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May 31 2018

Did you enjoy 'Mermay'?A few words on "Splash"and "Siren"

by Nathaniel

You guys.I only just recently learned about "Mermay"in which you celebrate mermaids during the month of May.How did I not know about this?We could have been celebrating mermaids in film and television all month long!The least we could have done is pay tribute toTully's mermaid dream imagery.Because that film did NOT get enough attention.Jason Reitman + Diablo Cody + Charlize Theron = dream team (see also:Young Adult)...

I thought I could whirlpool up a top ten list of movie mermaids but realized I hadn't seen some key texts likeMr Peabody and the Mermaid(1948),Night Tide(1961),the silent filmThe Mermaid(1904) and a few others.Sadly merman films seem all but nonexistent...

But maybe there's no point in talking about mermaid movies because how could anyone top the one-two punch ofSplashandThe Little Mermaidin the 1980s?

Part of the problem of making good mermaid movies might well be CGI.It just doesn't look half as good as however Ron Howard and cinematographerDonald Petermanshot those underwater sequences with Daryl Hannah in her fish tail.That underrated actress (she didn't even get a Globe nomination for this iconic comedy) must have some crazy lung power because there's not even a lot of editing in those sequences.Nor will onscreen nudity ever feel as innocent again -- somehow Daryl's breasts and butt were okay for families in 1984 but now all mermaids are definitely required to wear shell bras...and sometimes the fish scales even go all the way up to the sternum nowadays.

If you like the idea of mermaids that are better suited for adults,it's surprising to relate the news that Freeform'snew seriesSirenis actually highly watchable.I wasn't sure about it at all in the first episode.How on earth can you sustain that premise about vicious mermaids arriving in a fishing town?But it really gains momentum and I'm eager for Season 2 if it gets one.It helps that the leading lady Eline Powell,really grows on you.At first I thought her a beautiful blank but that was purposeful.Powell deftly handles conveying a otherwordly humanoid who is all too curious about humans and shereallysells the difficult shifts in both physical comfort and verbal / mental language acquisition.

It's not surprising to learn that she's not American and speaks three languages (Dutch,French,English) in real life.It's the kind of performance that never gets any praise (hello,starring in genre pieces) but she's really quite good in it.

Because I learned about Mermay through online artists doing mermaid illustrations,and because we miss that ol'Curio column,I thought I'd share a few of the illustrations that really make me want to see more mermaid movies...




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CABIN IN THE WOODS HAS A MERMAN!!

May 31,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

Sadly merman films seem all but nonexistent...

What's the point?ZOOLANDER captured the merman experience: "Moisture is the essence of wetness,and wetness is the essence of beauty."

May 31,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrevity

I like the one of the Avengers.

May 31,2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

I liked "Ondine",directed by Neil Jordan with Colin Farrell.

I think there was a Broadway play of the same name with Audrey Hepburn?

May 31,2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Sorry,spoke too soon.I guess one is a selkie and the other a water sprite.

May 31,2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

now that drag race mermaid runway finally makes sense...

May 31,2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

It's a little embarrassing to admit seeing this,but Another Gay Sequel has a romantic storyline with a merman.

Also,Hannah really wasn't that underrated.She was fine in Splash but not so great in just about everything else...until the Kill Bill movies.That was a completely one-note performance but what a fun note.

June 1,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Has anyone seen that Polish movie ‘the Lure'?

June 1,2018 | Unregistered CommenterChoog

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