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The Sympathetic Imagination

17 Feb

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This past weekend I saw The Sympathetic Imagination  by Los Angeles-based artist Diana Thater. The exhibition is a survey of her film and video work. I’d read about it and had been wanting to see it and am so glad I finally did.

The LACMA website describes the works as, “…dynamic, immersive installations.” It goes on to say that they “challenge and invert accepted positions and realities through the deployment of color, movement, scale, and architecture.” It is an extremely accurate description. The colors and images make you feel fully immersed and as though you become one with them. I can’t recommend this exhibition enough.

If you live in LA or plan to  visit, go see it. It’s on view until April 17.Luckily for me, I am member  of the museum and can return again to see it as many times as I want before its run ends.

(Photo by me of Big Red Sun, 2000 by Diana Thater)


Happy (Belated) New Year!

1 Feb

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January has come and gone and it flew by, as did the amount of time since I last posted here. A lot has happened since July but I’ll leave the catching up for another day. Today, I am interested in knowing what your favorite movies are. Yesterday was a rainy and very windy day, and I proclaimed it a “lazy day.” I spent it reading and catching up on DVR recordings, as well as updating my Netflix queue.

Earlier in the day I had come across a list of critics’ choices for the top 250 films of all time and while some of my favorites were included such as The Godfather, Parts I & II, Los Olvidados and Annie Hall there were many movies, I’d never heard of that seemed worth watching. While I love films and have many favorites, my absolute all time favorite is Cinema Paradiso. I’ve seen it more times than I care to admit!

What are some of your favorites?

(Image via IMDb)

The National

25 Mar


Tonight I am seeing The National who are one of my favorite bands. I am really looking forward to seeing them live, since the last time I did so was a few years ago at the Hollywood Bowl. They’ll also be premiering Mistaken for Strangers which follows the band on tour and tells the story between Matt Berninger (the lead singer) and his brother Tom who also made the film. I don’t typically like to go see shows on “school nights” but in this case, I will definitely make an exception!

The Weekend

21 Mar



What are you up to this weekend? I am going to try and sleep in as much as I can, since last weekend I worked a lot and didn’t get the chance to! However, tomorrow we are going to see The Grand Budapest Hotel, which I am really looking forward to seeing (I think Ralph Fiennes is a great actor!) and on Sunday, we are going to finally see the exhibition  James Turrell : A Retrospective at LACMA. We recently became members and are excited to experience this show!I hope your first  weekend of spring is great!

(First image  Raemar Pink White, 1969, James Turrell via LACMA, second image via The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Yves Saint Laurent

7 Jan

les_photos_du_film_yves_saint_laurent____l_h__tel_westin_paris___vend__me_27513778_north_545x.1I’ve been reading The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alicia Drake. As the title suggests, it is  about Parisian fashion in the 70s but focuses primarily on Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld’s rivalry. It’s been an interesting read, so far. Coincidentally, a film about the life of Yves Saint Laurent is being released tomorrow in France. I hope it makes it overseas soon!

(Image via Vogue)

Breakdown City

10 Apr


Pedro Almodovar is one of my favorite film directors and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a favorite by him. I saw it last week for what may be the one hundredth time because I felt like I was on the verge of a breakdown myself, I’ve been feeling slightly overwhelmed. I have a lot going on at work (heading a lot of projects simultaneously) and outside of work with wedding related things. The wedding is a little over four months away. I can’t believe it! All the major things have been taken care of already but for some reason the smaller details are beginning to overwhelm me a bit. So, as a result, last week I felt this movie would be the perfect antidote because I needed to escape reality and  my own potential breakdown. It never fails to make me laugh, a lot! Have you seen it?

Before Midnight

28 Mar


If there is one film I’ve been looking forward to seeing  before I knew it would ever even be made, it’s Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. I am a huge fan of the first two films, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and now that I know the release date for the new film is May 24. I am especially excited to see it! If you haven’t seen any of these films, they follow the story of Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) after they initially meet in a train traveling through Europe while they are in their early 20s. Each film follows them during different times  of their lives. I love these films because they are so well-written and the conversations between Jesse ( Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) always feel so real and aren’t cliche in the way they are in  a lot of romance films . Plus, the acting and the chemistry between the two of them is great! Have you seen the two previous films? Will you see this one?

(Photo via IMDb)

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