Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Pink Angels


HAPPY TRASH-TASTIC THURSDAY ALL!!! Today is a very special edition because tonight on Zorch Radio, there will be a special announcement about episode 150. But the announcement won't be made until the last broadcast of the show - regardless, make sure you tune in for the entire 3 hours so you don't miss a Psychotronic second!

If you're unable to tune in live tonight from 7-10pm - I will be posting the announcement 
in next week's Trash-Tastic Thursday post so you loyal invaders won't miss a thing!

This week I've been expending a little bit of my income and buying movies like crazy at Target - there
s just too much good stuff out there! Yesterday I got off work early and was snooping around when I found a 32 pack of Drive-In cult classics.....FOR $10!!! This is like my dream come true! Trashy movies for cheap. Granted, deciding which movie to watch first was tough but now that I've broken this 32-pack's hymen I'm going to be abusing this thing like CRAZY!!

This pack is actually a lie - there are only 31 movies! The same movie was released in this
pack twice - anyone who owns this, do you know which one it is? 

During the roaring 70s, the day and age of biker gangs we meet a particular gang of rough and tumble bikers like any other gang. Clad in jean jackets, iron helmets, and spiked belts adorned with swastikas and confederate flags - these men are big and intimidating. But that's only their outward appearance. 

These six gentlemen in their WWII-era motorcycles are travelling down the Western coast to Los Angeles to a ball. Not brawl - BALL. More specifically the Drag Queen Cotillion Ball. Yep, these gentlemen are homosexuals, their partners riding in the sidecars of their motorcycles. Their luggage consists of fine dining china, and the attire they plan on wearing to the upcoming gala. But being gay bikers means they have to keep up appearances so no one gives them any trouble. 

"Ladies" lunching!

Throughout the entirety of the movie we are treated to the outrageous hi jinks of these men and how they survive in the big mean world of homophobes. And throughout their travels the movie randomly jumps to scenes of some random General sitting in his office listening to uplifting military speeches and reassembling his pistol while blindfolded. He didn't play any major part in this movie really, he answered a phone and talked to a senator about catching a "long-haired bastard" and kind of springs into action at the end of the movie, but that's all. Oh, and after playing an innocent prank on a group of bikers, this "group of cupcakes" becomes a hot target for a butt kicking. 

So many awkward situations...

Starring John Alderman and Dan Haggerty, this movie is awkwardly hilarious and totally strange. Who just wears a garter around their jacket sleeve like an arm band?? I highly recommend this for trashy film fans who love something awkward and weird including fake beards and accents, happy-go-lucky ballads about America, naked waitresses, and bikers with a delicate edge. Prepare for a comedy unlike any other!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kinsey


Whether I bought this movie on a whim or first watched it on my brand new Netflix subscription well over 5 years ago, I can't remember. But this is a movie that I've always watched either alone or with my door closed and the volume turned WAAAAY down. I live in a very conservative household, and this movie is about possibly one of the most controversial public figures to ever set foot on American soil.

As a young boy, Alfred Kinsey was raised in a quiet backwoods town under the iron fist of his preacher father (John Lithgow). A devoted boy scout, little Al grew up with a love for nature and animals. He loved studying the wilderness and sketching in his notebooks, his true dream was to study biology. But his father made is clear that he was to go into engineering. But after so many years living under his father's tyrannical roof, Al decides that its time he left and pursued his own life.

Al (Liam Neeson) went on to study biology and took a position in the zoologist department at Indiana state university. Here he started studying the origins and physiology of the Gall Wasp, and it was while discussing this magnificent little insect in one of his classes he met Mac. Clara McMillen (Laura Linney), better known as Mac, also has a fierce fascination with biology and nature and quickly takes to Al and his classes. The two begin to spend more time together, which eventually leads to marriage. Which begins with a rocky start.

They're a perfect fit...almost

On their wedding night, the couple attempt to consummate their relationship but poor Mac is in so much pain that she simply can't handle it. But then it dawns on Professor Kinsey - every problem has a scientific answer. All they need is to just talk to someone! And so they consult a doctor and before long the two can't keep their hands off each other! Their marriage thrives as strongly as their sex life and it doesn't take long before Mac and Professor Kinsey, whom his students nicknamed 'Prok', have three children of their own. Life is sweet, and made even sweeter when Prok finds his true calling in life.

