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.

“Humans from Earth” the ~ We Be Human ~ Theme for Wednesday 13/11/2013

Hello fellow Homo Sapiens.

It’s Sunday in my part of the world. I’m picking a Musical Theme for Wednesday, 13 of November 2013. Everyone interested is invited to join in–either with full length posts or shorter versions or to share your favorite picks one at a time. It’s all cherry coke with a slice of fresh lime on the rim.

I think this little ditty illustrates the Theme I’m reaching for: Humans, as in ‘us’.

Yes, this is open to other treatments in Art of all genres, your own works, and whatever you care and/or dare to dig out of your kitchen mind sink.

Have FUN.

Humans from Earth by T-Bone Burnett

From Wikipedia:

Homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man“) is the scientific name for the human species. Homo is the human genus, which also includes Neanderthals and many other extinct species of hominid; H. sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo. Modern humans are the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, which differentiates them from what has been argued to be their direct ancestor, Homo sapiens idaltu .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens

Hey Johnny, Willow, Bear and Deborah—and other intrigued parties–drop a line for play, pass or chipping in. Cheers. 🙂

 

 

Calling All Film Lovers: SOS–Save the Tivoli!

Click on the poster above to visit the Kickstarter page for Save The Tivoli.

Love your local independent theatre or lose it fast. The Tivoli theatre MUST go digital by or go dark because the industry demands it.  Even though everything works just fine, some folks need to make more dimes by forcing new techno toys on everyone else. Jerry Harrington explains all on the Kickstarter video while giving a tour of this wonderful film theatre treasure in Kansas City, Missouri’s Westport area.  This is a truly community based film theatre. Please help save it by sharing the news with others who support independent film and businesses.

Thank you,

Eva

from Tivoli Cinemas in Westport’s weekly newsletter:

 

As many of you already know, our SAVE THE TIVOLI campaign launched just a few days ago. The response has been heartwarmingly overwhelming! We’re humbled, appreciative and grateful for your support….and for the kind comments you’ve been sharing your pledges.
Visiting SaveTheTivoli.com is the best way to learn why this happening and how our Kickstarter campaign works. It’s also an easy-to-remember web address that you can share with your friends and contacts.
For the latest news, please read our Kickstarter updates, or follow our posts on Facebook. You can also pick-up SAVE THE TIVOLI posters, buttons and postcards at the Donation Station in the Tivoli lobby, where you can also get answers to any questions you might have.

And, on behalf of all us at the Tivoli, thank you for your support
Jerry Harrington

http://www.tivolikc.com/

This is the only place in town to see films like Muscle Shoals and Othello and Wadja and Nosferatu and opera and dance and…  Yeah, you name it and Jerry Harrington brings it to town like none other. It was the only place to Fruitvale Station and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Without the Tivoli it will be more chain store multiplex wasteland for film folks who want more than brain-dead humor and gore galore from the film industry.

Film Festivals and Indie Films

To view  what could be lost, please sample this week’s show schedule:  http://www.tivolikc.com/secondindex.html

Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/613557145/tivoli-cinemas-in-westport-go-digital-or-go-dark

 

 

 

“The Lost Vikings” A Cautionary Tale for Our Times: Adapt or Die

While tooling around on the tubes of you in search of other items of interest I came across this PBS segment from Secrets of the Dead. Finding it quite appropriate regarding a number of subjects and issues for our times–climate change, Indigenous life-ways, values, survival, food, water, religious influences et. al., I decided it was worth sending up a blogcasa flagpole. What would you do if your church told you to not adapt to the changing environment? Do you keep doing what doesn’t work? Or do you change, adapt and learn new skills in order to survive and thrive?

Choices

Controls

Consequences

posted by: HerrNordKamp http://www.youtube.com/user/HerrNordkamp?feature=watch

Links from post page on YouTube:

The Fate of Greenland’s Vikings: http://www.archaeology.org/online/fea…
Greenland Vikings ‘had Celtic blood’: http://www.archeurope.com/index.php?p…
Viking Contact with the Indigenous Population in the Eastern Arctic: http://www.archeurope.com/index.php?p…

Legendary Viking town unearthed: http://sciencenordic.com/legendary-vi…
How Vikings navigated the world: http://sciencenordic.com/how-vikings-…
Pre-Viking hotspot on the Norwegian Coast: http://sciencenordic.com/pre-viking-h…

Viking educational resources: http://www.archeurope.com/index.php?page=viking-period

Enjoy the journey.

