Viewing recap June








The Princess Bride (1987)
Quotable fantasy/adventure/romance. The movie impressed me the most in the opening 30 minutes or so, with classics scenes like the grandfather introducing the story to his sick grandchild, the farm boy “as you wish” segment, the climb up the cliff, the talkative sword fight, and the wine drinking scene. After they roll down the hill, I felt the storytelling was weaker, and became a bit predictable. If the rest of the movie was as strong as the first half hour, it would be in my top 100.
So many quotes to choose from, here are a few favorites:
Inigo Montoya: “I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?
Man in Black: Do you always begin conversations this way?”
Fezzik: “Why do you wear a mask? Were you burned by acid, or something like that?
Man in Black: Oh no, it's just that they're terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.”
Rating 8/10





Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Comedy. An exaggerated portrayal of a local TV newsroom, with Will Ferrell in the lead role. The story is fairy implausible, why would Christina Applegate character be interested in Burgandy after the way he talked to her at the party? Why would all those news anchors suddenly appear in the street? I can forgive these contrivances, because as a comedy it is quite original, and very quotable, and Ferrell and co are sporadically funny. Jack Black and Ben Stiller have cameos. Is the sequel worth watching?
Favorite quotes: 
“How now brown cow”
“60% of the time it works all the time” “That doesn’t make sense...”
"My name is Ron Burgandy?"
Rating 8/10






Ghostbusters (1984) 
Rewatch. An entertaining action/comedy, the actors have excellent chemistry, the special effects are still effective, and a wonderful soundtrack, especially the iconic Ghostbusters song by Ray Parker Jr,  and Savin The Day
Favorite quotes: 
"Nice doggy!"
"He slimed me" "That's great! actual physical contact. Can you move?"
"Tell you what, I'll take Miss Barrett back to her apartment and check her out...I'll go check out miss Barrett's apartment"
Rating 8/10





Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
Rewatch. The villain is creeper than the original, the film is quite quotable, but the story is, give or take a few new characters, essentially recycling the first movie's material. The statue of liberty coming to life is my favorite scene, but there are moments which make no sense, like when they jump into the river of evil and just expect to survive. Another thing that bothered me is the continued skepticism towards ghosts and the Ghostbusters, when 5 years ago the city was attacked for all to see. Also, if the villain is a god, why doesn’t he just kill the Ghostbusters when he has the chance? Murray insults the God and just expects there won't be consequences?
Favorite quote: “You know, I’m a voter, aren’t you supposed to lie to me and kiss my butt”
Rating 6/10





48 Hrs. (1982)
A clichéd cop story slightly elevated by chemistry between Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy-in his feature film debut. For me, not as good as Beverly Hills Cop (1984).
Rating 7/10






Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Full review here
Rating 8/10




Strangers on a Train (1951)
Hitchcock thriller.
#195 in IMDb’s top 250.
Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley). About a tennis pro who meets a man on a train, who proposes to swap murders.
Edge of your seat stuff, 3-4 scenes that stuck with me, when Bruno Antony sits in the crowd and stares at Guy Haines, while the rest of the audience watches the tennis match (image above). When Bruno follows the girl in the amusement park, the party game with the older woman, and of course the action-packed merry-go-round scene.
One of the best thrillers, packed full of memorable moments. It’s not for nothing Hitchcock is called the master of suspense.
Rating 9/10





The Double (2013)
An odd setting, which emphasizes both the times of Dostoevsky's writing, yet also puts us in the present. I couldn’t understand when or where the film took place.
The movie logically doesn’t make sense, because nobody notices they are doubles. Which leads me to think maybe they are the same person. But how can others notice they look like each another, if they didn't notice him in the first place? This is why you need to rewatch the movie.
I did however dislike the ending, I expected more considering the fine buildup.
Favorite quote: ”I’ve tried talking to her, but I don’t know how to be myself. It’s like I’m permently outside myself. Like you could push your hands straight through me, if you wanted to, and I couldn’t see the type of man I want to be versus the type of man I am. And I know I’m doing it, but I’m incapable of doing what needs to be done. I’m like Pinocchio, I’m a wooden boy. Not a real boy, and it kills me”
Rating 8/10





