Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Mismatched Couples Blogathon – Day 3 Recap


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It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already reached Day Three of the Mismatched Couples Blogathon, hosted by Yours Truly and Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my excellent co-host Gill for organizing another blogathon with me, and for her tireless efforts to spread the word out about this event. And of course, thanks to all the participants, old and new, for their awesome contributions to this blogathon. We couldn’t have done it without you. Watch for an announcement this fall about our next blogathon. Believe me, you won’t want to miss it!

Ginger Snaps

Gill and I have reserved a bonus day for any last-minute posts, so we will post any late entries tomorrow. We don’t want to miss anything, so please be sure to send your link(s) to both of us. Post a comment below, email me at, or DM me on Twitter (@barry_cinematic). You may also contact Gill by commenting on her post, or through her blog’s Contact Me page.

Lost in Spac

In addition to today’s links, be sure to visit the previous days’ recaps: 

Day 1  

Day 2


…And away we go with today’s posts:

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

Daffny from A Vintage Nerd looks at Love and Pain and theWhole Damn Thing (1973). 

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TigerheartsTales shines the spotlight on reluctant colleagues Herbert West and Dan Cain in Re-Animator (1985).  

In the Heat of the Night

Lê at Critica Retro introduces us to the classic duo Virgil Tibbs and Bill Gillespie from In the Heat of the Night (1967). 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Kristen from Hoofers & Honeys brings us two reviews: TakeMe Out to the Ball Game (1949) and On the Town (1949).  

Road to Singapore

Eric Binford from Diary of Movie Maniac tags along with Crosby and Hope as they traverse the Road to Singapore (1940).  

The Enforcer

Eddie at Film Authority examines the unlikely pairing of Clint Eastwood and Tyne Daly in The Enforcer (1976). 


Be one of the cool kids, and join John at Tales from the Freakboy Zone as he meets Brooke McQueen and Sam McPherson in the TV series Popular (1999-2001). 

Easter Parade 

Just in time for the holiday, Sally Silverscreen from18 Cinema Lane shares her take on Easter Parade (1948). 


Debbie V. at Moon in Gemini sings the praises of Chandler Bing and Janice Litman Goralnik from the TV series Friends (1994-2004). 


Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Mismatched Couples Blogathon – Day 2 Recap


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We’re back for Day Two of the Mismatched Couples Blogathon, hosted by Yours Truly and the sensational Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews. If you think you’ve seen it all, well, hold your horses, because we have much more in store for you today, with nine more posts! 

King Kong

Quick reminder: Since Gill and I reside several time zones apart, one of us is usually online. To ensure that your post receives the most coverage, please be sure to send your link(s) to both of us. If you’ve signed up, but your post isn’t quite ready, we’ll feature it on Day Day Three. Latecomers are also welcome (just drop us a line). Post a comment below, email me at, or DM me on Twitter (@barry_cinematic). You may also contact Gill by commenting on her post), or through her blog’s Contact Me page.

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

In addition to today’s links, be sure to visit the Day 1 Recap, and watch out for Day 3!


Here we go with Day Two’s submissions…


The Out-of-Towners Poster

Chris at Angelman’s Place journeys to The Big Apple for The Out-of-Towners (1970). 

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What happens when best friends Padraic and Colm drift apart? David from Movie Reviews in the Dark looks at The Banshees of Inisherin (2022).  


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Grumpier Old Men Poster

Kayla from Whimsically Classic takes a deep dive into the Grumpy Old Men series (1993/1995).  


The More the Merrier Poster

Carol from The Old Hollywood Garden invites you to join her for her review of TheMore the Merrier (1943).  

What a Carve-Up Poster

Virginie at The Wonderful World of Cinema reviews What a Carve-Up! (1963). 


High School Musical

Emily at The Flapper Dame has a reunion with High School Musical (2006). 


Rampage Poster

Toni Ruberto from Watching Forever tells us if Dwayne Johnson has met his match in Rampage (2018). 


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Rebecca from Taking Up Room takes a moment to admire Lillies of the Field (1961).  


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And finally, let me be your guide as I discuss a budding romance between Edie the Egg Lady and The Egg Man in John Waters’ notorious Pink Flamingos (1972). 



Friday, March 29, 2024

Pink Flamingos


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(1972) Written and directed by John Waters; Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Danny Mills, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller and Paul Swift; Available on Blu-ray and DVD 

Rating: *** 

This post is part of the Mismatched Couples Blogathon, hosted by Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly, covering some of cinema’s greatest odd couples. Be sure to check out all the fun posts over this three-day blogging event!

