Fav Top Ten Films #3: Marnie

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Film Review Written by Jennifer Kiley
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Post Created On Tuesday 17th September 2013
Posted on Friday 20th September 2013

FILM FRIDAY
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5 stars

Marnie (1964) A+
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Jennifer Kiley

“Marnie” is released to the public following  “The Birds,”  which was preceded by “Psycho.” At the time “Marnie” was not a financial success at the box office but has become a cult film, which this writer has seen in the triple digits since I was a kid, and felt a strong connection to the film. I may have been too young to grasp all the subtleties but it enthralled me.marnie1 washing hair

marnie changing appearancesIt is like watching a car accident for some people, I have never been able to look away. Whenever I find it is on television these days, I pull out my own DVD, unless it is on an ad free channel, and settle in to watch it again. There just is something about “Marnie.” It is addicting and compelling. To watch a young woman go through so much turmoil and the people she meets all seem to be out to try and take something away from her.in taxi marnie arriving at mother's home

marnie mark at desk in lightning storm

In the first scene, Margaret Edgar,  alias Marnie is introduced as she’s walking on the platform of a train station. The film’s protagonist, played by Tippi Hedren of “The Birds” fame, is constantly changing her appearance away from her natural blonde, to a disguise of varying hair colours, in order for her to take on new identities.

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marnie  sis trying to figure out marnie while talking to markShe moves from job to job, always as someone different. Now, there is a reason she does all these makeovers. Simply put, she is a kleptomaniac. She gets hired into job where the bosses are thrown by her beauty and hire, more times than not, without any references. The dirty old men that they are, get what they deserve.  She rips them off of lots of money from there supposedly secure safes.

Hedren, Tippi (Marnie) breaking in to rutland safe

marnie at race track sitting at table mark and marnieOne of these times, Mark Rutland happens to be visiting her employer and cannot help but notice her beauty and her strange tick. She pulls down her skirt just a shade, to give the appearance of being modest, when in actuality it is to lure in her victims or to unconsciously exhibit her dislike of any man looking at her in a sexual manner.tippi-hedren sean-connery alfred-hitchcock-marnie returning moneyWe learn that she’s a thief, an unstable woman who moves from job to job, changing names, physical appearance, and wardrobe.

sean_connery_tippi_h in state bedroom on ship in robesShe is hired as a secretary by Mark Rutland (Sean Connery), He, of course immediately after he observes her pulling down the hem of her skirt. Unfazed, she steals money from his company’s safe and then disappears.

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marnie on ship mark trying to kiss her but she has frozen upMark, however, is smarter than she thinks he is, and upon discovery of the theft, he searches for her and finds her. At this point, Mark announces his intent to marry her, instead of reporting her to the police. Marnie has no alternative but to comply.

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Marnie_Trailer Tippi_Hedren naked mark pulled off robe he is about to have sex with herMark slowly becomes aware of Marnie’s problems, including her kleptomania and her being emotionally fragile. Eventually, he realizes she had a troubled childhood and this is the cause of her problems.marnie lying on bed looking in a trance

marnie after she almost drowned mark rescued herMark is sincere in wanting to help Marnie. Trying to give her a sense of hope but instead, in the beginning he causes her more pain than comfort. There is an element of a Freudian psychological condition growing within her, which needs examining and exposure, in order for her to regain any sense of balance in her life.Marnie-sean connery shirt pants in mansion bedroom area

marnie in bd mark and sister of dead wife standing next to bedMark wants to play the psychiatrist who helps her. In one scene when Marnie is having a nightmare, Lil gets to her first, but Mark quickly dismisses Lil away. He attempts to question Marnie. They end up playing free association, at Marnie’s suggestion. She says to Mark, “I bet you can’t wait to play psychiatrist.”marnie mark playing word association with marnie

Marnie saying goodbye to mark on his way to workThat’s how the game begins, as a challenge. Marnie felt she would push Mark away if she played along with his attempts to help. If she succeeded, she thought he would just leave her alone. It backfires on Marnie. It starts out simple, but the words Mark starts slowly to trick Marnie. He gradually builds up the speed of firing the words at her until he gets to “red.”marnie with her horse forio

marnie with mark and horse forio head against his headWhat happens when Marnie hears this word, you need to see the film to watch how this develops and what happens when Marnie is made to confront the word “red.”Marnie descending stairs for the party white long dress

marnie and mark at party strutt is thereThroughout the film, the colour “red” is significant, and Mark is trying to figure out what is its significance. He does want to help her but he has his own nature with which to contend.  Mark keeps trying until he eventually gets a lead in which he feels could resolve Marnie’s nightmares.

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Mark is gentle with Marnie, once he establishes with her, he is in control. Not to destroy her, but to help her regain a sense of well-being. He realizes she has many sensitivities, one of which is her loathing the touch of a man, any man, including him. He is patient and tries to be loving, tender and understanding. But >he is  motivated by intense feeling of desire. Marnie is beautiful and desirable.

Sean Connery (Mark Rutland)Near the end of the film, a mutual expression of love grows into a feeling of hope. He takes Marnie to see her mother. But before he does this he explains to her, they will work out somehow the thefts she committed. With some understanding and explaining and offering up the amount of money she stole, Mark feels people will be understanding when they discover just what Marnie went through when she was young.

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Eventually, his lust and patience collide. The gentleman loses the battle with sensitivity. He is no longer, in a moment of temptation, able to hold back his urges. His need to have his wife, Marnie, overcomes his control to be reserved and understanding. He is overcome by a powerful urge to possess what he desires. In the following obvious statement, “I’ve really trapped a wild thing this time,” demonstrates some of his need to dominate and to control her completely.

tippi_hedren_marnie about to shot injured horse foriomarnie handing gun to mark at houes after shooting forio her horseMark and Marnie show up at her mother’s place. After they literally push their way into the house, past Marnie’s mom, a lightning storm explodes. Marnie begins to react with fear. Her mom, Bernice wants them to leave. When Marnie tries to seek comfort from her mother at any time, Bernice cannot handle the closeness and rejects her daughter repeatedly, always saying the same phrase: “Marnie, honey, you’re achin’ my leg.” It’s when Marnie rests her head in her lap, she is always rejected. A relationship so tenuous and confusing. Marnie never understands why her mother always pushes her away.

marnie in rutland safe colourIn the final moments of the film, a great deal is explained by the scenes which show exactly why Marnie developed into the person she has become. Now you know I am not going to tell what happens in this review. It is a must see film and the ending is a real killer.marnie  night sailer is killed by marnieThe last frames of the film show Mark and Marnie driving away, heading toward the docks, there appears a ship in the harbour. There are sea gulls flying about and children are playing jump rope while singing a song.Marnie end of film with mark at mother's place she is telling the whole story of the deathThe dock is obviously a mat but the film was made a long time ago and it does give the odd impression you are on a stage. As though the reality is all a dream. As the effect of the revealing sequence appears to be a dream.marnie when a child when she kiled sailor end of filmTo explain the colour “red,” it is left to the observer to put the pieces together. What does “red” symbolize to most people? Is it a fusion of sex, violence, and death? Is this the overriding emotional struggle throughout the film? These questions can only be answered by watching this visually enhancing film, with tension continually building until its conclusion, where all is revealed in a most dramatic and disturbing finale.marnie mother telling about letter sweater and getting pregnant with marnie

Cast

Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren)
Mark Ruthland (Sean Connery)
Lil Mainwaring (Diane Baker)
Sidney Strutt (Martin Gabel)
Bernice Edgar (Louise Latham)
Cousin Bob (Bob Sweeney)
Man at the Track (Milton Selzer)
Mr. Ruthland (Alan Napier)
First Detective (Henry Beckman)
Rita (Edith Evanson)

Crew

Produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay: Jay Presson Allen
Based on the novel by Winston Graham
Camera: Robert Burks
Editor: George Tomasini
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Production design: Robert Boyle
Costumes: Edith Head
Tippi Hedren (Marnie) and Louise Latham (Bernice Edgar)

Marnie Trailer — Hitchcock — Tippi Hedren — Sean Connery

Remembering Memories: Kittens On the Way via LSD

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Written by Jennifer Kiley
Illustrated by j. kiley
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Post Created Monday 9th September 2013
Posted On Monday 9th September 2012

REMEMBERING MEMORIES

Dedicated to our new kittens on the way from Lorca [LSD] Suzuki Darwin.

