Month: June 2020

kylie minogue, cheryl, katy b

Diamond, Babe

My end of the year mixtape for 2015, featuring the top 15 tracks I played incessantly over the year. Play (featuring Sampha) by Katy BLes Sex by Kylie MinogueI Don't Care by CherylFavorite (featuring Jeremih) by Nicki MinajThis Side of Paradise (Lost Kings Remix) by Hayley KiyokoThrowback by CherylNo Problem…

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faye dunaway as bonnie parker, warren beatty as clyde barrow

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people.

Bonnie and Clyde is a solid, character-driven film that holds up well after 50 years. They easily could’ve made a picture focusing solely on the action, but it was led by these larger-than-life characters. I felt Beatty and Dunaway had great chemistry.

There were a lot of women from that era (Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Tuesday Weld, Ann-Margret, Leslie Caron, Carol Lynley, Sue Lyon, Cher, Natalie Wood) who probably would’ve interpreted Bonnie much differently from Dunaway. Beatty was a good choice and the reason why MacLaine missed out. Their supporting cast was perfect: built like a tank Gene Hackman, diminutive Michael J. Pollard, silly Gene Wilder (in his first movie), and shrill Estelle Parsons (who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the film).

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Photo by Spencer Imbrock on Unsplash

jazz baby

What’s 16,000 feet below sea level? I don’t know, but I bet educated scientists could tell you for me. Locked up in the dreamy, intoxicating mind that is my own, I imagine mermaids and all their sea-breathing friends playing under the sea and I wonder when we’re gonna stop exploring space and investigate the sea. The wide-open sea that connects us all together, the same salty carrier that parts lovers and separates families. The wide-open sea that holds the element that brings life. Bring it all to me, let me feel the energy.

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gary oldman as sirius black

Sirius, We Hardly Knew Thee

Dear Mr. Sirius Black,

This is it, I guess. This is farewell, goodbye, adieu. I’m ready to let you go now.

I wept like a baby when I saw the image of you in my head fall behind the veil at the Department of Mysteries in Order of the Phoenix. I swear. Little tears squeaked out from the corners of my eyes as I saw you fall. You were so close and yet so far away. I wanted to leap into the pages and rescue you myself. I couldn’t believe Jo would do that to me (okay, everyone who read that passage and were outraged at your death). It was exciting and earth-shattering to see you fight so valiantly against Bellatrix, but to fade away like that hurt me like a dagger in the back.

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