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Make It Monday

I’ve been more experimental with my movie character earrings–experimental has always been my style really, when it comes to creating. I’m having fun with these as a sort of ‘women’s study,’ because I think as women, we look for ourselves in other women. It’s the differences that are fascinating and what I’m most curious about. Here are the next six pairs:

From the movie Point Break

In the film, Tyler only wore a simple stud in her left ear. For petite Lori Petty, I made her character’s surfboard in mini shrinky-dinks.

From the movie The Naked Spur

Poor Lina Patch didn’t have much of a personality apart from what she could do for the men in the film, so it was kinda hard being inspired by her static character. I went with the colors of her clothing and made something reminiscent of her neck scarves…symbolic, I think, of yet another squelched female voice on the big screen.

From the movie The Ice Storm

I love Sigourney Weaver’s character in this film, and her outfits are fabulous. She needed the confident earrings of a self-assured woman, perfect for her next cocktail party. I chose warm red-brown glass with gold chain for this 70s sexpot.

From the movie Fight Club

For the girl with all the addictions, cigarettes were a natural choice. Though physically gritty, they have an allure that’s hard to deny…coal-black poison covered in a smooth, shiny shell. The red ‘flames’ at the end double as drops of blood. The soothing, deceptive distraction of vice.

From the movie The Florida Project

Known in the real world as ‘The Naked Cowgirl,’ Sandy Kane plays larger-than-life Gloria in The Florida Project, so she needed some big, flamboyant earrings to go with her crazy makeup and outfits (or lack thereof).

From the movie Smokey and the Bandit

Off with the veil and on with the skin-tight jeans. Sally Field’s Carrie/’Frog’ wasn’t quite liberated–but getting there.

Looking forward to the next batch–until then!

Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 9: Florida (The Florida Project)

Category: Drama

Quote of Interest:

Do you know why this is my favorite tree? Because it tipped over, and it’s still growing.”

–Moonee

Three words to describe this film/state: Colorful impoverished lives

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Twistee Treat Girl, played by Bronwyn Valley
  • Twistee Treat Girl’s Mom, played by Kelly Fitzgerald
  • Church Group Sarah, played by Sabina Friedman-Seitz
  • Room 151 Evicted Dealer, played by Ginger Cook
  • Paint-Splattered Guest, played by Joop Katana
  • Late for Tee-Time, played by Giovanni Rodriguez
  • Room 246 Dad, played by John Sutton
  • Charlie Coachman (of Cherry Hill, NJ), played by Carl Bradfield
  • Cheap Tickets Lady, played by Joanne Moreno
  • Stolen-Ticket-Buying Dad, played by Jason Blackwater

State food/recipe to try: Key West Chicken

Earring Inspo Character: Gloria

Other Notes: This was hard to watch. For some reason, I had originally thought it was some kind of documentary ‘project’ about Florida…but no. Beautifully shot, this film depicted life in the projects right outside The Magic Kingdom, viewed from the perspective of a six-year-old girl. I may be generalizing when I say that most of us don’t want to know or hear about (and certainly not see) some of the hard truths of the daily lives of others, but 1 in 8 people in this country live at or below the federal poverty level, and this film is good at portraying a microcosm of this population. Six-year-old Moonee’s role was excellently and convincingly played by Brooklynn Prince, and acting rookie Bria Vinaite was perfect as her do-whatever-I-want-or-gotta-do mother. We could all learn from Willem Dafoe’s character, the sometimes-stern but more often longsuffering and compassionate hotel manager. An eye-opening and evocative film that should be seen.

Grade: B+

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/fifty-states/florida

Next up: Georgia (Smokey and the Bandit). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.