She is our newest refuge mum kitty to wander to our doorstep looking for sustenance. Did she ask for a home? She wasn’t that pushy but she needed one. She was starving and later to be discovered to be just petite. The vet, after ultra-sound, heard at least two kitten heartbeats. She was assuredly quite pregnant.

Does this mean a new mother kitty at our door next year?

Gatsby showed up last year in early April 2012. She was thrown over a chain-linked fence. Same results, petite and definitely pregnant. She gave us Carter, Poe and Parker. Unfortunately, she died suddenly of FIP. We had her for just over a year and a few months. She gave us her darlings to care for the rest of their lives. I love all three, but don’t let the other two know, I am addicted to Carter. He is the one in this photograph.

carter the lion sweetest kitten on the planet and the universe

carter the lion sweetest kitten on the planet and the universe

Still deciding how many if more than one will Shawn & I keep. I have a promise of one if she/he is a longed haired Black & White kitten. She/he has a name already. It is “Beane Sprout” after a kitten we found and who died from Leukemia a year later. A very sad and long moment in time. We even tried blood transfusions, which gave us two more weeks with her. I was so not in reality thinking that would help her survive. She was our baby. We would have tried anything, as long as it didn’t hurt her. Sprout was a prize baby.

This little one is very close to sprout. a touch more white and you would see what is inside my heart and mind. i could love this kitty just as much. so much like sprout. adorable and huggable.

This little one is very close to sprout. a touch more white and you would see what is inside my heart and mind. i could love this kitty just as much. so much like sprout. adorable and huggable.

Someone actually threw her into a dumpster in our ally when we lived in an apartment. It was winter and cold. Friends were over. I kept hearing strange sounds coming from outside. Couldn’t figure it out. Someone braved the weather and went on a search. In they came with a soaking wet small kitten. I turn into mother immediately. Gave orders as kindly as I could for dry towels, an opened can of cat food.

After drying her up, I bundled her up and put the open can of yummy cat food in front of her face. She was starving. She inhaled as much as she could and eventually fell asleep in my arms.

She slipped away from this world the same way she entered it, being rocked in my arms and snuggled. Shawn and I talked quietly to her. We tried the vet. All he could say is that he could do nothing, that we should just let her die. He made me so furious. I didn’t want to lose her. I loved her so much. She loved us so much.

She was my shadow. I still miss her so much it makes me cry to think of her. It is why I pray and it is so important that Lorca bring her back to me in this new family she is going to bring into our lives. Written by Jennifer Kiley

I’d make this deal with any kitten, any day.

[See poster below for the deal]

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Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor — Zurriuss

Fav Top 10 Films #5: When Audrey Hepburn Won Marilyn Monroe’s Role

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Favorite Top Ten Films of All Time [#5]
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: When Audrey Hepburn won Marilyn Monroe’s role
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Post Created on 21st August 2013
Posted On Friday 23rd August 2013

FILM FRIDAY
dedicated to roger ebert film friday5 stars

Favorite Top Ten Films of All Time [#5]
List Created by Jennifer Kiley

#5th — Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: When Audrey Hepburn won Marilyn Monroe’s role

How Truman Capote’s novella became a great Hollywood film by Sarah Churchwell

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn the perfect Holly Golightly in the film of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This is a fascinating review. I do not agree Audrey was miscast but I do agree that she was perfect for the role of Holly Golightly. It is a moving, complicated, sad, romantic, thought provoking, amusing film, I feel one of Blake Edwards’ and Audrey Hepburn’s masterpieces. The review coming up by Sarah Churchwell was brilliantly thought out. And tells the tale well of Breakfast At Tiffany’s and the rebirth of two people who have had it rough in their lives. A worthy film to watch for enjoyment but also to find compassion for two lost souls and the learning to love and to feel like you can belong to something and someone. Not in a way that smothers but in a way that sets you free so you are able to love.

I must mention my two favorite scenes in the entire film, not that I didn’t love every scene. But there is a scene out on the fire escape when Holly is playing the guitar and singing Henry Mancini’s “Moon River,” it is so vulnerable a moment. If you are familiar with this song and have seen the film you understand why. The other scene is during a rainstorm, and Holly and Paul aka Fred are searching for something very precious. It makes you frantic and sad and angry all in one moment, through an entire scene. If you see the film for the first time, remember to look for these two scenes. There are plenty of other scenes that move you but not the same as these two.

All Marilyn Monroe fans will be interested in reading this review, also. It seems Truman Capote wrote the novella with her in mind to eventually play the role of Holly Golightly. I love Marilyn but somehow after seeing Audrey Hepburn imprint herself on this role. I cannot imagine Marilyn doing it at all. It doesn’t seem to fit in my mind. It would have been interesting to see her do it on the stage. That would have been a treat if I had been old enough back at the time Marilyn was alive. A note I found out after writing this is that Marilyn rejected doing the part because her coach felt the character was of ill repute and it wasn’t a good impression to make playing someone who people would see as a “whore.” Of course, the way Audrey Hepburn plays the role, one only sees Audrey being her admirable self in a character who is carefree on the outside and heartbroken and terrified of too close a relationship and commitment with anyone, man nor beast.

So enjoy reading a unique approach to Breakfast At Tiffany’s. I will leave you the words, it deserves to be on my Favorite Top Ten List of Films. I feel if you take the time to see Breakfast At Tiffany’s, you will feel the same. It is a delight to watch Audrey develop into a butterfly during the course of the film. Enjoy reading the rest of the review, the photographs, posters, movie trailer(s), interviews, and film clips, and a documentary on the making of Breakfast at Tuffany’s and in the documentary, the joy for Blake Edward fans, being able to see and him talk about a film he was extremely proud to be part of and his delightful in being the director. From my impression, Audrey and Blake had quite the interesting relationship.

I know that Blake’s wife Julie Andrews became friends with Audrey and the ordeal over Jack Warner choosing Audrey to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady was never really a problem between the two of them. In fact, Audrey told Julie she wouldn’t take the role if Julie didn’t want her to. But then she discovered that Jack Warner was never going to give the role to Julie ever. In fact, he went on to give the role of Guinevere in Camelot to Vanessa Redgrave. For those who don’t know Julie played both the roles on Broadway. So Audrey decided that if Julie was never to get the role then why not her play the role. She really wanted to do it.

Of course, once Audrey began the part, they decided not to let her sing. To me that is so bizarre to cast someone who can’t sing at the level the part called for seems rather ridiculous. If it is a a singing part, you hire an actor who can really sing. [I only say that now. I am grateful that Natalie Wood played the role of Maria in West Side Story but didn't get to sing either. It was usually Marni Nixon who dubbed for most of those females who couldn't do it.]

Now, I use to be so upset with Audrey until I discovered this information and that Julie was truly alright with Audrey playing Eliza. Now I am over it but I really would have liked to see Julie playing Eliza. If she had then what would have happened with Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music? I’m sure she would have done those roles but the timing would have been so off. Instead she gets an Oscar & Golden Globe for Mary Poppins and a nomination for Maria in The Sound of Music and best picture also. And she became the number one star for the 70s. Take that Jack Warner.

And now onto the intriguing review of Breakfast at Tiffany’s written in 2009 by the British Journalist for The Guardian, Sarah Churchwell. Introduction by Jennifer Kiley

Production year: 1961
Country: USA
Cert (UK): PG
Runtime: 115 mins
Director: Blake Edwards
Adapted from Novella Written by Truman Capote
Cast: Audrey Hepburn: Holly Golightly (money for the powder room)
George Peppard: Paul Varjak (kept man-writer-based on Truman Capote except that Truman was gay & Paul is not)Holly calls him Fred
Patricia Neal: (Paul’s designer/keeper)
Buddy Ebsen: Doc (Holly’s Husband-robbed the cradle-Holly ran away from that life)

Sarah Churchwell
The Guardian
Friday 4th September 2009

It doesn’t take much these days for a tale to be described as a “Cinderella story”: anything resembling a makeover, however superficial, will usually suffice. But Breakfast at Tiffany’s really is a variation on the Cinderella theme, the tale of a young girl who escapes a dangerous adolescence and transforms herself through aspiration – a sheer act of will – but who may not live happily ever after. Like Cinderella, it is a story about struggling to escape. And it is a story about self-fashioning. Breakfast at Tiffany’s suggests to every woman – and many of the men – in the audience that they could reinvent themselves, liberate the golden girl hidden beneath ordinary, even debased, trappings.

