Category: Channel Flip
Channel Flip: In the Mouth of Madness
In which I tackle a horror movie just bad enough that I can get through ten minutes of it, and in which I also can never escape Sam Neill. Is that my personal early-1990s horror-movie fate? Sam Neill everyplace? Let’s find out together, shall we? Timestamp: 00:46:17 We open with this kid, who’s very scary, mostly because of his hair: Someone telekinetically opens and slams the doors; maybe Satan, but also maybe it’s just this kid. I’ve seen kids! They slam anything! The doors open again to reveal a smug… Read more »
Channel Flip: Streets of Fire
So after I posted my last (or rather, latest), Channel Flip, two people got in touch to very kindly ask about the movies they were still waiting, with saintly patience, for me to recap. One was Streets of Fire, a Rock’n’Roll Fable that answered pretty much all my life questions except one you ask of everyone in this, “What are you DOING here?”, even as you pretty much enjoy yourself. The point is, I needed no further encouragement to get this post-apoc Casablanca sent to me in the mail posthaste!… Read more »
The Supersizers: Edwardian
(Technically this is “Edwardian Supersize Me,” because if this show loved anything more than getting its hosts drunk it was renaming the show every two weeks, but we’re going to try and hold things together. There are enough confusing things later.) Welcome to the Supersizers rewatch! We begin at the beginning, with the pilot that brought together Giles Coren, restaurant critic and perpetually awkward man of general questionability, and Sue Perkins, commentator-at-large who is probably dressed by snarky animated bluebirds every morning. Giles is sort of in love with her,… Read more »
Channel Flip: "The Kibbles and Bits of Hellorama"
It’s my final Channel Flip (I think – if your request hasn’t been filled, drop me a comment stat)! Most people asked for Channel Flips for movies and television they either themselves enjoy, or hope I’ll hate as much as they might secretly hate it. It’s been a blast, mostly! In this last Channel Flip, I learn to be more specific in terms of what I’ll watch, if I ever offer again after this puppy, because someone will eventually request a movie that person made themselves in what looks like… Read more »
Channel Flip: "Rome"
Penultimate Channel Flip! This one I was actively looking forward to, except the first disc broke and I had to send away for another, which seemed like a bad omen, which is sort of fitting for everything that has ever happened on Rome, ever, because all of it is just a beautifully-shot and -acted cascade of terrible things. Not that I know that from watching the series! It’s just a guess I have, having never ever watched the series, because of course not, ha ha, DON’T LOOK AT ME. Episode:… Read more »
Channel Flip: Red Dwarf
In high school, someone tried to introduce me to Red Dwarf. In many ways her taste was excellent, and I was introduced to some fine British shows through her; I think I lasted about ten minutes with Lister, Rimmer and crew. And yet, here we are, Channel Flipping it! Life’s funny. (The show isn’t, but life is!) I suspect this is one of those shows in which any ten-minute chunk is going to contain both a lot of things happening and very little actual development of anything. The overwhelming feeling… Read more »

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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.

    [Full article]

    03/20/17

2016 Appearances

Emerald City Comicon
April 7-10, 2016
Seattle, WA

Kent State Wonder Woman Symposium
September 23-24, 2016
Cleveland, OH

New York Comic Con
October 5-9, 2016
New York City

World Fantasy Convention
October 28-30
Columbus, OH