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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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It's surprising they lasted as long as they did before releasing this particular visual euphemism, but the return of Sean Connery couldn't be a more appropriate occasion. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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It was the famous flopper at the end of Faith No More's video for "Epic". She had apparently given it to Roddy Bottum and felt the band would take care of it. Side note: I can't find a still of the fish online. It is exploitative, so this is a good thing. I love animals. I do also, for the most part, love humans and well, we all know what happens to them on the Internet. I'd be okay with a picture of the fish. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Mockingbirds
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We Mockingbirds walk around with a lot of confidence and a little attitude, but that's only because we are paragons of fabulousness and funky righteousness. And we know from whom to steal. It wasn't always this easy, though. Surveying the landscape for a proper idol to worship, to guide our thoughts, to teach us how to walk, there was nothing but a sea of tragic blandness and tired wigs (metaphorical and otherwise). We turned to cheap drink and cheaper sex, but still felt, well, kind of sad. Just a little. But lo and hark! Is that a light on the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Mockingbirds
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." -Oscar Wilde Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Mockingbirds
Hollywood never did right by these two. This wasn't a bad movie at all but the theme song was written by Bono and The Edge. The whole endeavor is a wash. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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There's a theory, or they took a poll, or it's sociological state, or perhaps just a phenomenon which posits ninety percent of people think they are of above average intelligence. At the moment, my resources are limited to "on the Internet" and as such I can't seem to find any more information on this to illuminate it or even prove it exists. I'm going to enjoy that irony and you are just going to have to take my word for it. People have always thought they were so very smart but now with so much of human knowledge available in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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Gerardo Mejia had a small role in Can't Buy Me Love, a few years before your favorite song and mine, "Rico Suave". Humble beginnings and so forth. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"That can't be what it's about." -The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Probably would've gone with something a little more Moby-Dick themed, though. Sing it Tom Jones, The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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The last use of the guillotine in France was in 1977. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"Beware: I am fearless, and therefore powerful." -Mary Shelley Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"Even if it's hot out, he wears it anyway!" Indeed. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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Our gift to you, dearest witches and witchmen, is the first of many lists of essential women, of the real and character variety, for your betterment and enjoyment. Today's list is horror-centric because we are relevant and also support a genre full of females subverting type and expectation with sharp objects. MARY SHELLEY*: Many consider Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus to be the first science fiction novel. Who cares? Even if it is not the first in anything, it is exemplary on its own. It's modern, even today, and its themes are still extant. It issues a stern warning against... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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Well, hello. You've made it. You're in the fruit cellar of life, or at least of the month, where nothing but horror and harsh lighting await you. It's the best time of the year! We here at the Blog on Haunted Hill have been bombarding you with ghoulish treats since, well, technically the dawn of our reign, but that is simply because part of fighting for justice is fighting for your souls. Basically, they need to be blacker, so here we are: the last (for now) list of films that will feed your insatiable desire for blood and brains. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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Tom Petty's "American Girl" has the lyric "an American girl/raised on promises" which first appears in Francis Ford Coppolla's debut film, Dementia 13. Roger Corman produced both that film and The Silence of the Lambs, in which Petty's song is featured. Corman cameos in that film as the director of the FBI. Alfred Hitchcock cameoed in all of his films. Dementia 13 borrows heavily from Psycho. Tom Petty has probably seen Psycho. Life. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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Problem: Women are underrepresented in pop culture, as creators, performers, even observers. When we do show up, we are most often depicted as one-dimensional victims who need to be taught how to live before we die unhappy and alone. Or we're seen as villains who need to be taught how to live before we die unhappy and alone. It's bleak, but not without hope. First of all, you have us. Second, it follows that we will be pointing out exceptions to the above rules. There are films, songs, books, television shows, actresses, singers, writers that represent us right. They need... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
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"Death has come to your little town, sheriff." -Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Halloween (1978) Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
They were probably right to upgrade from Pong to naked ladies, but the original theme is still the best. Maybe don't stare too long, The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
With each Halloween since the Bird Invasion Madame Taunt seems to so eloquently point out all of the films you should be watching at this time of year, as she is the resident expert on all things horror. I can’t watch most of these films because they are fucking frightening. I don’t particularly care for being scared as a pastime, but when I do watch something so thrilling and intense that my stomach is in knots from the tension and I’m on the edge of my seat, I understand what the fans of the horror genre are getting out of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise." -Victor Hugo Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Something to think about and/or tell us: was there roller skating in Octopussy? Ponder, The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at The Mockingbirds