Woody Allen Relevant as Ever

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Woody Allen Relevant as Ever
Deconstructing Woody
Written by Jennifer Kiley
Created on 1st & 2nd January 2014
Posted On Friday 3rd January 2014

Woody Allen invites the legendary conservative icon William Buckley on his show. The discussion is on the late 1960s. Questions are taken from the audience. The tape’s quality is not great but visually, it is okay. Their conversations and answers are quite amusing and brings on laughter. Even parts of the discussion is relevant to the world today. Here is Woody Allen vs William F. Buckley Jr. – Who creates more laughter?

Woody Allen vs William F. Buckley Jr. — FUNNY

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The next tape is an interview with Woody Allen by [not given credit] French Journalist. Some of the interview is in French. It is when the interviewer is just speaking to the audience. Woody speaks English with French subtitles. Not a trial to understand if you only speak English. If you don’t understand French, you do not miss the content of the interview. It does not interfere, patiently listening through the French. Only in short interval. Very Enjoyable.

You will see a great many clips from Woody’s films. These are entertaining and memorable, especially if you are a regular viewer of his films. They are fun even if you haven’t seen a great many of his films. I am an avid fan, and it is fun to see so many of those moments from so many of his films. Memories are connected to each memorable scene. I have watched Woody Allen since Annie Hall won the Oscar for Best Picture. I have seen all of his films, with the exception of those only released recently into theatres. I look forward anxiously to see Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett leads the cast. Her life is crumbling so she decides it’s a good idea to move in with her sister. How did that work out for her? It doesn’t look so good in the Trailer.

I have watched Woody Allen from Annie Hall up to the film before Blue Jasmine. This film would be To Rome with Love. The films in between were a gift, one a year. He acted, wrote and directed the majority and when he didn’t cast himself, he would cast another actor to play him as someone else. Each actor that played Woody, did a fine job. What is it about Woody Allen? He writes what touches many centers in my mind. I feel uplifted by his storytelling. He is perfect at telling a story and I know I am going to enjoy hearing and seeing it.

woody allen love is the answer sex raises some pretty interesting questions

A short list of what I feel are the best of the best of Woody Allen & he has one in post-production: [Let us countdown from high to low, meaning…a great list to turn into future film reviews.]

25 – A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (written by) 1982

24 – Shadow and Fog (written by) 1991

23 – Small Time Crooks (written by) 2000

22 – Play It Again, Sam (based on a play – screenplay by) 1972

21 – Love and Death (written by) 1975

20 – Bullets Over Broadway (written by) 1994

19 – Mighty Aphrodite (written by) 1995

18 – The Purple Rose of Cairo (written by) 1985

17 – Alice (written by) 1990

16 – September (written by) 1987

15 – Celebrity (written by) 1998

14 – To Rome with Love (written by) 2012

13 – Deconstructing Harry (written by) 1997

12 – Melinda and Melinda (written by) 2004

11 – The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (written by) 2001

10 – Match Point (written by) 2005

9 – Scoop (written by) 2006

8 – Manhattan (written by) 1979

7 – Annie Hall (written by) 1977

6 – Hannah and Her Sisters (written by) 1986

5 – Crimes and Misdemeanors (written by) 1989

4 – Blue Jasmine (written by) 2013 [going to/want to see soon]

3 – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (written by) 2008

2 – Manhattan Murder Mystery (written by) 1993

1 – Midnight in Paris (written by) 2011

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I wish there was a way to see what he did before he became a film maker. That was long before my time. It would be fun to have a time viewer that let you see anything that occurred in history in any field of interest. I found this video is very enlightening plus entertaining. What is being discussed is relevant to the world of today. Woody is extensive with what he discusses.

[I do realize these are long videos. Get a taste of them & if you hear something that amuses you, come back when you have some moments where you want to laugh. Do return & enjoy this Master Filmmaker.

Woody Allen (Rare Interview 1979 — 61min.) by a French Journalist

I support Woody Allen. We share a great deal in our thoughts and beliefs in life and the relevancy of our views. The personal controversy he went through many years back, I feel we each have to decide how we evaluate what we believe and how we want to accept it. What he may have done. What was that? People close to me cannot respect him and when I mention my love for his films, they don’t understand. They reject everything about him, including his work. One of my therapist’s was shocked I could support Woody Allen. Well, after talking to her, I felt guilty for loving his work & not believing he could harm a child, ever.

Everyone believes what they will and likes what they will like. I believe Woody and have enjoyed him though out my life. I am also a huge fan of Mia Farrow and was greatly disappointed that their relationship had to end the way in which it did. Life has gone on. Woody is happy with his wife and their children. They are enjoying their lives together. That is what is important. I will not apologize for my belief in him. I miss seeing Mia in his films, or any film.

His interest in psychoanalysis and portraying it in his films has always fascinated me. We both have shared that fascination for analysis. Being analyzed is something I feel strongly about. One should attempt to know themselves. It is important in my life. To try to understand one’s self can be enlightening. Woody Allen, I believe has always helped me get beyond any stigma. It’s an absurd to be stigmatized just because you struggle with something “society” doesn’t understand. Why does society have to understand me? I don’t get society. It is a mixed bag of nuts coming from every direction.. To feel if someone is not normal, a bit quirky, a touch weird, eccentric, outright rapidly switching moody, the analysis helps to sort those things out and to live one’s life more fully.

