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While rummaging through a box he found in the attic, England uncovers some old photos, along with old memories.

(These took so long to make, I hope you guys like them! I was trying to put subtle stuff in the photos to try and tell a story, I’ve never done it before so it was good practice! I might end up writing something for this if I decide to stop being lazy.)

Vintage Movie Advertisements

We recently received a collection of great film advertisements that really blur the line between form and function. The three here are for films released in 1932. The movable features make perfect fodder for animated GIFs. It makes one wonder if these were put together by hand and how many were made.

“Strictly Dishonorable”

“Lady With a Past”

“Fireman Save My Child”

Image from page 279 of “The Ladies’ home journal” (1889)

LAST WEEKEND he sees Laura making Bordens Instant Coffee. 
Something new? he asks.
Best coffee ever, says Laura. Cause its all coffee, not a mixture! Also, no pot, no grounds, no waste!
WELL, YOU SHOULD have seen the look on good old Horaces face.
Please, Laura,he says, coffees my one weakness. I hate to ask you, but wont you make me some good, old-fashioned, ground coffee?

LAURA JUST NODDED and seconds later sails in, all innocence, and hands him a big steaming cup of Bordens.
You just cant beat real coffee, gloats Horace, draining his cup.
So we tell him sure its real… its Bordens.
Horace gasps: But I thought I knew all about instant coffee! Aaah!
But you didnt know Bordens, we chorus. Pass your cup and get on the bandwagon, Bud!
Money back if BORDENS doesnt beat your favorite coffee!* AMERICAS FASTEST SELLING PURE INSTANT COFFEE. Use at least half a jar of Bordens. Then, if you dont agree it tastes better than any coffee you ever used, send us the jar with the unused contents, and well refund your money.

(Internet Archive Book Images)


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anonymous asked:

Hi, Anea. I'm super excited about the upcoming BATB movie but very disappointed in Belle's iconic ball gown like many others. That said, I'm not a fashion person, other than realizing that yellow can be a hard color to pull off, so I don't know how the dress could have been made better. My question, then, would be what kind of alternative material/cut/etc. could have made the dress more like in the animation (better, iconic, gorgeous, flowing, all that stuff)? Thank you!

All I ask for is Belle’s golden dress as designed by Miguel Angel Huidor, for Stage Entertainment. Soft yellow sprinkled with gold, gorgeous drapes, a Rococo touch, always spectacular. 

Had the upcoming BATB movie shown this dress, it would have been an utter legend and copied to death. It offers so much for the eye to look at, without really stealing the focus from the Belle actress. Just complimenting her.

I think that’s the problem with the BATB movie dress - it doesn’t have any details or any oomph, nothing for the eye to look at. Which is nice enough for the actress, as it’s full focus on her. But it’s quite underwhelming for being *the* golden dress everyone had expectations for.

If I could choose I would have given the dress a more subtle yellow shade, maybe by adding a sequin overlay on the silk, or more ornamentation as that seen on the hem. I would also have given the bodice a more historical touch, by adding a sequinned or pleated “bertha” neckline.

Like this 1860s Emile Pingat dress:

( http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/82430 )

So yeah, a paler shade, more overlay details, more details in general, or a way more spectacular neckline at least. That’s stuff I would have added.

Is The White Princess Empowering? 

I love period dramas. Like most things in my life, I blame Xena for that. This past week I was able to watch a special screening of The White Princess through Refinery29. It was an interesting watch. I am not a fan of Phillippa Gregory’s interpretations of the women involved in the Wars of the Roses. However, I do often enjoy these types of shows because, despite it all, I know there are good acting and eye candy. The White Princess was no different and while I was watching it and listening to the Q&A after, I was thinking about how we tell the stories of women in history. Specifically as to how they choose to portray empowerment. This got kinda long, but I hope all my other history lady loving nerds will see where I’m coming from. I’m enjoying the show, but I just gotta call something out…

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  • lucrezia tornabuoni - wife of piero who deserves the world.
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Guys. Guys. Sorry if I’m late on this, but I just discovered that Kit and Emilia will be the new faces of Dolce and Gabbana’s The One fragrance this fall. What does this mean? Well, it means that even D & G ships jonerys. They know the absolute magic Kit and Emilia will be on screen this season, and are using that in a historically romantic ad campaign. Because Jon and Dany are each other’s “one,” and I’m just really excited,okay?! So enjoy the video of Kit filming one of the commercials in Napoli, and go here for one of Emilia filming there as well, just posted today <3

A Japanese perspective on imagery in Mothra vs Godzilla

Hiya both,

Great job on the podcast, guys, I just recently started listening as I am midway through my own non-chronological run through the bulk of Godzilla films. I was glad to see you both enjoyed Mothra vs Godzilla as much as I did. It is one of the very best in my opinion also. I just wanted to add a little wrinkle from my Japanese cultural background that might not be obvious but might make MvG that much more poignant to the non-Japanese observer.

