Friday, October 30, 2009

Clerks

Despite having a day off, Dante ends up working a few hours for an employee who is sick.  A girlfriend and a variety of customers bring a broad range of characters into his day.  His day is complicated by learning his former girlfriend is about to get married and he realizes he is still in love with her.  A rooftop hockey game and a pair of shoplifting stoners weave in and out of his workday which stretches into the entire day.  His former girlfriend comes into the story and they reconcile, only to have her find a surprise in the bathroom which ruins their chances, after which the store is closed once again.

Girl, this is a stream of consciousness movie.  The randomness of the plot and the odd humor make such a tapestry of divergent thoughts, it threw me off in a good way,making me just roll with the flow of the film.  I felt like a voyeur at times, though I liked the feeling.  I liked the hockey game...I confess to hanging on top of business roofs in my junior high days.  I like to observe and this movie gave me lots of observation time.

Of course, I most enjoy observing you.  

4 stars

Thursday, October 29, 2009

12 Monkeys


A man lives in an apocalyptic future, in which humanity has been devestated by a virus and now must live underground. He is sent back to the past in order to find information which may stop the plague and restore a better future. He is considered insane and begins a quest with a psychiatrist, who slowly begins to believe his story. They discover he is responsible for setting off a chain of events in which a scientific researcher's insane son decides to unleash the virus and destroy the modern world.

Girl, I love the twists and turns of this film. Brad Pitt plays a brilliant insane man and Bruce Willis does tremendous playing a man who must decide what is real and what is insanity in his own mind.

I noticed near the end, they see the movie Vertigo playing on a screen, the doctor mimics the behavior of Vertigo's lady lead, and the other movie's theme plays in the back as they embrace. Vertigo is one of my favorite movies.

I like how they found each other in such an unlikely way. She wants to know him. It reminds me of how you found me and asked to know me.

4 stars

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Miracle Worker


As a baby, a fever robs Helen Keller of bought her sight and hearing. Pampered by her parents, she grows up to be an uncontrollable, spoiled 7 year old with little understanding of the world around her. A teacher, 20 year old Annie Sullivan, arrives with the goal to unlock the world to the young girl, trapped in the shell of her own body.

This story is one of the most amazing true stories I've ever known. I remember as a boy closing my eyes at dinner and trying to imagine what Helen's world must have been like. Girl, this movie contains a powerful emotion of what being trapped from the real world and learning how to be set free. Annie's dedication is amazing and one of the strongest expressions of love I've ever seen.

I read Helen's biography and the movie captures it so well. Annie and Helen were bound together for the rest of their lives. I want to always need you as much as you need me.

4 stars

A Long, Fatal Love Chase

Before she wrote Little Women, Louisa May Alcott wrote an amazingly modern novel, no one would publish. Rosamond falls under the spell of Tempest. A rapid courtship, leads to a quick marriage. A year goes by swiftly, as each grows more passionate, until Rosamond discovers Tempest has a marriage and child he has never disclosed. Rosamond flees, to be pursued by the all consumed Tempest. For two years, he will follow, never giving up his pursuit.

This is one of my favorite books of all, in my top five. Tempest would not give Rosamond up. The priest did, which made me disdain him. He understood the value of her and knew he wanted her. He clung to her with his whole being. I'm not Tempest, but I understand him and the power of his wants, the depth of his connection to her. It embodies much of how I feel about you. I pursue you as I can...you are never out of my view.

I always want to possess you.

5 stars

Thing-Thing


An ungrateful child receives a toy and promptly throws the unwanted thing out the window of a six story building. Watching each story of the building go by, the "thing" and those inside provide a unique and wonderful view of life in this sweet children's book.

Girl, you have the most beautiful heart. This book shows that in how you are drawn to this simple story. I like how Thing-Thing is so calm and thoughtful as the fall occurs. In the end, every dream the creature has comes true. And I don't wonder that I can't keep this book out of the hands of a children.

