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Crazy Love (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on November 15, 2011

85. Crazy Love (Available for streaming on Amazon, available on DVD from Netflix)

Here is the trailer for Crazy Love.

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Crazy Love is a documentary that is amazing when you don’t know anything going in. If you are interested in seeing this, do not read my blog post.

At the beginning of the story, we hear about a beautiful girl named Linda Riss, who is living life and meets a man named Burt Pugach.  They start dating and he wines and dines her, and impresses her with his extravagant lifestyle.  Linda plays along until she finds out that Burt is married and has a child.  They break up.

Linda meets a nice man and after some time, they become engaged.  Burt, who was obsessively in love with Linda, hires some men to attack her and they throw lye in her face, disfiguring her eyes and leaving her almost completely blind.  Burt goes to jail and remains there for some time, while still professing his love for Linda.  He starts sending her money, and he is let out on parole so that he can keep sending her money.  The story moves on, and the SHOCKER that I was NOT expecting at all was this.

Burt and Linda ended up MARRIED to each other.

Yeah, the guy who paid people to attack her and ruin her life.  Hmm.

The rest of the movie was me trying to understand how this happened, but it seems sort of obvious.  Linda was in a terrible situation without being able to find someone to share her life with who wasn’t turned off by her injuries or intimidated at the thought of having to care for her.  Burt came back around and said that he loved her and would take care of her.

I typed that but I still don’t really get it.  Not my situation though.  Even if you have read this far and have spoiled it, I still suggest you watch it, I thought it was really well done, and it was fascinating.

Crazy Love is available on DVD from Amazon for $15.99.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 15, 2011

64. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (available to stream via Netflix and Amazon Instant Video)

Here is the trailer for Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a 2010 documentary by Tamra Davis.  Davis befriended Basquiat in the 80s and interviewed him a few years before he died.  She held onto the footage for years before deciding to use it as the basis for a documentary about the life and career of Basquiat.

In addition to the footage of Basquiat himself, there are interviews with his former girlfriend and many other artists that he knew during his rise and eventual time spent at the top of the art world.  He struggled for a long time with being accepted into the traditional art world, and eventually became a massive success.

Basquiat had become more and more reliant on drugs as his career progressed, and was eventually ended by his addiction, passing away from an overdose at the age of 27.

I really enjoyed this movie. I am a fan of Basquiat’s work and his story is fascinating.  To see him through the eyes of his contemporaries and people in his personal life illustrate that story beautifully.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is available on DVD from Amazon for $12.49.

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ZaZa Gallery Canvas Print (Product Review)

by Jamie Sanford on July 12, 2011

In January of this year, I responded to a message on Twitter to try out the canvas photo prints from Zaza Gallery. In exchange for a link on my site, I would be provided with a free 16×20 canvas print. I received the product a while ago and have been greatly impressed and excited with the results and so decided to blog about it.  (I was not asked to write about the service at all.)

Let’s start out with the original photo.  My husband took this during our trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, in October 2009.  He had mentioned wanting to have a canvas print made, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

Nice, right? I think so too. I think the black-and-white conversion is spectacular, and it really reminds me of walking along the bay near The Bar Harbor Inn, and that’s the best compliment I can give to a vacation photo.

Here are the photos of what I received from ZaZa Gallery. Please keep in mind that the lighting situation in my bedroom is not giving this product the look it deserves.

The canvas print of this photo looks really fantastic.  I have a CFL bulb in the bedroom lamp and the colors are off here, but I think you can still get an idea of the quality of this print, and I promise the color is correct in person.  I was slightly worried about the color because the tones in the original post are so rich, but it turned out so well.

You can see a closer view of the canvas print here.  The color looks better in this photo, and you can see the tight wrapping around the frame here as well.  The print came to me via FedEx in perfect condition.  The folks at ZaZa Gallery know what they are doing with regard to both creating and shipping product.

Thanks so much to ZaZa Gallery for the chance to try their product out for myself.  I’m thrilled with the results and was happy to link to them from The Daily Wishlist, as I intend on using their services again in the near future. The 16×20 canvas wrap print is available from ZaZa Gallery for $68 plus shipping and handling – there is a large range of other products, sizes and finishes available as well.

Disclosure: ZaZa Gallery provided me a 16×20 canvas print from their shop at no cost, in exchange for a link to their website. I was not asked to write a blog post about the canvas print I received.

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The Crucible (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 4, 2011

28. The Crucible (Available to view on Netflix Instant Watch)

Click here to watch the trailer for The Crucible.

I watched this today when I found it on television, and my husband said “are you watching The Crucible again?” Yes dear, yes I am. I don’t remember when I first saw this movie, but I assume that it was around the time it was released (November 1996), because in April 1997, I was heavily involved in the production of the play at my high school. Perhaps the large amount of memories I have about the Arthur Miller play is why I will pretty much always watch the movie when I catch it on TV.

In the opening of the film, some girls from the village of Salem get into some sketchy dealings in the woods, involving a Barbadian slave and drinking chicken blood. They are caught and soon enough, 2 girls are unconscious and will not wake up.  This leads to suspicion of interference from the devil, and the girls end up accusing the Barbadian slave of witchcraft in order to avoid any trouble of their own.

Soon we are exposed to the illicit relationship between John Proctor and Abigail Williams.  Abigail worked in John’s home with his wife and children, and naturally, they got it on.  Abigail was found out by Elizabeth Proctor and was put out of the house.

I am not interested in going into the whole story, but basically, the whole town goes on a crazy witch hunt, lead by little girls who seem to love the attention.  I cannot recommend this movie enough, it’s so good, and Daniel Day-Lewis is AMAZING as John Proctor.

He is serious about his name people!

Anyway, as I mentioned, I definitely recommend a viewing of this movie.  I can’t say that it would be something everyone would want to own, but you should check it out anyway.

The Crucible is available on DVD from Amazon for $4.99.

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Sights and Sounds #19

by Jamie Sanford on May 30, 2011

Sights and Sounds #19!

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So, Aqua is apparently back? This is the video for their new single, “How R U Doin?

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So far, “The Edge of Glory” might be my favorite song from the new Lady Gaga album.  More on that later.

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So , I grew up listening to Barbra Streisand because my mom and grandmother love her. I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve seen Lea Michele go wrong with any of the classic Barbra songs, and she did “My Man” really well on Glee last week.

Curvy girl of the week is Kat Dennings, who looked crazy hot at the Thor premiere.

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