It’s getting very close to our week long workshop in Mexico. I am so excited I can hardly sit still. Melaque is so beautiful, I have a wonderful collage of people in my class, and everything points to one of the best weeks I’ve ever had. I’m madly re-reading all of my Magical Realism literature and spent time on E-Bay getting some DVD’s to take to La Paloma and share with the class. This year I’m bringing Love in the Time of Cholera, starring the handsome Javier Bardem and based on the wonderful book of the same name by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Everything is Illuminated, starring Elijah Wood and based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, and last but not least Pan’s Labyrinth, a movie that will shock us and make us more fully understand magical and grotesque realism. I also always bring Y Tu Mama Tambien starring Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna…”Wildly erotic,” commented Rolling Stone Magazine on this movie. The actors in this movie actually stayed at La Paloma while filming in the area so it’s fun for Nancy Lennie and I to share stories with the class. (Those guys are as hot as the Mexican sun!) So I’m ready. Anyone interested in holding a place in next year’s class please contact me by e-mail at email@example.com and I’ll put you on the exclusive list!
Speaking of movies, the awards season now has passed. The Hurt Locker took best picture at the Academy Awards. My friend Bill was devastated by the loss of James Cameron’s Avatar. Both he and I loved the message in the movie and of course the special effects. So I started thinking. We live so far up in the woods I don’t get to see all of the Academy Award films until they come out on Net Flix so….get ready for it…here are a few winners I’ve chosen from movies I’ve seen on Net Flix during the last year. Announcing THE JERRY AWARDS.
Best Film: Riding in Cars With Boys. Made in 2001 and Based on the autobiography by Beverly Donofrio, directed by Penny Marshall, (Laverne) and starring Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn and James wood, this is my favorite movie that I saw on my big flat screen (47″) this year. Every time I watch this movie I cry for at least an hour afterwards. It’s about a hesitant teen aged mom, who is very smart, but not smart enough to not get caught up in the moment and get pregnant. She has plans. Her plans change. The story is sweet, sad and true. Drew Barrymore is excellent in this role, as good as she was in Fifty First Dates. Steve Zahn (who I’ve never noticed in any other movie or TV show) plays the teen aged husband, who attempts to do what’s right but just can’t seem to make things work. His heroin addiction might have played a part in this. His performance is award level! What a ride.
Another of my “best” awards goes to The Invention of Lying starring my favorite comic of all time, Ricky Gervais. He was the person responsible for The Office, British style. I won’t be a spoiler and tell you the plot but it is a funny movie.
I also have some favorite TV shows that I try to catch each week. Here are some of the winners. Breaking Bad will start it’s new season soon. I miss Mad Men like crazy. I will watch any of the three Law and Orders at any time during the day or night. I especially like Law and Order Criminal Intent. By the end of the day Ron and I are pretty tired of thinking so we also really enjoy The New Adventures of Old Christine, Medium and Two and a Half Men. I think Charlie Sheen is wonderful and I love his retro shirts. Pure eye candy. I’ve just started watching American Pickers and Pawn Stars. Great shows that involve finding and selling old junk and antiques. Collecting is in my genes. It’s so much fun to see some of the odd things that people value and carefully collect. I can totally understand where they are coming from.
Oh, we finally got a “new” car! Ray Schultens Motors in the Dalles pulled through for us and found us our perfect car. It’s a 2005 Ford Explorer, white, Eddie Bauer Edition, with four wheel drive and a moon-roof! Austin Woolsey was our salesperson. He was very good to us. He used to be the chef at the Baldwin Saloon in The Dalles. I would recommend him to anyone in this area looking for cars. After selling us the car he’s off to Disneyland with his five kids for a vacation. I think we wore him out. Photos of our new car (possibly named Eddie) will come soon.
I’m going to talk about the new “Mad Men” Barbie dolls in my next post. I only wish they had the cigarettes and booze as accessories! Unfortunately the designers of the dolls thought that these additions would be inappropriate. But I remember the 60’s in suburbia…barbecues, parties, booze and cigarettes kept my parents busy while the kids played and got radical ideas about “free love” and “the war in Vietnam”.