Archive | December, 2012

Les Mis: a movie with(out) teeth

7 Dec

Like approximately 87% of the English-speaking world, I’ve been devouring trailers for the upcoming movie adaptation of Les Misérables, one of the greatest musicals to ever stride ‘cross a stage. For the most part I’ve been too busy weeping over said trailers to really formulate any opinions (other than the constant, low-level refrain of “I wish Russell Crowe would magically turn into Philip Quast“). Fortunately, I’ve stopped crying long enough to determine that  I’m really digging this most recent featurette–which is, fittingly enough, about hair and makeup.

It’s short and not incredibly informative, but it shows a great dedication, especially on the part of Anne “Bad Ass Motherfucker” Hathaway. What really gets me, though, it all the gross teeth. Teeth, which is to say the ruination thereof, get ignored in a lot of period drama, which I think is understandable (because ew), but unfortunate. I’m super stoked at how much thought and attention they appear to have put into this of’t overlooked aspect of makeup. I remain disappointed that they didn’t include Fantine selling her two front teeth, but that’s not actually in the musical and I suppose it would be difficult to mimicv that with any degree of realism, especially when the actress has to sing. Still, what awesome dental makeup. By which I of course mean disgusting dental makeup.

THAT BEING SAID, Thernadier’s gold tooth? I love it as a decorative choice, but I’m not buying it from a character perspective. Maybe in the beginning, when they’re doing well, but in the middle of the musical? Hell no; Thernadier would have sold that shit years ago.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to floss.


BREAKING: Dork Tower weighs in on cosplay debate…

5 Dec

says basically what I said, but says is with pictures.

Not breaking, but worth repeating: Dork Tower is awesome.

That $4k Twilight ring you ALWAYS WANTED

5 Dec

Twilight-themed jewelry is a thing. I suppose we always know this would happen; the franchise is wildly popular and made a quarter of a zillion dollars or something similar. It was only a matter of time.

I just didn’t expect it to be sold at Bed Bath & Beyond…possibly because when I think of BB&B I think of fluffy towels and “As Seen On TV” gadgets, not “fine jewelry.”

Still! It has happened. The die is cast; the wench is pregnant. This gold (cheap gold, I might add) and moonstone ring can be yours for the low low price of a thousand bucks! That’s like a hundred times what the same ring would cost at Claire’s! That being said, if you absolutely MUST buy yourself a diamond and white gold replica of Bella’s monstrous engagement ring and/or some ugly, faux-Quileute jewelry, grab me a new shower curtain while you’re there.

Gifts for the Ren Faire Participant In Your Life

4 Dec

It’s almost Christmas! You’d never know from the weather ’round here, since it’s like 75 outside, but I just looked at the calendar and it! is! almost! CHRISTMAS!


Christmas is my favorite holiday. This is true for many reasons, among them Jesus, carols, wassail, Spree-flavored candy canes, and cheap-ass holiday cookies. But food isn’t the only thing I love about Christmas! I also like gifts!

Gifts are awesome. I know that; you know that. So let’s talk about gifts for the ren faire participant in your life, since I know all of you have at least one faire performer in your life.

Which is to say, me.


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