Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Magic*


Granny on the far right, Daddy behind.
In pink, cousin Shaina, her brother Troy then
their Mom Jackie, my 1st cousin, in back.
Slowly, I stirred from sleep. My sister and I had rolled to the centre of the bed, the old mattress having given up a long time ago. The Green Room of my Grandmother's house was still mostly dark, the slight hint of crisp autumn light diffused through the carefully appointed curtains of a woman who lived through the Great Depression. It wasn't a green room like behind the scenes of The Late Show or the Really Late Show or the Extremely Late Show. Everything was green, and all the furniture belonged to a matching set. There against the wall was my Pawpaw's desk, filled with wonderful treasures that captivate me even now that I'm a fully-grown, travelled adult. Nestled in the neat middle drawer that in modern desks now houses keyboards: his Police Department cuff links, his brother's Purple Heart, his sunglasses, and the faintest whiff of him. The side drawers were crammed with other memories and old calendars. The bed frame was the same green, a shade from the 1950s or 60s, it looked like peas and you could see brush strokes on its surface. The side tables too. The only closet in the room was filled with my Granny's off-season clothes, old coats and a simple suitcase she used on the rare occasions she travelled. Crammed on the top shelf were Christmas decorations and sitting there, staring at you every time you opened the door, was the vintage light-up Santa, waist high, his beaming face more Norman Rockwell than Stephen King. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

On mortality and Roger Ebert

Film Critic, author and brand, Roger Ebert
 "Quick it's almost on" my Mom shouted from the living room. We were playing nearby after changing into our pajamas. "Hurry!" We ran as fast as we could, the slick bottoms of our onesie jim jams sliding on the carpet. We could hear the music, signifying the start of the show. It was 1985 and we were watching what we called Siskel and Ebert though it wouldn't be official for another year.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Faves 2012





I saw a lot of films in 2012 and many of them were great. I also have a little "Yet to Watch" list. I'll get there.

Here are my faves from last year, keeping in mind that some films that seem absent from the list may not have come out until 2013 here in Australia.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

An Open Letter to Martin Scorsese


Dear Mr Scorsese,

I recently went to see your film Hugo. I knew very little of George Melies. I knew nothing of the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Now, thanks to you, I know a lot about both.

I guess I wanted to write and say thank you. I'm 33 years old and, though I have a great appreciation for childish things, very few films make me feel that true sense of wonder as yours did.

The film was perfectly cast, wonderfully directed and shot. The visuals were astounding. While the story was quite sad, I received a great amount of joy from watching your work.

When it was over, I turned to my sister (also a very big fan of the motion picture) and said "A movie made by people who love movies, about people who love movies, for people who love movies".

One thing's for certain, you and your films won't ever be forgotten. 

Your fan for always,

Jen

Friday, December 30, 2011

Favorites of 2011



Here are the films that were memorable to me in no particular order:

  • Rango
  • Tangled
  • Drive
  • The Muppets
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  • The Skin I Live In (Spain)
  • Attack the Block (UK)
  • Snowtown (AU)
  • Hesher
  • Sherlock Holmes 2
  • The Dead (overall a great addition to the zombie genre, though schlocky in parts)
  • Bridesmaids
  • Paul (Why is this not on every single best-of list? The only DVD I bought this year.)
  • Captain America
  • Green Lantern
  • Source Code
  • Insidious (Ok, the 'reveal' was a bit daft but this stuck with me)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Hannah 
  • X-Men: First Class 
Dishonorable mentions: Fast Five, Your Highness, The Help. What? I liked them! 

Of course I haven't seen some of the brilliant films included on most people's lists as I had an off year. What with moving to another country and losing a majority of my income as well as sharing what movies to see with my boyfriend, I missed a lot. I'll catch up on DVD.

Many of you will wonder why I don't include Super 8. I liked it. Definitely had its moments. But it lacked the magic that a movie of its type should have.

Sadly I haven't seen quite a few of the films I feel I should have this year. I'm hoping to see some of the big ones before year's end. 

Hope you had a good year at the movies. If you want to keep having the opportunity to see them on the big screen, make sure you go regularly and PAY! :)