Goodbye Summer

If Christmas is the greatest time of the year, then Labor Day is the worst. It signifies the end of summer, and, of course, the start of school. No, I’m just kidding. We’re in college now, so school is exciting and fun! Right?

Josh left yesterday to return to New York, and I’m heading back to Savannah in less than a week. Time to get out of Scripps Ranch Mode and back into College Mode…it’s still strange.

This has been a lovely summer. We had lots of time to just hang out, chat, and craft. Compared to last summer, when we made a 90 minute musical and went to Seattle, these past three months have been pretty quiet. But that’s not a bad thing. It was a summer of self-discovery and emotional awakenings.

To make up for the complete lack of posts, I’ve made this snazzy slideshow of photos from Summer 2010, and things which represent it! (Some photos I’ve also stolen from Annie, Emily, Hilary and Nishita.)

Now, can I be real honest with you for a moment? I think that we’ve all known that this is coming. Bosh With Elaine and Josh is dying. I know, it’s sad. But we had a good two year run, right? I hate to say it, but it’s just true. People get cut, blogs die, that’s life.  We will definitely try to return to this blogging format one day, but for now, between school and everything else, it’s just a little tricky.

I almost hate to admit this, but we’ve moved to Tumblr. Yeah, I know. But, to be honest, I actually like Tumblr a lot! So please follow us there, and keep up with our favorite black and white photographs and song lyrics! And don’t worry, we’ll still Twitter-ing, too.

Josh –  http://fuckyeahjoshlin.tumblr.com/ , http://twitter.com/joshlin1

Elaine – http://gotaplan.tumblr.com/ , http://twitter.com/elainerosegray

So thanks for reading these weird posts about Britney Spears and Showgirls. Until next time…

Love,

Elaine

I’ve Seen the Future, and It Was in 3-D

Josh and I were lucky enough to see the masterpiece film Piranha 3D the day it came out. The crowd at San Diego’s premier theater was rather small, but the movie was anything but.

I will sum up the 89 minute film for you in two pictures:

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Gore! Gore! Gore!

Really, what more could you want??

Basically, the “plot” reads as thus: right before college spring-breakers invade Lake Victoria, a sudden earthquake releases prehistoric piranhas into the water. The local town sheriff must save as many people as possible…including her children!

To say the movie was entertaining is an understatement. To say it’s in the vein of campy horror films is incorrect, because it is one. A delicious mix of Russ Meyer and Herschell Gordon Lewis, there’s enough nudity, gore, humor, cheesy dialogue and sheer ridiculous-ness to fill three movies. And it’s all in glorious 3D! In a scene like this, you get a contact high!

Piranha 3D‘s success stems from the fact that it know exactly what it is, and full on embraces it. Half way through the film there is an absolute massacre, with hungry, prehistoric piranhas killing hundreds of partying teenagers. A head is smashed, a body is completely sliced through, a girl’s face is ripped off after her hair becomes tangled in a boat motor, bodies fall apart, a piranha eats through someone’s stomach/esophagus and exits via their mouth…all in 3D! Still not convinced that Piranha 3D is the best movie of the summer/year? There’s a silly subplot about a Joe Francis-esque soft corn porn-maker, and we watch his two models (pictured above) cavort, naked, underwater, to classical music for solid minute.

So, friends and film-aficionados, I urge to see Piranha 3D as fast as you can. Run, don’t walk, etc., etc….you won’t be sorry.

(Oh, but don’t don’t bother staying after the credits. We I did in hopes for one last hit of camp, but it turns out, there wasn’t anything there.)

Poor Bosh with Elaine and Josh. Poor, poor Bosh with Elaine and Josh.

I feel so bad about neglecting this blog for an entire month. I shouldn’t have kept you waiting…but I’m here now.

It’s been a good summer so far. Natch, it’s nice to be reunited with my fam and besties, and we’ve been having lots of fun.

Josh and I have been good little college students, and we both have internships, and are taking a class at the local community college. (Although tonight we’re ditching to go to Kathy Griffin’s book signing. Shhhh.)

TBH, being home is kind of confusing. Sometimes I forget that whole year at college even happened and it just feels like it will be summer forever. But alas, only a month and half more.

