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Monday at the Movies

I loved, loved, loved this movie when I was a girl.

Monday at the Movies: More & More, Most of My Spiritual Practice Revolves Around This

Talk about knowing your mission statement, about having mastered your “elevator speech.”

Monday at the Movies

Everyone I know who’s seen this says it’s a wonderful movie, but you sure can’t tell that from the trailer. Did you see it and, if so, was it amazing? Would you, based on the trailer?

Monday at the Movies

“Patience, care, and a little warmth from the sun are our best hope.” Certainly true of every garden and, beyond that, true of most adventures. And gardens are, if nothing else adventures. (I believe it was Helen Keller who said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” And what is a garden but life?)

hat tip/ Jan

Monday at the Movies — The Queen’s Garden

It’s still Winter here in the magical Mid-Atlantic. Nothing’s blooming yet and we’re getting more snow/sleet/freezing rain. A perfect time, in other words, to snuggle up with a mug of tea and a knitting project and watch the wonderful Alan Titchmarsh show us around Queen Elizabeth II’s garden.


Monday at the Movies

I am so going to see this movie. I’ll probably take about a case of tissues with me, but I am going to go see it. If I can, I’m going to take G/Son with me.

I don’t know about you, but the Patriarchial trope that women are cute, or sexy, or even beautiful when they’re angry always impressed me as one of the most dangerous. (OK, maybe just after “She asked for it,” but, still.) I don’t get angry often (no, really.) With my Sun in Pisces and my Ascendent in Gemini, I’m better than is good for me at seeing both sides of everything. As a Pisces, I have borders that are way too permeable and can almost always tell what others are thinking, understand their point of view, see why they act as they do. It took me most of my life to get to the point where I can (usually!) tell the difference between what someone else thinks and what I, myself, actually think.

But as someone slow to anger, when I DO get angry, I’m really angry and it’s usually over something pretty egregious. (OK, there was that time I went ballistic over whether to use a “see, e.g.” signal in a citation or a “Cf.,” but that was really because the other side had already worked my last Southern nerve way too many times.) The Patriarchial joke that women are cute, sexy, beautiful, etc. when angry is really a way of ignoring women’s anger. It reinforces that we’re here for absolutely NO other purpose than to be attractive to men. Even our anger doesn’t have any real place in the world except to allow them to be amused by us. It’s funny that we’re angry. We’re like silly little animals, yapping over something, but so cute that it just makes them pat us on the head.

And, you know, fuck that bullshit.

But I love the way that the title of this film: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” turns that bullshit on its head. Yes, yes we are. We are beautiful in our power, and our anger, and our outrage. We are often at our best when anger rises up within us and we stand up for ourselves, our daughters, our nieces, our grandmothers, our friends, our great-great-many-times-great granddaughters. We are mighty, and graceful, and we are drop-dead gorgeous when we are angry.

As a postcript, I’ll add that I’ve been reading Joan C. Williams’ book, What Works for Women at Work and she’s one of the first women I’ve read who speaks meaningfully about the conflict between generations of women, perhaps because her book is written with her daughter, Rachel Dempsey. And after watching the trailer for She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, I do want to say: Dear Millenials, we did this for you, too. You’re welcome.

/hat tip to The Greenman

Monday at the Movies

OK, I know that this video is 18 minutes long. But before you mark it down as “tl;dv” or “too long; didn’t view” hold on a minute. Just about now is when way too many of us get so busy we can hardly see straight. And spending an entire 18 minutes in an English garden is a not-too-bad way to counter some of the effects of this season’s stress. So make some tea, wear your cozy socks, and give yourself permission to wander through this garden, watch how the weather changes from sunny, to cloudy, to rain, to bits of sun. Let yourself linger on the rill (which I post in honor of Landscape Guy, the Rill Whisperer), my favorite bits (the bees on the lavender), and the hydrangeas (which always remind me of my friend, E, who loves them). What parts brought you back to yourself?

Monday at the Movies

So it’s likely that everyone else already knows about Midsomer Murders. Having no tv, and depending upon Netflix and Amazon Prime, I’m often behind the curve on tv shows. But now that it’s cold outside and dark early, I’ve moved inside and have been looking for something to watch while I knit. And I’ve discovered Midsomer Murders — an intelligently plotted and well acted British mystery series set in a group of fictional British villages, all with lovely gardens and cottages. I especially like that the head detective is so compassionate; often, even while he’s charging someone with a crime, he’s trying to help them. There are quite a few episodes with Pagan themes, Greenman and Straw Woman (with one of the best closing lines in all of tv), among them.

Let me know what you think.

Monday at the Movies

A couple of weeks ago, I had dinner with Son, DiL, and G/Son. We were discussing the fact that G/Son was going to spend the night with me while his ‘rents went off to Annapolis for a race that Son was planning to run. As soon as he heard that he’d be staying with me, G/Son said, “I want to go see Big Hero 6! Can we go, Nonna?”

I admit that I’d never head of the movie, but G/Son and I have been to see a couple of movies that he picked out (The Leggo Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Monsters University) and a couple of movies that I picked out (The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, Malificent) and I didn’t have high hopes for Big Hero 6. But the weather’s turned cold. It’s difficult to spend time outside. And Nonna’s never reticent about commenting on the underlying themes (capitalism, colonialism, Patriarchy) in popular movies. And, so, on a chilly Saturday morning, G/Son and I found ourselves settling into the Lazy-Boy-lounger-like chairs of the local theater.

I was pleasantly surprised. I think of all the movies that G/Son’s picked out, I liked this one the best.

The plot wasn’t too simple and the answers weren’t too pat. There wasn’t too much of an element that shows up in in many “kids” films that I can only describe as an attempt to ape adulthood — a certain cynicism. Instead, the characters were true to their ages: the kids were kids, the grownups were grownups, the college students were college students. All of the main heroes and heroines were “nerds” — engineers who love to invent things. The location, San Fransokyo, was a very believable combination of San Francisco and Tokyo. (I said to G/Son that the city, with all of its hills and its focus on the bay, reminded me a lot of San Francisco, where I’ve been but he hasn’t, and he told me that all of the “tech” and “neon” was true to Tokyo — where neither of us have been. No idea where he got that.)

On the ride home, we had some interesting discussion about Asimov’s Laws of Robotics and whether those laws could have avoided the harm done in the film, about an inventor’s responsibility (or lack thereof) for the purposes for which his invention is used, and about how the capitalist in the film never stops to consider these issues and, so, causes what ultimately happens to him. (See, I told you Nonna could turn anything into a lesson on the evils of Patriarchy.)

Have you seen Big Hero 6? What did you think?

Monday Night at the Movies

If you’re looking for a movie to get you in the mood for Samhein but, like me, you’re not a fan of most horror and monster movies, you can’t do much better than Bell, Book, and Candle.

Wikipedia tells us that a bell, a book, and a candle were used to excommunicate someone from the Catholic church. Of course, made in 1958, the movie ends with our modern Witch giving up her powers to fall in love — it was either/or. Hence, the excommunication here is of the Witch from the Craft.

But that need for the woman to abandon her powers was not unusual for that time. Many movie plots were based around career women giving up their careers when they fell in love, independent ranch-running women who fell in love and moved inside to cook and have children, women whose careers ruined their families. The tv show Bewitched was centered around Darren’s demands that Samantha give up the powers of her Craft and her, always unsuccessful, attempts to comply.

And, of course, there’s the lovely song of the same title.

Let’s make a list. What do you watch to get you in the mood for this time of year?