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“Saving Mr. Banks” Didn’t Get Nominated for Best Picture? What the Damn Hell.

10 Feb

Mary Poppins

I don’t get out much, as most of you know, and I certainly never get to go to movies. But once a year, a movie comes out that is not optional to miss, and Saving Mr. Banks was that movie of 2013 for me. You might think that I have a slight bias towards Saving Mr. Banks because it is about the making of Mary Poppins, which is a movie starring Julie Andrews, a woman I love and am obsessed with, but I’m here to set the record straight – I am biased, yes. But despite my underlying Julie Andrews agenda drawing me in to see it, Saving Mr. Banks is really a fabulous movie. And although some of the highlights for me were the 2 minute glimpses of Mary Poppins that show Julie Andrews, there are objectively a million other amazing scenes in Saving Mr. Banks that make it definitely worth seeing for those of you that aren’t quite as…unstable as me, in the Julie Andrews section of your brain. Not only do I think the movie is very good, but I also think it is asinine (that’s right, Academy, I said ASININE) that Saving Mr. Banks is not nominated for Best Picture. Or that Emma Thompson wasn’t nominated as Best Actress! It boggles my mind. I mean, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench? Never heard of em. Amy Adams? Seriously? Cate Blanchett? I couldn’t pick her out of a line-up. And do not even get me started about Sandra Bullock. Oh my god.

Oh, I'm not nominated? Well, that's hilariously charming and ASININE.

Oh, I’m not nominated? Well, that’s hilariously charming and ASININE.

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Costumes for the Pop-Culturally Inclined

31 Oct


Posted by: mthep

We here at Broadcouching are wishing everyone, especially you east-coasters, a safe and happy Halloween. May your pillowcases overflow with full-size candy bars from the rich part of town!

Here’s a spooky scary story from my childhood to fill up space between here and the costume gallery below. Muwahaha!

When I was 8 or 9, I convinced my mom to make me a cat costume for Halloween. I was decked out from head-to-toe in the itchiest white plastic fake “fur” from Jo-Ann Fabrics imaginable, and I loved it. I was a painfully shy kid, and Halloween was the one time I could seek out attention in a way that still made me feel safe. The way I figured it, people wouldn’t actually be looking at me – they’d be looking at the costume instead.

I couldn’t wait to get outside and start showing off my awesome cat costume. One of the first doors I knocked on happened to be, in retrospect, a college house that was having a Halloween party of the drinking kind. The door opened up to a dimly lit, very crowded, and very loud living room scene. The girl who answered the door started drunkenly fawning over me, and somehow pushed me further into the house, for all the other party-goers to see. I was quickly surrounded by “grown-ups” oohing and ahhing at me, and I could even feel some hands petting my costume. The doorway seemed like it was miles away, and I was trapped. I was terrified that I was one step away from being kidnapped, but I also wasn’t about to run out of there without getting some candy.

By the time I was finally ushered back outside, I had started to feel overly warm and woozy from all the non-breathable polyester I was encapsulated in; and maybe a little dizzy from the attention, too. I made it safely back down to the sidewalk where my dad was waiting for me… and fainted at his feet. Thankfully, he was there to catch me, and carry me the half a block back home.

OOOoooOOOhhh! 

Nowadays, I turn to the internets for costume inspiration. I really enjoy seeing so many people putting in the time and effort to make clever, original, non-prepackaged costumes. I accept that there will always be a market for all of those sexy fill-in-the-blank costumes, but this gallery gives me hope that we’re not all doomed to wander the streets as sexy remote controls.

Do you have any fond (or not so fond) memories of your childhood costumes? Let us know in the comments!

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