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Much of the writing about the film of Breakfast at Tiffany’s acknowledges that when Hollywood bought the rights to the story, Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly Golightly. Most accounts treat this as yet another of Capote’s many idiosyncracies, if they consider it at all – who could imagine Monroe instead of Audrey Hepburn in one of her most iconic roles? But for anyone familiar with either Monroe or the novella, it’s not really that much of a stretch
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In fact, as many of the film’s first critics observed, Hepburn is entirely wrong for Holly, a character who turns out to be a vagrant from west Texas whose real name is Lulamae Barnes. It is difficult to conceive of a woman less likely ever to have been called Lulamae, let alone “a hillbilly or an Okie or what” (as Holly’s agent OJ Berman refers to Lulamae) than Audrey Hepburn. She could be an ingénue, a naif, anything French you like. But a redneck? A hick from a Texas dirt-farm? That’s even more implausible than Cary Grant as an Oregon lumberjack in To Catch a Thief some five years earlier. Every inch of Audrey Hepburn exudes aristocratic chic.

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Monroe, by contrast, whom Capote knew well, though raised in California rather than Texas, was originally named Norma Jeane (with an E, like Lulamae), and her parallels with Capote’s Holly do not end there. She was a depression-era orphan who was both exploited and saved by older men. As an adult she would allude to childhood molestations (when reckoning how many lovers she’s had, Capote’s Holly dismisses “anything that happened before I was 13, because, after all, that just doesn’t count”). She has an upturned nose, tousled, “somewhat self-induced” short, blonde hair (“strands of albino-blonde and yellow”) and “large eyes, a little blue, a little green”.

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She is befriended by an extremely short, powerful Hollywood agent who recognises her potential and helps her reinvent herself, renaming her and providing her with access to education and a more sophisticated veneer. She runs away to New York just as success in Hollywood seems assured – although Holly, unlike Monroe, knows she doesn’t have it in her to be a star, because she lacks the drive that precisely characterised Monroe (as Capote understood). Like Monroe, Holly is in it for the “self-improvement”, as she tells the narrator. She’s been around the block, for which she never apologises, and she ends as an icon, a fertility symbol (the narrator sees a picture of Holly carved as an African fetish). Most of all, Monroe, like Capote’s Holly, “is a phony. But on the other hand . . . she isn’t a phony because she’s a real phony”. The novella’s Holly, her agent knows, is “strictly a girl you’ll read where she ends up at the bottom of a bottle of Seconals”. Mind you, the novella was published in 1958: four years before Monroe ended up at the bottom of a bottle of Nembutals. It’s a fable about a Monroe manqué, who lacks her ambition – and may thus escape her fate.

[I do not agree with the statement Marilyn ended up at the bottom of a bottle of Nembutals. There are many theories which do not support that conclusion. It is possible some found Marilyn asleep after taking something to help her drop off. But I believe the Nembutals were introduced into her system in a manner where they would dissolve long enough to disappear from her system before an autopsy could be done. There were no Nembutal found in her system. Yet, she supposedly died from an overdose. Nothing she took herself. The amount which would have killed her she couldn't have taken without passing out before all the pills were swallowed. A curious dilemma, and also, her body had been moved from the location where she died and she was placed into her bed. She was found lying in the wrong position for the way the evidence was recorded. So, I object to the making of a comment about Marilyn "ending up at the bottom of a bottle of Nembutal." She didn't and I still believe someone took her life. There were too many reasons for others to have done it than for Marilyn to have been able to succeed at taking the lethal dose. My opinion by Jennifer Kiley]

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Blake Edwards’s film adaptation was released in 1961, a little less than a year before Monroe died. And much to her disappointment, she didn’t win the part that had been written for, and about, her. Holly could have been the performance of a lifetime – as it would have been the performance of her lifetime. Moreover Holly, despite being blonde, is decidedly not dumb, and Monroe was desperate to escape being typecast.

Hepburn, Audrey (Breakfast at Tiffany's) with g. peppard

But Hepburn won the part, and in retrospect it is easy to see why. Hepburn, far more than Monroe, had become indelibly associated with the transformative Cinderella makeover. Although Holly, like Monroe – and like Capote, in fact – all sprang from a Platonic conception of themselves (in F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous phrase), for them the fissures between the earlier self and the public persona always showed, and threatened to split them apart. Hepburn was the only one whose stardom seemed to reflect her authentic self – as if she were not an actor but a true princess, an authentic queen.

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In one way, Capote was certainly an authentic queen. But he was never able to shed his sense of belonging on the margins. The neglected child from Louisiana, the prodigy who transformed himself into a celebrity, never believed that he belonged in the castle. As he wrote of his own alter ego, the unnamed narrator of Tiffany’s, he lived perpetually with “his nose pressed on the glass”, wanting “awfully to be on the inside staring out”. Capote, who was born Truman Parsons, was himself an aspiring Cinderella; like Holly he was renamed, reinvented, and left eternally waiting for the right fairy godmother.

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Cinderella was not, originally, a poor child raised to the rank of princess. In the stories of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, Cinderella begins life in privilege and wealth – in earlier versions she’s even a princess – who is wrongly deprived of her rightful status by those who envy her power and beauty. It is less a story of metamorphosis than of revelation: the transformation only reveals the original self. On screen, we never saw Norma Jeane become Monroe: we knew her only after the fall. But for Hepburn, every definitive role leading up to Breakfast at Tiffany’s – and continuing to My Fair Lady – featured her being transformed, the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis. And unlike Monroe, who was always seen as having transformed into something artificial, Hepburn was only ever transformed back into her own luminous, immanent self.

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The story of our culture’s subsequent love affair with the film of Breakfast at Tiffany’s – and not with the novella, which may be admired, and certainly has the cachet of its author, but is hardly well-beloved, much less well-read – is really about our love affair with Audrey Hepburn, the movie star. The persona she consistently projected was of authentic, intrinsic refinement, of chic sophistication that was never brittle or cold, of an instinctive stylishness that reached its epitome in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The moment when Hepburn first emerges in the film still ranks as one of the great screen makeovers of all time.

The title credits roll over a scene of condensed, symbolic wishing: Hollywood as dream factory. Hepburn is standing, very slim, in a long, black column dress with a glittering, enormous collar necklace and the trademark black sunglasses that Jackie O would adopt a few years later. (Jackie O’s supposedly iconic looks markedly resemble Hepburn’s from a few years earlier.) The camera encourages us to gaze longingly with her through the Tiffany’s window at diamonds and other jewels; and then she strolls up the street, munching the doughnut that we know is probably the only doughnut Hepburn ever ate in her life. But it is precisely these little touches of normality, of the ordinary, that humanised Hepburn’s image.

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The next time we see her, she is asleep, wearing an absurd eye-mask and dangling ear-plugs with little blue tassels. She groggily awakes and pulls on a man’s tuxedo shirt – one of the film’s few insinuations that she may entertain “gentlemen callers” overnight – and, hair awry, opens the door to George Peppard, playing Capote’s alter ego: straightened, masculinised and elongated (Capote was just 5ft 3in). Paul Varjak – as the film arbitrarily names the writer who will be cast as Holly’s obligatory love interest – is locked out; Holly lets him in and realises that she has an appointment. A frantic rush to get dressed ensues, as Holly hunts for alligator pumps, brushes her teeth, puts on an enormous hat, and emerges from the bedroom as – voilà! – Audrey Hepburn. The camera lingers lovingly on a close-up of her dazzling smile as she asks, half-coyly, half-sweetly: “Surprised?” “Amazed,” responds Varjak – and so are we, the transformation is so quick, so easy, so absolute. Or we would be amazed, if it weren’t for the fact that we were always waiting for it.

