Archive for the ‘story time’ Category


When You’re Strange (Dir. Tom DeCillo, USA, 2009)- digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

I Am Sam (Dir. Jesse Nelson, USA, 2001) – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

WHY did I watch it? The WHOLE THING, oh WHY?!?? And then I thought it would get interesting when Michelle Pfifer seemed to be falling for him…

Forbidden Games <<Jeux interdits>> (Dir. René Clément, France, 1952) – DVD – Nashville Public Library collection, Douglas’ recommend

Here, keep this for 100 years. This one got me. It revolves around two children during WWII; Michel finds Paulette just after her parents and pet dog are killed in a Nazi air attack (they were among wealthy Parisian-Jew refugees fleeing on foot) and brings her home to live with his poor Catholic family. That little girl broke my heart carrying around her dead dog for about 20 minutes at the start of the film. Michel and Paulette bury the dog but seeing as she doesn’t want him to be lonely, they find more dead animals to put in the secret graveyard and steal crosses to mark the graves. Clément captures perfectly the simultaneous darkness and innocence of childhood and the ignorance of adults. Forbidden Games won and well deserved the 1952 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It also features a really great Spanish guitar soundtrack by Narciso Yepes.

-side note: in searching for a good image to include, I came across this blog: VCR-chaeology, so clever and what a treat!

Splash (Dir. Ron Howard, USA, 1984) – VHS – Derrick’s collection

I love this movie!!! I have to confess…I actually watched it THREE TIMES in a month. I think my obsession has several sources:

1) She’s a mermaid (duh). I combed my hair with a fork as a child because I was so into Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Well, folks- this is basically the same story, just a little more adult and a little less musical. She saves his life. She shows up with legs, unable to speak (at first). She is eventually forced to choose between Prince Charming and life Under the Sea. It’s funny! It’s charming! It’s true love at first sight!

2) Daryl Hannah is sooooo rad. Uh, did you see Blade Runner? She did some of her own stunts! Also, she lives in a green home run by solar power and has been arrested for environmental activism. Another interesting fact – Daryl Hannah was diagnosed with borderline Autism as a child. Whether that was an accurate diagnosis…I don’t know, I’ve never met her. She’s a billion feet tall and I like her voice.

3) SWIMMING!!!!!!!!! It looks hard to swim in, but I want that mermaid outfit.

4) John Candy and Eugene Levy and cute-era Tom Hanks.


>Brainscan (Dir. John Flynn, Canada/USA/UK, 1994)- DVD – Dixie’s Netflix

Dodes’ka-den <<Dodesukaden>> (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1970) – 35mm – Belcourt Weekend Classics: Kurosawa Centennial

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon <<Musique au poing>> (Dirs. Jean-Jaques Flori and Stéphane Tchalgadjieff, France, 1982) – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

Winter’s Bone (Dir. Debra Granik, USA, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt programming

Grey Gardens (Dirs. Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Muffie Meyer, USA, 1975) – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

Gentleman Broncos (Dir. Jared Hess, USA, 2009) – digital download projection – living room cinema

> – I fell asleep 😦


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I’ve started a list of all the movies I watch. I think I’ve left some out? Here’s June (in semi-chronological order):

Casanova (Dir. Lasse Halström, USA, 2005) – DVD – house-sitting collection

Post Grad (Dir. Vicky Jensen, USA, 2009) – DVD – house-sitting collection

I’d just like to set a little disclaimer here…I really only tried this one out because I was intrigued; it co-stars Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch as the parents of the post grad (played by Alexis Bledel) with Carol Burnett as the grandmother! Half the movie was good, which is to say…the scenes which had absolutely NOTHING to do with the main character. I didn’t like her and she totally picked the boring, attractive-like-a-brother dude. I think he was wearing a shell necklace! She could have gone to Brazil with the intelligent, fun, hot and bilingual dude. Too bad.

