Twitter Obsession: @AngryBobbyFlay

I’m fairly new to actually accepting Twitter into my life. At first I thought it was just like Facebook sans everything except the status. Seems that I wasn’t giving it a fair shot.

Within seconds information can be spread to thousands of people and all it takes is for people to press a single button to follow. Sure celebrities are the ploy, but I find it a great resource for businesses as well as for grasping a global understanding of our culture. So here I start, Twitter Obsession. A space for pages that I find game changing, bringing something new for me to follow.

@AngryBobbyFlay is one of those twitter pages. I was absolutely devastated when the page closed for a bit this year, but it’s back up and labeled as a “parody”. I admit I love to indulge in the pretension of the food industry (obvious no?), but this does so in an unforgiving and hilarious manner. Sometimes aggressive, but mostly speaking the truth, this twitter brings humor to how in reality we do not really know any of these food celebrities.

Update: The account has now been suspended! I have no faith in humor anymore.

Old School: Anna May Wong

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After finishing off a semester at school I have grown fond for all things old school. From clothing to music tastes–sometimes it seems like Vassar is stuck in the 90’s, or reaching back to the 70’s. Nothing quite wrong with that, at times. This new feature of mine, “Old School” is dedicated to some vintage favorites of mine, from film, literature, photography, and culture in general.

It is often fun to look back even within the short history of cinema. The film industry is often unforgiving–sometimes credit is not always there when it is due. Anna May Wong is one of those actresses. Despite being a Chinese American, most of her work was considered to be solely Chinese. She strove to be the leading lady but was continually handed supporting or narrowly ethnic roles. Frustrated she went to Europe, only to return to the United States. It is tragic she died so young, but with her lasting legacy such as the 1932 film Shanghai Express we have enough to be thankful for. I might also be jealous of her ability to work the bang look…le sigh.

Fascinating Videos: Touch of Evil

So where have I been you might ask? I have been so MIA it is a bit silly but now that the end of the semester is finally wrapping up I have started to look forward to pouring out my weekly musings on this website of mine. Between finishing off my classes, performing in a dance show and assistant stage managing a musical I have had little time beyond being in rehearsals, classes, eating and sleeping. Good thing for break, when I get to do the latter two until I’m content as well as cook, blog and celebrate the season right.

So for now I needed to share a New York Times Interactive Feature that I find just stunning. As a cinephile (I hate that term, but I am what I am) I am absolutely thrilled by director Alex Prager’s work in “Touch of Evil”. It is a video gallery (how 21st century!) of thirteen of the top performers from this year in dramatic and cunning portrayals from iconic malevolent characters of the past. The cinematography (Ross Richardson) is so striking–each quick film seems to be oozing with a distinct attitude.

My favorite is the carnivalesque portrayal of Alex from A Clockwork Orange by Rooney Mara. Shot in reverse, the characteristic air of something amiss is there as well as the awesome 70s mod furniture. With the addition of the characteristic costume and eyelashes, this short is spot on. Not to be missed are the Mia Wasikowska as well as the Ryan Gosling shorts. I have to admit the others might be too creepy for me to re-watch!

Check them all out here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/12/06/magazine/13villains.html# and look forward to more from me in the coming month.