November 18

Love Story


This is a sentimental favorite.  I remember seeing it as a teenager several years after it was release in 1970 and thinking how sophisticated and grown-up it all was.  Now when I watch it, some parts seem silly, but it still is a beautiful story of young love, class differences, parental disapproval and tragedy.  It’s an uncomplicated film, but wonderfully moving.  Of course, no matter how much I love Love Story, I still snicker a little when I hear the line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”  WHAT!?  Not in our house it doesn’t!

Art Every Day Month – Day 18


 Bird in the Fog Canvas

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November 11

Marie Antoinette


This movie made me consider a historical character in a new way.  Opulent and visually stunning, Marie Antoinette not only lets you see the excess of the French court before the revolution, it allows you to see it with contemporary eyes through the use of 80’s New Wave music and energetic cinematography.  What makes this tragic fairy tale truly interesting, is the empathy you feel for Marie Antoinette, a teenage girl who was sent to the French court to marry a young boy who should never have been king.  Directed by Sophia Coppola, Marie Antoinette captures this ill-fated life in a fascinating manner.

This week, in addition to the Art Every Day Month challenge, I’m participating in Mayzie’s Rescue Me Week challenge.  Mayzie is the author of the most brilliant, Mayzie’s Dog Blog, and she is going to have a drawing on or about November 16 and award 5 rescue groups $100 each!  Mayzie is doing this in honor of her Grampa J who’s love of animals inspires his family to this day.  I’m playing for Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan, the group who rescued Freedom, Casper and Nikki.  This is the final day of the challenge and today, I’m featuring Preakness Prince (aka Prince).


Prince is currently in a foster home, and here’s what his foster mom has to say about him:

“Prince…oh he’s just so sweet and loving and playful. He loves to be near his people. He has a spot right next to my computer chair that he likes to lay in. He occasionally stands up every once in a while waiting for you to pet him. He’s learning the house routine very quickly. He doesn’t mind his crate and has been crated for 8 hours with no problems. He pottys on lead, gets along with all the other critters here…lizards, fish, dogs, cats. He loves to go for rides and tolerates grooming very well (bath, nails, ears). He can sometimes be a bit unsure at first, the first day he was here he was a bit unsure, by the second he was playbowing at me to play with him. It just takes him a few to warm up…but don’t let that deter you…This Prince can’t wait to meet his new royal family!”

To find out more about Prince and other Greyhounds waiting for their forever homes, go the the Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan website, click “Adoptable” on the left-hand side and scroll down the list.  If a dog is in foster care, you can click on their picture and you’ll see a link that says “Foster Profile.”  The Foster Profile will give you even more information about that particular dog.  Found one you want to join your family?  Click on the “Apply” link on the left-hand side and fill out an application.

 Art Every Day Month – Day 11


Variegated Yarn Vase

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November 4

Pacific Heights


A young couple buys a large Victorian fixer-upper in San Francisco’s exclusive Pacific Heights district with the plan to rent out two apartments on the bottom floor to help pay the mortgage.  Enter, Carter Hayes played by Michael Keaton.  Carter seems like the perfect tenant, until he moves in.  This film is creepy, thrilling, suspenseful…and infuriating.  It doesn’t make you want to become a landlord.

 Art Every Day Month – Day 4


Organza Flower (made using Clover’s Flower Frill Template) 

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October 28

Rosemary’s Baby


Rosemary’s Baby is a supernatural, psychological thriller about a young couple who move into an apartment building in New York and are embraced by their neighbors.  Then, things start to get strange.  Unbeknownst to Rosemary, her husband has made a deal with the devil that leads to the horrifying ending.  There’s no blood, guts or gore, just a great scary movie.  Made in 1968, this movie has that great 1960’s look and feel.  An interesting fact:  Much of the movie was shot in and around The Dakota, the Upper West Side co-op apartment building where John Lennon lived and was killed.

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October 21

Dolores Claiborne


Dolores Clairborne is based on a book by Stephen King.  King is a master of the horror genre, but Dolores Claiborne is not a supernatural horror story, it is a story about the horrors we inflict on others and that they inflict on us.  Dolores Claiborne is an stoic, hard woman who has endured much in life, and Kathy Bates portrays her brilliantly.  It’s a story of what many women have to endure in life and what they do to get by.

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October 14

Storm of the Century


Storm of the Century was a television mini-series by Stephen King.  Set on an island, the residents are preparing for a terrible winter storm when a murderous stranger shows up.  It’s soon evident that the stranger isn’t human.  His message, “Give me what I want, and I’ll go away.”  As the storm hits and the island is completely cut-off from civilization, the townspeople have to decide if they’ll give the evil stranger what he wants, or if they’ll stand against him.  There are consequences either way.

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October 7

The Exorcist



This is a classic horror film that takes you right to the beginning of all horror, the battle between Good and Evil.  Regan is a 12-year-old girl and when all medical and scientific reasons fail to explain what is wrong with her, her mother desperately turns to the Catholic church for help.  The Exorcist is not fast paced, and that helps build the foundation and tension that finally explodes in the full possession and exorcism.  This is an adult film and not for anyone who is “bothered” by scary subjects because this is the most frightening subject of all.

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September 30

Blade Runner


Stylistically, Blade Runner is a masterpiece…the look, the sound, the story.  It’s science fiction meets film noir.   Set in an environmentally ruined earth, Rick Deckard (the Blade Runner) is tasked to find and kill four bioengineered robots called “replicants.”  The problem is, the replicants look exactly like humans.  While being hunted, the replicants are on a hunt of their own…for their creator.  They have questions, “Why were we created,” and “Why do we have to die?’  They question what it is to be human.  The setting and the story are believable and perhaps even prophetic.

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September 23



Elizabeth I was one of England’s greatest monarchs, and this film chronicles her transformation from a young, sheltered princess to an iconic, masterful monarch.  The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, this movie captures the formative events and influences early in Elizabeth’s reign and the personalities that surrounded her, both friend and foe.  The cunning and intrique of the royal court is fascinating and often deadly.  This is a stunning film of England’s Virgin Queen.

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September 16

Bonnie and Clyde


This is one of the films that ushered in the New Hollywood era.  Dealing freely with violence and sex, Bonnie and Clyde was groundbreaking in the 1960’s.  Viewed today, it is a compelling, romantic look at these two violent Depression-era gangsters.  You don’t get much prettier than Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in their prime.  If you’re looking for exact historical accuracy, you won’t find it in this movie.  What you will find is a beautifully crafted story of Great Depression mythology and masterful filmmaking.

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