I read this and I remember how good you are with children.

3 stars

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ladyhawke


The Captain of the Guard falls in love with a young noble woman. Their love is forbidden due to their stations in life. A drunken priest betrays them to the Bishop, who secretly loves her. The Bishop turns to the dark arts, cursing them as the Captain and lady flee together. By day she is a hawk, while by night he is a wolf. Only in the brief transitions between night and day can they see one another, but they never have enough time to touch. The repentant priest and young pickpocket join them, attempting to break the curse.

This movie has been a favorite of mine for a long time, with only one criticism. The music sucks. But the actors and the story they tell entrance me. There is such a sexy quality to the woman and how she almost mystically moves through the movie. The chemistry between the lady and Captain are held in a perfect tension to the movie's conclusion.

Girl, its how much they love each other which makes this movie and their willingness to push on despite what seems an impossible obstacle.

4 stars

Saturday, October 24, 2009

London


Syd wakes up to a phone call telling him his ex-girlfriend, London, is moving away with her new boyfriend. Syd crashes her going away party, hiding out in the bathroom, drinking, doing coke, and thinking through the path of their relationship while discussing romance and philosophy with everyone who steps in the room. Finally, he gets the courage to speak to her and attempts to repair a relationship which is beyond hope.

Girl, this film weaves in and out of so many topics and moves in so many ways through romance, philosophy, theology, all the while flirting with love. Sid can't give her up and yet in the end, she walks so cleanly away from him. I found Sid interesting, how much he wanted her, how his life wove around her. He didn't get London's reluctance to keep him, I had the same struggle.

This movie interests me. I've watched it twice and see new things each time. You are so sexy smart. It's why I can never take my gaze off of you.

4 stars

The Hollow Kingdom


Cousins Kate and Emily move to an estate, Hallow Hill. Kate becomes the object of affection of the Goblin King, who uses the kidnapping of Emily by the King's cousin to take Kate's hand in marriage. The marriage brings a calmness to the life of the girls, until a goblin is kidnapped and Kate must use the King's Wife charm in hopes of making her new life right again.

Alright, Babe, there is a bit of sexiness in the intelligence of the Goblin King and his pursuit of Kate. I like how he watches her, guards her, and even though she is repelled by him at first, he continues to move around her until he possesses her. I like how he has his own way of adoring her and she completely adopts his way of life.

I'm sorry the sequel didn't live up to the first book.

3 stars

Hellraiser


A man makes the pursuit of pleasure his ultimate quest, finding a box which opens a portal to 3 creatures who show him the heightening of pleasure with pain. However, this pursuit costs him everything. When his brother revives him by accident, he must elicit the aid of a former lover to provide him with the blood which is necessary to regain his former life.

Babe, I like this movie, but you must have watched it on TV. I cannot imagine you sitting through some of the graphic scenes in this movie (I would have been covering your eyes). This feature is a an odd mixture of horror and sensuality, but overall shows the uses of control and power. The uncle believes he is in control, only to lose everything at first, and once he regains control over his life, he discovers his niece can defeat the creatures that come to enslave and destroy him again. The story shows how some control is fleeting, but also, one should never underestimate the power that is held over them.

I've never been able to look at a hook and piece of chain the same way since I first saw this movie.

3 stars

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Letters From the Park


A young man hires a poet to write letters to the girl he loves. Smitten by his letters, the poet writes more, finding himself falling in love with the girl, but keeping his romance a secret. A Cuban setting for the story of Cyrano De Bergerac.

Girl, how is it you find these gems of movies...this one is a gentle kiss. The poet is the one I found myself examining. His letters caress, while his gentle spirit keeps trying to help the couple find one other as he denies what he really feels. My favorite part is when he decides he won't leave his task, following her wherever this path takes him. I wanted them to find one another and wasn't disappointed.

Forget the dirigibles...I want you.

