Archives for April 2013
Ten Screencaps About "Da Vinci's Demons"
For the unaware, Da Vinci’s Demons is a new television series on Starz (“Where history comes to die”), in which a saucy young Da Vinci, trying to prove himself as an artist and inventor, lives his life as a human pinball amid the dangerous politics of contemporary Italy (accurate!) and solve a mystical mystery about a secret society and thre magical book that’s the key to their power (suggested by someone who didn’t understand the stakes of actual Italian politics at the time, I am guessing, because Da Vinci WISHES… Read more »
“Loving the Alien” at Strange Horizons!
There’s been a lot of talk recently about David Bowie’s “The Stars Are Out Tonight.” People were thrilled about the appearance by Tilda Swinton (who wouldn’t be), and there was a lot of talk about David Bowie’s foray into music-video-as-short-film as an awesome extension of his music video career. And so it is! But it’s also not his first. Bowie (and the directors with whom he tends to collaborate repeatedly on these projects) has a history of peppering his music-video career with conceptual pieces that, when strung together, become a… Read more »
Alien Resurrection
[Note: Alien Resurrection was the winning bid for Con or Bust. Turns out that is, in fact, what it took for me to watch Alien Resurrection again all the way.] Watching Alien Resurrection is like going to an extremely confusing and uneven semester of a mildly-unaccredited film school; you learn the importance of repetitive visual motifs to establish relationship dynamics, and and you also learn that one-upping the last installment in your inherited franchise should take priority over everything else no matter what, NOW CALL THE EFFECTS GUYS.… Read more »
Ten Things You Should Know about "Defiance"
Defiance, the SyFy TV sensation that exists mostly as a weekly ad for a video game apparently, premiered on Monday! There are some things you should know. (This won’t be overly detailed; partway through I checked the timestamp and realized this pilot was an hour and 26 minutes, at which point I called Hulu a son of a bitch out loud in a room by myself, so that’s pretty much how this is going.) 1. If you don’t have time for ten things, Graham Greene’s face sort of gets it… Read more »
Red Carpet Rundown: The MTV Movie Awards
So, as we discuss often on this blog, there are many things at play on red carpets for grownups. Some celebrities have spokesperson relationships; some are making bids to set trends; some are quietly promoting the image of their latest work (see: Rooney Mara surrounding Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and some are surreptitiously trying out for parts down the road (see: the half-dozen blonde actresses who walked red carpets this year dressed like Veronica Lake). And it’s important: nail or bomb the Golden Globes or the Emmys or, above… Read more »
Upstream Color
A woman sits at a table, making paper chains. She has a worm inside her; the man who put it there is asleep in her bed. He’s halfway through taking everything she has. When she wakes up again after the worm (in a process so surreal it’s better experienced than described), her life is broken.. A man who carries the same wounds, in every sense, sees her on a train. He says hello. That each of these moments is almost unbearably tense is part of the art of Upstream Color;… Read more »

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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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