It’s been a slow, hot, lazy summer, but the Link Dump is finally back! We’ve got a kitty, plucked from the clothing of Margo Prey, Troll 2 star and Best Worst Movie interview subject. We’ve also got a host of links from the past few weeks:
- In case you missed it, Day Of The Woman hosted a totally awesome P.J. Soles Blogathon. (And Ashley contributed!)
- Everyone loves 1950s sci-fi movies… and their oft-ridiculous titles. You can generate your own at the “B-Movie Title Generator.”
- Dalia Schweitzer writes in Jump Cut about Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer (1997), which is very high on my “movies I want to see” list.
- Over at YAM Magazine, Cinema Fanatic provides a primer on Pre-Code Hollywood, featuring a few obscure delights (like Safe in Hell) amongst the essentials.
- Along the same lines, The Bioscope discusses Bryony Dixon’s new book 100 Silent Films, which goes into countless silent classics I’d never heard of.
- As someone who’s devoted a lot of time to studying women in horror, I heartily second Ashlee from Buried in a Book Crypt with her list of feminist books about scary movies. (Sarah from hold onto yr genre provides a few more.)
- The A.V. Club’s Genevieve Koski goes after sexism in pop culture, specifically the mockery of women who hold onto adolescent passions.
- Scans of horror-related pictures and newspaper clippings? Fuck yes.
- Lol: diagrammatic representations of famous movie quotes.
- These barely moving gifs are sometimes creepy, sometimes beautiful, always cool.
Either the weird search terms have been dropping off lately, or my sense of “weirdness” has become warped since starting this blog. A few choice, recent items: “vagina convulsing good?”, “witch transforms man into goat,” and possibly my favorite (least favorite?), “hunter mccracken masturbation.” Keep in mind that Hunter McCracken is the preadolescent star of Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life, and have a good weekend.
Since Ashley insisted that I couldn’t choose kitty pictures anymore, the above image of Scar and the obnoxiously playful Simba is her pick. And a great pick it is! Scar is a deliciously, mincingly evil villain, probably more charismatic than Claudius, the Shakespearean usurper on whom he’s based. And of course that’s all because of Jeremy Irons, whose voice trumps any hackneyed dialogue or fickle hyenas. When cartoon Jeremy Irons says “Jump!”, you ask, “How high?” With that, I give you this week’s links.
- Courtesy of Mary Ray of The Bewitched, I found out about this awesome 4th Amendment apparel – for when you want to stick it to the (TSA) man in writing.
- Amanda Palmer’s vulva is NSFW art!
- Here’s another awesome Tumblr blog called Screen Goddesses.
- Apparently all (or at least most) of the planets have been featured in sci-fi literature. The more you know!
- Robert C. Cumbow wrote an essay about one of Hitchcock’s greatest, Vertigo (1958). Give it a read; it’s very sharp.
- From The Sheila Variations, here’s a piece about Ann Savage in Detour, easily one of the greatest femmes fatales ever.
- Imogen Smith wrote a long, fantastic essay about Pre-Code movies, complete with Joan Blondell in a bathtub.
- Dan Callahan attacked the “Rich Girl Cinema” of Sofia Coppola and Lena Dunham in Slant; then Cinetrix fired back by saying, “I enjoy being a girl.”
- An inventive YouTube user mashed up Edgar Wright’s first three films into one awesome trailer. How can one director pack in that much pure awesome?
- As part of the drive to raise Vincent Price awareness, a really cool blogger & graphic designer named Eric Slager made this snazzy poster of Price’s face adorned with the titles of his many films. (Via Classic-Horror.com.)
- Sight & Sound announces its critical favorites for 2010! Unsurprisingly, The Social Network and Uncle Boonmee top the list. (Pssst: I’ll have some 2010 film lists of my own in the near future.)
Alas, we’ve had no astoundingly bizarre search terms as of late (unless you count more requests for Simpsons porn). Someone searched for “tom waits poster,” for which Ashley recommends this. (Tom Waits is lovably grizzled and makes excellent poster fodder.) Another searched for “witch burning in movies,” for which I offer the spellbinding, terrifying witch-burning sequence in the middle of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1958). And finally, “hanged cat film.” That’s no good. In keeping with our feline blog name, we’re launching a campaign against cat violence here. Seriously, people: end the kitty bloodshed. Meow.