Thursday, July 24, 2014

TV guide listing for the first episode of Star Trek


TV guide listing for the first episode of Star Trek

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Alain Delon, 1962

those birds gonna shit on ya


Alain Delon, 1962

those birds gonna shit on ya

Saturday, December 21, 2013

In 1968, during the administration of US President Lyndon B. Johnson, Eartha Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon. Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.”

During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:

The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.

Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt’s career

(Source: napoleon--in--rags)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Charles’ frumpy clothes are perfect for an old-money Oxbridge nerd, but also help to highlight the differences between himself and Erik. As opposing forces, even their mutant powers clash: mental and physical. Charles cares far less about his image than Erik, partly because he can always tell what people think of him anyway, and partly because he was born rich and has the luxury of looking like crap and getting away with it. Posh Oxbridge professors can dress in rags because everyone knows that they’re posh Oxbridge professors already. Also, they’re above such frivolous things as fashion. Whereas Erik wants people to respect and envy him for his appearance, and takes enormous pride in his self-control and physical abilities. We do see Charles wearing three-piece suits, but that’s because it’s the 1960s when that kind of thing was the norm for businesslike occasions, and they’re never as sleek or trendy as Erik’s. — The costumes of X-Men: First Class, Part 2: Menswear.

Erik came of age in a concentration camp. You better believe that as soon as he got his hands on some of that Nazi gold, he started spending it on personal luxuries like expensive suits, haircuts, hotels, and air travel. He also has an unusually high degree of personal vanity for a guy who isn’t characterised as effeminate or overpoweringly showy, which is something you don’t see much in movies set in the present day.

He’s self-contained to the point of obsession, which ties into his self-image as a superhuman and, later, as a leader of the mutant rebellion against the inferiority of humankind. Always clean-shaven and neat, his pocket squares are folded to a perfect right-angle, and he has an outfit for every occasion. Erik Lensherr is a construct of the well-dressed, well-prepared, well-travelled 20th century man, and I’m almost certain that he got many of those attributes just from magazines and 1960s advertising, because he sure as hell doesn’t socialise. If this movie hadn’t come out in 2011 then I’m sure we’d see him smoking some very classy cigarettes as well. — The costumes of X-Men: First Class, Part 2: Menswear.

Monday, July 22, 2013

When making a movie set in 1960s America, it makes sense to include some period-specific sexism — particularly when it’s a movie that focuses on certain groups being oppressed by the patriarchy. X-Men is an ideal opportunity to slip in a couple of casual references to everyday sexism and racism, to highlight their similarities with anti-mutant xenophobia. Instead, you get things like Moira McTaggert infiltrating the Hellfire Club by taking off all her clothes to reveal a convenient set of perfect lingerie (including garter belt!) that allows her to pretend to be a hooker. While there are probably some people who are ready to go undercover at the Playboy Mansion at the drop of a hat (or skirt), that list begins and ends with Lady Gaga and people on their way to a hot date. Not a businesslike 1960s CIA agent on a stakeout with a male colleague. — The costumes of X-Men: First Class, Part 1: Womenswear.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The way “1960s” costumes seem to work in this movie is that the menswear is relatively accurate, because for men, 1960s style is all about harking back to an era were Men Were Men. Back in those days, Don Draper and James Bond could order sixteen martinis and a new pocket square from room service, and not have anyone bat an eyelash. However, 1960s womenswear just doesn’t have the same connotations, and most of the womenswear in XMFC was altered to make it look more appealing to modern standards of beauty. Most noticeably, the bra shapes. It’s absolutely plausible to include a scene where a bunch of Playboy Bunny types are entertaining gross old dudes in a members-only club, but the girls would all be wearing bullet bras, would have ~trendy ’60s hairstyles (WHERE WERE THE BEEHIVES??), and would probably be about 15 lbs heavier than the modern-day models they hired as extras in that scene.

The way I see it, the filmmakers went out of their way to create a “best of both worlds” scenario: 1960s sexism allowing them to include a scene where a whole bunch of women strip down to their underwear for male entertainment, but 21st century standards of beauty so the (male) audience can appreciate it on the same level. — The costumes of X-Men: First Class, Part 1: Womenswear.

In the X-Men comics, Angel is not a stripper. So why is she a stripper in the movie? What reason is there? Pro-tip for any filmmakers out there: if one of your female characters is a stripper or sex worker for no apparent reason… maybe reconsider and make her a bartender or bus conductor or something. This kind of thing is the reason why there are only about three actresses in Hollywood who have made it to 30 without having to play a stripper or a prostitute. — The costumes of X-Men: First Class, Part 1: Womenswear.

Sometimes I feel like superhero fandom is suffering from some kind of intricate mass delusion regarding X-Men: First Class. Specifically, that it’s a good movie. Because it’s not. It’s just not. But I love it anyway!  McAvoy and Fassbender are really excellent casting, which is just as well because it takes serious acting chops to make some of their dialogue sound plausible. NEVER FORGET that this is the movie that forced Kevin Bacon to utter the line, “Turn the nuclear reactor up to 100% and make sure I’m not disturbed.” — The costumes of X-Men: First Class, Part 1: Womenswear.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013



Imagine being a Doctor Who fan in 1966 though.

“Oh dear, what’s happening? Is the Doctor dying?


What. The. Shit.”

My nan has been watching Doctor Who from the get-go

According to her the first regeneration made the entire country go ape-shit and she has vivid memories of her entire family being frozen in front of the TV in shock for about an hour

(Source: newandclassicwho)