Cropsey (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 24, 2011

68. Cropsey (available for streaming via Netflix and Amazon Instant Video)

Here is the trailer for Cropsey.

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Cropsey is a documentary about the legend of Cropsey, a story that spread in Staten Island, New York, an alleged boogeyman who kidnaps and kills children.  Eventually, the movie focuses on a man named Andre Rand, a convicted kidnapper and suspected killer of multiple children.

Cropsey is creepier than horror movies I have seen.  There were numerous children that disappeared from Staten Island that are covered in the movie, and only 1 body was ever found. Rand was convicted of kidnapping 2 of the missing children.

A big part of the investigation in the movie is regarding Willowbrook, a long-abandoned mental hospital on Staten Island, exposed by a young Geraldo as an absolute nightmare in terms of treatment and care for children with severe mental illness and/or physical issues. Rand worked at the hospital and had expressed feeling sorry for the children there, suggesting that he wanted to remove children that weren’t perfect from the world to spare them the same kind of fate.

Oh yeah, it is messed up.  I literally had moments watching this film where my stomach tightened with anxiety, and for a documentary, I find that very impressive. If you can handle the creepiness, Cropsey is well-done and interesting.

Cropsey is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.45.

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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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Books by Maurice Sendak

by Jamie Sanford on May 14, 2010

May 10-16 is Children’s Book Week!

In celebration, I’m posting 2 books by Maurice Sendak.  One is a classic, one is a lesser known story that I’ve had a copy of since I was a kid.

The classic tale, I still have not seen the movie because if I hate it I will be so disappointed.  The book is available on Amazon for $9.55.  I didn’t have a copy of this book for some reason, I bought one a few years back as my husband had never read it!

This story, Dear Mili, is a completely different beast, the story is sad and beautiful at the same time.  Grimm is listed as an author as this story was “preserved in a letter written to a young girl, Mili, in 1816 and not discovered until 1983,” when Sendak picked it up and illustrated it.  I don’t remember who bought this book for me but I didn’t really understand the story until I was older, but the book is absolutely stunning, and would be a great addition to anyone’s library.  This book is available for $6.95 from Amazon.

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My Children Will Do It Differently.

by Jamie Sanford on June 10, 2009

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#11)

I haven’t written in a while, I have many half-written posts saved in the draft area. I was excited to get some inspiration on Sunday for a blog post from Chris Brogan’s list that I didn’t think I was up to writing just yet, because I don’t have kids and don’t plan on any in the near future.

However, in my Twilight fangirldom, I came across a YouTube user (tiffanyd666) who has created her own versions of the trailer for the upcoming Twilight film, New Moon.

This first one has been online for nearly a year and has been viewed over 8 and a half MILLION times.

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This second one is similar to the first, but with footage from the new official trailer weaved in. It’s been up for 3 days and has nearly 200,000 views.

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I think I was 11 or 12 when my family got AOL and I was regularly online.  All I did was hang out in chatrooms and send emails.  Of course, since then, the internet has affected me greatly, I even met my husband on a message board in 2000.  However, this is where things will be different for my children.

My children will always have the internet, the way it is now and bigger, better.  They won’t think twice about unofficial movie trailers made by a teenager having 9 million views. They might even become masters at creating web video with beautiful transitions, titles, etc, and think nothing of it.

Yesterday at the office, I actually pulled out a dictionary. You remember those, right? The big book of words with their definitions? I then reminisced a bit with my colleague about books and how kids now don’t go to the library to research for school assignments, they go online.  They don’t get the tangible thing about books, which I find sad.  The benefit is that they can get the most current information possible, but I feel like there was some character-building in all of that manual labor!

Of course, I’ll have nothing to say when I do have kids, if I say something like that I’m sure they will remind me that my career path is based on the existence of the Internet, and then I’ll be that Mom who realizes that she has kids that are just like her. In some ways, they won’t do it differently.

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