Archives for January 2013
The Man from Oz
Say what you will about the Oz books (and I will say plenty, I am not a huge fan), but you can’t say that they haven’t stood firm against an onslaught of dramatic adaptations. Some have been more faithful than others. Several have been an examination of the original text. Many of them have been questionable quality. (One of them was so terrible that I liveblogged the entirety of it, during a violent illness, because if you’re going to make yourself sick, make it count, right?) The most influential (though… Read more »
Red Carpet Rundown: the SAG Awards
Red Carpet season continues, with the awards show that decides it’s time to introduce a ManiCam so we can intensely scrutinize even the cuticles of our chosen royalty! It’s the awards show that dares to ask, Who will award actors if actors don’t award actors? And last night, the Screen Actors Guild answered that call, in an awards show for which actresses and stylist teams seemed determined to look fancy, yet confused and weirdly uncomfortable! However, after a brief misstep in a particularly haute-couture velvet lump at the Golden Globes,… Read more »
Ten Things You Should Know About "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"
Imagine a room in which every Hammer movie and every unabashedly cheesy ’80s action movie and the one or two SyFy movies that actually worked out (Jersey Shore Shark Attack) got completely drunk and had a blast, and finally someone said, “You know, it’s a shame about Van Helsing,” and someone else was like, “It really is! It was just so SERIOUS,” and someone else said, “Sometimes a B movie should just embrace what it is!” and someone else said, “Did you guys ever get a super incesty vibe from… Read more »
Channel Flip: The Cutting Edge
Channel Flip! Nutshell: Strange Horizons did fundraising, and as a columnist there I offered to watch ten minutes of anything, and discuss it with as little context as possible. Which is great, until someone requests The Cutting Edge, aka Taming of the Shrew on Ice. Timestamp: 0:51:43 LAST NOTE of a montage! Close call, everybody. Moira Kelly’s ice skating, and some dude is offscreening, “Always difficult.” She throws him this: Winner and still champion. He’s her ex-coach, here to mess with her head about her new partner. She parries, with… Read more »
Why Eiko Ishioka Should Win an Oscar for a Really Bad Movie
Movies mean a lot of great and thankless work from a lot of talented people. Moviegoers (myself included) tend to take, as they’re meant to take, the final product as a whole and unbroken illusion. In this illusion, costume design is a natural extension of character and setting – Driver’s white satin scorpion jacket (designed and built by Erin Benach) is his one-stop synecdoche, and Alexandra Byrne’s painstakingly accurate fichus made Amanda Root the poster girl for muslin-strangled emotions in Persuasion. The occasional breakout costume designer becomes something of a… Read more »
Red Carpet Rundown: Golden Globes 2013
Awards Season is ON. Now begins the parade of celebrities carefully dressed in borrowed finery that will go along with a desired public image plotted more carefully than a John le Carre novel. Every awards season, in general, usually has a vaguely-cohesive feel to it, as recent runway trends get condensed to their sparkly essence, alongside the usual standard silhouettes. The Golden Globes, being the first “big one,” is sort of a barometer for the season we can all look forward to. Last year was a year of Full Baffle,… Read more »

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