I hope you take the time to view the complete videos. If not now, do come back and listen as you have the time. It will be well worth your time. — Jennifer Kiley

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To close, here are some Quotations I collected on Comedy.

“Life doesn’t make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy’s job is to point out that it doesn’t make sense, and that it doesn’t make much difference anyway.”
― Eric Idle

“My tendency to make up stories and lie compulsively for the sake of my own amusement takes up a good portion of my day and provides me with a peace of mind not easily attainable in this economic climate.” Chelsea Handler

“It’s like a fairy tale . . . on crack!” ― Hillary DePiano

“[Comedies], in the ancient world, were regarded as of a higher rank than tragedy, of a deeper truth, of a more difficult realization, of a sounder structure, and of a revelation more complete. The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man…. Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachments to the forms; comedy, the wild and careless, inexhaustible joy of life invincible.” ― Joseph Campbell

“He stares at me, and then leans back in his chair. He’s ill, Jacob.”
I say nothing.
“He’s a paragon schnitzophonic.”
“He’s what?!”
“Paragon schnitzophonic,” repeats Uncle Al.
“You mean paranoid schizophrenic?”
“Sure. Whatever. But the bottom line is he’s mad as a hatter…”
― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

“Luck is the bastard child of Fate and Destiny.” ― Carroll Bryant

“Those of you who are not aware of my brilliant career as a standup comic, I’m not aware of it either so we might well wonder what we’re doing here.” ― Alan Rickman

“Recent studies have shown that approximately 40% of authors are manic depressive. The rest of us just drink.” ― Melodie Campbell

“People who try to pretend they’re superior make it so much harder for those of us who really are.” ― Hyacinth Bucket

“Some people fight fire with fire. I’ve found water to be more effective.”
― Adrianne Ambrose, Confessions of a Virgin Sacrifice

“You ever noticed how people who believe in Creationism look really un-evolved? You ever noticed that? Eyes real close together, eyebrow ridges, big furry hands and feet. “I believe God created me in one day”. Yeah, looks like He rushed it” ― Bill Hicks

“Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: ‘We don’t serve colored people here.’ “I said: ‘that’s all right, I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.” ― Dick Gregory

“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.” ― Lauren Myracle

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
― Isaac Asimov

“If at first you don’t succeed then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.”
― Steven Wright

“Be what you would seem to be – or, if you’d like it put more simply – never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” ― Lewis Carroll

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Happy Birthday, John Lennon 9th October

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Happy Birthday, John Lennon 9th October
Post Created by Jk the secret keeper
Remembered by Jennifer Kiley, Jk the secret keeper, j. kiley
Illustrated by j. kiley
Post Created on Thursday 10th October 2013
Posted On Wednesday 9th October 2013

Remember Memories

This is strictly music, posters, images, an interview
of John & Yoko with Dick Cavett [great!!!], quotations.
Enjoy. Happy Birthday John, 10/09/13, Love Jennifer

Tiger orchid #14 Robert Mapplethorp

Tiger orchid #14 Robert Mapplethorp

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accidentally on purpose


Tiger orchid #14 Robert Mapplethorp

Tiger orchid #14 Robert Mapplethorp

not comfort ignorance

life death poster

karmasutra fate fucks u

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
― John Lennon

Beatles–In My Life

keep calm write something

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john lennon quote on weird

in dreams

imagine maya angelou

happiness john lennon

fuck ur world fuck ur orders

fuck  definition get over it

John Lennon — Stand By Me

“Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean,
sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.” ― Bob Dylan

freedom nature is illegal

free ur mind  john lennon

dragon shadow and thought

dichotomies poster

John Lennon — Woman

daydream wandering

david lynch narrowing of imagination

da vinci quote everything connects

dancing not hear music  nietzsche

John Lennon — Mind Games

crazy not a competition

crazy keeps me sane

bill hicks evolution

belive in magic

To “River”
I Dedicate This Song to My New Little Boy “River.”
He is 3 weeks old & a Dark Grey Tabby Kitten.
Born on the 19th September 2013 shortly before Midnight.

