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Life Love and the Movies

While reading through the LAMB‘s retweets I came across many bloggers participating in a super awesome blogathon. The Life, Love and the Movies blogathon is fantastic. It reminds me of those surveys we used to do on Myspace that you now see pop up on tumblr or occasionally Facebook, except it’s all about movies and how they have related to your life and your love life, specifically. Get ready to learn a lot about me.

Life

1. What was the first movie you saw in the cinema and what do you remember about that visit?

Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit when I was 5. My older brother took me because my little sister (who was 2) had to be taken to see a doctor. We don’t remember what she was sick for or anything though. I was very excited to see a movie in the theater. I still love the film BTW.

2. Are there any movies you have very strong memories of which are not because of the movie (for example something which happened at the time you were watching it)?

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I usually give a movie my full attention. I have two memories from the theater that come to mind but they are due to the movies themselves. I saw W. with my sister when it came out. She wasn’t going to be in town for very long so when we realized that the movie was wasting our time together (we were so bored) we walked out. That’s the only movie I’ve ever walked out of. I also remember seeing that Heath Ledger fantasy film, The Brothers Grimm. It wasn’t very good but the reason that it comes to mind is that the theater was having a glitch and the film stopped about three times. We were not amused.

I also remember a few movies that were so exciting because they were like events. Titanic was exciting as a horny 14 year old girl. It was also the first movie that I saw that had an intermission. When the Star Wars films were re-released (and later the first prequel) we went to see them during a midnight screening. Waiting in line with all of the huge Star Wars fans (as I’d become once I saw them) was exciting and the original was my first midnight screening. As an adult my most anticipated movie that my sister and I went to see at midnight was The Simpsons Movie. It was awesome to be there with all of the other Simpsons fans in their tees. There was a problem with our theater’s projector though so we had to move after getting there early and picking out prime seats. It still rocked though.

3. Which movies had a big impact on you and changed a (small) part of your view on life?

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One of my dad’s favorite movies is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He was a big fan of watching it on Halloween when I was a kid. I think that helped with realizing that there were people out there who didn’t conform to social norms. As a little kid I didn’t get that it was so sexual.

Trainspotting, A Clockwork Orange and Fight Club are some movies I saw as a teenager that changed my outlook on life. They showed me that some people live outside of what society expects of us. Even though I can be materialistic I like the idea of materialism not making you happy as they mention in Trainspotting and Fight Club. A Clockwork Orange also appeals to that side of me that believes that people never fully change. Plus as an atheist I think it’s hilarious when he reads the bible for the violence.

4. Do you have any comfort movies which you return to because you are in a specific mood (for example if you are feeling down/nursing a heartbreak)?

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Showgirls is my favorite movie. If I’m in a depression it helps a little.

5. If a movie would be made about your life, what type of movie would it be and who would you like to portray you?

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It would be awesome if it were a sex comedy. Since it would be about me though it would have to have my issues (not just my sometimes awesome sex life) in it. So maybe Amanda Seyfried. She’s a great actress with blonde hair (I’m not natural but I always go back to it) who has had IRL issues with anxiety and panic attacks. Plus she’s not naturally that thin so she could easily gain a little weight to look more like me. Acting wise I adore Nicole Kidman. I guess she could also do it since she can do anything.

6. Which existing movie best represents you?

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As someone who figured out that they have PDD-NOS (basically asperger’s, autism spectrum disorder) and was bullied a lot in school I totally relate to that part of Ben X, which sucks. I’m not a gamer though. As an adult in that regard it would be Adam, even though I am not a fan of Rose Byrne.

I don’t think any movie really represents me though. Maybe The Net? I know most don’t care for it, but I totally do. Ways Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) is like me: she works from home on a computer, orders pizza online, saves up money for vacations in which she dresses provocatively, drinks and sleeps with a stranger. She’s very alienated so it’s possible she suffers from a bit of social anxiety, especially since she is pretty paranoid even before everything happens. So yeah, that one.

7. If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would be the last movie you would want to see?

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8. If you can spend your life working in the film industry, what would you be and why? (you know, director, producer, actor, cinematographer, costume designer, sound designer etc?)

I wanted to be an actor when I was young. I love clothes but I don’t think I could deal with the actors’ demands and weight concerns. I’d want to write/direct these days.

Love

1. Did you ever have a first kiss with someone while at the cinema and if so which movie was playing?

No. I’ve given hjs to a bf at the movies though.

