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Recently, okay, not that long ago but in my mind it is well ‘lucid’ (which my relatives often say I am not.).   I bet the punctuation is way off in that sentence.  Please excuse me, my unknown future and wonderful agent.  Anyway, I remembered this post from Lucid Dreaming for Slackers ? Cranky Fitness.

 

 

I have very vibrant dreams, and occasionally hallucinations.  Last night Irritating little Chihuahua woke me up and, instead of her, I saw a black “other animal” (I said the dreams were vivid not the memory) sitting up and begging against the back of the couch.  He was a lot larger than the Chihuahua, who was by this time on the floor.  I gotta lay off the Melatonin.

 

 

We were having dinner with JRock’s girlfriend’s parents Saturday night and she had the DVD of Twilight. I’ll get to the point, in a minute.  You know that scene where she wakes up and the vampire guy is in her room and she blinks and he isn’t.  Like he wasn’t ever in her room, but he really was there all along?  Well, that is my life. 

 

 

It is my night actually.  Sometimes, a swift image of a person is there. At times, I wake up and see clumps of black things dancing around near the ceiling.   I am sure it is some medicine I am on, perhaps combined with Melatonin.  It really doesn’t scare me any, so I haven’t bothered reading the inserts to see what is doing it.  Remember, this is the woman who found a rare earthquake great fun. 

 

 

I did try the Lucid dreaming note taking for a few days but it takes time and I have enough to do right now.  My former violin teacher had dream diaries that covered years.  He swore by the method.  He said he had great control of his dreams and could direct them.  My goal would have been to be able to control some dreams, like to be able to fly more often in dreams.  That is cool when it happens! 

 

It would also be neat to control who is in my dreams.

 

So, what I want to know—my burning question is: 

 

Why do I keep dreaming about Nicholas Cage rather than Viggo Mortensen.  If I have to have a vivid dream guy dream, I want it to be Viggo.

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The boys have wanted me to purchase Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for some time now.  I gave in and bought it the other day.  The only thing is that, things being things, they did not have the wide screen version and I did not notice till we were home.  Drats!

 

We had a family movie night, with popcorn and most cell phones off.  We have a visiting Harry in our house.  Actually, that is his name and he needed a place to stay, so Harry is our guest.  I gave up waiting for Harry to get off the cell phone and he finally went downstairs with it.  He’s a nice kid but addicted to a girl.  And, that’s a whole other post.

 

This viewing of Harry Potter just reinforced for me, yet again, the shear shortness of my memory.  I have now established that it does not last five months.  We saw this movie at the theatre and yet it was like watching a brand new movie.  I didn’t remember how it opened and I kept telling myself that we must have walked into the theatre late.

 

By the end, I knew I just did not remember seeing it before.  There were a few scenes, mostly like camera images that I remembered.  Filch on the ladder was one and I love it when he does that “high knee run” of his.  But, I had forgotten Groap (sp?) and all kinds of other stuff.  I do remember not being real impressed with it the first time.

 

I thought it did not flow well; that the scenes were too disjointed.  But, I had just read the book over again, so maybe you are better off not reading the book right before seeing the movies.  And, I do read Harry Potter over again.  I love J. K. Rowling’s writing.

 

So, every time I feel guilty for buying another DVD, I just remind myself, it’s all new to me: over and over and over and over.

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As you all know, or you should if you have been reading my blog for any length of time, that I love movies and that my memory is not so great.  Due to this, the memory and not the movies, I make lists.

 

In order to keep from repeating subjects (HA!) and with the difficulty of getting on-line at times, I have a copy of every blog on my laptop.  Thus, supposedly I can check to see if I have done a blog about skateboarding (Right!) or how long since I bored you with Irritating Little Chihuahua stories.  She is definitely not keeping up her end of this relationship by being funny regularly. 

 

I also have a list of DVD’s I own.  This is to keep from buying one that I already own.  I used to also have a list of those that Gaffer owns, but his collection has grown to the point where I just do not buy him DVD’s.  Master’s Daughter however purchased “Thumb Wars” for him last Christmas.  He is a serious Star Wars fan and the link above is for a different movie.  She gave him a whole set of DVD’s where thumbs (dressed up and with faces) played all the parts.  She was right, he did not own it and we all loved the Star Wars version.  Given enough Margarita’s, it will keep a party in stitches for an hour, but then again, anything will, I suppose.