Heartbeats (2010) 
I liked the soundtrack more than the movie. Not Xavier Dolan’s best film, at this point he was still honing his craft. There isn’t really a structure, the story is quite messy. Has cool stylistic flourishes mixing music and visuals.
Especially memorable: The slow motion sequence walking down the street with Dalida's song Bang Bang, the bright colors in the bedroom, and the disco scene using Pass This On by The Knife intercut with disco lights, drawings and sculptures.
Favorite quote: when they stand outside the theatre and discuss the play “Pains Migraines and Sonatas”: “These pseudo borderlines with their pain fetish as an escape from existential ennui. Fuck off” (…) “The characters were so Manichean”
Rating 6/10





The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. A young Cybil Shepard is gorgeous as the femme fatale. Besides that there’s a story about figuring out your place in life, Charles Grodin, in an excellent performance, is on his honeymoon, and must face the facts about life, that sex and romance maybe aren’t quite as magical as you dreamed about.
The humming night club performer was laugh-out-loud hilarious, and so are his lies about hanging out with an old army buddy, and the dinner scene about the an honest meal.
I was waiting for the punchline from the director at the end, which never happened. Perhaps it’s about how some people fall in love without really getting to know the other person properly.
Favorite quote: “There’s no lying in that beef, there’s no insincerity in those potatoes, there’s no deceit in the cauliflower. This is a totally honest meal”
Rating 7.5/10








The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
The performances by the young actors are good, and it does have cute moments. I had a few problems though. I disliked that the book references are fictional. I agree with another reviewer that it preaches realism but then delivers the exact opposite. Also bothered me how black and white the characters are, either good or bad. Entertaining enough, despite these flaws. I wasn't the intended audience, so take that into consideration.
Rating 6.5/10






Exhibition (2013)
I'm a fan of Joanna Hogg's earlier films, Unrelated (2007) and Archipelago (2010), which take place during holidays.
Her latest is a lot more abstract, set in a domestic situation, and about life as an artist, when you are married. Unfortunately I never believed that these two people were in a relationship, the dialogue didn't ring true to me. The couple are planning to sell their house. The story feels like a few visual ideas that were slapped together(wearing artsy neon clothes, sleeping in odd places, watching yourself from the outside), but there really wasn't enough here to engage me. A tedious watch, and difficult to care what happens to the characters. I'm sure there is a point to it all, if you are willing to make the effort. Won't be for everyone, because of the slow pacing. Told in an unconventional way, the film put me to sleep more than once.
I'm surprised I didn't like the film, considering my appreciation for the director's previous work.
Rating 5/10




Thanks for reading! Have you watched any of the above films? Agree or disagree? Share your views in the comments.


Top 10 albums of 2014 so far (Jan-June)






12.)
To Be Kind by Swans
NME: "To Be Kind' is not easy or pleasant; it will probably repel and confuse as much as it inspires. It’s a Hieronymus Bosch painting come to life, impossible to tear your eyes away from despite the grotesque atrocities it depicts. Because in the modern world, where The Human Centipede and Anal Cunt are a part, however small, of popular culture, this album still has the ability to shock and scare. It’s an insane and challenging, ambitious and exceptional work of art."

Thoughts: Experimental rock. In terms of ambition I'd give the album a 10/10. Dark, angry and intense, takes you on an epic journey. I'm unfamiliar with the band's output, and it's different to anything I've ever heard before. Takes you out of your comfort zone, that's for sure.
The singer is like a grown man who is as scared as a baby. Perhaps he is remembering ugly moments in his life. The most haunting moment perhaps is on 'Just A Little Boy' when he sings "I need love" which is followed by laughter, that particular track reminds me a little of David Lynch's music.
For me, disc 2 is weaker, although the final track was pretty stirring. I wish he didn't end several of the tracks with thrash-metal. A bit overlong(was disc 2 necessary?), my ranking is mainly in acknowledgement of the extraordinary opening 27 minutes of disc 1.
Favorite tracks: Just A Little Boy (For Chester Burnett), A Little God In My Hands, Screen Shot







11.)
Love Letters by Metronomy
Thoughts: I didn't think it was that good on first listen. I was wrong. Really improves on repeat spins. I liked the variation in the instrumentation from track-to-track. Especially the first half of the album impressed me.
I'm pretty certain Aquarius (Let the Sunshine in) by The Fifth Dimension was an influence.
Favorite tracks: The Upsetter, I'm Aquarius, Love Letters, Monstrous







10.)
Too True by Dum Dum Girls
Thoughts: Thanks to Steven at Surrender To The Void for the recommendation. An impressive album that I completely overlooked, full of powerful tracks. While some of the lyrics are a bit repetitive, you sort of forgive that, because the sound is so well-produced. Has been talked of as a career pinnacle for the band.
Favorite tracks: Cult of Love, Lost Boys And Girls Club, Too True To Be Good, Rimbaud Eyes






