Carol and The Danish Girl Review

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My Dream Man. (Matthias Schoenaerts)

 

I’m no movie critic, but I sure as hell watch a lot of movies and this is my blog so…:

I was really looking forward to seeing the movie Carol because Cate Blanchett is amazing (gorgeous and ahhh her voice!) but I was bored out of my mind.  After watching, I didn’t believe there was a bisexual or gay bone in either of the characters bodies.  There wasn’t an ounce of chemistry between Cate and Mara, it was awkward to watch and unconvincing.  I’m straight and I was insulted, I can’t imagine how a lesbian would feel about that part of the plot development.  Cate Blanchett carries the whole movie, but the love scenes between the characters were so bland?  After watching great shows like “The L Word” my standards include, believability.   We were supposed to think they fell in love, but there wasn’t any convincing chemistry going on to draw me in and make me believe.  I’d have bought it, if there had been some sizzle, but this was a complete dud.

The set and costumes were great, along with the example of how hard it was to be who you wanted/needed to be in those days.

The Danish Girl was another disappointment.  However, somebody please give Eddie Redmayne another Oscar, immediately.  Forget voting, just order the damn thing and hand it to him already.  He is phenomenal and gifted.  He played a woman better than I live as a born woman, I really need to exude more feminism and wear red lipstick more often!  My complaint with The Danish Girl is the same as Carol, I didn’t buy the amorous connection.  Once Einer becomes a woman, the dynamic between her and Gerda is underdeveloped, moving into lapses where we don’t know what’s transpired in between or why the characters are feeling the way they are.  I was disappointed.

The actor that plays Hans in this movie is so attractive, why isn’t he famous?  He is HOT, HOT, habanero chili Hot!   My jaw dropped when he appeared on the screen.  I had a moment where I looked around the dark theater like, are you seeing this man?  Is he a real person?

Oh, and I don’t know if it was a set or a real place, but I want a house that looks like their Paris home in the movie!  The tapestry’s were, WOW.

I’m glad that more people will learn about Lily and the roads she paved, I don’t understand it, but it sure is brave.  And bravery in any woman, is always commendable in my book!

Once Han’s character is introduced, make sure you have an iced drink in your theater cup holder and maybe a handheld fan, because he is FIRE!!!! Haaa

 

 

 

Glen Campbell Saying Good Bye

This is so touching and brave….it made me really stop and think about things. In the final stages of Alzheimer disease he recorded this song, the lyrics are eerie when you think about it…and he sounds amazing.


Video from: GlenCampbellVevo

There Was A Creepy Female Vampire Before Dracula

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Bram Stoker wrote “Dracula” 25 years after Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu wrote “Carmilla.”  A short story about a female vampire who wants a girl named, Laura.  This was in 1872! I always hear about Dracula (still one of the best vampire books I’ve ever read) but Carmilla came first and she is just as creepy, erie, gothic, and frightening as Dracula ever was!  Since the Halloween season is upon us, you may want to scare yourself with this well-written classic, you can download it for free here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10007

Once was enough for me, I can’t read scary books or watch frightening movies….I’m a wimp to the genre, but I become braver when it’s a classic! (I powered through for Stoker and Fanu!)  And why haven’t the names, “Bram” and “Carmilla” made a comeback?  Those are great names!

 

Lou Reed, The Kinks and a transsexual

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It’s said that Lou Reed wrote, “Walk on the wild side…” about Candy Darling(He actually says, “Candy” in the song, all these years and I never heard it..lol.) and The Kinks wrote, “Lola” about her too!  WHAT? 

How did I miss all of this? 

Candy Darling was part of Andy Warhol’s Factory and was living openly as a transwoman in the 1960’s.  People were beaten or worse for that in those days….this was so dangerous!(Still is in some places.)  You could be arrested for even dressing as another gender at this time in New York?  Regardless of your opinion, Candy had a lot of courage to be an open transsexual, it was a very different time.

It gets better, Tennessee Williams wrote her into a play!  How great would that have been?!  What an accomplishment and the reviews were good!

I admire the strength she had to follow her heart and everything that she achieved.  She basically stepped off a bus in New York with a suitcase and beat most of the odds!

She died young at 29 from cancer but she went out like a true diva, with a glamorous picture taken on her death bed. Who does that?

Candy Darling…… 😉

 

Kinks Video from:http://youtu.be/nVXmMMSo47s
Lou Reed Video from: http://www.youtube.com/user/XxCJBxX11?feature=watch

Yayoi Kusama

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This woman is so interesting. 

1.  She has elected to live in a psychiatric hospital for the past 38 years because of her hallucinations, but still remained a force in the art world. 

2.  She has worked with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.

3.  She influenced Andy Warhol.

4.  Believes polka dots are representative of everything on earth, sun, moon, earth, being that they are circular.

5.  She broke a record at Christie’s for the highest sale at 5.1 million, for a piece of art from a living female artist.

6.  She offered to have wild sex with Richard Nixon if he would end the Vietnam war…lol

7.  Had her own fashion line.

I mean, she has had a really full life for living in a psychiatric hospital?  These are only a few examples of the things she has accomplished, it’s motivating to me in a strange way…especially given where she resides.  I think I’m going to polk-a-dot a tree in my backyard this spring and call it my Kusama tree to remind me of what is possible no matter where you are…