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One of the things that makes this transformation so effective is its apparent effortlessness. All she needs are the right hat and a little black dress (it was Hepburn who turned the Little Black Dress into the wardrobe staple it remains today) and there she is, like magic, with the wave of a fairy godmother’s wand. From Now, Voyager to Pretty Woman, Hollywood has sold stories that centre on metamorphosis, when ugly ducklings become beautiful swans or streetwalkers become homemakers. The appeal of transformation is the appeal of self-improvement: some women are born beautiful, some have beauty thrust upon them – but Hollywood promises that beauty can be achieved. The romance of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is not really with Peppard (in the only leading role he’ll be remembered for) but with Hepburn herself, with the fantasy of artless sophistication she embodies. Hepburn (again, unlike Monroe) never appeared to try too hard.

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Holly Golightly at Tiffany’s Windown in Blake Edwards Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Hepburn’s iconic transfigurations extend back to her first, Oscar-winning, starring role in Roman Holiday in 1953 (the same year, incidentally, of Monroe’s breakthrough role in Niagara). In a kind of inside-out Cinderella story, Hepburn, as Princess Ann, has one perfect day in Rome, riding around on the back of Gregory Peck’s moped, before the clock strikes midnight and she returns to her duties, without Prince Charming, but secure in the knowledge of his love. And part of her metamorphosis comes when she crops her hair, trades a few accessories, including her shoes, rolls up her sleeves, unbuttons her collar, and instantly achieves the insouciant gamine look that would become her trademark.

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Hepburn’s next film, Sabrina, featured a more prolonged transformation, again from pony-tailed adolescent into pixie-cropped personification of soignée style. Sabrina added a fairy godfather in the form of a French baron so old that his intentions – and hence her morals – are never in question. Soon after came Funny Face, and another makeover, the first that the story represents as requiring an army of fashionistas and photographers (but only because it takes that many to overcome her character’s resistance to being objectified). Eventually, with My Fair Lady, Hepburn would play the ultimate transformed object in Eliza Doolittle, a woman who is initially not at all the author of her own transformation. When Hepburn started playing the Princess, she stopped being Cinderella – for good. It was almost as if she didn’t have to, because her definitive persona had been fixed. The princess had emerged.

The film of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, like Capote’s novella, sees Holly as half-Cinderella, half-Pygmalion – Doc, who saves her, and begins to educate her, however primitively; like a female Huck Finn, lights out for the territories, escaping the confinements of “civilization”.

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But Hollywood would never release Hepburn into the wild – not least because she so patently doesn’t belong there. The film also has a romance with New York, which it doesn’t want her to leave. So along comes the final Pygmalion, the writer Paul Varjak, who finishes domesticating Holly. Capote’s Holly is too mobile and erratic for a Hollywood just emerging from the 1950s. She is a vagrant playgirl; her only permanent state, as she prints on her calling cards, is that she is “Miss Holiday Golightly, Travelling”. And it means something very different for a woman to be a tramp than for a man.

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This is why, for the story to work as a romance, Holly’s indiscretions need to be cancelled out, as it were, by those of a lover who has also fallen prey to the lure of sexual economics, who has also sold himself. It is not just that Hollywood has to inject a love story wherever it finds a beautiful woman (although that is certainly the case) but that the man must ultimately redeem her, and himself, from a life of sexual opportunism that she describes in euphemistic terms as receiving money “for trips to the powder room”, and he describes as “having a decorator”.

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Audrey Hepburn wiht George Peppard

Like Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is fundamentally a story of the American dream. Capote’s novella, if not about nightmares, is certainly about the costs of the dream. The film – like most Hollywood movies – is determined to view dreams as wish-fulfilment. And by no coincidence it took a European movie star with aristocratic heritage to bring the American dream to life in all its sentimental romance, because the American dream is, in part, a dream about being the real thing, about belonging. Like Holly Golightly and Monroe, Jay Gatsby is a real phony. But Hepburn was a dream of authenticity rather than imitation, of success rather than failure, of security rather than escape.

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You can call it sentimental, even cheap and manipulative. Capote certainly did, and many critics followed suit: an early review declared that Hepburn was “viciously, pathologically miscast” as Holly. This is undeniable – but it is also why the film works on its own terms, and has become so culturally distinct from the novella. Despite how much of the story and even of Capote’s dialogue it keeps, it is a fundamentally different tale because its tone and mood is so at odds with Capote’s. The film is, in a word, sunny; it is full of hope. The novella is full of shadows and terrors.

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Found Cat in the rain near where holly let him out of the car

In the end, though, shadows are no truer than sunlight. Edwards’s film is unquestionably escapist, and it eagerly encourages us not to think about how sordid and sad its characters and story actually are. That’s what romance is. And in fact Capote’s novella is rife with its own sentimentalities, in love with a romantic notion of loss and escape. Capote’s Holly is essentially a variation on the hooker with a heart of gold, and the novella is dominated by a kind of willed cynicism, a veneer of sophisticated experience belied by the ending, in which the narrator sighs over his unconvincing hope that this “wild thing” has at last found a home. The film Breakfast at Tiffany’s is dominated by a willed innocence, a romance with romance itself. But in fact the innocence of Capote’s Holly is willed, too – which is what Hollywood gets right. As she tells the narrator in the novella: “I haven’t anything against whores. Except this: some of them may have an honest tongue but they all have dishonest hearts. I mean, you can’t bang the guy and cash his checks and at least not try to love him.” The morality lies in the effort to have an honest heart, genuinely to feel the emotion: and the film shares this moral code. Hollywood has always pandered to us, selling a vast, vulgar and alluring but false beauty. The makers of the film are, metaphorically speaking, banging Holly; they’re exploiting her story, selling her out, maybe even corrupting her – but they are also trying very hard to love her, and they want us to love her, too.

Inky Cherie — Moon River — Composed by Henri Mancini for Breakfast at Tiffany’sA very delicate rendition of Moon River. A Beautiful voice with very little accompaniment.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Trailer

Audrey Hepburn – Moon River

Andy Williams — Moon River — Clips from Film

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Paul says “I love you” – Library Scene

Documentary on Breakfast at Tiffany’s Movie – Blake Edwards & others discuss the film

Happy Birthday My Friend on Sunday 11th August 2013

Happy Birthday My Friend on Sunday 11th August 2013
Created For My Friend On Her Birthday
Love Jennifer
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Posted On Sunday 11th August 2013
A Writer’s Word

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A Rainbow Circle For You, Love Jennifer
Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday
I Wish I Could Give You
A Birthday Bear Hug
But I Guess These
Will Have To Do.
xoxoxoxoxoxox, Love, Jennifer

Happy Birthday Fairy Style

Words Streaming With Hidden Meaning
By Jennifer Kiley
Written 2012

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Meaning-Intimacy-Attachment-Special
Needing-Wanting-Any Order Will Do
The Eternal Definition:
[place your order] One With Everything [think about it]
Find Peace In Breathing Deeply
Writing-Star Light-Infinite Space
Love-Give-Give To You
Dream-Vision-Woman-Be Yourself
Be One-Love One-Love All-In Peace
Night-Time-Space Travel-All Is One
Be Here Now

© jennifer kiley 2013

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A Rose For You by Leo Savitsky It’s Magical & Mystical Just Like You, Love Jk

Kindred Spirits
by Jennifer Kiley

Long ago in times past we met
You were known to me as another
And I found in you a stranger
Who I let into my life
You needed my help
It was offered and accepted

Slowly your newness wore off
Revealed was a gentle spirit
With the talent to move creation
You were a pagan, loving nature

We lived in hidden places
Being searched out by danger
We ended protecting the other
Finding closeness in our plight
Guarded by protective spirits

We found solace in one another
Your eyes watched over me
As mine watched over you
Our closeness grew with time
Our journeys had merged
Out of safety and from love
Our souls were joining
In mutual compassion
We became one

© jennifer kiley 2013

Elephant Walking Amongst the Trees

Love is…
by jayarrarr

Love walks a tightrope barefoot over a bottomless pit
engulfed in flames and never looks back.

Love conjures a smile through tears.

Love believes impossible things are possible.

Love is truth, and as such, is sometimes painful.

Love is necessary.

Love is the beauty that shines through cracks
in imperfectly broken things.

Love is hanging your arm out of an open car window
on a hot summer’s day road trip
and pretending to fly.

Love whispers “it gets better”.

Love makes you cry at weddings
and laugh at funerals.

Love pushes you, challenges you,
refuses to let you compromise.

Love never backs down no matter
how hard you fight.

