With an unmistakable debt to Ren and Stimpy, an infinitely more aestheticized purveyor of grossness
, the makers of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have cut-and-pasted a boy's fantasy homage to every TV cartoon that ever was, starting with the holiday specials: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and that whole scene.
In this reading, Hodge's self-soiling in Gammer Gurton's Needle, Titania's "purge" of Bottom's "mortal grossness
" in Midsummer Night's Dream, and Dapper's exile to the space of the privy in The Alchemist are moments in which pleasurable shame shapes class and gender formation.
In the years between two such different scandals of "public art," maybe "pure," nonobjective painting did offer an alternative to moral grossness
and pseudoradical politics.
Yet that doesn't even fully capture the grossness
of what they do.
I am quite surprised and confused by the mere simplicity and grossness
of the work, which is in stark contrast with the central derivation of arrival and mysticism portrayed amidst the grotesqueness of black and grey and carelessly covered hints of red and white.
Now, on paper, this all sounds the sort of grossness
at which even the makers of American Pie might balk, but the fact is that, while a bit of a structural and narrative mess, the film is actually a thoughtful, touching and surprisingly rather sweet exploration of trust and forgiveness.
However, outside the lurid, enclosed world of Royston Vasey, each has difficulty sustaining the grossness
of their main characters--Hilary, Lipp and Geoff--over feature-length running time.
- a 5m high robot welcomes visitors to the exhibition which includes features like a burp machine and a Tour de Nose.
The kinds of grossness
and greed in which they indulged are perfectly cognate with one another - selfish and fleshy and hypocritical and exploitative.
Throwing all kinds of genres into the stew, including animation and a bizarre trip sequence with Black and Sasquatch, and loaded up with grossness
and swearing, some of it's actually quite funny.
The guards' exaggerated boorishness pushes the film itself into grossness
at this point.
A memorable dinner party at which Lecter and FBI agent Clarice Starling indulge in a bizarrely grotesque banquet of human brains is on the screen in all its bloody grossness
(The F.B.I., inevitably, had a file on him of more than usual grossness
. This at one point seems to have induced a worried Felix Frankfurter to ask Laski's widow about letters from himself in Laski's files.) Laski greatly liked Roosevelt, but was invariably surprised when F.D.R.
Superficially similar to Something About Mary but without either the sexual grossness
or the excessive sentimentality, it's no classic but, largely down to a splendidly over-the-top Faris who walks away with every scene she's in, it is often very funny indeed.
Last I heard, grossness
and coarseness were, well, part of the sports mix--at least until the NFL and the media conspired to turn this championship game into a quasi-religious experience.