Movie Night Monday

The Bill-da (Bill Murray/Tilda Swinton) Movie Project

Week 1: The Rutles: All You Need is Cash (1978)

Category: Comedy/Musical

Quote of Interest:

“Well, one day this rather odd chap hopped into the office. He’d been to see virtually everyone in the business and been shown the door. He asked to see MY door, but I wouldn’t show it to him. Instead, he showed me the photographs and tapes of the Rutles. They were pretty rough, but they had something…I think it was the trousers.”

–archie macaw

Bill Murray’s role: Bill Murray the K.

Best ‘Extras’:

  • A Hells Angel, played by Ron Wood
  • A Queen of England, played by Jeannette Charles
  • Sleazy Merchandiser, played by Lorne Michaels
  • German Streetwalker, played by Tania Kosevich

One sentence: Entertaining watch: Monty Python meets Help! meets Police Squad.

Grade: B+

Next up: Meatballs (1979); follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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The Movie Project

Week 50: Wyoming (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

Category: Drama/Fantasy

Quote of Interest:


–sign held by ufo watcher

Three words to describe this film/state: This means something

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Implantee, played by Amy Douglass
  • Implantee, played by Alexander Lockwood
  • Ohio Tolls, played by Norman Bartold
  • Sunburned Old Man, played by Eumenio Blanco

State food/recipe to try: Chicken-fried steak / Chokecherry preserves / White chicken chili

Earring Inspo Character: Jillian Guiler

Other Notes: I don’t recall ever having seen this classic, and liked it more than I’d thought I would. Featuring a crazed encounterer Richard Dreyfuss and strangely nonchalant mother Melinda Dillon, Close Encounters was an interesting and entertaining watch. It did stress me out–not from suspense but from the mess Dreyfuss’ character was making everywhere. I tend to not like movies where destruction and mess ensue (poor ducks). The main alien looked like a nasty plastic-wrapped spider that was missing a few legs and trying to conduct a bizarre symphony orchestra. A little long of a film, but with some funny quotes.

Grade: B+

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Week 49: Wisconsin (The Giant Spider Invasion)

Category: Horror/Sci-Fi

Quote of Interest:

“You’re so dumb, you wouldn’t know rabbit turds from Rice Krispies.”

–dan kester

Three words to describe this film/state: Hairy, leggy monsters

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Helicopter Pilot (voice), played by David B. Hoff
  • Gas Pump Kid (uncredited), played by Joel Thingvall

State food/recipe to try: Brandy old-fashioned sweet / Beer-cheese soup / Fried cheese curds / Friday fish fry / Culver’s butter burgers

Earring Inspo Character: Terry

Other Notes: Finally, a movie worthy of Mystery Science Theater 3000! So bad it’s good and then bad again. I vaguely remember this being on TV when I was little and of course being terrified of it, but I buried that shit way deep. I also remember my dad taking me and my brother to see Arachnophobia after my first day of fifth grade (the same dad who tortured his 3 sisters growing up playing shark in the pool and dropping metal soldiers hot from the oven into their hands). Why am I living in the woods again?? Those Mexican red knees were really pretty though. An absurd and entertaining film.

Grade: C+

State Facts:

Next up: Wyoming (Close Encounters of the Third Kind). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Happy Hour

Drinking to a New Decade

I’d like to think that Gatsby would drink a drink like this, a simple and sophisticated blend of gin, Canton ginger, and lemon and shining like the gold stars above. Mix one up and be so Art Deco out on the floor as you ring in the new 20s tonight.

Gatsby Goldy

Shake first 3 ingredients with ice and strain over ice into lowball glass. Top with club soda and stir in gold cocktail glitter. Happy 2020!

Gatsby Goldy

Lists, Lists, Lists

Reading List 2019

  • I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson (autobiographical)
  • Calypso by David Sedaris (autobiographical: reread)
  • Barrel Fever by David Sedaris (autobiographical: reread)
  • The Tao of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards (biographical)
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (fun fiction read)
  • You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey (autobiographical)
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (creative-inspirational: friend recommendation)
  • Please Stop the Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey (silly fun read)
  • Squeaky Poems by Jack Handey (silly fun read)
  • Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker (autobiographical)
  • Post Office by Charles Bukowski (autobiographical: reread)
  • Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski (autobiographical)
  • Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch (creative-inspirational: friend recommendation)

I think I read more this year than last year, and would like to read even more in 2020 (I’ll probably start with Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism to inspire me to invest in less screen-oriented ‘activity’ in the new year). Autobiographies were the thing in 2019, and that makes sense to the subconscious me, on my own voyage of self-rediscovery after losing said self before we moved from NJ and our crazy art business there.

