Searching for a satisfying love story via dvd? Search no more. Serve some~ Chicken With Plums ~ What More Could Hopeless Romantics Wish For?

Answer to post subject title question— I have no idea regarding what more. Oh that’s a lie. Sure I do. But that’s beside the point here when it comes to Chicken With Plums. Let’s put it this way, I ate the entire film meal and loved it.

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Is it possible to write a review and give nothing away about the content? Why would I want to do that if I’m pitching a story to people who are all about ‘what’s going on here’? For my own churlish amusement, I guess. Honestly, I think the film trailer gives away far too much information as it is. That’s not really fair considering this isn’t a film about some devious plot to overthrow the world order. Nope. It’s certainly not a film about that sort of sordid messiness. It’s more of an adventure into a few human hearts., how things are connected, intense smoke and controlling parents. Now does that last qualify as a spoiler or not? Nawww, I don’t think it does. That’s not exactly a breaking news story–though there are a few broken things here.

What makes a great story? What keeps you reading a book? Why do you keep watching a movie? Is it intricate plotting and scheming? Cunning and creepy characters with caustic conversation? Thrill seeking vicarious stunt action? Fast cars and hot women–and men? How about a not so fast train, plane and a boat? Frankly I think we need to redefine the nature of ‘hot’ for both men and women on main streets. But that discussion doesn’t really fit here so I’m going to leave it alone–if I can.  Back to the swing of things:  Stunning images and exotic locations? What is that special bait that gets the hook in your brain box and keeps you reading and watching? What trips your entertainment traps? What feathers tickle you humor bones? By the way, do you enjoy random visits with Death?

What kind of story do you pick for a chilly night with the home-fires? Do your fingers dance to drama, comedy, tragedy or romance? Or some giddy brew of everything? Check out the examples suggested and get back to me asap. Please feel free to suggest other examples.  Hint, that’s what the blank lines are supposed to encourage you to do. If it’s not working, let me know and we’ll revise accordingly. Thanks for your input even though you’ve yet to offer any. Yet.

Tragedy     ______  as in Othello

Comedy    ______  as in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Romance  ______  as in Moonrise Kingdom

Drama     _______ as in Elizabeth Taylor On A Hot Tin Roof

Action    _______ as in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Me? What do I pick? I do it all as long as it’s got the goods to keep my imagination engaged. I like a full plate of a solid story, no-big-box characters, delicious visuals, and sensual sounds. Yesterday evening’s top film pick was Chicken With Plums.  Yes I indulged in several otheres, but, sigh, as amusing as they were, no other was qualifed for TOP billing except the film with the fruit. I would love to ramble on and on about this delight. But I won’t. It would pull the rug out from the act of discovery and exploration.  Taste it for yourself. Oh, and if you’ve never eaten plums except with your breakfast–you’ve been missing out on some damn fine sweet stuff. Consider yourself DEPRIVED. Hmm…maybe it’s not in my best interests to encourage others to eat plums as that will mean fewer plums for moi. How do I talk about this film without mentioning plums when they’re the last word in the title? Chicken With ____ is not the way to go. That fill in the blank with your favorite fruit just isn’t working for me.  How about you?

Chicken With Plums 

Chicken With Plums Movie Trailer (2012). The french movie, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud is set in Teheran, in 1958. From the Writers and director of Persepolis anime movie.

Note: The trailer says “Coming Soon” but the film has already come. No, you don’t have to go to France to see it. Silly bunnies.

Dessert?

Why yes, thank you.  I don’t mind if I do.  I’d like Chocolat.

PS, Were you expecting depraved instead of deprived? If so, what’s that tell you about you? No need to share. It’s quite alright to keep some things to ourselves.

Oh and if this is the most unsatisfying review of a film that you’ve ever read, please don’t hold it against Chicken With PlumsDon’t deprive yourself any longer than necessary on my account.