John Lennon — Beautiful Boy

artists are dangerous issued  by joe mccarthy 50s

accidentally on purpose

John Lennon on Dick Cavett [entire show] September 11, 1971 [HD]

I Include This Photo in My Tribute to John
Lennon & Dedicate It to Julie with Love. Jk

Sound-of-Music-maria closeup during singing of edelweiss melts me inside

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John Lennon-Imagine

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bedroom perfect high windows light

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fire works by matt the samurai.gif

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John Lennon — Watching the Wheels

throughout life soul mate poster


moving water gif

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seasawing elephant gif

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Blended Nature by Alex Fitch


John Lennon — Give Peace A Chance

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4p enchanted green walking bridge

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John Lennon — Power To the People

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blue fantasy —anonymous


neil-gaiman-quotes-even nothing cannot last forever

carter pic for trisha

John Lennon — Starting Over

4p a world in tree green

entering the soul connection

4p beautiful sunset glorious

hands reaching out into rain

candle flame flickering gif

John Lennon — Jealous Guy


surreal green planet under water  by rolan gonzalez  812x512

surreal green planet under water by rolan gonzalez

a flower of many colours-this is for you

erotic flowers and an exotically colourful butterfly

The Beatles — And I Love Her

soul mates filled with yellow rays of sun

candle flame w hand gif

The Beatles — If I Fell

4p if the goddes were a kittie irridescent kitten

depression twisted japanese maple

garden purple flowers

The Beatles — Michelle

garden did you know

van gogh starry night variation

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the anatomy of a cover – cover – artist masloski carmen

The Beatles — You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

(1) Butterfly Elegant-Yorkshire rose

(1) abstract-streak-lightning

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Quite Busy — abstract digital art

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critical thinker by j. kiley

The Beatles — Norwegian Wood

abstract purple digital art by j. kiley © jennifer kiley 2013

abstract purple digital art by j. kiley © jennifer kiley 2013

angel oak tree charleston sc

life from death created by j. kiley

life from death created by j. kiley

unconscious reflections by j. kiley © jennifer kileycreated by j. kiley (c) jennifer kiley 2013

The Beatles — Hey, Jude

life death poster

create u r a creator poster

abiotic by yani ioannou

abiotic by yani ioannou

shattered time - unknown artist

shattered time – unknown artist

The Beatles — The Long and Winding Road

hesse tree

i wish i could

autumn tree gif

silver ball by sl8r.co

silver ball by sl8r.co

sea cloud sunset by j.kiley © jennifer kileycreated by j. kiley (c) jennifer kiley 2013

The Beatles — Across the Universe

music gives soul plato

snowing by pinstriped briefs

snowing by pinstriped briefs

(1) book letters flying dark backround

couleurs du ciel par j. kiley © jennifer kiley 2013created by j. kiley (c) jennifer kiley 2013

running stream gif

water dripping gig

The Beatles — Let It Be

dancing music nietzsche gif

hands reaching out into rain

artists are dangerous issued  by joe mccarthy 50s

to feel infinite

The Beatles — While My Guitar Gentle Weeps

john lennon quote poster

john and yoko

happy mouse



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les bougies qui dirigent les jeunes voyageurs d’âme

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John Lennon  Peace Shine On

John Lennon Peace Shine On

John Lennon Oct.9th, 19 Dec. 8th, 19

John Lennon
Oct.9th, 19
Dec. 8th, 19

The Beatles — Strawberry Fields

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living inside of bubbles with flowers they burst and reality touches your soul

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bubbling darkness gif

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(1) yoko one  its alright imaginepeace

John Lennon — Oh, Yoko

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trees and night sky fireflies and polka-tumblr

The Beatles — All You Need Is Love

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love friendship white flower

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light dark crystal (1)

love friendship flowers (1)

tears are words

Sadness (1)

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The Beatles — Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds

alice begin at the beginning 1

may day flowers for christa

spiritual pathway

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John Lennon — Mother

Below Is the Surrogate Mother
I Always Dreamed I Would Find Someday

julie w. baby emma

watch over you

true friends forever


The Beatles — When I’m 64?

symbols of faith 2

genius madness aristotle

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John Lennon — Oh, My Love

a friendly little one just exercising fire breathing

a friendly little one just exercising fire breathing

Laughing Out Loud: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Post Created by Jk the secret keeper
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Post Created Sunday 15th September 2013
Posted Wednesday 18th September 2013
Lightness of Being

It has been quite a while since I have watched an episode of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman with Louise Lasser. This show brought me back to Television. Stopped watching while I was in college. I heard about the show, so purchased an inexpensive 9″ TV and watched it every night at 11pm Monday thru Friday. Then the Superbowl and somehow it started to become a habit. Now we have Roku and Cable. I like to stream and Shawn likes both. I don’t mind cable if we DVR a show. Cannot take the sound of commercials. The irritation from them drives me nuts. Roku is quiet. The channels I watch are all ad free. Bless the internet for streaming, also.

The following videos are an assortment of humourous videos. Carol Burnett doing a take off of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Followed by the first episode of season one and follow by the infamous scene that surprised a nation at the time of its first running. Next is a hysterical rendition of a voice mail message of someone witnessing the funniest accident scene. It is guaranteed to make you Laugh Out Loud. Jk the secret keeper ENJOY! Be Aware the clip Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is not an episode light in nature but it is revealing. BE AWARE AT THE TIME IT WAS THE MOST TALKED ABOUT EPISODE OF MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN.

Carol Burnett Doing Take Off of Mary Hartman Mary Hartman Part One

Carol Burnett Doing Take Off of Mary Hartman Mary Hartman Part Two

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Season 1 Episode 1
If you enjoy or remember Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman follow the link and find the next episode.