A little trip to the doctor changes everything - for Prok's marriage and his career. 

One day, Prok is approached by a married couple in his biology class. They've been having sexual difficulty and are asking Prok for any advice, when he suddenly realizes just how uneducated these students are about sex - but they've been taught all their lives that sex is bad, dirty, and there is only one way to feel pleasure and only one time when its acceptable: sexual intercourse in the hopes of creating a baby. But Prok knows that this is irresponsible and incorrect, and so he offers the first ever "marriage" course to the graduate and married students of Indiana State.

Changing history in a rather provocative way

While the class begins well enough and he is able to impart information the students never would have learned, he still realizes that there is no little known about sex. What people do, how they do it, how often...there is no way to determine what is or isn't normal. And so the research begins.

The Kinsey research team - they're ready to talk about sex!

Alongside an eager undergrad student named Clyde (Peter Sarsgaard), Prok builds a small team funded by the Rockerfeller foundation that will allow him to collect the sexual histories of complete strangers so he can better understand how the average American males and females of every race, creed, social standing, and background function in a sexual way. The idea is intriguing...and then Prok publishes the book. While hundreds of thousands of copies sell out, critics slap it with labels like "Smut" and "Trash" while it simply a compiling of biological research. But Prok will not be held down by the negativity.

With more people joining his team, Prok decides to collect far more data. And it takes almost no time before he is working around the clock in a frenzied state, his wife barely able to recognize him or spend time with him. But Prok wants people to know - he wants the knowledge to be obtainable. But how far is too far?

Treading on the fine line between passion and obsession

Also starring Oliver Pratt and Tim Curry, this mind blowing true story of Alfred Kinsey's life will drop your jaw. It's blatant, bold and in your face. Got an interest in the pioneer of sexual research in the US? This is your movie! Liam Neeson flawlessly performs once again, and I was rather shocked to see him engage in a rather homo-erotic make out scene - a man with talent must know no bounds! Fans of period pieces and biopics will enjoy this movie - just beware that the language is strong and profane, and there is a lot of sexual imagery afoot too.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mona Lisa Smile


This movie is very strange and I honestly don't know if I like it or not. A lot of movies have been made about the 1950s and how it was such a repressing time for women's rights and so on, but I feel like this one doesn't have a very strong message. Even though I cried at the end... am I lying to myself?

Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) has recently arrived at Wellesly college in the fall of 1953 as the new Art History professor. But this East coast college is night and day different from the liberal art schools out in her home state of California. And the girls who attend the college aren't exactly the kind seeking liberation from their restrictive societal roles. In fact, they are welcomed. The girls are taught to go to college, receive their education, get married, and then spend the rest of their lives raising their children and taking care of their husband. Which Katherine can't exactly see eye to eye with.

Maybe she can shake the place up a bit

Her first day in her art history class however, Katherine has completely underestimated the tenacity of her students. They've already read her entire text assigning, know everything about the art slides she shows, and every one of the girls has an opinion. So she figures that if these girls are going to give a run for her money, then she has to step up her game and teach these girls how to work outside their syllabus.

History of Van Gogh? How about Van Gogh-in-a-box instead? 

Katherine starts taking the girls on field trips where they are required to consider modern works of art, she puts failing grades on papers where opinions are replaced with facts - she wants to teach the girls more. And as she does, she gets to know them better.

Joan (Julia Stiles) is the poster child for academic excellence: captain of several academic clubs, as well as the senior class president she dreams of going to Yale law school but she's willing to set aside her dream if her boyfriend (Topher Grace) ends up proposing. Connie (Ginnifer Goodwin) excels in her orchestra classes and is the only one of her friends who has yet to be asked on a date. Giselle (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is widely known for her promiscuity, and her lurid affair with the school's Italian professor Mr. Dunbar (Dominic West). And then we have Betty. Betty (Kirsten Stewart) is a snarky know-it-all who has no problem voicing mean opinions and feeling the need to put everyone in their place. She detests Katherine's unconventional ways and plans on abusing her position as editorial columnist for the school paper to bring her down.

