Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The following is an actual conversation via Adium with someone who I've no real contact (via blogs or otherwise) with and yet who thought giving feedback about this blog was his prerogative:
I appreciate constructive criticism as much as the next one (heck! the college writing course I teach basically depends on it) but this was... not quite what I have in mind. The internet, twitter, facebook, etc. have opened a world where everyone's opinion can be heard and distributed and that's great - but this (at least in my mind) went a bit far beyond mere "opinion." I don't even know why I'm posting this other than I found it an incredibly odd conversation to have had and thought I'd share it.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Seriously. Not joking. I love PIXAR with an obsession that could only be put on film by Glenn Close or Demi Moore on an 80s or 90s "female be crazy" plot. Without harming rabbits or Michael Douglas, of course.
Here is an extra short film from Up (recently released on DVD). I love that even in its simplicity (and without the CGI feel) the short feels purely PIXARIAN:
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Young pop goddess tries to make lightning strike twice by having a black and white album cover where she sports a crazy hairstyle and only makes one of her eyes visible.
It's violent. It's scary. It's a throwback and overly stylized but in a minimalist way for full effect.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
What do these two animated girls have in common?
Other than having very interesting friends, of course.
They were both voiced by Daveigh Chase
(the former in its original incarnation, the latter in its English dubbed version)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Off to a slow start this a season (did they really have to spend so many episodes milking the 'Real America' jokes, funny as they were?) 30 Rock managed to crank out an episode that introduced the new guy (Jack/Danny Baker), saw Kenneth at his Emperor-worst, found Jenna and Tracy trying to solve problems and strengthened the (business) relationship between Jack and Liz. Basically: classic 30 Rock.
Things I loved about the episode:
dealbreaker. the books for you man no good by lesbian yellow-sour-fruit
Solvers. The Problem
Kenneth: Yes, embrace your anger.
Danny: WHAT? You know, of all the weirdos I have met around here you are the worst. With your creepy Don Knotts face. That ridiculous Hitler Youth haircut.
Kenneth: What about my chin?
Danny: What about your chin? I have seen bigger chins in premature babies!
And of course, Liz's sleeve on fire:
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Say goodbye Meg!
I didn't intend the new banner to turn out like it did (an Actress sandwich on a PIXAR bun), but as I kept thinking of what I wanted to showcase, I just kept coming back to actresses.
On either side, PIXAR's Ratatouillean Remy and Nemoan Dory & Marlin are horrified by what a world without actresses would look like while in the middle we have (from left to right) an enchanting Amy, an Almodovarian Penelope, a conniving Ms Roberts, an adorable Boo, a Baby-bringing Kate, a damaged/ing Rose, a gleeful Jane and a mad January. I love them all and they'll be keeping me company for the rest of the year.
How had I missed this? And how did the bf find it before I did and generously posted it on my Facebook wall? And how awesome is it? Too many questions.
Anyways, head to DarkHorsePresents to find what this Spike/Angel slash fiction is all about and how I am considering it canon since this was penned by Joss himself.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
With talk of Colin Firth snagging an Oscar nomination for his role in Tom Ford's adaptation of Chirstopher Isherwood's A Single Man (following a win in Venice and an upcoming 'Performance of the Year Award' at Santa Barbara fest), it's great to see his co-stars getting some press.
In particular, Nicholas Hoult (that adorable kid from About A Boy, and that conniving teen from BBC's Skins) is having quite a week: he was spotlit by the New York Times as one of four 'Breakout Performances' and was featured in Variety as one of '10 Actors to Watch.' Which is all an excuse for me to keep amping the anticipation for this film and to post a pretty picture of Mr Hoult:
Sunday, November 1, 2009
While their latest collaboration (Broken Embraces) doesn't soar as high as their last outing (the beautifully and buoyantly effervescent Volver), there's no denying Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz make for a great cinematic pairing.
Their joint interview over at the New York Times is a joy to read. My favorite passage (mainly because it solidifies my idea of Penelope as coy and cunning, keenly aware of her disarming charm, but not without a sharp edge [in my head Penelope is part Maria Elena and part Raimunda]):
The chemistry Mr. Almodóvar, 60, and Ms. Cruz, 35, share would almost seem romantic if he were not one of the world’s best-known openly gay directors and she were not linked in the tabloids to the actor Javier Bardem. (Asked if a wedding is in the works, she said, with a pleasant smile and eyes of cold steel: “You are a writer for The New York Times, yes? I think maybe you are not supposed to ask that kind of question.”)