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What a treat!

 

Last weekend I watched a Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy movie I have never seen before.  I didn’t think such a thing existed. It’s like the excitement of digging for ancient pottery.

 

Without Love is about two people who marry for companionship and because they are intellectual equals.  Since the formula for their movies often follows the same path, I won’t be spoiling it to tell you that; in the end they find they really are in love. 

 

Just like real life, Huh????

 

I love the old black and white movies and Hepburn and Tracy are the best.  Well, maybe the Ghost and Mrs. Muir is top of my list. (HINT! HINT! Christmas is coming).  I’m talking the 1947 version with Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison (as Capt. Daniel Gregg – another sexy curmudgeon).  And, why did they find it necessary to colorize the DVD box?

 

I tried to interest Gaffer in the old movies but he doesn’t seem to appreciate anything made before—well, before Misery and Cube, Malcolm X, American History X, and every Vampire movie ever filmed. 

 

Some of these are great movies too; although the ones about “water soluble clowns” and he continually tells me I am combining two movies, and I continually tell him, “It doesn’t matter.  Neither one was worth the celluloid/digital bits wasted.”  What redeems him is things like he loves the cinematography of Memoirs of a Geisha as much as I do.

 

I love old black and white movies and I  so hate colorization. I was appalled to see a colorization (and a poor one at that) of Miracle on 34th Street. It takes the life out of the movie. It cheapens it.  Of course, I am in love with black and white photography too. 

 

They played an interview of Burt Reynolds talking about what a master actor Spencer Tracy was, during the dratted commercials, and how sad it is that some young actors today have never even heard of him. What a sad thing.

 

A classic in anything is worth studying. A master, in anything and from any era, is worth studying, whether it is in color or black and white.

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The oldest boy, the logical gaffer in training, has very eclectic tastes in movies. He has a ton of DVD’s at his home base and he has a few here for us to see, including a little known and, I’m sure, easily forgotten gem in which Gary Busey is The Gingerbread Man. I have never seen it and, baring many many large dippers of Jose Cuervo, will never see it. Somehow a movie that touts itself as “out of the oven & into your heart” just does nothing for me.

 

Gaffer also has classics, from Charlie Chaplin and Red Skelton to Malcolm X, American History X, and Cube.

 

Cube may not seem like a movie I would get into. It’s not for the squeamish. I refuse to watch things like Chain Saw Masacre forty-seven, but this movie is different, right from the opening eye. No spoilers, but people go to sleep at night and wake up in a giant lethal Rubick’s Cube. You just HAVE to watch to see what happens and why. Would you be smart enough to survive? Why are you in there? You will be sitting on the edge of your seat within five minutes. I was hooked despite the occasional gore. But, then it’s not gore for gore’s sake, it has a purpose and is very much part of the movie.

 

American History X is one of those movies that should be required viewing for all kids above the age of twelve. Maybe it’s because I have lived in areas of the country where people are less than enlightened, but it’s an eye opener. Edward Norton plays Derek Vinyard, as the leader of a group of white supremist youths. He has grown up with bigotry and pays the price.

 

Remember when you knew more than your parents, more than ‘the man’, more than anyone? Norton is that young man, who knows he wants a new world order where the white man is king. Of course, I think his parents are part of what put him in that state. It is the process of his re-education and growth that makes this movie so fascinating.

 

Jail changes Derek Vinyard. His best friend is African American and one of the very people he had grown up to hate all these years. He comes out of prison being tired of feeling “pissed off” and wondering how he bought into it all in the first place. But, that is only part of the story. Watch his Oscar worthy Performance to find out the rest. I highly recommend it. 

 

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In the 80+ DVD movies I have, and I’m sure that is a small collection (we still have VHS’ too, and each boy has their own collection of DVD’s. But, in mine alone, out of eighty movies that range from Schindler’s List to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and the “feel good romp” of Mystic River, thirteen of these movies have Nicholas Cage in them. I told you this was an Extremely Biased Film Review. My passion for Nicholas Cage, and his acting knows very little bounds and has only recently been replaced by Viggo Mortensen, who I only have two DVD’s of.

