Very, very excited for Wolf Gang’s upcoming album and since I have to wait until the end of September for that, at least they released a new song called “Lay Your Love Down” to make the time pass by quicker. It is a great song and I have to say I’m quite impressed with how the song starts with a guitar hook, it was all very well done. Hoping this song makes waves!


When I watch a film or read a script I mentally calculate how many women are listed in the credits or on the pages. Honestly, half of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it any more. I’m just looking at the numbers, at the names of women who are making it, at those who I admire deeply. And I’m also looking at the disappointment, how many really are represented in our movies or potential movies. And every time I feel a little happy when I see the name of a women but I also feel a little bit sad. How many women have tried to make it in film but failed or how many never thought it was possible, so they never took that risk? How many great directors, producers, cinematographers, costume designers, actresses are we missing from the industry? It breaks my heart every time I think about this. 


An American in Paris (1951)


An American in Paris (1951)

I dislike Rochester also; the compelling argument that I’ve heard is that it isn’t a love story so much as a self-actualization of Jane; she’s so held back by society — imagine if she could have had a real career! Dumped the man and had control!

I like that argument because it makes a lot of sense although I’m not sure that every reader or person who watched the film would have made that connection. Like so many things, stories about class and social issues have the ‘love story’ become the central focus over time. I think it’s a shame though, she does inherit $20 thousand pounds a year which was a large sum, but unfortunately money in that time did not give women the same luxury it afforded a man. They still felt social pressures to marry, and to marry well. She talked quite a fair amount about being equal to Mr. Rochester (and to others) but I’m not sure she ended up being his equal (or rather… he was not her equal).

how did you feel about Jane Eyre? I really loved it, but I also love all those actors

I really love all the actors in the film as well (Fassbender, Bell, Mia, Dench) so perhaps that is influencing how I feel about it. Truth be told, it is the first adaptation of Jane Eyre I’ve watched so I can’t judge how it stands compared to other ones. But compared to a lot of period pieces the film is really, really good. Now as for the actual story, I’ve always been a bit weary/scared of it… never totally understood why people loved Mr. Rochester so (though with Fassbender’s acting, I think I’m starting to get it a bit more). But maybe I’m not cut out for that kind of love story myself which is why I’ve always been a bit weary of Jane Eyre. Also, I must admit…. I kinda watched it to see what kind of director Cary is like… and I loved it for the style and cinematography, it was all very well done. So I’m impressed with him. 

So because I am a total weirdo I like to keep track of what films I watch each year and to have the goal of watching at least a 100 films each year. So far I’m at 74… so only 26 more to go! I’ve watched several repeats (like You’ve Got Mail) but I only count them once. Really quite pleased with some of the films I’ve watched this year, finally watched several that had been on my list for awhile now but hadn’t gotten the chance to see (like Fargo and the 2011 version of Jane Eyre). And I hope to watch several more by the year’s end!


Emma Thompson’s Best Actress BAFTA for Sense & Sensibility

I love that feeling you have after seeing a film where you are just blown away. Right now I just want to talk about Boyhood for hours, I really appreciated just how genuine the film was. Do you ever get that feeling like you will explode if you cannot talk about a film after seeing it??? It happens to me from time to time… that’s usually when I know a film’s really gotten to me.