2. What is your favorite movie relationship and why?

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When Harry Met Sally is definitely up there. It actually sucks that they wasted years just hanging out when they could have been dating when you think about it but I end up going back to it often. A completely different example of onscreen love that I adore is Secretary. BDSM and fear of commitment! If you mean a movie in general, not just a romance, a great family dynamic is played out between the sisters in In Her Shoes. If I watch that I have to be prepared to cry and call my sister.

3. When did your love for movies start and how has it grown?

I’ve been watching movies since childhood as a result of my father being really into movies. I didn’t really think about the reality or impact of movies until I was in junior high. I think that’s when I started truly appreciating and studying them. Although when we were kids we still did really like watching movies. The local video store had a one day rental on new releases so if we loved something we had to re watch it the next morning before it went back.

4. If you have to choose one film to watch with your loved one, what would it be and why?

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This depends on the day and what’s happening. Tangled is awesome and family friendly though.

5. If you can choose one character from a movie to be your significant other who would it be and why?

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Either Indiana Jones or Christian from Moulin Rouge. Christian from Moulin Rouge as played by Ewan McGregor (sighs) is super sweet and I think he’d always be there for you. However Indiana Jones is fuckin’ Indiana Jones, I mean he reads, he travels and he’s played by Harrison Ford at his sexiest! Sure, he’s emotionally unavailable but I bet he’s great in the sack!

6. What was the first movie that made you fall in in love with film and cinema?

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I can’t really pinpoint this. The Wizard of Oz has always loomed large though. I also remember being really excited when I got to see Beetlejuice when I was 6, not just because it looked awesome but because it was rated PG!

7. How did your passion for movies turn you into a movie blogger?

I’ve been writing since I picked up a pencil (age 4). I used to write fiction but as I grew older I started writing outside of that. When I was a teen I had a psych class that forced us to keep a journal. I was at a point when I didn’t have that much going on so I would often write a short review of a movie I’d seen over the weekend on Mondays.

8. What is your favorite date from a movie?

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This is a tough one. I’m going to go with Before Sunrise though. It’s great how they seize the moment and feel that immediate connection.

Click here to answer these questions for yourselves fellow movie lovers!

You may also enjoy:
Regarding the movies:
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Showgirls
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Moulin Rouge
6 Films Starring Nicole Kidman
Movie Quotes: Disney’s Tangled
Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streaming-includes Before Sunrise (which is no longer available but you can still read my thoughts on it)
Top Oscar Winning Movies on Netflix Streaming-includes Beetlejuice (also no longer available but ditto what I wrote above)
Top Romantic Comedies on Netflix Streaming-includes When Harry Met Sally (again, no longer available, see above)
Shirtless Beefcakes of the 90s-includes Ewan McGregor and Harrison Ford
When They Were Young-includes Harrison Ford
Super Links Plus: 2/09/12-includes Amanda Seyfriend looking gorgeous

Regarding me:
Mary’s Somewhat Excellent 2010
Style File: Video Store Interview
My Father: TV Star aka “It’s okay to stay”
Style File: The Red Badger
Style File: 2011 Bday All Pink Everything
Snakes…in the mall

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This is another catch up blog. A few months ago Hollywood Video filed for bankruptcy. While I was there on the last day they were open, snatching up a bunch of Blu-Rays & DVDs for $2 or less a piece, I saw some fliers. The fliers were for an open interview happening the next week for the new Family Video store that was moving into the same building. Of course, I had to go despite my problems. I’ve always wanted to work in a video store.

I chose this outfit because I find that it’s best to go simple but not too dressy for a minimum wage interview. Unfortunately the interview did not go well. I came prepared with my application, to which the woman made a joke about the employees of the former store throwing them all out when I told her it was the last one. I had the standard spiel worked up about how they should hire me because my major fault is that I work to hard, etc. I did forget to mention I live about 3 driving or 20 walking minutes away which may have helped. However you she shot me odd questions like ‘what are you hobbies?’ to which I felt like answering ‘Well between working many hours a day for very little money and sleeping I don’t many’ but instead I was honest which made me sound like a loser. There were other questions I also answered dismally. I never even got a callback. Recently while walking by I spied the manager for the former store working in there which shows me that they probably just rehired most of the staff of the old store. It takes, at most, about 2 people to run this store on a busy night. So I guess it wasn’t all me.