Love is that one song you play over and over
a hundred times and never get tired of.

Love takes charge when you’ve lost all hope,
and makes sure you keep going.

Love thinks you’re amazing
and doesn’t give a fuck
how depressed, angry, ugly,
or stupid you feel.

Love is lightning bugs.

Love is spinning ‘round and ‘round
in circles until you fall down.

Love is the wave that knocks you off
your feet when your back is turned.

Love is stubborn,
and won’t take “no” for an answer.

Love is fearless.

Love is also blind, deaf, and dumb –
and that’s a good thing.

Peter Pan — Happy Birthday

love is…

My Thoughts Are With You Today

Birthday Fairy In Magical Forest

Amazing Visions

European Architecture — Night Vision

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Abstract Tree of Black and White by Mark Chapwick

Love is…
Written by Jennifer Kiley
23rd July 2012

Love is…mysterious.

Love is…unconditional.

Love is…something that can take your breath away.

Love is…expected to be given to a baby when s/he is born.

Love is…spiritually powerful.

Love is…nurturing.

Love is…good.

Love is…a feeling.

Love is…falling into a pleasant state of ecstasy.

Love is…pure.

Love is…passionate.

Love is…spoken in poetic words that have no limit in the ways they are expressed.

Love is…what you feel for a friend one cares about in a gentle way.

Love is…gentle.

Love is…written about by all poets and writers.

Love is…the best part of most plays written by Shakespeare.

Love is…the most misunderstood communication between people.

Love is…an incredibly powerful word.

Love is…a feeling of intense devotion and heartfelt emotion for someone.

Love is…an intense word used when there are emotional feelings for someone special.

Love is…not something that can be easily explained. and you don’t truly know what it is until it happens to you.

Love is…a strong feeling of affection towards another.

Love is…talking on Skype and not wanting to end chat.

Love is…the happiest feeling in the world…it is better to have loved then to never loved at all.

Love is…a force of nature which, like any other natural phenomenon, cannot be civilized, contained or contended…a force which cannot be controlled, avoided, destroyed or escaped.

Love is…an emotion usually described as ‘indescribable’ because you cannot find the right word to match your feeling of being completely and utterly captivated by someone.

Love is…something too complicated to define according to The Encyclopedia Britannica.

Love is…an amazing feeling that almost makes your heart burst with this overwhelming passion for someone.

Love is…passion, romance. a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person.

Love is…a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person.

Love is…a zero score in tennis.

Love is…what drives you.

Love is…a great victory of human imagination over intelligence.

Love is…a rare psychological malfunction caused by an undetermined amount of interaction with another person.

Love is…someone making your heart smile, and making it sing with such exuberance that it will skip a beat from time to time.

Love is…healing.

Love is…comforting.

Love is…something that has made people insanely, foolishly, abnormally euphoric.

Love is…the ability to send one on an indescribable high, and make everything and anything so much better.

Love is…something that makes the world around you much more colourful, the people, much nicer, the conversations more insightful.

Love is…something with a shocking contrast, brought out by the darker side in us all, where people have murdered for love, stolen, hurt, and abused but I am not sure this really speaks for love but is a distortion and delusional interpretation of what love is and I felt it needed to be mentioned.

Love is…something that has sparked wars, and ended feuds, love has hurt, and love has healed, love has driven humankind to dizzying extremes, only to abruptly bring one back around.

Love is…an incredibly powerful word and emotion.

Love is…painful.

Love is…losing someone you love to the hands of death.

Love is…holding a warm, fluffy, purring kitty in your arms and they look up into your eyes, reflecting back the love you feel for them.

Love is…when you can feel comfortable being around that person you are with, no matter how you look, what you are wearing or if you are naked.

Love is…unconditional affection with no limits or conditions: completely loving someone.

Love is…an unconditional feeling that is felt, simply by being around her.

Love is…the absolute devotion you feel towards someone.

Love is…fierce.

Love is…when you realize you want to be with someone forever.

Love is…when you find something that you cannot live without or ever wish to be without.

Love is…something we think about, sing about, dream about, lose sleep worrying about it.

Love is…something when we don’t have it; we search for it; when we discover it; we don’t know what to do with it; when we have it; we fear losing it.

Love is…a constant source of pleasure and pain, but we can’t predict which it will be from one moment to the next.

Love is…a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, impossible to live without.

Love is…to give all of yourself to a person-s-cause and to expect nothing back.

Love is…a mental-physical-spiritual thing beyond human comprehension.

Love is…something that surpasses all understanding.

Love is…patient.

Love is…kind and envies no one.

Love is…never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, nor quick to take offense.

Love is…a feeling that delights in the truth.

Love is…something that can face anything.

Love is…limitless in its faith, its hope, and its endurance.

Love is…something that lasts forever.

Love is…saying that you care deeply about another person.

Love is…giving someone the power to destroy you, and trusting them not to.

Love is…the desire to blend with their soul.

Love is…something that will make you do anything.

Love is…intense and passionate.

Love is…something that makes everything seem brighter, happier and more wonderful.

Love is…caring deeply about another person.

Love is…when every time you see this person you get butterflies in your stomach.

[this one is extra special for your birthday]
Love is…like being in wonderland without the red queen. Sometimes everything makes sense, other times no one cares.

© jennifer kiley 2013

I Just Called To Say I Love You-Stevie Wonder

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Seasons of Our Dreams
By Jennifer Kiley
August 2013

Delicate will we prance on softness of grass;
leaves that trees must shed and piles
for the child within to crash upon;
angels in white falling into drops
of flaked, crystallized rain;
return of green from smallest sprout
one moment and blooming shades of gleaming greens
and flowers multiplying colours across the fields;
we travel round the seasons of our dreams
and moments found where love is felt
from tender shades of changes in our heart and soul;
we flow and go along in joy and bliss.

© jennifer kiley 2013

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Flamme Abstrait de Couleurs par j. kiley

Roue de la Fortune — Souhait— Les Rêves se Réalisent par j. kiley © jennifer kiley 2013

happy birthday niamh

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To Make You Chuckle. 8-) Jk

To Make You Chuckle. 8-) Jk

Bandits — The Film

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Film Review by Roger Ebert with Jk’s Interpretations in CAPS
Post Created On 1st August 2013
Posted On Friday 2nd August 2013
FILM FRIDAY

dedicated to roger ebert film friday

BANDITS: 5 stars

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Starring: Cate Blanchett — Bruce Willis — Billy Bob Thorton

Roger Ebert
October 12, 2001

“Bandits” is a movie so determined to be clever and whimsical that it neglects to be anything else. That decision wouldn’t be fatal if the movie had caved in and admitted it was a comedy, but, no, it also wants to contain moments of pathos, suspense and insight, and it’s too flimsy to support them. [I DON'T AGREE WITH ROGER HERE. IT DOES TAKE ON THE COMEDY QUALITY. HIS REVIEW WAS IN 2001. A SENSE OF HUMOUR CHANGES. ONCE CATE BLANCHETT JOINS THE FILM IT BUBBLES ALL OVER THE PLACE] It’s an anthology of unrelated tones; individual scenes may play well, but seem unaware of the movie they’re in. And the love triangle never decides if it’s romance or romantic comedy. If the movie won’t commit, why should we? [BECAUSE IT IS A WORTHY FILM TO COMMIT TOO.] It’s rare for a movie to have three such likable characters and be so unlikeable itself. Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton star, as “America’s most famous bank robbers,” and Cate Blanchett is Kate,

cate singing i need a hero crazy shot She makes a spectacular feast for her husband as she sings along with the song I Need A Hero. She’s having a grand time. And then her husband arrives. What a disappointment he is. No wonder she turns to such gentle men played by Billy Bob Thorton and Bruce Willis. How they come about to meet is one of the funniest scenes in the films. Jk

Bonnie Tyler — I Need a Hero

the executive’s wife who starts as their hostage and becomes their lover. Yes, both of them (or neither of them; the PG-13 movie is cagey about what happens in between those knocks on the motel room doors). She can’t choose. She likes Joe (Willis) because he’s brave, strong and handsome, and Terry (Thornton) because he’s sensitive and cute. [THE LOVE BETWEEN THE THREE OF THEM DOESN'T GO THE LURID ROUTE. IT STAYS SENSITIVE AND APPEALING. YOU UNDERSTAND THEIR RELUCTANCE TO CHOOSE AS THEIR LOVE TOGETHER GROWS]
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Thornton’s character is the jewel–a neurotic, fearful hypochondriac who is lactose intolerant, hears a ringing in his ears, suffers from psychosomatic paralysis, and has a phobia about antique furniture. (You never know what’s real and what they’re making up in the movies; Thornton has a real-life phobia about antique furniture, in fact, and almost had a meltdown once during a visit to Johnny Cash’s antiques-filled home.) [BILLY BOB PLAYS UP THE HYPOCHONDRIAC VERY SUBTLY. YET AT THE SAME TIMR DIRECT.]

