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I went small-scale with my next six movie character earrings:

From the movie The Descendants

One meaning of the native Hawai’ian plumeria, or frangipani, is ‘the strength to withstand tough challenges.’ Underneath her tough exterior, Alex was a fragile human being. Plumeria blooms are known for their strong fragrance, so I thought it a good symbol for Woodley’s character in this film.

From the movie Napoleon Dynamite

Deb, the friend we should all have in our lives–and the person we should strive to be. Non-judgmental, accepting, and true to herself, Deb is represented by her pink fanny pack and purple Caboodle case.

From the movie The Blues Brothers

Carrie Fisher’s vindictive character in this comedy cartoonishly embodies the vengeful rage triggered by those button-pushers we all have in our own lives.

From the movie Hoosiers

Barbara Hershey’s Myra was a mostly-static character who should have won an Academy just for her RBF (can’t say that). She was such a flat female cartoon, compulsively ball-busting (can’t say that!) the new coach every time she encountered him, but I didn’t know how to make deflated-looking basketballs. I wasn’t too inspired by her role, and (big surprise) there weren’t any other female roles of significance, so she just gets little basketballs. After all, she did finally ‘come around’ to support the coach and succumb to love like most women would. Ha.

From the movie Field of Dreams

I think I was inspired more by character Beulah’s name in the credits than I was by Beulah herself. Let’s step outside, Beulah the book-burner!

From the movie Paper Moon

Adamant Addie wanted her $200! If only I’d had the pluck and business savvy at age 10 (or even now) as she had in this film. Both smart and sentimental, Addie always knew the account balance and kept her treasures close to her heart.

What character-inspired earrings would you make?

Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 11: Hawai’i (The Descendants)

Category: Drama

Quote of Interest:

“…I agree with my father–you give your children enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing.”

–Matt King

Three words to describe this film/state: Crises in Paradise (nā pōpilikia ma paradaiso)

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Cousin Ralph, played by Matt Corboy
  • Cousin Hugh, played by Beau Bridges
  • Cousin Hal, played by Matt Esecson
  • Cousin Milo, played by Michael Ontkean
  • Cousin Stan, played by Stanton Johnston
  • Cousin Six, played by Jonathan McManus
  • Cousin Wink, played by Hugh Foster
  • Cousin Connie, played by Tiare R. Finney
  • Cousin Dave, played by Tom McTigue

State food/recipe to try: Taro chips

Earring Inspo Character: Alex King

Other Notes: Very good film about the sometimes devastating realities of life (no matter where you live). I’m not usually a Clooney fan, but he was especially good at displaying the vulnerabilities and insecurities of a man whose life has just been turned upside down in multiple ways. Grace and forgiveness are strong themes, and having lived briefly on Oahu years ago, I sense that the locale was a big factor in the generosity of the movie’s characters. They carried the ‘aloha spirit’ as part of who they were and who their ancestors were. The sanctity of family, land, and traditions is key. Beautiful film, inside and out.

Grade: A

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