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Carpe Diem

Dead Poet’s Society is one of those movies that every kid is forced to watch in high school deadpoetsor was it just at my school?  It seems like one of those mandatory films, so I’m going to assume that is in fact the case.  I mean Community even did an episode spoofing it so I feel like it’s a safe assumption that it’s a pretty universal movie viewing experience.  There are a lot of those experiences in high school, but I remember this one most distinctly probably because it’s one of the few that actually changed the way I looked at my life and what I want to get out of it. Continue reading

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The Gal-lery: Mary Quant.

Welcome to The Gal-lery, where, once a month, I’ll spotlight women from the expansive and far-reaching fields of art and design. This month’s focus: Mary Quant.

Mary Quant!
Mary Quant!

In the mid-1960s, there was a dramatic turn of events in the fashion world. Up until then, the popular mode of dress tended to be set by the affluent, and a number of young designers decided to turn the establishment on its ear. One of the front-runners in this fashion revolution was British designer Mary Quant.

The ubiquitous model of the 60s, Twiggy, is decked-out in a Quant design.
The ubiquitous model of the 60s, Twiggy, is decked-out in a Quant design.

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Teen Girls to Rock Your World: Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp are supported by their famous dads

Kevin Smith films have been a strong influence on my life as a pop culture fan since I was in seventh grade. I could waste a lot of this opening paragraph telling you anecdotes, so allow me to sum it up thusly.  The two greatest moments of my nerd life were being able to see Clerks 2 in theaters, and seeing Kevin Smith speak live in a Q&A . Meanwhile, one of my greatest shames is that I haven’t seen  much of his latest works. And now I’m about to add one more film to my “OMG MUST SEE” List: the just-announced Yoga Hosers.

Most headlines are emphasizing the team-up of Smith and Hollywood rock star Johnny Depp. That’s not what’s got me holding back the urge to fangirl as I type, readers. It’s the fact that Yoga Hosers is being touted as an action/adventure “comic-book movie” and both Depp and Smith’s daughters are in the leading roles.

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The Colleens (from left to right) Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith (yes, named after THAT Harley) will take to the big screen as Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie in K. Smith’s follow-up to Tusk. The two made a brief appearance in the horror-comedy, but now they’re moving to the forefront. Yoga Hosers is the second installment of Kevin Smith’s True North trilogy, which features “movies…steeped in Canadian myths and culture”. Considering the success of his Jersey-based films and his self-proclaimed love for Timbits, my only surprise is that it took Mr. Smith this long to put out a cinematic ode to Canada.

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Dalin’s Simulcast Corner – 08/19/14 – Summer 2014 – Sailor Moon Crystal aka “It’s Ball Gown Time”

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Here at DG, we haven’t talked much about Sailor Moon: Crystal recently. Ever since its premiere, the series has had its highs and lows, mainly in the animation department. But finally with this most recent episode, entitled Masquerade Dance Party, the team over at Toei finally seems to start getting their sparkly butts together and realizing what works with the show they have thus far.

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An Interview with Babs Tarr

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When Batgirl’s new costume was revealed, a few of us at the Daily Geekette went nuts gushing over how wonderful it is. When I found out Babs Tarr, half the creative team behind the redesign, was going to be at Boston Comic Con, I did a happy dance, called Sarah Wanger, and pursued an interview like the crazy fan that I am.

Walking around the convention, there were Batgirls everywhere, and even a Batgirl in the newly redesigned costume (pictured right). When asked if they had been to Babs Tarr’s booth yet, all of them immediately started gushing over how nice she was, and how excited she was to see people cosplaying Barbara Gordon. I couldn’t wait until I got to meet her!

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Words, But Not Women, of Radiance: A Review of the Second Title of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

Brandon Sanderson's latest novel is action-packed.
Brandon Sanderson’s latest novel is action-packed.

You don’t read Sanderson for his writing. While occasionally speckled with interesting philosophies, his sentences are not ones to be held, turned over, and enjoyed simply for their richness. You read Sanderson for his plotting and his imagination – and, in this respect, Words of Radiance is the farthest thing from a disappointment. The second of Sanderson’s epic fantasy series, The Stormlight Archive, WoR follows the same characters introduced in the first installment, Way of Kings – Kaladin, Dalinar, Shallan, and Adolin. Unlike its predecessor, however, this story brings its protagonists together almost immediately, picks up its pace, and never lets down for a second.

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Melissa Reads: LumberJanes

It is not often that I find myself in the possession of something I don’t enjoy reading. The only thing I absolutely hated was Fifty Shades of Grey.

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I got to page ten and rage quit. I know, great way to start off a review. This brings me to the dilemma that is LumberJanes.

 

Anything that has women doing awesome things automatically has my attention, because there isn’t much in the comic book world. When Kayla handed me the first two issues and suggested I read them, I was pumped. More things to read and more females doing awesome things that don’t require men saving them. As I read issue one, however, I was not as impressed as I had hoped.

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The first issue starts off in the middle of the LumberJanes adventure, which isn’t very clear. It seems to be some sort of Little Red Riding Hood inspired adventure that causes the girls to have an encounter with wolves. The wolves end up saying something at some point. Truthfully, it was a little confusing. The LumberJanes head back to their cabin and get caught by their counselor, Jen, only to be escorted to the big wig on the camp grounds. THEY DON’T EVEN GET IN TROUBLE FOR BEING OUT OF BED AFTER CURFEW!

 

I haven’t read issue two, and I’m not sure I will. Looking at the covers of both issues, there is a very Adventure Time feel to the art itself. It makes sense, considering everyone that worked on this comic book worked on that show at some point. I don’t like Adventure Time, personally. It makes no sense to me at all. I even tried watching the webseries from the creators with Catbug…and I only liked Catbug.

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I think I’ll pass on reading this series, for now. Maybe, once my brain isn’t as fried from Comic Con, will I be able to give this comic another try. Until next time, my lovelies!

 

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Why I’m Excited For A Brothel Back On Broadway

imageThe Best Little Whorehouse In Texas is returning to Broadway! If you’re unfamiliar with it, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a musical based on a true story about a very popular brothel which was frequented by politicians, students, and everyone in between. In the musical, Miss Mona Strangley, who owns the house, maintains a cordial relationship with the town mayor until a tv reporter starts investigating to try and get the whorehouse, called the Chicken Ranch, shut down.

The musical was made famous when Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds took the leads in a film version, giving the show more of a romance/happy ending.

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“Ghost World” and Girlfriends

There are all these movies floating around out in the universe that everyone has seen but Ghostworldposterit seems I’ve somehow missed.  Ghost World is apparently one of those movies, but it came to me recently highly recommended.  So here I am, Sunday night, curled up watching it and I’m wondering how I’d never heard of it before.   It’s about a pair of awesomely weird girls that sort of remind me of myself and my friends in high school, and of course it has Steve Buscemi being awesome.  The best thing about this movie though is the dynamic between the main characters, Enid and Rebecca, played by Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson.

What’s so important about these two characters and their relationship?  It’s a friendship, a real friendship, between two women.  I googled a list of film friendships and out of fifty on the list only seven of them were friendships between women.  Is true female friendship really that under represented in film? Continue reading