Counting Cards
Counting CardsI went to the Cloisters yesterday for a little unicorn research (best kind of research). Though they are not big on anyone taking pictures and therefore I only have one of a flower waving merrily from atop a sign reading POISON PLANT, I ran across a couple of very interesting costumes.…
The White Queen
The White QueenOver at The AV Club on Friday, I reviewed The White Queen, the BBC coproduction now hopping the pond to Starz, where its ten episodes will acquire approximately 70% more butts than previously and make no more sense than it did before. (The first episode is a lump of setup punctuated by an attempted rape – great, thanks, helpful!…
The Girl Stays in the Picture
The Girl Stays in the PictureEight Silent Films and the Women Who Made Them Legendary The silent-movie boom of the early 20th century left an indelible mark on pop culture, and is perhaps the cinema era that cinema loves best. From Singin’ in the Rain to The Artist, Hollywood often returns to those seemingly-halycon days of dashing men who made movies happen, and ingenues they loved.…
TV Movies and Other Accidental Horrors
TV Movies and Other Accidental HorrorsSometimes I tell friends to watch things that are awful. It’s harder if the only recommendation I have is, “No, you can’t imagine how bad it is until you see it.” It gets more awkward if it’s something I found during one of my down-the-rabbit hole Netflix fugue states, where I snap out of it the next day and realize I’ve watched seven movies, each worse than the last, until I nearly rewatched Blood of Beasts, a “Viking” Beauty and the Beast story where the only part that ever stays with me is where she offers to help her bear-suit captor wash up by pressing a damp washcloth gingerly to his shoulder three times, the end.…