Jan. 23, 2001, 2:52 p.m. CST
Having known the filmmaker and having had the pleasure of seeing him perform "Hedwig" in person, it does not surprise me at all that this show has transformed sucessfully to the stage, what surprises me is the amount of people outside of New York City who have never even heard of him or the show. This musical rocks! Forget "Rent" or any of the newer "rock musicals" . pick up the soundtrack and prepare to be blown away!
Jan. 23, 2001, 3:06 p.m. CST
This is why I cherish AICN - the staff makes it easy for me to figure out what I need to see in the world of film. I will be buying this one if a DVD becomes available. The issue of video being used to determine truth is fascinating. Mori's gut reaction may be what the filmmaker intended - frustration and turmoil. I like to be made to squirm in my seat, unless it's watching Courtney Love "act" in "Man On The Moon." Lord, that was like the Ludovico technique. Shucks, I was going to use some ellipses, but someone has used them all up. Knowles?
Jan. 23, 2001, 3:20 p.m. CST
Great reviews! All of these films sound well worth seeing (and I'm feeling like a real idiot having turned down numerous invites to see HEDWIG on stage, though twice that was with Ally Sheedy, who was famously unstable in the title role. The soundtrack, however, does rock, especially the title song, which is worthy of Bowie in his prime.) As happy as I am that you're having a high ol' time up there in Park City, Moriarty, I doubly envious that it's not me. One of these days.....
Jan. 23, 2001, 4:10 p.m. CST
"Man Enough To Be A Woman(1995)deatails Wayne's transformation to Jayne, Wayne as part of the Warhol crowd influencing the look and songs of a young David Bowie who mainstreams County's underground style,becomes a stadium filling success while then now Jayne County plays smaller venues.the book,published by Serpent's Tail is available via Amazon.com.Hedwig ain't all; that original,now is it(You'll see Jayne performing live on the silver screen in "Born To Lose-the last Rock & Roll Movie"dealing with johnny thunders & the NY Dolls,out in April(by the way,Wayne County was signed to Bowie's management company,MainMan along with Lou reed and Iggy Pop before MainMan dropped Wayne and Bowie suddenly hardly knows who county is!www.jaynecounty.com
Jan. 23, 2001, 4:42 p.m. CST
Please tell me you guys mingled with some hotties from the magazine and then frolicked in the snow.
Jan. 23, 2001, 5:40 p.m. CST
by Lance Rock
You questioned in your review, "it makes me wonder how this thing could have existed onstage as a musical?" Then, down a couple of paragraphs, you say that "the music IS the show." There you have it. It was performed onstage (brilliantly, I might add) basically as a monologue with his backing band. It rocked as a stage show, as it combined the drama of his backstory with a live rock concert. Do yourself a favor and buy the soundtrack, which is essentially a studio album. It is simply the best rock musical in years.
Jan. 24, 2001, midnight CST
by Buzz Maverik
I couldn't make it to Le Festival this year because I didn't want to. Now, as many of you know, I make my living as a remote viewer for The Central Intelligence Agency. (Yer saying, "Buzz works for the C.I.A.?" I'm saying,"We're all adults here, there's no need to spell.") So I decided to use government time to travel to Redford, UT in my mind. I happened on two film makers who each had two films entered. First, Stuart X. Kensington with JAYNE MANSFIELD LOST HER HEAD. This is a Tarantinoesque story, set in the early 1960s, about four convicts (Michael Clark Duncan, Danny Trejo, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Balthazar Getty as "Punk") who get religion in the same prison prayer meeting. They meet up again after they're paroled because Chappy, their prison chaplain (William H. Macy) has huge gambling debts and will be killed by the mob. The four cons decide to steal a solid gold bust of Jayne Mansfield from Anton Le Vey, high priest of the Church of Satan. During the screening, everyone watching the film came down with diarreah. Kensington attributed this to a curse Le Vey put on the film. "You'd think a guy who worships Satan would have a better sense of humor," Kensington told Bob Weinstein. Kensington's other film, THREE KATES, starred Kate Hudson, Kate Winslett and Kate Capshaw as USO dancers in Africa in WWII. Tired of Jerry Kalona (David Schwimmer) grabbing their asses, they strike out across the desert. Eric Stoltz plays a soldier, gone AWOL because Patton (Campbell Scott) slapped him. He teams up with the girls to help them find a treasure and escape from Rommel (a surprisingly effective Dolph Lundgren). The other new filmmaker was Cassandra McGurk, a shoe-in for the Golden Bob Award with HOUSE OF BLIGHT, which features Ellen Burnstyn as the lactose intolerant matriarch of a dysfunctional family. McGurk's other film was a chick flick called THREE ON A TISSUE, in which Fairuza Balk, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Lara Croft play three women crying over the same man (Jack Black). I was going to watch some more films but I detected my asshole boss trying to probe my mind and had to send him a migraine.
Jan. 24, 2001, 12:18 p.m. CST
I am so thrilled to hear this transferred well. Of course the reviewer obviously hadn't seen the play so.... I'm a little suprised frankly to hear the plot detailed this way though. I met John Cameron Mitchell at a signing for the soundtrack (The actual show I saw twice and I couldn't imagine it as a film -it worked so well as a stage production) He claimed then (this was two years ago) that the film would not be an adaptation of the stage play but more like a continuation or exploration of Hedwig the character. So it seems he changed his mind and went for a closer adaptation. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT!