Movie Night Monday

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Week 41: South Dakota (Dances with Wolves)

Category: Drama/Epic Western

Quote of Interest:

“Somebody back east is sayin’, ‘Why don’t he write??'”


Three words to describe this film/state: Accepted and adopted

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Pretty Shield, played by Doris Leader Charge
  • Toughest Pawnee, played by Wes Studi

State food/recipe to try: Hot beef commercial / Kuchen / Pasties / Wojapi with Indian fry bread / Tanka bars

Earring Inspo Character: Stands with a Fist

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.

Grade: A-

State Facts:

Next up: Tennessee (Nashville). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Week 40: South Carolina (The Patriot)

Category: Action/War

Quote of Interest:

“Aim small, miss small.”

–benjamin martin

Three words to describe this film/state: Everything for one

Best ‘Extras’:

  • 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.

Grade: B-

State Facts:

Next up: South Dakota (Dances with Wolves). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Happy Hour

Friday, Jr.

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:

Old Fashioned

  • 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.

It’s Draper o’ clock

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Week 39: Rhode Island (Moonrise Kingdom)

Category: Comedy/Drama/Romance

Quote of Interest:

Sam: [In the women’s dressing room] What kind of bird are you?

Sparrow: [Starting to point to the other actresses] I’m a sparrow, she’s a dove…

Sam: [Cutting her off] No. I said…

[Points to Suzy]

Sam: What kind of bird are YOU?

Suzy: I’m a raven.

Three words to describe this film/state: Away to love

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Noah’s Wife, played by Christine Noel
  • Sparrow, played by Ada-Nicole Sanger
  • Curlew, played by Caris Yeoman
  • Bittern, played by Violet Guinness
  • Owl, played by Isabella Guinness
  • Dove, played by Lily Tiger McEnerney
  • Trampoline Khaki Scout, played by Coledyn Garrow
  • B-B-Q Khaki Scout, played by Michael Malvesti
  • Morse Code Khaki Scout, played by Kevin DeCoste

State food/recipe to try: Coffee milk / Frozen lemonade / Hot weiners / Johnnycakes

Earring Inspo Character: Suzy Bishop

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?

Grade: A

State Facts:

Next up: South Carolina (The Patriot). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Making Stuff

Make It Monday

A lot of literal earrings for a batch of movies we really enjoyed.

From the movie The Man Who Fell to Earth

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.

From the movie Do the Right Thing

Ice cubes and a slice for Tina…what else? #specialdelivery

From the movie Bull Durham

Annie was stuck between two envious and entirely different bats.

From the movie Fargo

Good old Marge! Prowler needs a jump.

From the movie Bubble

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.

From the movie Wendy and Lucy

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.

From the movie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Rachel, rich with quirks and talents waiting to be discovered by anyone willing to go exploring.

Lists, Lists, Lists

Found Friday: List Love

Some of my favorite found lists. This crazy one was found by our friend Jenifer in Philadelphia, outside of her art gallery:

What is going on?? You be the judge.
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Week 38: Pennsylvania (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

Category: Drama/Comedy

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

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Theater Dork, played by Marco Zappala
  • Stoner Student (uncredited), played by Zachary Bolen
  • Lunch Lady (uncredited), played by Colleen Clark

State food/recipe to try: Pretzels (soft and Snyder’s of Hanover) / Italian hoagies / Tomato pie / Scrapple / Philly cheesesteaks / Birch beer / Tastykakes / Water ice

Earring Inspo Character: Rachel

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.

Grade: B+

State Facts:

Next up: Rhode Island (Moonrise Kingdom). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.