indie darling Heather Matarazzo who tears up the screen as the awkward, insecure, unpopular, disliked and wildly unfortunate 7th grader Dawn Weiner. I mean, seriously, friends, her name is Dawn Weiner. Welcome to the Dollhouse is the movie that everybody was all-OMG about before Napoleon Dynamite came along. But the starkest, darkest difference between the two is that while Napoleon gets a chance at coolness, Dawn Weiner gets exactly what was coming to her, the dorkfaced asspimple! Dawn Weiner is like the Jesus of Dorkdom, amazingly misunderstood and unjustly punished for all of dorkdom’s sins. It sounds funny, but trust me, it is! IQG Extra, favorite movie line: “Yo, Weiner, you better get ready, cause at three o’clock today, I’m gonna RAPE you!”

IQG, after that sacrilegious and damning review, is there another Matarazzo film you could recommend? Try, Saved (USA, 2004).

Next week on I, Queue Genius, three movie recommendations that will guarantee my place in Heaven. Amen.