Norman Lear feels this episode of Mary Hartman Mary Hartman may contain the best performance in the history of television. It is an extremely intense episode. WARNING it may be upsetting. Norman Lear is right when he said it is the best performance on TV ever.

[On Internet 2005-I Found on Friend’s FB Page]
Don’t mess with Bible-totin’ old ladies.
Read this little explanation and then listen
to the voice mail. You just have to laugh with
the guy. This is hilarious!!! The witness was
leaving the voice mail message, as he witnessed
an accident and went on to provide “play by play”
of the incident. This is the actual voice mail
message. It was passed along and forwarded
so many times it crashed the voice mail server.

For more details go to
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Four Old Ladies

This video is what our house was like last year and we are about to have a repeat performance. Calming everyone down is a constant activity. The mom to be is very petite and carrying a large tummy. Her strayness does not give us any idea where and with whom she mated. We have a clean slate on what to expect and how many. The vet did an ultra sound but only two kitten heartbeats. Now that is fine with me if Lorca [LSD] Suzuki Darwin has only two. That would be a blessing. There is more of a chance we will be able to keep just two but any more, I don’t believe I would ever be able to convince Shawn it would be a good idea to keep them all. I am not even sure I think it is a good idea if more than two arrive.

Now we had a cat a long while back who had a litter of one. Garbo was a bit larger but not by much. I am talking about the size of a 5 month old kitten. So, we, me, in particular, are rooting for no more than two and one would be perfect.

Afraid her tummy is too large for just one. I am not that assured in the one kitty birth. Of course, Lorca has been eating quite a bit. We will see. The kittens, wee ones, should be arriving any moment or day now. Lorca is asleep on the stool foot rest just 6 feet away from me. There are four other cats in the room with me being so sound, I didn’t even know they were in the living room. The others must be getting warm someplace else. This is however, the warmest room in the house, at 64 F degrees. I have a heating pad and thinking seriously of reaching for a blanket.

Enjoy Simon’s Cat. The cartoons are the funniest new videos out there. :-) Jk the secret keeper

Simon’s Cat — Double Trouble

Be Assured as soon as Lorca has recovered from childbirth and her kittens are all weaned after a fair amount of time, Lorca will be spayed. Her hormones will settle down and so will our household. Why people feel they have to throw away an adorable animal like Lorca, I will never understand but people throw away millions every year. There are not enough homes for them all. That is why I believe the idea, Once you take an animal in they are yours for life.   Written by Jennifer Kiley

Fav Top Ten #4: An Affair To Remember

affair-to-remember-title-screen posterFav Top Ten #4: An Affair To Remember
Review Written by Jennifer Kiley
Video One: Clips From Film with Music
Video Two: Theme Song by Josh Groban
Illustrated by j. kiley
Post Created Thursday 12th September 2013
Posted On Friday 13th September 2013
Friday the 13th

dedicated to roger ebert film friday5 stars

an affair to remember in diningroom on ship looking at each other

an affair to remember in terry's state room

An Affair To Remember — Forever Deborah Kerr & Cary Grant

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an affair to remember b&w on shipThe video above the black and white photographs of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, has a French singer in the back ground, which makes the scene far more sentimental than a film trailer ever could and conveys the intense feelings of love developing between the two lead characters. If you know the story or have seen the film “Sleepless In Seattle,” you will know the two characters, after they wait for a year, if they are still in love, they are to meet at the top of the Empire State building in NYC.

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BDDefinitionAffairtoRemember in water on ship watermark removeWe know how “Sleepless In Seattle” ends but do we know what happens in “An Affair To Remember?” It is the most touching love story ever made. If you do not cry tears at the end of this film, I would say, in a non-judgmental way, you are the Tin Man, who never had a heart. He needs to make a visit to the Wizard for a new one, or it has been broken, or you have encased your soul in a vault. It is impossible not to get a lump in one’s throat and tears to build up in one’s eyes. Cary and Deborah are so perfect together. The characters they portray are instant successes as romantic figures. It is impossible not to care.on island near house of grandmother closer shotThere are many reasons to cry while watching “An Affair To Remember.” Each one, pulls at your heart and announces you are alive. Love is teased in the beginning scenes, on the cruise back to the States from overseas. Nickie Ferante, [Cary Grant] and Terry McKay, [Deborah Kerr] meet most fortunately for both, for they are able to offer each other a buffer of protection from the rest of the passengers on the ship, who are in constant pursuit of their company, in which they, themselves, want to pass on. There is no interest at all with them to mingle with anyone else but each other.

