Factory Restore To Default Settings

Perfect Wife? Perfect Life?
Perfect Wife? Perfect Life?

Just like restoring your computer to default settings, I think you can do the same for your spouse. Only makes sense, right?

Movies in the 70's really knew how to keep you on the edge of your seat and interested in the plot, even if it was a bit abstract. I was trying to figure out who Charmaine(the red in the photo is) and when I looked it up it said Tina Louise from Gilligan's Island. I really didn't think any of them ever really acted again. Oh, it also has a young Mary Stuart Masterson in it(which I had already known) but I think the original is better than the remake with Nicole Kidman.

Despite having the same plot, I think that the cinematography, the crafting of the story without giving too many details all at once and the fact that it was really different for the 70's makes it a little more interesting to me. I'm not a huge fan of remake movies anyways because I think it's really hard to capture the really essence of the story.

The film didn't do much in terms of success at the box office becoming more of a cult classic but I think it's because people were rather afraid of what the film was saying. The women of Stepford are transformed into these almost android-like women who were typical Freudian women. All of the women were successful in smart in their own right but the men of Stepford who would rather pool their talents to create wives that are lack luster in personality, lack career ambition and cleanse house for what seems like 24 hours a day was you see a lot of in this movie. Looking back, you notice that there are 3 Stages to the Creation: Stage 1. The Men's Association comes to your house and draws you. Stage 2. Someone comes to record your "dialect", which is basically recording your speech so that you don't even know the word "Archaic" which is crazy. Stage 3. The Men's Association comes to recreate your bedroom  when you go away for your "Honeymoon Weekend!"

The question heard around the world is in the last 14 minutes of the film, in which Joanna realizes that she's going to have to allow the change. "Why?" she says in a terrified way and now this is when the movies pick up the 70's Horror film genre clichés such as music, running around a house in which you can't escape and Diz replies "Why? Because we can." Who would want that kind of existence?

Funny thing about the movie, is at the end when the women are walking around the supermarket in their pinafore dresses, brimmed hats and breathy voices, you see the black family that caused a stir when they moved to town. At the end of the movie during the credits, you see the husband pick up Joanna from the grocery store. The symbolism in the movie is deep, I didn't feel that when I saw the Nicole Kidman version, I just thought "Wow. I can't stand Bette Midler!"

Todrick Hall’s Cinderonce

This is actually really cute. Cinderella, well, actually her name is now Cinderonce. Todrick Hall, who brought us the Mean Gurlz, reworked Cinderella to a soundtrack of Beyonce songs.

This was enjoyable, despite the Shangela appearance. Can’t stand her but that’s another story….

Here’s the Mean Gurlz

A New Way To Watch Films

I actually watch a lot of indie and foreign films. There’s a part of me that’s super intelligent. Independent films are either really raw in nature, this element that you don’t have in regular Hollywood blockbusters or they have this pristine quality that mesmerize you. Foreign films, I love because there’s a lot of drama, suspense and it just keeps you intrigued.

I actually used to love watching the Bollywood movies that would come on Saturday mornings on the Spanish channel. If you haven’t watched a Bollywood movie, you absolutely need to. The singing, the dancing, the content, it all is spectacular.

I’m a bit of a geek(I know, right?) and I love to research the internet. Aside from the Sundance Channel and the IFC there is almost no way to find indie films unless you go to the theaters all the time. So I was really happy when I stumbled across Indieflix.

Indieflix is a great resource for those who love indie films. Created by filmmakers who have submitted works to festivals around the world, I find that the site really does showcase a variety. At $6.99 a month it really is such a deal, you’ll be able to view everything from documentaries, short films, full length films, vintage and more. I’m glad that I can finally watch movies that I want to watch without having to leave my home.

What are some of your favorite indie or foreign films?

Ginger and Cinnamon is one of my favorite foreign films. Check it out. Cute story takes place in Italy and Greece.

He Went From Totally Geek To Totally Chic…….

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Another one of my favorite movies is the ’80s flick “Can’t Buy Me Love” staring Amanda Petersen and Patrick Dempsey. Remember that singer Gerardo(Rico Suave), Amy Dolenz(her daddy was a Monkee) and we get to meet a young Seth Green(remember he’s like 10) but anyways…..

We'll call him Seth Green.....
We’ll call him Seth Green…..

 

The premise of the movie is about this boy Ronald Miller(Dempsey) who plays this geeky lawn mower who is progressing into senior year of high school. We can assume he’s “Never Been Kissed” unless it was at band camp one summer. The hottest girl in school is Cindy Mancini(Petersen) and this is why she is the “End All Be All”

  • Captain of the Cheerleaders
  • Blonde(duh), Volkswagon Cabriolet(believe me I wanted one)
  • Boyfriend who goes to some school but he was the Captain of the Football Team,
  • Brunette friends(that aren’t as hot as she is but that’s subjective)
  • A mom that lets her go back to school shopping at Neiman Marcus and countless other reasons why she is so “It Girl”
  • Lots of other reasons too
The best leathers come from Rome, Paris and Des Moines
The best leathers come from Rome, Paris and Des Moines

Cindy wants to impress people at a party, she takes her mothers suede outfit(fringe sleeves and all) and this jerk spills Merlot all down the front of it! Uh oh! Before her mother finds out Cindy has to rush to the mall to bring the dress to the cleaners or buy a new outfit. Cheerleaders especially in the 80s never had an afterschool job, so it’s pretty obvious that homegirl didn’t have any money right. Well Ronald Miller spent his summer mowing lawns and has $1000 to drop for her mistake…..under one condition…

 

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So they spend a month pretending that they are  this couple. Cindy falls for the dweeb and then they break up. He lets popularity go to his head, and dates Patty and the other brunette(forgot her name, she looked like a chipmunk) he even gets to date Iris(She’s like Greyhound) and well it goes down and he is a social pariah. Did I mention he threw a bag of dog excrement on his friends Kenneth’s house on halloween? Well he did! Then Cindy calls him out on New Years Eve and he spends the rest of senior year basically a social outcast…”Transfer to Jefferson. Transfer to Washington. Nobody at Westerberg is going to play your reindeer games”

This movie didn’t spawn any careers whatsoever but it’s memorable. Paula Abdul did the Choreography. Nobody knows what happened to Cindy Mancini either……….

Incase you were wondering what Cindy Mancini looked like now....
Incase you were wondering what Cindy Mancini looked like now….