Archives for June 2008
Questionable Taste Theatre: “Dark City” I could make this entry two words long: HELL YES. Instead, I will make it one million words long. (Don’t worry, your comments can still say “Hell no!” and it will look all clever.) Dark City is a film by Alex Proyas, who gave us perennial Gothbomb movie The Crow and then said, “You know what I want to do next? I want to fill a foggy basement with bald guys worshipping a clock shaped like a human head.” Way to live the dream, Alex!… Read more »
Six reasons you should be watching The Middleman. 1. It’s the sort of show that fills its promo shots with bubbles, because who the hell cares? “You kiss your mother with that mouth, huh? Garbage mouth? Yes, you! ”… Read more »
Today’s Questionable Taste Theatre is extremely questionable. (Aren’t they all? Isn’t that why I named it Questionable Taste Theatre? Oh, never mind! You and your semantics!) I first saw this movie when I was ten, and I thought it was the funniest, most romantic, most elegant movie ever. I saw it again recently. Apparently in the intervening years I had totally forgotten that it’s a story about forced therapy, mind control, enormous man-eating flowers, and vandalism. That’s right, it’s Carefree, the 1938 Astaire-Rogers semi-musical that captured the hearts of psychiatrists… Read more »
Tomorrow is the Questionable Taste Theatre as planned, but I couldn’t wait to post this movie, probably my perfect example of Go Big or Go Home. Devdas is a Bollywood blockbuster that is seriously one of the most beautiful films ever made. Whatever you may think about it (overblown – check, overlong – check, overrated – maybe), you really, really can’t think, “It’s ugly.” Set in a magical-realism style 1930s Calcuuta, Devdas is the story of the young, upper-class man who comes home from university, falls in love with the… Read more »
Feeling steampunky today? No? How about alternate-history…y? Failed-Hollywood-marriagey? Well, are you in luck, because today, Questionable Taste Theatre tackles Time After Time, a time-travel romance that is probably incredibly cheesy, but is too busy being gleeful and nerdy to care. Just how I like my movies! Check out this awesome poster. I love that pocketwatch like Malcolm McDowell loves being creepy. Nutshell: H.G. Wells, nerdy inventor, finds out his best friend is Jack the Ripper, and has used Wells’ time machine to escape into the future. You know what that… Read more »

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TV Recaps: Elementary, Season 5

TV Recaps: Victoria, Season 1

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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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