An-Affair-to-Remember-with grandmotherDuring the trip, Nickie takes Terry to his Grandmother’s island, when the ship makes a stop there.  Terry has a beautiful conversation with Nickie’s Grandmother. They bond really quickly. When it seems to Terry, Nicke’s Grandmother is cold, she retrieves a beautiful shawl and places it over her shoulders. It is during these moments when his Grandmother promises, someday the shawl would be a gift to Terry. After a wonderful time and a visit to the chapel, Terry and Nickie return to the ship.An-Affair-To-Remember at chapel on GM's islandThere they continue to pursue their quest for a peaceful, uninterrupted, and uneventful return to the states. Their trips were to have time away from their beloveds back home. It was all meant to be a time for them to think over their almost cemented relationships. Those who were waiting for them on their return. On the boat, everyone is after Nickie Ferante, a celebrity of a sort, a playboy who is tentatively spoken for by a wealthy heiress. She has a great deal to offer Nickie and his life style, plus he is cassé. Terry McKay has a similar situation but not the notoriety. She is being pursued by a wealthy gentleman back in NYC, who is a good person, and she is also cassé.in doorway to terry's room on ship Grant, Cary (An Affair to Remember)_02While on board, the trip is long, Terry and Nickie spend meals together, walks around the promenade talking and enjoying the others company. The rumours start to spread, though. Neither can afford for their friendship to be released to the press. This is when they start to pretend to not notice the other. It becomes amusing to the other passengers, the way they behave. It even has fall-out in the dining room when they attempt to dine alone and end up at tables back to back. It causes great laughter amongst the other dinner guests.cary-and-deborah-back-to-back 2

anaffairtoremember-empirestate see from boat their backs to usThey are fated. However, they do get caught on camera, but Nickie is quick, grabs the camera and destroys the negative. When it comes time for the ship to dock, they realize their feelings have developed into something more than just friendship. The answer is unsure, what should they do? A decision is made, after a designated length of time, if they are still feeling what they feel now, they will meet at the top of the Empire State Building.

Now you know fairy tales never end the way you want them to.

An-Affair-to-Remember going to kiss on ship

In the meantime, Nickie is going to try to earn money in order to be the man Terry needs, and Terry is going to try to earn money to bring to the relationship, in order to assure it does thrive. They need to find their independence and make it on their own. Both are adamant about doing this. Nickie has always been a potentially great painter. So he decides to go down the road of the artist. Terry, having a similar bent, has a glorious voice and turns to performing. All seems to be going well. It takes time but Nickie begins to find buyers for his paintings and Terry is becoming successful in her singing career. 

It is almost time for the fateful day to occur.

an affair to remember just getting off ship terry hugging fiance nickie watchesThe top of the Empire State Building is quite active. Both are intent on being there. But it doesn’t exactly happen the way it is supposed to. And this is as far as I will take the story. I have set it up. Watching is much more enjoyable.  It causes one to be misty eyed. And it is more than just a “chick flick.” I hate the term. If something is emotionally based and causes one to cry, why is it only females who are allowed to enjoy this kind of story? Why aren’t men allowed to watch this and have the same reaction as a woman? Crying is perfectly acceptable when confronting something excitingly joyful or exceedingly sad.an affair to remember in the theatreWhat happens next, is what leads one to the crying and the praying. Some major events occur which change the whole story.  Nickie has a gift for Terry. It is beautiful. Nickie and Terry run into one another, after the Empire State Building, when the opera audience is leaving, he sees with a man by her side, still sitting, as he walks up the aisle with a woman by his side. Nickie-Terry-in-An-Affair-to-Remember-movie-couple in her apt at endIt is awkward. If you want to find out any of the reasons I have left out, you must see the film. You will not be disappointed. As I said before, fairy/faery tales do not develop the way we want them to, nor do they always have the endings we expect. Faery tales don’t necessarily come true, the way they are in wishes and dreams. Cary-in-An-Affair-To-Remember-cary-grant present from grandmother

large_an_affair_to_remember_blu-ray_5 on couchIn order to know what happens. What might have gone wrong. Or how this tale ends, you must see “An Affair To Remember.” I promise, you will not regret it. Watching this film is an experience you will never forget. As the film titles states. it’s “An Affair To Remember.”   Written by Jennifer Kileyrememberpainting an affair to remember

An Affair To Remember — Song from Film — Sung by Josh Groban

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Remembering Memories

Remembering Memories
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Post Created on Sunday 31st August 2013
Posted on Sunday 31st August 2013


Julie Harris and James Dean in 'East of Eden

Julie Harris and James Dean in ‘East of Eden’

In Honour & Dedicated to Julie Harris R.I.P. [1925-2013]

For anyone who would like to see something with Julie Harris, to help remember her. She has 16 choices on Roku. Specifically, I am watching ‘Belle of Amherst’ playing Emily Dickinson, the poet, an on stage recording. I thought I would let you know ‘Belle of Amherst’ is being shown for Free on Netflix if you have a subscription & on Roku.

julie harris and james dean

I am a huge fan of Julie Harris. Loved her in ‘East of Eden’ where she is one of two women who got to kiss James Dean on the screen. The other actor was Natalie Wood in ‘Rebel Without a Cause.’ I love Julie Harris with James Dean in ‘East of Eden.’ All of the photos I’ve posted are from this film. One of my other favorites is ‘The Haunting,’ which I have seen more times than I can count or remember.

