The Doom Generation
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McGowen's character, Amy Blue seems to be symbolic of the concept of pure beauty, which could be considered our closest relation to a world that exists outside ordinary life. An idea that psychologists like Jung (influenced by Eastern religion) have imagined as involving a sort of "collective unconscious" that persists through time while actual generations of human beings are born and die. Making beauty our proof while we live that there is "something higher" than ordinary existence. Like when a composer creates a melody and attributes it to a higher authority because they can't believe themselves capable of bringing something that perfect into the world.
Some do not recognize beauty when they see it and some are inspired when they see beauty, but most must possess beauty-or failing to gain possession destroy it rather than share it with others. Protecting beauty from those who would possess it or destroy it is the focus of this film.Read more ›
THE DOOM GENERATION is perhaps Araki's best work to date, although not as inspired as some of his earlier films, this film is overall more consistent and coherent in tone. Still, this film is NOT easy to watch for the prudish or faint-of-heart.
Araki fans won't want to miss this classic version of the ultimate "road" movie.
I honestly don't know. . . clearly, you must look at this movie from a "so bad, it's good" kind of perspective. That's a given-- you can't expect me to believe a man getting his head blown off, falling into a convenient store stand and spewing up green stuff is either particularly harrowing or realistic. And I honestly still don't quite know what it's about, I remember scenes but not story, always the mark of a good bad movie.
But this one is so weird! I can't understand where it's coming from; is it a treatise on violence on our society? Our rigid views of sexuality? The fragile and deadly nature that was Generation X? Or is it just a weird movie? Essentially the film plays like the same fifteen minutes four times over-- kids drive off to some location, someone recognizes them, a struggle ensues, that dude from That Thing You Do comes to rescue them, they get away while some adversary says "that b**ch, I'm gonna find her, and I'm gonna kill her," two of the three go off and have sex while the other one watches and, well, **ahem**, then that adversary comes back (or doesn't, who knows) and vows revenge. This happens a few times until an extremely graphic, and very harrowing rape/mutilation/murder scene at the end that is quite ugly, but also the most brilliant moment of the entire film in its use of lighting and the way it is staged.
Warped cameos abound, most notably Parker Posey, Margaret Cho, and Heidi Fleiss (somehow fitting).Read more ›
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Nihilistic, irreverent, and beautiful. Gregg Araki is one of the strangest and best directors ever.Published 3 months ago by Venus Doom
A brilliant and misunderstood, or, rather, a willfully misrepresented movie, it is, if nothing else, interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matt Murdoch
one of my favorite movies, the use of language, the repetition, Rose McGowan, open relationship, sigh- love at first sightPublished 10 months ago by Katherine Elmore
i thought it was great, pretty excellent, gritty, captivating, visually stunning, full of surprises, never expect happy endings from this director, but more of treatise woven... Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. A. Brewer
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