Anyway, afterward I stopped by Taco Bell for one of those Fruitistas to cheer me up but it didn’t totally do the job so I had to take these silly pics for fun.

It also struck me that, duh, I have worked in a video store before, my parent’s. When I was about 13 my parents leased a building downtown that they made a combo hardware/video store. It only lasted a year as we didn’t make much money. This was prior to DVD so it was actually a video store. We stocked the store by buying used videos from someone whose own video store had gone out of business (that’s when I discovered Army of Darkness in a huge box of occult horror flicks), my dad’s movies, my own collection (which I offered because mine were more up to date, but I was worried about people messing them up) and buying a few new at higher prices. The coolest thing was that a lot of people really wanted our opinion on what to rent. I used to keep index cards of the rentals & a list of the highest renting flicks. That list is long gone now but I do remember a few movies that were on it. It was the year of Titanic, so that was #1. We even had 3 copies for rent. That was a lot because we only had 1 of everything else. Number 2 was Shallow Grave and Trainspotting was in the top ten. It was easier to sell people on a thriller than a movie about heroin addicts.

Yes, I was a huge Ewan McGregor addict. I even ran a crappy fansite that somehow got listed in the back of a book. It was pretty cool, an assistant at a publishing company contacted me and sent me free copies of the book to giveaway. Sadly, the author OD’d a few years back.

FYI: The art in the background is by Josh Flood, who is awesome. He appears to have taken his official site down but keep an eye out for his eBay auctions.

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Well you may have noticed a lack of posts lately due to my blog being taken off line in the Great Blogetery Fiasco of 2010. Supposedly they will be back online on the 8th. I would wait to post again until then but I had to participate in Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot Showgirls post. It appears I’m late but oh well. As you know if you read my blog, Showgirls is my favorite movie. I even bought a role in Rena Riffel’s sequel Showgirl. FYI: She has begun filming and has some behind the scenes shots up on Facebook.

“She’s no butterfly. Tony, she’s all pelvic thrust.”

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I considered this thrust photo from the rehearsals as my favorite because it shows how hard she is working but I had to go with an ending shot because even after all she goes through she has stars in her eyes. She’s accomplished her showgirl dream and now she’s gonna be a Hollywood star.

BTW-You should definitely read Film Experience regularly. I just discovered it a couple of weeks ago but it’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGj64lnPmj4

Go back the new movie SHOWGIRL, then come back and finish reading this.

Here’s the thing, Showgirls is my favorite movie. I have a list of about 10 movies that I list when someone asks what my favorites are and I used to have a hard time picking one until it was so obvious that it is Showgirls. This is the usual conversation “What’s your favorite movie?” “Showgirls” “You mean that awful movie with all of the naked people” “I think you mispronounced awesome”. I could give you a list of reasons why I love it. The main thing is it’s about going after your dreams no matter what. Nomi is not the most talented girl but she wants it. I could give you a ton of other reasons but I don’t feel the need to justify what I like.

Over the years Showgirls has become a cult classic. I believe there are a mostly silent section of people who unabashedly love the movie like I do. The majority though is people who have decided to love the movie ironically. That’s fine too. If that’s how you look at the flick, I suggest this article.

Currently actress Rena Riffel is using Kickstarter to get her new movie SHOWGIRL made. She refers to it as a “sleazquel” or a “satire” to the original Showgirls about her character Penny Slot/Helga.

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Rena Riffel is the actress who plays “Penny” or “Hope” in the original Showgirls. The next year she also appeared as Tiffany in Striptease. I always wondered about that and had wrongly assumed the woman who appeared in both films was a real stripper and that’s why she happened to be both. When I found out about this project last night it blew my mind in the most awesome way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL79UMUUc7U

Showgirls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otPAD3yeH98

Striptease

You can pledge $2 or more. The coolest available reward is a walk on role in the movie with your pledge of $200 or more. There are less than 30 of these available. If that’s not your thing you can get a special thanks credit for $150. For just $35 you can get an autographed 8X10 of Rena Riffel and an autographed DVD of her film Trasharella.

There are 33 days left and the film is already over half funded which is pretty impressive on Kickstarter. For more on how Kickstarter works go here.

Read Rena Riffel’s blog and follow her on twitter.

