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Madame Taunt
Los Angeles
I have an opinion on everything. Ask and ye shall receive.
Interests: Movies, things that are good, more movies, Metallica, beauty, truth
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Maybe it's my PMS or maybe it's just the decline of western civilization, but I feel like changing my name to Tyler Durden and starting a club. Or maybe it's just another Friday here at the Mock de Casbah. The history of violence on screen is complex- one man's teeth being punched out of his face is another's head in a vice. Either way, it is a reflection of reality and whether or not you are a peaceful protestor, you are still a participant. Short of living in a g-rated movie, it's unavoidable. And natural to our species, like the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
Is it some sort of trigger for intelligence agents? Remember scrunchy boots? Did they make a comeback? Is the tarp some sort of warning about global warming? I am getting nostalgic the street signs as artwork movement. Also, I've never been to a mime orgy. In conclusion, if you understand this video you are a commie. Madame Taunt Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
The cover art for Baroness's* albums are equal parts metal and early twentieth century Paris. Culture. Baroness von Jeer * Band not 'Bird. Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
Flat Eric is back! He brought his dance music and his sausage. And we get a glimpse of what The Muppet Show would be like if it were done by a Frenchman. Baroness von Jeer Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
French and English are pretty much the same. Baroness von Jeer Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
Same As It Ever Was, Dame Delirious Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
Every four years we are blessed with an extra day in the year, a Leap Day as they say. It's another day to enjoy the horror of violence, the crushing apathy, bees, heat waves, snow, famine, injustice, snakes that can swim, reality competition shows, the perpetual dehumanization of citizens by a corrupt government-military-industrial complex, and clowns. The Universe is an asshole. Here are some things to make this extra day of existence a little more fun, a little more weird. We've even done this before! While we may not evolve all that much, we will always care about your sanity.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
Have we really learned nothing since the last Oscars? Apparently not, as we've already repeated it yet again. Does Hollywood really think that the only guys that live here are Leo and Matt? Ugh, I saw The Revenant, and guess what, the best parts are where no one is in the scene. That's called lazy writing plain and simple. It's beautiful and if Eddie wins the cinematography award, then I'm not going to be mad at all. If it gets best picture, I'm starting a new chapter of the Black Panthers and calling it a fucking day. Let's be honest,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
It's becoming frighteningly clear that we may be sealing our fates with a self-fulfilled prophecy on the state of our union forty years after they've been predicted... I mean, even The Simpsons have nailed it a little too close for comfort....more than once. I think we've just fallen through the rabbit hole, Dame Derision Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
Whilst in the throes of mourning and sadness here at the Mock de Casbah, it is not lost on me just how much David Bowie influenced so much of our pop culture, other musicians, both young and old, writers, photographers, fashion, and of course, film. Between the repeats of Ziggy Stardust and Heroes, I couldn't help but think of one of my favorite over the top, grandiose, hyperbolic and stunning films, Velvet Goldmine. There's no denying the greatness of both the inspirer and the inspirees. Hail, Dame Derision Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at The Mockingbirds
It's interesting how a film from 1983 can still be so fitting to the modern landscape and sends up race and class so perfectly all these years later? John Landis' wonderfully Capra-esque story of Wall Street shenanigans is one of my favorites and Dan Aykroyd as the slovenly Santa running around mad is sheer fun. After several decades of watching Eddie Murphy, it's a marvel to watch him in Trading Places, his second film role ever, just knowing the talent being tapped into. Whether it's because in the end the 1% loses out and they are foiled at their own... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
Because if the last seven days haven't reminded us of how fucked up the world is, then the mounting, massive tidal wave of bullshit called the 2016 Election will. Will there ever be a time that this film doesn't ring true and a little too close to home? And therein lies one of the geniuses (genuiii?!?!) of Mr. Kubrick and the beloved Dr. Strangelove. Peace is our profession, Dame Derision Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
There are no think pieces on a desert island, no Star Wars trailers, no overpriced chain coffee that everyone seems to love for no reason. But once the novelty of inner peace wears off, you're going to need music. Here are Baroness von Jeer's suggestions for sanity and happiness. Angel Dust, Faith No More- No list of mine would be complete without a Faith No More album. Any Mike-Patton-era would make me happy, but I went with a sentimental favorite. Maybe it's because Roddy's keyboards add this sense of melodrama that complements the sarcasm of Patton's lyrics in a way... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
