Candy-colored, lightening-fast, Wachowski-esque.

Cinematical Seven: Youth, Music, Sex, and the ’90s

I have seen all of these movies multiple times, memorized half of them, felt like they reflected my life at the time, etc. The one movie missing that I would include in my personal lexicon: Heathers

A nice list of the LA filming locations for the movie, including Google Maps and trivia about the places.

This looks awesome.

Apple – Trailers – SHINE A LIGHT

A great story about a woman who reclaimed her body through redefining her relationship with food: No Bread, No Worries: The Gluten-Free Girl

One of the great things about The Gluten-Free Girl is her absolute joy in eating and living. Even those who don’t have celiac’s disease like her, can find inspiration through her writing.

This is a personal reminder to myself to be mindful this holiday season – food is to be savored, relished and shared with love with friends and family.

Happy (American) Thanksgiving to the few reading this! May you eat, drink, be merry and have fun with those you love.

There is an interesting discussion going on at ask.metafilter about the twist in “The Illusionist”, and whether it was successful. Lots of spoilers, so proceed with caution.

I liked this comment a lot:

But on an emotional level — for me at least — it’s a love story. The howdoneit angle is secondary. Think about it as a love story for a minute: it’s a pretty clear-cut example of boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-wins-girl-back again. To me, that’s inevitably going to be an engrossing formula, if the storytellers set the romantic tone well and if I’m attracted to the protagonists.

For me, all the magic stuff was a backdrop. It gave the movie a gothic feel, like “Wuthering Heights” which, for me, is a love story about Catherine and Heathcliff. The windswept setting just makes adds spice to the romance.

I agree with all the flaws mentioned, but this really hits it on the head for my personal experience – and makes me think of how my film-viewing style has sort of morphed into this over the years: the movie doesn’t have to be perfect on all levels; if it makes me feel, evokes a big emotion – distaste, love, wonder, thrill, terror, dislike, silliness – then it’s a good movie. This is why I consider both “Requiem for a Dream” and “Anchorman” to be great movies. But it doesn’t mean I will ever watch the former again, and the latter, I watch a few times a year.

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