GOOD tragic. Not like last call at a fetish party tragic by the way. This 2011 little mentioned documentary takes a hard look at the YOUNG modeling world through the eyes of one of the saddest pro/antagonist characters I’ve ever seen Ashley Arbaugh as she attempts to sell (and I mean that in a way that borders on white slavery) her newest young model Nadya Vall. After winning a local modelling competition in her tiny Easter European town, Nadya travels with the talent scout- Ashley- from go see to go see and from failure to failure.
Rather than the fun Kelly Cutrone-run try outs of America’s Next Top Model, this film, this film gives a realistic look at the desperation of both scout and model as they attempt to woo fashion designers who will say anything that comes to their mind about the flaws in the model’s body as they spin and walk feet from them. Nadya is truly sympathetic as she holds back tears and harrows in 100 square feet apartments eating candy and noodles and waiting for her next chance. The movie is harsh, does not pull anything as you wonder how the company getting looked at and its employees allowed this movie to show them in such a realistic and cruel manner.
I am definitely a lover of all things British. No, I don’t just mean Simon Baker- even though he stars in this movie as the impossibly charming and flawless “other man”- rather I’m referring to the caustic humour and utter lack of propriety and censorship that the English use these days for TV and film. Even in just watching the short trailer below you get an idea of the off-side comedy and racy jokes found therein BUT, is that enough to make a movie?
What I Give It a Year lacks in plot line realism or emotional connectivity with its audience, it makes up with effective storytelling and believable character growth (and regression). Long story short, it’s the classic boy meets girl and gets married too quickly believing in passionate love and quickly finds out they are NOT meant to be as friends whisper: “I give it a year.” The extra layer to this puppy is that both the bride and groom played by the amazing Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall respectively each have their own extra marital love interests played themselves by the hilarious Anna Faris and sexy Simon Baker. But, here’s the disappointing part: Rose is no longer the passive aggressive WASP of Bridesmaids and Anna is the dumb bunny of House Bunny, instead the leading ladies play shadow version of their former hilarity and you end up wishing that they were the “old them”. Still, the movie has some great scenes and combines American and British humour to produce something worth watching with someone you aren’t about to divorce… seems too on the nose.
When Donovan asked me to cover a new TV show, I assumed that HBO was releasing a new epic drama and I was just the nerd and telephile to cover it. NOPE! He recruited me for my insatiable appetite for all things big and beefy… and I ain’t talkin’ steak! Funnily enough, I’ve been toning and trimming down the past couple days for a big ol’ bear party in Vancouver and how kismet should it be that this little show falls into my lap. That said, I’m not EXACTLY hoping to reenact this puppy scene for scene. It’s a little more.. “sashay away” than I look for in my mustached men.
Still, you gotta love anything with Margaret Cho in it! And, the fact that she’s wearing a dominatrix leather onesie and waving around a vibrating dildo wand makes it that much better. The show looks … interesting? It’s definitely BEARS getting looked at here: big, barrel-chest
boys men. None of the typical second generation fit bears, we’re talking large men in all their furred glory! While I never was fortunate enough to catch season one of Where the Bears Are, I can certainly see the attraction of watching a ton of handsome men going at it and bitching about each other the rest of the time- christ, it sounds like my Sundays in reverse ;) Still, it won’t be for everyone, but niche markets are all the rage today!
We continue the search for our next co host and welcome to the table our friend Dave.
In this episode we talk about the Kim and Kris divorce, how dumb Ryan Lochte is and my utter disdain for one of today’s biggest music stars.
We also touch on Great Gatsby, Pain and Gain, Real Housewives of Vancouver finale, Patrick reconnecting with his birth mother and a whole bunch more.
What did you guys think of Dave? Don’t forget we had Henry last time and someone really sassy is coming up next week.
Don’t forget if you’re interested in joining us on the panel and are in Vancouver, just email email@example.com and we’ll try you out.