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I have always had the biggest crush on James Dean. When I lived in New Haven I did a gay radio show at Yale and met a female doppelganger of James Dean in Lesbian form and she was a sculptor. It was attraction and a touch of love at first site. She wasn’t that kind of woman. She was a flirt like myself but she broke hearts, one was mine. I made the mistake I could break through the bronze exterior. Her name was Morgan.

julie harris and james dean east of eden-1954

Who doesn’t fall just a bit for a woman who looks like James Dean, is a sculptor and sexy as hell & attracted to you, too. I was a professional musician at the time myself. Wrote my own music, lyrics, too. What a fantasy so real as this does one get to live, even if just for a moment in time. I get to have the memories. I saw her art. She heard me sing.

Julie_Harris-& james dean

We looked into each other’s eyes and lost ourselves for awhile in a dream of tokes and tequila. Here’s to memories still alive and happening now some other place in time. I knew Morgan a year before I met Shawn. We rescued each other from the madness and live a stones throw from an artistic college and in a small village with our animals at home where someone mows out lawn once a week unless it rains.

JulieHarris.James Dean

Four of my favorite names: Shawn — Julie — James — Morgan. I have added others which also resonate love Niamh — Patrick — Lorca — Carter. Four of these names I have named our cats. Four are for women I love in special ways each one of them.


There is one more name I have known for almost forever but someone else uses it. Now it is special to me as she rides the waves and finds abstractions as a place where memories are held. I feel she, also, has the visions of the divine before we are allowed to see what we see with our usual vision.


I am taking the rest of this to ‘the secret keeper’ where it will feel better between the pages of other posts to keep it warm. [We started out on our FB page.] Too soon it will be lost here and forgotten.[on FB] I want to be able to look up the words and faces and the wonderful abstract painting I created, I will add to it. [ended up stealing the abstract & putting it in my book on ‘tsk’ — ‘Letters of Import.’] Jk the secret keeper

East of Eden — Best Scene of James Dean & Julie Harris

Bell of Amherst — the Stage Production

The Haunting [1963] Trailer

Julie Harris in ‘East of Eden’ R.I.P. [1925—2013]

East of Eden Trailer

Favorite Top Ten Films of All Time #6

Favorite Top Ten Films of All Time #6
List Created by Jennifer Kiley
Illustrated by j. kiley
Movie Trailers by Jk the secret keeper
Post Created on 21st August 2013
Posted On Friday 30th August 2013
dedicated to roger ebert film friday5 stars

Favorite Top Ten Films of All Time [#6]
List Created by Jennifer Kiley

holiday poster with everyone

I made a decision doing two films from my Favorite and Best 10 films per week was overwhelming to myself and to the readers of my post. It is far to much to absorb and create at one time. The focus gets to distracting. So it will be one film per week which will extend the length of time to present the 20 films all together. I do have a surprise when the Favorite Top Ten and Best Top Ten Films have been revealed and reviewed with trailers, photos and posters. I hope when we get their it will be a good surprise and enlightening. Until then, tonight’s Favorite Top Ten Film at # 6 is another Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant film which is so moving and enjoyable. It is ‘Holiday.’ I am not sure how many have heard or seen this film but it is a film about individuality and believing strongly in your own thoughts, who you are and believing in your future, not one someone else chooses for you, no matter what the bribery may be, you stay true to yourself.

Holiday collage of photos from film

(1938) Director: George Cukor. Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, Edward Everett Horton, Jean Dixon, Henry Kolker, Henry Daniell, Binnie Barnes. Screenplay: Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman (based on the play by Philip Barry). © 1938 Columbia Pictures

holiday  the film hepburn & grant

I have not had a good week. I wouldn’t even say I have had a great year. Beyond that, I would certainly say the movies have not had a great year—and why is it, we cinephiles frequently ask ourselves, that a coincidence like this never really feels like a coincidence? Has the drought at the multiplexes made 2003 rougher than it already was (which I’m not even going to get into), or—as I like to believe in my more romantic moments, blending my own life’s ups and downs with those of the medium I love—have those yearly slings and arrows only felt so wearying because there have been no good films to cushion the impact a little?

Holiday cary w fiancee & her father & kate

Chicken, egg, chicken, egg. I’m sure I’ll never get to the bottom of this personal riddle, and yet my basic thesis that there must be some connection was only reinforced last week when I lucked into a rare theatrical screening of a glorious print of a wonderful old film. It’s one of those banalities that gets endlessly repeated because really, it’s just true: a great movie can really lift the spirits, despite all the practical, external odds against it doing so.

The film in question was Holiday, a wondrous 1938 collaboration among those famous friends Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and George Cukor that nonetheless gets shockingly little attention and exposure. Much like Bringing Up Baby, Hepburn and Grant’s other co-starring vehicle from the same year, Holiday fizzled at the box office. Hepburn reteamed with the same costar, director, playwright, and screenwriter two years later for her career-reviving smash The Philadelphia Story, but the wild enthusiasm for that project somehow never translated into a deserved second chance for Holiday. In fact, Holiday already was a second chance, since it had been filmed before and with considerably greater box-office success in 1930, with the now-forgotten Ann Harding nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award as Linda Seton, the role Hepburn inherits in the remake.

