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Madame Taunt
Los Angeles
I have an opinion on everything. Ask and ye shall receive.
Interests: fashion, truth, beauty, martinis, daniel craig, the absurdity of life
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You do now. He looks like a proto-hipster by the way. Well done, world. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at The Mockingbirds
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Writing about something brilliant is deceptively difficult- you would think something that inspires you to laugh, cry, live a little, learn something new or even try something new would inspire clever words. And for better people, maybe it does. But I'm not better, I'm a self-conscious weirdo with a Billy Idol hairdo who's seen Metallica in concert 12 times. I say, and type, lots of words but when it comes to The Simpsons, I'm completely humbled. Well, not entirely, as I will point out that the irony of a cartoon having more humanity than most, if not all, television shows... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at The Mockingbirds
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The European Union has a specific directive regulating the number of chemicals used in hair dye (45). Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Mockingbirds
"So many people is sleepin while standin up." -Public Enemy Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Mockingbirds
If we're going to be (already are) a nation under military rule, we pledge our allegiance to the Rhythm Nation. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Mockingbirds
More often than we would prefer we lose a great one and I ask you to forgive my sentimentality. But when we lose two legends within days of each other, well then all bets are off and the mourning just becomes mandatory. It seems like I'm writing homages and obits more in the last year than I have in all our past years combined. You'd like to think it gets easier for me, combing the Internet, trying to find the one perfect clip that encapsulates a single human being's life and contributions to the collective masses, but it does not.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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Steven Spielberg called Robin Williams to cheer him up when he was shooting Schindler's List. (The rest of us had, and have, DVDs, Internet, TV, etc. Rest in peace.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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"Fuck you." -Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Breaking Bad Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Also, could/would Roy Scheider father Dennis Quaid? Who can say. What's most important is that a significant portion of a major motion picture is dedicated to water skiing performance art. Never forget (Lea Thompson), The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Look. I'm all for trying new things. I'm all for evolution- personally, spiritually, an evolution of culture, new shoes, whatever. The transitory nature of art and beauty is integral to the value we place on it; if it lasted forever it wouldn't be precious. Resistance to change not only stagnates your intellect but you'd never get to see Kevin Spacey break the fourth wall of your computer. (It's oddly life affirming.) There is of course the phenomenon of posterity, a quality not specific but important to film. You don't have to watch it just once, it doesn't disappear and since... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
I suppose the cheese is somewhat appropriate but no way are those cheap sunglasses. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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"My cow is not pretty, but it is pretty to me." -David Lynch Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Awesomeness. And a birthday. Happy Birthday! The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
It's pretty fucking bleak out in the world right now so I take solace in the little things that can still bring light into our collective darkness. We love the cinema for a variety of reasons, the escape factor, its ability to let us live vicariously through the characters and see places and people we wouldn't ordinarily come into contact with. But when it comes to the non-fictional stories of the the historical, factual and biopic variety, we are drawn to those in a different way (or not at all for some folks who refuse to be literate in film).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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Baltimora was (primarily) an Italian band. Bonus fact: The lead singer was actually from Northern Ireland and there was a Milli Vanilli-esque controversy between him and another band member over who actually sang lead vocals. Where's their terrible made-for-VH1 movie? Nary a Behind the Music to be found either. What a world. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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"It's important to collect unusual characters. It keeps you sharp." -Billy Gibbons Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Rawkin. Wonder if he's ever been assigned Earth years? The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
It seems like all myself and The Dame do is chronicle death. We chart it, write poetry to it, post visual aids to help with the grieving process. Death Patrol. Death Duo. It's Not a Living. This is due in part because we've lost some amazing performers lately, and also because our generation has been around long enough to spend quality time with the greats. I'm forever confounded by grief for people one's never met but it feels genuine, as genuine as the performances we've experienced. Maybe that's the answer right there, and in the fact that, somewhat unaware of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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And it's a movie with a young Sam Elliot- shirtless and loving the environment- and Ray Milland shoots a snake from a wheelchair. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"No doubt about it, Lance is perfect. It's his only flaw." -Jim Rockford, The Rockford Files Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at The Mockingbirds