The Aristocrats is supposedly how nothing is shocking anymore. The movie is built around one infamous joke that comics occasionally tell just for each otherâ€™s amusement, trying to outdo each other in grossness and invention. And â€œThe Aristocratsâ€ is the punch line to the joke, which involves a lengthy setup â€“ one that stretches comics to think of the worst possible ideas they can to involve a family and their unbelievably foul stage act. Trying to get more and more outrageous, many comics have made the joke involve incest with the family fucking each other; mother and father and children all sucking and fucking in a pool of their own vomit and feces.
The Nomi Song
Directed by Andrew Horn (Palm Pictures DVD)
Much like the willfully enigmatic artist it profiled, Andrew Hornâ€™s 2004 documentary, The Nomi Song, came and went through select art houses here in the States to undeservedly sparse fanfare. Despite having won the â€œTeddy Bear Awardâ€ for Best Documentary Film at the Berlin Film Festival, Hornâ€™s portrait of the late singer/performance artist Klaus Nomi might have seemed a bit too tailored to certain demographics to achieve a wider audience. Now released on DVD with a clutch of archival performance footage, further back-story, anecdotal interviews and other Nomi ephemera appended, the film has been granted a second shot at larger exposure.