Some of them are out to get her, others just want to understand her

At first Katherine thinks she can make a difference with the girls - show them that marriage isn't everything, that they can go on to greater things, that they don't need to sacrifice their dreams for anyone. But the power of tradition at Wellesly is far greater than Katherine could have predicted. After seeing the school nurse (Juliet Stevenson) fired for providing the girls with contraceptives, Katherine pushes even harder with her teaching. These girls need to understand that there is more to life than pearls and vacuum cleaners and icing the perfect cake. But can she do that? Or is her fight to liberate the minds of these girls a lost cause?

Maybe she'll change some of their views...but is that enough?

This movie was interesting, I don't particularly like it but I didn't exactly pull it out of the DVD player either. It's a different look on the oppressive side of the 50s, but not from the view of the liberators. Just from a woman who wants change, surrounded by women who are satisfied with the paths laid out before them. I can definitely see how feminists would like this movie, but those who enjoy period pieces too might like this movie. If anything, you can enjoy the old-fashioned sets, fashion, and soundtrack!

I think I'm going through a period piece/vintage movie phase...wouldn't you say? 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pieces


Today has been a super awesome day so far, aside from the weather being bipolar. Today is my brother's 31st birthday and this morning he wanted to go out to the Chateau St. Michelle in Woodinville for their wine-tasting, food-trucking, car show extravaganza. So this morning I got to have pizza, gumbo, ice cream, and the best french fries in the world while oogling over Astin Martins and Ferraris. Happy birthday big brother!!

Trev was pretty excited to check out all the cool cars - a shame we weren't allowed to take
home this Bugatti for him ha ha ha!

Now, while today is my brother's birthday I can guarantee he would never watch this movie. He's not a horror fan at all. But this weekend was the Grindhouse Theater screening of Pieces on 35mm film at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma. I was unable to attend this month's screening because of previously scheduled engagements - the first annual Zorch Invasion being one of them - but after hearing about this movie I couldn't NOT watch Pieces. The trailer was so hilariously intriguing: 

They don't lie when they say "It's exactly what you think it is"

On a college campus in Boston, some rather unfortunate events have been taking places. Sexy young girls have been found hacked to pieces by a chainsaw, but they are usually missing a limb or a head or something along those lines. Lieutenant Bracken (Christopher George) has consulted the Dean of students (Edmund Purdom) about checking out the school, wanting to get a feel for the staff members and the student body. He meets the rather secretive Professor Brown (Jack Taylor) who teaches anatomy, and the brutish landscaper Willard (Paul L. Smith) - both of which are suspicious men but Bracken doesn't have the kind of clue to go off of that we do...

In the beginning of the movie, nearly 40 years earlier, we meet a little boy putting together a puzzle with the image of a naked woman on it. The boy is discovered by his mother and she flies into a rage, screaming that she's going to burn all the smutty magazines and puzzles she finds in his room. The boy slips away while his mother tears the room apart looking for pornographic material, and then he suddenly returns. With an axe. And chops his mother into pieces! And the real kicker is that this kid plays off like he was hiding in the closet while some man came in and murdered his mother - slick right? 

Crafty little brat!

Well, it's been 40 years since this incident and sadly the cops don't have this pretty key piece of information that could help them find the killer. Which they need to do quickly. More girls are being slaughtered, more of their pieces are going missing.....and being used for a rather gruesome purpose...

You want gore? You got it kids!

This movie was hilariously cheesy - but also majorly brash! Right out of the gate the gore and violence are thrust into our faces and it's kind of freaky. For me this movie had a very Black Christmas-esque feeling, maybe it's because of how the killer is shrouded in so much mystery. But overall, this was a really cool movie! If you're ever unable to go to the Grindhouse Theater screenings, at the very least I recommend seeing the movies regardless because they're always awesome! 

Two thumbs WAY up for the film selection this month!

Fans of vintage slasher flicks will definitely dig this psychotic horror show! No word yet on next month's screening, but keep checking back on the official Grindhouse Theater page for details on what's coming up in the month of June!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My Fair Lady


I was supposed to post this like....4 days ago? But I've been so distracted with everything that's been going on that I just haven't gotten around to it. Hell, I even forgot to watch a movie for Trash-Tastic Thursday this week! Shame on me, right? So this is what's been going on: THE FIRST ANNUAL ZORCH INVASION!!!!!!! Celebrating nearly 3 years of existence, Zorch Radio hosted its first annual showcase at Slim's Last Chance in Seattle and featured special musical guests that encompassed the killer musical selection that can be listened to every Thursday night when the show airs live.

