Category Archives: Movies

Birds and Brains: The Scream Edition

Occasionally my Netflix brings me presents in the form of awesome movies. I’m not talking The Fall or Princess Mononoke, more like Manos: Hands of Fate or Night of the Lepus (which is, as you all know, one of my all time favorite movies). Today’s little taste of awesome comes in the form of a double feature: The Giant Claw/Creature With the Atomic Brain. Bum bum BUUUMMMMMM! Screeeaaammmm!!! Anywho, I’m pretty ambivalent about the Atomic Brain… dead people walking, controlled by a guy seeking revenge for being put in jail… yadda yadda yadda. I’d say the same for The Giant Claw, until I saw what was attached to the claw (no, I know you expected to see some sort of large, disembodied crab claw, clawing around and pinching well-built, scream ladies to death. Well, you’re not going to get it). It was a hella giant bird! Like something out of the Dark Crystal with a little bit of muppet action. Oh yes, it’s THAT GOOD! Check it out for yourself if you don’t believe me…

The Garden

The Garden centers around a community garden that was started after the Los Angeles Riots in 1992 and happens to be the largest urban garden in America. It was 14 acres of farmland on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles maintained by the South Central Farmers. After 12 years of work and love, the farmers got a notice saying that the land had been sold and that the farm was going to be bulldozed. The movie documents the farmer’s struggles and what is currently happening with the property. I always feel stressed when I see this trailer. To have something so simple and beautiful as a community garden turn into ground zero for a political struggle is amazing and heart wrenching. Gardens should be happy and for everyone.

Thanks Kitsune Noir for reminding me about this movie.


I watched Blindsight last night, a documentary about six blind Tibetan teenagers who climb 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri on the North side of Mt. Everest. It’s in the Netflix “Watch Instantly” section so if you have Nety-flixie you’ve got no excuse not to see it. I think you see where I’m going with this.

It was interesting to see the dynamic change between the adults as the film progressed and you never once see the children complain. Their individual stories are amazing (before and after the film) and I think this is another example of changing attitudes towards the differently abled. The children are so sweet and determined that it made me a little teary… not because it is heartwarming, but because they have the kind of energy and personalities you don’t see very often and they are actively doing something with their lives.

Love in Motion

There are two movies coming out soon that have caught my eye. No, they’re not the new Star Trek or Moon (those are OBVIOUS ones on my list). No, I’m talking about 500 Days of Summer and Paper Heart. They’re both about love (or lack of belief in love), romantic, sweet, quirky, look funny and have potentially AWESOME soundtracks. It doesn’t hurt that they have all these great people acting in them either. Now, I don’t have someone to go to date movies with I might have to wait until they come out on the old Netflix to see these (and really it’s just because I have a thing about going to movies or restaurants by myself), but don’t think I’m not 100% psyched about them, because I am. They look like they might just make it into my favorites list, whether I see them in theaters or not.

What does it say about things these days (whatever things those may be… I’m not going to try to quantify “things” today) that  two movies are coming out this year where the main character (both women) don’t believe in love? I’m intrigued both by the fact that this is a subject matter and that they’re both women (not that gender has anything to do with it… or does it?). Huh. Oooohh they look so good! I hope they’re good. Especially now that I’ve watched them five times each.