World Fantasy!
So, I will be at World Fantasy this weekend! Literally; I will be at the con for the latter half of Saturday, and Sunday. (I’m sad to have such limited time at the con. The bright side is that by the time I get jet lag I’ll already be on a plane back.…
“There’s No Happy Ending with Me”: The Fall
For this month’s Intertitles, I caved in to a long-standing wish to talk about a film that is the cinema equivalent of having your heart pecked out by the world’s most beautiful birds, The Fall. It has some truly spectacular acting, even more amazing design and cinematography, and some problematic moments that I am never sure what the hell to do about, but one of The Fall’s most interesting facets for me has always been its unforgiving take on the power of story – especially the limits of story.…
“Once Upon a Time”
(Actual promo photo. Take heed.) As a fan of fairy tales, and someone who is more than willing to watch Robert Carlyle masticate some scenery one night a week, I went into Once Upon a Time thinking it might be able to overcome its two leads (the sometimes-interesting Gennifer Goodwin and the always-mediocre Jennifer Morrison) and present enough worldbuilding to keep me interested.…
The Three Musketeers
The Three MusketeersA camp movie walks a thin line. If you’re going to go for camp deliberately, you have to make sure of a lot of things. For instance, every actor in your film has to have gotten the same memo. Your script has to make sure to avoid sudden pockets of maudlin sentimentality, while still having enough serious lines for your actors to over-deliver.…
The First Five Minutes of the Best Comedy of the Year.
Because sometimes amazing things happen, ComingSoon.net put up the first five minutes of The Three Musketeers. (Thanks to eagle-eyed cleolinda, who discovers all things.) I’m calling it now: Comedy of the year. It and Jonah Hex will have to duke it out for best of the decade. This is one of those bad movies that delights in its awfulness; the sort of movie where Matthew Macfayden got to fill out a little bubble-sheet.…
Dating a God, and Other Awkward Pursuits
A quick nonfiction update, featuring a series of bad ideas! First, The Downsides of Dating a God is up at Fantasy! Despite the supernatural nature of the deistic pantheon (and their intramural dating scene), there’s a remarkable amount of god/human canoodling in the mythological tradition. Dating a deity has a certain ineffable appeal–the carefree demeanor, the kinky shapeshifting, the supernatural transportation options, the lure of immortality.…