Gummo ★★★★

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"Life is great. Without it, you'd be dead."

A brilliantly deranged and dirty depiction on a world gone mad in a town left clinging to the worst of humanity as it grasps with the conflicting sight of itself. Harmony Korine's dangerously sickening Gummo isn't one without issues (namely a feeling of over-extended focus on certain segments) but the best thing that can be said about Korine's vision is that he almost sympathizes with the horrid, and not in a bad way. It seems like he knows all of the behavior exhibited in this film is wrong, but realizes that this is all this town has left, despite how disgusting and rotten it all is. A masterpiece? Probably not, but it feels heavily unique in multiple senses against the backdrop of this unnervingly bleak town.