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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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Number 8: "Meet Me Halfway" by Kenny Loggins I'm disappointed in myself. I've never seen Sylvester Stallone's arm wrestling opus Over the Top. I know not of its thrills and pathos and sweat and forearm close-ups. But you know who I'm more disappointed in? Kenny Loggins. I feel like he's one of those celebrities I'm supposed to make fun of but I just can't. Dude wrote some pretty great tunes. They were fun, they were funny (in a laugh with, not at kind of way) and they were memorable. They've been absorbed into our culture and you can think you... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Mockingbirds
Number 9: "Addams Groove" by MC Hammer, Addams Family Values Lovelies, your Countess is pondering two things right now: 1) How the hell is it March already? and 2) Is The Addams Family still on TV somewhere? I can't say I was ever a fan of the show. I would watch it, but I certainly never went out of my way to do so. This and The Munsters definitely go on my list of shows watched for singing/dancing the theme song and switching channels. As far as the movie based on a show I cared little about, I know I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Mockingbirds
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"There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on." -Rod Serling Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Mockingbirds
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A funny thing about modern digital life is how people embrace a twisted version of impermanence- they expect their loudest scream to fade out the quickest. Like a Katy Perry song. What's funny is that's why they do it. All of these screams are broadcasted to create an image, a self, but what's left is nothing. You do some searching and you find some smoke, but you won't find a legacy. You won't find a brilliant, human portrayal of an iconic character, or delightful Hobbit songs, or words of wisdom for everyone to enjoy, or a collaboration with The Bangles... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Mockingbirds
No. 10 "Push It to the Limit" by Paul Engemann For the first time since we started the Crimes Against Humanity series, I have been assigned a song that I have never heard nor heard of before. This is kind of surprising because even though I have never seen Scarface, I am quite familiar with '80s movie themes, even the cheesy ones (I suppose one might argue that cheesy is the only kind of movie theme song produced during the era). I have a theory, though. This is a legitimately bad song, to be sure, particularly the backup vocals, but,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Mockingbirds
Number 11: "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr I loved the '80s. I still love the '80s, and this love is sincere. It is pure and it guides me, like something that glows in the dark in a cool way. It leads me nowhere good, but whatever. There are a lot of movies, and accompanying soundtracks, that I genuinely enjoy. They have the right amount gravitas, insouciance, cheese and substance. But oh hey look! Here’s an exception: First of all, we seem to have some sort of hostage situation going on in the video, and just because... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Mockingbirds
Number 12: "Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham When I discovered that Lindsey Buckingham did this song it made me very sad to think that he was so miserable in his Fleetwood Mac drama that he would resort to putting his name and voice to such a flop of a song as this. And yet…he did. And I just can’t let this one go unnoticed, specifically because I’m a fan of his music and consider him another underrated artist (especially his guitar skills!) from a Giant Band but also because I’m such a huge fan of the film that it accompanies.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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This is not about the worst movies and their theme songs, it’s about that special group of films who have the absolute worst songs, songs that do not enhance the film thematically at all, and in many cases, so overplay the theme that it borders on the absurd. We're all for absurdity when it calls for it (cue the Mark Mothersbaugh anthology) but for the dirty dozen of suspects that we’ll be highlighting during our next round of Crimes Against Humanity: Show Tunes, it just doesn't work. It is wrong. So we're here to make it right. Please note: Though... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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It seems like it's hard to pin down the origin of everyone's favorite ugly jeans- surfers? The Japanese?- but I think if we follow the clues we'll come to find the truth. (Cancer Man did it. He was also Mulder's dad.) Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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I am entering the town of Twin Peaks. I will be consumed by the horrific nightmare that is American suburbia, destroyed by evil borne of lies and lust and hate and love. Mostly the lies. The trees are scary and the music is beautiful. The owls are not what they seem. But the pie is to die for. Rest in peace, Laura Palmer. Happy Twin Peaks Day, everyone else. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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"Leaving Joan Rivers out of the In Memoriam segment was inexcusable, and Michael Keaton is the best Batman." -Madame Taunt Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
Sometimes good does triumph over Canadian. Skate hard, The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
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I like to ramble on, and on, and on about my obsessions here at Mockblog, The Blog You Can Trust. And while I've been rambling on about the Academy Awards lately- ahem and sorry- I really wouldn't say I'm obsessed by them. I'm mostly fascinated I think. For example, why? And further, how? They are rightfully prestigious, having often been awarded to the best in film, but then Ben Affleck has two. There is also the telecast, put on by the entertainment capital of the universe, that is invariably a five-hour long demonic pep rally during which creativity and human... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
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The sheepdog should've won Best in Show at this year's Westminster (no offense to the beagle). Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." -Theodore Roosevelt Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
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May you all find the Sailor to your Lula. And dance. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
Mock superstitions all you like, but they provide a little hope that maybe we, mere humans, can navigate a world full of horror and uncertainty. Like, don't go fucking around (literally or otherwise) when you should be watching the children lest thee wants to get hacked by a mother in a hockey mask. That's a good one. Happy Friday the 13th! The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
All of the ridiculous hype for anything with the words "Shade" and "Grey" this weekend causes my inner junior-high-Jackie-Collins-reading-self to roll my eyeballs dangerously close to the back of my cranium and wonder what the fuck happened to the word sexy, especially in Hollywood. I don't need soft porn that you can watch on Cinemax on a Friday night in my movie theater, I want the hot guy who just has to give that glance whilst being lit like a model for a cover shoot and everything goes to black and white. The pulse quickens and you are breathless from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
But it is my sincere hope that they find a suitable replacement for Jon Stewart so that millions of people can continue to call themselves informed on social media. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
"In America, sex is preached; in France, it is done." -Fritz Lang Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
We have political discussions all the time here. Join us! Knee socks are not required but strongly encouraged. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
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Hello, it's the new year. It's a new dawn. It's award season. It's time to lament the lack of representation of women in art and media. It is the year of our Scully 2015 and there are still not enough strong, smart, interesting women on television, women with pasts, women with futures, women liberating themselves from cliche. But sometimes there were! Sometimes there are women you want to spend time with, learn from, maybe be a little more like. They are amazing reminders of what should and could be. Shoulder pads optional. Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), The Golden Girls- The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Mockingbirds
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It's Friday and I hope you spent the week in a positive way, perhaps subverting antiquated gender-specific tropes or eating cheeseburgers. I myself spent a lot of time thinking about losers- who they are, how they're doing, why we don't hang out more. Then I started thinking about Oscar losers. They have to sit through the ceremony, but they also get to join a pretty exclusive club. They'll never fall prey to a curse or unreasonable expectations. They'll never be a Crash-esque punchline. They'll never have the little dude stolen or have to auction it off or be forced to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Mockingbirds