Manuel Betancourt

Links Next Door (02/21/14)

February 21, 2014 · in Links Next Door

Every week, I’m compiling a list of links that entertain and delight me, challenge and baffle me. I’m doing this as a sort of curating project, but also as a way to keep the blog afloat as I keep working diligently on my dissertation.

With Looking, RuPaul and Modern Family, is LGBT life now mainstream? The Guardian’s guest panel of Nancy Goldstein, Richard Lawson and Nick Mattos discuss whether a ‘post-gay’ culture exists, and arrive at such thoughtful and insightful observations that it made my day. This is a great companion piece to Mark Blanketship’s take on this past week’s LOOKING (which was an amazing bottle episode dealing with Patrick and Richie’s budding (sexual) relationship). And speaking of the great LGBT media representation, Glenn’s review of Hawaii (2013) literally whet my appetite for that film.

Jen Chaney’s piece, The Academy Award for Best Costume Design always comes dressed in the past may break no new ground (“In the Academy Award race for Best Costume Design, the period piece always wins”) but it is always a helpful reminder about the uphill battle contemporary costume design faces when it comes to being rewarded. That the piece singles out Joaquin’s pants which we love is just the cherry on top.

A Brief History of the Cartoon as Toy Commercial. I may have liked The LEGO Movie (a lot) less than everyone else

I guess The Lego Movie was fine? I’m sure I’d have enjoyed it more if I were or had ever been a spastic, sugared-high straight boy.

— Manuel Betancourt (@atweetnextdoor) February 16, 2014

— just look at those box office numbers! — but Tim’s points over at The Film Experience in regards to what the film gets absolutely right are near impossible to deny: The LEGO Movie “is not selling toys as a product, but toys as an experience to be enjoyed and shared.”

Meryl's 2011 acceptance speech broken down.

Meryl’s 2011 acceptance speech broken down.

Meryl Streep Gets Thanked More Than God. If you love number crunching and the Oscars, this is the article to read, in which Nat Rogers and Chris Kirk boil down the last twelve years of Oscar acceptance speeches and find plenty a statistic like the one that gives the article its name.

The Dark Power of Fraternities. You may be tempted to merely type “TL:DR” but this piece in The Atlantic on the dark underbelly of fraternity houses and their relations with university within the frame of liability issues is necessary reading. Come for the rocket-in-the-ass anecdote, stay for the troubling statistics, enjoy the great prose and analysis throughout.

Doing research for my class this semester, I’ve stumbled upon a great number of blogs and sites that are doing great multimedia work in regards to film criticism. My favorite so far is Armoured Tiaras, a Tumblr dedicated to queering our favorite Disney princesses. I give you, Exhibit A: