The Grocer’s Son –and other escapes from reality…

Know when you reach that point where you wish there was a turn off/on switch on the wall for your mind? Some folks reach this point more often and faster than others due in part to how we spend our time and energy.  One of my ways of easing the influx of all the negative input is to watch several films in a row. Yep, just turn off the phone, turn off the lights, pop some corn, open the jar of herring, and pour some grape juice over ice and push the ‘play’ button on the dvd player.  For me, the key is finding some  mental relief from the sadism of the world at large via viewing satisfying films that work visually, textually and with solid performances.  Here’s a few films that I though might be worth sharing and inviting discussion/comments. I enjoyed them all–each for what they offered.  What films have you indulged in viewing lately?

The Grocer’s Son  — http://www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=163&gclid=CMKVu_ypsZ8CFQUMDQodj0HW0w&

I want his ‘job’–I want that route! I want that stone house in the country…

Film Movement offers some very interesting movies that could be easily overlooked since there’s not huge market press everywhere for such films.

Brazil unlike I ever imagined it  in  The House of Sand  — >http://movies.nytimes.com/2006/08/11/movies/11hous.html

The House of Sand gives new meaning to getting away from it ALL.

The Pope’s Toilet  – in Uruguay no less!–Who needs a car when you’ve got a bike?

>http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/870

http://www.filmmovement.com/downloads/press/The_Popes_Toilet_FM_Press_Kit.pdf

Robert Redford, Helen Mirren, and William Dafoe ACT big time  in The Clearing

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0331952/

The Clearing’s cast is the reason for viewing this film.  How would you spend your last hours? I think I enjoyed Redford’s performance in An Unfinished Life, but it was good to see him deal with an entirely different sort of ‘character’ in The Clearing.  Dafoe—well, DAFOE is DAFOE—he never disappoints whether invisible as a vampire, The Man in Boondock Saints, or –or anyone else! Mirren–hmm…let’s have her face off with Judi Dench–or maybe not. LOL.

I Am Guilty—-Who needs trouble? This young man wants it. Parents might take notes.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_am_guilty/#

The Motorcycle Diaries–

http://www.motorcyclediariesmovie.com/

Can Che swim? Yes, he can!  And that motorcycle loving dude sure can DANCE!  I do so adore roadtrips–but I think I would have traded that motorcycle for a donkey pretty damn quick!!!

Not yet on  dvd:

Still Walking   *****  http://fest09.sffs.org/films/film_details.php?id=85

Beautifully performed, visually engaging, textually satisfying film delivers on so many levels–like the delightful film, Departures– without resorting to horns and whistles.  Who says ‘pain’ must be expressed  with screaming and yelling? What’s in a song?  Should I let you be my ‘father’? If you’re sick of blood and guts and screeching wheels –see it if you can.

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A laugh for lunch–check out Yousei’s Cats

Okay, it’s sunny and the wind chill is nill here where me be at the moment. Time to lighten up all the DARK MATTER with a little comic relief.  Yousei has at her casa a Tale of Static Cats related in haiku and cartoons.  Check it out. I think her kitties should grow, develop, enlarge, expand –in other words, they ought to make more appearances.  Pussyfoot on over to Yousei’s and see what you think: 

http://tasmith1122.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/static-cat-tales/

Oh and do beware, that turnip, otto, might be lurking around with a Roman Axe in hand ….

http://ottobiography.wordpress.com/

anticipating

waiting

 

after melting snow

warming  thrills breaking ice  light

liquid sun  invades

Albert Owl King, Cherry Creek 1922

Albert Owl King

Albert Owl King p.2

Lures of DC

Randomness is rampant in moi’s mind this day cycle of no sleep–and my latest posts tell only a small piece of the tale—lucky for you. Much thanks to dave, the lazy photographer trolling Toronto for whatever trips his camera snaps, for inspiring this post about DC.   http://lazyphotog.wordpress.com/

These days one HAS to wonder what goes in Washington, DC besides lobbyists going  mad. Well, corrupt politics aside, here are a few things that DC has to offer:

Teaism–Not all for the love of tea –there are wonderfully good  yum yums for your tum tum. Do NOT pass on the cookies or green tea ice cream. 

http://www.teaism.com/Restaurant/PennQuarter.aspx?SubModuleID=7

Way affordable lodging for those willing to share bunks, bathrooms, kitchens and one funky pooltable—-every hostel is unique and this is no exception.

http://hiwashingtondc.org/

Hankering to play history detective? Oh the National Archives are loaded to the max with all sorts of secrets.

http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/

Great Thai food that won’t break your budget can be had at Haad Thai.

http://www.haadthairestaurant.com/

Feasts for your eyes at the Freer Gallery–oh for the loves of Whistler don’t miss it.

http://www.asia.si.edu/

Oh and yes, there is PUBLIC transportation in DC–the metro runs runs runs–and sometimes there’s live music too–but it’s affordable and reliable and if it’s crowded another train will be along soon—wake up the rest of America and get one of these systems.

http://www.wmata.com/

Paragon Radio live for five hours now–yes, NOW

http://www.kkfi.org/program.php?id=84

Blogging in the wee hours in silence? Doesn’t have to be. Surf in to KKFI’s five hour long talk radio show hosted by the one and only Ben Johnson–no, he’s not that Ben Johnson of Shakey Will’s time. But he could be a reincarnation…right there’s some weird tunes  aplaying–an early suicide? Dunno, just tunned in meself…Care to join us later nighters in Kansas City? Ohhh here’s Neil Young and the vampire song….join in…

www.kkfi.org   streaming live

community radio like you’ve never heard it before–definitely without a plan…

At Monday at 5 am in the middle of muddled america this program will conclude until next week. But there are others for your listening pleasure –and amazement–and displeasure– always streaming online 24/7   365 for FREE—yes, FREE.

Films—Native Americans

Just a few films for ‘thought’ here.  All deal with Native American subjects in one way or another. Suggestions for  additional titles are invited. Please feel free to post. 

“Total Silence Native American Women Vs Hollywood Stereotypes” –>

http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2242905113/

The Snow Walker —–>>>>>

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3019505945/

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1143677-snow_walker/

Skins –>>

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2357723417/

Smoke  Signals –>>>

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120321/

Edge of America —->>>>

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0363587/

Black Robe——>>>>

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101465/

The Business of Fancy Dancying –>>

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/business_of_fancydancing/#

The Only Good Indian  ->    http://www.theonlygoodindian.com/

American Indian Film Institute – – – – >.>.>

http://www.aifisf.com/aiff/2009/?fMenu=film

1:37 am sleepless

 

mourning sight from my upper bunk

DC women working quiet night

long legs criss crossing 11th and K

curving along

yellow cabs catching, departing

hard working

drifting sleep I count them

five corner keeping time

two corners

one smoking hot waves

shifting all night

even when dawn church  covers

last calls 7:30 am

hard heels holding down corner grounds

hurt hard eyes streetward we greet each other passing

sisters surviving

wishing fresh boiling hot coffee for sharing

relief shifts end

Leslie White has been kind enough to provide her painting inspired by my poem. It is much more colorful than the images of my memory yet it portrays a certain essence of the poem as felt by Leslie.

"five on corner" by Leslie White

For more of what Leslie Paints –and her very candid commentary regarding her creative process regarding this particular painting, please visit:

  http://lesliepaints.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/five-on-the-corner/#comment-2436

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