"Take My Nose...Please!" the new documentary about comedy and cosmetic surgery, is blowing up! Check it out at the following film festivals, with more to come:
Newport Beach Film Festival
Arizona International Film Festival
Yeah, that's Dr. Reese briefly in the trailer!
Comic Jackie Hoffman made up as a witch for the new Joan Kron film
Jowls. A bulbous droopy schnoz. Eyelids that fold over themselves like Venetian blinds in need of a swift tug. Sun damage and age-related changes conspire against the wrinkle-free look of youth. Who over the age of 25 hasn't looked in the mirror and pondered, "What about a little tune-up?' Yet, in Western society, this conversation is usually a private one between our morning selves and the looking glass. Harking back to the Puritan days of Olde, we keep these musings secret. "Voldemort" is not the only "V word" that remains unspoken, the other is "Vanity."
Rosanne Barr tells Oprah about having her eyes done.
First time film maker Joan Kron has spent a career exploring this taboo topic in print. Despite perfectly good (and probably biological) reasons for wanting to look our best, the question remains: Why is plastic surgery so rarely discussed? As a writer and editor at Allure magazine, Kron found that film and television celebrities, some of whom have had a nip or tuck (or two), proved particularly mum on the subject. Except for one group: Comediennes. Rather than play coy about cosmetic treatments, women in comedy have not just created a dialogue about cosmetic procedures, but have put that discussion front and center in their standup routines.
Kron's new documentary is "Take My Nose, Please." An examination of aging for the ages, the film face-lifts the veil about going under the knife. Kron follows two funny femmes as they contemplate whether to take the procedural plunge. She also provides a hilarious recap of the history of celebrity plastic surgery with clips of Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Rosanne Barr and Margaret Cho, among many others.
Margaret Cho gives the skinny on beauty treatments
To top it all off, Skinema.com's own Dr. Vail Reese pops up periodically to provide pithy commentary.
"Take My Nose, Please" A film by Joan Kron, official website.
The Skinnies Awards are back at skinema.com for our 20th Anniversary! Back in 1996, the internet was smaller place, but skin remains the largest organ. Over the years, the Skinnies Awards have honored some of the biggest names in entertainment for epidermal excellence. Curious about celebrity skin, from a medical point of view? They're all here, can you name their skin issues? Brangelina, Jon Hamm, MJ, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, J-Lo, Bieber, Mark Wahlberg, Tina Fey, Barack Obama, Amy Winehouse, Britney Beotch, Will Smith, Miley Cyrus, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Johnny Depp, the Harry Potter gang, Jamie Foxx, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johannson, Gwen Stefani, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Wilson the Volleyball, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Marilyn, Bogie and of course, Kim Kardashian. See it all only at skinema.com...
The Skinnies Awards are back at skinema.com for our 20th Anniversary! Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool top the Realistic Skin Scene in an Action Flick. Comic book movie or public service announcement? See it all only at skinema.com...
The Skinnies Awards are back at skinema.com for our 20th Anniversary! Leo DiCap adds another honor to the mantlepiece. His super chapped lips take Sacrificial Body Part award. See it all only at skinema.com...
The Skinnies Awards are back at skinema.com for our 20th Anniversary! There is something lost in "Straight Outta Compton." Ice Cube's distinctive moles are MIA. That's right: #SkinniesAwardsSoMoley. See it all only at skinema.com...
The Skinnies Awards are back at skinema.com for our 20th Anniversary! The latest Bond Flick and Star Wars reboot share the Spoilers We Saw Coming nod. See your Jedi shaken, not stirred at skinema.com...
The Skinnies Awards are back at skinema.com for our 20th Anniversary! This year the races were particularly tight. Don't miss our runners up, including Sia, Charlize Theron in "Mad Max: Fury Road," Charlie Sheen, Harry Styles' extra nipples and the Terminator reboot. See it all only at skinema.com...
Brit director Mike Leigh is back with his latest Oscar nominated film, “Mr. Turner.” It follows the later years of English painter JMW Turner, portrayed by actor Timothy Spall.
While audiences may feel the need to review their art history textbooks to follow Turner’s changing brush strokes, anyone with skin will note the epidermal transformation of his housekeeper, Hannah.
As played by Dorothy Atkinson, Hannah is a loyal servant with an unrequited affection for Turner. In the course of the film, she is shown to have a rash initially seen on the nape of her neck. Gradually, the red scaly eruption spreads to her hands, face and scalp. She appears to have arthritis also, affecting her ability to walk. By the film’s finish, her sore-covered hands are wrapped in gauze, her face shrouded as she ambles in public.
What is this deforming dermatitis? While eczema, lupus, and leprosy can all cause extensive skin disease, psoriasis best suits the appearance and course of this rash. Psoriasis is a non-infectious inflammatory condition. It can be itchy and appears red with dry flaking scale. It often affects the scalp, appearing as an exaggerated form of dandruff. The face and hands may gradually become involved. Unlike eczema, joint stiffness and arthritis are commonly associated with psoriasis.
Today, anti-inflammatory treatments currently exist to reduce and limit this rash. None of this was available to Hannah in mid 19th century England. Imagine what Kim Kardashian would do without modern treatments to clear her skin? Would her Twitter followers tolerate blotchy blemishes?
Significantly, this depiction of Turner’s housekeeper is a sympathetic one. Unlike the scores of evil movie characters with problem skin, audiences empathize with Hannah. Ultimately, her deteriorating skin may represent the loss that Turner himself felt both with his declining health and with the changing taste of the art world. Leigh reminds us of the emotional and physical toll of this condition. The phrase, “the heartbreak of psoriasis” is well earned.
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