Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pop Culture Tuesdays: Happy Anniversary Labyrinth!

Labyrinth

This film was made of pre-adolescent daydreams, some fairy dust, and a dash of rock godliness. That's what happens when you bring Jim Henson together with David Bowie. Dance magic, dance.

And that is how I felt when I first watched this film so many years ago. I felt like magic was dancing on the television screen. It may seem silly to some because muppets were involved but to me it was just  normal. I grew up with the magic of Jim Henson my entire life, first with Sesame Street and then with The Muppet Show.

Jim Henson really was made of some special stuff. He ignited the imaginations of children all over the world but it didn't stop with them. With Labyrinth the imagination of teens everywhere were ignited as well. The best part is that even adults can still enjoy the workings of a muppet singing and dancing and just being themselves. You can really get lost in the idea that they are real.

The story is simple. A young girl feeling lonely and tossed aside by her fathers new wife and child throws herself into the world of make believe. One fatal wish thrusts her brother into the hands of a Goblin king (Bowie) and Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) finds that she must grow up a little in order to save her brother.

Labyrinth
Labyrinth
Labyrinth
Labyrinth

Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, she finds her way out of the Goblin City with her baby brother in tow and a few new friends she made along the way.

For those of you who remember this film and want to enjoy it again in a special way, this year marks the 30th Anniversary of its release. Fathom Events is screening it nationwide here in the States in September and special Anniversary comic books are being released as well. I have the original comic that if you would like me to share one day, I'd be happy to.

I found a heap of great links for you Labyrinth die-hard fans that I hope you will enjoy. And don't forget, that you remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of vooodoo. Who do? You do? Do what? Remind me of the babe.

A Vintage Nerd Supplementary Reading:







Return to Labyrinth (Manga Books)


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Special Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: Love, Marilyn

Love Marilyn

I confess I have had this documentary on my queue for a long while. I kept debating watching it because I have read so many books on Marilyn that I felt like there is nothing new for me to learn. I was wrong.

This 2012 documentary was based on the book Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters which is a collection of MM's own personal thoughts and feelings. MM shared her most private inner reflections and wrote them in notebooks and various pieces of paper,

Love, Marilyn is a unique documentary by which a group of celebrities are reading MM's passages while photos and footage of MM are paired with it. Honestly, the reading of MM's writings took me a while to get used to. Some people were annoying to listen to but there were others seemed really invested and you can get a sense that they admired MM a great deal. I think the best part for me was hearing her words being spoken aloud and all the footage that went along with it. There were moments where I felt as though I were hearing MM saying the words herself.

The documentary felt like a love letter to Marilyn. It felt like and ode to her and who she really was and who she was trying to be.

Marilyn Monroe
Love Marilyn Documentary
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

She was an ordinary girl who felt like she deserved an extraordinary life. Her passions were acting and discovering who she was. There is no denying that she used her body to play the Hollywood game and to get ahead in the industry but there is also no denying that she wanted to be more than just that. She delved into herself over and over again and everyday she continued to try to really learn who she was. One can really admire a person who strives to be better.

Her physical beauty usually blinds most people into just focusing on her body, her sexual exploits, her roles as sex pots rather taking the time to notice that there was so much more behind that smile than she let on.

When I was 15 my uncle asking me why I liked MM so much, I told him that to me she was this innocent and vulnerable person who struggled to keep all the parts of herself balanced. He was surprised to hear that because of course he focused on her beauty and her scandals.

After watching this documentary and hearing her own written words being spoken out loud I felt proud that I always tried to look deeper and beyond the dazzle of the movie star that she undoubtedly was. I think everyone deserves that. To have someone look behind the glitter and the glam of what one projects.

I walked away from this documentary enlightened and simply wowed. I really hope that you decide to give it a go. Don't wait as long as I did. I am so glad I finally decided to watch it. It was incredibly moving and insightful.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Lovely Five Years as a Blogger

A Vintage Nerd

I want to apologize to you, my dear readers. I planned on giving you all a few posts a week but alas between a wonky wi-fi connector and a slight illness I have I seem to not have been able to write the way I wanted to. Frankly, the way I need to.

But thankfully I am here now. I want to share with you that just a few days ago on July 12th, I celebrated five years as a vintage blogger!This is a huge milestone for any blogger. Although it has been a struggle to keep creative and maintain my blog, I love it so much that it has become like another child to me.

Being a mother and balancing home life with the challenges with my disability has tough. I won't sugar coat it. Its overwhelming more than it isn't but being able to be creative with my writing, to learn more about the vintage world, and to immerse myself into this wonderful community we are all a part of has been worth it.

I started out humbly on another blog which I later renamed Bunny's Victory. And now I am here at A Vintage Nerd blog and this is exactly where I was always meant to be. Although I have learned so much in the past five years, there is still so much to learn. And as much as I love where I am as a blogger, I know there is still so much more out there waiting for me to explore and learn about. I cannot help but feel excited and thrilled about these five years and about the years of blogging to come!

Being a blogger has meant more to me than I ever imagined it could. I never knew in the midst of everyday life how important and vital it has become for me to write, publish, and learn. Most importantly it has allowed me to step outside my mommyzone and try things I would have never thought of trying before. Being a blogger has reminded me how important it is to take care of yourself, how important it is to try new things, to not be afraid of making your dreams come true or daring to dream of things you never would have thought of dreaming of before.

I have met some incredible people, forged special friendships, traveled, done photo shoots, and became a published writer (nonblog) just to name a few. Typically people celebrate their blogs milestones with something spectacular. I wasn't able to blow up balloons or throw confetti in the air but I did dress up recently and I thought I'd like to share it with you.

If you have been with me from the beginning you know how much I have grown in my style and hopefully watched me grow a bit more confidante as well. Many of us worry about what others will think or say when we dress in our vintage best. I am hear to tell you that there is nothing better than owning who you are and embracing your own personal style.

Kate Spade
Vintage Girl
Fashionista
Erswilder Brooch
Kate Spade Lovely Hat
avintagenerd

I hope you stick around A Vintage Nerd blog a little longer because there are some amazing things that are going to be happening here in the near future. I want to thank all of you for sticking by me through thick and thin and for always believing in me. I wouldn't be able to do what I love to do without all of you. Thank you!
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