An assortment of things

Want to know the most beautiful miniseries I’ve seen in quite some time? Over The Garden Wall. Everything about it is completely charming! From the songs, story, animation, and characters. I am so in love and really hope it is released to DVD someday so we can watch it over and over again.
And in a totally unrelated direction….
The Staircase– Tom and I both were enthralled while listening to the Serial podcast and when season one was over we may have suffered from a bit of withdrawal. I read somewhere online that people who liked the podcast would be interested in this documentary series. It’s available to watch online, and there is even a follow up called The Staircase part 2: The Last Stand. We watched all of it over the course of a week.

Since I watch a lot of Netflix & Hulu when I sew, or when Tom and I are working in the studio together I would love to hear about anything new you’ve seen. Last month I watched the entire series of The Gilmore Girls (for my third time) while working on February’s Plush Of The Month club, and then Firefly this week while I worked on sample plush for possible production, so all recommendations are welcome!

Let’s all go to the movies!

Today I just wanted to share a few movies with you. A couple I have seen, or just can’t wait to see. First up a movie based on one of my most favorite books, Invisible Sign. I found this one accidentally when browsing Netflix for something to watch on instant. It actually came out back in 2009, and I was wary of Jessica Alba playing Mona. I had just seen her as the main character in Spy Kids 4, and I think she’s had too many roles where she plays something completely opposite of Mona to make this work. That being said, I still actually really enjoyed the movie. I’m glad that Mr. Jones and his wax numbers did not disappoint me, and I thought Lisa and Ann were spot on. It felt a little rushed like most books to film, but overall I liked it.
The next film is Trap For Cinderella, which I have not yet seen (was in theaters in Dec, but not around here) The first book of Sébastien Japrisot that I read was A Very Long Engagement (highly recommend the book & film both so very good) Of course after reading that I became a bit obsessed seeing what else I could find of his work that had been translated. I’ve only been able to find and read 6 of his books, but I loved them all. I’m not usually one to go for murder mystery novels, but something about the way Sébastien Japrisot could craft a story really hooked me, and kept me guessing. The film has a lot of bad reviews, but I’ll still give it a try with an open mind.
I saw Finding Vivian Maier on Mother’s Day, and really enjoyed it. When I first saw the trailer it reminded me a little of Henry Darger and the documentary In The Realms Of The Unreal (watch it, its amazing!) Henry was an amazing artist and novelist in secret, spending his time working as a janitor and then spending his free time working on his own creative world. Thats very much simplifying everything so I encourage you to check out the documentary, which is really one of the most beautifully put together documentaries I have ever seen. Ok back to Vivian Maier, she was an unknown street photographer who spent her time working as a Nanny. Her photographs and undeveloped film were discovered by John Maloof, a man in Chicago who was writing a book on the history of the city. He had been going to flea markets looking for old photos for his book…and went on to direct Finding Vivian Maier. Its a really interesting story. I was just left wanting to see more, hear more of her recordings, but I realize there would of not been a way to put all that in there. It’s very much a documentary about her as well as the John Maloof and the events that went on after he found the photos.
The last film The Lunch Box is something I keep seeing previews for on other films, and it looks so sweet and charming. If I don’t get a chance to go back to The Majestic Theater in Gettysburg and see it while it’s there, I’ll keep an eye out on Netflix for it.
Besides all these gems we also saw (and loved, but its no surprise) Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. I cannot wait for it to release to dvd so I can watch it again. I think we would need to whip up some Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat for the occasion!

watching movies

Since I’ve had so much sewing time this month (working on goods for Crafty Bastards) I’ve been watching a lot of movies on dvd & Netflix instant streaming (and sometimes the free Amazon prime streaming when I can’t find something on Netflix). I thought I’d share some favorites with you in case you have some tv/handiwork times of your own.
Harold and Maude My friend Katie first gave me a copy of this movie years ago when she couldn’t believe I had never seen it (and she happened to own two copies!) It does appear to be free to stream with Amazon Prime memberships, but it’s not on Netflix instant right now. It’s a wonderful unconventional love story!
Mermaids This title is on Netflix instant, go and watch it right away! I was on a Winona kick and realized I had never seen this film. I loved it all! The story is so cute, everyone has really fun quirks, the house interiors, clothing, and cars are all amazing. I’ll be watching it again soon.
Besides these gems I’ve re-watched some movies I’ve seen before like Heathers, Bottle Rocket, and Me and You and Everyone We Know (all on Netflix)
I have a growing list of subtitled films that I just cannot possibly watch while I sew, but I am tucking them away for a day I can kick back and do nothing but read…
Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Las Malas Intenciones – The Bad Intentions
My Scary Girl
I’d love to hear any of your suggestions, especially if you have favorites that are on Netflix or Amazon Prime streaming :)