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The plot: The partners break out of prison after Joe steals a cement truck, and there’s a nice shot of it plowing its way through suburban back yards. Terry comes up with the idea of taking bank managers hostage in their homes the night before a job, so they can get into the bank before business hours in the morning. [THIS SCENE IS RIP ROARING HYSTERICAL. YOU CAN'T HELP BUT CHEER.]

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They steal a lot of loot, become celebrities, and stay on the loose for an amazing length of time, considering their driver, lookout and “outside man” is Joe’s moronic cousin Harvey (Troy Garity), who dreams of being a stunt man. [TROY GARITY (JANE FONDA'S SON) IS A BIT OF A SCREW UP BUT IT IS WHAT MAKES HIM LOVEABLE.]

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The movie, directed by Barry Levinson and written by Harley Peyton (“Twin Peaks”), is told in a flashback and actually begins with the news that the two men have been shot dead after a failed hostage situation. Cut to a tabloid TV show whose host got an exclusive interview shortly before the final shootout. [THE NEWS MAN IS NOT TOO INTRUSIVE. HE PLAYS HIS ROLE RATHER WELL.]

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Joe and Terry narrate their career, try to justify themselves, and say Kate was an innocent hostage and not a fellow criminal. [THEY OF COURSE DO THIS TO NOT INCRIMINATE CATE IN THEIR SCHEMES. SHE JUST WANTS TO BE WITH THEM. YOU CANNOT HOLD THAT AGAINST HER AFTER YOU MEET HER CARELESS HUSBAND IN THE FIRST PART OF THE FILM. HE'S A JERK. ALSO, THE WAY THE THREE HAPPEN TO COME TOGETHER IS WHAT MAKES THIS FILM TURN THE ROAD TO THE DEEPER COMEDIC SIDE AND PULLS IT OFF RATHER WELL.]

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Eventually the film works its way back to the fatal robbery it began with, and to the classic line, “The suspects are in a shootout with themselves.” The film has laughs sprinkled here and there. I liked the way the confused Terry asks Joe, “What’s on our mind?”

Bandits billy and bruce

And the way Kate’s preoccupied husband, [HE IS SO INSIGNIFICANT YOU BARELY REMEMBER HIS SCENES, EXCEPT YOU'D LIKE TO KICK HIM IN THE "JUNK" LIKE MEN CALL IN AND FEAR IT BEING HURT.] a self-involved hotshot, goes on TV to tell the kidnapped woman: “I’m going to Spain next week. If the kidnappers want to reach me, they can get in touch with my people.” And I liked the jolly little fireplug of a bank manager who is delighted to meet the “Sleepover Bandits” in person, but cannot take them seriously.

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Problem is, the movie doesn’t commit to any of the several directions in which it meanders. Is the romantic triangle poignant, or a gimmick? [FIGURE THIS ONE OUT YOUR SELF. I WAS SATISFIED/PLEASED.] Do the guys joke and make small talk during robberies because this is a comedy, or because they are pathological narcissists? [NO, IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE NICE GUYS IN THE SENSE OF BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. IT WORKS FOR ME.] The flashback structure is an annoyance, [NOT REALLY. I LOVE ROGER BUT I THINK IT WAS AT THE TIME WHEN HE FIRST REVIEWS BANDITS THAT PUTS HIM IN A GRUMPY MOOD WHEN HE REVIEWS THIS FILM. IT WAS IN OCTOBER 2001]

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and by the time it is justified, it’s too late: We’ve already been annoyed. One of the joys of Barry Levinson’s “Wag The Dog” (1997) [VERY FUNNY FILM 'WAG THE DOG' --- A MUST SEE, ALSO] was the way he juggled tones, moving from satire to suspense to politics. This time it’s the audience who feels juggled.[I FELT OVERJOYED WHEN CATE JOINED THE TWO AND MADE IT INTO THE COMEDY IT WAS INTENDING TO BE. HOLD OUT FOR A HERO. SHE GETS TWO. YES, THEY ARE BANK ROBBERS BUT RATHER POLITE ONES AT THAT. SEE THE FILM. YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN. Jk the secret keeper]

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[I LOVE THIS FILM AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT FOR ALL THE PERFORMANCES BUT ESPECIALLY CATE BLANCHETT WHO MAKES THIS FILM AND BILLY BOB THORNTON. BRUCE WILLIS IS RATHER SUBTLE AND LAID BACK BUT HE IS SMOOTH. AND TONY GARITY, HE IS JUST PLAIN SILLY BUT WHEN HE NEEDS TO DO WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO HE COMES THROUGH IN SPADES. IF YOU WANT A LIGHT AND HUMOUROUS ROMP THIS IS THE FILM TO SEE. SORRY ROGER, YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST BUT I DISAGREE WITH YOU IN A GREAT MANY POINTS. BUT IT IS FUN TO JOUST WITH YOU WHEN I DISAGREE.]
Jk the secret keeper honouring but not playing agree b/c Roger Ebert is the champ. I just like to feel his presence when I think about a film and still like to know his opinion, agree or disagree. I vote thumbs up with a 5 star rating for fun and humour. Jk

Bandits Trailers

Side Effects

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Side Effects
Film Reviewed By Jennifer Kiley
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Posted Friday 19th July 2013
Film Friday
Every Friday Since Friday 5th July 2013dedicated to roger ebert film friday

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Side Effects
Film Review
By Jennifer Kiley
Written 18th July 2013

HEART OF THE REVIEW

So, on topic. The film review for “Side Effects.” A depressed wife, whose husband is in prison, soon to be released. She decides to use her car for other purposes than going for a drive out of the city into the wilds of nature. “Things that go bump in the night.” Ah, that is her perspective on reality at the beginning of the film. Emily Taylor, with prospect of a homecoming husband, her depression seems to escalate. First night, watch her eyes, while the sex maybe something long awaited by her husband, the viewer is not getting the same vibe. Is it her ongoing depression or something we need to figure out as the film progresses.

This is to be Steven Soderbergh’s last adventure in the film world. I certainly hope not. I’ve seen his work, somehow I’ve always mistaken Memento as one of his films. It seems like it should be. Films I have seen are just as brilliant. I do recommend Memento, even if Steven didn’t direct it. It’s on my top ten. It doesn’t go backwards in time, but feels like it does. The main character cannot remember anything longer than approximately five minutes. To keep track, he tattoos his memory on his body. Chris Nolan was the director of Memento. He, also, did Heath Ledger’s Batman film “Dark Knight” and he did “Inception” – “Insomnia” with Al Pacino as the cop and Robin Williams, the bad guy. The sun never sets.

Now back to Side Effects. Steven has directed such films as: “sex, lies, and videotapes” – “Erin Brockovich” – “Traffic” – “Oceans 11-12-13″ – others films and TV, but not so familiar.

In “Side Effects,” would you rather live with depression or take pills with side effects that have a high level of danger involved. Promise No Spoilers but do recommend you pay close attention to all details, putting them together like a puzzle, as you enter deeper and deeper into the storyline of the film. The film isn’t called Side Effects for no reason. What do you suppose they are?

The lead female character, played by Rooney Mara [Girl With The Dragon Tattoo], Tattoo is so violent, I have been warned against seeing it. Too traumatizing for some, but a great film. I was given the same warning about [Silence of the Lambs] and I didn’t see that for decades. Some parts still make my stomach turn and a certain queasiness sets in. But Jodie Foster as Clarice and Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter with a side order of some Fava Beans and a nice Chianti. “Tss-tss-tss-tss-tss.” Use a lot of tongue saying this creepy gesture to Clarice. It is a brilliant film.

