Archives for April 2008
Questionable Taste Theatre: "The Reckoning"
So coming up on Questionable Taste Theatre is a random spate of period dramas. I’m a costume whore, what can I say? We begin Ye Olde Monthe with the 14th century mystery The Reckoning. (The link goes to the trailer, which is worth seeing.) Nutshell: Disgraced priest Paul Bettany falls in with a group of traveling actors, led by the MOST SINEWY PERSON IN THE WORLD, Willem Dafoe. When they hit a town that’s less interested in morality plays than in convicting the local deaf woman for the murder of… Read more »
An unexpected casualty of Questionable Taste Theatre is going through YouTube for any relevant clips, and then getting lost in a maze of hilarious music videos. Or, worse, someone’s funky fetish video collection. (If your usename contains “padded cell” and you have a bunch of clips of women in straightjackets, please, never contact me, okay?) SO. No video clips of today’s film, The Linguini Incident, and almost no pictures, because this movie is so rare that I am the only person who remembers it was ever made. What this movie… Read more »
This week I celebrate my fat-kid-cakeness love of Thunderheart. It has Val Kilmer before he got crazy, Graham Greene before he couldn’t get work any more, and EIGHT POUNDS OF PWN. Enjoy this beautifully-composed shot…right before this dude is killed-ass. NOTE: All pictures are from this site; I saved them here to avoid hotlinking. SPOILERS if you go. In fact, SPOILERS all around! Beware. Nutshell: By-the-books FBI Agent Ray Levoi is 1/4 Sioux; that gets him sent to a Sioux reservation in South Dakota as a “liasion” for a murder… Read more »
Never has Emma Thompson’s judgemental glare been so painful to me. Yes, it’s Her Alibi. The movie with a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. FIFTEEN PERCENT. Sure, the majority of it is a stinkfest, but there is not a day that goes by without at least one line from this movie being directly relevant to my own life. (From a scene where a reluctant Phil goes to a book launch for his British writer-nemesis.) Nemesis: so what are you working on these days? I love that character of yours, that… Read more »

Recent Work

TV Recaps: Elementary, Season 5

TV Recaps: Victoria, Season 1

TV Recaps: Reign, Season 4

TV Recap: Bates Motel, "Hidden"

Fiction: "Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home", Clarkesworld

Film: How many movies about grief this year? All of them,

Book Review: HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic,

Book Review: How to Read a Dress,

Nonfiction: A Doom of One's Own, Clarkesworld

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  • Whether you will, or no

    I wrote a piece for VICE about consent as fantasy element in the 18th-century “Beauty and the Beast,” and a little about what happens to the shape of the tale when a retelling (say, I dunno, Disney) alters those elements: “How Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Became the Darkest Tale of All.“

    An excerpt:

    The most powerful force in Beauty and the Beast isn’t magic, or even love, but consent. Most retellings of Villeneuve’s version are careful to keep it. The Beast is clear that Beauty must know what she’s getting into. (In Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s 1910 version, it’s still more explicit: The Beast warns Beauty’s father to “be honest with your daughter. Describe me to her just as I am. Let her be free to choose whether she will come or no…”) Later, the Beast asks Beauty herself if she comes willingly. And that first dinner is marked by the Beast’s deference to her wishes. Beauty’s earliest surprise is how much power she wields. Even in his nightly request that Beauty marry him, he defers. Andrew Lang emphasized the power dynamics in 1889’s Blue Fairy Book:

    “Oh! What shall I say?” cried Beauty, for she was afraid to make the Beast angry by refusing.
    “Say 'yes’ or 'no’ without fear,” he replied.
    “Oh! No, Beast,” said Beauty hastily
    “Since you will not, good-night, Beauty,” he said.
    And she answered, “Good-night, Beast,” very glad to find that her refusal had not provoked him.

    Lang was one of many who used marriage proposals for the nightly request (Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1756 retelling was the first), but Villeneuve was under no illusions about the story’s undertones. In her original, Beast asks Beauty to sleep with him. Beauty’s power is the ability to withhold sexual consent.

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