 

With Much Ado About Something: Ed Sheeran Sings Hard War Truth with Heart.

** Been searching for a song

***Been working some words

****Been watching the stars

*****Been reading the signs

****Where lies hope

***With the old and young

**With hearts  true

voices from the wilderness

crying no more chaos

 

With Much Ado About Something young Ed Sheeran Sings war truth with heart:

 

Lots of Ed Sheeran singing thanks to Mackenna Inn on the tubes of yous.  Yeah, if you’re still hearing, you need more Sheeran discovering.

Stuck In Stress Spin Cycle? Forget the Straight-jacket get ‘Hijacked by Your Brain’ by Ford & Wortmann

Okay folks, usually ‘self-help’ books leave me cold for a number of reasons I’m not going to waste time typing about here. But this particular little tome has much to offer in these STRESS-full times where the pressure cooker of modern life keeps building up steam without a lot of positive outlets for release. This is not a preachy, ego-drive “DO THIS RIGHT NOW” book. The tone is conversational, direct and mindful of the fact that there is person reading it for a reason–probably because they’re dealing with STRESS of some kind. Wow, that’s something right there to commend this little blue book–awareness of a living, breathing person ingesting ideas via the printed text.

Dr. Julian Ford and Jon Wortmann are not out to dictate, impress, or intimidate with their skills and knowledge–they actually seem to have set out to HELP people deal with the stress of living in the modern world. The book contains references to real people and real experiences. The explanation of how our brains work with stress are easy to understand. If you know what’s happening to you when stress spikes, then you’re in a better position to deal with it. A lot of emphasis is placed on mindfulness and self-awareness. The discussion of stress as a positive and negative part of life is realistic and useful for how to take advantage of it. Yes, there are ways to use that energy to your benefit.The goal is to live what they all an “optimal life”–a good life, a life worth living, a life in a world where you have control of your thoughts, reactions, responses, if nothing else in your environment and in a stress inducing situation. The language is easy to read. The practice will require various degrees of effort depending on where you’re starting from–but, there’s a way offered here that can be of benefit to many people.
I picked this book up out of curiosity when browsing the new non-fiction books in my wonderful public library. I had no prior knowledge of its existence. After opening to a random page to read a sample I thought it might be worth checking out. If you’re looking for a means to deal with stress of any sort you might find it worth checking out too. No purple pills here, just information and a stress plan that’s been test driven extensively.

Book Site: http://www.hijackedbyyourbrain.com/

Sigh, WP is not allowing me to organize items as I wish–I’m not going to let it bother me though. All the parts are here so I’m going to just go with it. Yes, the video is WORTH watching. I didn’t dump it here to fill up space.

Would you blog for peace?

Bloggers blog, right? Duh. We write short and long posts about everything from sex and drugs to forest slugs and oil spill slime.  There are over 300,000 bloggers just in WordPress land.  Lots more in the cyber-space beyond.  Blogging goes on around the globe.  In WordPress we find each other via tags and networking. We can connect with people in different time zones all day long.  We work the world-wide web like cyber demons sharing our humor,  poems, paintings, photographs, pains, joys, news, opinions, and everything else under the sun.  I wonder how many bloggers would blog a plea for world peace.  Just one blog post in the manner of one’s choice–poem, art, music, just a simple few words to signify that you desire peace around the world. How many bloggers would blog for peace? I don’t know.  I am  curious.  Shall we find out?

If you blog a plea for peace in the world please leave a link to your peace post.

