Bad Moon Rising

I went to New Moon last night with my friend Becky. She’s a better blogger than I am, a sincere and unrepentant feminist, and a YA lit fan. She’s also my chosen movie companion, joining me for Where the Wild Things Are, two Harry Potter movies, and even the execrable Transformers 2 (how do you make a robot battle movie boring? Ask Michael Bay.). Anyway, Becky and I have been discussing the Twilight phenomenon, how alarmed we are by its inveterate anti-feminism, how much Becky wants to marry (or something) Robert Pattinson, and how werewolves can be cougar-bait for some time now and so, though we had some mixed feelings about it, we decided to go to a late show on a school night (to minimize the number of squealing tweens we’d have to sit next to). Continue reading “Bad Moon Rising”

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Gay Vampire Boyfriends

In the latest issue of Esquire, columnist Stephen Marche offers an intriguing take on the current vampire craze.  In “What’s Really Going on With All These Vampires,” Marche proposes that the vampire characters are proxies for gay men, and the fantasies encoded in books like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books (for an older but no less fantasy prone audience), involve the awkward girl scoring with the un-gettable guy. Continue reading “Gay Vampire Boyfriends”

Let The Right One In

[A NOTE ON SPOILERS: Everyone but Ishmael is dead at the end of Moby-Dick; Snape kills Dumbledore. Since this is a critical blog, not a fansite or a paid review site, I’m going to ruin the endings of pretty much everything I write about if you haven’t already read or seen them. Read on at your peril.]

I watched Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredsson’s exquisite little masterpiece Let The Right One In a couple of weeks ago and have been putting off re-watching it (or writing about it) in part because it didn’t want to lose the frisson of my first experience with the film, and dilute my excitement and affection for the film by looking at it critically. The film has stuck with me. Continue reading “Let The Right One In”

Dirty Pop

French pop outfit The Teenagers’ scathing single “Homecoming,” with its nostalgia saturated teen flick video by hipster auteur Kinga Burza (click for the video at gbh.tv), is perhaps the most provocative of recent songs to portray adolescent sexuality. The twenty-something musicians tell the story of a European teen visitor who has a nasty fling with his California step cousin. Continue reading “Dirty Pop”