Trying desperately, not to divulge any plot, I would classify the “Side Effects” as being more than a returning husband from prison for insider trading. Or a psychiatrist, who by ill fortune or not, happens to be in the ER the night Emily happens to need some assistance. It doesn’t take her long to coerce the Doctor/Psychiatrist, played by Jude Law, to support her psychological troubles. He is overworked, yet highly compassionate and, seriously, wants to help his patients in any way possible. Emily, seemingly, to have been moved to the top of his priorities. He, also, helps the pharmaceuticals.

This films keeps you on edge throughout, just trying to put together all the mixed up characters. Here enters a former therapist of Emily’s, from which her new shrink seeks advice. She is masterfully played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. All the main actors are pretty amazing in their parts. Tension continues to grow. Events occur, causing lives to start falling apart.

Watching “Side Effects” set off a rant in me, which has become the hugest cliché in any film where one character, in particular, finds there life disintegrating and out of control. At this juncture, fully expect the other spouse with a child, to feel it is necessary to abandon her partner, when he most needs her. Whether same sex or the man leaving the woman, which if you think about it, the woman rarely is the one in the destroyed life syndrome. It’s always the man who seems to have his life be the one that is fucking up. Please tell me why that is? Women fuck up their lives, too. So, how come they don’t get those story lines. What happened to the vow on either side? If it gets rough, you are supposed to run away. What exactly does that teach anyone, anyway?

All around, lives are falling apart. The police are strongly involved but they are rarely seen. Everyone including the cop he thinks he can trust, tells him to forget about it. Everyone is telling him to back off.

Watch as the film unfolds and clarity will be your reward. I’d classify this as a real thriller, psychological and a bit of love thrown in.

I highly recommend this film. I’ve watched “Side Effects” at least five times. The screenplay by Scott Z. Burns is ornately constructed, with twists that tangle you up, confound you and generally make you yell and shout at the screen, “WTF!!!”

It is the film to see if you enjoy a Great, Smart Mystery.

Written by Jennifer Kiley

Side Effects Trailer #3 — Movie Trailer [HD]

Side Effects Interviews: Rooney Mara-Jude Law-Catherine Zeta Jone-Steven Soderbergh-Channing Tatum-Beyond the Trailer

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Lightness of Being: Rainbow Connection/Being Green

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Posted On Wednesday 17th July 2013
LIGHTNESS of BEING Wednesday

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.” ― W.H. Auden

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Hysterically Funny. Dare You To Try Not To Laugh. I Double Dare Anyone—Except Maybe the Pope. Even Him.

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The Rainbow Connection — Kermit the Frog

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It’s Not Easy Being Green — Kermit the Frog

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Author’s Corner With Shawn MacKenzie.

the secret keeper:

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A marvelous post on author extraordinaire, Shawn MacKenzie. Thank you Niamh Clune and ontheplumtree. It is a pleasure to reblog this post of “Author’s Corner.” Well, done. [added this edited version of my comment from "on the plum tree"]. A great post Niamh. Loved your tales Shawn of discovering the Dragon in a serendipitous way. Those magical used book stores carry such treasures. I do believe Dragon Green was sitting up wondering and waiting for your arrival. “Where is that little girl. She was supposed to be here hours and possibly days ago. Ah, there she is. Now I will work my wonders on her. She will understand me. They told me she would.” And there you were, taking book in hand and from that day forward your destiny was forged. You have tried other endeavors. Playwright extraordinaire. I love your plays. But that was a different time. Now you are immersed with Dragon lore and mythical explorations and all sorts of stories needing to be told. But Dragons will be foremost in your mind. They chose you and you chose them. Either way you are meant for the other. As a writer, your brilliance shines through, your precision is excellent, and your imagination soars throughout the universe. Now you have taken on the Editor’s Corner, where you are teaching other writers, professional and novice, the inner workings of writing, so that it’s appearance is fleshed out with more accuracy. Giving valuable direction to us all. It is an enjoyment to read each week, so informative, and served with a (pardon the expression from someone I love from my childhood,) “spoonful of sugar, which helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way.” Well, done Niamh, choosing Shawn MacKenzie as your “Author’s Corner” author célèbre. She is most deserving of the attention and has a great deal more magic up her sleeve from short stories to novels. When you wrote, Niamh: “Shawn is no ordinary writer of prose. She crafts sentences, weaving them with natural flair whilst introducing the unusual. Her brilliance of mind and wit shines through everything she does.” A most accurate statement, indeed. I will second that. Not biased much, just appreciative of a true “Wildean” wit who is a true contrarian, too shy, however, to shine the light on herself, though she deserves the brightest light of all. So thank you for doing this for her. Jk the secret keeper
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Originally posted on Plum Tree Books Blog:

A favourite of Plum Tree Books is Shawn MacKenzie. You might all know her for her great editorial posts. But did you know, she is an expert on dragons and a brilliant writer in her own right? Shawn is no ordinary writer of prose. She crafts sentences, weaving them with natural flair whilst introducing the unusual. Her brilliance of mind and wit shines through everything she does. Great to have you here, Shawn.

Author’s Corner

by Shawn MacKENZIE

Hang out On the Plum Tree and you may know me from the Editor’s Corner. However, you may not know that there is actual authorial experience backing up all that pedantry. And so, at Niamh’s invitation, I’m delighted to introduce you to my fictional side, particularly my books on Dragons.dragon heeperdragon
As every dracophile knows, all talk of Dragons must begin with a story. They insist – and you don’t want to cross…

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Laughter With Heart

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Laughter With Heart

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QUOTATION on SUBCONSCIOUS:

“Deep inside us is something intensely felt, not in our conscious mind, but in our subconscious. A silent truth, an infinite truth, leading to a deeper awareness. It is an intensely divine force of what is revealed and is veiled.” ― A Thought by Jk the secret keeper

QUOTATION on LAUGHTER:

“It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.” ― Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot

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Healing thoughts for the people of the World.

The Butler

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The Butler
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Commentary by Jennifer Kiley
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The Butler is an upcoming historical drama based on a true story. The film was directed by Lee Daniels (“Precious”) and featuring an ensemble cast. The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. His wife’s role is portrayed by Oprah Winfrey. The film is based on the real-life account of Eugene Allen, who served as a White House butler during eight American presidencies from 1952 to 1986.

Its theatrical release will be through The Weinstein Company on August 16, 2013.

Premise: Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) works as a White House butler during eight presidential terms from 1952 to 1986. He had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made. His son was a Freedom Rider where he came in direct contact with the KKK, the White Supremacists of the day who were ruthless, brutal and murdered Black People and White people alike who tried to interfere with White People, particularly in the South, to try to establish Civil Rights, Equality and Integration.

In the White House, during Cecil Gaines process of being hired, he was asked, “Are you political Mr. Gaines?” His answer was, “No, sir,.” The person asking the question, who himself was Black countered with the response, “We have a no tolerance for politics at the White House.”

“You hear nothing. You see nothing. You only serve.”

There are protests flying about all over on this film, The Butler. And there are many people who really are looking forward to seeing this film unfold for its historically unprecedented portrayal of someone who lived through such a monumental history while being part of the White House for such a long stretch of time and serving under so many presidents. The list follows of the Presidents and First Ladies and those actors names that portray these historical First Families of the U.S.

The protests I mentioned came out in my research in trying to discover anything I could about the film, The Butler. There is not much information available regarding reviews from legitimate critics. None actually. Not even “Rotten Tomatoes” my favorite site for a variety of reviews both from legitimate critics affiliated with the media, newspaper, internet or other forms of entertainment and, also, from viewers of the films themselves. They have a tomatometer that gauges the percentage critics and audiences rate the films. The Butler did get a 92% Viewers who want to see the film. That is a great sign. The cast is incredible. Once you watch the trailers, you will understand why I am so fired up about this film.

Getting back to the protests. I watched a YouTube video that trashed the whole concept of the film as once again when a movie is being made that is filled with Black People, it means they are portrayed in what some would consider demeaning roles. The last film was “The Help.” I read the book “The Help” long before I saw the film. It was written by a Southern White Woman. It was brilliant. The film that was made from it was also Brilliant. But as you can gather from the title and if you have seen the film, the Black People were mostly women and worked as Maids.

