Quality of Life | Chicago Reader

Quality of Life

A middling program of aggressively self-indulgent videos that focus on the sleazy side of life. In Nick Zedd and Saint Reverend Jen's I Was a Quality of Life Violation an old lady combs the streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side in search of her pooch, encountering a menagerie of local denizens with attitude in a series of skits that go nowhere. Gym Jones's Why Would Anyone Do Anything? is a puzzling send-up of Rosemary's Baby with a cameo by NewCity movie critic Ray Pride. In Great Balls of Fire (2002), Leon Grodski inelegantly weaves together footage of the burning World Trade Center with shots of a raging panhandler, and Matthew Silver's video Overmodulated Marriage, a grotesque portrayal of a battling couple, suggests a cable-access show with its excess of sincerity and lack of expertise. Shorts by Eric Dyer and Andrew Gurland complete the program. 82 min.

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