Why? Because My ID is Running Amok, So, Without Further Ado: The Complete History of the Soviet Union, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris

Sometimes the oddest things strike us as those which demand doing even when the why seems foggy and perhaps we’re just gleefully taking delight in the dark side of life. But, wait, I doubt I can conjure anything darker than what is already running amok in the world of humankind. So, let’s have a bit of comic fun while we’re waiting for all the skeletons to descend from the global political attics. Comedy, music, animation, do we detect irony here? mayhap–but just a dash and splash in with the vodka–pass the pierogies and the blood sausage. Let’s eat, drink and be very merry.
Guilty pleasures for one and all.
Chocolate ice cream too.
I make no apologies. My ID made me do it. Or d-id it?

disclaimer: never never never pay attention to what one’s spawn is viewing on the tubes of you

Now, where is the The Complete History of the United States of America Arranged to the Melody of Tetris? Hmmm? If you find it, please post it.

Info from YouTube:

Music by Pig With the Face of a Boy———-yes, really.
Directed, animated, and edited by CHRIS LINCÉ

WINNER – BEST ANIMATION – Super Shorts International Film Festival 2010
WINNER – LOW BUDGET AWARD – Super Shorts International Film Festival 2010

GET THE T-SHIRT! I Am The Man Who Arranges The Blocks T-shirts or not: http://pigfaceboy.co.uk/

Care to mosey a little to Mose’s music?

Some times a little irony, or more than a little, is in order in order to get through the seemingly endless stream of insane inanity swirling around us.  So, for some ironic comic relief here’s a healthy helping of Mose Allison for inclined ears’ tickling.

Yeah, there are some things I just can’t resist sharing –  like “Big Brother.”  Apparently Orwell was a prophet. Huh. Go figure. Now  I’m on the lookout for all those “rats” that got my attention long ago on the small screen.

Clicking on Mose’s mug will take you to his very informative website. It’s worth a visit just to learn of all the songs he’s written over his career of 50 years. Not many people survive and thrive creatively so long in  any profession.  We should all look so alive at 80.  Nice photo portrait too–in my opinion.

For your amusement, bemusement, entertainment–and perhaps a tad of inspiration,  more of Mose Allison’s music and mentality:

And just in case you missed it the first  posting round, “Ever Since the World Ended.”

Again, much thanks to KKFI’s Radio Redux for reminding moi of Mose’s existence. Yes, we all need our memory pages  refreshed–and that’s a good thing.  Now about those “breeze” and “knees”  lyrics . . . .

PS. If your fear of the dark needs replenishing there’s always  1984 to oblige. Don’t click to view if you’re in a happy happy, joy joy place.

Now I’m wondering if this post is an example of tragic ironic comedy.  Might be. Hmm. What do you think?

Let’s Play with Plays Now–Are You Game?

There is a genre that is faster to read than a novel and longer than a Shakespearian Sonnet–The Play Is the Thing.  Often overlooked and underappreciated as a reading text outside the theater, still, plays offer some of the most engaging dialouge and delightful language around. And if you’ve got a game companion, they’re ideal for sharing. 

Not for the faint of heart:

John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi–the duchess has a secret lover–or is it a secret hubby?

Ben Johnson’s Volpone or the Fox–con men, lust, and law and order!

Thomas Middleton’s The Roaring Girl—and A Chaste Maide in Cheapside is also delightful for the coffin scene especially. The Girl—quite the equal opportunity desirer. Chaste Maide—more FUN than Romeo and Juliet–the lovers die—or do they?

Shakespeare’s King Lear—ah, all the dysfunctional family values one could wish for..

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good—and lest I be remiss–For the Love of the Nightingale.  First, how Australia was populated by so called criminals. Second, what a man in lust will do…

Sam Sheppard’s True West—more family values–sort of–

Aristophane’s Lysistrata—Sex or War–chose your adventure.

Synge’s Playboy of the Western World–It’s a damn fine Irish play. What more need I say?

Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children–More War, anyone?

Goethe’s Faust—selling souls—ooohh see Michael Clayton’s cohorts..

Christopher Marlowe’s Edward the Second—all for love–truly.

Aphra Behn’s The Rover–lady snares a true troller among men–

~~~and what plays do you enjoy playing???

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