Other Notes: Another three-hour war movie, but not another war movie. There’s something classic about this one, with its quirky characters/conversational humor in the beginning, its warmth, and its genuineness without trying too hard. More on the theme of war/the stupidity of man, but most of the focus was on the humanity and potential of man to love and live in harmony with others.
Three words to describe this film/state: Everything for one
Continental Private Hit in Leg by Cannonball (uncredited), played by Danny Nunn
Redcoat Colonel Saying ‘Make Ready!’ (uncredited), played by Marvin Schroeder
Beach Slave (uncredited), played by Kemper Sease
Redcoat Hacked to Death (uncredited), played by Phil Warren
State food/recipe to try: Barbecue / Boiled peanuts / Sweet tea / Pimento grits at Five Loaves Cafe
Earring Inspo Character: Susan Martin
Other Notes: I’m not into war movies (why do they always have to be 3+ hours long??), and this one was okay. A little cheesy in parts. What struck me the most was how utterly stupid war is–thousands of men marching in lines to their deaths, to obliterate each other–and for what? Men are astoundingly stupid, but this is nothing new. No epiphanies here. And then there’s the part where the main character is ‘loosely based’ on several real-life characters who actually affected the war and its outcome. Just as in Mississippi Burning–why bother? Just make it fiction.
I’ve been re-watching Mad Men and re-obsessing over Don Draper. In one episode, he (literally) hops over a bar and fixes an Old Fashioned like he could do it in his sleep (and he could). I realized it’s the next drink I needed to make because I need to know my classics if I’m ever going to become a real, live bartender. It’s pretty simple and highly satisfying to make. Here’s the recipe:
small white sugar cube
1/2 an orange slice
maraschino cherry (we used Bada Bing Cherries: no dyes, artificial preservatives, or HFCS)
dash of Angostura bitters
2 oz. rye whiskey
Muddle sugar, orange, and cherry with bitters. Pour in rye, add ice, and stir. Garnish with another cherry, orange slice, or both. Get back to work.
Other Notes: Wes Anderson is always a treat: the colors, the cast, the costumes, the scenic symmetry, the banter, even the fonts that he chooses. Everything is deliberate. What I love most about Moonrise is its mid-60s hazy, dreamy, muted pastel palette and the sweetness and simplicity of its story line: the protagonists fall in love via letter correspondence and want to be together. And why can’t it be that simple? It should be, but they’re children. And on the other end are Suzy’s mom and the police captain–but life is complicated. Does love draw us so strongly because we’re innately looking to escape–whether it’s a family that doesn’t understand us, a place where we never belonged, the boredom of married life, or the loneliness of island bachelorhood? Or is love itself that pure and singularly compelling?
A lot of literal earrings for a batch of movies we really enjoyed.
I didn’t care for Mary-Lou’s character–which is why these earrings are for Thomas Jerome. I did have to put her best line on the screens…the quintessential quote for all maddening, neurotic love.
Ice cubes and a slice for Tina…what else? #specialdelivery
Annie was stuck between two envious and entirely different bats.
Good old Marge! Prowler needs a jump.
I can’t say much about this pair without giving away the plot–but I love how they turned out (thanks, Jim!).
Cherry was a bit surface-y, so here are a few of her accessories.
Wendy, in her royal blue hoodie stealing cans of dog food and jumping train cars. Blue symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom, and trust; yellow means neither stop nor go but some kind of limbo here, and maybe optimism, too.
Rachel, rich with quirks and talents waiting to be discovered by anyone willing to go exploring.
Week 38: Pennsylvania (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
Quote of Interest:
“Dear Pittsburgh State Admissions,
I’m writing on behalf of someone who gave me half a year of his life at the time when I was at my most difficult to be around. He has a very low opinion of himself, which is why I think it’s necessary that you hear from someone who sees him as he actually is: A limitlessly kind, sweet, giving, and genuine person–no matter how much he would deny it. The drop in his academic performance this year is the consequence of all the time he spent with me and the time he spent making things for me and how hard that was for him. You can ask him about it, but his sort of over-the-top humility will probably get in the way. No one has done more to make me smile than he has. And no one ever could.”
Three words to describe this film/state: All that’s inside
Theater Dork,played by Marco Zappala
Stoner Student (uncredited),played by Zachary Bolen
Other Notes: A really sweet movie about the infinite worlds inside every person, if we just take the precious time to look and listen for, see and hear them–portrayed in lovely and creative ways in this Jesse Andrews YA novel adaptation. Wes Anderson and Michel Gondry fans would appreciate the dialogue, cinematotraphy, and attention to detail in this honest and genuine film.