Manuel Betancourt

Links Next Door (31/01/14)

January 31, 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.

The Top 50 Movies with Ingenious Costume Design, from Star Wars (1977) and The Devil Wears Prada (2005) to The Great Gatsby (2013) and Clueless (1995), this is a pretty exhaustive list that unsurprisingly cements the work of Edith Head, Catherine Martin, Colleen Atwood, Orry Kelly among others as definitively classic. That said, no Sandy Powell (Velvet Goldmine, Shakespeare in Love, Far from Heaven)?

Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars: a great read on the uncharted terrain that is social media for feminism. Focused on the twitter war over #FemFuture, the article brings up the continuing debate about the role of women of color in feminist discussions, especially over issues of access and inclusivity which are crucial to online debates.

Sundance LGBT Greats Love is Strange and Appropriate BehaviorThe Film Experience’s great Sundance coverage continues with a look at two LGBT films from the fest. Gotta say, I’m very excited about the prospect of seeing Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a gay couple.

Meryl Streep vs Pauline Kael. It sounds like a battle of the ages: It 80s Actress vs Feisty Film Critic. Karina Longworth’s essay is infinitely readable if only for the delicious anecdotes about Meryl and Pauline (hint, the critic was never a fan of Streep, infamously pronouncing that she only ever acted from the neck up).
And what better way to end than with Benedict Cumberbatch reading poetry (you can also find Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Bono reading poetry over here)