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Again, some of these are older because I let them pile up.

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Nov. 24th, 2016 01:09 pm
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A bunch of links I've been saving for the past few months. Maybe I should do this monthly, they do pile up.

Short Films
Short Stories

  • They used "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen in Donnie Darkos theatrical cut, but "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS in the directors one. They are both georgous songs, but I think "TKM" works better. Also, I probably wouldn't have heard any Echo songs for years if it hadn't been for that movie. Whereas, my mom and sister are big INXS fans, so I would have heard "NTUA" at some point.

  • An Antiques Roadshow appraisal of Ray Bradbury books.

  • Another one for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I didn't like that book too much, but this was sweet.

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Written by a South East Asian Author: The Ghost Bride by Yangzee Choo
Biography: The Girl Who Walked Home Alone by Charlotte Chandler
Feminist: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Science: Cosmos by Carl Sagan (still currently reading)
Set in the Middle East: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Notable Mentions of non-challenge books:

  1. Laika by Nick Abadzis

  2. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton

  3. The Assisstants by Camille Perri (goodreads win)

  4. more of the Dublin Murder Squad series

  5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

  6. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  7. The Master of Blacktower by Barbara Michaels (must get more gothic romance, even if it's trashy)

  8. The Boss by Abigail Barnette

  9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

I've been thinking of a scene in Freedom Writers (one of the more condescending white teacher+black/brown students movies), it goes like: the students are reading Diary of a Young Girl. One girl excitedly says something like "OMG, do Peter and Anne hook up?" The movie is about the poor education system, so you can't blame students for not knowing much about the Holocaust. BUT how does Hilary Swanks character reply? Something like "You just have to keep reading and find out... [smirk]"

I didn't think of it much back then, but now I'm like WTF?! This isn't Gone Girl!
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Book you started and never finished: Hatchet (1987) by Gary Paulsen

  • at least I think I never got to finish it in grade 8

Not part of the challenge: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) by Maya Angelou

  • My copy is an retired library/first edition. It is well worn and has student notes in it.

Not part of the challenge: Springtime Begins in March (1968) by Jean Little

Book that was made into a movie: Howl's Moving Castle (1986) by Diana Wynne Jones

  • Originally, I was going to use Black Beauty, then I changed my mind to Fugitive Pieces, then this.

  • Need to see the movie again

Not part of the challenge: Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness (2006) by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Non-fiction: Secret Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film (2006) by Eric G. Wilson

  • He's sort of snobby, but it has some interesting stuff in it. I am putting some of the bibliography on my to-read list.

  • This used to be Other Sister's book. I don't think she got much out of it, I doubt she saw most of those movies.

  • He used the word crepuscular alot. It's now one of my favourite words.

  • He seems extra anti-Tom Cruise, but he had a point about Vanilla Sky.

Filmography for Secret Cinema (other movies were mentioned through out the book though):
Read more... )
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My great aunt was named after Marlene Dietrich, she was my great grandfathers favourite actress. I like to imagine him sitting in a theatre in the 30s, watching the gorilla suit scene from Blonde Venus and thinking “I’m going to name my firstborn daughter after her”.


Feb. 17th, 2015 06:34 pm
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  • OMG, ravens mimicking human speech! I assumed they would be squawky like parrots. I was wrong. Could you imagine hearing that come from a tree while you're walking down a lonely, foggy street?

  • Newly released book personality quiz? I got Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman.

  • Hahahahaha. At least some women in the Bible got to decapitate some people though.

  • Really good.

  • So friggin' cute. "No need to cry", I did anyway.

  • An article about how some characters in books don't make it into the movies. It's so strange, because I totally remember seeing Winky crying in her stained pink dress all drunk on butterbeer.

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by Marya Gates

It's strange saying an Adrian Lyne movie is less misogynistic, but maybe just watch 9 1/2 Weeks instead. Pretty much the same plot, but Elizabeth is a way better character than Ana. I understand the appeal of John Gray more than the appeal of Christian Grey. It's all 80's like. (Spoilers) When she leaves him, it's kind of sad, but it's what is best for her. And you know she isn't going back.
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  1. Gilbert Gottfried reads 50 Shades of Grey, omg

  2. The Yellow Wallpaper, also listened to it on Librivox

  3. Johnny Cash - Chicken in Black

  4. Have to see some more Bollywood movies. Like Dil Se.

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I want to watch at least one movie directed by a woman per week. By movie, I mean non-doc and feature length. Though documentaries and shorts are important.

