If you’re a regular listener of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, you’re probably familiar with the episode a few weeks ago where they talked about “Pop Culture That Makes Us Cry.” As many of my friends and family are aware, although I keep pretty cool in most situations (I like to think I have a good poker face, but I probably don’t), I’m a sucker for sentiment. The PCHH folks discussed the different films, film scores, songs and other things that make them emotional. Some of those things make them emotional because of a memory or an association from their own lives that they relate to that bit of pop culture.
Well folks, I decided to make my own list of Pop Culture that makes me cry. In no particular order, they are: [click to continue…]
One of my goals for 2013 (which I will post more about soon!) is to watch at least one movie that was made before 1980 every week. I’m pleasantly surprised to have discovered that watching one a week has lead to, well, watching more than one movie a week. I recently cancelled my Netflix subscription so I could instead either borrow movies or rediscover ones I already own, and most importantly, to support my local independent video store Video Wave, which I have already visited more times this month than all of last year. I love that place!
Today I wanted to shed a little blog light on kind of a kooky film that I actually watched when I was at home for the holidays via Roku (I think it was streaming for free on Amazon with my sister’s Amazon Prime membership) — The Long, Long Trailer (1953). My mom loves everything Lucille Ball, so she talked me into watching this silly comedy about Tacy and Nicky (ahem, Lucy and Ricky, essentially), who decide that instead of buying a traditional home it would be more cost effective to purchase an oh-so-chic trailer. Hilarity ensues.
My takeaway from this film: 1.) I forgot how much I love Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s dynamic. They have undeniable comedic chemistry and the movie is really funny. 2.) I WANT ALL OF TACY’S OUTFITS! Credit goes to costume designer Helen Rose who was also responsible for costuming memorable films such as On the Town (1949), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), and Silk Stockings (1957) (amongst many, many more) and won two Oscars for her costume work.
I threw this last photo in for fun. Isn’t Lucille Ball just an absolute beauty?
Paul Reubens and Wayne White on the set of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
I don’t think I need to say much about Beauty is Embarrassing that isn’t evident by just watching the trailer (below), or doing a quick Wikipedia search (hey, I just did it for you!). Basically, if you live in SF, or the Bay Area, get yourself to the Roxie Theater this week to catch this inspiring documentary about Wayne White, visual artist, puppeteer, and man whose world is just about as colorful as his language. I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Like many fans of good cinema, I saw Moonrise Kingdom this week. (You thought I was going to say fans of Wes Anderson, didn’t you? Well, I wasn’t. But now I guess I am, as I really loved this movie and can’t stop watching the trailer.) Basically, this was one of Wes Anderson’s best, according to me, and I think everyone should see it. It gave me warm fuzzies, it made me laugh, it made me ponder life, and it made me want to be 12-years-old again.
The one thing I couldn’t stop thinking about was how much I loved the lettering. A quick Google search and a few clicks later, I found out that it is not yet a typeface. (Update: See comments!) The lettering was hand-drawn by San Francisco-based type-designer (what about type-ologist? I think that would be a fun title) Jessica Hische. Hopefully someday it’ll be available to the masses, but for now we can enjoy it when we watch Moonrise Kingdom over and over.
Typeface coming soon… we hope!
Come to think of it… the lettering is similar to the typeface I use for my blog headings (except Hische’s is way cooler). I’m using a Google Web Font called Great Vibes. I bet it would look great in that mustard yellow too though. Anyway, what are some of your favorite uses of type in film? One that easily comes to mind is the Windsor typeface, which is used in all of Woody Allen’s films, and Wes Anderson previously used Futura in his films (Stanley Kubrick was also a big Futura fan). I wonder why more directors aren’t using Papyrus? (Just kidding, please put the tomatoes away.)
All the cool kids are doing it. (Does that statement still motivate people?) Kathleen Hanna (artist, musician, cultural activist, feminist, the list goes on and on) is one of my heroes and I really can’t get enough of her awesomeness, and I feel like this documentary will help her awesomeness reach a shit-ton more women in this country & beyond to not only learn more about her story and what she accomplished, but to be inspired to do great things.
Whatever you decide to do (donate or not donate), that’s completely up to you. But, really, we all know this is going to be a kick ass documentary. Just do it. <–
So, I realized this morning that I haven’t blogged in a month, which I normally would be upset with myself for, but this lady (points to self) has been WAY busy! Excuses aside, I thought I’d talk a little about the movies I’ve seen this summer (some more than once). [click to continue…]
“I think that’s the important thing, if you’re full of love, admiration, appreciation of the beautiful things there are in this life, you have it made, really. And I have it made.”
When I heard about Gloria Stuart’s passing on Monday, I thought… hot damn, it’s unfortunate that she’s ‘known’ for playing the role of the 100-year-old woman in Titanic (Cameron, 1996)… but maybe it isn’t so bad. She was nominated for an Academy Award, and finally gained the attention and fame that she deserved way wayyy earlier in her career. [click to continue…]
Monday night, after waiting a few days in anticipation for my next Netflix movies to arrive, I finally received two fashion-related films that I’ve been anxious to see: Brüno (Larry Charles, 2009) and Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine, 2009). Needless to say, I watched not even 5 minutes of Brüno and decided that it needed to be sent back immediately, if not sooner. Alas, it was quickly resealed in its red envelope and I then popped in Coco Becoming Chanel… within the first 30 seconds the movie was already vastly superior… ok, enough about how bad Brüno was and onto the good stuff! [click to continue…]
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975), an Australian film about a group of girls on a Boarding School trip to Hanging Rock. Taking place in the Victorian era, not only is this movie unsettling and eerie, but it’s also delightfully beautiful – a combination that makes this movie a must-see. (And, who doesn’t love black tights with white dresses?) [click to continue…]