9.)
St. Vincent by St. Vincent 
Thoughts: The bizarre album artwork pays homage to a favorite film of hers, The Holy Mountain (1973), directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
I didn’t love every song, but definitely an interesting album, with lots of variation. As Stereogum wrote, a reminder that experimental music and pop music don't have to be mutually exclusive. An album I’ll be going back to.
Favorite tracks: Digital Witness, Prince Johnny, Every Tear Disappears, Psycopath, Severed Cross Fingers, I Prefer Your Love, Rattlesnake







8.)
G I R L by Pharrell Williams 
Thoughts: Not as great as 2013's Random Access Memories. Still, there are a number of catchy tunes. As a critic wrote: "it's a lot better than most crap on the pop radio nowadays". "Happy" is a contender for best song of the year.
Favorite tracks:  Happy, Marilyn Monroe, It Girl, Gust of Wind feat. Daft Punk







7.)
Salad Days by Mac Demarco
Thoughts: An artist I was not familiar with, and had no expectations for. The album is quite addictive, and at only 30 minutes, a quick listen. Apparently his previous output is supposed to be just as good or even better, so I'll be seeking that out. I don't know if the tracks work individually, as a full length listen the record works really well.






6.)
Hot Dreams by Timber Timbre
Thoughts: An album with few weaknesses that I don't get bored of. I don't skip over any of the tracks. Has been described as the bands strongest album to date. Atmospheric, brooding sound. To do the album justice, you really have to listen to the whole thing in its entirety. If you're looking for big hits, you'll be disappointed. What you get is a very cohesive set of tracks. Like a companion piece to the 2012 album All Hell by Daughn Gibson.
Favorite tracks: Hot Dreams, The New Tomorrow, Run from Me, Curtains,







5.)
Benji by Sun Kil Moon
Thoughts: Who says albums have to be listened to over and over? Sometimes an album arrives that you listen to once, just like a movie or a book, and that experience stays with you for life.
While it’s quite a morbid affair, about death and sadness, it is interesting how the singer created a family history, by having songs about his relationships to his mother, father, grandma, uncle, aunt, second cousin, neighbors. He documents girlfriends and pop culture he remembers from his youth, and life on the road as a musician. You really do feel you get to know the guy, because he's so candid, and there's no apparent filter in his musings. Sort of like reading his diary entries.
For what it lacks in variation in terms of instrumentation, it makes up for with relatable, vulnerable and heartfelt writing. Boy was it powerful and moving. Not something I’d listen to often though.
The title is a reference to the movie Benji (1974), which he explains in lyrics he saw in theatres.
Favorite tracks: Ben's My Friend, I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love, Pray for Newtown, I Watched the Film The Song Remains the Same, Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes







4.)
Luminous by The Horrors
Thoughts: An album I was underwhelmed by on first listen. It took a bit of time to get into the music, I feel the record holds up to repeat plays. Tough to pinpoint what genre the music is, has been described as dreamy synth-goth/pop. I like the production and layers of sound
Favorite tracks: So Now You Know, I See You, In And Out Of Sight, Chasing Shadows, First Days Of Spring







3.)
Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
Thoughts: When people look back at the 2010s, I think Lana Del Rey will be remembered. I just can’t connect emotionally with many of today’s female pop artists such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna, Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys. I’m slowly warming to Lorde and Ellie Goulding. Lana Del Rey is my favorite to listen to of these female singers.
Took a few spins to get into her latest. Not as instantly catchy as her previous album Born to Die, but it gets better on each listen.
I enjoyed about 2/3 of Ultraviolence. "Old Money" sounds like a sequel to "Young and Beautiful"(a song from Great Gatsby soundtrack which I’m surprising she didn’t include here)
Tough to know which are real or made up situations on the album, I don’t think it matters, it’s just art/music.
On tracks like "Money Power Glory" and "Fucked My Way Up to the Top" I didn’t care for the seemingly disreputable messages she is communicating, even if the music sounds alright. Some would say Lana Del Rey isn't condoning a situation, but simply describing one.
"I was in more of a sardonic mood," she says of writing "Money Power Glory". "Like, if all that I was actually going to be allowed to have by the media was money, loads of money, then fuck it …What I actually wanted was something quiet and simple: a writer's community and respect." (quote from The Guardian)
I feel the lyrics are the weakest element of her music. That said, I think she has a talent for creating pop hooks, and the album has many highlights.
Favorite tracks: West Coast, Shades of Cool, Brooklyn Baby, Pretty When I Cry, Cruel World, Old Money, The Other Woman.





