Gems of the Week

Illustrations of the Coen brothers by Agata M. for The Dissolve.


Mud is great & now available on Netflix instant / Ryan Gosling as Busby Berkeley / The Comeback may be coming back (and in other Friends news - random roles with Matt LeBlanc) / "Why I loved not liking Veronica Mars" / on the unrequited-love trope / mask tests for The Silence of the Lambs / "My own life is totally different from the movies! The movies are just ... I like the idea of trying to create a world for the characters to live in, and usually it's sort of an invented place. And that's just something you do in the movies" ... or in books. I will never understand why some people think that Wes Anderson lives in a replica of the Tenenbaum's brownstone / on Sofia Coppola directing a new version of The Little Mermaid / I had no idea that Matthew Weiner's son plays Glen / The Golden Girls / the problem of doing what's been done before in regard to the Muppets (ummm, I have so many fresh ideas for the Muppets - get in touch Disney) / tv criticism vs. film criticism / Thelma Schoonmaker / Bob's Burgers burger names


The Mushroom Picker / Talkin' JEWELS: Erie Basin's Russell Whitmore / an interview with Joseph Schindelman (original illustrator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) / through the window / beautiful stone iphone cases / free printable brunch invitations (plus some stickers) by Emma Trithart / get a custom plushie of your face (or - if you're not a narcissist - the face of someone you know & love) / a cute app / an interview with Eirian Chapman at The Design Files / a stuffed blobfish


the story of how Moomintroll was born / electric blue eye make-up techniques / must every YA action heroine be petite? / I thought this was the way that everyone ate kiwi / a wedding announcement / Shirley Jackson's The Sundial - one of my 2013 reads (also, my beloved fave: We Have Always Lived in the Castle) / I would love to have a yurt office / cookbook in a box / the engineering of the chain restaurant menu / the pointlessness of unplugging / "If you actually believed Paltrow’s life was perfect, that’s kind of on you for taking every blog post and flowery Vogue profile literally" - this is what I want to say to people who get jealous of other people's lives just from their instagram photos - that's not an accurate depiction of their reality, nutbrains! (I mean nutbrain in the nicest way - it's the insult I use with my fam) / cookbooks & poetry / dogs licking peanut butter off their snouts / a ballet tumblr / Butters: A Food Blog


The Gnome-Mobile

The Gnome-Mobile (1967) - starring Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice (the kids from Mary Poppins), Walter Brennan and Tom Lowell.

Some people consider words like "whimsical" and "fanciful" to be bad words, but I love a whimsical movie. Unfortunately, The Gnome-Mobile could stand to have a little MORE whimsy than it does (it's no Mary Poppins), but it's a decent old live-action Disney movie and I much prefer it to a previous movie post - The Moon Spinners.

I wish the Sherman brothers had written a few more songs for it. That would've helped. 
The king of great facial expressions.
So the two kids have a very rich grandfather who owns a lumber company. They go on a picnic in the redwood forest he owns and meet some gnomes - a young dude and his grandfather. The twenty-something gnome is depressed because he spends all his time with his bearded grandpa and doesn't have a lady gnome to procreate with and carry on the species. Sadness. The kids and their grandfather decide to help the gnomes find some more of their kind. Off they go in the GNOME-MOBILE and antics ensue.
The special effects are mind-blowing.
As you can see, they eventually find some other gnomes.
I love Ed Wynn. The movie could've been improved with more Ed Wynn. If you can do a good Ed Wynn impression, you should befriend me and perform it a lot. I promise I won't ever get annoyed.
See all the previous movie posts here.