Swan Dive

I'm unsure of how to discuss Black Swan, or even my expectations of it, without possible spoilers. You've been warned.

Black Swan poster © 2010 Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Just about all of the essential ingredients of Black Swan show up right away, from the main character, Nina, to the central action, dance, to the recurring motif of mirrors and the intermittent diversions into fantasy and/or delusion.

Here's the basic plot for those who haven't seen the film — directed by 
Darren Aronofsky, whose career spans such respected work as 1998's π and 2008's The Wrestler — but decided to read on anyway:

Flaming Out

Whether the failure to publish a post explaining that it's been difficult to publish posts is ironic or merely emblematic of the problem is a much more legitimate debate than is to be had for most of the examples in that damned Alanis Morissette song. (Rain on your wedding day? I admit that it would probably suck, but, I'm sorry, it's not ironic unless you're a meteorologist.) Either way it's a sad fact that the blog has lain fallow for weeks while some posts built up and, once it became clear that getting them online just was not in the cards, even more were abandoned unfinished in favor of efforts demanding similar energies.

Alas, Poor Auric

Paul Drinkwater / Reuters © 2011

The Golden Globes ceremony is a live show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, populated by celebs drunk on camaraderie, self-congratulation, and, in some cases, alcohol. What pop-culture commentator of even minor order can resist that?

Lend Me Your Mjolnir

I think I've figured out the deal with John Boehner's gavel.

Photo: Alex Wong for Getty Images © 2011. Thor Quote: Larry Lieber (from Journey
into Mystery #83) 
for Marvel Comics © 1962. Manipulation: Brian Saner Lamken © 2011.

You don't suppose he's behind all that lousy weather in California?

Robot Chicken

Script, Pencils, Inks: Mike Mignola. Colors: Dave Stewart. Letters: Clem Robins.

I don't usually have access to my scanner, as space here is at a premium, the scanner is rarely used, and so stuff gets piled in front or even on top of it — yes, a bit of a Catch-22, since that means it's used even less often, etc.

Therefore, I'm often at the mercy of images that are already online when it comes time to add graphics to a post, even if that post reviews something that I own and could scan if the scanner was ready to go. Such was the case with Mike Mignola's superb hardcover edition of The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects, which I wrote up last month.

The Vampire Slayer Diaries

"You ruined my new jacket. Kill him a lot!"

— Amilyn (Paul Reubens)

Main poster of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' movie with Kristy Swanson on her knees in workout clothes holding a stake while Luke Perry looks out from behind her / 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Pert. Wholesome. Way lethal.'

The Great Buffy Rewatch is underway. First though, as promised in my preamble to what might but probably won't become a series of running posts during the event, I'm looking back at the movie that started it all.

I guess what actually spawned the TV series, along with the movie's relative success, was the movie's script — and I'm not just talking from a procedural standpoint. We'll get back to that.

Curls on Film

I'm not entirely sure why, but not only didn't I expect to like Disney's Tangled, I almost didn't want to like it.

All Tangled art © 2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Much to my surprise, however, it was big bunches of delight — one of my favorite movies of the year.

(I came very close to putting up a best-of-year list on the blog, by the way, but decided I just wasn't omnivorous enough in my pop-cultural diet to have it mean much. Even more movies than usual have gone unseen lately, partly because I've been laid up just as the Oscar-bait onslaught hit, but hopefully I'll post reviews of flicks older and new in good time, as well as discuss them in the context of awards shows; more comics reviews are on the way, too, and so is a long-delayed post on the 2010-2011 TV season. That said, I did qualifiedly contribute a list of favorites to my friend Stefan Blitz's megablog Forces of Geek, which you can check out there.)


Painting by Vincent van Gogh (Duh) / Title by & Copyright 2010 Brian Saner Lamken

I wish you all joy, contentment, and good health in 2011.

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