Two good resources on tumblr:

  1. oldfilmsflicker

  2. fuckyeahwomenfilmdirectors

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There's a Steve Martin movie from the 80's called Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. It's a parody of film-noirs that has a bunch of clips from classic noirs edited into it. Steve gets to "kiss" Fred MacMurray. Anyway, here are the movies that were used and I've indicated the ones I've seen because of LISTS!

  1. Suspicion (1941)

  2. Johnny Eager (1941)

  3. This Gun for Hire (1942)

  4. The Glass Key (1942)

  5. Keeper of the Flame (1942)

  6. Double Indemnity (1944)

  7. The Lost Weekend (1945)

  8. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

  9. Notorious (1946)

  10. The Big Sleep (1946)

  11. The Killers (1946)

  12. Deception (1946)

  13. Humoresque (1946)

  14. Dark Passage (1947)

  15. I Walk Alone (1948)

  16. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

  17. The Bribe (1949)

  18. White Heat (1949)

  19. In a Lonely Place (1950)

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I love movie lists as much a book lists! From this list.

1. Ace in the Hole (1951) - Billy Wilder
2. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - John Huston
3. The Big Combo (1955) - Joseph H. Lewis. Might have to see it again though, I only remember the torture scene and that Lee Van Cleef was in it.
4. The Big Heat (1953) - Fritz Lang. Can't remember if I've seen it or not.
5. The Big Sleep (1946) - Howard Hawks. Need to re-watch.
6. Crime Wave (1954) - André de Toth
7. D.O.A. (1950) - Rudolph Maté
8. Detour (1945) - Edgar G. Ulmer
9. Double Indemnity (1944) - Billy Wilder
10. Gilda (1946) - Charles Vidor
11. Gun Crazy (1950) - Joseph H. Lewis. Really good.
12. The Hitch-Hiker (1953) - Ida Lupino. Really good.
13. In a Lonely Place (1950) - Nicholas Ray
14. The Killing (1956) - Stanley Kubrick
15. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - Robert Aldrich *
16. The Lady from Shanghai (1947) - Orson Welles
17. Laura (1944) - Otto Preminger. Love.
18. The Maltese Falcon (1941) - John Huston
19. Mildred Pierce (1945) - Michael Curtiz

20. Night and the City (1950) - Jules Dassin
21. The Night of the Hunter (1955) - Charles Laughton. LOVE.
22. Out of the Past (1947) - Jacques Tourneur
23. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) - Tay Garnett. Lana Turners outfits!
24. Raw Deal (1948) - Anthony Mann
25. The Set-Up (1949) - Robert Wise
26. Sunset Blvd. (1950) - Billy Wilder. LOVE.
27. Sweet Smell of Success (1957) - Alexander Mackendrick **
28. The Third Man (1949) - Carol Reed. Need to re-watch.
29. This Gun For Hire (1942) - Frank Tuttle
30. Touch of Evil (1958) - Orson Welles

* This is what got me into film-noir. Before that, I thought all film-noir was bad narration by a private detective who smacks his love interest at least once. Some are, but many of these aren't. This movie is actually a bit surreal.
** This was the first Burt Lancaster movie I ever saw. Then I saw him in a lot of other movies where he was sort of an asshole or uptight. So I assumed that was the type he played. Then I saw The Rose Tattoo and was very confused.
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Not enough Halloween suitable movies, but I really liked all of these. They are all on Youtube.

  1. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

  2. Phenomena/Creepers (1985) only the second Dario Argento movie that I have seen.

  3. Day of the Dead (1985), not as good as Dawn, but oh my gawd Bub is adorable.

  4. The Raven (1935) poor Karloff.

  5. Messiah of Evil (1973) Was much better than anticipated. The women characters were not horrible like they usually are in these kinds of movies. The scene in the theatre was very effective and I actually felt sorry for that character.

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Spooky or Horror movies

  1. The Worst Witch (1986)*, I used to watch the tv series and it's spin-off (had a crush on Hobbes) when I was young. It's cheesy and loveable. I loved that the girls had pink flannel pentacle sheets on their bed. I love that Miss Hardbroom had bat earrings. She also had a pentagram chalkboard, that didn't seem very practical to me.

  2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)*, I really liked it. The remake was bleh.

  3. Two adaptations of Carmilla (both on youtube). One was The Vampire Lovers (1970)*. It was mostly boobs and sad Peter Cushing. Which is fine. That lime green dress that Carmilla wore pissed me off though. The second was an episode of Nightmare Classics*, that didn't work out very well. I liked the cast though: Meg Tilly, Ione Skye, Roddy McDowall and the dude from Beauty and the Beast* (the series from the 80's).

