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Tuesday, August 30, 2011


End of summer brings the awareness of change. This seems to be especially poignant as it shows us the end of phases...I've been lost in a torrent of 'get things done' 'fit everything in' and 'oh my goodness, where has the time gone' when realizing all I have let slide in the past months.....oh what wonderful craziness these long sunny days hath brought........ 

In recent days, these films left me wistful and transitional.....

"A Letter to Three Wives" (1949) - Wicked is as wicked does, all three women have reason to be worried- which makes the waiting and wondering even more torturous. 

"The Third Man" (1949) - Such amazing use of space, shadow and thought....beautiful and intriguing. 

"The Heiress" (1949) - Watched this twice in the past few weeks with out really meaning to, but Monty is so sweet and edgy - the costumes are oddly fitting and become outside the characters. Is it bad to hope for a happy ending? 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Greetings Coffee Lovers!

What a fabulous summer its been. Hot, steamy, sticky, the sun blaring down in a mocking 'take that' stream of unrelenting brightness.......Early morning Sunday here in the Midwest we start out at a mild 80 degrees at 9am - I wonder if the coffee companies would go on hiatus if it weren't for our delightful over use of Air Conditioners??

Comfortably ensconced in an air conditioned breezy basement with temperatures hovering around 70 I am able to     enjoy my new "Zen" blend from Great Lakes Roasting Company (yes, they have a facebook page) .......Freshly ground and brewed by the boyfriend (who's previous fame as a horrid coffee maker is well known) he can now claim 'Baristo boy' as his newest endearment. 

Ah...but what of movies you might ask? Well....The enjoyment of this new cup o joe has allowed the brain to focus on a viewing of an indie film that waited several years to come out in the USA.....

Filmmaker David Robert Mitchell delivers "Myth of the American Sleepover" to his hometown theater in Royal Oak Michigan this weekend to full theater audiences and enthusiastic VOD streamers (locally carried by both Comcast and U-Verse, check your local listings) 

"The Myth of The American Sleepover" (2010) Written and Directed by Clawson, Michigan raised David Robert Mitchell and staring Redford Township's own Claire Sloma.

Capturing those waves in adolescence that define us as individuals and yet carry a universal theme of growth is presented here with awkward depictions of sleepovers as the last refuge of being a kid with the need to have adult moments of decision making. Mitchell offers a peek into one night in an American suburb of teens on the edge of the next phase of their lives. Entry into High School, a last summer of feeling like anything is possible, a last few seconds before the world gets bigger and beyond comprehension.  

All of the teens realistically carry on a last night romp, but certainly Ms. Sloma has an 'it' factor that helped her earn two film festival acting awards. Annette DeNoyer also stands out as the meekly devoted BFF. 

A culture defining film that well states the 'myth' with an honest portrayal of American teenagers. This film will help you remember what it was like. 

Don't miss this.