22 August 2010

Self-Isolation. I hope.

Today, my lovelies, is move-in day at my college.

Thankfully, I've been here for a week to help with International Orientation, so I'm free to sit in my room all day and watch as my fellow students cart their luggage to their respective rooms. The suckers. ;)

I'm off today, and have planned a delightful Netflix marathon for myself, consisting of--

  • Cool Hand Luke ('cause I missed it yesterday)*
  • After the Thin Man, which happens to be the only one I've not yet seen, and made twice as nice by the fact that it doesn't have the woefully obtrusive Nick, Jr., who always reminded me --and not in a good way-- of the kid from The Dick Van Dyke Show.
  • Elevator to the Gallows, my first venture into Jeanne Moreau land.
Might watch another, if time allows. I'm thinking Klute, Father Goose, Sleuth, or whatever else catches my eye. There are just too many options on Netflix, and in some ways, availability breeds disinterest. For me, at least. I know it's there, so there's no real rush or urgency to see it. Does that make sense? No, probably not. I'm just being lazy.

Also, was looking for some recommendations-- I know a lot about melodramas, but haven't actually seen too many. I'm talking the Douglas Sirk variety, or for later years Tennessee Williams adaptations. I always convince myself they're not my cup of tea, but when I do watch them, I enjoy them 'same as anyone else. So let's hear 'em-- what are your favorites?

*doubly unfortunate, as it was presented on TCM by my manlove, Alec Baldwin

09 February 2010

A Century's Worth of Favorites.

It's 2010, see? How cool is that? If you take 2010 and subtract 1910, what do you get? That's right, kiddos-- one hundred years, aka a century's worth of movies for me (or you, or that guy) to enjoy and discuss.

I know, I know..."What about The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903?" Or, "What about The Horse in Motion, everyone's favorite flicker from 1878??" No thanks. I'm not including those because 1) I haven't seen them, and 2) I have a hunch they wouldn't be my favorites.

So here we are, back at the start. Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule has created a list --this list-- of favorite films from the past 100 years. Being the idea-thief that I am, I thought it'd be fun to try a list of my own. And you know what?-- it was. :)


Sadie Thompson

Pandora’s Box

The Passion of Joan of Arc


Gone With the Wind

The Lady Vanishes

Stage Door

Baby Face


Captain Blood

Bringing Up Baby

The Bride of Frankenstein

Top Hat

Marked Woman

His Girl Friday


Meet Me in St. Louis

Shadow of a Doubt

The Lady Eve

The Major and the Minor

The Heiress

My Name is Julia Ross


Children of Paradise

A Letter to Three Wives

Brief Encounter

Unfaithfully Yours

Ball of Fire

Double Indemnity

Sweater Girl


All About Eve

Auntie Mame

Pillow Talk

Singin’ in the Rain

Nights of Cabiria

Les diaboliques

The Earrings of Madame De…




The Moon Spinners

In Cold Blood

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid


Wait Until Dark

Faster Pussycat Kill Kill

The Knack and How to Get It


Eyes Without a Face


The World of Henry Orient

Who Kaun Thi

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

Divorce, Italian Style

Tokyo Drifter


Paper Moon

The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane


Grey Gardens

The Godfather

The Stepford Wives

What’s Up Doc

The Last Picture Show


Two Lane Blacktop

Who Saw Her Die


Picnic at Hanging Rock





Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Peking Opera Blues

The Thin Blue Line



Dead Again

Playing by Heart

The Hudsucker Proxy


Waiting for Guffman

Girl, Interrupted


Wild at Heart

Beauty and the Beast

Pulp Fiction

Withnail and I

Dead Man


Cape Fear

Muriel’s Wedding

Small Time Crooks

Ghost World



Kill Bill vol. 1

Kill Bill vol. 2


The Fall

The Royal Tenenbaums

Kamikaze Girls

In the Mood for Love

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Memories of Murder

Big Fish

**Before yelling at me, you should check out the Sergio Leone site-- he explains that I don't hafta put critically acclaimed movies on here if I don't wanna. :)

07 February 2010

Awards-- Now with 20 percent more random images!

Well, well, well. Seems it's overdue, this new post. Let's see...

A while ago, before I became a lame blogger/procrastinator extraordinaire, I was nominated for a Kreativ (it's s'posed to be spelled like that-- promise) Blogger Award. And with that came some rules...

1. Thank the one who gave it to you.

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
---Hm, I don't really want to...but this counts for something, yeah? Aw heck...

3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
---Well. Obviously.

4. Name 7 things about you that people think are interesting.*
---I was born on a Friday the 13th.

---When I'm bored, I play a game involving Sally Field movies and their titles. It rocks. And you should ask about it. :D
---I constantly confuse Greer Garson and Germaine Greer. Just the names. Still, makes me seem awfully silly.
---I have this recurring dream where I'm Little Edie and developing alopecia. But I totally rock the head scarves.
---Fran Dresher is totally following me on Twitter.***

---A sheynim dank dir im pupik. Which, translated literally, means "put it in your bellybutton." Though it could also mean "when I went through my Babs phase I realllly wanted to be Jewish."
---I'm a pathological liar. **

5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Blogs/Bloggers.

Can do, will do, did.

*I don't guarantee any of this to be interesting. Mainly, they're just facts about me I like.
**Meh. Kidding. Let's play the accordion? :)
***So what if she's following, like 9000 people. I count. ;)

28 January 2010

J.D.--last of my heroes

Well, I'm sad. Yeah, like...definitely. Speechless. Well, nearly speechless.
J.D. Salinger, brilliant man, writer, superhero, slayer of dragons, all around terrific human--
died today.

I know I didn't know him personally, and Holden hated phonies--
so I'll stress how sincere I am.

Like, he was brilliant. He said many times he liked seeing "movies"--
Not "films"-- "movies."

His favorite was The 39 Steps. Which made me grin to no end when I found out. How terrific is that?

Catcher in the Rye was (and I doubt I'm alone in this) the book that made me want to be a writer. The book that made me realize-- casual writing can be good too-- often has even more truth than other work.

But really, he will be missed. RIP J.D. You were too cool.

17 January 2010

Look at Me, Keeping Up-- Or Sundays Can Be Slow

Hey there kids, what's new? You're doing well? That's good to hear. Who, me? Yeah-- it's going pretty amazingly for me too. I've just arrived back at school from winter break, and the first week is over. It's odd-- I love going home, but after a while I actually started to miss the school routine, so was glad to be back.

This semester I've switched rooms, going from a double with 2 suite mates to having a single room all to myself (plus balcony) and only one suite mate. We share a bathroom. Golly gee, it's swell. The first thing I noticed when I stepped into the room were the walls. So bare, they looked. Well, I thought to myself, whatever shall I do?

Just kidding. I had to have posters, of course! Luckily, I'd brought with me a few...

But still, I was woefully in need of more. So, to eBay I went-- and now I eagerly await the arrival of my purchases...

And then last night, when I arrived back at the dorm, there was a poster next to my door with a note that said "To Juliette, if you want it." And then an extension number. was a Frankenstein poster. How freaking cool is that? people here are terrific.

Really-- it's too much fun. I love being able to (yeah, yeah, cliche alert) express my tastes on the walls of my room. But enough about me, what are some new (by that I mean old) movies you guys can recommend? I have entirely too much time to sit and view them now. And it's....bliss. :)