 Shanti Om                                   Visualize       PEACE

“All We Need is the Truth” ~ Bill Miller

It’s an election day here in the states. Yes, ‘truth’ has been on the minds of many of us–here and around this Earth.  We don’t seem to get much truth from anyone these days. Judging from the mainstream news coverage of WikiLeaks’ latest information sharing regarding the nature of war–truth is NOT a virtue or a commodity to be valued or desired.  Yes, it’s unpleasant to face the reality of making war, occupying countries and dominating other people by force.  It’s very easy to evade any mention of a ten years long military event in the states. If you don’t search for news coverage you can easily not know that there are soldiers dying and committing suicide, that civilians are killed without any regard for the value of their lives, that flag covered coffins arrive in various cities for homecomings of soldiers. Yes, there are many distractions in the states to avoid dealing with the truth of war.  Murder, rape, torture do not make for nice dinner table conversation.  During the Vietnam War it seemed impossible even for a child like myself to avoid war news. The truth of death and destruction arrived with the morning paper, with every edition of the nightly news, and with the radio music.  I still recall the story of a helicopter pilot’s death on the front page of the paper. “Bubbles” died on his very last flight mission. I can still see his smiling face in the photograph taken by a fellow soldier.  We don’t get such Truth these days. Denial is in high demand regarding everything from the grim nature of the gulf oil disaster to the killing of children in the Afghan countryside. Who are we? What are we? Seriously, what does it mean to be a ‘human being’ in these times? Are we simply commodities for corporate entities to buy, sell and trade? What does it mean to be humane? What does it mean to tell the truth? Why is truth-telling a ‘crime’? What the hell is going on?

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???

Books? Are People Really Reading? Still?

Okay, I give in—everywhere I look on and off the web there are lists and lists of books for summer reading and so far nothing appeals to me at all. Been wondering about this for all of about one minute and have decided to make my  own ”Best Books” —so far–list and perhaps this will help to enlighten me about ‘me’.  So, here goes, take it or leave it.  As they come to mind, some favorite reading adventures:

Joan Slonczewski          Brain Plague    http://www.davidmswitzer.com/slonczewski/brain.html

Karen Michalson     Enemy Glory http://www.arularecords.com/karenmichalson/Articles/Wojcik-Obert_Reviews.htm

 Vivian Schilling    Quietus   http://www.vivianschilling.com/News/main.htm

 Staci Layne Wilson   Horrors of the Holy  http://www.amazon.com/Horrors-Holy-Staci-Layne-Wilson/dp/0967518512

Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancy Dancing—makes you want to laugh, scream, cry all at the same time–especially the post office story.

Craig Joseph Danner’s Himalayan Dhaba —a take on the interconnectedness of all things–especially people.

Louise Erdrich’s Tracks–ahhhh what WOMAN this tome’s heroine be.

Ella Cara Deloria’s Waterlily—and what  were the lives of Lakota women ‘like’ before the settlers invaded?

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind—oh what can one find in the cemetery of lost books? history, love, tragedy, mystery and more.

Vivan Schilling’s Quietus—what’s a near death experience for?

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—love transcends manners–oh Jane!

Bryce Courteny’s The Power of One–damn those chickens and boxers and just what one person can accomplish.

Mikhail Bulgakuv’s The Master and Margarita–The BOOK to beat! Forget the great American Novel—I dare any writer of any country, anywhere on the globe to beat the pants off this baby for love, satire, and sheer imagination. The Devil has come to Moscow to prove he exists—and that involves tossing up Jesus’ existence too. Poor Pontious and the headache he gets from the man who won’t ‘save’ himself….And all the woe that can befall a writer in Russia–and elsewhere if you don’t beware!

William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom!—sin and guilt deep Southern style.

Natsuo Kirino’s Out–Japanese women as you’ve never seen them before–the murder disposal crew….great stuff–not for the squeamish crowd.

Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose—oh the old country and its woes–and loves.

 Douglas Adams’  The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul—It’s  Dougie Adams playing with all sorts of good old Norse myths and such.

R. A.  MacAvoy’s  Tea With the Black Dragon–okay, this is for lovers of all ages–mystery and an romance not quite like any other.

Tim Powers’  Declare—all about The Dark Side of spying spies–and a few other things along the way. Move over James Bond 007 for adventure.

—for now….

now more

Heinrich Boll    the Clown    and     Never Said a Word

John Hersey    Hiroshima

John Wright    The Golden Age

Emma Bull    The War for the Oaks

Charles de Lint    Forests of the Heart

Dalai Lama    The Way to Freedom

Simon J. Ortiz     from Sand Creek

eds. Stryrk and Ikemoto    Zen Poetry, Let the Spring Breeze Enter

Gunter Grass    The Tin Drum

Timothy Zahn   Dragon and Thief

Elizabeth Hayden   Rhapsody

James Stephens    The Crock of Gold

William Faulkner   The Hamlet

Philip K. Dick    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Dalai Lama    Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart

Dalai Lama   The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace

Osip Mandelstam   Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam –translated by Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin

Anna  Akhmatova    Complete Poems

Michael Dorris    Morning Girl

Juliet Marillier   Son of the Shadows and the rest of the Sevenwaters triology

ps. what are YOU reading that’s outstanding?

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