|My Neighbor Totoro|
A ~ Anime -- Something my eight-year-old daughter and I love equally -- what a gift!
|clockwise from top left -- In Bruges, The Shining, Sling Blade, The Living & the Dead, American Psycho, Blue Velvet, Buddy Boy|
B ~ Bat-Crap Crazy Characters -- Delightful in books and film. In real life ... not so much.
|clockwise from top left - All or Nothing, Secrets & Lies, Kez, Sweet Sixteen, Fish Tank|
C ~ Cinematic Realism -- worlds that seem so real I feel like a voyeur
|Little Miss Sunshine|
D ~ Dysfunctional Families -- who struggle yet have moments of connection, love, and joy.
E ~ Excellent Dialogue -- and sometimes a film deserves bonus points for particularly eloquent use of profanity.
F ~ Flights of Fancy -- vivid, imaginative storytelling that celebrates the imagination.
|clockwise from top left -- Persepolis, The Kite, Bear Cub, The Namesake|
G ~ Glimpses Into Other Cultures
H ~ Historical Books & Films
|Lord of the Rings|
I ~ Imaginary Worlds
|The Matrix & The Truman Show|
J ~ Jumping Down the Rabbit Hole -- stories that challenge your perception of reality
|It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World|
K -- Kooky Comedies
L ~ Love Stories --
... whether they be classic ...
|Pride & Prejudice|
... modern & a bit timey-wimey ...
|The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind|
... or wildly off-beat
|Severus Snape (Harry Potter) & Nate (Red, White & Blue)|
M ~ Morally Ambiguous Characters -- a character you're inclined to loathe, but you can't entirely dismiss. Or a bully or sociopath who is capable of enduring love.
|clockwise from top left - 21 Grams, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento, 500 Days of Summer & Pulp Fiction|
N ~ Non-Linear Storylines
O ~ Ordinary People Who Are Really Extraordinary
P ~ Philosophical Perspectives -- including spirituality & religion, explored from myriad angles ...
religious imagery and symbolism from various cultures ...
|Shinto Shrine in Spirited Away|
dark and contemplative perspectives ...
|The Seventh Seal|
people inspired, by their spiritual beliefs, to change the world ...
or a quirky, offbeat look at man's search for meaning ...
|A Serious Man|
|clockwise from top left -- The Big Bang Theory, Happy Go Lucky, Juno, Burn After Reading ("I thought you'd be concerned ... about the security ... of your shit."), The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amelie, Treacle, Jr.|
Q -- Quirky Characters
|clockwise from top left -- Shame, A Single Man, The Constant Gardener, Magnolia|
R ~ Raw Emotion -- grief, regret, and deep -- often unspoken -- anguish is part of what binds us together as humans, and literature and films remind us that we are not alone.
|clockwise from top left -- Jacob's Ladder, Eyes Wide Shut, The Living & the Dead|
S ~ Surrealism -- because everyone needs a good mind-fuck now and then
|The Disappearance of Alice Creed|
T ~ Thrillers -- especially unpredictable thrillers where the dynamics among the characters keep changing
U ~ Underrated Gems
|Game of Thrones|
V ~ Villains -- Rich moral ambiguity can be a great strength in a story or character, but sometimes we just want a "bad guy" toward whom we feel pure, unadulterated, utterly gratifying hatred.
W ~ Wibbledy Wobbledy Timey-Wimey -- I do love me some good sci-fi and fantasy, especially if it involves parallel universes or time travel. And I have a deep and abiding love for the tenth doctor.
X ~ Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters -- because many of us need to be reminded that being "different" or "weird" can be a tremendous source of strength
|The Wizard of Oz|
Y ~ Youthful Favorites -- to share with my kids
|The Walking Dead|