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we were an audience of six

(including the organ player)

at the beautiful michigan theatre

where we saw some amazing short films

thus proving once again that

sometimes less is more.

2017-oscar-nominated-short-films-live-action-54“if you have the audience, that is good, that gives you a good motivation!

if you don’t have the audience, that is good, that gives you a good motivation to try to have some!”
― mehmet murat ildan

trolls.

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i’ve now seen this movie 3 times

couldn’t get the grandies viewing schedules to mesh

so we went in groups

it was colorful, happy, and musical

all felt and sparkles and big hair and eccentric characters

and i have to say

it is a totally fun and trippy, dreamy movie

that asks and answers the question:

“what is the nature of happiness?”

and really, it is quite impossible

not to be happy when you watch this film.

“it is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

-charles spurgeon


credits: dreamworks animation, 20th century fox

 

heal.

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i saw this incredibly moving canadian film the other day

‘monsieur lazhar’

released a few years back

nominated for a

foreign film academy award

it was

 about a teacher 

and

the

humanity 

of

love

joy

loss

grief

pain

guilt

anger

connection

forgiveness

strength

acceptance

and

finally,

hope.

amazing

how one person

can come into another’s  life

and

lead them

 on a road

towards healing

by

beginning to

heal themselves.

after i watched the final scene

sat in silence

for a long time after.

“what happens when people open their hearts?”
“they get better.”
― haruki murakami,

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remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play. – franklin d. roosevelt

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i love the casting call 

for the latest

group of extras

needed

for a film

being shot locally. 

though i don’t have the look of

a sketchy male or a crack head ,

 i could easily be

a gawker or neighborhood folk.

good to know.

The first day for extras on Destined is Wednesday.
The extras rate on Destined will be $65.20/8hrs with OT after 8hrs.
(All must be 18+ with a valid photo ID)

I am looking for 8 “Neighborhood Folk” and 2 “Sketchy Males” on Wednesday.

On Thursday, I’ll need 2 “Gawkers” (Available on the 6th and 25th), a couple of “Crack Heads”, and a few more “Neighborhood Folk”.


A new Availability Form has been posted for the first few days on Destined.
Please fill it out if you are 100% available for the dates listed.

And please email—–@gmail.com with current pics (include your name) and “Destined Extras” in the subject.
 Thank you

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once. again.

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one of my all time favorites

‘once’

an indy film

shot in ireland

in just a few weeks

for only 150,00 usd

with real people

and real music

and

love and heart and soul

and the stars/musicians were shocked

when they won an academy award

for their song

and they fell in love in real life

and they made music together

and then

they broke up in real life

and stayed friends

and still make music together

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and the movie was remembered

then made into a broadway play

and i was lucky enough

 to see it

when it was on tour here

 the stage

 was an irish pub

the audience was invited up

to have a drink on stage

while the cast fiddled away

then the play began

and it was

all beautiful music and love and heartbreak and ireland

and i loved every minute of it

once.

again.

if music be the food of love, play on. –

william shakespeare

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movie credit: fox searchlight features

The poet is a madman lost in adventure. – Paul Verlaine

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in memory of my father, a funny and gentle man

who was about as far as you could get from a bad ass.

but instead,

he was just my dad

who was a busy madman in the ad world during the week.

but

who i watched this movie with,

many times.

along with every other

wwll, madcap comedy, western, and crime caper,

on saturday afternoons.

in our family room,

with sandwiches, and burnt popcorn and lemonade.

thanks for the gifts

of shared time,

a boundless imagination,

and a love of the magic of the movies.

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
Alfred Hitchcock

 

 

 

I’m in competition with myself and I’m losing. – Roger Waters

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what do you get when you combine the 1980s, video arcades, the guinness book of world records, human drama, sabotage, corruption, power, cheating, trash-talking, genius, ego, and insanity?

why, you get ‘the king of kong: a fistful of quarters’ of course. one of my all-time favorite documentaries. this eccentric film, released in 2007, features ‘self-proclaimed legend’ in the world of video arcade games, billy mitchell, florida hot sauce magnate and the holder of the ‘donkey kong champion of the world high scoring’ record for 25 years, and the first perfect game scorer in the history of pac-man, as he is challenged by quiet and brilliant unemployed aerospace engineer/now science teacher from washington,  steve wiebe, who has never won a thing in his life.

in this film, their long distance rivalry and ultimate challenge is played out right before our eyes and under the careful watch of walter day, creator of twin galaxies, and online gaming website gatekeeper. what follows is a classic tale of good vs. evil, davy and goliath, sheer will and karma, and the suspense never stops right up until the very last second.

watching this, i spent 79 fascinating minutes glued to the screen, laughing, crying, cheering and yelling, right along with it. and most of all,  i love that it was categorized under ‘sports’ in the documentary world.

film quotes:

Walter Day: This rivalry is among the greatest: the Yankees and Red Sox… Hekyll and Jekyll.

“I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to be the center of attention. I wanted the glory, I wanted the fame. I wanted the pretty girls to come up and say, “Hi, I see that you’re good at Centipede.”

Jillian Wiebe (Steve’s wife) : Work is for people who can’t play video games.

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