I love you, dear blogs.

Heya!

It’s been a while since my last post and I’ve missed writing on here deeply. There’s no excuse, really, but yeah… blogging hiatus happens to us all, doesn’t it?

Well, I still do visit the blogosphere every now and then and come across some awesome posts I just love reading. They’re a well-deserved break I often take from content writing. I mean, I’m on the computer 9 hours a day anyway so why not take a sneak peek and see what everyone’s up to, right?

I follow many blogs and love reading movies and book reviews, favorite actor homages, amazing art & sketches and everyday stories. They are my escapism and I’d like to keep ’em this way. I particularly enjoyed reading these latest posts written by this super-duper bloggers, so if you happened to miss them, I’ll do the honors of linking them on here as well. Good stuff!

Here goes. My current top 10.

A Farewell to Helen Mirren’s Fabulous Tits – written by Jay of Assholes Watching Movies

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REVIEW: “You Were Never Really Here” – written by Keith of Keith & the Movies

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Thoroughbreds review; Teenage horror, angst and emptiness. – written by Jia Wei of Film and Nuance

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The Wicked Witch’s Plan To Get Rid Of Everyone – written by Maud Earnshaw and illustrated by Beatrice Wilberforce, Violet’s Vegan Comics

The fountain – sketched by Kendra Morell (10 years old), Sketch Universe

Mirrors in Films: Duality, Secrets and Revelations, and the Passage to the Otherworld – by dbmoviesblog

Beautiful Mirror Mirror On The Wall Snow White Snow White Mandela Effect Mirror Mirror On The Wall Now Magic

Silent Sunday – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) – by Durnmoose Movie Musings

House Hunting – by Patchious patch of Life Calls

My 5 Favourite Short Movies – by The Punk Theory

My Top Ten John C. Reilly Movies – by Cinema Parrot Disco

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Just a little recap of what I really enjoyed reading these past few days…

If I’m not writing posts, I’d better praise those who do… and do it so well. I hope you get to catch up on all of the above and enjoy them like I did.

Until next time.

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Pfeiffer Blogathon – Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Happy 60th birthday to Michelle Pfeiffer!

And thanks to Paul S.  – a dedicated lover of Meg and Michelle – for a kind reminder. Here’s to Pfeiffer Blogathon!

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Michelle is Hollywood’s classic blonde bombshell that won me over with many of her eclectic roles – the very deranged Selina Kyle (Batman Returns), the very challenging Laura Alden (Wolf) and of course, the very secluded Frankie – the protagonist of my review.

Frankie and Johnny (1991) is a movie I’ve watched time and time again, and will probably continue watching time and time again. It triggers my interest every single time because it’s not another sappy romance, but rather a long shot love affair between two heroic underdogs. Middle-aged Johnny meets younger Frankie in a local New York diner he just started working in as a cook. Strongly infatuated with Frankie, Johnny manipulates every single attempt to woo the reluctant waitress and hits a brick wall every time. Frankie is very cautious when it comes to men. After a series of bad relationships she’s now deeply accustomed to the quiet life of her one-bedroom apartment and a VCR she can’t even work.

Directed by Garry Marshall (Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, Pretty Woman), the 1991 movie was originally adapted from Terrence McNally’s two-character off-Broadway play, ‘Frankie and Johnny and The Claire De Lune’ set in a one-bedroom apartment.

Marshall’s intelligent and very well crafted version confines the lovers in Frankie’s small New York apartment in the last sequence, with into-the-night dialogues, intimate gestures, fathoming each other’s fears and a final serene truce. Spoiler! Claude Debussy’s Claire De Lune hits the final scene at Johnny’s request when he’s right on the verge of giving up his courting. Frankie comes out of her bathroom offering a toothbrush as a white flag and the two brush and brush and brush away, in love and in a perfect position to start their lives together happily ever after.

Much like in Pretty Woman, Garry Marshall shows that the process of finding one’s knight in shining armor is a lot more problematic than it used to be. No side comes into this convergence with a clean slate and it’s definitely not your Disney fairy tale – Frankie’s traumatic relationships, Johnny’s failed marriage and jail time – which results in a very successful and often humorous warm romance.

The rest of the cast is wonderful, an ensemble of simple characters who support a very realistic urban story; Nathan Lane as Frankie’s gay neighbor, Jane Morris as old and bitter co-worker Nedda, Kate Nelligan as Frankie’s free-spirited bestie, and Hector Elizondo as cafe owner and Frankie’s boss. 

Pfeiffer and Pacino already proved they can manipulate a very convincing on-screen couple. 25 year old Michelle’s big break was in 1983 classic ScarFace as Tony Montana’s love interest. You might recall the iconic hot Miami club dancing scene?

In 1991 the duo reunites for a rather mellower motion picture, but good ol’ Pacino never stops being A Pacino. Still very much loud and strong-willed.

FYI, 5 days ago, DailyMail announced another reunion for 35th ScarFace anniversary celebration.

Deeply Unsettling

Playlists of Psychopaths

Movies have tricked us. They made us believe that Classical music and psychopaths are strongly intertwined, when in fact, it’s actually R&B and Hip Hop that scratch that psychotic itch.

Perhaps I’m tapping this perplexing news piece a bit late – The Guardian and Independent already covered this on September 2017 – but the thought of this vile connection came up to me while enjoying a classical piece on the radio last night which naturally evoked Alex in A Clockwork Orange and Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs.

The gist of the research as described on both magazines:

The researchers at New York University named Eminen’s Lose Yourself and Backstreet’s No Diggity as two favourites amongst those with the highest psychopath scores, The Guardian reports.

In a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too.

Psychopaths have sensitive souls. However it’s not Bach that helps eradicate their inner demons, but Blackstreet and Eminem.

