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Put A Movie On Your Wall.

Seriously loving the movie poster prints for sale on Svpply.

Favorite? Toss up between Return of the Jedi and Eternal Sunshine. 

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Fanny Brice.

I was raised on the classics. Fred and Ginger. Gene Kelly. Bing Crosby.

But I wasn’t until high school that I fell in love with Barbara Streisand. The Mirror Has Two Faces is one of my all time favorite movies.

But recently I’ve become completely engrossed with another one of her classics, possibly one of her greatest films: Funny Girl. If you haven’t seen it, do.

There isn’t anything quite as wonderful as the quick witted Fanny, when she spouts out lines like: “You plannin’ to make advances?”

And just once, you need to hear her  belt out “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”

What a powerful woman that Barbara is. 

Two Reasons …

… I hope that South Korea gets movies when America does.

 

 

Oh, how I love films.

Girl Crush.

France always makes me think of Audrey Tatou, who’s quentessentially Paris to me. Films like Amelie,Coco Before Chanel,  A Very Long Engagement, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, and Priceless, all rank pretty high on my favorites list.

Stay Classy Audrey.

Helvetica.

My neighbor/best friend Jerrod and I watched an amazing documentary last night called Helvetica, about the wonderful world of typcasting.

I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to really think about what type actually means in my life. It’s everywhere. It’s communication from the world to me.

One of my favorite lines in the movie discussed font as merely space taken up, and that the best fonts are fonts conscious of the white behind them. Hmm. Interesting.

So of course, we HAD to play with Helvetica after the movie. And Jerrod made this for my future bookstore / bakery. It never hurts to dream. Or use Helvetica.

I’ll leave you with a thought from the movie: What has Helvetica told you today?

(p.s. It was even on my water bottle as I was typing this)

Goosebumps.

It’s a Great Friday.

Today while shopping at Ralph’s with my roommate I made a discovery! I found both the Singing in the Rain and the Easter Parade soundtrack duo.

The fantastic movies include songs such as “Steppin Out” (Fred Astaire), “A Fella with an Umbrella” (Judy Garland and Peter Lawford), and the always fabulous “Make ‘Em Laugh” (Donald O’Connor). Really, is there any dance sequence better than Cosmo Brown’s in Singing in the Rain? I remember sitting dumbfounded in front of the television as I watched him dance himself sick.

I also read recently that after O’Connor preformed that sequence, he was sick for three days and even did another take after the first one was ruined.

Singing in the Rain is also the home of the fabulous song “Moses.” Check out these lyrics:

Moses suposes his toeses are roses
But Moses supposes erroneously
But Moses, he knowses his toeses aren’t roses
As Moses supposes his toeses to be

Moses suposes his toeses are roses
But Moses supposes erroneously
A Mose is a mose
A rose is a rose
A toes is a toes
whoop-dee-doo-doo-doo-doo

Moses suposes his toeses are roses
But Moses supposes erroneously
But Moses, he knowses his toeses aren’t roses
As Moses supposes his toeses to be

Moses
Moses
Moses
As Moses supposes his toeses to be.

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a toes as moses supposes.
Couldn’t be a lilly or a taffy daffy-dilly-
It’s gotta be a rose ’cause it rhymes with “Mose.”

MOSES!
MOSES!
MOSES!

It’s classic. I remember singing and dancing around the living room as a little girl. Now I get to dance around my apartment to my fabulous new record double pack!

Top 5 Stanley Tucci Films.

I love Stanley Tucci. He’s great. He’s versatile. He deserves his own list. 

#5: The Terminal/America’s Sweethearts

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I included two movies in this category because his character is rather similar. He plays a successful hard-ass who is used to getting what he wants. The Villain, (but a loveable villain) neigh, the modern villain. The cooperate villain. I love the stubbornness both characters ooze. We all can relate. Unfortunately. 

#4: The Devil Wears Prada

Devil Wears Prada

Who doesn’t love Tucci’s character in this flick? While the movie bombed, the characters created by both Tucci and Meryl Streep (list to follow soon) stole the show. Tucci plays a gay magazine editor who words bellow the editor of a major magazine. What a difference compared to his character in The Terminal and America’s Sweethearts. 

#3: A Midsummer’s Nights Dream

A Midsummer Nights Dream

The picture says it all. Tucci plays Puck, a fairy messing with destiny in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While the character is smaller, he shines. Literally. I’m sure there was a good bit of glitter used in this role. 

#2: Julie and Julia

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I don’t know a single female who has seen Julie and Julia that didn’t wish for a husband like Paul Child. He plays an incredibly supportive french husband to the late great Julia Child. One of the best movies I had seen in a long while. 

#1: The Lovely Bones

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I know, this last one is cheating because I actually haven’t seen the movie yet. However, the trailer is creepy, his glasses are creepy, and I just might have nightmares. Dare I say the word versatile one more time?

Was that a beginning?

Today, my Sunday afternoon movie choice was Sleepless in Seattle, one of the greatest movies ever written. 

Yet today as I was watching the final scene, in which Annie (Meg Ryan) runs to the Empire State Building and finds Jonah (Ross Malinger) and Sam (Tom Hanks), I couldn’t help but think for the first time, that it was a movie that ended with a beginning. I had always known that it was a romance about a couple that didn’t meet until the end of the movie, but it was an ending that I had always been satisfied with, therefore I called it an ending. And while it is an ending of a movie, it truly isn’t an ending at all. 

Sam and Annie Meet.

In life, it’s rare to find moments where there are distinct beginnings and endings. I think that’s why graduations and marriages are so popular, so celebrated. They mark an exact moment when life changes. They are catalysts for something new. You can look back on that day and see where life has taken you since. 

I have a small ritual. I don’t live at home anymore. I’m currently a student. But whenever I get the change to go home, I make sure to say goodbye to my room. As I’m leaving, often with my suitcase in hand, I stand in the doorway, taking it all in. I’ve spent a lot of sleepless nights in that room, tossing and turning about different decisions I’ve made. My heart has been broken and healed twice in that room. That tiny bedroom in my parents home is a visual milestone for me. So when I leave, I think about where I was in life the last time I stepped foot in my bedroom. I think about what I’ve changed and what I would like to change before I come home again. I remember what’s important to me. 

I think it is important to think about change. I’ve been stuck on this though a lot lately: Where were you one year ago today? What about your life is different? What is the same that you wish wasn’t? 

One year ago today, I was miserable. I had gotten myself into a situation that was my own fault. I was simply being stubborn about letting go. I didn’t think I’d ever get over it. But I did. I’m here, and I did. I let go. Thinking about pass successes is incredibly important when struggling in the present. It reminds you that you CAN do it. You’ve pushed through something difficult before and you will again. 

So next time you find a distinct beginning, treasure it. Remember it.