Minneapolis Psychobilly band Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats, alongside Puget Sound rockabilly band Hard Money Saints and Bellingham Psychobilly thrashers Curse of the Black Tongue played a killer set and inbetween each set, Crampstyle DJ Hodaddy spun killer rare records that kept the drinks flowing and the crowd bopping along. It was such a great night. If you have the chance to make it to a Zorch Radio event - DO NOT MISS OUT!! I was out 3 hours past my bedtime and was happiest of campers!

What remains of the stamp on my hand from last night - I got to meet loyal
listeners, hear killer music....SO MUCH FUN!!

So yeah.... I've been getting excited for the Invasion - which happened last night, and I've been working and junk so I've been kinda busy. I haven't been trying to neglect my blogging duties...it just kind of happens that way! But fear not because I've got a darling classic musical on hand that will make you forgive me for my shortcomings. Love you readers!

Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) has taken upon himself the most interesting of personal challenges. As one of Britain's, and possibly the world's, most learned men in language and phonetics, Professor Higgins has made it his job to change Eliza Doolittle's life.

Henry Higgins charming Eliza with chocolates

Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) is a young woman who grew up in the slums of London. She's had to work hard every single day of her life and has never known the finer things in life like clean clothes or kindly gentlemen calling on her. One night while she was peddling violets outside the opera house she crossed paths with Professor Higgins who proudly boasted that he could transform Eliza from a repulsive guttersnipe into a refined lady with class. And wanting more in her life aside from selling flowers to well-to-do women attending the theater, Eliza goes to the Professor's home and asks him to give her speech lessons. But Higgins decides to take it one step farther.

His ego is unparalleled!

While chatting with a fellow phonetics aficionado, Colonel Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), Higgins' ego swells at the idea of being able to totally transform Eliza. And so he decides that not only will he teach Eliza how to speak properly and act like a lady, but he will test her knowledge by having her masquerade as a lady of pedigree at the upcoming Embassy Ball where the Queen of Transylvania will be in attendance. A major task with only a few months to work but Higgins believes he can do it! And so the lessons begin...

Eliza is moved into the house where she is instructed from dawn til well after dusk on how to properly pronounce her vowels, consonants, and how to behave properly. But she is worked so long and so hard that she grows weary and exhausted quickly, and she's hardly ever encouraged for her hard work. Why, Colonel Pickering is the only man who has shown her any sort of kindness since she came into the house! But then, one day, after reciting so many poems and grammar exercises that her head spins she gets it! "The rine in Spiyne" quickly becomes "The rain in Spain" and Eliza is well on her way to transformation!

"The Rain in Spain"

But as the ball draws closer and closer, Eliza becomes fearful. What will become of her after the ball? Whether the bet is won or lost, what will happen? Will she able to find employment as a lady's maid or in a flower shop, or will she be forced back into the gutter? Higgins is certainly no help, but only time will tell...

The moment of truth has arrived!

This delightful musical is a fun romp through the boring world of phonetics. Audrey Hepburn shines through her transformation from a dirty street dweller to a lady of dignity, and Rex Harrison is a rather amusing misogynist you can't help but love. Fans of classical musicals, Audrey Hepburn, and delightful rags-to-riches stories will not only adore this movie, but get the songs stuck in your head easily!

This is one I'm sure you've frequently heard and not known where it came from!
"I Could Have Danced All Night"

Monday, May 20, 2013

Barefoot in the Park


I feel like I'm getting back in touch with all my classical movie-loving roots and I adore it. Why can't life be like the movies prior to 1969? Romance was easy and light, laughter came easy, no one would sweat the small stuff, the gentlemen wore dapper suits, and the ladies were always glamorous and vivid. As soon as I develop a time machine, I'll let you all know so we can all travel back in time to the days of boat-sized Cadillacs, TV dinners, and sock hops!

