Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 27: Nebraska (Children of the Corn)

Category: Adaptation/Horror

Quote of Interest:

“They don’t like outsiders, and they probably don’t have a phone there, either.”


Three words to describe this film/state: Corny kid cult

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Boy in front row of church scene (uncredited), played by Corey Frizzell

State food/recipe to try: Chicken-Fried Steak with corn-on-the-cob and a whiskey cocktail

Earring Inspo Character: Sarah

Other Notes: Not a lot to say about this one–not my corn cup of tea. How are there 8 sequels to this movie? Camp factor?? Awful. Children of the Corn turns 35 this year.

Grade: D

State Facts:

Next up: Nevada (Desert Hearts). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Happy Hour

Independence Drinks

Happy National Mojito Day! We went to our new friends’ house last Thursday and brought the bar (sans fab glassware, which they provided) with us.

Red, White, and Bluejito

  • A large handful of berries: strawberries/raspberries/blueberries
  • 10-15 fresh mint leaves, plus a stalk for garnish
  • 1 TBSP lime juice
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1.5 oz white rum (we used The Naked Turtle)
  • ice
  • club soda

Muddle the berries, mint leaves, lime juice, and sugar in the bottom of a highball or Collins glass until the sugar dissolves and the berries break down. Add rum and stir. Add ice and top with club soda. Stir and garnish as desired. *Straws are helpful with all the mint and fruity bits in this one. Enjoy!

Red, White, & Bluejitos
Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 26: Montana (The Horse Whisperer)

Category: Drama/Romance

Quote of Interest:

“Knowing is the easy part; saying it out loud is the hard part.”

–tom booker

Three words to describe this film/state: Coaxing to life

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Twin #1, played by Austin Schwarz
  • Twin #2, played by Dustin Schwarz
  • Handsome Cowboy, played by Curt Pate
  • Rugged Cowboy, played by Donnie Saylor

State food/recipe to try: Montana Wild Chokecherry Liqueur

Earring Inspo Character: Annie

Other Notes: This one’s a little drawn-out. Without so many long pauses, longing stares, cross-country trips, and eternally-patient cowboys, an hour could have been shaved off of this nearly three-hour film. Although THW came before The Notebook, we had to laugh at the barn scene near the end for its similarities. We already laugh at The Notebook scene because of this meme:

And the jeans! There are so many bad jeans in this film. I can see the ranch jeans, but New York?? Come on, you’re a magazine editor. Was 1998 the black hole of blue jeans? Apparently. I do admire the actors in this–a young ScarJo, bitchin’ Kristin Scott Thomas, and always-rugged Robert Redford, whose mad whispering skills slayed everyone around him.

Grade: C+

State Facts:

Next up: Nebraska (Children of the Corn). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 25: Missouri (Winter’s Bone)

Category: Thriller/Indie

Quote of Interest:

“Never ask for what ought to be offered.”


Three words to describe this film/state: Stark survival mode

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Singer at Party, played by Marideth Sisco
  • Spider Milton (uncredited), played by Brandon Gray
  • Auction viewer (uncredited), played by Tony Teebo

State food/recipe to try: Bacon Fat-Fried Cornbread

Earring Inspo Character: Ree

Other Notes: We enjoyed this rewatch and wondered how much of the The Ozarks was inspired by this film and the characters in it (Ree = Ruth, The Miltons = The Snells?). Sheryl Lee of Laura Palmer fame made an appearance, something I’d missed before not having been the hardcore Twin Peaks fan I am now. That felt right. A good slice-of-life/thriller combo. I could watch S.O.L.s all day–little peeks into the likely worlds of others. Watching Jennifer Lawrence again in her breakthrough role was a treat.

Grade: A

State Facts:

Next up: Montana (The Horse Whisperer). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 24: Mississippi (Mississippi Burning)

Category: Drama/Thriller

Quote of Interest:

“Hatred isn’t something you’re born with. It gets taught.”

