Friday, November 28, 2008

Imitation of LIFE

Hope everyone had a happy, safe, stuffed Thanksgiving [hand turkey pictures coming soon]. Just in case you haven't heard, LIFE has recently released their photo archives online. A lot of this stuff had only been negatives, but now they're online! Some of my favorites:

Ruby Kitsu playing piano for some lovely men in uniform, 1940s.

"The Great Drapo": Alphonse Berge draped single pieces of fabric to create evening dresses in 20 seconds at the World's Fair (New York, 1940)

Enjoy the photos. More to come.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

WTF? | Prince Doesn't Believe in Homosexuality?

I worship at the altar of the Purple One: I lovelovelove Prince. A while back, I wrote about his gender-bending tendencies and the creation of Camille, his "feminine side". Imagine my surprise, then, when I read on Jezebel that Prince is against homosexuality! This from the guy that's presented himself queer ten ways to Sunday? It was clear that when he became a Jehovah's Witness 7 years ago, the creator of "Dirty Mind" probably wouldn't be as dirty as before, but this is downright shocking when we look at his work from the 80s. In his interview in this week's The New Yorker, he said:

"God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’"
The orgasmic moaning and writhing, the eyeliner, the panties? The heels, the chaps, the Symbol that neither male nor female? The Edwardian ruffles, the purple...everything? And when he wasn't engaged in something a little bit queer, you had New Power Generation band members Lisa and Wendy in their implied lesbian sub/dom relationship, especially in the song 'Computer Blue' from Purple Rain. What here is heteronormative? It's also weird to hear the guy with the foresight enough to make 1999 in '84 reference the original Sin Cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible's cool and all but Sodom and Gomorrah feels so...arcane. That being said, this week's 99 cents is Head from the Dirty Mind album. And here's a "mixtape" with some of the raunchiest offerings from His Royal Badness. It's hard to find some of the more popular songs because we know Prince is notorious for removing anything having to do with him from the Internet, but here you go:

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Oh, Prince. We miss the how you used to make us Gett Off. What's your favorite nasty Prince song?

Prince with The New Yorker
Vanity 6 @ Now and Later

Prince, if you come across this post, please don't sue me. Just know that it's all love.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bond Goes Big | Review

I'm kind of glad I went out for the midnight showing of this one. But, if you're headed out to see Quantum of Solace this weekend, keep two things in mind: 1) get to the theatre early and 2) pay close attention. The plot is convoluted, especially towards the end. Continuity problems aside, this Bond is definitely entertaining, down to the super trippy opening featuring the song "Another Way to Die" by Alicia Keys and Jack White. Watch the video below:

Love Alicia's falsies, by the way. And here are the actual credits from the movie. Sorry about the quality:

It more or less sets the tone for the movie: the cinematography is jarring in a good way and there are lots and lots of explosions and car chases. So even with the plot twists, you're at the edge of your seat because everything's blowing up. All the time. All at once.

Hats off to Daniel Craig. We can see his Bond is really hurting though critics are saying he was a little too angry and dark. I still don't think he wears a tux nearly as Pierce Brosnan but his performance was good.

It goes without saying that Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is drop-dead gorgeous playing the Bolivian secret service agent out for a little revenge of her own. Ukrainian model by trade, she can actually act! It's refreshing.

So. Go see Bond, enjoy, but you probably won't need to see it more than twice, tops.

Lastly, a review video from Rotten Tomatoes:

I'm going to check out the reviews on each of the Bond films. Happy watching and take the Best Bond of All quiz on the sidebar.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Best Bond of All?

The new Bond film comes out tomorrow and people are excited. I have to say, I was not a fan of "Casino Royale", nor am I terribly excited about Daniel Craig as Bond. Frankly, I miss gorgey Pierce Brosnan, and Sean Connery was good, too. Craig is too blond, too muscular, and much too violent. My friend's theory is that there are two main camps of Bond fans: those that like Connery and those that like Roger Moore [I haven't seen any of his movies] and that those in the Roger Moore camp like Daniel Craig. I imagine, though, kudos are in order to the writers for trying to create a coherent storyline: "Quantum of Solace" finds Bond mad as hell over the betrayal--and death--of his beloved Vesper from "Royale", uncovering all sorts of nasty secrets and double-crossing, and tracking down the leaders of top secret organization QUANTUM. Explosions ensue.

The Boy
is dragging me to see the midnight showing tonight even though I have work tomorrow. I'm a glutton for abuse, I guess. Watch for a review, and in the meantime, take my poll: who's your favorite Bond?


Best Bond Girls
Worst Bond Girls
Daniel Craig's Bond in Entertainment Weekly

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mommy Michelle

I told myself that once the election was over, I could take a deep breath and go back to indulging my love of vintage/retro/kitschy/old school things. I will, I promise [Bond post coming soon], but I wanted to share this really interesting article from Salon. There's no question that this election was nuts because there were two women running who actually stood a chance and we ended up with a non-white--people are squawking that since Obama had a white mother you can't really call him black--candidate on his way to the White House. The article talks about how Michelle Obama has been turned into a Donna Reed throwback by the media and her husband's career.

I love that she's going to be in the White House because she's incredibly smart, she's beautiful, and she'll be much more of a presence than the woman that's in there now. But I do hope that she gets a chance to do something fulfilling for herself while her husband's saving the world. Tell me what you think of the article.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Beyonce Wants to Be Wonder Woman

In a Los Angeles Time interview, Beyonce told reporters that she'd love to play Wonder Woman. Dear God. As if we haven't been subjected to enough of Beyonce's "acting". She claims she wants to take a break from all the heavy roles she's been taking on and have fun with as superhero. In keeping with her specially manufactured brand of southern I'm-cute-but-not-that-bright charm, she said, "I would definitely have to keep it right for that costume. But I love Wonder Woman and it'd be a dream come true to be that character. It sure would be handy to have that lasso." It'd be great to have a black Wonder Woman, but please, not Beyonce. All we can do is hope that the next Iron Man movies will be good...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My 99 cents: Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner

In honor of Election Day, I thought it'd be appropriate to recommend Jimi Hendrix's rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. Amazing. What's more American than Woodstock?

Let's send Obama and Biden to the White House!

Monday, November 3, 2008

What If It Came Down to One Vote?

I don't have to tell you that tomorrow we pick the next president, that this picking of the president will be huge, historical and, depending on who you are, inspiring or terrifying. Heavy stuff, this election. To lighten things up a bit [sometimes if you don't laugh, you'll cry] I hooked up this little video:

Thanks to CNNBC Video you can get the message across AND have a chuckle at the same time. Send it to your friends. I'm so excited that the first presidential election where I'm old enough to vote, I have someone like Barack Obama to choose. We will all be telling our children and our children's children about this. It felt so, so good to drop my absentee ballot in the mail.

If this isn't incentive enough to make your voice heard tomorrow, Starbucks is giving away free coffee to voters. I am so there.