Comm & Pop Culture Post. Deux.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Taylor, daughter Birthday, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter tea party

I know Real Housewives is easy to pick on, but is this for real?!?!?

Taylor Armstrong from the newest season, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, threw her daughter a Mad-Hatter/Alice in Wonderland tea party for her birthday, did I mention she was only turning 4? This little gathering of 35 adults an 25 kids cost a $60,000. I’m not sure if thats counting the Barbie diamond necklace party favors at $999 a pop? Who is Taylor throwing this party for? Her daughter won’t remember her 4th birthday! It’s clear Taylor is in it for herself when her daughter refuses to take pre-party-professional-photos and would rather spend time with her nanny. What does Taylor do? Get on top of the table and goes photo-nuts!

Beverly Hills is all about marked woman. Who buys $1,650 Barbie necklace for a 4 yr old? We are literally witnessing the next generation of women being marked, or branded more like it! Does a little girl really need to see her mom parading around on top of a throw-up-pink table for a camera?

Beverly Hills is just waiting to consume the next generation of little girls into its “marked-ways.” The consumerism and high couture designer clothes, the botox, the plastic surgery, the houses, the hair, the cars, even the help! Each one of those things will in some way make its mark on the girls that they will carry around for everyone to see. In Beverly Hills the mark women carry is magnified x100 and insanely examined. There is no way for the generation to escape the mark and the mindset that their moms and Beverly Hills push on them.

Barbie Necklace

 

Comm & Pop Culture Post

The Warrior’s Way – Hmmm…I wonder if this would be Post-Modern?

An actual movie review – “visually inventive hybrid martial arts Western tracing the adventures of an Asian assassin who must fight for his life while hiding out in the Wild West.” – anonymous

Style over substance? Check. Is anything not overly-styled in this movie, and this is just the trailer! Flying through the air, ninja’s in perfect garb – in a perfect line on the top of a building.

Confusions over space and time? Maybe. How could there not be some sort of flashback or confusion of space and time in a movie like this, guess we’ll have to wait and see…

Erosion of Identity? Check. This warrior refuses a mission when he has to kill the last person in a clan, aka a baby. Somewhere in this he most likely realizes he has lost a sense of his identity – which is the purpose of the movie. It’s a wild guess but I’m assuming he finds his identity throughout the course of this movie – what a hero!

Inter-textuality? Mehh. Maybe. This is for the Cultural Capitalist out there. When you see Geoffrey Rush from Pirates of the Caribbean, his character doesn’t seem that much different.  Also, if you have been a-long-time-hollywood-tabloid-junkie then you would know that Orlando Bloom (yet again from Pirates of the Caribbean) dated the swash-buckling-leading-lady Kate Bosworth……..Coincidence?

Simulacra? A little. The trailer alone captures the “real” and imaginary collapsing together. At some points this even looks like a video game. What could be more “simulacra-ish” besides Disneyland and video games?

Bricolage? A bit. This is one big jumbled mess of other movies put together. Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon…..The list goes on.

Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie St. Cloud Movie Poster

Just from watching the trailer I am already reaching for the kleenex, there has been quite a few Drama Romances out there lately but I really think this one is going to be special. I don’t think I can wait until July 30th. So I think I may just have to read the book.

Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Donal Logue, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta

Based on an acclaimed novel, Charlie St. Cloud is a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a young man who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a unique way. In this emotionally charged story, he begins a romantic journey in which he embraces the dark realities of the past while discovering the transformative power of love. Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud (Efron) has the adoration of mother Claire (Oscar® winner Kim Basinger) and little brother Sam (newcomer Charlie Tahan), as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high–school classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own. [apple]

Charlie St. Cloud Trailer