Ideas for Indie Movie Titles & Plots: Day 28

It's Day 28 of the Idea Machine Project. Today's topic: Come up with 10 ideas for indie movies. I think my ideas are pretty awesome—I should start writing the treatments tonight. Actually, back in the 1990s, I wrote a screenplay that received positive notes from a couple of industry readers with solid credentials, but I gave up trying to sell it and moved on. Hmm....Perhaps I should return … [Read more...]

010 Shinecast: Farm Update & The Wildwood Ruminators

Episode 010 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features live music from The Wildwood Ruminators, a newish band from the Shoals area of Northwest Alabama. You also hear an update about what's growing at Shine Springs Farm and more on Koda. A new stray dog—a yellow Lab, maybe full-blooded—has arrived at the farm and it looks like he'll get a forever home. My dad came up with Shine as his name. … [Read more...]

Reflections on “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

To cap off my day, I decided on the spur of the moment to see the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It came to me highly recommended by a good friend who sent an email filled with high praise for the film, and a link to his blog post. As a film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is extremely well-done. Jiro is an inspirational figure—a perfectionist who finds joy in his work and wants nothing more than to … [Read more...]

Lessons From David Copperfield

Last night I watched MGM's 1935 version of David Copperfield on Turner Classic Movies. We can glean more than a few "life lessons" from the characters, as is typical of Dickens and much literature that stands the test of time. Here a few quotes from the film and book for today's Monday Motivator post: "Never be mean in anything, never be false, never be cruel." David's aunt, Miss Betsey … [Read more...]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Preview)

I'm excited that I'll finally be able to attend the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an annual event of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Alabama Environmental Council. I'm thinking my favorites will be Water Loving Doggies, Rosa & A GASP for Clean Air. You can see a complete list of films here and buy tickets here. Trailer for A GASP for Clean Air:   … [Read more...]

Sunday Sign: Roxy Theatre, Russellville, Alabama

This week's Sunday Sign celebrates the Roxy Theatre in Russellville, Alabama: The earliest movies I can remember seeing in a theatre are Georgy Girl and Bonnie & Clyde. My parents took me with them to see those movies when I was about 4 or 5 years old. Neither film is what you'd call a "kids flick." I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who can say they saw both of those films at a theatre as … [Read more...]

I’ve Always Loved Lucille Ball

Today is the 100th birthday of Lucille Ball, the iconic comedy legend. I've loved Lucy for as long as I can remember, although I'm pretty sure my introduction began with the earliest incarnation of The Lucy Show, rather than I Love Lucy.  I was a kid in the days before multichannel cable TV, so I grew up with three network affiliates and a PBS station. We lived in the country where the 12-33 … [Read more...]

Jane Russell Obituary in The Economist

Before reading this obituary in The Economist, the only thing I really knew about Jane Russell is that she pitched the "Jane Russell 18-Hour Bra" on TV when I was growing up and that she was a top pin-up girl in World War II. Over the weekend, I was skimming through a few issues of The Economist that I'd not had to time to really look at earlier this year and ran across The Economist's … [Read more...]

My memories of Lynn Redgrave

I’m not much inclined to follow the daily doings of celebrities but there are a few who, for varying reasons, hold a special place in my life. Lynn Redgrave was one such person. The announcement of Lynn Redgrave’s death on May 2, 2010 took me by surprise and left me with a melancholy that lingered for several days. I had intended to write this post immediately after I learned of her death but … [Read more...]