Holiday cary fiancee and father deciding his future he doesnt like it

Harding’s Holiday only exists these days as one ailing print housed in the Library of Congress and is rarely if ever trotted out for public viewing. The Hepburn-Grant version is more accessible, but not as much as you’d think: the programmers at Turner Classic Movies seem to like it, and yet video copies can be tough to locate, even for rental, DVDs are nonexistent as near as I can tell, and the movie often gets ousted from rep-house retrospectives of Hepburn’s and Grant’s personal portfolios in favor of more celebrated titles. Even Sylvia Scarlett, an even worse flop for the Hepburn-Grant-Cukor trio and much disliked by the actors themselves, stumbled into a cult-classic status that Holiday never really achieved: it remains, I’d say, the best Hepburn picture that her fans may not have seen, aside from that one incandescent shot of she and Grant in elegant white-tie regalia, striding swanlike over the back of a velvet couch.

cary-grant-holiday feeling under pressure from fiancee and her father

What all this means is that to see Holiday at all these days, particularly on the big screen, is itself a sort of triumph over adversity. And what a triumph it is! The film is spellbinding without being a mystery, ravishing without being ornate, heartachy despite being a lovely comedy, and full of surprise gestures and unexpected flights of feeling and fancy that are unique even among the superior class of romantic ’30s films to which it rightfully belongs. The focal character is Grant’s Johnny Case, and yes, he is a dashing and puckish romantic clown with the cleftiest of clefted chins.

holiday sisters with cary

Still, though, without Alfred Hitchcock or Clifford Odets anywhere in sight, Grant explores new dimensions of his familiar persona in this part (and in 1938, his persona wasn’t all that familiar anyway; Hepburn, after all, despite her “box-office poison” reputation, is still billed first). Johnny is a laugher and a prankster, but there’s a strong and swift-acting business acumen lurking just beneath the devil-may-care surface. He’s in love with love, but there is gravity in that love: he is offended, even angered, when people do wrong by romantic ideals, and a few of his line readings genuinely bark and bristle in the face of generically familiar obstacles like obstreperous fathers-in-law and waspish relatives. Neither the film nor the character really depart from the known terrain of romantic comedy, but it feels like there’s more at stake in Holiday than a film of this type always suggests, which is largely the result of Grant’s swaggering, scintillating, but strongly backboned performance.

holiday kate reflecting

Meanwhile, Hepburn is flexing and sharpening her character just as deftly as Grant does his, but without losing any of that soft luminosity that Cukor was always so good at discovering in her hard-angled face. As Linda Seton, she is not the Grant character’s initial love interest; these two meet because Grant’s Johnny is engaged to Hepburn’s sister Julia, well played by an actress named Doris Nolan whom I’d frankly never heard of. It may feel like something of a foregone conclusion that Johnny’s affections will eventually be withdrawn from Julia and redirected toward Linda, but for a long time the reasons and logic by which this transfer will happen simply aren’t clear.

holiday all of carys friends in playroom with kate and brother

Barry’s play and the resultant script refuse to compromise in any of the familiar areas: Nolan’s Julia sours a little but she isn’t inscrutable or indefensible; Hepburn’s Linda is too loyal to and defensive of her sister, sometimes extravagantly so, to comfortably intrude on Julia’s amorous bliss; Grant’s Johnny is too pragmatic and driven, and too subliminally desirous of approval, to toss all other cares to the wind and ride off with the woman who’s easier, who’s more like him, who better understands his distinctive blend of confidence and abandon.

katharine hepburn holiday  cary grant

A lesser movie would invent some deus ex machina plot device to rearrange these characters where the final scene needs to find them. Holiday, enormously to its credit, never really does that. The characters all keep behaving according to their definitive patterns—laughing, debating, sobbing, drinking, somersaulting, kicking each other playfully in the behinds—and suddenly, at an invisible moment, a corner gets turned. Behavior is rather elaborate in this story, to include willful self-seclusions, impetuous disappearances, and public backflips. And the dialogue is such finely spun silver, glittering in its jokes but chilly, sometimes, in its sad ring, that these obvious pleasures alone seem like more than enough for one film, or for three.

holiday  cary edward everett horton & his wife in film

But Holiday, and this is where Cukor comes in, manages by some sorcerous trick to foster another, ineffable level, a dimension that feels like pure feeling, quiet but tangible epiphanies, where the real action is really happening. A single scene in Holiday might comprise a puppet-show, an acrobatic exhibit (Grant and Hepburn are gloriously athletic), and a whole host of comic experts in the cast, including the perennial Edward Everett Horton and the touching Jean Dixon, firing off those great jests and jousts that none of us dumb louts can ever think of at the right, comparable moments in real life…and yet, with all this commotion and carrying-on, we realize that what the scene has really been about is a sea-change, a silent transmission, a feeling deep-hidden in Hepburn or Grant that passed, say, from curiosity to fascination, from flirtation to longing.

holiday  lew ayres brother drinks disappointed with life at piana in playroom cary and kate

