Link 86: Oh My God Hollywood is Dumb

I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THEY ASKED WILLIAM FREAKING GIBSON TO WRITE THE THIRD ALIEN MOVIE AND THEY DIDN’T EVEN FREAKING FILM IT. I mean, COME ON: “Ripley’s cryo-pod gets damaged and she goes into a coma, and little Newt is wisely sent back to Earth to stay with family (there’s a sweet scene where she draws a map of where she’ll be and pins it next to the comatose Ripley)…” I’ve never even seen Alien 3 but I would have watched the fuck out of Alien III.

Denim Shirts of the Silver Screen: Get Out

Oh my goodness. Jordan Peele’s Get Out is an excellent film. HOWEVER–the trailer gives away waaaaay too much of the movie, so just trust that it’s a worthwhile watch even if you’re not into horror films. Just go see it!

And it doesn’t hurt that there are a couple instances of good denim. First there is this sweet little denim shirt dress on Alison Williams:

And Daniel Kaluuya spends the second half of the film running around in this kicky number:

Of course by the end of the movie, the shirt is not so pristine anymore! (Spoiler alert: blood!)

Denim Shirts of the Silver Screen: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is now on (Canadian) Netflix, and of course I had to watch. The costume design really caught my eye.

Laura Dern, you goddamn fox.

Of course I am digging the cuffed jeans and hiking boots. Very palaeontologist.

And Dr. I-Don’t-Like-Kids gets a denim shirt, too. (Also: this whole movie isn’t really so much about dinosaurs and rampant use of unproven technology, but about socializing Dr. What’s-his-nuts into liking children.)

Look at that little chambray wearing monster, all set to break down Dr. Whosit’s defences.

And I do love how after spending hours getting attacked by dinosaurs and sleeping in a tree, these two have maintained their perfectly tucked-in shirts. Good for keeping continuity, but perhaps not so realistic? No child likes to tuck in a shirt, especially into jeans.

But I know what you’re really wanting to see.

No denim in this shot, but still plenty to look at, no?

Link 26: Errol Morris

This 1989 profile of Errol Morris popped up on Longform this week, and it is a delight. I think I chuckled at every single direct quote from Morris; he really comes across as a charming kook who just stumbled into exonerating an innocent man (and who really knew how to run with the information he had).

The Thin Blue Line is on Netflix, and, even knowing the story and how it all turns out, the film remains utterly compelling.

Standard Operating Procedure, Morris’ 2008 work on Abu Ghraib, is also on Netflix, but I just don’t have the emotional wherewithal to watch it. Someday, though.