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Another State of Mind: Social Distortion, Youth Brigade and Minor Threat

28 Dec

Another State of Mind is the 1982 documentary about the punk bands Social Distortion, Youth Brigade and Minor Threat’s tour. This movie shows how the ambitious desire to bring their music to the different punk communities throughout the country.

another state of mind

 Another State of Mind

Another State of Mind focuses in on these bands, and the communities they visit during the documentary. It some footage from the bands shows. But most importantly it shows how diverse the punk community was at the time. It shows how different individuals became involve in the punk scene. And it shows how the bands really did want to make their shows about more than money.

Unfortunately, the bands had a few lessons to learn on their trip. One being that money is a little more important than they realized.

I watched Another State of Mind several years ago. Umm, more than I would care to admit. And I liked it then, but as I watched the documentary again, I remembered the time when punk really was about an attitude you had, and not about style. It really was about marching to your own beat. And that is one of the things I liked so much about punk rock.

If you’ve never seen Another State of Mind, and you enjoy seeing what music was like back in the day, you should definitely check out this film.


My Blueberry Nights Review

22 Dec

My Blueberry Nights is a 2007 movie with a romantic storyline. The story revolves around Elizabeth who goes into a bakery after her affair comes to an end. The café owner Jeremy listens to Elizabeth’s story, and he provides her with comfort through blueberry pie. Each evening Elizabeth comes to see if your ex has come to pick the keys that were left at the diner. And each evening Jeremy informs her that he has not. Over the course of time the two develop a friendship. And then one day Elizabeth doesn’t show up.

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My Blueberry Nights (The Miriam Collection)

Elizabeth has decided that she needs to see some different things in life. She leaves for Memphis, and she begins sending Jeremy postcards about her life in Memphis. Jeremy realizes that he misses Elizabeth, and he begins to contact all the places she could be working at in Memphis with no luck. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is learning a few life lessons about relationships.

Then Elizabeth decides to move on to another destination. She moves to Las Vegas. Yes, in Sin City Elizabeth makes a friend with a gambler, and she learns a few lessons on trust. And after her adventures in Las Vegas she decides to return to New York.

This movie is packed full of great actors. Jude Law, Kevin Spacey and Natlie Portman are a few members of the cast. So you know the story isn’t lightweight. And the film won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival that year.
So did the movie deserve all those awards? In my opinion My Blueberry Nights did deserve the praise it received. I loved how the film basically had three stories that connected. Elizabeth was the connecting point in each story, but the movie is actually three different individuals stories. I liked that each of the individuals was flawed. It made the individuals interesting. And it was really interesting to see how these flawed individuals lives affected Elizabeth.

I am a person who loves to see how people change, and I was sad when two of the characters in the movie didn’t change. But they do teach Elizabeth valuable life lessons so their inability or unwillingness to change is necessary.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a romantic story with a few twists and turn. If you enjoy movies that take you to different locations this one is also for you. And if you want to see Natlie Portman play a quite different role than the one she played in the Star Wars prequels, you will definitely enjoy My Blueberry Nights.

Dear Margaret Mitchell

15 Dec

Dear Margaret Mitchell
Can you believe it’s been 84 years since the premiere of your work Gone With the Wind on the big screen in Atlanta? And I hear that there was some party that was thrown in Atlanta for that premiere. I was wondering if you had trouble finding a dress that you really liked for that premiere? I know that you were 4’ 11” tall, and sometimes finding clothes for a short person can be a little challenging. I am taller than you were, and sometimes it is such a pain to have to get dresses, pants, and skirts hemmed. I’ve just always been a little curious about that.


But what I really wanted to ask you was what did you think when Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her performance as best supporting actress in Gone With the Wind? I mean she was a great character in the movie, and Hattie did a great job of portraying the character. Did you believe that she actually did a great job in the movie and deserved the award, or were you one of those people who said she only won the award because she wasn’t allowed to attend the premiere? It seemed a little unfair of the city of Atlanta not to allow one of the stars of the movie not to attend the movie because of her race. Those segregation laws you all had were kind of foolish in my opinion.
But somehow I think you might have thought segregation was alright. I mean Gone with the Wind really did
romanticize the south during the pre-civil war era. So it kind of leads me to think that you felt that excluding Hattie from the celebrations was okay. It seems like that was pretty disrespectful to me, and if you didn’t believe that it acceptable wasn’t there something you could have said or done to ensure that she was able to attend the premiere. I mean you were the reason that the premiere was going on after all.

I hope that you haven’t found my questions to be too judgemental, I’m just trying to find out what your thoughts on the matter were. And if you could let me know where to get a great dress for the horizontally challenged I’d appreciate that too.