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Entries in Harold and Maude (8)

Wednesday
Feb 14 2018

Soundtracking: "Harold and Maude"

byChris Feil

Some of our greatest cinematic love stories are more than the coupling at the center.As in life,the love can be more deeply felt when both sides of the arrangement have had their own separate journeys that inform and are informed by their relationship.Conflicting personal priorities,emotional walls dismantled,allowing oneself to accept being loved - it's the personal obstacles that allow us to get swept up in the romance.One of the (cult) classics of this kind of love story is Hal Ashby's delicateHarold and Maude,with Harold's emotional arc towards self-acceptance all underscored with the musical stylings of a Cat Stevens soundtrack.

Would that all of our romantic foibles and internal battles could sound as lovely as this...

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Thursday
Jul 21 2016

On this day: Hemingway,Falconetti,Clueless, Dunkirk

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

Corey Stoll as Hemingway

1892Maria Falconetti is born.Delivers one of the best performances ever captured on film thirty-six years later inThe Passion of Joan of Arc(1928)
1899Famous author and real 'character' Ernest Hemingway is born.In addition to his work being made into films and TV miniseries he frequently pops up as a character in cinema played by everyone from Chris O'Donnell (In Love and War) toCorey Stoll (Midnight in Paris- robbed of an Oscar nod thoughwe honored him here) and now Dominic West (Genius) ...and that's not even the half of it.
1922Don Knotts is born.Mugs it up in 70+ film and TV projects includingThree's Company,The Apple Dumpling Gang,andThe Andy Griffith Show- 5 Emmy wins for Supporting Actor thereafter until his death in 2006

1948Steven Demetre Georgiu is born in London.He becomes the famous folk singer Cat Stevens of "Peace Train"and "Morning Has Broken"fame.Among his many early classics are the songs from the seminal 70s filmHarold and Maude(which ridiculously received zero Oscar nominations).Later changes his name to Yusuf Islam and quits music for many years.
1951Robin Williamsis born
1953Visual FX man John Nelson is born in Detroit.Gets his first FX gig withTerminator 2(not a bad way to start) and wins the Oscar on his first nomination withGladiator(2000)
1955Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr is born.His best known pictures:Sátántangó,Werckmeister HarmóniákandThe Turin Horse
1957Jon Lovitz,SNL's "Master Thespian"and comic scene stealer of 90s pictures is born
1969Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the moon;Stanley Kubrick is nowhere in the vicinity at the time.
1971Charlotte Gainsbourgis born to famous parents in London.Later submits herself to perpetual Lars von Trier torments.
1978Ridiculously fine looking actors Josh Hartnett and Justin Bartha are born
1981Singer Paloma Faith is born in London.Plays herself in a weirdly unflattering role inYouth(2015)
1989Juno Templeis born.Specializes in sexually corrupted childwomen.
1992Jessica Barden is born.2016's been a breakout year for her via  "Justine,"a bloodthirsty prostitute onPenny Dreadfuland her role as "Nosebleed Woman"inThe Lobster
1995Cluelessis 21 years old today.It can drink now though it's always given us a contact high.(Please note: IMDb lists the release date as Wednesday the 19th rather than Friday the 21st but Wikipedia disagrees so I don't know.)
2006Monster Househits theaters.Receivesa well deserved nomination for Best Animated Featurebut loses toHappy Feetwhich...recount!

Well,whichever.At leastCarsdidn't win!

2007Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsgoes to market in book form.Sells 11 million copies on the first day before being split in two in movie form to reap an extra billion at the box office.
2010Orlando Bloomgoes off the market when he secretly marries model Miranda Kerr
2017Christopher Nolan abandons sci-fi for a WW II dramaDunkirk,which will open in theaters on this day.Guess he really is pissed about being denied a single Oscar nomination for directing.

Tuesday
Jun 30 2015

Curio: Alex Kittle,A.K.A.Guilty Cubicle

Alexahere.I've been a follower of Alex Kittle's for a long time.She's blogged furiously about art and film for years (previously as Film Forager and nowhere),and her tastes run closely to mine: feminism,cult oddities,Cindy Sherman,Technicolor musicals andThe Apartmentare but a few her passions.Alex also also makes art in her free time (although I don't know how she has any),specifically movie-themed prints,postcards,and posters,under the etsy bannerGuilty Cubicle.

A sample of some of my favorite designs of hers...

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Tuesday
May 05 2015

What I Saw | Where I Saw It | Why I Loved It

One of our favorite rising actors,David Dastmalchian,is Guest Blogging!Learn his name.He's working with great people -Editor

Photo by Evelyn Leigh"What I Saw..."
-by David Dastmalchian

There are so many films that have a special place in my memory and their impact on my life was made all the more powerful by how and where I saw them.  My earliest memories of film-going are the Kansas City drive-in's where I caught second-run screenings from the back of my folks old station wagon ofGrease,James Bond flicks likeView from a KillandMoonraker,and being in my mom's arms at the back of the theater at a matinee with my family ofRaiders of the Lost Ark.  I thought the tarantulas in the opening sequence were climbing the walls of the theater… Here are a few spectacular memories that I will always treasure:

What I Saw: THE MUPPET MOVIE
Where I Saw It: The Oak Park Mall Cinemas (KS)


This will remain one of the most profound movie-going experiences of my life.  The characters,colors,sounds,music,performances all exploded in front of my little face on the big screen as I sat enraptured beside my childhood buddy,Brian Bishop and his wonderful mother,Kathy.  We went to a matinee at the local cinema and this was one of my first ventures into an actual movie theater.  At that point in my development,the whole "suspension of disbelief"in my imagination was so strong that I believed wholeheartedly that ‘Sweetums' the monster Muppet actually crashed through the screen in our theater auditorium at the end of the film.  For years I would proudly boast that I had seen the film in a theater where a REAL Muppet made an appearance.  The "Rainbow Connection"became my first on-stage performance in a preschool talent show and my wife even chose the song for her processional at our wedding.The effect of this film on my life continues to this day.  Several times a year (especially in moments of disillusionment with the entertainment industry),I will watch the final five minutes of the film – from the moment that Orson Welles offers Kermit "The Rich and Famous Contract"through the end.Go do this now.  Bring the Kleenex.  You're welcome.

Continue forthree more favorite films

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Tuesday
Sep 23 2014

Curio: Danielle Buerli's Three-dimensional Tributes

Alexahere with your weekly art appreciation.In my frequent perusals of the pop culture artwork shown atGallery1988,Danielle Buerli's work has always stood out.Danielle is an illustrator working out of Zurich,Swizerland.While in art school,Danielle's illustrations began to emerge from the page,and now she primarily creates diorama environments with found materials,often with inspiration from popular culture.

Here are some examples of her wonderful movie tributes (moreafter the jump...)

"Milk Plus"

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Tuesday
Oct 01 2013

Curio: Lucky Jackson

Alexahere.Film and embroidery don't seem a natural combination,but,as I've postedbefore,there are plenty of crafters out there celebrating their film fandom with an embroidery hoop.One in particular,Jennifer Jackson,a.k.a.Lucky Jackson, continues to amaze me with her prolific output.She uses thread like others might sketch with a pencil,stitching celebrities she's crushing on or movie scenes she loves.

Richie's tent

In 2011 and 2012 she did an embroidery each and every dayfora year,filling it with many a Bill Murray and Margot Tenenbaum.See a selection,including Bonnie Parker,American Beauty,Kick Ass,Zoolanderand more after the jump.

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