Archive for Johnny Depp

Top Searches – The Current Trend is MUCUS.

Posted in Entertainment, Health, History, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by urbannight

In the past, my top searches had to do with Doctor Who, or more specifically, the Tardis.  This was because of a stitching project where I am doing the Tardis in several different stitching methods.

Then it became Epidermal Suffocation because I did a Bond post and was mentioning the gold-painted girl.  That brought so many people to my page trying to find out if certain things could cause you to suffocate and die by putting them on your skin so I did a post about the fact that medical science has proven there is no such thing as epidermal suffocation (or at least anything fatal).  It is bad for the skin to be covered with gunk that fills the pores on a regular basis but it won’t kill you.  It then lead to a post on the fact that overuse of lotions can be bad for the skin while covering your skin with olive oil is not only NOT fatal, it is probably very good for the skin.   The ancient Romans used olive oil as soap.  I still think they must have had amazing skin.  I put a few drops in my bath water in the winter to keep my skin from drying out.

Searches of Crow Indians and Indians also brings a lot of traffic to my page.  This is because I researched Johnny Depp’s costume for Tonto and found it to be a copy of a stylized painting of a Crow warrior. Researching the Crow Indian images lead me to a photo series done a long time ago that seemed to give valid justification for elements of that particular look.

But now that winter is here and flu season has hit, the searches bring me the most traffic are searches on Mucus, Phlegm, and Clearing the Throat or variations thereof.

I guess I ought not have been surprised. One day, when I had been sick, I wrote a post on all the methods I was using to clear my sinuses and my throat.  So at least the people searching are going to get some information on what actually helped and what didn’t.  But I don’t really care for it being a high search item.  I don’t want to be the Mucus Girl.

Most Viewed Post

Posted in Art, Education, History, Movies and Theatre, Photography, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2012 by urbannight

Image of a Crow Indian has officially become my most viewed item.  I’m not counting homepage/archives.  That is over 2000.  But it doesn’t tell me which archived items are getting viewed.

Over the past two months, I’ve seen Indian and Crow Indian pop up more and more in my search terms.  Over this last month, those two terms are now a daily occurence. 

I’m wondering how much of it has to do the Lone Ranger movie coming out, with Johnny Depp, or with Indians in general or an interest in Crow Indians in specific.  I’m inclined towards the latter two because I’m not seeing Johnny Depp or the Lone Ranger popping up in my search terms.

I’m doing more research on the Crow for another article and if I had some idea what is motivating people to look them up, I would have a better idea of the direction to take. 

I’ve also had a significant upswing in viewers from some very interesting countries, a lot of them being former Eastern Bloc nations or once were part of said nations as some broke apart and became different countries.  I wish I had a way to determine what they were most interested in.  That way I would have some more ideas of things to write about.

I’m a rather strange girl who likes research and am happy to have new topics to dig into.  This blog is somewhat random already so I don’t mind adding some things I normally don’t talk about.

As I’ve said before, the stats page really makes me want more information.

Sweeny Todd, The Original Urban Myth

Posted in Art, Entertainment, Life, Movies and Theatre, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2012 by urbannight

I came across an OLD post of mine from when I decided I needed to start writing again. It was an effort to dust the cobwebs off my decaying skills. I re-read it and was horrified. I decided it was time to rewrite this and do a much better job. I will not being doing this to all my old posts. But since this is one that people occasionally still pull up, I thought I had better do a better job of it.

When the movie came out I was pleased; although, some of Johnny Depp’s notes were painful to hear. He shouldn’t sing.

I highly recommended it to everyone. I was pleased with the show as a whole. Some people were disinclined to view it as they were not Burton fan’s or Depp fans.

I informed them that I was not recommending it as a Burton or Depp film. I like some of their work and dislike some of their work. I am a big Sweeney Todd fan. In college we had to watch the Angela Lansbury version of it. Sweeney Todd was played by Len Cariou. It is an excellent version with outstanding performances.

People don’t realize that the story of Sweeney Todd has been around for a long time. The earliest print stories are from the mid 1840’s and it may be one of the earliest known examples of Urban Myths as bits and pieces of the story may have been around since the 1700’s. In the oldest stories, Todd is not a tragic figure who was framed and deported because someone wanted his wife. He is literally a murderous barber killing people for their possessions. The silent film version is one of the earliest horror movies and reflects the original story. It evolved over the years into the musical we know now.

