Tuesday, December 7th 2010
Winona Ryder: Girl, Resurrected - Elle by Horst Diekgerdes, January 2011
Monday, December 6th 2010
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Today I’d like to highlight my favourite show of 2010. I couldn’t possibly find one single image to sum up what I love about the show, so instead I chose an image that accurately portrays the fiendish glee the show brings me. Lucy Lawless’ bare breasts are also the reason we began watching the show. We had heard a few episodes in that she appeared naked often & had dynamic tension with the other female lead, played by a stunning blonde called Viva Bianca (what a beautiful name!), so we spanked each other for missing out on such wonderment & began tuning in.
The first few episodes of the series are terribly campy & we found ourselves mostly just watching for the blood & flesh, of which there is plenty throughout the season. Somehow though via some excellent casting & a decision to make the show more Gladiator & less 300, the episodes began to possess depth & the characters became multi-faceted & interesting. The entire cast is excellent, especially the villainous Batiatus, played with a genius charm by John Hannah. Watching Andy Whitfield’s growth is mesmerizing, he goes from a possessing about as much charm as a soap opera character to making me weep from all the turmoil & pain that swims within that beautifully muscled frame. I mean - look at this! Just look!
This scene was stunning! And now it’s tainted with sadness because dear Andy won’t be returning to the series. We were lucky to have him & I’m excited to see how other story lines are going to play out & am hopeful that Andy’s replacement will do right by the character that he possessed with such sweetness & strength.
Because Spartacus is indeed campy, it is often overlooked as a series with any sort of depth, but it shouldn’t be. Mixed in with all that delicious nudity, all the clever cursing & all the slow motion blood shedding there are scenes that have made me gasp & sob. Sometimes seemingly throw-away shows will surprise you, my loves. This is one of them.
Catch the mini-series Sparactus: Gods of the Arena this winter on STARZ. It is a 6-episode prequel that will tell the story of how Batiatus rose to fame. Spartacus: Blood & Sand is scheduled to return next autumn with a new actor cast as Spartacus & all your other favourites (Lucretia, Ilithyia, Crixus) returning.
Outage, A Short Play In One Act
- Vons Sandwich Counter Lady: How are you today?
- Guy Who Stepped Out To Buy Lunch Because He Has Unexpected Free Time On His Hands: Tumblr's been down, like, forever.
- Vons Sandwich Counter Lady: [ignoring] You usually like your sandwich cut in half, right?
- [He nods, then glances at his phone, which isn't even turned on.]
Suggestions for a new tumblr error screen
From The Simpsons
I can’t say with any kind of certainity what Tron: Legacy will be like as a film, all around. I know that the older and wiser nerds amoungst us are already weary of filmsy storytelling and weak plot and this probably will come true. Though I’m not expecting this movie to be a King’s Speech or a Winter’s Bone in terms of story. I’m going for 5 reasons: Olivia Wilde, Young Dude, Old Dude, SHINY!, and the unbelievable soundtrack.
I’ve been a fan of Daft Punk since their debut album ‘Homework’ was released in 1997, so I thought I knew what they were capable of musically. Upon listening to the soundtrack, I realized I had no idea. The drama, the mixing, the crescendos especially are beautiful in their subtle gradualness. Plus I would have never expected this level of orchestration from them, and for it to be so beautifully executed. The soundtrack is modern, clean, yet still emotional. It is beyond anything I have heard in a score for a film in years.
This song, ‘The Game has Changed’ the theme from Tron: Legacy encompasses all the themes that they created for the score and shows just how beautiful this soundtrack is.
With the forthcoming debut of the American Psycho musical (yeah, it’s real) the names of the songs have been released. These are the ones I think might be breakaway pop hits:
“Reservations (at Dorsia)” — Patrick Bateman
“Eggshell with Romalian Type” — Patrick Bateman and David Van Patten
“Huey Lewis and the Bruise” — Patrick Bateman and Paul Allen
“Hello, You’re Christie” — Patrick Bateman and Christie the prostitute
and I can definitely see the Biebster going a fun cover of:
“I Have to Return Some Videotapes” — Patrick Bateman
This all seems so ridiculous that it reminds me of the fan-made Silence! The Musical - the intentional The Silence of the Lambs musical parody. I’m posting my favorite song here, but I suggest you go through youtube for more.
Joe Manganiello and Kristin Bauer at the Trevor LIVE show yesterday in LA
I love that whenever ladies are around this dreamy man they look exactly like Kristin does here. This event, to benefit The Trevor Project, had some great people at it. These two True Blood people were sitting at the same table as Ian Somerhalder. So yeah, Pam from True Blood with Damon from Vampire Diaries. Think about that beautiful evilness for a while.
Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges at the Tron: Legacy in London last night
Look at how smitten The Dude is with Olivia! It’s so sweet. And yes in this household we always refer to Jeff Bridges as The Dude. That or His Dudeness… Duder… or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing.
Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you