Saturday, May 03, 2014

Best Jesse Ventura Impression Ever

This one's for my Uncle Jim.  Proof that you don't have to look like the guy to nail an impression.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Counting Vaginas - August: Osage County Edition

I was tempted to see it in theaters, but I waited until Redbox had it.  I was interested in August: Osage County not because the play won the Pulitzer but because Tracy Letts wrote it.  He writes these really weird and nasty plays, most of them set in Oklahoma, plays I must admit I have only seen in movie form. 

Sitting in an audience, watching it unfold in person I imagine would be quite the uncomfortable experience.

August: Osage County is no different, but it is somewhat gentler than Bug or Killer Joe.

I suppose it doesn't pass the Bechdel test, either, even though most of its cast are women and they have lots of conversations.  Most of the discussions, however, seem to be about men, which is not unexpected in a play about a family coming together, and falling apart, after the patriarch's death.

I thought it was a pretty decent movie.  I'm glad I didn't see it on the big screen.  The effect isn't so much a cinematic experience as it is a literary one.  I even put the subtitles on, so I could read the words, see how they looked.

There's no blood, but there are a lot of knives.  Should you watch it?  I guess that depends on how much drama you can take.

Counting Vaginas - Star Wars Edition

I suppose it was inevitable.  The cast of the new Star Wars film was released and while no one would dare complain about the fact that the lead actor is black, apparently it's perfectly acceptable to complain about the fact that he's male.

Hit it, dude:
(Daisy) Ridley does have the distinction of being the one woman on the cast who isn't Carrie Fisher. In other words, Abrams's Star Wars sounds like it may keep with the franchise's tradition of spectacularly failing the Bechdel Test. Princess Leia was the only major female character in the original trilogy, and the prequels weren't much more egalitarian.
First, Princess Leia was a bad ass.  So there.

Second, the Bechdel Test for a Star Wars film?  The Bechdel Test says that a story must have "1) at least two women 2) who talk to each other 3) about something besides a man."  As if all a story needs is a conversation between two women about not-male subjects!

I mean, I can't wait for that Star Wars film.  Forget the sword fights and space battles.   It's just going to be two women talking about the Force...