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  —

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  — >

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?


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

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.

The Motorcycle Diaries–

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   *****

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.



  1. kseverny said,

    January 20, 2010 at 2:05 am

    how can this be?.
    i haven’t seen any of these movies. lol

    • January 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      Ha! Well, now you’ve got new movies for your menu, Cheffie! Hmm…perhaps you could do your own version of the House of Sand—Tart’s Kitchen of Salt????

  2. Yousei Hime said,

    January 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Me either! I’m not familiar with a single one, which really surprises me on the Redford/Dafoe/Mirren front. Hmmm. We don’t have incoming tv in our house (no cable/dish/satellite). Our news comes from local newspapers (very little international) and NPR. So most of the mental relief I need is from stupid things I, my husband, or my kids do. For instance, for some absolutely insane reason, my oldest burned an “S” or a “5” into his forearm yesterday. He won’t tell us (yet) where/when/why it happened. Huge sigh. I simply do not understand my children. So what would I watch in a situation like this? I’d go for light-hearted anime like Kamichu, Whispers of the Heart or Kiki’s Delivery Service–probably anything by Miyazaki. Another option would be my heart-wrenching favorites, like The Quiet Man, Becoming Jane or Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Maybe even Ferrer’s Cyrano. We’ve all got our comfort movies and food. Herring?

    • January 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

      Yousei, ahhh your son’s arm burn sounds unsettling. How old is he?
      Are you referring to the Quiet Man film with John Wayne or another film?
      Herring–oh yeah, pickled chilled herring–in or out of wine sauce. Yum yum.
      “Light” films can be good relief–well done ones.
      Becoming Jane—oh that film –good but in some ways so sad.
      What’s your comfort food?

      • Yousei Hime said,

        January 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

        As my husband explained it to me, boys do stupid things. I couldn’t argue with that. He’s sixteen, and probably let some friend scratch it in his arm. A friend told me there is scientific evidence that boys in utero have their oxygen cut off at birth. I’m inclined to believe her.

        Absolutely John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara’s Quiet Man. Love that movie. I like sad films, so Becoming Jane, Seven Samurai, and Cyrano suite me.

        Comfort foods. Never tried pickled herring. Truth is, I’ll eat almost anything. 😉 If it can’t involve cooking, chips and salsa or pbj. If I can cook, shrimp creole.

  3. ryeder said,

    January 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    One of the things I can not do to turn of a racing mind is to watch anything that would flood my brain with stimuli. Of the few things that does work is driving into the back country to watch a sunset. The wind blowing through the grass and trees is better than a fine ballet, the sounds of a coyote howling in the distance, the screech of a hawk echoing through the valley and the slow, dwindling burn of an orange sunset fading to deep purple can slow the world/brain down for me. Hollywood has nothing on this…….

    • January 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      Ryeder, I agree that Hollywood has nothing on such a venture into the back country. You’re lucky to have access to such.
      Changing mental stimuli is just my first step in slowing down. And when there’s freezing rain pouring–well–driving is something I’d rather not ‘do’.

  4. Dynamicdeux said,

    January 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Nice blog, site…I will venture back again…

    • January 29, 2010 at 12:28 am

      Thank you. I will try to visit your blog casa soon. I hope to run run run fast and catch up with folks soon. Until then–Cheers to everyone!

  5. Bryan Borland said,

    January 29, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Great choices! In movies and in your method of escaping madness! I think this is what we’re planning to do on Saturday. “Love The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Grocer’s Son” is on my list to see!

    • February 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm

      So Bryan–can you add other suggestions? Hey, btw, I LIKE this new Avatar image of yours. Cool dude in sunglasses! Ha.
      Do tell what you think of “The Grocer’s Son” once you’ve seen it. I seriously would like to reside in such a place. Grins.

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