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Terminal, USA1993

  • 3.9
  • passes the bechdel test

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I just stumbled onto the magical world of Jon Moritsugu. I knew nothing about this film as it started. I freaking LOVED it! It was so frenzied and creepy! I like the quote calling it Father Knows Best meets Pink Flamingos, but I think it's more like if John Waters remade a Douglas Sirk film.

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I just stumbled onto the magical world of Jon Moritsugu. I knew nothing about this film as it started. I freaking LOVED it! It was so frenzied and creepy! I like the quote calling it Father Knows Best meets Pink Flamingos, but I think it's more like if John Waters remade a Douglas Sirk film.

3 members like this review
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I loved "Terminal USA!" The level of discomfort it generated in me was profound and thrilling. I think Jon Moritsugu is a cinematic master of the highest order. I also have to report that for reasons unclear to me I was enormously uplifted by the final climactic ending especially followed by the choice of end credit music.

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If Gregg Araki and MTV's Liquid Television took a mud bath you would probably come up with 1993's 'Terminal USA.' The rosy makeup and skewering of suburbia came only one year before Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" music video, which shared similar themes of homemade dystopia. Jon Moritsugu's weird carousel of deliberate overacting and bursts of carnality is a cleverly devised kaleidoscope of early-nineties unrest. "GPA! GPA! GPA!"

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Hilarious satire chainsaws through stereotypes with a very bad day in the life of a most dysfunctional Asian American family. Heaps of drug abuse, incest, pedophilia, patricide, nymphomania, impotence and closeted homosexuality garnished with bloody mayhem involving skinheads and screaming cheerleaders. Yeah, it’s fun.

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too stupid for me

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A fun punk romp, somewhat reminiscent of Elfman's Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo works.

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Great fun for all, especially the disenfranchised youth. I didn't get it at first and then it all clicked and was "all good". It was the after-school special I always wanted to watch.

Loved the rising sun pillow case, great touch. It constantly made me think the grandfather had a gory head injury.

fucking A list.

What perfect genius. Feels a lot like Twin Peaks via John Waters, but with its own very unique character. Everything is on point and wonderfully synthesized-- the writing, the cast, the attitude, the look. Highly recommended, and a quick watch.

Bloody amazing!

A great trash culture make a great trash film.

Wonderful sickness

Weird and good.