Regrettably, I don’t have any really big exciting news to share. No feature length films or theatrical endeavors this summer. We did, however, celebrate the opening of Britney’s limited edition clothing line for Candie’s, only at Kohl’s!

We got there an hour before Kohl’s opened…and surprisingly we were the only ones! But that’s why we’re Brit’s numba 1 fans.

But otherwise, we’re just doing the usual: crafting, eating California burritos and watching bad movies.

May all your summers’ be splendid, and hopefully, we’ll write something more meaningful soon.

Summer Break

I am finally down to the last week of my spring quarter, and summer is just six short days away. I still have to pack my whole room away, study for final exams and say goodbye to the HUNDREDS of new besties I’ve made…but for right now, I think I’ll repeat my On Spring Break post, but this time, with Britney gifs.

Me, thinking about all the crafting and other fun activities that we’re going to do over spring break:

Walking out of class on the last day:

Bored, on the bus ride, then airplane ride home:

Gettin’ down at parties:

Just generally having a fun, San Diego summer with my besties, going to Hooters, talking to spirits and having sleepovers:

Six more days!

Love,

Elaine

Summer Movies

Hi Bosh. So sorry for leaving you neglected for an entire month. I think that this is the longest time since your conception that you’ve been alone. I hope that you can get over this unfortunate incident, and won’t require any therapy in the future. Let’s look at the bright side, we’re all back together now, so there’s no need to fret!

As an apology gift, I made this for you:

I was going to make it our header, but I decided that it was too busy. I hope that you like it, and that it reminds you of some of the happy times we’ve shared.

But, moving on…

Let’s talk about something more exciting! Something like…summer movies!

You probably won’t be surprised at all to learn that the “summer movies” I’m talking about aren’t Eclipse, Prince of Persia, or Sex and the City 2…but that’s why you love me, right?

So, without further ado,

Elaine’s Most Anticipated 2010 Summer Movies:

1) The Human Centipede

I’ve been following THC hype for quite a few months now, and finally, this twisted little piece of filth is being toured around the country, to be pointed at and mocked, just like it deserves. What? You’ve not heard of The Human Centipede? Well, I think we all know by now that this is a family website, so I won’t go into the details here, but please, read up at the film’s website. Obviously, this is the type of movie that is not getting a wide release (not even a limited release!), so be sure to see it when it comes to your town!

2) Life During Wartime

Todd Solondz is exactly the kind of freak that I love. This is the mind that brought you Welcome to the Dollhouse, Palindromes, Storytelling, and the ultimate in darker-than-dark-comedy, Happiness. To that very film, he’s created a sequel, catching up with the three sisters and their fucked-up lives’. Starring Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) and Ally Sheedy, this is sure to be most horrific comedy of the summer! (Limited release starts July 23.)

3) Piranha 3D

IMDb gives the synopsis to this sure-to-be ground-breaking film, as:  “After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents.” If that alone doesn’t get you excited, then you, dear reader, are dead inside. But truly, only once you watch the trailer will you understand the complete gore filled, camp-fest that Piranha is set up to be. Now: just imagine that in 3D. (Opens August 27.)

4) Love Ranch

I guess that this is a drama, starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren,  based on the real-life events surrounding the opening the first legal brother in Nevada. But all I see, is Gina Gershon in a bikini. (Opens June 30.)

5) Babies

What can I say? Babies are cute! But considering that the four leads can’t talk, I am a little worried the it’ll get boring…but  I always remember that John Waters once said that if a movie gets dull, you can just start to obsess over one detail, like the lamps, and then suddenly, it becomes a whole movie about lamps! This wasn’t a very positive comment on Babies... (Opened May 7.)

6) Trash Humpers

You may be familiar with some of Harmony Kornie’s other films, such as Kids or Gummo (or if you’re really an expert, his fantastically named and impossible to locate short, The Diary of Anne Frank, Part II), and this piece is another look at the most fucked up aspect of culture. It’s about some guys in old-man masks who, among humping trash, smash televisions and steal things. (Technically it’s not a summer 2010 movie since it was made last year, but he seems to be doing an awful lot of touring with it this summer, so I thought I’d include in.) FOR THE RECORD: I have zero interest in seeing this film. I’m just thankful that it exists. (Check the Trash Humpers website to see if the film and Harmony are coming to your city!)

