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I Am Divine

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Worth watching on Netflix this week: Jeffrey Schwartz’ documentary I am Divine,  a biography of the performer best known as John Water’s lifelong muse.  Divine was the ultimate proto-punk (Female Trouble came out in 1974- that puts her in a mohawk a full  three years before Never Mind the Bollocks), a gender-bending madmad/madwoman on a quest to outdo everyone at everything, and a  body image activist way before anyone had any clue what that meant. In the best Hollywood tradition, she died while her career was still in the upswing, but left a body of work that ran from terrible to critically acclaimed (and sometimes both at once). Plus, it’s worth watching just to see John Waters at 17.

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Blade Runner whatnow?

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