eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
Weird comment seen today in a Netflix user review:
Real people having a conversation, especially about a murder, don't just speak with one line ideas, they usually back them up with a reason or explaination for their idea.
Absolutely. ESPECIALLY when talking about a murder they committed, people're sure to speak in complete paragraphs. Possibly even standard five-paragraph essays. And, you know, I'm sure the reviewer has loads of real, personal experiences to back that statement up.

(Also? By this logic, Samuel Beckett and Tom Stoppard are two of the greatest dialogue criminals in history.)
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
... so I saw Stage Beauty, based on the play Compleat Female Stage Beauty, this weekend. Billy Crudup plays Mr Kynaston, a real-life male performer who played women's roles, and Claire Danes plays Maria, his female dresser, who becomes an actress when Charles II (Rupert Everett, in a fabulous wig -- he's in the movie just because, when anyone does a film with scary HOMOsexual content, they feel like they need to give him at least a bit part) decides that women should play women.

So. Okay. Could be interesting, yes? But. What it actually ended up being is a film about ... Maria rescuing Mr Kynaston from his hideous and unhappy and unreal and sordid homosexual encounters. I'm sure they think this was Subtle (and thus avoiding Giving Offense), but dude. So, so not.

So Mr Kynaston was trained his whole life to be a girl. His mentor was initially described so vaguely as a "man who took pretty young boys off the streets" that I thought they were proposing a Lurid Male Prostitute Past for Kynaston. And I just can't imagine they didn't notice the resonances. Anyway. His mentor trained all the "masculine mannerisms" and "masculine thoughts" out of him and left him not a woman in a man's body, which would be sad enough, but a man who wants to be a woman (trapped in a man's body) but never, ever can be -- because biology rules destiny. So, as Maria tells him, he can't ever really play a woman, because he can't think like a woman, can't act like a woman, can't be a woman. Nice thoughts for all the trans people in the world, yesno?

And Kynaston has a relationship with the Duke of Buckingham (!), but only when they are onstage after performances, so the Duke can think of Kynaston as a woman -- he doesn't love Kynaston when Kynaston's a man. And Kynaston does think of himself as a woman, during sex. He explains to Maria (who is curious, as of course all modern women would be -- wait, this is Restoration period -- d'oh!) that when two men are together, one is the man and one is the woman, always. (Kynaston also declares that he's "never been with a woman except himself," so he's clearly meant to have had only homosexual experiences.) And then! Maria asks him to show her! So they get all up in the bed, and he has Maria playing the man and himself playing the woman, and she says "not much going on," and he says "well, usually the man has more there," and so naturally they switch places, and then they do this routine where every twenty seconds Maria asks him "and who are you/am I now?" and he says "now...you're the woman, and I'm the man." And by the end, there's no hesitation, and after that acknowledgment they start to have sex, because Claire Danes has cured him, and he has seen the light, and now he knows he's a man and can have happy healthy relationships with women, and that's all it took to de-gay him. Because, see, gay men are just Confused and don't know how to be Real Men. And they don't have sex with gay men, they are the women to straight men -- the Duke of Buckingham wasn't gay, just a MAN, 'cause he was on top. And then! Finally! At the end of the play! Kynaston realizes that now he can play Othello instead of Desdemona, because now he can feel the Othelloness (having read Othello, I would not consider this a good development), and he is much applauded for his accurate portrayal of manness because Maria has finally taught him to be a man.

I. I mean, my dad turned to be afterwards and said "wasn't that just a lame cover-up of 'Claire Danes Can Cure Gay Men?'" and I said "well, yes." It was so unsubtle and generally blech. It's sad, because it starts well -- all about gender as performative -- but it ends so, so badly. Men, as we know, are men, and women are women, and these lines cannot be crossed.
eruthros: Kate Winslet smiling at the camera (KW promo pic pink)
So we have All That Jazz, the Bob Fosse bio-pic-musical-thing, on our netflix queue. And I happened to click on the link to the actual page about the movie today, subsequent to a long discussion about ballet, only to discover this review:
We thought this movie was DISGUSTING...full of nudity, drugs,smoking ....obviously the Title does not portray the plot!!! I thought it would be a great musical...sort of along the Louis Armstrong vein...There were 4 of us watching this DVD...and we couldn't wait for it to end. This is NOT entertaining. A movie not FIT for anyone...to say nothing about the youth of today...this movie is a SICK presentation of entertainment!!!
Okay, so, where to start? I mean, you couldn't wait for it to end, but you didn't turn it off? It's not fit for anyone, but the youth of today aren't included in that anyone? For some inexplicable reason, despite reading the brief description of the movie (hint: it features the phrase "raunchy underbelly of show business" and is rated R), you thought it would be ... full of Louis Armstrongish qualities?

Really, none of those things can stand up to my absolute favorite part of the review: "obviously the Title does not portray the plot!!!" *giggles* Wow. Some people, man.

HP PoA

Jun. 2nd, 2004 11:45 pm
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Saw Harry Potter. Eeeeed at Remus and Sirius. And at map. Map! Map map map! As is obvious from Links List, like maps. Anyway. Am exhausted -- more later.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I just got mail. And in that mail was...

Four tickets to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban two whole days early! On June 2nd! Right in Manayunk!

I've never won anything before in my life. And now I get to see HP two days early! Next Wednesday!

(Four tickets because they didn't say if you got one or two per person, and so I put both [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and my names down. And okay, "won" is a little strong, since it was that MTV thing, and it was really more "first come first served," but still... free! FREE! And early! And, and, there will be Harry and Hermione and Ron and Snape and Remus and Sirius and, and. Yay.)

/squee
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Squee! And also: squee!

Universal has green-lighted the film based on Firefly. It's gonna be called Serenity. And it's gonna have almost everybody from the series in!

The only actors not confirmed are Alan Tudyk (Wash) and Ron Glass (Book). Which saddens me, but otoh it's early yet, and it's impressive that everyone else is confirmed, and it doesn't say that they are absolutely not going to be able to be in it. If that makes sense.

*goes back to work, but continues squeeing. quietly.*
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Heh. I'm here on campus with nothing -- well, no. With many things to do, so instead I'm sitting in the computer lab, surfing the net.

Just found this, which I totally agree with. Plus, the image is, like, laugh-out-loud funny.
While Zeta-Jones looked great in "Chicago" -- she's a nice, fulsome size -- looking at Renee Zellweger in a tiny little flapper dress is like looking at Iggy Pop in a tiny little flapper dress, only on Iggy it would at least be subversive, and therefore sexy.

By Cintra Wilson who, as you Bay Area-ites know, was once a Bay Area columnist in the Examiner. Or maybe you don't; some people boycotted the Examiner on principle.

I could never have done that. The Examiner was one of only three papers in the country to give us Frumpy the Clown, possibly the funniest comic strip I read in high school. I was so disappointed when Jud Winick (of Pedro and Me fame) stopped doing it. Then there was nothing to look forward to on slow news days. Then along came Boondocks.

Hey, in further browsing I have just discovered that there are Frumpy archives up online! Who knew? Jud Winick's page where you have to click on Frumpy, and then on archive. Now I have to go back and read them all.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Path)
Thoughts on Harry Potter. And 'Nsync. Oh, yah, watch eruthros make the weird connections.

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