7) Splice

IMdb synopsis: “Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren”, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.” I’ll never not be excited about stupid movies like this. (Opens June 4.)

8 ) All About Evil

Peaches Christ is the drag queen alter ego of Joshua Granell, a San Francisco based filmmaker. This is his first feature-length film. Before making All About Evil, Joshua ran a summer series that became a staple of the San Francisco film scene called Midnight Mass, in which Peaches Christ would screen the best of cult cinema, featuring elaborate pre-shows and audience interaction. (I think you can see why he appeals to me…) This movie is a love letter to the cult movies that I, Joshua Granell and other freaks around the world adore, with a focus on horror. It stars Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Petersen (aka Elvira) and Mink Stole. And I have to say, it really touches my heart that here’s this guy, that grew up worshiping John Waters, and now he’s touring the country with Mink Stole, promoting his movie that she starred in! (All About Evil is touring around the country! It’ll be in San Diego on August 21. See if the movie is coming to your city!)

So, those are my summer movie suggestions. But go ahead. Just go see The Karate Kid remake. I won’t judge you for it. Too much.

Lots of love,

Elaine

First Circus-versary!

Exactly one year ago today, April 19th, 2009, Josh and I were blessed to attend The Circus: Starring Britney Spears in Anaheim, California. Can you believe that it’s been a year since the concert? It really does feel like yesterday. Kind of.

In case you’re wondering, nothing ever came of our radio exposure, unfortunately.  But if you remember our other experience on April 19th, the failed attempt to see the cast of REPO! The Genetic Opera at the Fangoria convention, that was resolved many months later, when we went to a midnight screening of REPO! in San Diego, and sat next to Alexa Vega.

But back to Brit. The Circus was, by far, the best concert I’ve ever been to (no offense, Neil Diamond!). In terms of the enthusiasm of the crowd, and the performance itself, a Britney Spears concert really can’t be beat.

So happy First Circus-versary! May many more follow, and may we have the luck to see Britney Spears, live again one day.

Whether You Like it or Not…

Today was a normal Wednesday. I woke up before the Georgia sun had risen to get to my 8 AM Computer Arts class, and then returned at 11 AM, ready for my nappy time. But before I drifted off to dream land, I went onto the World Wide Web to see what was going on. And there I found something potentially life-changing. Or at least really fucking exciting.

Ladies and gentleman,

whether you like it or not,

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is headed to Broadway this fall, starring John Cameron Mitchell.

Just let that sentence sink in. I’m not sure how to punctuate it correctly, because no amount of exclamation marks or use of bolding or italics can really get across how truly incredible this is.

I must have read the New York Post article three times before I gripped the reality of it. I swear that I nearly cried.

It’s been 12 years since Hedwig did it’s off-Broadway run, and 9 years since the film came out. JCM says that he literally quit acting for that amount of time because the role was just so demanding…so I’m not completely sure why he’s choosing to go back to it now, but I’m certainly thankful that he is.

The original director, David Binder, and producer are also returning, and the play itself is changing. Binder says:

One thought is to fashion a story line that has Hedwig playing a one-night-only gig at a Broadway house. The previous show hasn’t moved out yet, so Hedwig is scrambling around an old set.

Stephen Trask is even going to write some new songs for this production that are inspired by Hedwigs around the world, which is really interesting. No word yet if Miriam Shor will be returning to play Hedwig’s much abused husband, Yitzhak.

There is no doubt at all that I will be there. Be it from San Diego, or Savannah, I would travel across the world to see John Cameron Mitchell play Hedwig. I’m almost worried, because after this, what more reason will I have to live?

I feel like this whole post is coming off as kind of cold and not very enthusiastic, but I don’t know how to express my joy for this short of using the caps lock key. And that’s just obnoxious.

Since my birthday is next week, I’m going to take this as a personal gift from the Universe to me. Thank you, Universe. Thank you very much.

(But if anyone else wants to get me a more immediate gift, I’d really appreciate the complete series of OZ.)

Now it’s only a matter of waiting. Until fall. When I get to see

John

Cameron

Mitchell

on

stage.

Blissfully,

Elaine


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