Love this song? You’re probably a psychopath.

So what can we say about classical music and psychopaths in films?

A myth?

Scene: A person enjoys a blood covered glass of milk while relishing over a 10 minute symphony –  a Slim Shady symphony.

Which brings us to…

Milk 

Another deeply unsettling complexity. Adults drinking milk in movies is deeply unsettling. Milk associates us with childhood innocence, the most tender times of our lives. So what the hell is an adult doing with a glass of milk?

A Clockwork Orange, No Country for Old Men, Hitchcock’s Suspicion, and Inglorious Bastards all use the act of drinking milk as eerily as possible.

 

According to culturacolectiva.com , showing an evil adult drinking a glass of milk also represents evil consuming or destroying innocence (i.e. SS colonel Hans Landa asking for a glass of milk when offered wine in Inglorious Bastards).

Milk is used for lighting contrast, meshes well with blood and creates the best contradiction to antiheroes –  drinking it means overpowering the good.

Alongside manipulation, ‘innocence’, smooth-talking, uncanny sense of normalcy and niceness, it seems that psychopaths, in and outside the film industry, have a rather surprising taste in music and love milk.

 

I’m ready to NOT give a fuck! 🖕

This is, by far, the best gift ever!

#MarkManson

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Now, here’s me. A person that tends to takes practically everything personally and worries over the shittiest things that don’t deserve an ounce of my attention. But, these shitty insignificant matters somehow find a way in and suck the energy out of me, and I can’t seem to block.

I was way worse before. As I get older, I learn how to get my shit together and better bullet proof my over-sensitivity. Because otherwise, it’s going to be pretty impossible to sleep at night! #NyQuil

So… my good friend just brought back this book for me from Amsterdam (because you just can’t get it here in Israel). Two copies for both me and her. Because, let’s face it. She needs to learn how to give a fuck as well, although she’s doing a MUCH better job than I do. I had my eye on this book for some time now and I though “damn, I think I need to read this!” And I’ve had my fair share of self-improvement books and whatnot, but if it has the word Fuck in it, it must be better than those politely written other ones. Someone just needs to say it like it is, and this guy, Mark Manson, is doing just that. I just started reading his blog too. Good stuff on there, let me tell ya!

A colleague pissing me off at work, drivers over-honking their horns in a traffic jam from hell at the crack of dawn, an impatient cashier anyone, my fucking asshole of a neighbor… can’t let those get to me… but, they do!

So, fuck yes! I’m going to self-improve. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to care, because that’s not what he’s talking about. He simply says, make room and care about things that really matter like Friends. Family. Purpose. Burritos. The guy loves his burritos. For me it’s chocolate cakes. Definitely chocolate cakes.

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I know myself better than anyone. I can’t not give a fuck at all and that’s not the purpose anyways. The thing is, I have to learn to allot my fuck-givings. And that is work, my friends. That is work. But, I’m willing to do this work for the sake of my sanity.

“Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.”

And to this I say, hell yeah, Mark.

Introducing Liam Brandon Murray

Ok… I saw this awesome post on my Facebook wall the other day and thought it was absolutely amazingly macabre.

I’m taking a slight detour from films today and flipping over to fashion and costume couture. As a former costume designer and an advocate of all things strange and unusual, passing on this Facebook gem would be a mistake.

I mean, look at this. I’d get married in this.

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So, the man behind this is Liam Brandon Murray, a UK sculptor and artist that crafts baroque-like garments formulated from deeply layered urban elements and fabrics creating an overwhelming wearable artwork.

You can even dare put this in a washing machine.

There’s so much thought put into each garment, an almost microscopical attention to every detail, stitch, and finish that make each piece one of a kind. It’s not unnoticeable that Liam often incorporates religious elements and iconography into his designs, claiming he wanted to be a religious artist as a small boy. If you look closely, you’ll see Jesus on a cross, cherub angels, and church edifices. And there’s a hidden meaning behind this, you bet.

Not only does religion take a significant part in his designs, there’s eccentric glances of what would humans wear when they come to terms with their alien origins and star heritage. Liam’s wearable pieces cover the human form top to bottom, leaving no area untouched, from gowns to hats, shoes to coats and even wedding dresses.

If you’re looking for a little steampunk in your wardrobe, you found your guy.

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So, how does Liam make his pieces?

Liam uses a mix of different formulas he calls “a cauldron”, containing an interesting mix of materials, including liquid foam for stretch, latex, stretchy fibers, and stretchy paints, among other things.

Once it’s on the fabric, he injects the back so it seals and becomes watertight.

I’ll get you my prettyand your little dog too!”

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“Liam Brandon Murray fine art wearable sculpture. still in progress/not finished. Creator and founder of this art genre. All rights reserved. all under copyright.”

Moving like a spider…

 

Liam’s goal is to get the art world to recognize costume and fashion as fine art.

https://www.worldofwearableart.com/2017/06/liam-brandon-murray-garments-as-intricate-as-cityscapes/

Lord Maharaja & Star Bride on stage in the 2016 WOW Awards Show

 

This is rare fine art. Not often do I come across such brilliance so fit for the hottest galleries and couture runways in the global “Big Four” fashion capitals of the 21st century -Paris, Milan, London and New York.

I don’t know Liam personally, but stumbled across these beauties on Facebook and absolutely had to take a sneak peak at his page and see what other treasures he’s got in there.

On The World of WearableArt editorial piece, Liam said that: “It’s my goal to get the art world to accept that as a piece of fine art. It’s just as good, if not more so, than a standing sculpture. This thing has to work, it has to move. [Costume and fashion designers] deserve more credit in the art world, I think.” 

Best of luck, Liam, and keep indulging us with your genius.

Liam Brandon Murray

Liam Brandon Murray