3 stars

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mama, There's A Man In Your Bed



Romauld, an executive finds himself without work in the cooperate world as intrigue swirls around him and he is blind to designs of others for his wife and job. Juliette, the office cleaning lady, is a single mom of 5 children, with an ear for office politics and begins to help Romauld weave his way back into his position and get revenge on those who stole his life away. The more they know one another, the more they begin to fall in love.

You find the sweetest movies, Girl. This light comedy made me smile. Juliette is practical, smart, and juggles so much. I like the odd pairing with Romauld and how their worlds collide and mingle together. Romauld sees in her more than she can see herself, while Juliette show how loyalty and family can confront the most difficult situations.

I'd hire Juliette for you if I could, then you wouldn't have to clean anymore.

3 stars

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tango


A director who has a passionate interest in the tango, begins to construct a film. He falls in love with the lead dancer, whose boyfriend is a gangster. An affair comes about in their relationship as art and life imitate in the movie. The film investors becoming uncomfortable with the movie's dance scenes depicting times of unrest in Argentina mirrors as the affair brings the two lovers into the tension of Argentina's underworld.

You have such an eye for what is visually stunning. I see it in your movies and the pictures you sometimes find for a blog. I admire how this film "looks". The people, backdrops, costumes, and dance are all sensual. The dancing is hypnotizing. The music quietly surrounds you.

This movie works in layers. The romance, the sounds, the feel, and the touch of vision. I could watch it, never hearing a word of dialogue, which is true of a few of your films. You always have me on a journey where I want to drink in everything you show me.

Let's learn to tango.

4 stars

Queen of Hearts


A man sweeps away his bride from a butcher's son, where they move to England and raise their family. Through the advice of a magical pig, the dad becomes a man of means and buys a cafe. His life moves along well, until the butcher's son returns for revenge and he forgets the magical advice he once received, losing everything which is dear to him through a gamble. His youngest son shows him there is more than games of chance, there is the heart, which in the end trumps everything.

Girl, this is a sweet movie. It shows the simplicity of love over the complexities of revenge and the power of a young boy's heart to never give up on those he cares for. When I watch a tender movie like this I see something of your heart: how you are there for those you love and the depth of how you feel. This makes you more precious than everything I adored in this movie.

4 stars

Friday, October 16, 2009

Summer Lovers


Two Americans, choose to summer on a Greek Island. They meet Lena, who draws the interest first of Michael and then Cathy. Cathy is looking for more adventure in their romance and after some struggle, the three begin a relationship together which tests their boundaries and ideas of love.

Extremely sexy.

Girl, you have such a interest in the philosophy of love. Not in some cold, dry thinking way, but in a challenging heart felt way which turns in me every time I encounter it. I found Lena interesting, trying to figure her out, how she draws into their circle, how each learns to the love and accept the other.

They had a genuine love and when Lena tries to leave it behind, she discovers what she has lost.

I'm always trying to figure out how to wrap around you tighter.

4 stars

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rebecca


A young woman mets handsome widower Mr. DeWinter, and marries him, coming to his estate and becoming the second Mrs. DeWinter. However, the specter of his first wife Rebecca fills the home. Never given her own name, she tells her story and romance as she seeks to untangle herself from the first wife, Rebecca's, legacy and fully belong to her husband. This gothic tale shimmers between fear and romance as the mystery behind Rebecca's life unfolds.

I enjoy knowing I found this book for you, knowing you find books worth reading more often than I do. Despite its slow start, I enjoyed the building tension in both the mystery and the feel of ghost tale where there is no ghost.

Babe, I found their relationship a study in devotion as she wondered if Rebecca had a hold on him from the grave and he resolutely insisted his love was for her and not Rebecca. I liked the main character a lot. Maybe it shouldn't, but to this day it bothers me she didn't have a name. Though perhaps that is part of the allure of the book and a lingering mystery surrounding the romance.

5 stars

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Minority Report


In 2054, the police in Washington, D.C. have defeated murder through their Precrime Unit which uses "precogs" who can predict a murder before it happens. The top cop of the unit, who lost a son to a crime, finds himself implicated and on the run for the future murder of a man he never met.

This movie interested me every step of the way. It had the one layer of dealing with the deep issues of freewill and predestination, while also telling the story of a dad who loved his son.

Girl, I followed the main character with interest and found his attention to detail appealing. I liked how things kept twisting through the story and it unfolded in ways which were unexpected.

I liked the idea of peering into other people's lives, because I'm always wanting to peer around the corner and see what you are doing.

4 stars

Farewell My Concubine

Two boys grow up in Warlord China and become inseparable while studying to be actors in Opera. Their story spans 50 years of Chinese history in a tale of love which tangles as one man marries and the culture around them spins out of control. As culture changes, their relationship changes and the ties of friendship and loyalty are twisted and tested.

Girl, this movie has so much. I don't know how you find movies like this. It is visually fills the screen and if I could not have understood a word, I would have watched anyway. The dynamics of the three characters weaved a tapestry of beauty and tension which kept the film as an emotional experience. It was painful to see their love betrayed in the end and the touches of the opera lived to the conclusion in two of their lives.

Gong Li is so good. Her movements, emotions, the way her character ties and frames the movie were so incredible. She was the living opera of the film.

On a lesser level, I enjoyed getting to know Chinese opera and history of how China impacted the times. But most of all I felt pulled and pushed by the Concubine and Courtesan, they made the movie for me.

I so want to paint your face now.

5 stars

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Corporation


The largest entity of our time is the Corporation. It is not a person, holds special legal status as a person, and has tremendous say over our lives. This documentary explores the tentacles of power and the Orwellian implications of a legal personage no one can see or touch.

You know babe, this film changed a lot of how I look at the world. From the small (what milk I drink) to the large (my thoughts on consumerism), this film touches where I live. I've grown more distrustful of large corporations and the past year and its impact on the economy bears out the conclusion of the psychopathic nature of corporations.

I just rewatched this. It shows me how much you grapple with big ideas at times and figure out what they mean for your daily walk. Frankly, it scared the crap out of me in places realizing how uncontrolled some power is, but I'm glad you made me wiser.

My only criticism: the music at times annoyed me.

3 stars

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert


Three drag queens, joined by a mechanic, board a bus they dub "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and travel through the Australian outback on the way to a show. Along the way they experience the attitudes and sometimes disdain of those who watch them perform. Each one confronts his own sexuality, with different choices as they bond together and face the reality of their individuality and friendships. Amazing musical numbers and costuming.

Babe, you have a way of finding these clever stories which are more than they appear on the surface. The movie had a fascinating dynamic between the three main characters. Its exploration of people's attitudes and even the tenderness of finding the Hugo Weaving character is married and has a son. In a sense, they had more love and commitment than most of the people they met.

I couldn't imagine Weaving in this role, but he was amazing. Stamp always plays the tough bad guy, but played his role to perfection. Pearce, he was funny as the third wheel. The musical numbers were fun. I laughed and smiled thinking of you watching this.

Oh, I didn't imagine you wearing any of these outfits.

The musical, based on the film, is about to hit Broadway in 2011.

4 stars

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Citizen Ruth


Ruth Stoops is homeless, broke, and pregnant. When she isn't huffing vapors for a high, she's trying to figure out how to survive. When a judge tries to force her into having an abortion, she becomes the pawn of both pro-life and pro-choice forces who each want to make her a symbol for their cause.

This film sums up my feelings about politics. As you know, babe, I'm somewhat cynical about the political process. Is it scary that I feel like I know all the people in this movie on both sides of equation? I hate how for the sake of a cause, people get shoved aside and as in the movie, in the end are totally unrecognized by the people who are trying to protect their rights.

I get angry when so often politics pretends to be about people, while it tramples right over them. This isn't a film about abortion, its a film about the sadness of how people in our culture stop having a heart for people. Ruth has her problems, but when will someone care about her?

