206. Where the Heart Is
Maybe its because I had my oldest daughter at a young age, maybe its because I’m ever drawn to stories of unconventional families and the bonds we create of our choosing (our families of choice), or perhaps it is because I adore Natalie Portman – whatever the reason, this is one of those films that I can watch over and over, and it will always make me cry, laugh, and feel less alone. Natalie is brilliant in this, as is Stockard Channing (such an underrated actor Stockard is!) and Ashley Judd (her story breaks me), too. It is interesting to see James Frain (Forney in this story) play a romantic lead and not a villain/supernatural villain, which has been his typical roles of date on television series such as True Blood, Grimm and The Cape.
Beyond the Blue :: Patty Griffin & Emmylou Harris
That’s the Beat of a Heart :: The Warren Brothers & Sara Evans
with scenes from the film, Where the Heart Is
Easily one of my top 5 favorite movies of all-time. This movie latched on to my heart and has yet to let go, or maybe I just can’t let go yet. Everything about this film – EVERYTHING – I loved. Ellar Coltrane is outstanding as the “boy” Mason Jr. in Boyhood, as is his sister Sam, played by Richard Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, Ethan is amazing as Mason and Sam’s estranged Father (forever Ethan Hawke has my heart) and Patricia Arquette, as Olivia, the single mother of Mason, oh my stars, she just got to me in such an enormous, deeply personal way.
“Packing the Car”
“Talk to Me”
208. Frankie and Johnny
One of my “comfort films“, I love the writing, the characters (both lead and supporting), the stage play feeling to it, and the chemistry between Frankie and Johnny in this movie. The end of the film, the final act that takes place in Frankie’s apartment, with the Claire De Lune request on the radio and the sunrise, and the conversations, it all just gets to me. It reminds me of those first nights together with a lover where you stay up until the sun rises, when it becomes beyond sex, when there is so much said and not said, when you start really falling for each other.
“When the bad comes again“
“Johnny’s got a job“
209. An Education
The desire to step outside of oneself, to step beyond even, and to live a life of adventure and intrigue, it is quite a heady thing to venture in to, especially if you are in your youth. Throw in romance with someone who seems to see you differently than anyone has ever seen you before, someone older and seemingly wiser (he isn’t), with a completely different life to offer up to you, how can one resist? But, naivete and hopeless romanticism can blind one to the truths, or at least make one vulnerable to deception – the end result, though, in this film, is both realistic and strong, albeit somewhat heartbreaking – oh what a story, and oh what unforgettable performances.
“Action is character“
“This is the one“
Natalie Wood, oh how I love Natalie Wood. The first time I saw this film I was very young, younger than Natalie’s character at the start, yet it got to me, shook me up, and left a mark in my memory. It impacted me differently when I saw it again during a film class in college, standing out as a story of the time period, of sexual repression, and of the social climate and consequence to female sexuality of the time – that later viewing, and those subsequent viewings to follow, are all as heartbreaking to me as the first time I saw it, just for evolving reasons.
Ending poem by Wordsworth
“I want yesterday“