With nothing but the sounds of waves lapping on the shore and one's own thoughts, life on a desert island would be marked by boredom morphing into sheer insanity. But luckily, there is a remedy in the form of five great albums to ease the soul and maybe dance to sometimes. No judgment. Music soothes the savage beast. The lonely, bored, savage beast. Live Through This, Hole- The title is obvious, like a pun or a bare metaphor, and you know what? That’s part of the reason I chose it. The rage and the empowerment helped me get through high... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
It was the last of the weeks that will not be measured by "how many days till" in front of it - that rare time where we chase the fading shadows of Halloween, desperate to avoid the onslaught of everything "Holiday" and all the things that take the happy and the merry out of the happy and the merry. And so, it seems that Jack's lament is our collective lament. You can't tell me this is not an exquisite sequence with the craftsmanship and stylings of pure genius powering behind it. The shot of him walking up the incline of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
Here's the thing about a desert island- you're stuck there. You're stuck there indefinitely. The Dame is stuck there, atoning for her sins (probably?) and while she has some movies to keep her company, what she really needs is music. Our resident audiophile picks the five albums she would take with her to the middle of the ocean. And your bird can sing... Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd- Because it is dark and light, beautifully cosmic, haunting and large in the epic way one might need it to be to cling to amidst those long nights on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
The trailers for the latest Bradley Cooper film look about as dull, boring and pretentious as the Lincoln commercials with Matthew McConaughey. Why waste your time with a whitewashed version of the life of a bougie chef when there's countless options that fare better on your movie palettes? While Tortilla Soup, Ratatouille and Big Night have special places in the heart, the main course that everyone should be privy to would be none other than Like Water For Chocolate. So many lovely things about this little film, the rarest being that the author of the brilliant novel fully endorses it,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
It's not that it went unnoticed this week, we just have been way too busy planning Madame Tauntaholic birthday festivities for the weekend. We've rounded up some of the cabana boys and we're not pulling any stops on the festivities. Also, it somehow seemed totally appropriate to incinerate some Nazis in her honor. Happy Birthday, Madame Editor! With love, Dame Derision Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
Hypotheticals are a useful exercise in self-reflection that keeps one from doing something rash like jumping out of a plane or participating in a competition-based reality television program. Welcome to You're On a Desert Island with Movies: Madame Taunt Edition. The Madame ended up out to sea because of rage: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade- I am not going to watch the shark movie on an island (It’s only an island if you look at it from the water and I'm sorry) so I’m choosing Bald Sean Connery on a tank. This movie is so epic and entertaining that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
Not that Jagger juice, you naughty birds. Fun factoid Friday - Did you know that the Tequila Sunrise was pretty much made popular in modern times due to a 1972 tour of the U.S. by the Rolling Stones? I'm going to let you catch the backstory here, but since it's one of the staples of the House that Mock Built (and it is the first thing we have the Cabana Boy candidates make for their first round of interviews). The Stones, therefore have decided to commemorate that glorious year of '72, the year of our Godfather, and have announced that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
We live in uncertain times. Horror dominates the news, the future is bleak and there are not enough trees. We are all one disaster away from being marooned under a palm tree on a pile of sand miles and miles away from civilization and its various flavored waters. Or maybe you’ll see one too many insurance commercials and you voluntarily walk into the sea. The point here is life is defined by despair and what movies would you want to watch while you wait for death on a desert island? You only get five to watch on the solar-powered DVD... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
Forget going to the movies and abandon your wireless TV streams, the Revolution will not be televised. Ignore the tweets, twits and twats, the Revolution will not be televised. Go outside, sit down, stand up- do something, the Revolution will not be televised. Kill Your Television, Dame Derision Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
Modern existence is difficult, what with everything being terrible and half of everything being virtual and at least three dudes in a scarf per city block, and here at Mock It if You Got it, we appreciate your struggle. We understand that you want to know what is terrible and you want to hate it, but sometimes you just don't have the time. Fret not, for we are here and we will remind you of what is awful, and we'll also give you a bit of hope in the process. We don't mind. We call it Crimes Against Humanity. Please... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at The Mockingbirds