Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: The Last Picture Show

AFI # 95 The Last Picture Show (1971)

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I will begin each review with a “What I know, or What I Think I Know…” intro. These intros were all compiled before I set out on this journey, and can be read in their entirety (HERE).

What I “Think” I Know

A washed-up movie star begs for a role to prove she still has “it” gets the role, but to critical reviews. Takes her life but not before she reflects on her illustrious career and dreams about what it “could” have been. (Once again…my guess is nowhere near close)

The Real Review

Movie follows the lives of several hormone driven teens living in a small Texas town that is on the brink of desertion.”

We are 6 movies in, and I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a rut in terms of movies that I don’t care for and I am having a hard time writing about them. I liked Ben Hur (which was surprising) obviously I love Toy Story it being a child hood favorite and Yankee Doodle Dandy was another surprising movie in the “win” column for me. But then we hit a stretch of movies that I either didn’t “understand” didn’t care for or don’t see myself watching again. This is one of those movies. Maybe I lack the critical thinking required to truly see these movies for the master pieces that AFI pegs them as. Maybe these movies just really are not my cup of tea. Who knows. What I do know is that this movie, The Last Picture Show, is not a movie you want to watch with your mom…Yikes! Lots of hormones and a lot of “Mrs. Robinson” type moments.

One thing I will say is they did a great job of showing the death of small town and the struggles of those who inhabit it as they try to figure out what’s next. They do this in such a way that you start to realize the town is dying the same time town and in the same way that the main characters do.

When I started this project, I had high hopes of discovering new movies each week that would be sure to be a great addition to my movie collection. So far we are 3 for 3. Next week we are watching Pulp Fiction. I’ve seen this movie (a long time ago, but I’ve seen it) and I don’t remember particularly caring for it then. Maybe with age I will appreciate it more. Here’s hoping!

Looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

Are you a fan of The last Picture Show or want to watch along with me? Click HERE to read my scene by scene reactions while I watched this movie for the first time. You know you want to!

6 movies down, 93 to go. Next up, Pulp Fiction!

Hoarding {ish} With Jennifer

This week on “Hoarding: Buried Alive” we follow Jennifer, a 30-year old office supply hoarder from Central Texas who is in over her head in ink and pencil shavings….

Ok, so, my hoard doesn’t require 10 dump trucks, an organizational specialist and a therapist (although, I’m not counting this one out just yet lol…), but it is a bit aggressive for someone who graduated from college 8 years ago and barely takes notes or writes by hand anymore. (Hey Apple notes, how you doin’?)

So how did this great gathering all start? Well, you see I tend to have anxiety and panic attacks (yep, newsflash, I’m far from perfect) and instead of dealing with those feelings in a normal or at least productive way, I decided to go from room to room, drawer to drawer on a mad woman search for every pen, marker and pencil that I could find.

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You see, earlier that day I stopped at the store to get school supplies for a local donation box, and like the junkie I am, couldn’t resist from procuring a few extra supplies for my own stash. Nothing too “hard”, just some pens, pencils, a fresh box of crayons (swoon) a journal and an electric pencil sharpener.

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You can smell this picture, can’t you!

I thought my personal ‘back to school haul’ would ease the anxious feelings that were creeping up. Nope. In fact, when I sat at my desk ready to unbox and introduce my new beauties, I realized that I had made a silly impulse purchase that wasn’t going to make me feel any better.  This crummy feeling only multiplied when I remembered  that I had plenty of pens in the drawer inches from my hand. Those pens, just like Andy’s toys in Toy Story, sit there hopping that the next time I go to grab a writing instrument that they would be the “chosen” one.

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From there it escalated. In an attempt to establish some sort of “reasoning” (AKA denial) I decided that I would replace the “bad” pens with the 12 new ones. I grabbed a note pad and a stack of pens and began the test. It became obvious, that I had taken exceptionally good care of my pens and finding 12 misfits was going to be hard.

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Cut to an hour later, my house looked like it had been the target of FBI raid. Every drawer was open and rummaged through and contents of purses and bags were turned inside-out and emptied on the island in pursuit for errant office supplies. No nook or cranny was safe.

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Paid Re-enactment

When all was said and done I had rounded up quite the bounty.

9 legal pads (why legal?)

