Friday, March 29, 2013

dreams of spring by karen g.

Here are Karen G.'s ten prettiest objects of her affection this spring season!

The Kate Spade Radio Samira Patent Leather Clutch

Marc Jacobs’ Striped three-button jacket

Akris Silk Prince Albert Print Tunic

Alexander McQueen 3D enamel skull bracelet

Alice & Olivia Striped Canvas Pumps

3.1 Phillip Lim Pintuck Shirtdress

Clé de Peau Beauté 'La Crème' Night Cream

Diptyque Volie Satin Oil for Body and Hair

Anya Hindmarch Earl Valentine Canvas Tote

Gucci Flora Stripe Silk Dress

Thursday, March 28, 2013

over the edge

Over the Edge is eighth-grade film-making at its finest. And I mean that as a compliment. It's the sort of rollicking movie someone in junior high might visualize about their junior high experience. Backed by an operatic score (by the director's father Sol Kaplan) and catchy, pop/rock rebel soundtrack (Cheap Trick, The Cars, and the Ramones) and starring an enigmatic cast (including 14 year old Matt Dillon, in his first feature) of restless feather-haired teens, director Jonathan Kaplan somehow vividly and naturally captures adolescent vague malaise in a way that doesn't seem calculated or preachy.  Kurt Cobain has said, "That movie [Over the Edge] pretty much defined my whole personality. It was really cool. Total anarchy."  Over the Edge was the visual inspiration for his band Nirvana's iconic music video clip of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  It's also reason one thousand why I love 70s cinema and why I miss it so. The movie (based upon true events in a San Francisco Examiner story entitled "Mousepacks: Kids on a Crime Spree") takes place in fictional New Granada (shot in Colorado) -- a barren, upper-class desert town about to be re-zoned for a swanky condominium make-over.  The film closely follows the lives of the aimless youth townies (their clueless parents are estranged and on the outskirts of the story) as their prankstery petty crimes eventually build to tragedy and a climatic fiery uprising at their school.

Over the Edge is distinctly a 70s American movie (previous year's hit Grease could be its sunnier bad teen sidekick) -- the kind with a villainous, distrustful view of authority and overriding sympathy for the flaws and follies of outcasts and underdogs.  It's hard to discern how much of the film's brilliance (its naturalistic performances and dead-on accurate detailing and costumes: denim, suspenders, goofy shades and back pocket combs) are a result of happenstance or careful attention.  The cinematography by Andrew Davis (who would later go on to direct films like The Fugitive) is particularly skillful and arresting.  What makes it unique from teen movies of its kind is that its shot both like a European art house flick and a Western (hailing back to The Wild Ones).  Davis: "It was an interesting place to shoot. The locations were gritty and desolate and real—ugly and sterile, but with some beauty. I had grown up in a tract-housing development built on slag heaps next to the steel mills in Chicago. They were built for G.I.’s to live in after the war. I suppose I was kind of used to finding the beauty in such places."  The songs too add to the film's authenticity.  Kaplan was disappointed he couldn't use The Who's "Baba O'Riley" for the closing number but Valerie Carter's gorgeous  cover of "Ooh Child" ends up giving the movie a poignant sense of optimism.

Because of concern over uprisings and violence (it came out the year of The Warriors and Rock n Roll High School), Over the Edge got a limited release, later finding a short-lived following on cable television.  The film lives on though in its Generation X influences and in movies like Dazed and Confused and Boogie Nights; it seems like it could have shaped the work of indie filmmakers like Harmony Korine, Sofia Coppola and Gus Van Sant (those big, beautiful shots of cloudy skies) too -- Dillon would later figure in his Drugstore Cowboy.  But the theatrical pat-down of the picture sort of signaled the end of an era of subversive, realism-driven Hollywood pictures and the beginning of one based upon fantasy, MPAA ratings and box office potential.  ***1/2

-Jeffery Berg

See also a perceptive (and personal) take on the flick from Acidemic.

And an in-depth article with quotes from the cast and filmmakers on VICE.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

tu(n)esday! by melissa presti

Today's Tu(n)esday! picks were selected by Melissa Presti!

To Kill A King has their debut album Cannibals With Cutlery out now, and it's my favorite of 2013 thus far. I seriously can't pick a favorite track so I'm playing "Funeral" AND "Fictional State" to give you a taste.

I just finished Netflix streaming my way through every episode of Skins, and the series finale ended with "Don't Go" by Rae Morris. So perfect.

Ghost Beach creates tropical-grit-pop with "Close Enough" and if you get to one of their live shows, it's quite the epic dance party.

Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down" has SOUL. Listen for some feels.

Walk Off The Earth can do more than a cover song..."Red Hands"

The return of Fall Out Boy kills it with "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark" (and they still have ridiculously long song titles)

Kelly Clarkson is my Beyonce. Sometimes.

Taylor Swift & Gary Lightbody.

Breathe Carolina "Blackout" - show me your moves.

Monday, March 25, 2013

skin shift

Nicely written review by Jerome Murphy of Matthew Hittinger's book of poems Skin Shift up on Lambda Literary Review.

Check out Hittinger's post on visual inspirations for the book here.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

music videos

Django Django - "WOR"    

Justin Timberlake - "Mirrors"

Kelly Rowland - "Kisses Down Low"

Pitbull f/Christina Aguilera - "Feel This Moment" (guilty pleasure)

The Strokes - "All the Time"

Vampire Weekend - "Diane Young" (stream) & "Step" (lyrics clip)... love these!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


The latest issue of LGBT UK-based lit journal Glitterwolf is now available in print and e-version.

I have three poems--"Astor Place K-Mart," "Corinthian," and "I Am Not as Masculine as Paul Walker"--in there.

Also work by Tom Cardamone, Bendi Barrett, Neil Alexander, Jessie Nash, Julie Westhale, Christopher Stoddard, and more!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

tu(n)esday! by curtis rogers

Today's Tu(n)esday is curated by Curtis Rogers!

Für Hildegard Von Bingen...

Digital Lion...

The Wilhelm Scream ft. Megan Washington...

Yung Rapunxel...

Attracting Flies...