5 months, 1 week ago
So, I disappeared into that k-hole (does that make me sound old yet) that is Twin Peaks for awhile and apparently that stopped my writing full stop. Things I have watched since we last talked, you can just imagine Twin Peaks is gettting watched in the background the majority of the time:
Oct 13: Robocop w/Kit
I know this doesn't really count as a Halloween movie but it's got all the makings of a great costume... or like dozens of great costumes. Go check out the show to hear what I have to say about Robocop. (Whenever Kit gets around to posting it, hint, hint.) Like literally, from beginning to end. Kit is far too kind and laughs at all the silly things I say but I understand how dear this satirical action hero is to Kit; with good reason.
Oct 14-15: Stranger Things TBD w/Kit
I rewatched Stranger Things, with new criticism in mind, and I quickly felll in love with it all over again. Kit and I plan to podcast this in the nearish future so I won't go into much detail so instead I'm writing a short love letter to Winona Ryder.
Dear Ms. Ryder,
Thank you for representing so many women I know with your vulnerable tenacity and unwillingness to fake sanity. Some are taking notice to it now for the first time but to those of us girls who have always recognized their strange and unusual selves in the characters you brought to life, who learned to use our sensitivity as a weapon of radical self ownership, and who would definitely take their kids to go see the horror movies and learn the weird geeky things those we care about love.
Femme love from Michigan
...and from me in general for like the last couple decades
Oct 16: 1931 Frankenstein at Alamo
It was an absolute delight to get to see the glory of this classic in a theater. I'm familiar with the Karloff performance as character but had never seen the movie from beginning to end. It was more than worth it and I was happy to have waited to see it in large scale. The theatrical production style of early movies still feels larger than life. The horror of humanity is still visceral and the fashion of a wealthy family's wedding from this period is decadent. I especially loved the bride's gown and the dramatic veil that she becomes wrapped up in during her fight with the monster. The iconic ending images of the man carrying the body of his dead daughter into town; the monster going down in a burning windmill are tragic but so has been the treatment of the monster. Epic for all the reasons classics are epic.
Oct 17: Glitch (first few episodes)
I was completely surprised by this Netflix series, a show set in the small Austrailian town of Yooroona, where a small group of dead from across time come back to life. They're not zombies but there's a really interesting interplay of classic undead tropes, the history of the town, and the personal history of the individuals as we get flashbacks to fill in the amnesia they all woke up with. I don't want to give any spoilers because this show is really about the writing and performances. Also, when the racist dude (because 1800s) calls the brown kid a "native," the kid basically gets to tell him to fuck off. I'm especially enamoured with the performance of Emma Booth, so expect a more thorough response when I've actually finished watching it.
Oct 18-19: Finishing Twin Peaks
I posted to Facebook this weekend that I was having a hard time finishing Twin Peaks and mostly received comments about how the pacing slows down and lags at the end. I was startled that nobody actually commented on what *was* giving me so much trouble. David Duchovny's "cross dressing" detective is so transphobic, the performance is so cringeworthy, that my stomach hurt. It hurt enough that the casual misogyny and Fifty Shades level bad kink got harder to overlook. So did the freakish presentation of disabled characters and the romanticized view abused women.
What was edgy when it first aired is now almost criminally naive. I say this as someone who really appreciates how women can be shown to use their sexuality as a source of agency and power, the majority of the women in this movie are really very young. Laura Palmer and her friend's exploration of their sexuality is a dark descent into a dangerous mystery. And then it gets supernatural. How did I go this long, knowing basically the whole story before having watched it, and not know the amount of supernatural in this? I understand why people I know who saw this when they were younger appreciate the story, its imagery and characters, and I'll probably write up a whole something eventually so that we can talk about the music of Mr. Badalamenti because OMG! I love MacLlachlan's performance of the completely non-judgemental dreamy detective, I genuinely love some of the characters but I just was not impressed with where it went. Sorry (not sorry) folx, I missed out on liking this.
Oct 19: The Uninvited/The 13th
I haven't finished it yet because fibro fog is a real thing folx but so far it's exactly what you'd think it was based on the trailer/movie poster/netflix images. Also, because Daniel has been watching The 13th and so, I have been watching it as well. The horror of our own history is masterfully told and I don't think I'll be returning to horror fiction afterwards.
Looking forward to watching the shiny pop horror back over and catching up on my fun Halloween watch. Also, I've started my Lydia Deetz costume for Halloween.
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