it's good to be young

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:02 pm
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Bette: *Andrea's running the [marathon] in May!
Jenny: Wow, that's great! How's your training going?
*Andrea: Well, you're looking at it. So if I finish today, it's going great!
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Posted by Samm Deighan

A few days ago it was announced that Canadian small press publisher Spectacular Optical—responsible for 2014’s Kid Power! and 2015’s Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s, to which I was a contributor, and co-run by Kier-La Janisse of House of Psychotic Women—is going to publish Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin, due out this summer and edited by yours truly. This will be the third official Spectacular Optical book—to be followed later in the year by Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror in Film and Television—and it will include essays from entirely female writers, critics, and historians, and will explore the full range of Rollin’s work from 1968’s Le viol du vampire (The Rape of the Vampire) through 2010’s La masque de la Méduse (The Mask of Medusa), with an emphasis on some of his more neglected titles.

Too frequently written off as sort of the French Ed Wood of vampire films, Rollin is anything but; and while his first few features do include vampiric characters (in titles like La vampire nue, Requiem pour un vampire, and Le frisson de vampires), they are dreamlike and unconventional reinterpretations of horror genre tropes. Rollin also explored more overt surrealism (La rose de fer, Perdue dans New York), reinterpreted the ghost story (Les démoniaques) and the zombie film (Les raisins de la mort, La morte vivante), and even worked in the crime thriller (Killing Car) and fantasy (Les paumées du petit matin) genres. He also made a number of ignored soft- and hardcore films (Bacchanales Sexuelles, Phantasmes, La comtesse Ixe) that haven’t received much in-depth critical appraisal.

My relationship with Rollin’s work began roughly two decades ago when I first saw—and fell in love with—La morte vivante (1982). It came at the tail end of my initial foray into Eurohorror in my early teen years, but stood out because of its emotional resonance and tragic quality, because it reinterpreted both vampire and zombie tropes, and because its two protagonists were women and the narrative essentially derided its scant male characters. Though often accused of misogyny or exploitative uses of women on screen—like basically every other Eurohorror director—Rollin actually has an overwhelming number of female protagonists and side characters, far outweighing the male presence within his work, and explores themes of friendship, identity, sexuality, the quest for personal freedom, and the power of dreams and imagination.

Thus, it only seems fitting that a book exploring his career would be penned by a dream team of female writers, including a number of Diabolique’s core staff; as many of our readers know, we currently have an all-female editorial team and a strong representation of women writers within our ranks. Contributors to Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Films of Jean Rollin include Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Senses of Cinema), Kat Ellinger (Diabolique’s editor-in-chief), Virginie Selavy (Electric Sheep), Alison Nastasi (Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s), Marcelline Block (Art Decades), Rebecca Booth (Diabolique), Michelle Alexander (Cinemadrome), Lisa Cunningham (The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland), Heather Drain (Dangerous Minds, Diabolique, Video Watchdog), Erin Miskell (That’s Not Current, Diabolique, The Backseat Driver), Gianna D’Emilio (Diabolique)—and more to be confirmed. Sign up here to follow the crowdfunding campaign, which will be announced this April alongside the cover, a full table of contents, and much more information.

The post Announced — Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Films of Jean Rollin appeared first on Diabolique Magazine.

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Posted by Stef Schrader on Black Flag, shared by Justin T. Westbrook to Jalopnik

It’s National Puppy Day, which means it’s an excuse to look at cute pups on the internet. Recent Daytona 24 winner Jordan Taylor’s very good dog has become a racing star in his own right: Fonzie, a big puffy Goldendoodle. Enjoy these clips of Taylor jamming out with Fonzie because these two are just the best.


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Feeling mostly "upset" and concerned mostly about "family." Legit.

"You went to Terra Venture in your spaceship!" Carlos exclaimed. "You literally showed up on the doorstep of Earth's only space colony, in your spaceship!"

"So did you!" Ashley protested. "Your spaceship was dolphin-safe! You totally one-upped us!"

I'm gonna write this whole story in 750 words. At first I thought it wouldn't be serious enough, but then I realized the entire series is like this. "Man those quantrons were tough!" So it should work out great.