Edie the Egg Lady

“The only thing that ever happens to me in this movie that shocks me is when the audience groans disgustedly when the Egg Man kisses Edie (Edith Massey), and I think that’s so mean, and they do do it, and they’ve always done it, and it really saddens me, because I didn’t mean that to be a shock shot. That was a tender moment in the film.” – John Waters (from 1997 Criterion commentary) 

Connie Marble

The term “critic proof” gets thrown around haphazardly to describe anything that captures the imagination (and dollars) of the public despite the lack of perceived artistic merit. While I’m not a big fan of the term, it occasionally serves its purpose. The mere mention of the title Pink Flamingos conjures a host of unsavory mental images, even for those who’ve never seen it. Denouncing it as trash is reductive, although praising it as a wickedly subversive satire about suburban malaise might be pushing things a little too far. John Waters wanted to raise eyebrows with his film, not preach to the audience.* He achieved his objective with “an antisocial group effort” comprised of family, friends, and general malcontents, known collectively as the “Dreamlanders.” They shared a common disdain for the hollow peace and love ethos of hippie culture, using the Manson family as a template.** Waters economically utilized the house he was renting with his friend (and the film’s co-star), Mink Stole, for the Marble residence. For Divine’s family,* Waters and his crew purchased a dilapidated old trailer for $100, added a wall, furnished it with tacky decorations from thrift stores, and painted it pink and gray, only so it could be burned down in a later scene. His landlord’s 1958 Cadillac*** became Divine’s mode of transportation in the movie. Waters shot the film guerilla-style, without permits, on 16 mm reversal stock (his first color feature). With a self-imposed “X” rating at the time (it would easily land an “NC-17” now), Pink Flamingos quickly earned its gross-out reputation, amusing and horrifying filmgoers everywhere. Yet, amidst this symphony of scatological humor, is a (dare I say) sweet subplot? You’ll learn more about this, dear reader, in a moment… 

* Fun Fact #1: Per Waters, “I hate message movies and pride myself on the fact that my work has no socially redeeming value.” 

** Fun Fact #2: The opening credits include, “For Sadie, Katie and Les,” a reference to a few of the so-called “Manson Girls.” Another direct Manson family reference is a framed picture of Susan Atkins in the Marbles’ living room whom Waters would later befriend through correspondence. 

** Fun Fact #3: The jogger that Divine gleefully tries to hit and run is Waters’ brother Steve.

Cotton and Divine

Waters himself narrates the movie, using the most self-consciously obnoxious Baltimore accent he can muster* to set the stage. Divine (Divine, aka Harris Glen Milstead), living under the alias “Babs Johnson” has settled in a dumpy mobile home in Phoenix, Maryland with her family: her mentally unbalanced but affable mother, Edie, “The Egg Lady” (Edith Massey), who sits in a playpen all day, consuming huge quantities of eggs, demented son Crackers (Danny Mills), and voyeuristic daughter Cotton (Mary Vivian Pearce). Divine holds the undisputed crown as the “Filthiest Person Alive” until Connie and Raymond Marble (Mink Stole and David Lochary)** vow to take that distinction away. The Marbles run a black-market baby ring, keeping women chained up in their basement, where they’re impregnated by the Marbles’ butler Channing (Channing Wilroy), ultimately selling their newborns to lesbian couples. 

* Fun Fact #4: Waters originally approached his idol at the time, local celebrity Mr. Ray, who owned a wig store, to narrate his movie. When Ray flatly refused, Waters took matters into his own hands, as “Mr. Jay.” 

** Fun Fact #5: The vibrant blue, red and yellow hair colors sported by Lochary, Stole, and Divine couldn’t be found on a drugstore shelf, so they had to improvise with ink, Magic Marker and food coloring.  

Raymond and Connie Marble

Pink Flamingos is a cavalcade of ickiness guaranteed to test your intestinal fortitude, and just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any worse, Mr. Waters has something else up his sleeve (but don’t worry, it’s all in bad taste). Get ready for a sex scene involving a live chicken,* artificial insemination (thankfully simulated), and Divine’s birthday party scene (which may have the film’s second-most-talked-about sequence). When the police are called out to investigate Divine’s home, they’re ambushed by her crazed followers and eaten.** Steel yourself for the movie’s pièce de resistance, when Divine asserts her dominance as the filthiest person alive by eating a poodle’s poop (for real). After your retinas have absorbed all they can stand, be prepared to never again be able to hear the songs “Surfing Bird” or “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” without associating images from this movie. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. 

* Fun Fact #6: While the chicken’s onscreen demise is understandably hard to watch, Waters pointed out that the cast cooked and ate it later that day. 

