More Twisted Than Dreams: The Films of Gregg Araki

For director Gregg Araki, his films have always existed in hyper-real and bizarre world of their own. Breaking new ground with his daring and unique approach to filmmaking, he has become one of the most influential independent filmmakers for over two decades now, offering an alternative and thrilling entrance into the teenage psyche. From Doom Generation and Mysterious Skin to Nowhere and Kaboom, he takes the coming-of-age tales and spins it into another dimension, exploring everything from drugged-out off the rails doomsday prophecies and indulgent sexual fantasies to dark familial drama and the looming threat of HIV / AIDS.

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And although his latest film White Bird in a Blizzard showcases a more mature ad reigned in side of the director, haunting suburban dream still features that particular Araki touch we love so much. And with White Bird’s theatrical release today, let’s take a trip back through his work. Black the lights, pop something sweet, and enjoy.

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THE LIVING END (1992)

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TOTALLY F***ED UP (1993)

I believe in love! I mean there’s gotta be something for people to cling to besides TV right?

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THE DOOM GENERATION (1995)

If bullshit were music, you’d be a big brass band.

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NOWHERE (1997)

It’s like we all know way down in our souls that our generation is going to witness the end of everything. You can see it in our eyes. It’s in mine, look. I’m doomed. I’m only 18 years-old and I’m totally doomed.

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SPLENDOR (1999)

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THIS IS HOW THE WORLD ENDS (2000)

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MYSTERIOUS SKIN (2004)

The summer I was 8 years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours. Lost. Gone without a trace.

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SMILEY FACE (2007)

At any rate, I still love to eat when I’m high. So fuck you if you’re too cool to get hungry when you’re stoned. 

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KABOOM (2010)

Four years of having sex, making stupid mistakes, and experiencing stuff. It’s a pit stop, not the second coming of the Messiah.

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WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD (2014)

You look just like me when I was you.

 

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