by Lewis Manalo
The DVD for Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains came out about a year ago, and I’m appalled that I managed to go through my teenage years without having seen it. Haiku review:
It nearly has the punk texture of Smithereens starring Richard Hell, but with a big budget, a screenplay by Nancy Dowd and a studio like Paramount backing it, the film is more likely one of the last babies of a lingering 70’s Hollywood. Apparently, unless you had the misfortune of growing up in L.A. and had the good fortune of having Z Channel, you never got to see this movie as a kid. I have yet to speak with anyone (on the East Coast) who was a teen in the 1980s who’s seen it.
See it. (And keep an eye out for a baby version of Ray Winstone.)