Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Sound of Music

Hit Me With Your Best Shot is back, and I promised Nathaniel I would try my hardest to play along.  I fear that I won't be able to see Paris is Burning in time, but luckily for me I have The Sound of Music within arm's reach, and it's never hard to get my kids to sit down and watch a movie with me.  So, last night the whole family sprawled out on the couch to catch Julie Andrews in all her glory belting out the songs we all love and know from the hilltops.  

I LOVE Julie Andrews...so much!

Anyways, the obvious choice was, well, obvious, since that picture of Andrews running up the hilltop, her arms outstretched and her voice escalating, is pretty much the most iconic cinematic shot of all time, but I wanted to go elsewhere with this.

I have a real soft spot for depictions of intimacy, especially those rich moments where you can see someone's personal opinions and feelings shift within a single look.  For me, the most beautiful scene within The Sound of Music is that dance between Andrews and Plummer (how was he NOT Oscar nominated for this?).  It's all in a look, and in this moment, in this scene, we see so much about the way that these two individuals are shifting in their affections towards each other.  Andrews is great in this scene, but for me this is Plummer's moment to shine.  He commands so much attention and displays so much deeply rooted blossoming intimacy.

That is why my Best Shot is this:

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Fistful of Thoughts...about dynamic duos, thieving minorities, Canadians, pearl necklaces and thirsty Oscar winners!

It's Monday, so it's time to delve into another Fistful of Thoughts, and this week we have a diverse group of controversial comments, promising projects and hilarious discoveries.  I'm sure that many of you have already heard about some of these stories, but let's talk about them together!

Let's start with some good news!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Fistful of Reads 2015: Hunger

February has come to a close, and my New Years' resolution to read a book a month has lasted yet another month, so yay for me!  I also want to thank the bloggers who continued this month to play along, and we have a new one too!  We'll start with links to their reviews first.

Chris reviews A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li

Bubbawheat reviews The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini

And now, for mine:

Friday, February 27, 2015

The 1939 Fisti Awards

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1939.  This is a year that is considered by many to be the greatest in all of cinematic history.  It's the year that brought us many cinematic treasures and the year that has brought us one particular film that is often touted as the greatest cinematic achievement of all time; Gone with the Wind.  One of the first things you'll notice as you view the Fistis for this year is that, well, Gone with the Wind is not a Best Picture nominee.  In fact, it's not even in my top twelve of the year.  Many are going to balk at this, especially when they see some of the films on that list, but Gone with the Wind is a film that I admire more than I love, a film that has never rested on me as a brilliant film; a good one, not a great one, and more of a spectacle for the eyes than the mind.  I do not expect everyone to agree with me, but that is why personal awards are so important, because this helps us articulate our own feelings on film.  I love this year.  It's so rich with a wide range of themes and emotions, and it represents why classic film is so, well, classic.  So, without any further explanation, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 1939!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Father-Son Relationships

It's Thursday, so that means it's time for Thursday Movie Picks!  I love the theme this week, as it's a theme that hits very close to home for me and is one that often stirs in me something very primal.  I find a deep connection to films on the subject, and narrowing down my three films was hard, but I decided to go with three different types of films to cover the subject.

And the theme of the week is:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Fistful of Thoughts...about making history, staying pressed, beating dead horses and how Oliver Stone just said "fuck you" to Edward Snowden!

Oscars were Sunday, and a lot of puking happened, so this had to wait until today, but I hope to be back on track with making these a Monday habit come, well, Monday.  Anyways, there's a variety of stuff to talk about today, and I'm dying to know what you guys think about all of this, so let's dish!