Pre-order the Blu-Ray of the original Showgirls or get the VIP Limited Edition DVD Set or the Fully Exposed Edition DVD. All of them include the same extras on the disc.

If you wonder how big of a Showgirls fan I really am,

with the VIP DVD set, ignore the silly face I'm making

with the VIP DVD set, ignore the silly face I'm making

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgyWAX2MkDw
video I shot of the outside of the Riviera when I was in Vegas last year

UPDATE-May 30, 2010
More rewards have been added. There are currently walk on roles, dancing parts or work on the crew.

UPDATEJuly 3, 2010
The project was successfully funded on June 25th!

There is a review of the new Showgirls – 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition (Blu-ray) up at DVD talk. It turns out that the Blu-ray does have one new extra:

“Pole Dancing: Finding Your Inner Stripper” (11:54) talks up actress Shelia Kelley, who developed a program of exercise based on the movement of stripping. Teri Jaworski, the director of “S Factor,” is interviewed here, and she walks the viewer through a few elementary moves while attempting to tie the featurette to “Showgirls.”

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Film
I have to admit that I love streaming Netflix over my blu ray player. Recently they added Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, Nine Dead starring Melissa Joan Hart and Weeds Season 5. I watched Whatever Works as soon as they added it and it was excellent. I haven’t watched Nine Dead but MJH has been tweeting about it for months. I watched about half of this season of Weeds on the net when it was airing and wasn’t getting into it as much as previous seasons but still want to catch up.

Art
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Recently Jason Trenton tweeted about an awesome artist named Jason Mercier. I absolutely adore his pieces. You can even send him your refuse for him to work with.

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Veik makes DIY Lady GaGa Barbie Dolls. They are quite a sight to behold.

Music
Airborne is back on tour and they have a new album out on April 20th. I saw them live (for free, yay!) in Bmore a few years ago & they were so much fun. I’m pissed because I just looked all over for the photos I took at the show & can’t find them. They are similar in sound to AC/DC.

Recommended Reading
The Michael Douglas Vanity Fair article was pretty informative. Also check out what Mia Kirshner has been up to.

Sexy Pics

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Michelle Trachtenberg in the February/March 2010 issue of Complex Magazine. See the full gallery here.
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Yes, the movie looks bad, there’s no way they’re dating and she bitched about the shoot but I still like it.

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Old but I just saw it for the first time.

Animals
I am really digging cute, strange animals lately.

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Capybara from Gala Darling’s Flickr
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Squirrel Lemur
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Turtle from Shrinkle’s blog

Fashion
Take a look at Shoe Porn. So much fun.

Purple Passion
Purple Passion by MissEmmaMM featuring Michael Antonio shoes
Items in this set:
Romeo & Juliet Couture magenta taffeta gathered strapless dress, $98
White Striped Tights, $13
5″ Open Toe Shoes “Toki” from Michael Antonio for $45.00, $45
Vera Bradley SWAK in Purple Punch, $21
Purple Triple Chocolate M&M`s Premiums, $6.90
Red Queen-Alice in Wonderland Style
Red Queen-Alice in Wonderland Style by MissEmmaMM featuring Disney bags
Items in this set:
Women’s Boohoo Kourtney Prom Dress Online | Shop at Style Compare, 25 GBP
Women’s PLANET Belgravia Coat Online | Shop at Style Compare, 130 GBP
Urban Original fashion shoes, boots, gladiator sandals, flat boots -…, $26
Bags including Handbags and Totes – Accessories, $40
Disney Couture ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Silver Plated Cheshire Cat Ring, $46
Fun Times
Fun Times by MissEmmaMM featuring Forever21 shoes
Items in this set:
Miley Cyrus & Max Azria Juniors Lips Rib Tank, $6
Unisex Satin Charmeuse Night Jacket, $45
Thigh Highs / Tutus | Hosiery | Accessories, $34
Jelly Strap Sandal, $6.80
Blue Banana – Neon ‘Smiley Face’ Print Shopper Bag (Yellow), 5 GBP
Steppin Out
Steppin Out by MissEmmaMM featuring Disney bags
Items in this set:
Dylan’s Candy Bar white jersey ‘I love candy’ crewneck t-shirt, $15
Double-Breasted Empire Long Coat, $35
Marc by Marc Jacobs normandy blue cotton ombré shorts, $89
Disney The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland Handbag for Women | Disney…, $38
Black Vinyl Knee-High Boots, $40
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