How To Watch The Film, Primer.

1. Watch the film without reading about it first. You won’t understand it and you will break your brain trying to. Just watch and let it sink in. Don’t think too much.

2. Read the Spark Notes. You will barely begin to understand some of it.

3. Read this  chart  posted at . You will get halfway through the chart and your brain will hurt. ‘

4. Read Wikipedia article.

5. Read the “Time Travel In Primer” chart in the Wikipedia article. It will kind of start to make sense.

6. Watch movie again with the complicated chart sitting in front of you.

7. Pause movie several times to have a discussion with your significant other about what is happening.

8. Read complicated chart again when movie is over.

9. Repeat.

Books, Music, Art, Movies

Make a list of movies you believe everyone should see at least once.

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This is a fun Plinky prompt! And a hard one to answer.  Here are a few that pop into my head:

1. Vertigo. One of the best films ever made. Seriously.

2. Rear Window. Another one of the best films ever made. Actually anything by Hitchcock is the best film ever made.

3. Smoke. This one might not appeal to everyone. I watched it in a Literature class at UCSC and there was one scene that completely blew me away. It is the main character telling a story. And that’s it. But it is incredibly compelling. Then during the credits that story is played out to music and it’s just so fantastic. Here is some of the scene (you really do need to see the whole thing though):

and this

4. Last Night. A really great Canadian film about the last night on earth and how the main characters choose to spend it.

5. Any film by John Carpenter is full of win. They Live, BTILC, Halloween. LOVE.

6. Casablanca. Everyone should see it. For reals.

7. Wavelength. You might think I’m nuts for choosing this one and this isn’t for everyone.  I saw it in a film class I took in college. Many of the people in class hated it. But I thought it was brilliant.  It is 45 minutes of a camera panning to a picture on the wall of a NYC loft. Yep.

8. Gray Gardens. You MUST see this if you have never seen it. Seriously.

9. Cast Away. I love this film and think about it all the time. The scene in which the plane crashes is harrowing.

10. The Red Violin. One of the best films ever made and I never tire of watching it. It is the story of a violin through the centuries.

“In dealing with me the relatives didn’t know that they were dealing with a staunch character.”


"In dealing with me the relatives didn't know that they were dealing with a staunch character"I watched Grey Gardens this morning and then was prompted to clean my house (gee, I wonder why). When I was going through my closet I found a rather Edie-esque scarf. I put it on and arranged it the way Little Edie would and began to quote the film to my husband. And then a self portrait session session ensued. Yes, I’m having fun 🙂

Grey Gardens is a very interesting film. Among many other things I see it as something like an epilogue to Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, or a real-life Tennessee Williams play. It’s fascinating. The two Beale Women are amazing characters. You really can’t make this stuff up.

I had no idea it existed until last week when I checked it out from the library. I had no idea it was a cult classic. I can see why it is. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Here is some video referencing the quote above:

you gotta love Little Edie. Seriously.

Harry Potter and the order of the Pheonix

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Went to see it yesterday afternoon to escape the horrible heat. Loved it! I actually liked it better than the book. Actually, can I make a confession? I like all of the movies better than the books. Especially the more recent ones. The screenwriters and directors have done a really good job of distilling the story down to it’s core elements. Rowling tends to kind of drag things out a little bit and I find it a little boring. Not to say that I don’t love the Harry Potter books. Oh no. I plan on reading the next one as soon as I can.

But the movie. So far, this one is the best. It’s not really for little kids, though. The end fight scene with Voldermort is kind of scary, I think. But the movie is really very good. The woman who plays Professor Umbridge totally nails it.