How many of your (gay) friends break up and get back together and break up and get back together and break up and “stay friends” only to get back to mother-freaking-gether again? Yeah, it’s a pandemic. In the vein of that annoyance (yes, I can judge, I’ve never done it but have been “the friend” to many a reuniting buddies and roll my eyes every time), I choose to recommend this comedic pick o’ the week starring to B-listers giving a pretty good demonstration of what a modern funny couple looks like in today’s world.
While Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones don’t exactly scream leading roles, they are nonetheless consummate comedians and every scene of this movie is executed to make you smile… even the sad parts. Short synopsis: boy and girl date forever and are best friends and break up but remain inexorably intertwined and drive their friends absolutely insane with their are they/aren’t they facade. It’s a pretty original storyline that strangely enough has really been done too much and because it’s so relatable, you’re captured by the plot. No, the movie isn’t going to win awards or sky rocket any careers but it’s mos def worth a view to anyone who’s been in this situation or laughs at friends who have. Andy is very good at being the boner, aloof mess that I’m sure he method acts through his live when the camera is off and Rashida shines brightly for me in this one as the Type A comedic bitch-lite who just can’t get her life straight.
We have started our search for the newest addition to our panel! Our first guest co host is a young chad named Henry.
Henry was actually one of the first people to apply and his application had me in stitches. He quoted Mean Girl, Bridesmaids & Pitch Perfect (All Homorazzi staples).
In this episode after we introduce Henry, we talk about the mess that is Amanda Bynes & the engagement of two gals that I had no idea were even dating! In music we talk about Demi Lovato and one of Patrick’s favorite up and comers.
Movies we hit on Scary Movie 5 and one of the most anticipated movies on our list, The Purge!
Check out the entire episode below and stay tuned for who we’ve got on the panel next week.
What better to do with your loved one than curl up together in front of the fire (let’s pretend it’s the 60s and you actually have a working fireplace) and watch a hilarious indie flick about cheating on your wife with your spastic, slutty boss!? Hmmmm doesn’t sound like a great idea? Well, the fact that it stars Parker Posey- goddess of the non-blockbuster scene- should more than enough convince you to attempt this underrated and little known gem.
First off, let’s clarify that I do not lavish complements upon movies without regard and to that effect I should slightly downplay the claim that this puppy is a true silver screen “gem”, rather a quirky and paced comedy about workplace romance where there ought not to be. Staring opposite the skinny, sassy and oft perfectly type-cast as completely insane Posey is “Ugly Betty‘s” sexy but stupid boss man Eric Mabius. While his name is hardly going to be pulling much of a crowd, you do have some assurance knowing that there’ll be something hot to look at on the screen- which is NOT necessarily a given with the more off beat indies ;) The film looks at Mabius’ rise through the ranks under his new commanding and controlling boss Posey as she finds value in him both at work and at work naked under her desk. It’s a pretty decent look at sex with a coworker and the insane issues that arise as a result- watching the staff eye roll and trash the hooking couple definitely will ring true for more than one viewer. I’m definitely promoting this as a movie to make you laugh and feel damned uncomfortable all the same time.
Our first episode without Nic, waaaaah! Not going to lie when we got into the studio to film this episode it was a bit sad, but I think we totally managed. Without Nic there clogging up the airways Adam & I got to argue more. Let’s face it THAT is why you’re tuning in!
We talked about Justin Bieber and his meltdown, Lindsay Lohan and HER nonsense again because it’s funny.
Also Robin Thicke who I finally just had to say to Patrick that she needs to bring your relevant people to the panel. Robin Thicke? REALLY?!? Hardly news worthy with his desperate attempt at being edgy music video.
We ended with some movies and my new favorite show Golden Gays which you need to watch! Don’t forget we are looking for a new co host, so if you want to be a guest host one week shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if you’re a good fit! Enjoy our newest episode guys, and thanks for watching.