There is a theme developing here. On the two videos I listened to, one was a single Black Man speaking against the film for this specific reason, asking, “Why is it every time a film is made for the mainstream audience the Black People in the film have to be servants or drug dealers or any other demeaning profession that comes to mind.” I listened with an open mind and totally understood what point he was trying to make. Several of the comments below the video were half supporting what the speaker was saying and the other felt it was showing the history of what Black People had to live through to get to where Black People are now.

Keep listening. The other film had two speakers you saw on the screen. One woman and one man, both Black. The woman wanted to see the film but the man was telling her why he didn’t want to see it and why she shouldn’t see it either. His points were quite valid and so were hers. She wanted to see it for its historical value and she said the cast of Black Actors was incredible. Not to mention that those who the Black characters had to serve or interact with were an incredible cast of White Actors, some even British.

The man’s point, though, came around to something quite valid. He felt that the director Lee Daniels sold out Black People. Well, the woman fired back that she was rather tired of the Madea type films that Tyler Perry made. She felt he didn’t exactly portray Black People in an encouraging light. At least in the film The Butler, it was a high quality film.

Rebound to this very direct and extremely valid point made by the man. If Lee Daniel’s, a Black Man himself, walked into a studio office and pitched a film about the Black Panthers, he would have been rejected immediately. He further went on to say that White America do not want to see the Black Person in a position of power. It would probably scare the shit out of a great many white people who already feel their government are at any moment going to break their doors down and shot them while they sleep. So those White People are armed and quite dangerous.

White America can accept integration only where all races and nationalities can blend, with the few unfavoured exceptions. And I am not going to mention here what those are. If you don’t know already it is better not to think about it. I do not agree but do not want to start a racial or nationalistic debate. That would take us way off course.

Next on the protest list will annoy some still but I thought most have grown up in the U.S. and have gotten passed Jane Fonda epithets. Well, I accidentally came on a page that I don’t often see on the internet. Mainly, because they are not the people that I want to know. Simply put. Call me Prejudice and I will accept that term under these circumstances. Jane Fonda to them should not only still be referred to as Hanoi Jane but she should have all sorts of gruesome things happen to her in the name of justice. The fact that she is portraying in The Butler, the sainted Nancy Reagan, has them all in a frenzied uproar. Let it go already. She was young and she was protesting the killing of innocent people and the destruction of a country that should have never been divided in the first place. Blame it on the French and if not them, there are some people in the U.S. that would say Blame It On Canada. I think Trey Parker and Matt Stone plus Cartman and South Park got that Shit Storm started in their flick, “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.”

So more to the point, this blog site called “Virtual *Bleep*” who feel worried that every morning when they wake up the government is going to have taken more away from them but they aren’t sure what. Taxes—WRONG. Liberals—Blame It On The Liberals and lots more. I felt so dirty after reading their post. I was stunned at some of the things they felt should happen to Jane Fonda. Her poor father, how disappointing that he raised two bad seeds in Jane and Peter Fonda.

What kind of shit is this. Only in America. They are going to boycott the film The Butler because Jane Fonda the Liberal Hanoi Treasonous Should Be Hung Traitor is playing their beloved Conservative Nancy Reagan and desecrating her memory. So any theatre showing this film The Butler, be prepared to be invaded.

Frankly, I just want to see a historical film about someone who lived through such a Shit Storm of Historical Events. You have the Eisenhower’s through to the Reagan’s.

The 50s: Eisenhower president. When Black People could not drink from a water fountain where White People drank. Sitting at the Back of the Bus. No Voting. Crosses Burning on Your Front Lawn. Lynching. Segregation.

The 60s: Vietnam. JFK wanting to get us out of Vietnam. JFK and Marilyn and Bobby too but the public had no Idea. Marilyn dies suddenly. Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy. Oswald captured Killed Blamed as a Lone Gun Man. THE BEATLES: JOHN. GEORGE. PAUL. RINGO. Chicago Riots—Police Brutality against Innocent Demonstrators at the Democratic Presidential Convention. MARIJUANA. Flower Power. HAIR. AGE of AQUARIUS. Long Hair On Men. HIPPIES. The Chicago 7. SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). Free Love. The Draft. Protesting the War. Black Panthers. Black Power.

The 70s: Patty Hearst (grand daughter of Hearst empire—Film “Citizen Cane” based on) Kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (Call Me Tonya). Patty Hearst Put on Trial because while still kidnapped Was Forced to Do a Bank Robbery. Patty Hearst Found Guilty for Bank Robbery and Sent to Prison. Woodstock. Vietnam War Escalating. Draft dodgers Fleeing to Canada. Burning Bras. Burning Draft Cards. LSD. Tripping. Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out. Timothy Leary. TM. Nixon. Watergate. Watergate Hearings. Peace Demonstrations. Daniel Ellsberg—Pentagon Papers. Impeachment Threatened. Watergate Hearings. Daytime TV Interrupted. Woodward and Bernstein. Deep Throat. Nixon Ends Vietnam War. Pulls out Troops. Troops Are Not Treated Well By Public. Nixon Resigns. Watergate Plumbers go to prison. AIDS(Not named yet).

The 80s: Patty Hearst was imprisoned for almost two years. Sentence Commuted by President Carter. Later in distant future—granted presidential pardon by President Clinton as last official act before leaving office. Carter president when Iranian Radicals Took Over U.S. Embassy in Iran. Kidnap All Remaining In Embassy. Carter Tries But Failed Rescue Attempt. Reagan Makes Deal With Iran If He Wins Election against Carter Will Trade Arms for Those Being Held in Iran Embassy Kidnapping. Ted Kennedy challenges Carter to run in his Place for President but Carter will not defer. Reagan wins Election. Hostages Released shortly Thereafter. Iran/Contra Supporting the Contras against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua backed secretly by Reagan Administration. Sandinistas win. Oliver North tried in Iran Arms Trade.

Still the 80s:—Monumental Event for me personally was when JOHN LENNON WAS ASSASSINATED. ROCK HUDSON Announces He Has AIDS. ROCK HUDSON DIES from the AIDS VIRUS. Reagan Does Nothing About AIDS. It Continues to Spread and Gay Men Are Blamed for Causing AIDS. People Won’t Touch People With AIDS. Conspiracy Theorists believe U.S. Government Scientists created AIDS virus and introduced in Africa. Spread through contact with a specific Monkey that lived in Africa. Origin of AIDS Virus was Africa. Then Spread to Patient “0″ who came to the U.S. as a probable Flight Attendant. Trickle Down Economics. Bull Shit. Nancy Reagan consults with Psychic. Reagan probably had Alzheimer’s while in Office. The Berlin Wall Falls. The End. (How much of this will be in the film—who knows. How much more will be in the film—who knows that either. These are the important points that I recall strictly from within my own memory). Commentary by Jennifer Kiley

This is the marvelous group of actors to look forward to seeing in The Butler. I do hope it is a Great Film. I know that Lee Daniel’s was the director on the film “Precious” and that was an excellent film. Notice One Thing In Particular About the Poster for The Butler, the Black Power Fist Held High as Black Athletes did at the Mexico Olympics After Receiving Their Medals on the Medal Stands. It was an extremely moving moment.

Cast

Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines
Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines
Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Carter Wilson
Terrence Howard as Howard
David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines
Vanessa Redgrave as Annabeth Westfall
Alex Pettyfer as Thomas Westfall
Mariah Carey as Hattie Pearl
Yaya DaCosta as Carol Hammie
Colman Domingo as Freddie Fallows
Aml Ameen as Young Cecil Gaines

Historical figures

Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Melissa Leo as First Lady Mamie Eisenhower
James Marsden as President John F. Kennedy
Minka Kelly as First Lady Jackie Kennedy
Liev Schreiber as President Lyndon B. Johnson
Wanda Leigh as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson
John Cusack as President Richard Nixon
Alan Rickman as President Ronald Reagan
Jane Fonda as First Lady Nancy Reagan
Orlando Eric Street as President Barack Obama
Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ray Gaspard as Senior Advisor Pat Buchanan
Alex Manette as White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
Lenny Kravitz as James Holloway
Jesse Williams as civil rights activist James Lawson
Kay Smith as civil rights activist Diane Nash
Judith Wagner as the mayor of Lewisburg

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