–Mrs. Pell

Three words to describe this film/state: Legion of Hate

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Pecan Vendor, played by Jesse Merle Speaks
  • Angry Reporter on Bridge (uncredited), played by W. Mitchell Morgan

State food/recipe to try: Soul food / Mississippi Catfish and Hushpuppies / Bloody Marys with Cathead Vodka

Earring Inspo Character: Mrs. Pell

Other Notes: This brutally powerful film is classified as a drama/thriller but is actually inspired by real events. We didn’t know that going in (don’t remember that info being in the intro). It makes me a little crazy when a movie that’s based on actual happenings takes full-on creative license with fact-changing–for example, who told where the bodies were buried. We don’t know anything about ‘Mr. X’ except that he was a Klan informant who was paid $30K. There were no African-American FBI agents in those days, either. The Bureau was dramatically portrayed as the heroes who wrapped things up nicely and neatly, when in reality, Mississippi Justice Department lead prosecutor John Doar was possibly more instrumental in the trial that ultimately convicted 7 of 15 defendants, none of whom served more than 10 years. English director Alan Parker’s justification for such fabrications was to reach a wider audience with the film. I suppose in the movie production world, ‘inspired by’ and ‘based on’ are two entirely different things. Ironically, the actual events took place near Philadelphia (city of ‘brotherly love’), Mississippi. June 21st marks the 55th anniversary of the 3 murders, ones that captured the nation’s attention in such a way as to effect the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The movie had 24 nominations and 17 wins, including the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

And another thing: trumpet-pitcher flowers don’t look like that but are indeed found in that part of the country. Those white flowers were probably some kind of allium. Why lie about it? Come ON!

Trumpet pitcher and gecko resident (or victim??)

Grade: B+

State Facts:

Next up: Missouri (Winter’s Bone). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Making Stuff

Make It Monday

Jim is now my official apprentice for sculpted earrings.

From the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter

Coal to diamonds was Loretta Lynn’s theme in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Who doesn’t love a good rags-to-riches story? We have a new appreciation for her music, too.

From the movie The Big Easy

Mama, played by the interesting and talented Grace Zabriskie, was the only compelling character in this film. I just found out that she hails from New Orleans, which explains her spot-on accent/dialect in the movie. We don’t know much about Mama, since none of the characters really had much ‘character,’ but her crazy-eyed expressions tell me she’d be the type to wear shrimps for jewelry.

From the movie The Iron Giant

Beep-bop-boop, you’re wired. I don’t think the Iron Giant would wear earrings–do robot aliens even get fashion?–but if he did, they might be made of self-screwing robot bolts with some extra gears for good measure.

From the movie Cry-Baby

Although I couldn’t stand this movie, it was still fun to create a pair of cartoony earrings for Wanda, the character I kept mistaking for Rebecca De Mornay. She was the coolest. Her go-to expression is pretty relevant, embellished with black tears.

From the movie Good Will Hunting

Sweet-as-apples (how d’ya like them?) Skylar. I had the most fun making the napkin grooves, which I hammered into the leather using a long bolt.

From the movie Only Lovers Left Alive

Type O negative blood-on-a-stick. The only type for cultured vampires (obviously). The handles are also fangs (duh). #tildaforever #tildaliterallyforever

From the movie Purple Rain

It’s understood that none of this movie’s characters are ever going to be a match for Prince’s sparkly charisma, so these earrings are inspired by him but worn–asymmetrically, of course–by Apollonia.

Happy Hour

Drink for a Prince

We watched Purple Rain on Monday for The Movie Project, and I knew there had to be a drink out there that was lovely in lavender and just as delicious. I found one of my favorite cocktail recipes and modified it a bit. Let’s call this one “Purple Rain”:

Purple Rain

  • 2 oz. of your favorite gin
  • 1/2 oz. of Creme de Violette Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. of St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • a good squeeze of lime juice
  • edible glitter (buy it here or make it at home)

If you possess some of the magic that is edible glitter, garnish your glass rim with it. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a small martini glass. Put on your raspberry beret and enjoy!