There are some  actors who just have to act, even if the movie is a stinker. But, then again, in whose opinion?  So here are my thoughts on the Cage movies I own. Starting alphabetically and some in more depth than others:

8mm: Very good movie and performance by Cage. It is, however a dark and disturbing movie about an “obsessive search for the truth.” Cage handles it well and you walk away haunted. I highly recommend it.

Adaptation: Cage does a good job of becoming a weak, simpering, overweight fool twin. Why in God’s name he would want this is beyond me. This movie doesn’t deserve either Cage or Meryl Streep. It cons you into buying it because it was by the creator of Being John Malkovich, an excellent film. The best thing about Adaptation is the cover photo of Cage’s face on a broken flower pot.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: Okay one of the top Chick-Flick, wish you were his co-star, movies of all times. And, he learned to play the Mandolin for it. It’s a great romantic story with a sexy lead. Men ask, why the heck is Nicholas Cage considered sexy? I don’t know guys, maybe it’s the fact that he doesn’t hesitate to throw himself into everything he does. He’s not afraid to look foolish or dance or learn to play the Mandolin. I don’t want men fighting over me. I want a man who keeps living life to the fullest, without shame or fear of looking stupid, and Cage has got that down.  YUMMM!

City of Angels: One of my absolute favorite movies of all time. Talk about living life to the fullest.  There is a line in this movie about rather living a life with you than an eternity without you. Wouldn’t we all give anything to have that kind of love? In this movie, the Protagonist gives up immortality for the woman he loves. When you are watching this film you realize that maybe you haven’t been living life to the fullest, yourself.  Close your eyes and tell me what a pomegranite tastes like, but tell me with your sense of touch and sound and eyes, not your taste. Just watch it and you will understand.

Con Air: Why I had to buy this is unknown, because Starz plays it about every three months. It’s a movie that when nothing else is on, including Two and a Half Men, you can watch it over and over and over and over. And, I have. Cage looks fantastic in long curly hair and jeans. He hasn’t overdone the accent. You want him fighting for your friends and coming home to you. There are some great other actors in this: John Cusack, John Malkovich, and an awsome performance by Steve Buscemi.

The Family Man: This is a movie for when a group of friends are half watching. You won’t mind them talking during it. It’s good and funny. He goes from being a wealthy womanizing bachelor to a married man. He learns to love his kids and get more out of life than the almighty dollar. Just average stuff.

Guarding Tess: I have no idea why I like this, but I do. Shirley MacLane does an excellent job as a crudgy retired first lady; escaping her guards and giving Cage a hard time. He’s a reluctant body guard but when the chips are down, he’s there for her.

LORD OF WAR: Okay, notice the caps. This is my vote for Oscar winning performance and movie. I love this movie. I think this movie should be a must see for high school kids. It’s based on a real story of an actual illegal gun dealer, who was arrested a year after this was out. Cage is fantastic in it. The story is worth the watch. I don’t know why it didn’t get better reviews, but it deserved them.

 Matchstick Men: Billed as an “ingenious, wonderful movie.” Not to me. Cage’s take on an Obsessive Compulsive does not come close to Tony Shalub’s, in Monk.  But, then on the back it says he is “agoraphobe, a germaphone” so obviously the acting did not say anything clear to me. It’s an okay movie, when you are sick, have chicken soup and are too tired to read.

Red Rock West: Here’s a little known Cage movie that I fell in love with. He’s just so human in this movie.  It’s a great story about a guy who has one thing after another that literally brings him back to a town he would just as soon leave; and for his own safety he needs to leave. It will keep you guessing and entertain you too.

The Rock: Okay, if you get Starz, this is the other Cage movie that plays every three months. Sean Connery and Ed Harris are in it with him and they are a great team of actors. I love the opening scene where Cage, as a bored chemical weapons specialist, sits making a rube goldberg contraption to set fire to a toy Hula Dancer. I’ve watched The Rock a bazillion times (on Starz) and enjoy it every time.

The Weather Man: This one is so good that I barely remember what it is. That’s NOT a good sign, especially when Michael Caine is in it too. The billing, to get you to watch says it is part, American Beauty and part About Schmidt. Well, that says it all. It’s a waste of time movie. Must have been in the $5.00 bin. I think Cage mailed in his performance too.

Windtalkers: I thought about making this it’s own Blog. I do think that Cage deserved an Oscar for this movie. He plays damaged soldier, brave soldier, caring soldier, human soldier excellently. It’s all those things and more. Highly recommend!

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