This would be me in the 50s ;)

Paul Bratter (Robert Redford) and his new bride Corie (Jane Fonda) are head over heels in love. We meet them just as they're honeymooning at The Plaza hotel in New York. After spending 6 romance-filled days locked in their room, it's time for the marriage to begin. Paul goes off to his job, he's a budding lawyer, while Corie goes on to their new apartment to get the place set up.

Now real life begins!

Their apartment is on the top floor of a 6-story building with no elevator. The apartment is pretty much a studio - a large open spaced living room/kitchen with a tiny little bedroom that isn't big enough for their double bed, and a smaller bathroom with no bathtub. But Corie is optimistic that the home will be perfect once the furniture arrives. But things aren't quite going according to plan. The paint Corie ordered didn't turn out right, the movers won't be able to bring their furniture until the next day, and the skylight has a hole in it. But Paul and Corie are in love, they can work through anything!

The trials of marriage

A couple days go by and Corie makes fast friends with their eccentric upstairs neighbor Victor Velasco. Victor (Charles Voyer) is a Frenchman in his late 50s who climbs mountains, travels the globe, and lives in the attic of the building. Corie is instantly taken with him and thinks he would be the perfect match for her conservative mother Ethel (Mildred Natwick). And so she arranges a double date for the foursome. Paul and Corie, Victor and Ethel head out for a night of riotous fun at a back alley Russian restaurant where they dance, drink Ouzo, and eat fermented vegetables. But its quite obvious that while Corie and Victor are having a grand evening, Paul and Ethel are uncomfortable with the night's events.

Once home, Paul and Corie have an argument - Paul is so prim, calm, and collected while Corie is outspoken, colorful, and always looking for a thrill. How is their marriage supposed to work if they can't see eye to eye on anything? And after a somewhat confusing snowball of an argument, Corie screams that she wants a divorce. Yeah, it hasn't even been a week and she's screaming for divorce.

Before the marriage bed was only literally cold...

The couple's relationship becomes strained, they don't speak to each other Paul is forced to sleep in the living room. He starts looking for a new place to live and works long hours, which has become even more difficult because he catches a cold from the draft coming through the broken skylight. But this can't be the final word. Because Paul and Corie love each other - and that's what matters most of all.

This delightful romantic comedy based on the play written by Neil Simon is eccentric and perfect! Robert Redford is hunky and smartly comical, and Jane Fonda is vivaciously fun. In fact, for some reason she makes me think of my friend Carly - whom recommended I watch Pulse last October - it's probably her looks but Jane's personality seems like a perfect fit as well. Sharp wit, endearing romance, and comical hi jinks make this movie a delightful classic that anyone could gain a good laugh at.

"Give up a little bit of yourself for him...and just love him"

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Suspiria



This post is coming at you a little late because I’ve been lazy and enjoying sleeping more than is probably healthy at the moment. So how about a little update on what I’m actually doing instead of bombarding you with posts from the vault?

Hello everyone! I've missed you - tell me how you are :)

This past Wednesday night, Jacob invited me over to check out his new place in Seattle and to also join him and his lady friend Amanda in going to the Grand Illusions Cinema for a special 35mm screening of Dario Argento’s Suspiria. I have seen Suspiria before but that was back in high school when all my boyfriend and I did was make out to the movies we rented at blockbuster so that hardly counts. So this time I had the opportunity to see the movie IN 35MM FILM and in a brand new cinema – bring it on!

Here's the view from my seat with our host and projectionist of the night introducing the film
It felt like a clubhouse!

Grand Illusions Cinema, is located in Seattle, and just like The Grand Cinema in Tacoma that hosts the monthly Grindhouse Theater screenings, they are a non-profit organization, they are both the only theaters in Washington capable of screening 35mm prints, and they thrive on the patronage of their audience. Honestly, I am seriously considering becoming a member there just because of how cool the theater is! It maybe seats 40 people, the seats are upholstered in old-fashioned brocade embroidery, and it smells like my Grandparents’ basement. Its such a cool little place, and I can’t wait to go back! And I gotta say, seeing Suspiria for the “first time” there was the best possible way TO see it!

This is the fabric that covered out rickety seats - couldn't you just die!

American ballet student Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) has just arrived in Italy at a highly revered ballet academy where she plans to carry on her studying. But from the moment the doe-eyed girl arrives at the academy, its obvious that something isn’t quite right. The night she arrived she saw a girl run from the school into the dark woods and she was never heard from again.

