Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
"...An antique chest. A Barbie doll..."
"...Matt Barber starts a witch hunt, Jeff Kent gets voted off the island, and Barbie turns it out. Step into my web said today’s AggreGAYtor, etcetera...."
"...But before you can say “fall guy,” Swagger is wanted for murder and on the run, and though they may have trained him to kill, they want him dead, and all that. There’s a junior agent (Peña) who believes Swagger has been framed and Barbie-doll co-stars (Mara and Mitra) who change clothes often and discharge weapons while wearing lots of eyeliner..."
"...Both Dennises -- Quaid and Haysbert -- are spectacular, all jutted chins and quivering guts. Todd Haynes, whose first film used Barbie dolls to tell the story of Karen Carpenter's anorexia, is in the business of making us see beyond surface values..."
"...A black vinyl Martha Stewart fanatic with a latent taste for homicide, Tiffany and beau Chucky immediately hit a brick wall when the topic of matrimony comes up, which results in Tiffany's soul being unceremoniously transferred into a bridal doll's plastic shell and the sudden death of Alexis Arquette (don't ask). From here, Bride of Chucky morphs into a Barbie and Clyde road movie as the pair hijack a couple of young newlyweds (Heigl and Stabile) and make their way to Hackensack, NJ to retrieve Chucky's decade-old corpse..."
"...The human characters, especially, are skillfully drawn, full of subtle nuance and graceful movement. Pocahontas is lovely and while the animators have succumbed to the modern day heroine's seeming requisite -- impossible Barbie doll physiology -- they have also imbued her with a spirit so innocent and a bearing so noble that it precludes a too-lascivious allure..."
"...And, as long as the two detest one another, it's a pretty entertaining story. But, inevitably, Odette turns from ugly tomboy duckling into a Barbie doll swan and it becomes the kind of movie only a seven-year old girl could love..."
"...Each day is occupied by game-playing and established rituals, the structures deriving both from their own free-ranging psyches and the sporadically intercepted, black-and-white TV images of soap operas, commercials, movie fragments, and Ed Sullivan-ish variety acts. These middle-aged bodies are tormented by all the usual childhood fears that have somehow warped to accommodate their unusual situation, their libidos continue to develop amidst this incestuous Barbie and Ken-like atmosphere, and the social dynamics are a constant whirl of power shifts, bonding moments, and individuation gambits..."
"...Haynes is no stranger to controversy. His previous film was 1987's Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, a bio-pic about the Carpenter family's rise to celebrity and Karen's growing obsession with food and independence -- filmed entirely with a cast of Barbie and Ken dolls..."
"...In an effort to reinvent the century's most resilient -- and maligned -- girl toy for a modern world, Mattel unleashed a splashy new ad campaign. "We girls can do anything!" the anthem went, and to match the emphatic pronouncement of feminine power, the company launched a new line of Barbies, working women with a bod and a brain to boot..."
"...TOY PLOY The ubiquitous toy company Mattel announced that it would be styling Barbie as Deborah Harry, Cyndi Lauper, and Joan Jett as part of its Ladies of the Eighties series. God, they're making Barbie into the kinds of women who rejected everything Barbie stood for..."
"...The Collectible Barbie Doll: An Illustrated Guide to Her Dreamy Worldby Janine Fenwick..."
"...When Something Wonderful Ends, which premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2007, is described as a "one woman, one Barbie" show. It's about the history of American involvement in the Middle East, Kramer's childhood as a Jewish girl growing up in a decidedly Baptist community, and the loss of a parent..."
"...Barbie may be a perfect metaphor for America. She is mass-produced, grossly disproportionate, and derived from petroleum..."
"...SGR: They tried about 10 years ago, when the Barbie titles came to define the women's market. The game industry saw the success of Barbie and went out and tried to make a bunch of Barbie clones, and failed miserably because only Barbie does Barbie well..."
"...Since hit comics almost exclusively feature action heroes, they contribute to this vicious cycle. Despite the cycle, the phenomenon of growing ranks of great female artists on the indie scene poses the question: Would enticing young girls into the audience deliver female artists in the industry later? Javins offers, "Barbie is [Marvel's] proud failure; we can't seem to sell that thing!" Barbie sells on the average 32,000 per issue...."
"...To paraphrase Mercutio, it did suffice. In addition to the CIA, Banzer had other helpful cronies -- most notably Klaus Barbie, the notorious Gestapo "Butcher of Lyons," spirited out of France and into Bolivia by the U.S..."
"...BARBIE NATION: AN UNAUTHORIZED TOUR..."
"...Flash had opened the door, but it was her fellow Heartbreakers Nae Slayer and Barbie Got Back who slammed it shut in the Hotrods' collective face. They had been tagging in and out for much of the second half, grinding out a few points here and there, still trailing behind the Hotrods by 30 to 50 points, but nothing that a hefty power jam and some lucky breaks couldn't fix..."