Some titles I’d like to read in the start of the new decade:

  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (psych/self-help)
  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (psych/self-help: friend recommendation)
  • 52 Lists for Calm by Moorea Seal (psych/self-help)
  • The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan (psych/self-help: friend recommendation)
  • This Book Will Change Your Life: 365 Daily Instructions for Hysterical Living by Benrik (creative-inspirational)
  • Everything that Can Happen in a Day by David Horvitz (creative-inspirational)
  • The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. (non-fiction/psych/self-help)
  • I’m Just Here for the Drinks by Sother Teague (history/recipe: gift from a friend)
  • Mockingbird Wish Me Luck by Charles Bukowski (poetry/autobiographical)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (fiction: gift from a friend)
  • David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium edited by Jeffrey Jenkins (creative-inspirational/autobiographical: signed copy!)

I’d like to finish the following:

  • The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danziger and Catherine Birndorf, M.D. (psych/self-help)
  • Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, it Starts to Sag by Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth (psych/self-help)
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (non-fiction)
  • Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper (history/non-fiction: signed {by now-friend} copy!)
  • A Year in the Life of Andy Warhol by David Dalton with photographs by David McCabe (biographical: gift from a friend)

Worth a re-read:

  • Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton (autobiographical)
  • The World According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers (autobiographical/inspirational: gift from a friend)
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson (psych/self-help)
  • 14,000 Things to be Happy About. by Barbara Ann Kipfer (creative-inspirational; still-highlighted copy from middle school)

A bit ambitious, but I’ll revisit this list in a year to see what I got through…undoubtedly there will be others making their way into my hands along the way.

Lists, Lists, Lists

The Year in Music

I really got into music again this year–it is my poetry of choice for catharsis. It’s typically been daydreamy/shoegaze-y sounds evoking feelings of desire, despair, joy, love, romance, and sadness (and usually some heart-wrenching combo of those) that have always drawn me in. I don’t even have to know the words or have them make complete sense (ie, Grimes or Blonde Redhead/Kazu) for me to get lost in them because the emotions are so well-conveyed by the artists. This is my year of feelings in music:

  • Beach House (esp. 7, B-Sides and Rarities, Depression Cherry, Bloom)
  • Bjork (anything–a new love)
  • Blonde Redhead (Barragan, Penny Sparkle, 23, Misery is a Butterfly)
  • Cemetaries (Barrow, The Wilderness–so in new love)
  • Chromatics (everything)
  • Cigarettes after Sex (everything–new love)
  • Depeche Mode (particularly Ultra)
  • Grimes (anything, and especially Visions)
  • Kazu Makino (Adult Baby, so good!)
  • Lana del Rey (NFR! and all else)
  • Morrissey (always)
  • Porcelain Raft (anything)
  • Still Corners (anything)
  • Twin Peaks Soundtrack station on Pandora (that Lykke Li)
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The Movie Project

Week 48: West Virginia (The Night of the Hunter)

Category: Crime/Thriller

Quote of Interest:

“It’s a hard world for little things.”

–rachel cooper

Three words to describe this film/state: Murder and Manipulation

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Bart the Hangman (uncredited), played by Paul Bryar
  • Burlesque Dancer (uncredited), played by Gloria Pall

State food/recipe to try: Ramps and fried potatoes / Apple dumplings / Buckwheat pancakes

Earring Inspo Character: Pearl Harper

Other Notes: The most interesting thing about this movie (to me) was that we saw something in it we’d seen in another state movie this year (New York’s Do the Right Thing). Apparently, the LOVE/HATE knuckles in Spike Lee’s film were an homage to The Night of the Hunter, a personal favorite of his. Pretty, pretty cool. Shot with play-like sets, this was a genuinely creepy movie. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, a hymn I sang in church growing up, will never be the same to me. The poor children in this film were terrorized and abused from start to finish. And that little Pearl’s round doll face as she guarded her own doll with her life…irresistible.

Grade: B

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Next up: Wisconsin (The Giant Spider Invasion). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.