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The Yellow Handkerchief (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 4, 2011

59. The Yellow Handkerchief (Not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for The Yellow Handkerchief.

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Spoiler alert. Yes, another Kristen Stewart movie. Deal with it. This is the last one for a while.

The Yellow Handkerchief is a road trip movie, where 2 teenagers end up on a road trip with an ex-con just out of prison.  They end up finding out his story and helping him pursue another chance at a lost love.  The movie stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, Eddie Redmayne and the aforementioned Kristen Stewart.

As we move through the initially uncomfortable road trip, we see flashbacks of the relationship between Brett (the ex-con played by Hurt) and May (Bello), who meet and eventually get married.  An unfortunate incident puts Brett in jail, and in an attempt to save her from him, he divorces May from jail.  Early in the road trip, he mails her a postcard letting her know that he is out of jail, and that if she wants to see him, she should put up a yellow sail on her houseboat.

Martine and Gordy (Stewart and Redmayne) are just kids, and they become wrapped up in the story that Brett tells them of May and the love that they shared.  They provide the push that Brett needs to follow through on his attempt to reconnect with May, and naturally, seem to have fallen in love with one another by the end of the movie.

The Yellow Handkerchief is quite a pretty film, it gives you a lovely view at some of the beauty of the small towns in the south, and presents some of the devastation still remaining after Hurricane Katrina.  It is definitely worth a viewing, I really enjoyed the movie.  I never think about William Hurt but the man is SO GOOD in the movie.  Props also to Maria Bello, who makes me sympathize with May and also cringe at her behavior.

The Yellow Handkerchief is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.99.

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Remember Me (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 21, 2011

42. Remember Me (not available to stream on Netflix, available to buy digitally on Amazon)

Here is the Remember Me trailer.

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Spoiler alert! Remember Me is a 2010 film starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin.  It centers around Tyler and Ally, connected by the fact that Tyler had a run-in with her father (a cop, played by Chris Cooper) and the fact that they’ve both lost close family members.  Tyler is clearly lost, working at the bookstore and auditing classes at NYU. Ally is going to school but still living at home and doesn’t seem all that grown up.

Hmm, Robert Pattinson is hot in this movie.

They meet each other and things get serious very quickly, especially after an unfortunate incident between Ally and her father that leads to her moving in with Tyler and his roommate.

Things go well and they spend time with Tyler’s mother, stepfather and sister, who all love him, and occasionally his father (Pierce Brosnan), who seems very cold and closed off, which looks to be a result of losing his other son to suicide.  This especially hurts Tyler’s little sister, Caroline, played so well by Ruby Jerins.

Naturally, Ally eventually finds out about the link between Tyler and her father, and finds out that the reason Tyler approached her in the first place was at the prodding of his roommate, as a plan for how to get back at the cop who beat him up.  Drama ensues, Ally goes back to her father’s house, and it takes an unfortunate event that happens to Caroline to bring them back together. I will leave the rest off, because going further will spoil the movie beyond anyone wanting to watch it.

I liked the movie a lot – even though I am 31 and happy and settled in life, I can remember and still relate to watching people in their early 20s struggling with figuring things out, and then falling in love and having that be another crazy thing to deal with.  I can definitely recommend seeing this movie.  Bring tissues.

Remember Me is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.49.

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Sights & Sounds #5

by Jamie Sanford on March 11, 2011

I have lots for this Sights and Sounds post because it’s been a while since I wrote one!

First up – Adele sings “Natural Woman” and kills it.  I love her.

Next up – Britney has a new song that I really like, called “Till The World Ends.” Her new album, Femme Fatale, seems to be written to appeal to the gays and fag hags – a group of which I am a member so I’m very excited.  She’s on the cover of the new issue or Out magazine, here’s a link to the interview and more hot photos.

Look at those shoes!  (I’m sure the shoes are not the first think you looked at.)

Here’s your weekly dose of Lady Gaga.  She brought 10-year-old Maria Agaron onstage in Toronto to perform “Born This Way” with her, and it was spectacular.

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Another video, here’s Ethan, my favorite laughing baby ever. I’ll definitely have to remember to tear some paper in front of a baby at some point.

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I have had pet gerbils and hamsters in my life.  I have an affinity for small rodents.  So this video of a chipmunk in slow motion is one of the best things I’ve seen in a while.

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While I don’t like cats as much as little cute rodents (mostly because I’m allergic to them), this slow motion kitten video is also spectacular.

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This slice of genius  is from Etsy seller SmartMouthRetro, and an 8×10 is available for $9.99.

Freak Dancing is Not Permitted by SmartMouthRetro on Etsy

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100 Films in 2011: How to Be

by Jamie Sanford on March 7, 2011

How to Be is a small, independent film, released in 2009. I decided to watch it because Robert Pattinson is in it.  No shame.

So obviously, he got a lot hotter when he embraced his Edward Cullen haircut.

Here’s the trailer for How to Be.

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16. How To Be (Available to stream via Netflix Instant Watch and Amazon Instant Video)

Robert Pattinson plays Art, a college graduate in his 20s(who works as a stocker at the grocery store and who plays guitar and writes songs), having an alleged quarter-life crisis.  His girlfriend breaks up with him and he goes home to live with his parents who seem completely disinterested and mostly annoyed by him.  He reads a self-help book and ends up sending a check and a letter to the author – a Canadian who ends up flying to England to act as Art’s life coach.

The story progresses and Art works with the doctor to figure out how he can normalize himself and be happy.  He quits/gets fired from his job, continues to toy with music with friends, and works to get his parents to take a walk with him and the doctor so that they can have family bonding time.  Said family bonding is incredibly painful to watch, Art’s parents are awful and are so wrapped up in themselves and how they think their son is a mess.  They would rather ignore him and hope that he becomes normal than to try and accept him and try to support his musical endeavors.

It is painful at times to watch, which is clearly the point.  Will Art find a way to become normal, or will he accept that he is who he is?  You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

How To Be is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.99.

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