Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Saturday night, I attended the screening of RuPaul's new movie Starrbooty, at the 2007 L.A. Outfest Film Festival. I was hoping to see this with the Intern & his man, but they weren't interested in seeing this movie & they ended up watching something else Saturday afternoon. I'm not sure what they actually saw, as I called in sick Monday and haven't seen him since Friday.

I was pretty ignorant as to how Outfest worked. I thought it was going to be all at one location, showing different queer movies every couple of hours or so...when in fact, it's a bunch of venues scattered about L.A.

I went with my GBF, and I think I ended up liking the movie more than he did. Here's a little writeup that describes what the movie's about (from the Starrbooty website):

When supermodel/agency operative Starrbooty learns her niece has been kidnapped by her archrival, Annaka Manners, Starrbooty's only option is to go undercover as a street hooker to rescue her. The only snag in our heroine's plan is that in order to infiltrate the prostitution underworld she has to gain street credibility by going "all the way" with the johns. This time, deep cover threatens to unravel Starrbooty at her very core because this time, not only is it personal but she also discovers secrets about her true identity that she wasn't supposed to know.

Starrbooty is sexy, sassy and salacious.

This movie is jam-packed with delicious dialogue, insane characters, outrageous costumes and gratuitous hair and make-up. RuPaul says: "The goal here was to make an exploitation film that was part Russ Meyer, John Waters and "The Naked Gun" and we succeeded."

While we were getting the car parked, I was debating on whether or not to bring my camera along & ended up leaving it in the car (I didn't want to look like a tourist)...besides, I didn't think that RuPaul or anyone else famous would be showing up....Boy, was I wrong.

As I was waiting in the concession line for a Diet Coke, I heard the queens in the lobby gasp in unison...RuPaul had just arrived & my damn camera was in the car! Arrggh!...She spent about 20 minutes taking pics with some of the fans...and my camera was in the car!

The Amazonian drag queen, decked out in a floor length, colorful sequined gown & white afro wig, was accompanied by the director of the movie, Mike Ruiz (see pic below)...hubba hubba!

This movie was hilarious, hysterical, over the top, and includes kung-fu fighting, impromptou dance routines, and a whole bunch of full-frontal male nudity from some gay porn stars (hello Michael Lucas!)

Starrbooty is a definite nod to Blaxploitation films, and I think even Pam Grier would be proud.

There's a whole lot of funny one liners, and some of the follow up quips were lost whenever the audience went wild with laughter (which was quite often).

If you get a chance, check this movie out!


dbv said...

I can't tell you how many photo ops I've missed because I didn't have my camera. I learned that lesson and have scouts out all over the world looking for just he right murse (man purse) that will fit all the stuff I need to carry everyday. The camera is one of the items that will go in it!!! Sounds like a great flick, can't wait to see it!!!

Greg said...

That sounds like a great film! I wish we could have seen it; I prefer RuPaul's drag to John Travolta's any day. You should get one of thos emini camera keychains, just in case you run into that hunky director again.

Big Daddy said...

RuPaul is huge!

I saw her at The Roxy once.

What's funny is I just put some of her songs on my mp3 player and was wondering what ever happened to her.

Scot said...

I was there too. I liked the one liners, but wanted a little more out of the movie like, I don't know, a more contiguous plot? I know that's asking a lot for such a film but it could have stayed slap-stick and still made sense (like Orgasmo).
Anyway, if I knew you were going to be there, would have met you for a drink afterward. If you were in the bathroom line upstairs, I'm the queen that called after all the men using the ladies' restroom "Don't forget to put the seat down!" My older sisters trained me well.

Christopher said...

David: I'm curious as to what else will go into the murse?

Greg: Travolta doing drag = no thank you!...I'll have to look into those mini cams.

Big Daddy: you & I are psychically linked...that...or we're just a couple of flaming queens....I choose the former.

Scot: ...Dang!...If I'd known you were there, I'd have accepted the drink offer. As soon as the movie got out, we ran out of there FAST & headed on over to the East-West lounge...dinner wasn't agreeing with me & I was in need of a restroom in a very bad way...I almost shat my pants (oops, did I share too much)...we saw some delicious looking guys from the movie, so we decided to stay there & oogle!....yeah, the movie was pretty silly....we'll have to meet up soon!

Big Daddy said...

Yah, this is getting freaky.

I'm scared.

Hold me.


Michael Guy said...

I've seen some clips from the film; definitely on my 'must-see' list.

And that Director dude?! I'll add him to my 'must-do' list. Sheesh! Hotness!

Crazy Eddie said...

I lurve me some RuPaul so it's only right that you've gotten me excited to see this flick. Didn't even know it was under production... lol. I'm not that gay.

Have to admit though... that articulate description of the movie had me giggling. Blacksploitation rules.


Silly Billy said...

So.......was your camera in the car?