If this has felt like a particularly dire summer at the multiplex, it’s not just you. But consider this: August is the month where the studios traditionally dump the would-be blockbusters they have the least faith in, so if you thought May through July were grim, watch out. That’s all the more reason to make it to your art house or on-demand merchant of choice; we’ve got ten alternatives from the world of indie, foreign, documentary, and revival to tide you over until fall.
Release Date: August 5
Director: John Waters
Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pierce
It’s sort of hilarious that shock king Waters’s Pink Flamingos-predating 1970 feature is getting such a lavish restoration and rerelease, via no less a cinephile’s boutique than Janus Films, considering what a ragtag piece of work it is – from the queasiness of the hand-held photography to the clumsy zooms to the awkward staging to the visible microphones and camera operator shadows. But the home-movie amateurishness is part of its charm; there’s a sense that Waters and his “Dreamlanders” are just kids playing dress-up, though they’re really fucking demented kids. And the fruit of their labors is twisted, disgusting, melodramatic, silly, and hilarious, all in roughly equal measure.