Sunday, May 18, 2014

Slayer Soundtrack Sunday ~ I'll Remember You by Sophie Zelmani

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Episode 7 of Season One - called "Angel" - revolves around the growing love between Buffy and Angelus and they have their first kiss! But then Angel turns into a Vamp and has to jump out the window. Truly a classic Beauty and the Beast moment.

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Later Buffy thinks that Angel has bitten her mother, Joyce, when really he was saving her from the evil Darla, his sire, who has been helping The Master. This leads to a dilemma as Buffy vacilates between loving Angel and wanting to stake him. In the end, he explains that the Romany Gypsies have cursed him with a soul and while he wants to continue biting people and drinking their blood, he is so full of remorse that he never does.

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The song "I'll remember you" by Sophie Zelmani, plays at the Bronze as Buffy and Angel say goodbye - but of course this is only the beginning of their long complicated relationship.

Sophie Zelmani Official Site

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Joss Whedon Movie on Vimeo for Five Bucks

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Joss Whedon premiered his new movie "In Your Eyes" at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend.

The video is available on Vimeo for the new low price of $5.

From Moviefone
In Whedon's latest movie, "In Your Eyes," which he wrote and executive produced, two strangers on opposite coasts share a metaphysical, inexplicable connection. The first three minutes of the movie, directed by Brin Hill, has been released ahead of its premiere this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In the opening scene, a girl named Rebecca is sledding, while a boy named Dylan is attending school. As Rebecca races down the hill, suddenly Dylan can see through her eyes. And when Rebecca crashes into a tree, Dylan experiences it, too.

Most of the movie follows Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) as adults, when they become aware of their unique, supernatural link.

From USA Today
In lieu of theatrical distribution, he's making his new movie, In Your Eyes, available now for a $5 digital stream at It is the second indie release from Whedon and partner/wife Kai Cole's Bellwether Pictures production company.
"It's exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution — and we get $5," says Whedon, who directed The Avengersand wrote the screenplay for the new movie.

Buffy Writers Reunite for Hollywood Reporter Photo

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Joss Whedon and his Buffy writing team reunited for a photo shoot for Hollywood Reporter. They appear in this video talking about their craft with other teams from X-Files, Murphy Brown, and Shield.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy 37th Birthday, Sarah Michelle Geller

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Wishing best wishes and happy times to Sarah Michelle Geller on her 37th birthday!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Slayer vs. Kim Kardashian and Kenye West

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Actress Sarah Michelle Geller didn't care too much for the Vogue cover of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. And I guess lots of people agreed with her - 9,832 Retweets 13,729 favorites!

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Other critics are chiming in, as well as spoofing the cover:
Here on Today and on YahooTV

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Drusilla's Dolls

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One of the creepiest things about the Vampire Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that she has arrested development due to being tortured into insanity at an early age. One symbol of her delicate mental state is Drusilla's obsession with dolls, which are at once her playthings and "children" as well as pretend victims, just as she was once the plaything and victim of Angelus/Angel who turned her into a vamp.

Miss Edith is Drusilla's favorite doll, but she has many more, often seen wearing blindfolds or gagged. In some ways the dolls form a kind of family between herself and Spike, who tolerates all of Drusilla's eccentricities.

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Strangely there is an antique book from 1921 called "Drusilla's Dolls" by a writer with the colorful name of Belle Bacon Bond.

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The book, which is set mostly in Boston, seems to be an inspiration to the writers of Buffy, although I have never read that anywhere and couldn't find any evidence. However, the book does exist and is available on Amazon

You can also read the free online version here. It's old-fashioned and charming in a way, but very simplified. I wouldn't compare it to the classic Rumer Godden dollhouse books or even Raggedy Ann, but it is simpler and more like an old reading book from school.

Book Description on Amazon:
This charming true story of a little girl named Drusilla growing up in the 1860s is a loving tribute to Drusilla's mother-a woman wise enough to honor the sacred spaces of childhood and the holy spirit of her child's originality. An only child, Drusilla made playfellows of her doll collection. Her gentle recounting of their adventures has entranced five generations. Now, the republication of this delightful book makes it available for many generations to come. Originally published in 1921.

From the website Everything Drusilla
Belle Bacon Bond was already a grandmother by the time Drusilla and Her Dolls was published. An autobiography, the charming story chronicles the author's formative childhood years. To the best of my knowledge, no one knows why she happened to call her childhood self "Drusilla." Indeed, her own name was Isabella, not Belle at all. Perhaps she was too modest to use her own name; perhaps "Belle and Her Dolls" just didn't have the proper "ring."
In any case, children love this enchanting tale of a little girl growing up in the 1860s. An only child, Drusilla makes playfellows of her doll collection.
. . . Mrs. Bond's gentle recounting of her childhood adventures with Frank Bowker, Flora Washington, and the rest of her doll family has entranced five generations of mothers and children alike. Now, this republication makes it available for many generations to come.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

From Beneath You It Devours: The Original Hell-Mouth

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Detail of a miniature showing the Last Judgement, from the ‘Queen Mary Apocalypse’, England 
(London or East Anglia), first quarter of the 14th century, Royal MS 19 B XV, f. 40r

Turns out the Hellmouth was well-known from Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts and even church windows detailing the demons in the pit and their victims. Librarian Rupert Giles surely had this manuscript in the Sunnydale Library. Of course the phrase "From Beneath You It Devours" plays a role in Season Seven as the Hellmouth wreaks havoc on Buffy and the Scooby Gang and threatens to destroy the world.

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Detail of a bas-de-page scene showing a demon carrying souls to Hell in a wheelbarrow, 
from the ‘Taymouth Hours’, England (London?), second quarter of the 14th century, 
Yates Thompson MS 13, f. 139v. 

From the British Library Manuscripts Blog - "Prepare to Meet Your Doom"
The rather horrifying motif of the Hell-mouth was not confined to medieval manuscripts. It appears – most commonly as a hairy, fanged beast – in stained glass windows and wall- and panel-paintings as well. It was therefore visible to ordinary medieval people, for whom owning an illuminated manuscript was an unimaginable luxury, and the prospect of suffering an eternity in Hell an imminent possibility. St John’s visions of the end of the world and the Last Judgement were frequently depicted in ‘Doom paintings’ on the walls and rood-screens of medieval churches. Though mostly destroyed at the Reformation, examples have survived, particularly in East Anglia, some of them ironically protected and preserved by the very whitewash that was meant to obliterate them.

. . . Hell-mouths were commonly depicted in illuminated Apocalypse manuscripts, swallowing up the souls of the damned, while God, the angels and the souls of the saved look on from the safety of Heaven.

See More Hellmouth Illuminations Here

Buffy, Spike and Faith Facing the Hellmouth
For the Final Battle in Season 7

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