All posts tagged movies

  • Before Sunrise & Before Sunset.

    Before Sunrise taps into what appears to be a universal dream of traveling to a foreign place, meeting a dashing stranger, and falling in love. So maybe that makes this movie a cliché. Maybe I was just in the mood for exactly this kind of movie—but I just watched Brooklyn and thought it was lukewarm, so I think it’s just that these movies are excellent. For this Monday Movie I’ll do something different and tell you about a movie instead of sharing one with you.

    I hate writing summaries, but in order to fill you in, here goes: in these three Richard Linklater movies—Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013)—we follow two people as they meet and fall in love (gross) and how their relationship changes over time. The second movie catches up with them nine years later, and third nine years after that. I don’t want to spoil the movies, so I won’t describe what kind of relationship they’re in each time, but that’s pretty much the story. It’s a study of the relationship between these people. No background to how they got super powers, no supernatural occurrences, no action scenes. There’s not even an antagonist.

    So there, you’re caught up.

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  • 5+5 Favorite movies

    Someone recently asked me what my top ten favorite movies are. Thought I’d share. These are the ones that I come to mind, with the caveat that I rarely watch a movie several times.


    In a vague order:

    1. My Fair Lady. Maybe the movie I’ve seen the most because I have a large soft spot of musicals and this was the first (non-cartoon) one I can remember seeing. I love Audrey Hepburn.
    2. Marry Poppins. No explanation needed.
    3. Deathproof. This surprises people. But I do really like the movie ever since Evan introduced it to me.
    4. AmélieI was amazed by this movie the first time I saw it and still really like it to this day. It was the first kind of quirky movie I saw. It gives me hope that someone quirky will be able to tolerate me sometime in the future too.
    5. Submarine. This was a movie I’d never heard of but that my friend Dan recommended.
    6. The Darjeeling Limited. I don’t love all of Wes Anderson’s movies, but I do like this one.
    7. Departures. I’ve only seen this movie once at a film festival while I was in college, but it was the only movie that’s made me tear up.
    8. Kill Bill (vol 1 & 2). I just like his movies!
    9. The Hotel Chelsea. (documentary). I changed my vote from this morning. I remembered describing this movie to Igor over Thanksgiving and it has to be one my favorite movies/documentaries since I always think about it. It follows the characters in such a beautiful way that afterwards I really wanted to live there. But afterwards I found out that it was bought by an evil rich guy who wants to turn it into a rich people thing (so eloquent, Jacklynn). I get excited every time I see it though.
    10. Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before MidnightJust watched these within the last week and totally obsessed. Warrants its own post.

  • ‘Why principals matter’ – Mott Hall Bridges Academy principal

    I don’t know if you remember the viral Humans Of New York post of a little boy who was asked who the most influential person in his life was that was going around, but I was happy to come across this little video about his answer: Ms. Lopez.



  • Iris Apfel documentary (trailer)

    I ran across this trailer shared by the 99PercentInvisible and would love to see it when it comes out. Thought it was cute change of pace from my normal videos.


  • My 5 favorite talks from Interaction15

    Didn’t get to go to Interaction15?

    Wouldn’t even if you didn’t know about it because you’re not an interaction designer?

    Never fear! here are my favorite talks in a nutshell (and why). I will preface with telling you that there were usually three talks going at a time and so I certainly didn’t attended all of them, but I still really liked the ones I ended up at. They’re each about an hour long.

    Mike Monteiro: Keynote from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

    This is a great talk for any creative to learn how to talk about themselves and Monteiro is a super engaging lecturer. He’s talking about how important it is to be able to see your work with conviction and why you need to. Something that a lot of people working in creative industries struggle with.

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  • Movies over winter break

    I’ve taken the liberty of re-entering society and learning about pop culture over winter break via film. Here are the movies that I’ve watched (and liked!) over winter break (so far):

    The Graduate

    I just saw it on Netflix and thought that I should finally watch this classic movie that I’ve heard so much about. 

    Burt’s Buzz

    I really loved this documentary about the co-founder of Burt’s Bees, as I already told you. It’s really not so much about an entrepreneur, but looking at life through someone who never wanted to be start a business. He just found some bees and was in the right place at the right time. I want to be him.  

    Cutie & The Boxer

    Documentary about two Japanese artists who have lived together for years. It was a pretty sad story because being an artist isn’t easy and sometimes the person you marry isn’t easy either (is the diplomatic way to put it). I love stories of families in struggle. 

    Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

    I saw and exhibition by Ai Weiwei when I went to Toronto last year and have been meaning to watch this documentary about him for ever. It was really wonderful to learn more about him, his history, and the projects that drive him. Really articulate artist. I really liked listening to his perspective. It was another sad movie for me. 


    After watching a bunch of sad movies, I thought I should cheer myself up a little since I was already down to begin with. I indulged with Amélie. I remembered how very much I liked that movie and Netflix recommended this movie next. It wasn’t as quirky, but I still really liked it. Old (time period setting) French romanic comedy.


    Then after watching Populaire I was like, ‘more foreign movies please!’ This was also recommended. It was darker and I was starting to get frustrated because I found myself rooting for a happy ending (I won’t spoil it). Regardless, I thought the way they told the story and the pacing was super interesting. It had a different quality than most movies, I think. 


    I didn’t know this was a foreign movie, but it also was. It is a gloomy movie, but good in it’s own quiet way. The main character has such a dower expression throughout. Her black eyes kind of pierce the scenes. I liked it, but it has a slower pace than people might enjoy. 

    Into the Woods

    This was actually not netflix! I went to see this yesterday with two of my old friends. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t know anything about it and I didn’t even know it was a musical (I love musicals). I liked it, but I also felt like there were so many separate stories happening that it felt a little unsatisfying at the end. Like you don’t get that feeling of resolve. Despite that, I like the humor of the movie, it juxtaposed bright musical acts and with the darker plots of the Grimm Fairy Tales.

  • Malaria by Edson Oda

    Malaria from Edson Oda on Vimeo.

    Feast your eyes on this.

  • For Maru the magic never dies

    If we were all a little bit more like Maru, we’d all be quite a bit happier.




    On the Road > Jack Keroac > Audio-booked it during my road tripping. I expected to like it more than I did. Disappointing.
    A Confederacy of Dunces > John Kennedy Toole > I had started it before and it was pretty dense. Audio-booking it now and I love it. The reader is brilliant.
    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test > Tom Wolfe > slowly but surely
    Guilliver’s Travels > Enjoying it, again, making slow progress


    Ho hey” > The Lumineers > Ever since their concert I’ve been seeing them everywhere!
    Flowers in her hair” > The Lumineers >The concert was really amazing.
    The gardner” > The Tallest Man on Earth > So I can stay the tallest man in your eyes. Best. Line. Ever.
    Prophet’s home town” > Eye & the Arrow > Great for road trips through Wyoming.


    Sleeping! Well! As a long-time bad sleeper, sleeping well makes me incredibly excited.
    I want to travel more.


    So much over-thinking.
    Paying more on my taxes.
    Manically freaking out about the future.
    Trying not to eat all of the time.


    Bon Iver/Feist concert at Red Rocks TONIGHT!
    Tedx Mile High Talks

    The return of the bright joy that is Sarah to the United States.


    The Avengers > Twice. It was a lot better than I thought it would be. You’ve done it again, Joss.

    This month went by very fast!


  • King Charles – Mississippi Isabel

    Because I’m watching so much of The Tudors lately. (Note: This has nothing to do with The Tudors)

    more soon, promises!