Saturday, November 29, 2008

the big kahuna

today the sun was shinning in montana de oro like any other day.glistening , beautiful sunshine illuminating the humongous waves rolling in one after god they were awe inspiring . i dont think i have ever seen waves quite that large before they must have been 25-30 feet tall.the barrells crashing and booming against the rocks was so dramatic like a old movie about heartache and mystery ,while children played on the shore oblivious to the monsters waiting off shore.there was a lone surfer out, a pro with two jet skis to pull him in to the waves face as he slips along effortlessly .hauling ass , carving back and forth making it look so fun and easy slipping up and over the wave to be picked up by one of the jet ski's .this ocean of ours is so enticing its no wonder i dream of it so much .

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Movies Hawaiin style

Aloha friends , I am currently chill-laxing on the beautiful island of Kauai in a fabulous little house nestled in the hills of Kapaa.So I thought I would list a few great movies that were filmed in Hawaii so here it goes...

South Pacific - 1951 a classic movie must see

Hawaii - 1966 a Julie Andrews movie about the missionaries bringing shame to beautiful bare breasted islanders

Joe vs. the Volcanoe - 1990 Tom Hanks , Meg Ryan at their best a comedy you shouldnt miss

Picture Bride - 1995 a slow great cinematic unlikely love affair set on the north shore of Oahu

50 first Dates - 2003 Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in a cute romatic comedy

Tropic Thunder - 2008 Ben Stiller and a great caste including a unlikely Tom Cruise is a hilarious movie filmed on Kauai

Monday, June 30, 2008

film noir and just plain classics

when i am in a creative slump and dont know how to draw my way out of a paper bag , i turn to movies to inspire me . the contrasts of black and white classics like vertigo , and casablanca always invoke my artistic intentions .here are a few classics films you must see

Rebecca , is a classic movie from 1940 directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Breakfast at Tiffany's , Audrey Hepburn is cooler than cool in this 1961 Blake Edwards movie

The Maltese Falcon , Humphrey Bogart 1941 John Huston

Dark Passage , with Humphrey Bogart again and Lauren Bacall 1947 a Delmer Daves movie

Harvey , James Stewart 1950 a mystical movies of pookah's (large rabbits)

Cape Fear , Robert Mitchum and Greggory Peck fight it out in this classic thriller from 1962

The Night of the Hunter , Robert Mitchum again in a creepy movie with Shelly Winter 1955

Don't Bother to Knock , with Marilyn Monroe from 1952 with Anne Bancroft a must watch

Niagra , with Marilyn Monroe a murder scheme unravels in this classic tale of deceit 1953

Sabrina , Audrey Hepburn 1954 girl likes boy , boy doesnt notice girl , girl becomes woman

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Angela Carter

Angela Carter is one of my favorite british authors , she died of cancer in 1992 and was said to be good friends with other one of my favorite writers Salman Rushdie who wrote The Satanic Verses . Her books are well thought out fantastical tales of deceit , love and sometimes savages in victorian post apocalyptic nightmares.If you love to daydream you will love Angela Carter , here are my favorites.....good luck finding her in the bookstore,its been a treasure hunt over the years I have discovered her in book shops from Oahu to Seattle and San Francisco and San Luis Obispo.The hunt is still on.

Nights of the Circus
Wise Children
Heroes and Villians
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
The Passion of New Eve
Several Perceptions
Burning your Boats the collected short stories
Saints and Strangers
The Bloody Chamber

Sunday, June 1, 2008

show me the blood horror , action , thrillers

shoot 'em up
escape from new york / escape from L.A.
kill bill I.II
natural born killers
30 days of nights
death proof
I'll sleep when I'm dead
fight club
the invasion
shaun of the dead
evil dead
dawn of the dead
the orphanage
the devils backbone
do you like hitchcock?
lost highway
mulholland dr.
inland empire
I am legend
28 days
the constant gardener
the third man
to catch a theif
the others
high tension
the descent
sleepy hollow
sweeney todd
the shinning
the exorcist
resident evil
final destination one and two
lady in white
nightmare on elm st.
candy man
the serpent and the rainbow
texas chainsaw massacre the beginning
rosemarys baby
eyes wide shut
night watch
3;10 to yuma
the island
sleep away camp
they live
cemetery man
american psycho

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

very funny flicks

hilarious comedies to live by ( if your a goofball like me )

stuck on you
female trouble ( a john waters movie , also... )
desperate living
a dirty shame
cecil b. demented
serial mom
happy texas
drop dead gorgeous
mean girls
stranger than fiction
gerald and maude
grandmas boy
club dread
knocked up
ace ventura one and two
i now pronounce you chuck and larry
so i married and axe murderer
kids in the hall brain candy ( and also kids in the hall the hilarious sketch comedy series from canada)
happy gilmore
tommy boy with chris farley one of my favorite comedians
the notorious c.h.o. and all the margaret cho movies including 'i'm the one that i want'
muriels wedding
pee wees big adventure
flight of the conchords (a showtime series , two new zealand musical comedians in new york)
psycho beach party
the party
the pink panther ( i absolutely love peter sellers )
napoleaon dynamite
nacho libre (such a great movie and jack black is phenomenal in it )
the pick of destiny
extras season one and two ( from the creators of the office another freakin funny show)
eagle vs. shark
lisa lampanelli take it like a man ( stand up female comedian raunchier than most men)
zack galfanakis live
the league of gentlemen ( a bizarre british catastrophe of a show , so weird but so good)
walk hard the dewey cox story
the big lebowsky
me myself and irene
raising arizona
intolerable cruelty
the brothers solomon

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

early girlhood is so much fun with.....

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Anne of Green Gables and the Anne of Avonlea Series by Lucy Maud Montgomery/ Ramona the Pest , Ramona the Brave , Ramona Quimby age 8 by Beverly Cleary
The Hobbit and the Tolkein Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe series by C.S. Lewis
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lois Duncan teen writer extrodinare

Lois Duncan is a amazing author , she has been writing teen thriller fiction since the '50's and her spooks and themes of female empowerment and psychological deceptions are timeless.Among her most popular works are 'I know what you did last summer' and 'Stranger with my face' . Here are some other titles of fantastic psychological teen thrillers and chillers .Enjoy these sordid teen novels , I certainly did!

Debutante Hill
A gift of Magic
The Middle Sister
Daughters of Eve
Stranger with my Face
They never came home
Summer of Fear
Gallows Hill
Down a dark Hall
The third eye
Locked in Time
The twisted window
I know what you did last summer
I still know what you did last summer

and also the sad true story 'Who killed my daughter?' about the true murder of Lois Duncans daughter and her search for the killer