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 07:24 pm
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Ugh. Camp NaNo starts at the end of next week, and I am SO out of the habit of writing every day. This is going to be interesting. And by interesting I mean mildly failtastic. But oh well.

An attempt will be made, I guess.

I've been feeling kind of moody and asocial lately. Don't really feel like talking to anybody. So many backdated posts, ugh. (It's actually really tempting to backdate this one too, but I'll refrain.)

Small Trolls update tomorrow... <3 It's nice to have something to look forward to on Fridays.

Thinking about going downtown rea-a-lly early on Saturday, picking up some breakfast at Subway, and then heading to the library. No particular reason. Just might be nice. I guess it depends on the weather. And whether I can get up at a suitable time.

The busy season is going to start soon at work, which means I'm going to be even crankier than usual. Oh, joy. I wonder how long it will last this year... there were some incidents at site earlier in the month that caused interruptions, so I have no idea what's going on.

This entry is all over the place, isn't it. And it's COLD in my bedroom, ugh... I should make tea, that helps everything.
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Posted by Stef Schrader on Black Flag, shared by Justin T. Westbrook to Jalopnik

One thing is constant in life: if there is a way to translate something into a merchandising or sponsorship opportunity, NASCAR will do it. Behold the t-shirt born of the greatest motorsport interview in years, in which Kyle Busch answered every question with some variation of “Everything is great.”


Which Supercar Is Best?

Mar. 24th, 2017 12:00 am
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Posted by Kristen Lee

To answer this question, first you have to answer how you define “best.”



Mar. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm
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1. Turns out my property taxes are, in fact, taken-care-of by the mortgaging institution and therefore not my problem.

2. My mother gave me the Hamiltome! I gave it to her last year for her birthday and she finally finished reading it and passed it along to me. I am so happy to have it and am reading it bit by bit.

3. I finally located the beeping smoke detector. (It was in the garage.) My house is no longer intermittently beeping.

4. I don't have to work tomorrow night, which is a rarity. I get the evening off!

5. I am watching the new Netflix reboot of Voltron with Zaphod, and am totally digging it. I think it's my favorite thing he's watched since Avatar. It's fun to have something that we actually both enjoy, to watch while we cuddle on the couch.

At each other’s throats

Mar. 23rd, 2017 09:52 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

We the people are beleaguered and beset. America in 2017 is an unhappy place full of unhappy people. And it's no wonder why -- what with everyone constantly trying to shove all kinds of things down one another's throats. So what are we having shoved down our throats today? Let's check.
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Two woodcocks roding tonight! ♥

"looking down at the world below
here they come and there they go
I'm a people watcher
it's been a hobby of mine
for quite some time"

--meredith edwards
"the bird song"

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 07:52 pm
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I spent most of the day with a slight fever, a major headache, and an upset stomach. I'm now pretty dang familiar with the inside of the toilet bowl, let me tell you. :\
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Posted by Stef Schrader

Any time someone sets a Nürburgring lap time, the Internet will want to see the receipts. Electric vehicle startup NIO claimed that their EP9 supercar set a new electric vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring, so they released the whole, uncut lap in its eerily quiet future-whirring glory to back that claim up.


making prosthetic eyes

Mar. 23rd, 2017 06:05 pm
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I had the good fortune to meet [personal profile] kestrell at Wiscon, and she introduced me to the old-world artistry of ocular prosthetics.

It turns out one of the three ocular prosthetic makers in Wisconsin is a local hero. The process is fascinating:

Q&A: Dori Hosek found an 'amazing fit' making artificial eyes

I can speak directly to the exquisite details: Kes gave me one of her out-of-date ones and I wear it as a pendant (but only in geeky environs).

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 07:10 pm
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Posted by Tom McParland

I’ll come right out and say it, the 2005 Ford GT is a masterpiece of a modern exotic car. It looked and drove amazing then and it has not aged one bit. Now you can buy a very rare example that was owned and modified by Ford GT designer, Camilo Pardo.


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