  4. Oculus (2013). I actually kind of liked it. It was kind of intense at times. I like horror movies that are about brothers and sisters, rather than couples. It's too bad Jeepers Creepers was directed by a pedophile.

  5. I, Frankenstein (2014) Just bleh.

  6. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980)* with Jeff Goldblum as Ichabod! It was cute, kind of like The Watsons but with ghosts.

  7. The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)*. Was nice and pre-codey.

  8. The Last Day on Mars (2013). Liev Schrieber, Olivia Williams and Elias Koteas, you know I'm there. The director made a short film called Blinky that is super creepy and good.

  9. Metropolis (1927). So good and strange. Really long, but worth it.

Regular movies

  1. 12 Years A Slave (2013). Really good, but like all Steve McQueen movies, I will probably never watch it again. I do want to read Solomon Northup's book.

  2. When Night is Falling (1995). I liked it. Had that odd Canadian feel. I wish they would have given Petra a little more back story or something. The ending was strange.

  3. Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955). I'd say, only watch it for the costumes. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is much better. Though the name doesn't make much sense. It should be The Blonde Prefers Rich Dudes and the Brunette Prefers Olympic Swimmers and Poor Private Detectives. Or maybe that's too long.

  4. Murder in the First (1995). Pretty good, I really love how it was shot.

  5. Operation Petticoat (1959) Usually submarine movies do not do it for me (U-571 made me fall asleep, I can't remember The Hunt for Red October. I liked Run Silent, Run Deep, but maybe that was mostly for Burt Lancaster), but I liked this. Maybe beacause it's a comedy. Maybe I can only watch submarine movies if they have a sense of humor and aren't bone dry like U-571 and The Hunt.

* on youtube, the Worst Witch series might be on there too. I watched Metropolis on Netflix, but it's probably on Youtube.
Here's a NSFW photo shoot of Burt Lancaster.
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Van Helsing wards the Count off with an envelope of Holy Wafer. Why have they never used that in a movie? OMG, hilarious.

Dracula quotes the Bible, 'cuz he's kinky like that.

Jonathon is still a moron.

I don't know if I wrote this before or not. My sister and I went to see a double feature of Dracula and Frankenstein last October. The ones from the 30's. Dracula was a lot more boring than I remember. Renfield was great in the pre-Code lunatic sort of way. Frankenstein was still pretty good, they should have showed it with Bride of Frankenstein instead.
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Recently, Harpy told us that she went to see A Clockwork Orange when it came out. She would have been 35 and went with her cousin. If you knew this woman, you would be "OMG, she went to see an x-rated movie that was banned (I think) in several countries!" She said they were too embarrassed to talk about it afterwards. This is a woman who refuses to buy a Dirt Devil vacuum.


Jul. 31st, 2011 02:26 pm
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1. Two movies with an Edgar Allen Poe character (Ben Chaplin directed by Coppola and John Cusack directed by James McTeigue)
2. Two Snow White movies (Kristen Stewart directed by Rupert Sanders and Lily Collins directed by Tarsem Signh)
3. Two movies about Linda Lovelace (Malin Åkerman directed by Matthew Wilder and apparently Kate Hudson)
4. Two movies about Vivaldi (Max Irons directed by Boris Damast, not sure about the other one)

1. Dangeous Liaisons* (Stephen Frears) and Valmont (Miloš Forman)
2. Volcano (Mick Jackson) and Dante's Peak (Roger Donaldson)
3. Armageddon (Michael Bay) and Deep Impact (Mimi Leder)
4. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan) and The Illusionist (Neil Burger)
5. Capote (Bennett Miller) and Infamous (Douglas McGrath)
6. Coco Avant Chanel (Anne Fontaine) and Coco & Igor (Jan Kounen)
7. No Strings Attached (Ivan Reitman) and Friends With Benefits (Will Gluck)

That's all I can think of.

* Didn't know it was spelled that way, hm...
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Didn't get to see "Wizard of Oz" on the big screen. Ho hum. But we did see "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest". May is "Sound of Music" month. Hurrah.
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We went to see Dr. Zhivago yesterday. As predicted, was absoloutley gorgeous on the big screen. The first time I saw it, I was watching it at 3am and kept dozing off. The digital thing messed up twice: during one scene it got all pixelled up, and when it came back from intermission the visual was gone. Still, it's was wonderful to see. Next month is Wizard of Oz.

February is the shortest month, but it feels like forever since it began.


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