It’s officially that time of year when I’m not going anywhere because it’s too cold out and it gets dark earlier. Lame? Most likely, but I’m warm and there is usually chocolate and assorted carbs at my place, so I …Continue reading →
Survived another sleepover. Running on fumes. Send memes. This week, we’re going for more of the children’s fare, with some appreciation for a few of the classics. First up is A Chipmunk Christmas (1981), a story that endures thanks to …Continue reading →
I’ll admit it: I’m actually excited for Christmas this year. This week, in the spirit of the season, we’re going to cover The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), which is, strangely enough, 25 years old this year. We’ll then recommend The Ref (1994), …Continue reading →
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can officially declare it Christmas season in the United States. This week, we’re grabbing our coats and doing some time travel. We’ll hit up the 1980s first by visiting Gremlins (1984), a fantastic film …Continue reading →
(Editor’s note: as announced earlier this week, this is Talicia’s last trailer with us – we hope for a while, but we’re prepared if the vacation is permanent. We’ve absolutely loved having her with us, and she’s headed toward some truly wonderful things on the personal and professional fronts. We could not be happier for her. That said, she’ll be missed. Today sort of feels like the end scene of The Golden Girls, when Dorothy hugs everyone goodbye after she marries her dreamboat. You are the Dorothy to my Blanche, Talicia. You’re always welcome back for cheesecake on the lanai.)
In my previous trailer summary, I described the problem some filmmakers have with telling a true story in a way that erases part of their subject’s identity. So it’s with mixed feelings I write this next trailer summary for Welcome to Marwen.
The original Mark Hogancamp was beaten to death (literally) by thugs because he was a cross-dresser. After he was resuscitated and began the long process of healing, he created dioramas as a way to creatively express himself and cope with his disability. The trailer doesn’t make it clear that cross-dressing is the reason he’s attacked, and the thugs in question have been written as actual Nazis. Undoubtedly, that’s representative of the movie Hogancamp’s dioramas, in which he creates replicas of his friends and his enemies, who happen to be the Nazi villains to his WWII soldier hero. I expect that this representation of badass women friends and Nazi villains is also meant to be timely in light of current events. But I hope that don’t erase the nature of what makes Hogancamp “different.”
It’s Thanksgiving this week here in the States. This year, as with each passing year for this site, we’re going to have a holiday-themed clip instead of analysis. This year more than others, though, I’m really not down to celebrate …Continue reading →
The next two trailer summaries (starting with this one) deal with a subject that has taken on a specific urgency every since the fateful 2016 U.S. presidential election. With the advent of an administration so hostile to every minority group imaginable, the LGBT+ has suffered particular indignities these past weeks: namely, the danger of being defined out of existence.
As a cis-gender, straight, white woman, I’m not an ideal person to tackle this topic. But I wanted to highlight this trailer from Netflix about Marsha P. Johnson, the transgender woman who led the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The reason I wanted to talk about this: I found out about Stonewall completely by accident. I was taking a bus tour during my first trip to New York City several years ago and listened to the guide explain the story of Stonewall while we drove through Greenwich Village. I was both fascinated and shocked that I’d never heard of this badass fight against the abuse of those in authority, who constantly harassed NYC’s LGBT+ community simply because they could.
Now other filmmakers have attempted to tell the Stonewall story, but have done so with in the same patronizing manner of telling the story through a cis-gender, straight narrative, thereby still erasing the perspective of those who fought for their right to exist. What I wish to do instead is highlight the importance of a complete record of social history. Too often dominant cultures try to write people and events out of existence because it’s too inconvenient to acknowledge that there are those who refuse to fit into any category that’s forced on them. It took a riot to get everyone’s attention once. I’m hoping that this time around, we know more about this struggle to be true allies for the fights ahead.
I know this is late on Sunday, but I am in a haze after hosting a preteen sleepover. #Prayers4Erin #sendcaffeine #sosleepy This week, we’re jumping into some interesting cultural moments. Wednesday will see an analysis of Say Anything (1989). Thursday …Continue reading →
Ok…I’m definitely seeing this one. With the emotionally draining shitshow that’s ever present in our lives, a little magic and innocence is definitely in order.
I can’t begin to express the skepticism I had upon hearing that Disney was “remaking” Mary Poppins. Ok, scratch skepticism. It was outright exasperation.
With all their live-action remakes that are ironically lifeless, plus the endless barrage from the Marvel franchise (I just can’t anymore), Disney has sort of blown it with me. I wasn’t remotely interested in checking this out. I loved the original Mary Poppins – even as all the nastier elements came out about how it was made and how much the book’s author hated it – I still hold it as one of the childhood favorites I want to see passed down to the next generation. Then I watched the actual trailer for Mary Poppins Returns…
So it’s a sequel and NOT a remake! And here is Emily Blunt emoting the perfect blend of playfulness and prissiness that made Julie Andrews’ Mary Poppins so wonderful (seriously, after Dorothy Zbornak, I wanted to be Mary Poppins when I grew up. Hell, I still do.). Plus, the cast is everyone you want to see in a British fairy tale. Now, there are definitely some homage elements to it. For instance, there’s a Bert character, though it’s not Bert, who’s played by Lin Manuel-Miranda. The animation has a Bed Knobs and Broomsticks feel to it (more so that the animation that was in the original Mary Poppins), which is appropriate given that Angela Lansbury is one of the featured performers. Finally, wonder of wonders, Dick Van Dyke is even in this and still as spry as ever, apparently.
The trailer has kept it heavy-handed with the whimsy, so it’s not clear that they’ll have the same infectious humor as the tea party scene or the pathos of Mr. Banks keeping his upper lip ever stiff as he goes to receive his marching orders from the bank. But around Christmas time, I’ll be looking for something sweet and fun to take my mind of the troubles. Maybe I’ll look up at the clouds when wind changes and find a little magic floating down to earth.
The important thing: ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE ON TUESDAY?! Because I come from Rochester, NY, which has a long tradition of voting. Susan B. Anthony would be greatly displeased if she heard that I wasn’t voting. And in the …Continue reading →