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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.

Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 23: Minnesota (Purple Rain)

Category: Drama/Romance

Quote of Interest:

“Uh, hold it…that ain’t Lake Minnetonka.”

–the kid

Three words to describe this film/state: 80s rock alien

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Beautiful Babe, played by Sandra Claire Gershman
  • Cop in Basement, played by Gil Jacobson
  • Hiker #1 (uncredited), played by Tom Tangen
  • Club Techie (uncredited), played by Joel Thingvall

State food/recipe to try: Swedish Meatballs / Wild Rice Soup (vegetarian)

Earring Inspo Character: Apollonia

Other Notes: Another ‘classic’ we’d never seen: one about reckless youth, sex, glam funk rock, rivalry, dark home roots, motorcycles, and love. A bunch of stuff strung along a very slack story line, with super-novice actors running vacuous dialogue, but somehow you get the idea. Or was it intentional, to show that the only worthy centerpiece was The Kid, in all of his purple glittery twilight glory? A belated birthday to Prince, who would have been 61 last Friday.

Grade: C-

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