“That’s right. I AM THE PUMPKIN KING!”
– Jack Skellington
one of my favorite leading men/holiday movies ever.
image credits: walt disney pictures
free movie night at campus martius park in detroit
safe, distanced, well-planned
the little one soon had her own plan
she moved right up front by the screen
laughing, dancing, twirling
throwing spells along with elsa from ‘frozen 2’
until she became a part of the movie.
“true enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire wherever I see it.”
on the day before thanksgiving
school was out
kids had energy to burn
so I borrowed the big car
to round everyone up
enjoy an afternoon with
four neighborhood friends
and a lot of smuggled-in candy
while settling into
at the local theater.
one tried pre-filling his Santa hat
to the top with treats
before we left his house
but the group voted and decided
it was unsteady, looked suspicious,
and would quickly reveal our scheme.
it’s all about teaching life skills.
“the magic of film isn’t just because of the big screen,
or the acoustics,
but he ineffable shared experience of going to the movies.”
35 years ago ‘flashdance’ was released
and it emerged again recently
in honor of international dance day
i loved this movie
had the shoes, the ripped up sweatshirt, the perm
though my dancing style
was a bit different
from this welder by day/dancer by night
and i didn’t live in a cool loft
or have an eccentric dog
or ride my bike to work
or look at all alike
but other than that
we were like sisters.
Take your passion and make it happen! #InternationalDanceDay
“let us read and let us dance –
two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. “
image credit: paramount pictures, jennifer beals
“you never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view…
until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
― harper lee, to kill a mockingbird
57 years ago this month, in july, 1960,
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was first published.
one of my favorite books.
credits: universal pictures, j.b. lippincott & co., harper lee
saw this beautiful film yesterday
very moving and mesmerizing
drawn in mostly soft colors
it captures the subtleties of
nature, man, balance, human connections, family,
impermanence, the circles that life takes
very simple lines and images
bamboo, trees, water, sky, people, animals, land
created by three studios in three countries
japan, england, belgium
does not require any translation
as there is no dialogue
except for one word
only lovely music
to take you through this
fairy tale, fantasy, fable, legend
when you get to the end
the quietly powerful and touching final scenes
will draw you in
it was 81 minutes of
pure perfection in every frame.
“this film was simple and and elemental.
like a picture book that needs no words.”
– a.o. scott – new york times
‘the red turtle’ premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 cannes film festival, where it won a grand jury award. the film was also nominated for the best animated feature film for the 89th academy awards.
credits: studio ghibli, wild bunch studio, toho studio, sony pictures classics
so, i actually cried while watching “the smurfs”
luckily there was some magic involved
that turned things around
as the universe tends to do
in its own strange way
with no explanation
and all at once
everything was right with world again.
“if it makes you cry, it goes in the show.”
image credit: sony pictures
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.
if you don’t have the audience, that is good, that gives you a good motivation to try to have some!”
― mehmet murat ildan