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2011 Outfest screening of 'Hoarders: Untold sTori' held at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

Lorene Machado - Lorene Machado, Kirsten Schaffer Los Angeles, California - 2011 Outfest screening of 'Hoarders: Untold sTori' held at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Saturday 16th July 2011

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2011 Outfest screening of 'Hoarders: Untold sTori' held at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

Lorene Machado Saturday 16th July 2011 2011 Outfest screening of 'Hoarders: Untold sTori' held at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Los Angeles, California

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I'm the One That I Want Review


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Margaret Cho's comedy -- self-obsessed mockery about being Korean, being a "fag hag," her failed sitcom, her weight, and her mother -- has never been short on raunch and giggles. But her lengthy one-woman show, taped at the Warfield in San Francisco, is awfully repetitious, including a six-or-seven-minute bit about a frightening woman who arrives to "wash her vagina." If you're in love with Cho (as she is with herself), you'll eat her feature film up. If you're just a fan of comedy, you'll find her jokes sometimes funny... but often flatter than Friday night family sitcoms (and her self-pitying/depressive/"I'm a failure" moments are just awful).

Notorious C.H.O. Review


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Some theatrical performances don't transfer well to film, and this isn't taking fictional adaptation into account. There's an immediacy to watching a live show that adds energy to your response that, when separated by a screen and camera controlling what your eyes see, pales the material presented, no matter what it is. First case in point being The Vagina Monologues (as taped for HBO).

Such is the case with Notorious C.H.O., Margaret Cho's follow-up to the successful I'm the One That I Want. A comedienne with chutzpah and natural sense of comic timing, Cho can provoke laughter through the most overused humor, while the camera operators switch between continuously unmotivated angles in the hopes that your eyes won't get too bored. Maybe if you have access to several cameras you should use them regardless, but if a film keeps cutting between lenses without purpose, attention span will drop to zero.

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