Li-Ming Hu is an interdisciplinary artist who employs a carnivalesque sensibility, to explore the relationships between cultural production and the construction of subjectivities.
Program at Flux Factory
On November. Every Wednesday.
Here’s the guideline for this one-month long film program: bad taste, saturated levels of color, heavy make-up, cartoonish characters, theatrical violence, domineeringly psychosexual women, larger than life pop art settings, & a healthy disregard for all forms of authority: religious, moral, legal, political, and last but not least, the authority of the established aesthetic tradition! And yes you can bring your mum: there’ll be make-up for everyone!
Admission: Free. Popcorn is on us.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 at 9pm
‘ World Famous *BOB*’ with special guests in a special performance
Be ready for glamour! One of the New York City’s finest burlesque acts kicks off the Fat Lipstick Program. With a larger than life attitude and even bigger appetite towards life, *BOB* has been entertaining the troops in burlesque haunts, and all over the world, with unforgettable acts such as Topless Aerobics in 6 inch Heels While Eating Cheeseburgers to AC/DC and Martini Time where she mixes a martini in her ample cleavage!
Terrifying Girls High School: Lynch Law Classroom (1973) by Norifumi Suzuki
Three new students at a super-strict girl’s school must face off with a repressive school administration, the sadistic, murderous student discipline brigade and corrupt politicians over the murder/suicide of one of their friends. They’re approached by a blackmailer (Tsunehiko Watase) who promises to help them exact vengeance in exchange for setting up a corrupt local politician, and aided by a independent Yakuza biker chick (Reiko Ike).
The film opens with a female school clique bloodletting a fellow student amidst verbal abuse and harsh accusation. The terrified girl breaks free of the life-draining vacuum syringe and races to the roof, where her tormentors force her off the ledge and stomp on her fingers until she falls to her death. This is all before the main titles! And that clique? They aren’t even the real bad girls! This is reform school, and the new crop of inmates. Featuring some dazzling torture set pieces, including a tense €˜blood draining ceremony’, genital electrocution, as well as a disturbing scene featuring a light bulb. Suzuki’s trademark seems to be the bladder trick, where some hapless girl is forced to hold her water while a clock ticks in the background.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 at 9pm
Female Trouble (1974) by John Waters, Pope of Trash & Prince of Puke
A high point in low taste .The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer – all of which stems from her parents’ refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single mother, criminal and glamorous model before her inevitable rendezvous with the electric chair.
Throughout the film, imagery of motherhood & procreation recur, often with pure crazy irony. Edith Massey’s character is imprisoned in a cage & offered eggs €” abortions are mentioned multiple times as preferable to child birth. The professed, and questioned, values of the film are all about the meaning of norms in the modern world €” and how both the norms and the alternatives may both be insane choices in capitalist society.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at 9pm
Andy Warhol’s Bad (1977)
Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs. K.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work when he runs out of money. She is reluctant to use him for a hit, since she prefers using women, but decides to try him on a trial basis. Meanwhile, the local cop she pays off wants an arrest to make it look like he’s actually doing his job, but she doesn’t want to sacrifice any of her associates. Several other side plots are woven in, populated with characters from the sleazy side of life.
Although Andy Warhol’s association with this movie was merely nominal, the late Jed Johnson and his screenplay writers produced, this subversive movie. This film is filled with abuse that good people everywhere proclaim they are incapable of fathoming. It is the realm of sick people with evil imaginations that prey on the weak, homely, helpless. However, because it is cinema, Bad should be viewed with a discerning mind. It is very funny at times to watch human folly in all its excesses. This film takes bad human behaviour to the extreme.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 at 9pm
Double Features Night Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979) by The Fellini of the sex-industry Russ Meyer
Believe it or not even in Smalltown USA there are still people who are unfulfilled and unrelieved in the midst of plenty. Levonna & Lamar could have the perfect relationship if it were not Lamar’s obsession with rear entry. After submitting to the one last time Levonna comes up with a plan. While Lamar is trying find other tail to try his technique on, Levonna becomes Lola with aid of a wig and a Mexican accent. A Mexican cocktail later Lola finally has Lamar straight, but he wasn’t awake for it. The gay marriage counselor, attracted to Lamar’s problem, couldn’t help them and Lemar must finally seek redemption at the church of Rio Dio Radio and the laying on of hands by Sister Eufaula Roo.
Nothing is obscene providing it is done in bad taste. Meyer is known primarily for writing and directing a series of successful low-budget sexploitation films that featured campy humor, sly satire and voluptuous actresses. He was also adept at mocking moral stereotypes and actively lampooning conservative American values. Many of his films feature a narrator who attempts to give the audience a moral roadmap of what they are watching. Like contemporary Terry Southern, Meyer realized that sex €” as one of the few common interests among most humans €” was a natural vehicle for satirizing values and conventions held by the Greatest Generation.
Show Girls (1995) by Paul Verhoeven Worst Director and Worst Picture of The 16th Annual RAZZIE Awards
Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) travel to Las Vages to become an exotic dancer- a showgirl. She is doing very well at the beginning, and striding step by step towards the top of the stripper’s clubs in Las Vegas. But when she meets a new lead showgirl, named Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon) and they have to work and show together, the competition between those two best showgirls begin. Enthralled by the glamorous life of Las Vegas, Nomi Malone is prepared to do everything to be the leading showgirl, also if some very dirty steps must be taken from her side.
Written by Joe Eszterhas who came up with the idea for this script while on vacation at his home in Maui, Hawaii. Based on the idea he scribbled on a napkin, he was advanced $2 million to write the script and picked up an additional $1.7 million when the studio produced it into a film. Another thing: the only time actresses complained that they felt uncomfortable was during the scenes with the monkeys, who constantly stared at their bare breasts.