** Fun Fact #7: Waters acknowledged this scene was heavily influenced by Night of the Living Dead.

Divine in a Butcher Shop

Divine chews the scenery (and I do mean, “chews the scenery”) with gusto, owning every scene that she’s in. She’s an unstoppable force of nature reinforced with her signature look, thanks to makeup man Van Smith, who shaved the front part of Divine’s head to accommodate the exaggerated eye makeup. Waters is quick to point out that Divine wasn’t going for glamorous, but quite the opposite (“I wanted him to be the Godzilla of drag queens.”). Divine’s wrath is unleashed after the Marbles unwisely send her a giftwrapped bowel movement,* and you just know they don’t stand a chance. 

* Fun Fact #8: The real human turd belonged to none other than Divine, who donated it for the cause and boxed it up. The scene where the Marbles mail the package was shot in Waters’ neighborhood post office, with a real-life mailman (who was blissfully unaware of the package contents). 

Edie the Egg Lady and the Egg Man

But amidst the ample distribution of manure, a lovely flower blooms, a romance between Edie the Egg Lady and the Egg Man (Paul Swift). Sure, it’s mostly based on supply and demand – Edie has an insatiable desire for eggs and he’s got the goods (“Oh, I do love you Mr. Egg Man. Even though I do love my little eggies just a little bit better, I do love you more than any man I have ever known.”). There’s something oddly innocent and pure about their love. Sure, they probably have at least a 20-year age difference, and she prefers the sedentary lifestyle, while he’s always roaming the neighborhood peddling his wares, but they somehow make it work, based on a mutual affinity for hen fruit.

Crackers, Divine and Cotton

Appropriately enough, the Criterion Blu-ray for Pink Flamingos is equipped with a barf bag, which might tell the uninitiated all they need to know. John Waters asserted, “Pink Flamingos is about the most American subject there is, competitiveness.” He’s quick to point out, however, that Divine and her family are happy (in their own twisted way), while their enemies, the Marbles, are bitter and resentful. 50-plus years later, it’s still hard to watch in places, but if you can get past the truly tasteless gags, you might have fun in spite of yourself. Anyone who’s only familiar with John Waters’ work through Hairspray or Cry-Baby will be in for a surprise. Waters pointed out that audiences laugh at the outrageously disgusting things that are occurring onscreen – they’re not simply disgusted. You’ll either laugh hysterically or clutch your pearls. You know who you are. If you belong to the former category, enjoy. If not, steer clear.


Sources for this article: Criterion Blu-ray commentary by John Waters (1997); Shock Value, by John Waters (1981); Trash Trio, by John Waters (1988); Divine Trash (1998 documentary)

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The Mismatched Couples Blogathon – Day 1 Recap

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Welcome, one and all, to Day One of the Mismatched Couples Blogathon, a three-day-plus celebration of two characters who go together like oil and water (but shake ‘em up and see what happens!). We have ten wonderful posts for your perusal, and I can’t wait to see what the next two days bring.

Beauty and the Beast

Before we look at those, I’d like to give a hearty shout out to my cohost with the most, Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews for always lending an ear regarding my cockamamie ideas for blogathons (like this one) and being a constant source of positivity and encouragement. Cheers!

The Thing with Two Heads

If you’ve signed up, but your post isn’t quite ready (present company included), we’ll feature it on Day Two or Day Three. Latecomers are also welcome (just drop us a line). Post a comment below, email me at, or DM me on Twitter (@barry_cinematic). You may also contact Gill by commenting on her post, or through her blog’s Contact Me page.


But enough of my blabbing. Here are the posts from Day 1…

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Dan from Crimson Kimono sits a spell with Bill and Willa from What Happens Later (2023). 

The Odd Couple Poster

Andrew from The Stop Button spends some quality time with Oscar and Felix from The Odd Couple (1968). 

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Quiggy at The Midnite Drive-in roams the post-apocalyptic wasteland with Vic and Blood in A Boy and His Dog (1975). 

Yancy Derringer

Kurt from Forgotten Cinema reminds us about the unlikely pairing of Derringer and Pahoo in Yancy Derringer (1958-1959).  

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John at UK Film Nerd visits with frenemies Davidge and Drac from Enemy Mine (1985). 


The Golden Spiders

Terence of A Shroud of Thoughts shares his thoughts about Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin in The Golden Spiders: A Nero WolfeMystery (2000). 

Johnny Stool Pigeon Poster

Ruth from Silver Screenings tells all in her review of Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949). 

Devil Doll Poster

Brian of Films from Beyond looks at the tender story of a man and his dummy in Devil Doll (1964). 

Harry O Poster

Mitchell from It’s About TV discusses Harry Orwell and Lt. Trench of Harry O. (1974-1976). 


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And Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews introduces us to Ansa and Hoppola in the Finnish Oscar-nominated charmer, Fallen Leaves (aka: Kuolleet Lehdet) (2023).