Thursday, February 27, 2014

Walkabout: Australian Classic Cinema on Xanaland

I really didn't know how to title this blog, I only knew that for some reason this film resonated with me this month, I think I thought it was actually in South Africa, but I was happy to see it was set in Australia since the Xanaland familia has friends there right now. I also think it's a good film for spring and yet set apart from all the depressing IRA movies we all tend to watch in March, I mean you can only watch Boondock Saints  so many times! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hug Hug Kiss Kiss Ta Ta Shirley Temple! The World Says Goodbye to The Littlest Rebel

When I heard Shirley Temple died today, it didn't affect me in any way. But as I looked for photographs and links to share, feeling more obliged than anything to write about it, I found myself in a very vulnerable place and was suddenly ten years old again and watching a Shirley Temple movie with my grandma. I thought "Oh no, I have no time for this nostalgia today!" Within twenty minutes into 'The Littlest Rebel,' I had tear-soaked cheeks. The part where she paints her face black to hide from the Yankees is adorable. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

14 Days of Strange Love in Cinema ~ American Beauty ~ Sancho Goes Ape Over This Movie!

There are so many reasons to love this movie. It is a strange tale full of surprises and twists that makes one think about their mortality, life choices and upbringing in a really powerful and sexy way. This scene is probably not too far from what happens in the lives of plenty of people. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

14 Days of Strange Love with Harold & Maude~ Don't Be Shy, You Know You Love This Movie.

If you want to be free, be free. What a concept. If you haven't seen and do not love Harold and Maude, then something's wrong with you and you should find it and watch it immediately! 

 I don't think another movie has even attempted to duplicate even one of the delicate aspects of this movie, much less several. Faking suicides. Overbearing wealthy mothers have never been depicted so perfectly. And the romance that blossoms between these two unique human beings is simply beautiful. 

Harold's fascination with the macabre perfectly mirrors Maude's quirky outlook on life. She shows him how to "make the most"  out of life on this planet through art and music, namely learning to play the banjo. 

And what an ending -- her "lovely farewell," not so much a suicide as a carefully planned and well-lived life. May we all have the open mind to live and love this freely. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

14 Days of Strange Love on Xanaland: Flash Gordon's Alive!

Prince Vulcan, the pirate-smiled leader of the winged bird-like Hawk Men is living proof that being an almost villain, or a 
"half-villain" doesn't mean you can't 
live a fulfilling and normal life!

Hawk Fever in Seattle continues, and this was the first movie that came to mind this morning as we prepare for the Superbowl against Denver, just moments away now. I thought, what's a good soundtrack/movie for today? 

Disqus for at the drive in