i feel like this one really grounds the trilogy. 'doom generation' on it's own probably would have been too abrasive for me if i didn't have this for a foundation, for context. and i will never get over his eye for shot composition. always beautiful, at least in the 90's.
The rest of the teenage apacolypse trilogy had greater elements of satire and absurd set design, though Araki's wit is still as ravor sharp it's definitely more within the confines of "Queer Cinema"; ex the board game of gay cliches the teens play. Like the "The Living End" it's one of Araki's more reactionary works, there "AIDS" here "gay teen suicide", the results are mixed and to be taken in context.
There is a bit of pseudo-documentary in this one that doesn't really line up with the other two films in the trilogy, and it isn't nearly as wacky in dialogue/sets. I loved this one but I feel like a big part of the teen-apocalypse trilogy is that there are these candy-coated/exaggerated teenage lifestyles gone haywire, whereas this movie is more of a glimpse at the everyday (kind of normal) lives of gay teens.