frightfully enchanting…

In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she’s a princess,Continue reading “frightfully enchanting…”

A Monster (Haunted) House

In the spirit of the Halloween Season we have been watching atmospheric films. But when my parents came for a visit, we had to hunt for a Friday Evening Fare the whole family could enjoy. Monster House (2006) was an easy pick. DJ has been watching the house across the street, keeping a detailed logContinue reading “A Monster (Haunted) House”

at home with Sigur Rós

[tagline:] Heima. A tribute to the people and places that make up ‘home.’ Heima You know that feeling of home? That combined feeling of belonging and riling to grow beyond it. For those of us gypsy, home is not a feeling tied to only one place, rather we know home from people, atmospheres, or certainContinue reading “at home with Sigur Rós”

contemporary nostalgia

contemplations on the ofttimes whimsical and ever adorable Ramona and Beezus by me, L. *** *** Parents may also be happy to see a movie for children that doesn’t involve wizards, vampires or action figures that can be bought in the food court. They should be warned, though, that the price of contemporary realism isContinue reading “contemporary nostalgia”

defining or defying the dreaming…

Contemplations on Inception (2010) by L. The film may be best viewed before engaging in conversation, but it is not necessary (except for probable spoilers). We open as the film suggests: in the middle of a ‘scape, not knowing how we (or Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb) got there. More than once we are told thatContinue reading “defining or defying the dreaming…”

well cast: from book to film and back again

Sean is trying to finish J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings for our evening reading with Natalya. Yes, she is 10. No, we have not decided when it will be too old for “story time.” We had started the book a while back. SeanContinue reading “well cast: from book to film and back again”

boyhood beasts

The Wild Things by Dave Eggers McSweeney’s Books, 2009. (hardback, fur-less edition) 287 pages. Have you seen Where the Wild Things Are (2009)? Director Spike Jonze did an excellent job with it. I highly recommend the film. Dave Eggers helped Jonze write the screenplay.  Up to that point I only really know Eggers from TheContinue reading “boyhood beasts”

the things we do…

I am slowly but surely making my way through the Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan. Waiting on the daughter to finish the 4th book, and then hopefully the request for the 5th (and final) at the library will be filled quick. Today, a local library is having a “read it beforeContinue reading “the things we do…”

manufactured Heart

Paper Heart (2009) Nicholas Jasenovec, director. Editing by Ryan Brown Nicholas Jasenovec & Charlyne Yi, executive producers & writers. Jay Hunter, director of photography Music by Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera Distributed by Overture Films Running time:  87 minutes Starring: Charlyne Yi (herself), Michael Cera (himself), and Jake M. Johnson (as Nicholas Jasenovec). Won Waldo SaltContinue reading “manufactured Heart”