The Mother and the Whore <Maman et le putain>> (Dir. Jean Eustache, France, 1973) – 35mm – Belcourt Weekend Classics: Korine’s Picks

Seeing this movie was a rare treat, literally. With only one screening, the Belcourt was able to get this film on loan from the French Embassy. I’d recommend watching, but this film is unreleased on DVD in US, so it may be hard to come by! The Mother and the Whore stars Jean-Pierre Léaud ❤ as Alexandre, a care-free twenty-something living in Paris and doing as he pleases…being carried and cared-for by his live-in girlfriend, Marie (they have an open relationship) while starting a fling with Veronika. The plot is very simple and everyone gets jealous, an involuntary reaction even in a voluntary situation. Anyway, annoying and ridiculous as characters and their choices become, I found the film as a whole quite charming.

Most specifically, the heavy use of telephones sparked a romantic reminiscence of the land-line, the sole use of which was lost to me in my coming-of-age and has by now almost completely disappeared. I really do have fond thoughts of setting a rendez-vous time and place, being there, being stood up, the mystery involved. Text messages are convenient but tiring and I really feel technical ease of communication has very nearly ruined romance! The quality of our shared thoughts, it seems, has been drastically spoiled by the frequency communication.

Note: this has very little to do with the film, I just like the rotary dial and real mail, what can I say?

*Raising Arizona (Dirs Joel and Ethan Coen, USA, 1987) – 16mm – Belcourt 2nd Saturday Outdoor Cinema

Real Genius (Dir. Martha Coolidge, USA, 1985)– 35mm – Belcourt Midnight Movie

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo <<Män som hatar kvinnor>> (Dir. Niels Arden Oplev, Sweden, 2009) – 35mm – Belcourt programming

Ran (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1985) – 35mm (new restoral!) – Belcourt Weekend Classics: Kurosawa Centennial

Panic in the Streets (Dir. Elia Kazan, New Orleans! USA, 1950) – DVD –  Nashville Public Library collection

>The Hidden (Dir. Jack Sholder, USA, 1987) – VHS – Hot Tub Cinema

Down By Law (Dir. Jim Jarmusch, New Orleans! USA, 1986) – DVD – Ben’s Netflix

You know what? A lot of people feel so-so about Jarmusch films but I like ’em and this is no exception. Plus, as I always say, I have a real soft spot for New Orleans and friendly Italians.

The Secret in their Eyes <<El secreto de sus ojos>> (Dir. Juan José Campanella, Argentina/Spain, 2009) – 35mm – Belcourt programming

*Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (Dir. David Lynch, USA, 1992) – 35mm – Belcourt Midnight Movie

Blood Simple (Dir. Joel Coen, USA, 1984) – DVD – Ben’s Netflix

* – oldie but goodie

> – I fell asleep 😦

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I’ve been a busy lady and seeing as it’s SPRINGTIME already, I may have to just skip a few stories for now and bring things up to date because, dang, I feel like I’ve been up to a lot of things to mention. Let’s just jump to the present, shall we?


Well, I just finished working on a film Música Campesina, directed by Alberto Fuguet. It was an opportunity I sort of just happened upon, as is the case, it seems, with most of the people involved with the production. Or rather, I suppose it happened upon us. A friend and fellow Belcourtesan, James Cathcart/Wilson was AD on the film and asked if I’d like to help out for a day.

Alberto was living here in Nashville for about a month as a guest professor/artist in residence (or something of the sort) at Vanderbilt University and made this film the last week of his stay. Apparently his original intention was to make a short film but he thinks he may have enough material to make it into a feature.

I only acted in one scene with the main character “Tazo,” played by Pablo Cerda. Incidentally, after our scene I find out that he’s a pretty well-known Chilean tv star. Muy Guapo!

Here’s a photo of me with Alberto and Pablo at the wrap party on 4/4/10:


I just picked up Alberto’s book Bad Vibes from the library and I’m looking forward to it. I read some reviews of his work when I was just doing general research on the guy. This novel has been described several times as a “South American Catcher in the Rye,” which is great for me because I only recently read Catcher in the Rye for the first time and also just finished Franny and Zooey. I’ve been stuck on a real Salinger kick and need something to bring me back out. We’ll see…


Considering the change in weather, my new favorite pass-time:

Reading with Rufus (on the porch)

Sometimes we nap, too.

Don’t worry–no serious burns! SPF forever and always.

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