Black Swan: Does a kiss on the quinny warrant an Oscar?

Greetings and Salutations.

Having been sent my ballot for the Cyber Horror Awards 2010 I swung into panic fueled action in order to catch up on my horror film viewing; so I could cast my votes. As you can tell by my lack of posting lately, since the birth of the spawn I have been a little remiss in keeping up with my horror material.

Black Swan was high on my list of ‘must see’ films and with the Oscars Ceremony hours away from starting I thought it pertinent to enter the discourse on the validity of the films nomination and the nomination of its stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.

I enjoyed the film, Nina’s (Portman) descent into madness was believable and some of the twists and turns fed to the viewer by her delusions and illusions were well executed. The final twenty minutes of the film I felt were thrilling, the use of the sound of the swans wings created a fantastic scape for her transformation.

Kunis’ character was reasonable, with her feature moment being that she performs cunnilingus on Portman in a moment that cues Nina’s spiral into psychosis. Now I’m sure there are some quips to be made here about hairs on your palm or the consequences of performing the female beast with two backs… I can’t help but ask the question does a kiss on the Quinny warrant an Oscar for Natalie Portman? Hadley Freeman from the UK newspaper the Guardian wrote a funny dryly British article on the topic recently which is worth a read, especially as she makes the point that Natalie is not on her own this year in the trend for women in film to go the growl!

Ms Harker

Black Swan

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New Buffy movie: fabulous reboot or a case of greed?

Greetings and Salutations.

I have been rolling this post through my mind since first coming across the news that a new film of Buffy The Vampire Slayer is going to be produced. The film is to be reincarnated in the absence of its creator Joss Whedon or any of the cast from the much beloved television series.

The interwebs have exploded with condemnation and I have been trying to reconcile why, I too have been choking on my rage at the prospect of this film being made.

It comes down to this… someone is messing with my childhood! Ok, so I was in my later teens, but still, they are messing with my memories! The nights sitting on the couch, waiting for Angel to come strutting in his long dark coat, looking all broody and delicious! Squealing with delight when he turned all bad arse and there was a blood red vein of hope that he could be mine not Buffy’s. The wistful evening fantasies that some day I too could wear tight leather pants and kick arse like Faith (because lets face it she was always cooler than Buffy…). Ahhhh good times, good times.

So for someone to come and meddle with those happy goth girl reflections is indeed distressing to my black heart. Those who own the rights are cashing in and attempting to ride on the flaccid fangs of the Twilight phenomena; it is obvious to all bar said owners, that the new Buffy film will have its own special kind of dysfunction without the talents of Joss Whedon. I think the man himself put it best in an email to E!Online:

“This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own…”

Ms Harker

Mmmm broody!

Mmmm broody!

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Grrrr sing it tiger!

Greetings and Salutations.

It has been a long week, so as I sit at my laptop eyes drooping and a lovely shade of crimson forming bags under my lower lashes, I am searching for something to lift my spirits and why not my loins? The back log of The Walking Dead, movies and books I should have gotten to are messing with my chi.

So readers when I need a lift that is both hilarious and good looking I turn to the following clip of Dean aka Jensen Ackles from Supernatural… Grrr sing it tiger!

Ms Harker

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