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March 5th, 2009

THE STATE OF THE GENRE: Is That a Cross In Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me? [Mar. 5th, 2009|11:15 am]
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March's State of the Genre column is now up at Fear Zone, and this time I take a look at the little-known but once-popular subgenre of the sexy European lesbian vampire film.

In the real world, gender identity and sexual orientation tend to be life-defining. Being gay or bisexual can make you a part of a particular culture that others don't have access to. It's a life that comes with its own set of challenges and triumphs. But in lesbian vampire movies, let's face it, it's really just about pretty girls getting their boobs out. There's rarely any political or social subtext. Lesbian vampires -- just like the straight ones-- are about fantasy, not reality. And who doesn't like a sexy good time now and then?
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Friendslist Changes [Mar. 5th, 2009|11:35 pm]
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Unfortunately, I've had to pare down my friendslist, as it was getting too unwieldy for me. If yours was one of the blogs I unsubscribed from, please don't take it personally. It wasn't meant as such.
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What Kind of a Man Paints Himself Blue Out of Love for a Movie He Hasn't Even Seen Yet? [Mar. 5th, 2009|11:39 pm]
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I had a lot of fun tonight having dinner with buymeaclue and a whole bunch of other folks on Hannah's quarterly midnight-movie trip to New York City. I've only met Hannah a couple of times before and haven't seen her in about a year, so it was nice to catch up. At dinner I also met the sprightly penmage and the statuesque meupatdoes, as well as some other fine folks she only knows through the wonderful world of LJ. The conversation turned to someone named Will Shetterly, who is apparently a well known science fiction writer who's been pooping all over the internet and endlessly shaming himself. He sounds like a real winner. Unfortunately, Hannah somehow convinced nihilistic_kid, via text message, to put Will Shetterly in the porno story with me. Ack!

Anyway, after our delicious, kosher meal at Mendy's Deli (and my thanks to penmage for clearing up what "Glatt Kosher" means) a few of us walked Hannah downtown to the movie theater where she was meeting glvalentine for the midnight showing of Watchmen. There, we saw someone dressed as Dr. Manhattan (yes, he painted himself blue!) and apparently Genevieve won a bet because of it. Which Hannah repaid by buying her a dessert from New York's fabled Dessert Truck.

Then I watched like a proud parent as Hannah and Genevieve ascended the escalator to wait in an enormous line filled with countless Rorschach impersonators, a man who painted himself blue, and some guy with a "The End Is Nigh" sign. Godspeed, ladies! I hope you enjoy your three-hour, all slow-motion movie!
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