The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of my favorite musical films. It’s a combination of a wonderfully somber story, Michel Legrand’s beautiful score, and the visual style that gets to me. Now, Criterion has revealed how the film was restored for the recently released Jacques Demy boxed set. My one regret is that I can’t just purchase Umbrellas alone.
Horror Thursday: 13 Sins
It’s rare that I take Netflix at its word about a horror film I need to see. Yet, this past weekend, I went with the suggestion. 13 Sins was recently added to the streaming service and actually had generally good reviews. I really committed when I saw it came from the same writer/director as The Last Exorcism.
Horror Thursday: 13 Sins
Watch: Nicki Minaj’s Pills N Potions
Not every music video needs to be a non-stop explosion of effects, crowds, and spectacle. Simplicity still has its place. It’s really about serving the song in a memorable way.
Nicki Minaj strips down a lot of the well-planned excess of her previous music videos to star in something quite lovely and simple for “Pills N Potions.”
Games I Can’t Stop Playing: July 2014
There’s a good reason I held back on the publication of this by a week. I thought there was a \chance I would acquire a PS4 this weekend and I was right. The significant bump in pay from the camp job gave me enough to get a PS4 and squirrel away money for the fall convention season.
That means there are quite a few new games appearing on the Games I Can’t Stop Playing list this month, and one insidious game that has reared its ugly head again in a mockery of my two month moratorium on playing.
I Am Divine Review (Film, 2014)
I Am Divine is a captivating documentary about the life and career of Harris Glen Milstead, better known by his stage name/drag persona Divine. Divine had a long and expansive career through many forms of media (film, stage, music, and television) and was by no means an overnight success. His most critically acclaimed performance, as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, was, sadly, his last. He passed away from a heart attack right when he finally seemed poised for the mainstream success he dreamed of his whole life.
I Am Divine tells the story of the notorious performer through archival footage and interviews with Divine’s peers. John Waters appears, naturally, as do Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, and Mary Vivian Pearce. Beyond the typical Waters’ players, Divine’s influence and reputation are truly shown. Journalist Michael Musto, actor Tab Hunter, and Emmy-winning casting director Pat Moran (among many other surprising participants) sing Divine’s praises for the entire run time.
Spoiler Alert Review
My review of Spoiler Alert just went up today at GIZORAMA. If the title sounds familiar, I wrote about the first game trailer a few months ago. It is a PC platformer played in reverse and it’s really clever.
Read the full review.
The Purge: Anarchy Giveaway Winner
Thanks to everyone who entered The Purge: Anarchy Giveaway. I put all the entries in Random.org this morning and we have a winner.
Congratulations to Mrcreosote. I just need you to e-mail me [email protected] with your e-mail, name, and shipping address so the prize can be sent to you.
The original list and the Random.org results below the jump.
Watch: Highlights from Shakespeare in Love Onstage
I’ll admit it. I really like Shakespeare in Love. I think it’s a clever and entertaining spin on Shakespeare with a great cast. The only Oscar victory I disagree with is Gwyneth Paltrow winning Best Actress, but that takes nothing away from the quality of her performance. I just preferred Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth.
Now, in London, you can see a live adaptation of Shakespeare in Love that looks like a lot of fun. Disney Theatricals teamed up with Sonia Friedman Productions to adapt the popular romance into a stageplay.