Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Do you like the ballet? I do. Which is funny, ’cause I wasn’t one of those four year old girls who went around in a tu-tu pretending to be a ballerina. It was the movie “The Red Shoes” that got me hooked. I had read it is one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite films and is often cited as one of the most beautiful Technicolor films ever made, so I watched it on TCM one evening a few years ago. I fell in love with the movie that night and watched the 15 minute ballet sequence over and over again. It’s one of the most beautiful and moving moments I’ve ever seen on film. I was lucky enough to see a restored version on the big screen this summer and people started clapping in the theatre at the end of the ballet scene—that’s pretty powerful.

Anyways, that is how I got into ballet. I’m super excited for the upcoming Ballet Austin season and if you are a fellow Austinite I highly recommend getting tickets to the season opener, Carmina Burana, ’cause it looks like it is going to be awesome (and for what it’s worth, there are no bad seats in the Long Center).

I’m also looking forward to Darren Aronofsky’s new film being released the end of this year, Black Swan. Psychological ballet thriller? That sounds like my kind of movie.

Yeah, it’s going to be intense.

Isn’t it odd how you can unexpectedly fall in love with something you once never gave a thought to for years? Odd, but I like those unexpected loves most of all.

And now I shall close this post with some lovely ballet pictures I’ve been collecting.

Lastly, my favorite Degas, “Waiting”.

What was the last thing you unexpectedly fell in love with, dear readers?


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Christine vs. The World

Hello bloggy friends! Is bloggy the right term? Whatever—who cares, right? If you’re in the US, I hope you had a grand long weekend. Now it is back to work. *sigh* At least I got to spend a lot of time reading, eating with friends and watching movies, so I can’t complain. I saw “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” for the second time and I feel like I should tell you I LOVE THAT MOVIE. Wow, it is fun. I can’t wait to buy own copy of it on DVD so I can watch it over and over again. For me, it’s going to be in same category as “That Thing You Do”: Movies that make me happy and I love so much that the instant they are finished I want to immediately watch them again. Yep, that is Scott Pilgrim. And right now, you can go make a Scott Pilgrim avatar, which, like the Mad Men yourself site, is so much fun you may find yourself wasting spending a lot of time making different versions of yourself. The above is pretty much how you will find me at the flower shop today. It is supposed to rain all day long and I do not like driving around making deliveries in the rain. Nope. But I will survive, because as you can see, I am clearly awesome.

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Tonight I finally went and saw Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s newest film, Micmacs. As with all his films, the visuals were inspiring and the story was full of quirky, lovable characters. I loved how the main characters were scavengers and salvaged broken bits & pieces from dumpsters and crafted new, workable items. My favorite character was probably the girl they called The Calculator (she’s the girl with the glasses in the second photo); her style was so cute and practical! Though this wasn’t Jeunet’s best film in my opinion, it’s still worth seeking out and watching in the theatre if you get the chance.

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Disney Nerd Alert

I was born to baby boomers who watched The Mickey Mouse Club and visited Disneyland the year it opened. I’m a child of the 80’s and grew up with the Disney Afternoon and saw all the 90’s classics (Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, etc) in the theatre. I worked in the costuming department of Disneyland for about a year. It’s a bit of understatement to say I’m a Disney nerd—so I am really super excited to see this documentary:

How exciting! What was your favorite Disney film from the early 90’s? It’s a tough choice, but I suppose I’ll go with Beauty and the Beast. Although Aladdin is really funny…but Belle has that awesome library the Beast gave her….and now I want to watch Disney movies the rest of the afternoon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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It’s been pretty quiet around my fair blog due to the fact that the last two entries I’ve written have been lost & swallowed up by the internets. That makes me mad. And when I get mad & frustrated with something, I usually throw it in the corner and leave it be until I’m ready to forgive it and start again. So here I am.

Last night, I was watching the new adaptation of Emma on PBS (for the second time). It’s not my favorite adaptation, but it’s still fun to watch (and twitter along with) as I love all things Emma. Emma is my favorite book by Austen, I’ve watched the 1996 Paltrow version an embarrassing number of times and I think Clueless is the best modern Austen adaptation (sorry, Bridget Jones’ Diary, but I just don’t like you). As I was thinking about Clueless tonight, I thought of Paul Rudd and then it hit me: Judd Apatow needs to make a modern version of Pride & Prejudice. THIS IS A GENIUS IDEA! Picture the cast:

Mr. Darcy

Mr. Bingley

(Okay, this is where I admit that Jason Segel is pretty much my ideal guy. He loves the Muppets, Disneyland, musicals & he plays the piano. The perfect man.)

Mr. Wickham

Colonel Fitzwilliam

Mr. Collins

Okay, I’m torn on this one. Should he be Jonah Hill?

Or Martin Starr? I’m leaning towards the latter.

Or should he be someone who has yet to join the Apatow Gang? What say you, dear readers? Would you watch Judd Apatow’s take on Jane Austen’s beloved classic? I am surprised no one in Hollywood has thought of this idea yet as it seems like it would write itself. I am laughing right now just imagining it in my head. Of course, I am a bit insane, but we all knew that.

I am going to be thinking about who to cast as Elizabeth and Jane and the rest of the characters the entire week. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment! I’m only two people away (kinda, sort of) from Judd Apatow & The Gang, so I think it is reasonable to assume we can pass this idea along and see the film made in time for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice in 2013.

Let’s make it happen!

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A few days ago I went to the midnight show for UP. I will be the first to admit that I am huge Pixar fangirl, but I think the fact that there were several midnight shows playing in Austin and they were all sold out is a testament to the reputation Pixar has built as great story tellers & makers of films that appeal to the young and young at heart (the screening I went to was comprised entirely of 20 & 30-somethings—which I also think says something about Austin movie-goers & the Alamo Drafthouse: we are made of awesome!). There are few films nowadays that can make cry within the first fifteen minutes and have me laughing so hard my side hurts twenty minutes later—but that was my reaction to UP. Sweet, whimsical, sad, touching, hilarious, inspiring and beautiful are just a few adjectives that come to mind to describe Pixar’s 10th (10th? Really? Wow, I feel old) film. I highly recommend seeing it in the theatre and in 3D, if you can. Until then, here a few items to get you in the balloon mood.

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Aqua+Vintage Pyrex=Love. I picked up the small balloon bowl at a garage sale for fifty cents last month. According to Pyrexlove.com, this is actually a promotional chip & dip from 1958, but they are most often found sold separately nowadays. Sadness. There are a few of these available on ebay, but at a kindof ridiculous price point. I am quite happy with the faded, well loved bowl I found, so I’ll just have to keep my eyes peeled for the matching large bowl in local thrift stores or let me know if you see one on etsy, okay?

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This lovely piece of whimsy can be bought as either a print or as a jewelry piece! I’m quite fond of the locket, but the seller also has it available as a bracelet.


Timber! Preservation Society has some of the most fantastic folk & woodcut inspired illustrations I’ve come across and this t-shirt is a favorite. But I need another t-shirt like I need another copy of Lord of the Rings, so could someone please buy this & wear it in my name? Thank you.


I love this simple, understated necklace. It could easily be a bouquet of balloons or a bunch of wildflowers.

I now feel like a Pixar movie marathon is needed so I can properly rank my favorites. This will mean another viewing of UP in the coming week or so, but I think I’ll start with my very most favorite, Wall*E. Goodness, it’s a hard life I lead.


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