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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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"No one reads Marx anymore." -Madame Taunt Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Mockingbirds
That would be the only way to celebrate the American worker. Go Big Red, The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Mockingbirds
How is it, in all these years of doing the MockBlog that it's possible that I've never given my proper shout out to Chinatown for your weekend viewing? With all the talk of the severe drought going on in my state, it of course led my mind to the Mulhollands and their closely linked history to the city of Los Angeles, which of course then made me think about the fictitious Mulwrays and how much this film still stands so tall amongst its peers. 1974 happened to be quite a year in film, and although it technically won but a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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"Tits, Ass, and the Futility of Existence in an Uncaring Universe" Miami Vice is not a guilty pleasure. Let us proceed. SONNY "THE GOOD" CROCKETT: Brazen, obnoxious, loud and highlighted by bongo tits, this is the perfect theme song for a show about the excesses of the '80s: so much style that the substance is nearly suffocated to death. But that's the point. That decade was all about the manufacturing of image in the void left after the principles of the '60s were snorted up the nose of the '70s. The layers upon layers of beauty and humor and photogenic... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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Trent Reznor is 657 years old. Hail Satan, if you please. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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There is much to celebrate when it comes to Rob Halford: that voice, his music, the leather, his shiny bald head. But he is also a role model, a sincere rebel with a sense of humor and style who rocked, rolled, shopped at the fetish shops and started drag races in his band's video. He did this with no apologies. And when he did come out he did so casually but was also mindful of his responsibility as a public figure. He never shied away from his new label. When he was embraced, it was not just because he is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"I believe we need heroes, I believe we need someone who we can measure our own shortcomings by." -Richard Attenborough Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
You do now. He looks like a proto-hipster by the way. Well done, world. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 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 Aug 22, 2014 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 Aug 20, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"So many people is sleepin while standin up." -Public Enemy Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 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 Aug 15, 2014 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 Aug 15, 2014 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