HBO's Girls might not be on Glee's level when it comes to breaking indie artists into the mainstream, but if this week's sales figures are to be believed, Lena Dunham's much-blogged-about series is getting some serious tastemaking cachet for the don't-call-them-hipsters set.
Case in point: the recent sales bump enjoyed by Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" thanks to its association with the premium-cable comedy. The 2010 single was used to close out Girls' third episode last April and promptly saw its sales skyrocket; now, as an instrumental version Robyn's mournful dance track was used as the backing track for Girls' two Golden Globe wins Sunday, the song's sales have once again enjoyed a major bounce:
Label sources indicate that the song's daily sales tripled on Sunday from its normal daily average. And, for the tracking week ending Sunday night, Jan. 13, the song sold an estimated 7,000 copies—its best sales frame since May of 2012.
And that was just until Sunday at midnight, and all coming from a seconds-long instrumental clip played under footage of TV stars walking up to a podium. It's enough to make you want to dance in your room with your best friend, all your hopes and fears for the future subsumed (for one moment at least) by the beautiful optimism of youth:
The classic He-Man meme video stands the test of time as an iconic example of queer-coded art.
In December of 2005, Brokeback Mountain shifted queer-coded cinema into the mainstream.
Prior to 2005, "New Queer Cinema"––a term coined by film scholar B. Ruby Rich in Sight & Sound to define the queer-themed independent film movement, which focused on rejecting heteronormativity and concentrated on LGBTQ protagonists––existed on the fringe of the film world. It's worth noting that while the movement primarily refers to the boom in independent LGBTQ films from 1992 onwards, queer cinema existed for many years prior, albeit without a proper name. But regardless of nomenclature, New Queer Cinema was typically designated for niche audiences, relegated to arthouse showings at best.
There's a big problem with the trailer for Morbius, Sony's upcoming Marvel outing that is definitely not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though it has Michael Keaton reprising his role as Vulture (please let us keep our license, Disney!).
See if you can spot it.
MORBIUS - Teaser Trailer www.youtube.com
If you answered, "Sampling Beethoven's 'Für Elise' to line up with blue-tinted action shots is the absolute lowest effort, brain-dead attempt to signify 'gothic vampire movie' in the entire history of movie trailers," you're correct, but that's still not the biggest problem with Morbius. No, the biggest problem is that Morbius is played by Jared Leto.