Another very excellent use of music and visuals – Bill Withers’ Lovely Day in 127 Hours. Sorry for the video quality.
Everything about this movie is amazing, and the creative and raw ways that Boyle and Franco communicate his despair and triumphs while being stuck in the same place are truly good film work.
I’m also particularly fond of this movie because its about overcoming the lone hero mythos to turn instead to society and people. Good stuff. But that’s a post for another day.
It’s always worth revisiting Peggy Macintosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” just because it’s good, and has the potential to actually create apathy. I’d like to add a few things from a feminist slant:
- You have the ability to sing a popular song and have the love interest’s gender match your preferred gender.
- You can dress as almost anything for Halloween, not just “slutty X” or “that obscure female sidekick nobody remembers.”
Seriously. I love Thor, so I’m going to go as. . .Natalie Portman? And sorry guys, but unless I want to get mistaken for Jackie O or dress in a skintight black vinyl suit, there really aren’t any Venture Brothers costumes for me.
Why does this happen? I suppose it’s silly to ask. (Heterosexual) Men want women’s crotches in their faces, even if they’re being beaten up. Still: ridiculous.
Or is it because female sexuality is threatening? Our weapons are vaginas!
Unfortunately, what I think it is is that male-female interaction on screen is almost required to be sexually charged. It’s pretty sad that they slip this so effortlessly into violent situations.
Complete Guide to Nicholas Cage
This is my litmus test of good weird: how much do you love Nicholas Cage?
I love the Fug Girls, and usually they are kind and sensitive, but sometimes they are participating in the machine of invasive voyuerism. This is not their fault and they are not alone in it. Case in point: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Can we, as a society, just decide to leave them alone and not treat them like public scapegoats? I happen to like the slinky, antique goth look, but that is neither here nor there. These girls gave their entire lives to a child brand to make ridiculous amounts of money. Their entire lives they will be 90’s childhood relics to just about everyone they meet. The least we can do is lay off their style and let them live some sort of normal millionaire life.
I declare them off-limits!
Very much enjoyed this xkcd comic making the rounds. Kids these days, hunh?
I hope you realize by now that when I talk about Venture Brothers, I do not relegate it to an “animation” ghetto, but rather compare it to all television and media. This intro (season 2? I forget) is a thing of true beauty.
I’ll also be collecting what I think are some of the best uses of music, visuals, and dialogue in film and tv.
I am of the opinion that there are few people cooler than Carrie Brownstein. I mean being in Sleater-Kinney was enough, but then to go on and do Portlandia? It’s almost too much greatness.
Also, Fred Armisen is truly the Michelangelo of stutters and “ums”.
NotTildaSwinton on twitter. Pure poetry. I hope this turns out to secretly be someone I know.
I am interested in anonymous internet actors. Even if they’re doing it to get a gig, or eventually reveal their identities, I love that people are tweaking their reality in quite genius ways for mass, free entertainment.
I also know that the internet hate/gossip machine can be a terrible, destructive thing. But I think that as sad as some may interpret this, there’s quite a bit of long-time media family love in the Gen X/Millennial generations. We all know every moment of Full House, are awaiting Rick Moranis, and are so happy to welcome Michael J. Fox back into our house. The internet love is strong and nostalgic.
So I hope that people will see these sort of critiques, witticisms, and satire as a great conversation about who we like and why we like them. Sure, the internet’s front page can be cliche and pandering, but on the whole stories about kindness, charity, heroism, and beauty get promoted the most. (Okay – conjecture. But let’s entertain it as a thought. I stopped doing citations when I finished my masters.)
So write on, you lovely internet scribes! Your beloved 80’s tv actor will rise again at the next reunion!
Legitimately as an adult enjoying the Street Fighter movie. I mean, it is awful. But it knows it’s awful, and is actually kind of smart at times. Plus: Raul Julia! Better than any Bond villain. The world mourns.
We Gen X/Millennials are exceedingly nostalgic, but we truly did have a shared childhood vocabulary of shows, toys, and memories. I also secretly like to think there is a secret, cinematic quality that can be in any film, good or “bad”, to really make it a good story. I believe that a simple but well-told story can elevate any movie of any budget. I guess that’s what I’m really out to do: look in unexpected corners for good stories, and figure out the qualities that they all share. Whether they’re Oscar winners or mindless pop.