Two points to make, really…

One: The scene when the kindergarten/primary school teacher is fleeing Godzilla with the pupils to the other side of the island.

This scene, needless to say, is incredibly affecting just on the surface of it. The scene sells the high stakes - losing innocent children to the monster (rather than just greedy/stupid fishermen and their homes) and the manic desperation of the headmaster ashore on the mainland. However, in addition to that, some cultural background makes this scene even more chilling. By way of explanation, first, indulge me a short paragraph of history.

During WWII, Japan’s battlefront with the US was mainly aerial bombing of strategic targets, and the main ground warfare avenues were in Japan’s imperial conquests, the Pacific islands, famously Guadalcanal in the Solomons. The only time US-Japanese forces clashed on either country’s home turf was in the closing stages of the war when American forces reached Okinawa. For the first time civilians were forced to reckon with a physical enemy presence in their towns and homes, and the self-sacrificing, brainwashed nature of contemporary Japanese society would manifest in unimaginably awful incidents.

You can Google “Okinawa children mass suicides” for details (Reuters, The Guardian, NY Times have covered it), but in a nutshell, the military would hand out two grenades to classroom teachers to use when cornered - one to throw at the enemy, and the other to commit suicide instead of being taken alive. On small islands like in the Okinawa archipelago, there’s only so far you can run before the enemy catches you.

Of course, the Godzilla movies are no stranger to stoic death (the family in the 1954 original accepting their fate at the mercy of Godzilla so that they could meet their deceased father comes to mind) but the mechanics of this scene really stand out to me as the product of deliberate, conscious choices:
• The fact that the scene plays out on an island, with the mainlanders unable to offer support to the women and children - an obvious reference to Okinawa’s physical separation from mainland Japan
• The children, crying as their female teachers console them, are forced to grow up before their time, being made to “march” over a steep hill to get to the far side of the island
• Godzilla, the embodiment of atomic might (wielded by the United States over Hiroshima & Nagasaki in the context of WWII) is the force of doom
• The children and teachers hide in a cave on a sandy beach - in popular culture, the child and infant suicides from WWII are often depicted taking place in hiding spots at the edges of islands - usually stone cliffs and coastal caves

Even without straying from the text of the film, the scene is an emotionally wrenching one, but with the added historical and cultural background (women and children in peril at a coastal cave), the effect is a bone-chilling pathos and dread.

(sorry if that got a bit heavy!) Now for the second point, which I swear will be shorter…

Two: the Japan-specificity of the criticism of (a) theme park construction and (b) over-development of coastlines.

As you’re doubtless aware, in the immediate post-war period following the rewriting of the new demilitarised constitution in 1947, Japan experienced high economic growth, basically from the 1950s through the 1980s. This included wholesale embrace of American pop cultural entertainment-business products such as the movie studio system, Disney and Warner mascot characters, and theme parks.

Even today, Japanese theme parks and extreme rides rank highly in international lists of extreme rides, and Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disneyland in Asia, even before Hong Kong or Singapore, international playgrounds of the Asian affluent. I appreciate you touched on the criticism of capitalism, but I might just add that theme parks are particularly central to Japanese society as an affordable entertainment venue.

Lastly, I’m not sure if you’ve been to Japan, but many coastlines are covered in concrete “tetrapods” as a measure against coastal erosion and tsunamis. These sorts of large-scale, concrete-heavy (in many cases) white elephant projects in rural areas came under intense criticism, especially in the 1990s, as it was revealed that many projects had been fronts for yakuza-related local government corruption. It was also in the 1990s that many opulent theme parks that had sprung up in economically unviable situations in the 1960s through the 1980s went out of business and decayed (the inevitable hangover from three decades of heady development).

The principled messaging of Mothra vs Godzilla, and its optimistic depiction of the idea that the press could influence the people for good, should be commended, especially with a view to how specifically Japanese the major social-economic problems raised in the film are.

Anyway, sorry about the long message. Keep up the good work! Loving the podcast.


Thank you so much for this!