Archives for September 2009
DO: Make your daughter Anne of Avonlea! Remember, puffy sleeves mean you love her more than Marilla does. DON’T: Put your eleven-year-old in a saloon girl costume, okay? Just, really not something an eleven-year-old needs to be. DO: Make an owl costume for yourself or your child! DON’T: Make EVERYONE an owl, for god’s sake. I said OR, not AND. Just look at what will happen. Every single member of that fake family is smiling through their tears DO: NOT EVER DO THIS. DON’T: EVER.… Read more »
Tango is strange; danced socially, so much of the nuance is in the feeling between partners that what seems to you like a spectacular dance can look relatively low-key to other dancers. To casual observers, it can look dead boring. There are things that are easy to notice. In the video below, it’s clear that the embrace is fluid, opening and closing a few inches as needed. You can see the perfect balance of each dancer (wheeee!); you can see her articulate adornments that accent the music; you can see… Read more »
So, FlashForward aired last night! My official review is up at Tor.com. My unofficial review: when it gets better, someone call me. This show lost me at the thirty-minute mark, when three characters are talking about the flashforwards in someone’s office. Joseph Fiennes turns to his partner and the FBI director and says, “I saw something.” CUT TO: The sunny atrium in the middle of FBI headquarters. The same three characters are there. The FBI director says, “What did you see?” Any show where they interrupt a conversation so they… Read more »
There was an era (and by “an era” I think I mean “a period of three years”) when Disney set aside the cavalcade of animated princesses and made a couple of unusual movies. They were unusual because of their settings, unusual because of their gentle skew to the adult, and unusual because they were good. Perhaps the best, certainly the most adult of these movies, is The Rocketeer. And by “adult” I mean, “Turn the Lech-o-meter down a notch, Tim Dalton, damn.” “The Rocka-who?”… Read more »
Andrew Niccol was asked to direct the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host; I wrote it up for Tor.com, though there’s not much comfort in it except that he probably could use the money. (S1m0ne didn’t do so hot.) Readers of this blog know how much I love GATTACA. (Hint: A LOT.) S1m0ne was botched in the execution (no little credit for which goes to Al Pacino, who did his bug-eyed creepster routine instead of acting), but he managed to look slightly ahead of where we are now, and… Read more »
It’s the beginning of Halloween season! I’ll be nerding out at regular intervals between now and then, navigating the dangerous maze of commercial costumes and costume patterns. Today’s Costume: Tudor Lady. Two reasons this dress has a lot of vague knockoffs: it’s expensive and time-consuming to make; also it’s hot as BLAZES, oh my GOD, if you go outside with one of those on any time before October 31 you are basically a ticking time bomb of heatstroke. In previous years, Simplicity has tried to get you to believe this… Read more »

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