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films for fall.

6 Oct

every morning last week i woke up to weather that screamed “don’t get out of bed! stay here. watch a movie. be cozy!”.

summer is wonderful & chicagoans look forward to it with an unmatched passion during those everlasting winters that seem to creep their way into “spring”. in fact, we love summer so much that nearly every year by the time september rolls around, we’re broke, exhausted, and sunburnt. no?

so you see, fall is welcomed with open arms in this household. that guilt complex of absolutely having to be outside during every waking moment of sunlight fades away as the air becomes crisp and cool. and just like that, i’m trading in my flip-flops for blazers and cinnamon spiced coffee.

fall brings the comforts of familiar & expected cool weather favorites–apple picking, pumpkin flavored everything, college football games, and rainy days curled up inside enjoying a lazy afternoon double feature.

today i’m sharing my rather eclectic list of favorite films, and one television series, to watch during autumn.

{a rom-com classic. gorgeous new york scenery. the plutonic friendship turned relationship feels all too familiar for this girl.}

{a television series shot like a film. haunting & dream-like, twin peaks will have you enthralled in murder mystery & the paranormal. david lynch is a master of the eerie.}

{i swear i’m not obsessed with ms. ryan. this movie is cute, cozy, and 90s fun}

side note, isn’t it interesting that this film is about book conglomerates taking over mom & pop book shops. those same “friendly” conglomerates were mourned earlier this year as they posted “out of business” signs around the country.

{a wonderfully inspiring period film complete with east coast scenery.}

{there isn’t much i don’t adore about this movie. it’s got that creepy, dark, suspenseful feel. i’m typically not a tim burton fan, but he got me with this one.}

don’t watch alone. i say this out of experience.

{we end with a quirky dramedy & a star packed cast. i loved seeing gwyneth in this role. alex baldwin’s voice is oh so charming as the narrator & the soundtrack is to-die-for}

do you have autumnal film favorites?

i’m going to hop right into the season and watch one this evening!

before sunrise. before sunset.

22 Sep

two films. one love story.

these are wonderful, conversational, romantic films.

i saw before sunrise last summer and just recently watched the sequal. to briefly synopsize, a man and a woman bump into each other on a train in europe and decide to spend a spontaneous 24 hour layover together in vienna. the entire film exists within these 24 hours and we witness the development of their friendship and romance. there isn’t any fancy plot, just conversation. two people getting to know one another. it’s effortlessly charming and romantic.

my favorite scene is where they pretend to be telephone home to a friend, describing having met the other. watch below!

have you ever seen these films? if not, go see now & let me know what you think!

come fly with me.

21 Sep

i am buckled up and READY for the new television series, Pan Am.

debuting on september 25th, Pan Am is a period drama centered around the iconic Pan American World Airways. set in 1963, the series stars some familiar faces, including a personal favorite of mine, christina ricci. the storyline focuses on the idolized airline lifestyle of jet-setting and glamor, specifically the bouts of “passion, jealousy and espionage”.

if you know me, then you know how i adore the 60s. i’m desperately hoping this show lives up to my high expectations, inviting me into another time & providing a realistic look into life during the 60s and the overly romanticized life of airline workers.

i love how true Mad Men stays to the design, style, attitudes, character development, and themes of the 1960s–i wish the same for this series.

check out the trailer below, and the show’s debut on abc, september 25th.

the help.

20 Sep

i just wrapped up reading one of the best fictional books that i’ve read in a long time, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

set in jackson, mississippi during the early 1960s, The Help tells the life story of african american women working as maids for white households and one white girl who wants to understand the neglected side of the story. The Help is told through 3 points of view: the hard-headed, sassy, [& tormented] minnie, wise and nurturing aibleen who has seen a lifetime of hurt and suffering, and eugenia ‘skeeter’, a privileged recent college graduate who sees the need for change.

to say that i didn’t cry or hold back tears (in public places) countless times while reading this novel would be a lie. the compelling stories of love, loss, persecution, cruelty, compassion and human connection during the darkest of times weave in and out of every page. they force you to confront a time and place you didn’t know, couldn’t know, but now can now understand a little clearer.

the highlight of this novel, and what the characters come to see, can be found in this one line: “we are just two people. not that much separates us. not nearly as much as i’d thought.”

stockett puts it perfectly in the post-novel note:

i don’t presume to think that i know what it felt like to be a black woman in mississippi, especially in the 1960s. i don’t think it is something any white woman on the other end of a black woman’s paycheck could ever understand. but trying to understand is vital to our humanity.

The Help has been made into a film and is currently showing in theaters. watch the trailer below. i haven’t seen the movie yet, but it won’t be long.

have you read the book or seen the film? i’d love to hear your interpretations and reactions.

tiny chicago.

12 Sep

tiny tourists check out a tiny big city.

it’s incredible how the change in depth makes our minds perceive the scenes as miniature.

filmed using a tilt shift lens to create a miniature effect. LOVE IT.

100 years of london style.

1 Sep

check out this awesomely upbeat little dance number which captures 100 years of east london style in 100 seconds.

apart from the synchronization, editing transitions, and dance moves i could never perform in a million years, they capture fine details. for example, during the WWII time period the man disappears and the woman is dressed in ‘rosie the riveter’ style.

this fancy little number makes me nostalgic for old time-y fashion! some vintage shopping is in my future this weekend…

{thanks to meg for the video tip!}


17 Aug

if you’re not familiar with “chinglish”, it is spoken or written english which is influenced by the chinese language. this has especially manifested in the translated signage throughout china, more recently gaining press as the chinese government works to address the signs.

last month, the boy and i saw Chinglish, the play, at the Goodman Theatre. in addition to the razor sharp comedy, captivating set design, perfect use of music between scenes, i found the overall message especially relevant and compelling. in a melting pot of cultures (one which now sways east in dominance), it is easy to see chinglish as a comical byproduct of languages colliding. but step back from the giggling of a misinterpreted phrase and you’ll find a message to view not just the language of another country, but the culture, people, and situation with careful interpretation.

a synopsis:

The truth is lost—or concealed—in Chinglish, a new work by Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). When American businessman Daniel arrives in China hoping to make an important deal, he finds himself enmeshed in a system that he doesn’t understand – and is more complex than he ever imagined.

i strongly suggest seeing this play if it comes to town you’re living in or visiting. it was a wonderful experience, perhaps my favorite play to date. it’s not too often that i leave the theater with a new outlook on how to navigate my interactions with other cultures.

chinglish gets 5/5 according to this critic.