2.)
American Hustle by Various Artists
Thoughts: Technically from 2013, according to amazon released December 24th. Terrific soundtrack of 70s music. A Horse With No Name by America, played in the opening scene when he adjusts his hair. Other favorites are, I Feel Love by Donna Summer from the disco scene, and 10538 Ovature by the Electric Light Orchestra, when they walk out of the plane. Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin is good too. And I haven't even mentioned Live and Let Die, which is possibly the best song Wings ever created.






1.)
Lost In The Dream by War on Drugs
Thoughts: An early contender for best album of the year. Probably the band’s finest collection of songs. Has been described by a critic as a springtime record-in how full of life it is.
The album's title refers to a broken America, but it could just as easily describe the immersive qualities of the hazy, dreamlike music, which you can get lost in.
Under the Pressure, what an epic opener, with a terrific beat.
Favorite tracks: Under The Pressure, Red Eyes, Disappearing, Eyes To The Wind, The Haunting Idle, Burning



Honorable mentions:
Sun Structures by Temples
Blank Project by Neneh Cherry
Morning Phase by Beck
Lazaretto by Jack White
Turn Blue by The Black Keys
In Conflict by Owen Pallett
Caustic Love by Paolo Nutini
48:13 by Kasabian


Which are your favorite albums of 2014? Agree or disagree? As always, comments are welcome

2014 tracks I'm listening to (2 of 2)








Treat by Kasabian (love the chorus: “everybody knows, I work it like a treat”)
Glass by Kasabian (the spoken word last section of the song hit me in a "Trainspotting choose life" kind of way)

Fuckers by Savages (Kind of a female Joy Division. Opening 4 min wow, the rest is just...noise)

Hunger of the Pine by Alt-J (what is this I'm listening to? Really odd and captivating )

Guilty All The Same (feat. Rakim) by Linkin Park (Only track I enjoyed on album. I like the guitar riff )

Take Me To Church by Sinead O'Connor (She has a lot on her mind, the lyrics are dense)

Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix) by Coldplay (I prefer the remix. From new album the opening track Always In My Head is quite haunting)

Palace by The Antlers (A melancholy album, featuring a storyline about abusive relationships and loss. Silberman has stated that the album is mostly auto-biographical. The LP as a whole was underwhelming and too samey, and especially the saxophone is overused on too many tracks )

The Dancer Disappears by Dean Wareham (I remember enjoying his collaborations with Britta Phillips, this was the most memorable track on new solo album)

Turn Blue by The Black Keys ("I got to stay on track just like Pops told me to")

I'm Less Here by Mazzy Star (new single, the guitar play is what stands out to me)

Trouble’s Lament by Tori Amos

Past Life by Lost in the Trees

Natural Harp Monitor  by Bradford Cox of Deerhunter/Atlas Sound (As if you are swimming with a whale underwater)





Agree or disagree? Heard any of this new music yet? What are you listening to, old or new? As always, comments are welcome

2014 Blind Spot series: Malcolm X (1992)







I went in knowing next to nothing about the man Malcolm X (1925–1965). Based on Alex Haley's and Malcolm X's "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" (1965), what we get is a period film about the ups and downs of his life. A history lesson about key moments that shaped his character.
In fact director Spike Lee urged kids to cut school to see his movie, believing that "X" provides just as much (or more) education.
The name 'Malcolm X' was a rejection of the 'Little' surname (given his family by white slave owners). The X representing the unknown name of his African ancestors and their culture that had been lost during slavery.
To his admirers "X" was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence.

The film had me from the first frame, when we listen to "X" talk about injustice with the American flag burning up in the background.
Great performance by Denzel Washington, when you watch archive clips of the real Malcolm X, you realize how spot on especially Washington's voice is. Also great direction by Spike Lee, a truly epic film, and despite its over 3 hours long, I was never bored.






