Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Femme Fatale Guide to Style

I'm so sorry to have been away for so long. But you know what they say--time flies when your life is going to hell. Anywho, on the very last day of Noirvember, I'm squeezing in one last post.

So much ink has been spilled about the wardrobe choices of our favorite femme fatales and rightfully so. Their dress can be a weapon or a means of disguise. And even though they tend to leave a destruction in their paths, they're so fabulous, you can sort of forgive them.They have so much to teach us, so I'm compiling it here. Take note, ladies!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Reading the Movies, #Noirvember Edition: "Strangers on a Train"

My life has gotten crazy lately, what with working long hours and social engagement. But I am getting serious about updating because it's Noirvember again and I'm excited. Noirvember, in case the punny name doesn't make it obvious, is the month-long celebration of film noir, started by some of the most active members in the TCM Party community.

I'm especially excited I get to combine my Noirvember posts with another feature I started a little while ago on the blog called "Reading the Movies". The film noir canon is full of movies based on pulp novels.

I was actually really surprised to find a copy of "Strangers on a Train" on a stoop sale table last month. I had no idea this Hitchcock gem was originally a book! Written in 1950 by author Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote "The Talented Mr. Ripley", "Strangers" was adapted for film almost as soon as the book was published. The premise of both the novel and the film is two men meet on a train and one of them says hey, we both have people in our lives we hate! If we "trade" our murders, they'll never find out because there won't be an obvious motive! The murders would be Guy's greedy, cheating wife Miriam who refuses to give him the divorce that would let him marry his gorgeous society fiancee and Bruno's allegedly abusive father. This obviously unravels pretty quickly.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Best OId Hollywood Costume I've Ever Seen

Last Friday, as I was preparing for my own Halloween celebration with Los Straitjackets (I got to dance on stage, you guys!), I saw the saddest Marilyn Monroe costume. The girl's flattened wig was knocked askew, her dress was far too long, and for God's sake, she was wearing flats. It was sad.

Here's something not sad at all: my amazing friend Kirin dressed as Buster Keaton. She put together the look for shits and giggles on her Tumblr a while back: