Slowly catching up on movies and last night I saw Jim Jarmusch’s latest feature ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. I am a BIG fan of Jim Jarmusch and I’ve missed him on the big screen. 

Two old, beautiful, wistful vampire lovers, Adam and Eve, played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, are continuing their endless nights far apart. They each live in the past of the lives they lived and yet are so advanced in their ways longing for the future that could be. It’s time for them to reunite to be whole again. 

It’s a refreshing, elegant, dreamy story with vintage style after my own luddite heart. These vampire packrats who honor their traditions and long for beauty and appreciation are lovers of life and each other and they long to stay in love.
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are a fantastic pair and I loved this take on vampirism. I was absolutely caught up in their dreamy ways and am ready to go back to sleep; sleeping the day away to wake up at night and just drive far far away.

Slowly catching up on movies and last night I saw Jim Jarmusch’s latest feature ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. I am a BIG fan of Jim Jarmusch and I’ve missed him on the big screen.


Two old, beautiful, wistful vampire lovers, Adam and Eve, played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, are continuing their endless nights far apart. They each live in the past of the lives they lived and yet are so advanced in their ways longing for the future that could be. It’s time for them to reunite to be whole again.


It’s a refreshing, elegant, dreamy story with vintage style after my own luddite heart. These vampire packrats who honor their traditions and long for beauty and appreciation are lovers of life and each other and they long to stay in love.


Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are a fantastic pair and I loved this take on vampirism. I was absolutely caught up in their dreamy ways and am ready to go back to sleep; sleeping the day away to wake up at night and just drive far far away.


theashleyclements:

Well, I think it’s pretty stupid, and goes hand in hand with the “fake geek girl” crap that’s out there. (This isn’t a criticism of TBBT; I haven’t seen enough of that show to voice an opinion.) When our culture tells us (and it often does) that girls don’t like nerdy things, or that a guy who plays Magic: The Gathering can never have a girlfriend, we’re all getting the message that it’s not ok to be who you are. I dislike the idea of anyone being shamed for the stuff they like, and it seems that a lot of attention is put on women in the nerd/geek community, and whether or not they really like geeky stuff or geeky dudes.
I have been called both too nerdy and not nerdy enough by men I’ve known. (And it’s always men. No woman I know has ever questioned my level of nerdiness.) I knew a guy who said I was a “surprise nerd” because I’m pretty, and pretty people don’t like nerdy stuff or nerdy guys. I knew another guy who kept saying, “I forgot you’re not a nerd,” because I didn’t like the same nerdy stuff that he did. Both of these perspectives are completely inane, and imply that there’s some true “geek girl” mold that I don’t fit. My taste is my own, and whether or not it pleases someone else is pretty damn unimportant to me.
Ultimately, like what you like. Celebrate liking that stuff with other people who also like it, if that interests you. Appreciate people for who they are, even if you don’t like all the same stuff. Don’t worry about what other people like, or what they think of your taste. And mostly, be kind, to yourself and others.

Yup.

theashleyclements:

Well, I think it’s pretty stupid, and goes hand in hand with the “fake geek girl” crap that’s out there. (This isn’t a criticism of TBBT; I haven’t seen enough of that show to voice an opinion.) When our culture tells us (and it often does) that girls don’t like nerdy things, or that a guy who plays Magic: The Gathering can never have a girlfriend, we’re all getting the message that it’s not ok to be who you are. I dislike the idea of anyone being shamed for the stuff they like, and it seems that a lot of attention is put on women in the nerd/geek community, and whether or not they really like geeky stuff or geeky dudes.

I have been called both too nerdy and not nerdy enough by men I’ve known. (And it’s always men. No woman I know has ever questioned my level of nerdiness.) I knew a guy who said I was a “surprise nerd” because I’m pretty, and pretty people don’t like nerdy stuff or nerdy guys. I knew another guy who kept saying, “I forgot you’re not a nerd,” because I didn’t like the same nerdy stuff that he did. Both of these perspectives are completely inane, and imply that there’s some true “geek girl” mold that I don’t fit. My taste is my own, and whether or not it pleases someone else is pretty damn unimportant to me.

Ultimately, like what you like. Celebrate liking that stuff with other people who also like it, if that interests you. Appreciate people for who they are, even if you don’t like all the same stuff. Don’t worry about what other people like, or what they think of your taste. And mostly, be kind, to yourself and others.

Yup.

(via geekgirlvideo)



R.I.P. Christopher Jones

I discovered WILD IN THE STREETS  on VHS oh so long ago.  I was walking the aisles of a Hollywood Video when my dad noticed it and said I should check it out. 

So check it out I did and it was a great film discovery for me! It instantly became one of my favorite movies, I loved Christopher Jones! 

I of course sought out the record for the soundtrack not long after that first viewing! (Four songs from WILD IN THE STREETS, listen and enjoy: http://youtu.be/6kidWiTBsQk

WILD IN THE STREETS has a cult classic appeal with a cast that includes Richard Pryor, Shelly Winters, Hal Holbrook, and Ed Begley. Christopher Jones is MAX FROST a young rock star who fuels the flame of change in America. Max gets the legal voting age lowered to 15 and soon becomes the President of the United States. From there he then puts everyone over 30 into LSD camps. Indeed a cautionary tale to all the old folks out there. (I watched it before my 30’s for sure.)    

It’s sad today to hear that the actor of WILD IN THE STREETS, Christopher Jones, has passed away. I just had to share my love of this movie and of him too. YUP!

Watch the trailer: http://youtu.be/rRLwV2xafpk


Tallying Those Movies I Watch #3

From January 18th to January 26th 2014: 

New Movies: 

  • GANTZ PERFECT ANSWERS (2011) – 1/19/14 – Reel Grit 

  • HER (2013) – 1/21/14 – Arclight Hollywood 
  • THE BLOOD OF HEROES (1989) – 1/22/14 – HBO GO 
  • VENUS (2006) – 1/23/14 – New Beverly –
  • LONE SURVIVOR (2014) – 1/24/14 – AMC Burbank Town Center 6
  • ANY NUMBER CAN WIN (1963) – 1/26/14 – Reel Grit 

RE-SEE MOVIES: 

  • THE GOONIES (1985) – 1/18/14 – Electric Dusk Drive-In
  • DARKMAN (1990) – 1/19/14 – FLIX

  • CREATOR (1985) – 1/23/14 – New Beverly

TOTAL = 36 movies with 24 New Movies and 12 Re-Sees.


Things I saw at LACMA today.


karinalongworth:

Meryl-mania at the New Beverly!
January 24-29, I’ll be presenting six nights of Meryl Streep movies at LA’s best rep theater, the New Beverly Cinema. In addition to the chance to see a number peak Meryl titles that don’t often hit the rep circuit, there will be Q&As, giveaways, and general fun time party stuff. Please come! And spread the word! Here’s the schedule:

Friday-Saturday, January 24-25: She-Devil and Death Becomes Her
Robert Zemeckis’ beauty myth satire/special effects bonanza plays like the big budget, summer tentpole remake of Susan Siedelman’s B-movie treatment of the same themes. It’s possible I wrote this book just to have an excuse to show these two movies together. Don’t miss this one. 


Sunday-Monday, January 26-27: Postcards From the Edge and Defending Your Life
Long before Streep’s late-’00s run as a mainstream summer comedy star with movies like The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia!, she tried to prove herself as a comedienne in a run of movies (including these two, and the previous double feature) which were largely dismissed at the time by both critics and audiences. Maybe no one was ready for them — or maybe it was a little off-putting that all of them had something to say about standards of female perfection set by men — but I think they’re great. 

Tuesday-Wednesday, January 28-29: Sophie’s Choice
If there’s one film that explains why Streep struggled to be seen as a comedienne, it’s probably this, the film which netted her her first Best Actress Oscar, and made her face synonymous with female suffering and grand historical tragedy. Sophie’s Choice is a movie that, I think, is referenced more often than it’s actually watched. It’s not a barrel of laughs, this one, but it is, to be sure, an experience — and Meryl’s work in it is nothing short of a masterclass in acting for the camera. 

Check it out at The New Beverly!

karinalongworth:

Meryl-mania at the New Beverly!

January 24-29, I’ll be presenting six nights of Meryl Streep movies at LA’s best rep theater, the New Beverly Cinema. In addition to the chance to see a number peak Meryl titles that don’t often hit the rep circuit, there will be Q&As, giveaways, and general fun time party stuff. Please come! And spread the word! Here’s the schedule:

Friday-Saturday, January 24-25: She-Devil and Death Becomes Her

Robert Zemeckis’ beauty myth satire/special effects bonanza plays like the big budget, summer tentpole remake of Susan Siedelman’s B-movie treatment of the same themes. It’s possible I wrote this book just to have an excuse to show these two movies together. Don’t miss this one. 

Sunday-Monday, January 26-27: Postcards From the Edge and Defending Your Life

Long before Streep’s late-’00s run as a mainstream summer comedy star with movies like The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia!, she tried to prove herself as a comedienne in a run of movies (including these two, and the previous double feature) which were largely dismissed at the time by both critics and audiences. Maybe no one was ready for them — or maybe it was a little off-putting that all of them had something to say about standards of female perfection set by men — but I think they’re great. 

Tuesday-Wednesday, January 28-29: Sophie’s Choice

If there’s one film that explains why Streep struggled to be seen as a comedienne, it’s probably this, the film which netted her her first Best Actress Oscar, and made her face synonymous with female suffering and grand historical tragedy. Sophie’s Choice is a movie that, I think, is referenced more often than it’s actually watched. It’s not a barrel of laughs, this one, but it is, to be sure, an experience — and Meryl’s work in it is nothing short of a masterclass in acting for the camera. 

Check it out at The New Beverly!


Tallying Those Movies I Watch #2

From January 6th to January 17th 2014: 

New Movies: 

  • WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (2013) – 1/6/14 – Netflix
  • THE ELDRITCH INFLUENCE: THE LIFE, VISION AND PHENOMENON OF H.P. LOVECRAFT (2004) – 1/6/14 – DVD
  • SEXY EVIL GENIUS (2011) – 1/8/14 – Netflix 
  • COP HATER (1958) – 1/9/14 – Netflix 
  • STOKER (2013) – 1/10/14 – HBO GO 

India knows that a sharpened pencil makes a good weapon!

  • BURKE & HARE (2010) – 1/11/14 – Netflix
  • GANTZ (2010) – 1/12/14 – Reel Grit 
  • IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) – 1/13/14 – New Beverly 
  • ALIEN SPACE AVENGER (1988) – 1/16/14 – VHS – Rating: 3

RE-SEE MOVIES: 

  • JACK REACHER (2013) – 1/8/14 – Netflix
  • DAGON (2001) – 1/10/14 – DVD
  • THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955) – 1/13/14 – New Beverly image
  • NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1987) – 1/16/15 – VHS DUB of USA TV Version on COMMANDER USA’S Groovie Movies image
  • THE PUNISHER (1989) – 1/17/14 – DVD
  • I SELL THE DEAD (2008) – 1/17/14 – Netflix

TOTAL = 27 movies with 18 New Movies and 8 Re-Sees.


Listened To Some Movies

I came across ListenToAMovie.com last year and for a while listened to a bunch of movies. I would listen to them at my desk at work or driving in my car, streaming them over my phone. It was a blast, as I’d generally pick a movie I’d seen time and time again and still found myself getting all caught up as I heard every word. 

So here’s the list of movies I listened to in 2013. Thanks again to ListenToAMovie.com for the fun. Yup. 

LISTEN TO A MOVIE:

  • Army of Darkness – 1/30/13 – Phone 
  • Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension – 1/31/13 – Computer 
  • Beauty And The Beast – 1/31/13 – Computer 
  • Joe vs. the Volcano - 2/14/13 - Driving  
  • 1941 - 2/5/13 - Computer  
  • Heathers – 2/6/13 - Driving  
  • Sky High – 2/12/13 – Phone 
  • Popeye – 2/13/13 – Phone 
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – 2/20/13 – Drive 
  • The Little Mermaid – 2/21/13 – Phone 
  • The Last Dragon – 2/21/13 – Phone
  • The Goonies – 2/24/13 – Computer 
  • The Blues Brothers – 2/26/13 – Phone 
  • The Muppet Movie – 2/27/13 – Driving
  • The Pick of Destiny – 2/28/13 – Phone
  • Creature From The Black Lagoon (w/ commentary) – 3/8/13 – Computer 
  • Tombstone – 3/8/13 – Computer 
  • The Evil Dead (w/ Commentary) – 3/11/13 – Drive 
  • Superman – 3/14/13 – Phone 
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit – 3/21/13 – Computer 
  • Dracula w/ Commentary – 3/21/13 – Computer 
  • Charlie & The Chocolate w/ Commentary – 3/11/13
  • Superman The Movie – 6/19/13 – Driving
  • The Little Mermaid – 8/5/13 – Computer

Tallying Those Movies I Watch #1

From January 1st to January 5th 2014: 9 New Movies, 3 Re-Sees.

NEW MOVIES

  • RED WATER (2003) – 01/01/14 – Netflix 

  • GLOW: THE STORY OF THE GORGEOUS LADIES OF WRESTLING (2012) – 01/01/14 – Netflix 

  • CINEMATIC TITANIC: THE OOZING SKULL (2007/1997) – 1/3/14 – Amazon Instant

  • THE CRIMINAL a.k.a. CONCRETE JUNGLE (1960) – 1/3/14 – Amazon Instant 

  • OLD DRACULA / OLD DRAC (1974) – 1/3/14 – Amazon Instant

  • PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (2014) – 1/4/14 – AMC 16 BURBANK

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  • DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: THE MYSTERIES & MENTORS OF RICKY JAY (2012) – 1/4/14 – Netflix

  • KILLER’S MOON (1978) – 1/4/14 – Netflix

  • BLACK FOREST (2012) – 1/5/14 – Netflix 

RE-SEE MOVIES: 

  • CONGO (1995) – 01/01/14 – Netflix

  • TOP SECRET (1984) – 01/02/14 – Amazon Instant

  • NEVER ON TUESDAY (1989) – 1/5/14 – Netflix

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