How does this happen? How are we made to feel it? Poignant, careful framings that measure the characters finely against the spaces (marginal, grand, intimate, echoey) they inhabit. Good sonic judgment that maintains a notable silence when most comedies would supply a fracas or a high, peppy glissando. Sleek, simple outfits that are tailored exactly right and then forgotten about—this isn’t an MGM movie. All of this used to be called good direction. At rare moments, when a Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me), a Curtis Hanson (Wonder Boys), or a Lukas Moodysson (Together) emerges, it still is. Some directors still remind us that humanism, naughty nostalgic word though it is, is still a style, and a fine one at that.

holiday cukor_38_hepburn grant tipping over couch playing in playroom

By whatever magical process, Holiday tells us a story that isn’t what we expect, because its methods for reaching a guessable conclusion are so creative, so boisterous, so deeply and manifestly felt by everyone involved. Why didn’t audiences in 1938 want to see this? Perhaps a film about wealthy people was a turn-off after a near-decade of economic debacle, but that didn’t stop many another Hollywood lark from sailing footloose and fancy-free into the public’s favor. Besides, Johnny’s and Linda’s and Julia’s relation to the wealth they have is sad and ambivalent and illuminating, without the film growing didactic or asking in some embarrassing way that we shed tears for the so-called idle rich. Holiday cuts through the tough interrelations of money, family, and feeling with a trenchancy that many, more dogmatic movies regularly fail to do; it certainly makes Kaufman and Hart’s beloved You Can’t Take It With You, which inspired that year’s Oscar winner as Best Picture, seem just as thin and flyaway as (admit it) you probably already suspected it was.

Cary-Grant--Katherine-Hepburn holiday in playroom during new years eve party

That, and Holiday is funny, an absolute gas. And it’s visually lovely. And it’s touching and compassionate. What else do we want out of movies? What else do we want out of life? Boy am I feeling better, and without feeling manhandled by the clumsy, unformed giddiness of Gumpish minds or the ungainly, audience-tested soothsayings of Something’s Gotta Give. Holiday is a holiday, and it arrived for me at just the right time—but truly, is there ever a wrong time for something this right? A

Favourite Moments — Holiday

Holiday 1938

Stars — A Video Tribute to Film — Holiday 1938

Scene from Holiday 1938

Breathe Slowly [Holiday 1938] Alesha Dixon

Amazing Visions Part #2

Amazing Visions Part #2
Post Created by Jk the secret keeper
Videos Chosen at Vimeo by j. kiley
Post Created Tuesday 27th August 2013
Posted On Wednesday 28th August 2013
Lightness of Being

The videos that j. kiley chose were from ones chosen after the viewing of 100s of videos, all of fine quality and artistic expression. I was looking for something that stood out visually. Something outstanding. That would AWE your sense of VISION. Something you wouldn’t see with your senses under any other circumstances with the exception of doing some mind altering drugs or some heavy meditation or a fast that went beyond your body’s endurance that it brought you to a state of altering your perceptions.

The videos that were finally selected are going to be shown three at a time over a period of many weeks and months. Do not necessarily expect each week to be seeing ‘Amazing Visions.’ I would like to do a variety of inspirations under the heading of ‘Lightness of Being.’ It does encompass everything from humour, comedy, jokes, beautiful photographs, baby animals, things that lift your spirit or make you feel AWE. I hope to be inventive in what I present.

Tonight is the second presentation of ‘Amazing Visions.’ I hope the effect I felt is shared by those adventurous enough to watch the videos I have chosen for the delight and AWE of your senses. Do take a look. Each is different but each is unusual in its effect. A great deal of time and artistry went into the making of each video. In order not to spoil any surprises I let all experience what they will. Be AWED I do hope but at the same time I will say please do not have any expectations of what you will see or experience. Written by Jennifer Kiley

Montreal by Winter

***”Montreal by Winter” is a personal artistic project showcasing the relationship between Montreal, its citizens, and winter. During summer the city is full of excitement and the host many internationally acclaimed festivals. However during winter, Montreal has a real beauty, a dynamic life, and a special charm…that makes you forget the few degrees below zero.

Executive Producer: Stephane Hoareau for Timecode Lab
Director & Timelapse: Stephane Hoareau
Edit: David Gaudet / Stephane Hoareau
Music: Ordinary World by Boris Nonte Vega
Contact: stephane@timecodelab.com
Website: timecodelab.com
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***Shot and Edited in 7 days for the Intersection competition at The World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC (April 11-18, 2013)
Behind the scenes photos: facebook.com/leozuckermanmedia
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Miniature Melbourne

***Winner – Best Timelapse: APA Short Video Contest 2013
Official Selection: Chronos Film Festival 2013
***A short tilt-shift time-lapse film featuring the city of Melbourne, Australia. This piece is 10 months in the making and features a range of different events and festivals held in the city throughout the year.
***Music: “Reflections” by Tom Day. Big thanks to Tom for his sound effects and audio mix soundcloud.com/tomday
***Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17-40mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
***The tilt-shift effect and grading was applied in Photoshop, and the film was edited in LRTimelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro CS6.
***Most of the shots were captured from the Eureka Skydeck, which is a lookout at the top of Melbourne’s tallest building. Other locations were the Shrine of Remembrance memorial, car parks and bridges around the city.