Three cheers for Ruth.

3 stars

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tuck Everlasting


When Winnie Foster goes into the forest, she has no idea she will met the Tuck family and be challenged with receiving the gift of eternal life. The Tuck's cannot die. Winnie becomes close to Jesse Tuck and must decide if being immortal is a choice which can really bring happiness.

Some stories are like a mist, in which you get a glimpse into another world close to our own. I found this story haunting and the dilemma of immortality intriguing. I enjoyed the interplay between Winnie and Jesse along with the tension of the man who pursues the Tuck's secret.

I cared about many characters in this book and was both warmed and saddened by the ending.

It makes me want to take you far into the forest and just spend time with you.

4 stars

By the Great Horn Spoon

Jack Flagg sets out for the California Gold Rush, in order to find his fortune and help his Aunt Arabella. Followed by her butler, he stows away on a ship and makes way to California. There Jack finds gold prospecting much more difficult than he imagined, but with the help of the butler, he learns the value of loyalty, honor, and how even love brings the greatest rewards.

Babe, I got this book and began to read and surprised to discover this was a book I had been looking for. I read it under the title of Bullwhip Griffith in sixth grade. I was one of my favorite books growing up and I've never been able to find it since.

I find the same joy rereading it now. I like the humor, the adventure, the detail to real history, and how the butler changes over time. I remember seeing the whole world through Jack's eyes when I first read this. I've been in mining camps since and loved how the book captured their feeling. This story made me love the time I spent reading and was one I found myself dropped into another world I could completely feel and see as a boy.

4 stars

Before I Die

Tessa is dying. However, before she dies, she wants to know what it is to live. She writes down her list and begins to pursue life. However, life has a way of turning in unexpected directions. Tessa is determined to follow these paths in the time she has left.

Girl, I thought perhaps this book would be sad, but at the same time it began in a way that made me wonder if there wasn't a bit of magic in the book. The writing is good. The story moves nicely. But it reminds me too much of friends and I couldn't enjoy it. I found myself more shrouded in sadness as I read, so I set it aside.

2 stars

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Heavenly Creatures


In 1950's New Zealand, two young teen girls becoming close friends. As their friendship deepens, they create a fantasy realm called the Fourth World. Concerned with the girls intense relationship and other family issues, their parents attempt to divide them, while the girls struggle to remain together. Soon they devise a plan to always be together which includes murder.

Here I thought I found something new to give to you, to find that you had already seen and loved this movie. Though it made me happy to know we are drawn to the same thing.

Pauline and Juliet's ferocious devotion to one another made this movie a fascinating watch, along with their creative interests and mutual ability to enter into a fantasy realm. I could not help wonder if their own parents irresponsible behaviors and lack of true interest in the girls' thoughts contributed to their wrongly devised plans to murder to achieve their goals.

The fantasy sequences were beautifully done. The movie was almost a Disney dream which became a nightmare and I could not stop watching.

4 stars

Saturday, October 3, 2009

And Now Miguel


Miguel Chavez has one wish, to spend the summer in the mountains with his father and brothers tending the family sheep. At 12 years old, he is told he must wait and continue to learn as much as he can about the family business at their time at home. He prays that this summer he might hear those words..."and now Miguel". He works hard, however, this often results in disaster rather than impressing his father. Miguel ponders if his chance to go to the mountains will ever come.

Girl, this is the most innocent and endearing book I've read. Miguel captures your heart within pages and keeps it as you feel his longing and desire to simply be a shepherd. On another level, the whole art of sheep tending is fascinating and mixed with the humor of Miguel's adventures.

For me, the emotion is all culminated in the carving of names in a tree at the end. His love for his brother makes his character complete and real.

This book is like a warm cookie.

