When Ledcat and Sue Met Waxie Moon: A Review

Waxie Moon

This weekend, Ledcat and I watched Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel.

We had not previously heard of Waxie Moon, who is a self-styled ‘international gender-blending queer lady boylesque performance-art stripping sensation.’ Waxie had previously been featured in a documentary about the mostly queer neo-burlesque community in Seattle. This second movie is more plot driven, exploring Waxie’s search for love in a whirling blur of genre shifting send-ups of female Hollywood tropes. From Carrie Bradshaw to Mama Rose, Waxie somehow infuses a little bit of Louis C.K. into stylized romp through the classics.

Louis C.K.? I just began watching his show and I kept thinking how much performance artist Marc Kenison reminds me of the comedian/actor. It isn’t so much a physical resemblance as perhaps their shared willingness to explore the uncomfortable and awkward spaces.

Anyway, this movie is definitely entertaining. It is a little distracting trying to identify all of the cinematic references and cameos (I didn’t recognize anyone) so it might be a little too “inside” for the average viewer to fully appreciate. But I was familiar with most of the tropes and enjoyed the intersection of Waxie in character as the leading lady in some pretty terrific mashup scenes. And her clothes were terrific.

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Ledcat says “Waxie Moon seems like they would be very fun to hang out with and makes me want to take a trip to Seattle.”

This is a must-see movie if you are a fan of burlesque, Andy Warhol, John Waters or thoughtful explorations of women’s roles in cinema. It is fun, weird and puzzling, a heady combination in your movie watching.

It will be available for pre-order on DVD.


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