What did Suzy get herself in to??

Suzy settles into the school alongside the other students and begins her work. But then things get weird again. During a morning class, Suzy collapses on the floor with blood streaming from her mouth and nose. The school doctor says she had a small hemorrhage but will be fine so long as she keeps a diet of bland food for the next week. One night maggots fall from the ceiling and it’s the girls dormotories, Suzy and her friend Sara (Stefani Casini) notice that the teachers don’t leave the school for the night like they say they do……what is going on? But when Suzy decides to investigate, she finds that the staff at the school aren’t who they claim to be. And they want her dead!

Murder, mayhem, and brilliant red lights - Dario Argento strikes again!

Once more, Dario Argento proves himself an incredible filmmaker with this astounding thriller! There’s gore, sorcery, torture, creepy Russian housemaids, a killer soundtrack from Goblins – so much good stuff! One thing I love about this movie is that there are no “pretty” deaths. When girls die in other horror movies, their hair is always perfect and they look as beautiful dead as they did alive. Dario Argento doesn’t let that happen – these ladies die with their mouths hanging open, tongues out, eyes rolled back, hair mussed; it’s grotesque. And brilliant. Fans of Argento’s other incredible films like Deep Red and Demons will have such a fun time with this movie, which is apparently part of a trilogy. Expect many more posts in the future from this killer director!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook



I’m sure you’ve notice how there has been a lot of fuss over this movie, but I wasn’t too compelled to see it. Honestly, you can blame Bradley Cooper. The fact that he starred in The Hangover has pretty much ruined anything he will ever be associated with in my eyes. But thanks to one of my Facebook friends who posted a MAJOR spoiler alert status about this movie, I had to see it. I needed to understand. And now I think I do…

Look at me! I figured out photoshop!

Our movie opens inside of a mental hospital in Baltimore where we meet Pat. Pat (Bradley Cooper) has been appointed by law to spend time in this institution due to a major breakdown he had 8 months prior. Pat had come home one night to find his wife Nikki (Brea Bee) having an affair with a history teacher from the school where both she and Pat worked. And Pat kinda sorta maybe tried to beat the guy to death with a shower head…

Pat isn't a bad guy...he's just wired a little differently

One day, Pat’s mother (Jacki Weaver) arrives at the institute with a release form – because of his good behavior Pat can come home so long as he adheres to Nikki’s restraining order and continues to go to therapy. But leaving the hospital and going home isn’t exactly a positive change. Pat’s brother Jake (Shea Whigham) has always out shined him in everything he’s done, none of his friends trust him or treat him the same, and Pat is trying to not flip out on everyone around him every time he hears a song that was played at his wedding.

But Pat has a plan – now that he is out and has proved his solid behavior there is no reason why Nikki shouldn’t take him back. He’s lost weight since the incident, he’s shown interest in the books she requires her students to read in class. Yep, once Nikki finds out that he is changed man everything will go back to normal. Which everyone else knows isn’t true. But it’s not like Pat will listen. And then he meets Tiffany.

The first meeting...

Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence in her Academy Award-winning performance!), like Pat, is a little rough around the edges. She had only been married to her husband for a few years before he died, leaving Tiffany no choice but to move back home with her parents. Alone and bitter, Tiffany is brutally honest and there is an instantly awkward spark between her and Pat when the two meet while at Tiffany’s sister’s (Julia Stiles) home for dinner. They butt heads, throw hurtful but honest insults at one another. But they’re drawn to each other.

They usually end up running after each other screaming but they're still drawn to each other

Tiffany and Pat spend more time together but its obvious that Pat is only using her as a tool to hopefully get closer to Nikki. And poor Tiffany is not okay with this but then she comes to an agreement with Pat. If he agrees to perform with her in an upcoming dance competition, she will deliver a letter from Pat to Nikki. It’s not honest, and it’s extremely illegal, but despite the far from innocent intentions the twosome begin to find a friendship blooming between them. And maybe someday it could be more.

