The Week in Review: September 6th, 2015

Out and Out: Art

Happy Labor Day weekend, Americans! I’ve been having a rough weekend. My childhood dog, Charlemagne, passed away on Saturday, so I’m mostly just dealing with that and catching up on my sleep.


Jonathan Demme’s next concert film will be about Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 World Experience Tour. Nice!

Michael Paterniti’s “The Last Meal” follows him and his girlfriend as they reconstruct the last meal of French president François Mitterrand—which includes the illegal eating of ortolans. Hannibal’s food designer, Janice Poon, offhandedly linked to this while discussing the show’s ortolan scene, and it is so up a Hannibal fan’s alley it’s not funny. It’s the kind of writing that makes your eyes contract and your breathing slow down. (Warning, though: ableist language in the opening paragraphs.)

Speaking of Hannibal, it is—SOB!—tragically in our rearview mirror at the moment, so let’s round up the tributes, hot takes, and more:

This article on the Slender Man stabbings is a horrifying reminder of how inaccessible mental health services can be in the United States.

The amazing Jess Plummer writes about A Goofy Movie, which she adores.

Genevieve Valentine runs down the red carpet of the VMAs.

Hoyte Van Hoytema has joined Wonder Woman as the cinematographer. I am now maintaining a mild hope for this film.

Jam of the Week: Melanie Martinez’s “Pity Party.” It reassures me that we’re still building alternative kids the way we used to, and might even be doing them better: Martinez treats Crybaby as a conceptual album and even directed the music video above.

Tatiana Maslany, Gina Rodriguez, and Olivia Cooke are all up for the same role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. I have a solution: PUT THEM ALL IN THE MOVIE SO WE CAN AVOID THIS SOPHIE’S CHOICE.

Kate Elliott points out the male gaze in narrative perspective in “The Omniscient Breasts.”

Our Lady of Celebrity Gossip Anne Helen Petersen tweeted about this 1990 Vanity Fair profile of Donald Trump and it is as fascinating as she claimed.

Amandla Stenberg is part of the creative team for Stranger Comics’ Niobe: She is Life! Huzzah!

This is probably the last of the pre-The Late Show with Stephen Colbert thinkpieces about said show, so enjoy it.

Aaron Sorkin is writing a Lucille Ball biopic and Cate Blanchett is starring in it. I would be delighted to see Blanchett do more comedy, so count me in.

Sady Doyle explains the actual point of “political correctness” in comedy: being aware that your words do influence people.

Brooks Barnes at The New York Times talks about the dearth of transgender actors in major motion pictures about transgender characters, especially About Ray and The Danish Girl.

Simone Missick will be playing Misty Knight in Netflix’s Luke Cage. SCREAM! How fantastic!

Everybody is going to be in The Avengers: Civil War except for the Hulk. Boooooo.

Speaking of the Hulk, Amadeus Cho will be the (totally awesome) Hulk now. And, hearteningly, it’s the first title in Marvel history to have a Korean-American character written and draw by a Korean-American creative team! Woohoo!


Purchased: None
Added: A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz (via The Book Smugglers), Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite (via tumblr)

Purchased: None
Added: Dragon Blade (via io9)

2 thoughts on “The Week in Review: September 6th, 2015

  1. Oh Clare! I am so, so sorry about the dog. What a sad thing. I send you many hugs and good thoughts.

    An excellent collection of links, as ever. The NYTimes article is infuriating to read. Have I said that I want us to reach the same place with transgender actors that we’re at with deaf actors? Where it’s just generally agreed that non-deaf actors simply aren’t to play deaf characters in films and TV? (Am I being hugely naive about this? I admit I am mainly thinking of Switched at Birth.)

    • Thank you so much, Jenny. ❤

      Yes, you have, and that makes perfect sense. I have seen deaf parts played by deaf actors—there's a pretty good Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “Loud as a Whisper,” that focuses on a deaf and mute negotiator who actively utilizes through two communication styles (telepathy and then sign language). And that happened because a deaf actor approached production with the character concept.

      I do remember there being some discussion about a sighted actor playing a blind character when Daredevil dropped.

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