3 spiral notebooks

2 journal style notebooks

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140 {ish} pens, pencils, markers and highlighters

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Now, again, this particular hoard is not a ‘bring in the dump trucks’ type of situation, but when you take in to account that I do almost everything digitally and can only write with 1 hand…it is still a bit much. Especially since I have a bad habit of impulse purchases.

I decided it was time to let go, so I made an A team (those supplies worthy to sit at my desk) a B Team (those good enough to stay for use around the house) and the cut list. Those supplies still have a lot of life, but will find renewed existence in a new home.

A medium-sized box was quickly filled and placed curb side and with the help of a post on our neighborhoods Facebook page, the box was on to its new home within 15 minutes!

What is your shopping & hoarding weakness? Let me know in the comments below, maybe we can start a support group!

 

 

Quiz Me Friday: Basic Knowledge Edition

Hey Guys! It is Friday which means the weekend is upon us! Also upon us, is another “cliff notes” video for your non-reading pleasure!

Today, my husband quizzes me on basic knowledge ranging from music, history, science and brace yourselves, MATH. (and you thought my spelling was bad…)

Disclaimer: Not for the educationally squeamish or faint of heart..

Enjoy!

 

 

Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Do The Right Thing

AFI # 96 Do The Right Thing (1989)

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What I “Think” The Movie is about

A group of kids spend the whole movie trying to get ahold of the answers to a hard mid-term. They are successful in their quest but decide at the last-minute to “do the right thing” and take the test. Some pass, some fail, but they all learn a valuable lesson. (once again, my guess was not even close)

The Real Review

Brooklyn is deep into a heat wave and tension, like the temperature, is rising among the neighborhood. An Italian owner of a long-standing pizzeria upsets a local patron, when he sees that the pizzeria’s “Wall Of Fame” displays only white/italian actors and celebrities. The patron believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but the owner disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and as everyone reaches a breaking point. A fight and riot breaks out leaving 1-person undeservedly dead at the hands of the authorities. 

Dear Diary,

It has been 5 days and 7 hours since I watched “Do the Right Thing” and I am still having a hard time coming up with a satirical approach to this movie, I mean, that is kind of what we do here on ‘The {ish} Adventures.’ “Jennifer’s the name, satire is my game.”

I’m having an even harder time writing a responsible and thoughtful response on race relations then and now. This movie officially has me speechless, and that does not happen often. What could I, a 30-year-old woman, originally from west-central Indiana with little exposure to diversity or adversity, have to say on this subject that someone hasn’t already said? Well, I’ve been trying for 5 days and I’ve got nothing.

I liked this movie. It made me feel uncomfortable but in a critical thinking kind of way. I haven’t had to work this hard at a decent organized thought since high school or college. In fact, a part of me wants to say that the feeling of ‘uncomfortable’ is a good emotion to have, or at least it’s a start. What if I had genuinely sat down to watch this movie and had no other reaction other than comfortable? What would that have meant? Does it mean that we’ve just accepted that this is how it is going to be from now on so just get used to it? I hope not. I hope this type of injustice and violence doesn’t become the “norm”. Although, this movie did come out 30 years ago and yet it feels like it was just written yesterday, the script ripped from last years headlines. So, maybe it has become the norm. I don’t know. I don’t magically have the answer for racism after watching this movie, I wish I did, but I don’t.

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Are you a fan of Do The Right Thing and want to watch along with me? Click HERE to read my ‘live’ scene reactions while I watched this movie for the first time.

Also, are you looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

5 movies down, 95 to go. Next up, The Last Picture Show (1971)

 

Getting Old {ish} With Jennifer

A few weeks ago we explored the possibilities of whether I, Jennifer, of 30 year old sound{ish} body and mind, am in fact an adult, or instead an adult in training (read that post here). I decided that half of the issue may be that I’ve never really “applied and interviewed” for the position of adulthood. Being married and having a mortgage just isnt enough.

So to whom it may concern, might I present to you my Resume to Be an Adult for your review and acceptance.

Help Me With A Special Project!

Hey Guys!

Not trying to be weird, buttttt I want to know when you go to sleep, and when you wake up..

You see, I have developed a bad habit of going to sleep when most are getting ready to wake up and now I want to see (and try) how the other half, the normal and responsible half, live.

So if you could spare 2 mins of your time to fill out this survey I would greatly appreciate it!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LP6ZL6L

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