This movie was shockingly amazing! Also starring Robert De Niro as Bradley Cooper’s father, this movie is touching and highly emotional but it also rings true with a lot of things. Selfishness, loneliness, grief, mental illness, love…it’s a really complex look at family and romantic relationships but its also refreshingly real. I actually came to find that I identified with a lot of aspects of Jennifer Lawrence’s character, it felt really good to hear her burst into tears over the same things I’m feeling. This movie is so real!

Jennifer, you spoke right to my heart. Thank you!

Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, I highly recommend this movie for people who like slightly offbeat love stories like Garden State and Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, but who also desire a realistic family element to their dramas. This movie is well worth renting, and owning. Thumbs way up!

Roman Holiday



I have yet to find a person who doesn’t adore Audrey Hepburn or find her a charmingly lovely lady. Last month I couldn’t resist picking up an issue of Vanity Fair that splashed her photo across the cover with a story about living in Rome after filming Roman Holiday – how could I NOT buy that magazine?? Well, that’s inspired a bit of an Audrey-stint. So if you’re not a fan, you’ll want to ignore the next two posts. But if that’s the case….well shame on you for not liking Audrey!

Audrey's Dolce Vita - her sweet life!

Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) of England is currently undergoing a tour of several major European countries to improve their public relations. Adored by all, the Princess is showered with gifts from the lavish countries she visits and is kept continuously busy with public appearances and meetings with delegates and Prime Ministers. But then one night it happens - she snaps! 

With so much pressure to be perfect, no wonder Princess Ann has a breakdown!

Ann becomes hysterical with the nonstop schedule and the old-fashioned standards she must be held to - she's exhausted from travelling, and she's sick of not being able to make her own decisions. Everything from her late night snack - milk and crackers - to her underwear is an ancient tradition in her family. Well Ann won't have it - and so she steals away in the middle of the night while staying in Rome, Italy. But not before the royal medical physician gave her shot of sleeping anecdote to help calm her down.

Wandering sleepily through the streets of Rome, Ann crosses the path of journalist Joe Bradley. Joe (Gregory Peck) is on his way home from spending a night out gambling, and he brushes off the lovely young girl as a drunk. But when she starts falling asleep on a bench on the street, he can't help but do the right thing and take her home with him. The next morning, Joe wakes up late and scrambles to get to work. His assignment for the morning was supposed to be to interview Princess Ann, but that was 45 minutes ago! So he waltzes into his boss' office ready to play off the story and then he finds out that Princess Ann was "taken violently ill at 3am and would have to postpone all her engagements until she recovered". And then Joe sees a picture of the Princess on a previous printed newspaper....

Little does Joe know who he roughly tossed into his bed the night before...

Rushing back to his apartment, sure enough there she is! Princess Ann sleeping in HIS bed in HIS pajamas! Who would have thought! And then Joe comes up with a brilliant idea - he could get an exclusive interview with Ann that no one else could, and on matters more intimate than just politics. A story like that could rake in tons of cash, enough for him to pay off his gambling debts and get a plane ticket back to America! And then Ann wakes up. At first she is confused at her being in a strange man's apartment and dressed in pajamas instead of her Victorian era nightgown...and then she realizes the freedom she has before her. 

A day full of possibilities - where to start!

Introducing herself to Joe as Anya, she confesses that she is a runaway...from a local college. She's never been allowed to smoke a cigarette or cut her hair or do as she wanted, and so Joe makes a proposition to her. Alongside his photographer friend Irving (Eddie Albert), Joe will show Anya the sights of Rome and they will spend the day doing whatever she wants. And so they do. While Anya eats gelato on the steps on an ancient cathedral and zips around behind Joe on a vespa, Irving tags along taking pictures along the way to also be paired with the exclusive story Joe plans to write. But as the day goes on, Joe questions whether releasing the story would be a smart idea...especially with the blooming feelings he has for Ann are becoming stronger. 

Playing pranks at The Mouth of Truth and raising Hell in the streets of Rome - 
But sadly these moments won't last forever...

This sweet Italian classic is a brilliant romance story and one of Audrey Hepburn's greatest roles to date. Her innocence and delicate grace make her character as a Princess so convincing, and the budding friendship between her and Joe is precious and heartwarming. Fans of classic Audrey Hepburn will adore this movie, and the beautiful Roman landscape in which it is filmed. But do be warned - the ending is not what we all hope it will be. It's bittersweet, but the memories of the adventures are what matter most.