The only minor complaint is the music that plays over the dialogue scenes, so it can be hard to hear every word. Even though I disagree with "X's"  religious beliefs and thoughts on the separation of the black and whites, it’s still an entertaining and enlightening film. A complex and flawed man, who kept changing, which makes it tough to pin him down. I'd admit it's human to keep evolving as a person, so I don't see anything wrong with his transformation. In a way brave to change and have the courage to see things differently, especially as others could doubt him in those moments. You could argue his story is about living a full life by being open to change. How that attitude is inspirational and a learning curve, yet can also cause self-doubt and conflict.
Perhaps Malcolm X's message was too vague anf controversial for him to achieve the global respect that Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela both did, their non-violent and anti-apartheid positions are far easier to fathom. In the case of Malcolm X, you have to research to comprehend where he stands, and the film is a good place to start. You really ought to watch Spike Lee's movie several times, since there's plenty to digest on first viewing, both history and cinematic flourishes. I'm tempted to watch the 1972 documentary narrated by James Earl Jones, to learn even more.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Denzel Washington for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Costume Design.
The original director was going to be Norman Jewison. He withdrew due to outside pressure demanding a black film-maker.
Malcolm X (1992) was the first non-documentary film that was given permission to film in Mecca. The film's 2nd unit filmed all the scenes at Mecca. Spike Lee did not accompany them because he is not a Muslim; only Muslims are allowed to enter Mecca.


Rating 9/10

Agree or disagree? Have you seen Malcolm X or other Spike Lee films? Are you a fan of his style? 

2014 tracks I'm listening to (1 of 2)







Strange Weather by Anna Calvi and David Byrne (Keren Ann cover)

Saturn Song by Beach House

Future Husbands Past Lives by White Sea (Morgan Kibby from M83)

Carnival Ghost by Sacco (If only the rest of the album was this good)

My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit (The single, I like the orchestral production, and probably the catchiest tune from album. On 2014's Stay Gold, the opening 3-4 tracks are the strongest for me)

Tomorrow by The Roots

Frontin' by Pharrell ft. Jay Z (Disclosure Re-Work)

Feels Like We Only Go Backwards by Arctic Monkeys (Tame Impala cover)

Fashion feat. Janelle Monae by Paolo Nutini (Not familiar with the artist, I'm told the record is R&B/soul/funk. The epicness of the track Iron Sky also impressed me)

Drown All Your Witches by Antemasque (Reminds me of the 70s)

Every Girl by Allah-Las (2013) (Another retro song)



Agree or disagree? Heard any of this new music yet? What are you listening to, old or new? As always, comments are welcome

The Ten Most Iconic Movie Characters Blog-a-Thon






Nostra of Myfilmviews has created another blog-a-thon. The idea is simple:


A list of 10 iconic movie characters has been made. That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think it should not be on the list) and replace it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger. After you have posted your update leave the link in the comments here and I will make sure it gets added to the overview post.


Steven of Surrender To The Void has passed the baton to me. The following have contributed so far:


Myfilmviews

Keith & the Movies

Flixchatter

A Fistful of Films

The Movie Scrutineer

Cinematic Corner

And So It Begins...

The Cinematic Spectacle

Rambling Film

Reel Talk

Defiant Success

Being Norma Jeane

Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions

Film Flare

Girl Meets Cinema

Big Screen Small Words

Films and Coke

Two Dollar Cinema

Dell on Movies

Surrender To The Void

Movies and Songs 365




Darth Vader



Ellen Ripley



James Bond



Jack Torrance



Indiana Jones



E.T.



Harry Potter



Batman



The Man With No Name






Who I'm adding:


"Godfather" Don Vito Corleone

From what I can tell, no gangster bosses have featured. So if we’re talking inclusion of all genres over the course of the relay race, who better to choose than the great Marlon Brando, in his Oscar-winning performance as "Godfather" Don Vito Corleone, in which he utters the iconic movie quote “I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse”. I can’t think of a gangster film that has been praised (and parodied) more than The Godfather (1972). The character is epecially memorable for the way he speaks, with cotton balls in his mouth. Even those who know little about movies have heard of that movie and that character.




Who I'm removing:


Jason Voorhees

Horror is already represented with The Shining (1980) and Jack Nicholson's iconic character. I haven't seen the Friday The 13th franchise except the first film, in which Jason doesn't have the mask. Wearing a hockey mask doesn't ask a lot from the actor, so that counts against him. Probably I'm being unfair, since I didn't watch the sequels. Granted Jason is known among those who never watched Friday The 13th franchise. But I would say Freddy Krueger is just as iconic, if not more so, in terms of his appearance. Sorry to TwoDollarCinema!



