June 12, 2002

Just watched Penelope Spheeris' Suburbia on DVD, with director's commentary. I hadn't seen this since I was a 13-year-old little punk shithead, and it holds up really well for a 20-year-old, quasi-exploitative low-budget movie. There's lots of violence and retarded punk-rock humor (Roger Corman co-produced it), but it seems like smart, careful filmmaking -- and Spheeris made every effort to do something honest and uncompromised.

The commentary track's great -- Spheeris has some funny war stories, and her personality reflects her years of directing experience and her upbringing as a scrappy iconoclast from the blue-collar L.A. suburbs. She says "I was a pretty good filmmaker before I sold out!"