I have this friend, Mel, who is one of the most absurdly talented people I know. Her talents extend in many directions, but one of the most impressive branches of her creativity is her costuming. Seriously, the girl is like a cosplay ninja--she does things with wearable electronics that border on witchcraft. Here is a… Continue reading Sexy Costumes in the Real World
A couple months ago, I read The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. Getting through it took quite a bit of effort, which was disappointing because it's the source material for one of the most interesting films I've ever seen: Adaptation.. I have mentioned Adaptation before, and like all dutiful book-lovers I try to read movie source material… Continue reading Fictional Real People
Back when I was still in school, where I had to read Serious Texts and Think Seriously about them from a Serious Creative Viewpoint, I read a lot of books in which people died. Character death wasn't just popular--it was required. Once, in a short story class, I received the packet of required reading and my friend… Continue reading The Thematic Gravity of Death
There is a lot of media criticism out in the world that focuses on the idea of representation. It's no secret that the vast majority of characters, especially protagonists, in Western media are straight, white males--a tendency that leaves anyone not fitting in that category with, at best, only stereotypical representations of themselves. Less frequently… Continue reading Orange is the New Black and Deviating from the Norm
If you haven't read/seen Cloud Atlas, you've probably at least heard of it (but beware the SPOILERS). I wrote a review of the movie about 9 months ago, when it first came out (it's kind of a disaster, especially in the make-up department), and recently finished reading the book, which is far better than the film (though… Continue reading Female vs. Male Narratives in Cloud Atlas
I've been doing a lot of very specific whining about things that people like lately, so I thought we'd take a break and talk about something else. For now, anyway. I mean. I am reading Cloud Atlas and I have Problems with it, so that might crop up here soonish, but today we are going… Continue reading Hair Color is Not Character Development
Okay, yeah, that title is kind of a bad joke. Shut up. Moving along, now. A few weeks ago, I saw Iron Man 3, the latest in the Marvel extravaganza that is the Avengers. If you haven't seen it yet, maybe do that before reading this, because spoilers. Now, we all know that the Avengers… Continue reading Iron Man 3: Holy Pathos, Batman!