I had fun taking part, and now I pass the baton to Eric at The Warning Sign

Film review: Wendy and Lucy (2008)





This post is written to coincide with the Alaska-thon hosted by Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions.
Kelly Reichardt’s films are slow, moving at the pace of real life, and may not appeal to those wanting fast-paced storytelling. The director could probably be described as an auteur, since her films have a particular style. Wendy (played by Michelle Williams) is a young woman in a precarious situation who travels with her dog Lucy, we follow them for a few days. If you read the premise, it wouldn’t sound that interesting. Wendy’s background is fairly vague. She has family she calls on the phone who seem a bit indifferent towards her movements. We don’t know the full facts, though it is hinted at that it’s her sister and husband.




Some will say there's just not quite enough here for 80s minutes, I disagree. Michelle Williams’ performance captures a desperation and solitariness, which few films are able to realistically depict. We see authentic, minimalistic situations, nothing flashy, of someone struggling to get by with very little money. There’s a careful restraint to the dialogue, Wendy is a pensive character who spends a lot of time on her own, yet there’s a feeling she wants to reach out to those around her. You sense there’s turmoil in her life, most of which is not revealed to us. I would describe it as contemplative cinema, keeps you guessing as to the reason for her trip. Why is she by herself, living in a car, and wanting to go to Alaska. Is she running away from something? Perhaps she is tired of city life and wants to see another part of the United States. Perhaps she is comfortable just being on her own and prefers to be left alone with her dog. Perhaps she wants a fresh start. Perhaps her struggles are a character builder in the long run. All these questions and more went through my head while watching. Wendy is a multilayered complex person, just like real people are. If you connect with the movie, she is a character that gets under your skin and is easy to have compassion for, even though she makes questionable decisions. There’s something timeless and old-fashioned about the story.




Based on the short story Train Choir by Jon Raymond. An interpretation of the film is how difficult it can be to find a foothold in society, if you don’t have a support system, don’t have a job, don’t have money. In a broader sense, you could say the film is a political critique of the circumstances for a number of homeless Americans, and a reminder that these people are out there, and need help. The film brilliantly portrays how homeless people stubbornly attempt to get by, their troubles are not always noticeable, because they keep to themselves, nor is it easy to know if someone wants a helping hand, if they’re fiercely independent.
Has been compared to Vittorio De Sica's Italian neo-realist classic Umberto D (1952), which also revealed societal ills through a poignant dog-owner relationship. Wendy and Lucy was placed at 87 on Slant Magazine's best films of the 2000s.

Thanks for reading. Have you watched Wendy and Lucy? What did you think? Agree or disagree? As always, comments are welcome. Be sure to participate in the Alaska-thon yourself hosted by Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions

Top 10 songs by Kate Bush






1.) Deeper Understanding (From 1989’s The Sensual World)
2.) Wuthering Heights (From 1978’s The Kick Inside)
3.) This Woman’s Work (From 2011’s Directors Cut)
4.) Running Up That Hill (From 1985’s Hounds of Love) 
5.) The Sensual World (From 1989’s The Sensual World)
6.) The Man with the Child in His Eyes (From 1978’s The Kick Inside)
7.) Never Be Mine (From 1989’s The Sensual World)
8.) There Goes a Tenner (From 1982’s The Dreaming)
9.) Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel (feat. Kate Bush) (From 1986’s So)
10.) The Dreaming (From 1982’s The Dreaming)


Just missed out:
Moving (From 1978’s The Kick Inside)
Oh To Be In Love (From 1978’s The Kick Inside)
Don't Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake (From 1978’s Lionheart)
Wow (From 1978’s Lionheart)
Delius (Song of Summer) (From 1980’s Never For Ever)
Breathing (From 1980’s Never For Ever)
Babooshka (From 1980’s Never For Ever)
Army Dreamers (From 1980’s Never For Ever)
Get Out Of My House (From 1982’s The Dreaming)
Sat in Your Lap (From 1982’s The Dreaming)
Pull Out the Pin (From 1982’s The Dreaming)
Hello Earth (From 1985’s Hounds of Love)
Cloudbusting (From 1985’s Hounds of Love)
Hounds of Love (From 1985’s Hounds of Love)
The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix) (From 1985’s Hounds of Love)
And Dream Of Sheep (From 1985's Hounds of Love)
Experiment IV (From 1986's The Whole Story)
Love and Anger (From 1989’s The Sensual World)
And So Is Love (From 1993’s The Red Shoes)
You're The One (From 1993’s The Red Shoes)
King of the Mountain (From 2005’s Aerial) 
Aerial (From 2005’s Aerial)
How To Be Invisible (From 2005’s Aerial)




Any thoughts on my list? Agree or disagree? Did I miss anything by Kate Bush you love? In case you missed it, I ranked her studio albums here.

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