I’ve been a fan of filmmaker Onur Tukel‘s weird and wild sense of humor since Applesauce premiered in 2015. In his latest film, POUNDCAKE, straight white men are in danger in NYC. A serial killer is brutally murdering them, and the people have thoughts. This bold and totally Tukel project (which, sidenote, would be a great podcast name) is an unusual ode to the queer community and the eclectic opinions and personalities of the city. Be warned. You are not ready for these shenanigans.
If the internet comments section became a brilliant satirical dialogue, you might have an inkling of how smirk-inducing POUNDCAKE is. With every conspiracy theory, controversial subject matter, and offensive conversation you can think of, Tukel pushes the envelope. Simultaneously hilarious and politically on point, the film makes fun of us all.
POUNDCAKE tackles racism, faux outrage, misogyny, religion, me too, homophobia, cancel culture, privilege, and toxic positivity. There is a sex scene that manages to be erotic, offensive, and hysterical. No one is safe, especially straight white guys. Yes, it is a horror film but a dialogue-driven one. Tukel has his actors say things that are cringe-worthy, hurtful, honest, and wrong, so very wrong. It’s an audacious film, and it’s what he does best. One line perfectly sums up the fearless writing, “Just don’t take it personally, okay?”
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