Many of the characters in the modern version existed in the original story ‘The String of Pearls’ but have transformed into different roles. Tobias Ragg was originally Todd’s assistant who gets sent to a madhouse. Johanna goes undercover as a boy to work for Todd in order to find out what happened to a Lieutenant who was bringing her a pearl necklace from her lover who was lost at sea. It turns out her lover was imprisoned and put to work in a pie shop as a cook.

Prior to A String of Pearls being released, Dickens made a reference to preparers of cannibalic pastry in one of his novels. And even earlier story (1824) refers to a barber’s victims being made into meat pies. So that part of the story had been around since the earliest part of the 19th century at the very least and maybe longer.

I nearly purchased a dvd of the 1928 silent film version but passed on it. I went back a week or two later and there were no copies left and I’ve not been able to find it anywhere again. Someone was releasing very old black and white talkies and silent films in very cheap cardboard cases with two movies on one dvd. They were being sold in Walgreen’s.

Now back to the most current adaptation. I think it was well done, although listening to the two leads sing was a bit annoying. Having purchased the cd and listened to it often I’ve come to the conclusion that even their less than ideal singing voices actually work in favor for their parts. Carter’s voice does something odd at the highest notes. Almost like her voice catches but not exactly. But it works well with the accent and with the socioeconomic strata she is representing. Depp actually goes off-key which was more painful to hear at first. Made me wonder, if that was the best take of his singing, what did the others sound like?

The movie is true to the tragic love story that evolved out of the basic horror story. It is as if the story spent several decades being codified into a final version. Burton’s interpretation of this version was visually very beautiful. Depp singing to his razors was very creepy. The costuming was almost like a fantasy version of the clothing of the time period. This gave a fairy tale like quality to the film. I enjoyed it immensely.

Afterwards, I went to a local eatery and was surprised to discover that the movie’s release corresponded to a food special campaign of meat pies. We all opted to pass on that and just had desert.

Image of a Crow Indian as Inspiration

Posted in Art, Education, Life, Movies and Theatre, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by urbannight

Johnny Depp and a Crow Indian

A lot of folks are criticizing Johnny Depp for his choice of costume in the upcoming Lone Ranger flick in 2013. Some say it looks like a Halloween costume, others say he is disrespecting N..A.s. He says the he has Creek or Crow ancestry and a lot of folks disbelieved that. And he ‘did’ say in an article about the movie that he wanted to portray, Tonto as more than just a sidekick to the Lone Ranger. So i did a little research on the makeup and costume and found this stunning portrait of a Crow warrior taken from an authentic photograph. So what is so disrespectful here?
By: Karen King

Note from me:

I found this on Facebook.  So I tried to find the source of that photo.  I haven’t yet, but I found others. I did find the above crow image for sale.  It appears to be a painting that was probably inspired by the 1908 Curtis photos.  I found a lot of more modern paintings that were clearly inspired by the photos.

Two Whistles, Crow Indian, Photo by Edward S Curtis around 1908.

This photo shows the white face paint and it looks like there might be black lines down the front. It is a bit hard to tell. He is wearing a hawk headdress made from the bird itself, not just the long feathers.

Medicine Crow, 1908 E.S. Curtis

Another very similar shot without the face paint. It is hard to tell if it is the same man or not. I am leaning towards that as the nose, lips and chin look the same.  The head is tilted farther back in one than in the other.

Crow Shawman, 1908, E.S. Curtis

I left the spelling the same as the photo was labeled. This headdress is made from an eagle. So far, based on a VERY small sampling, the full bird headdress seems indicative of medicine men.

If there was any real complaint, it shouldn’t have been the appearance of his costume, which my be more accurate than not, but rather that it should have been that they are depicting the Crow Indians from Montana rather than any of the nations of the North American Southwest.  Which, I think, would be more appropriate.

As a weird side note, I found some exaggerated art of the crow topknot they sometimes did. It looks strangely like Kia’s weirdly huge bun. If you watched Lexx, you know what I mean.