5 stars

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs


Eben McAllister believes he lives in the most boring place in the world. He wants to see the wonders the world has to offer. His father makes him a deal. If Eben can find seven wonders in his own town, his father will pay to have him visit relatives in the mountains. Thus begins an adventure in an unlikely place and discovery of what makes the world full of wonders.

This book is magical. I love how you find the real wonders in books. I've read this twice now and used it as a major illustration in a talk and had so many people ask to borrow it (though I'm selfish and have kept my copy close).

Eben's personality is wonderful. The stories he hears are mesmerizing. The southern culture provides a rich background. Each chapter is like a complete book of its own. This is one of my favorite children's books I've ever read. And I know I will read it again.

5 stars

The School for Dangerous Girls


Angela's parents need a solution for her irresponsible actions and they find it in Hidden Oak School for Girls. Angela finds the girls segregated into two groups: the gold and purple thread. The gold are "curable" the purple are considered a lost cause. The school is a dangerous game and experiment in rehabilitation, which hides an evil undercurrent which pits students and teachers into a tension filled story in which someone will win and the cost of losing is great for either side.

This book is one of the best you've found. From the beginning the plot twists and turns to an unknown end. Every character is suspect. I couldn't guess the plot twists ahead of time and I became interested in Angela's thinking and reactions.

The very ending was a bit weak, though I liked the conclusion at the school and how the headmistress was a twist in herself. The different characters were so varied and brought out so many different aspects of the story.

I won't comment on the skirt on the cover, you already know my feeling about that.

5 stars

The Time Traveler's Wife

Henry has a disease, it makes him travel through time whenever he is stressed. There is little constant in such a life, except for Clare. While Henry lives in a non-linear fashion through time, Clare grows up, with Henry materializing in and out of her world. They marry and their romance spans the swirling decades as they cling to their relationship for way to be together and search for a cure to what keeps them apart.

Girl, I enjoyed this book from the beginning. One thing I like is that it focuses in on Henry and Clare and not the time travel. The secret is their romance and not long winded explanations of why he moves in and out of time. The author makes them unconventional, slightly punked, and out of the normal mainstream of who might have been portrayed. I find their love for one another intoxicating, the ups and downs of their relationship interesting. I related to how they have to schedule their time, know when to find each other, and how devoted they are.

I find myself focused on you and looking for you as intently as Clare did for Henry.

5 stars

Strange Days


Ex-cop, Lenny Nero, deals in the new drug of memories. People can experience the emotions and minutes of time of another individual. This "wire" can capture any type of experience and does. It is a the turn of century (2000) and the world is bleak. The police are corrupt and the world is a frightful place. Nero remains passionately in love with his ex-girlfriend, Faith. Together with his friend "Mace", they race to solve a murder, save Faith, and find if there can be virtue in a world gone mad.

This movie has a sexy film noir quality, while wrapping itself in a sci-fi package. Girl, the pace of it kept me out of breath. It never slows down. At first, I found Nero's relationship with Faith the component which drew me and his love for her compelling. But by the end, it was Mace's loyalty and unspoken love which I wanted to see expressed. I found the concept of emotional transference intriguing, but also frightening as I began to realize it would not always be a positive experience.

I don't know what it is about the past few movies I've watched for you, but I keep thinking of you in the outfits.

4 stars

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fantastic Planet


The Om are the pets of the Tragg. The Tragg are large, spiritual giants with advanced technology. The Om are small humans, treated as stupid and expendable. A small om, Terr, educates himself in order to lead a rebellion by which the Om may gain a place of safety and respectability.

Girl, you can try on Om fashion anytime, it has some great features from my point of view.

You showed me a clip of this and the movie intrigued me. It's a nightmarish world from a human point of view. However, you once again found a movie with deep ethical meaning which uses art to raise questions about life. I liked the questions about human value, education, and progress. Overall, I liked the general ethereal feeling of the film and how through simple animation it gave me an alienated and and oppressed feeling which made me identify with the characters. When I watch a movie like this, it brings to mind how intuitive and crazy smart you are.

3 stars