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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: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/south-carolina

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

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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: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/rhode-island

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

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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.”

–rachel

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: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/pennsylvania

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

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Week 37: Oregon (Wendy and Lucy)

Category: Drama

Quote of Interest:

“You can’t get an address without an address. You can’t get a job without a job. It’s all fixed.”

–security guard

Three words to describe this film/state: little girl lost

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Recycler in Wheelchair, played by Roger Faires
  • Security Guard’s Woman, played by Holly Cundiff
  • Kid(s) by Fire, played by David Koppell, Max Clement, Sid Shanley, and Dave Hubner

State food/recipe to try: Gardenburgers / Tater Tots (Ore-Ida) / Tofurky / Hazelnuts

Earring Inspo Character: Wendy

Other Notes: A good little sad indie slice-of-lifer. I actually got anxiety watching Wendy’s angst, Michelle Williams was so good. I think if we’re really being present in this world, that lost feeling is inevitable. You watch her life falling apart and the mistakes she’s making and get mad at her, feel her pain when she finally has an emotional breakdown, and root for her as she struggles to find her way up to the film’s end. She’s not really a likeable character, but she’s relatable…if we’re being honest with ourselves. Just like life–no closure necessarily or happy ending, just reality in its many forms–including that hope we all need and desperately look for. Worth the watch.

Grade: B

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/oregon

Next up: Pennsylvania (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Week 36: Oklahoma (The Outsiders)

Category: Drama/Crime

Quote of Interest:

“Nothing gold can stay.”

–robert frost/ponyboy

Three words to describe this film/state: Looking to belong

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Greaser in Concession Stand, played by Tom Hillman
  • Soc in Concession Stand, played by Hugh Walkinshaw
  • Suburb Guy, played by Brent Beesley

State food/recipe to try: Oklahoma Indian tacos / Sonic Cherry Limeade / Arbuckle Mountain fried pie

Earring Inspo Character: Cherry Valance

Other Notes: I read The Outsiders I think in middle school, and my favorite thing about the book was that it was written by a 15-year-old girl. S. E. Hinton actually played one of the nurses in the film. The movie turned 35 last year and has all of the babyfaces: Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and a very young Sofia Coppola. The big question remains: why were all of those schoolchildren randomly visiting that old church?? I can’t remember what the book had to say about that. If you know, please enlighten me in the comments.

Grade: B-

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/oklahoma

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

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Week 35: Ohio (Bubble)

Category: Drama/Mystery

Quote of Interest:

“I was a professional ass-wiper.”

–rose

Three words to describe this film/state: Mumblecore murder mystery

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Bakery Shopkeeper, played by Phyllis Workman

State food/recipe to try: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams / Jackie O’s Paw Paw Wheat Ale / Fried Lake Perch / Pierogi

Earring Inspo Character: Martha

Other Notes: Not bad for an entire cast of unprofessional actors. Good small-town slice-of-lifer with a twist. Only complaint was no English subtitle option on the DVD–sorely needed for all of shy Kyle’s mumbled dialogue. An interesting piece from eclectic director Steven Soderbergh.

Grade: B+

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/ohio

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

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Week 34: North Dakota (Fargo)

Category: Drama/Crime

Quote of Interest:

“So, that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money? There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.”

–marge gunderson

Three words to describe this film/state: Cold-blooded fools

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Victim in Field, played by Ƭ̵̬̊
  • Bark Beetle Narrator, voiced by Don Wescott

State food/recipe to try: Lefse / Strawberry-Rhubarb pie / Chippers / Chokecherry wine / Juneberry jam

Earring Inspo Character: Marge Gunderson

Other Notes: A highly entertaining classic worth re-watching, especially for its portrayal of male characters. Good juxtapositions of stark white/blood red, law/crime, brains/lack thereof, women/men. This film would probably make a great radio show based on its dialogue and regional accents alone.

Grade: A

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/north-dakota

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

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Week 33: North Carolina (Bull Durham)

Category: Drama/Sports

Quote of Interest:

“The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness.”

–annie

Three words to describe this film/state: Between two bats

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Scared Batter, played by Don Davis

State food/recipe to try: Krispy Kreme doughnuts / Biscuits & gravy / Cheerwine

Earring Inspo Character: Annie Savoy

Other Notes: Another pretty good baseball movie starring Kevin Costner. Field of Dreams was creative, Bull Durham entertaining. The best part about the film was that it was really Annie’s story–a woman standing between a pitcher and a catcher, the main hitter here, holding the bat and fully in charge.

Grade: B

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/north-carolina

Next up: North Dakota (Fargo). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Week 32: New York (Do the Right Thing)

Category: Drama/Comedy

Quote of Interest:

“Yes, It’s Hotter, It’s Muggier, And, Yes, You’re Going Crazy”

–new york times: august 9, 1988

Three words to describe this film/state: Tensions heatin’ up

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Puerto Rican Icee Man, played by Shawn Elliott
  • Double Dutch Girl, played by Yattee Brown
  • Double Dutch Girl, played by Mecca Brunson
  • Double Dutch Girl, played by Shawn Stainback
  • Double Dutch Girl, played by Soquana Wallace
  • Riot Starter (uncredited), played by Leland Hardy
  • Guy by Water Hydrant (uncredited), played by Michael Ralph

State food/recipe to try: Cronuts / Cheesecake / Black and White Cookies / New York egg cream soda

Earring Inspo Character: Tina

Other Notes: Entertaining, interesting, and incendiary film. IMHO, no one in this movie did the right thing. A lot of good quotes, an impressive crazy dance intro (that took 8 hours to record) by newbie Rosie Perez, and a surprise appearance by baby Gus Fring (Buggin Out) made this a fun watch. Been craving tri-state area pizza like a fiend ever since.

Grade: B

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/new-york

Next up: North Carolina (Bull Durham). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Week 31: New Mexico (The Man who Fell to Earth)

Category: Drama/Fantasy

Quote of Interest:

“Oh…I hate you!…No, I don’t!”

–Mary-lou

Three words to describe this film/state: Desert fever dream

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Jewelery Store Owner, played by Lilybelle Crawford

State food/recipe to try: Blue cornmeal pancakes / Frito Pie / Biscochitos

Earring Inspo Character: Thomas Jerome Newton

Other Notes: This film is a trip and a half, felt like we were watching some Surrealist performance art. Only an alien would have tolerated Mary-Lou’s unending senseless babble–her character yet another shining example of women’s roles in film. I’m pretty sure the Teletubbies sprang straight from this cult classic. Looking forward to making the earrings for this movie. Per ardua ad astra.

Grade: B+

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/new-mexico

Next up: New York (Do the Right Thing). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.