Sunday, March 27, 2011


On our mission to see every state in the union, spring break is taking us to Kearney, NE, to see the migration of the sandhill crane. (Here's where I add that the picture isn't mine--I stole it from somewhere else.) I've packed up an assortment of cameras and lenses, and I'm prepared to take pictures of these majestic birds in all their ... well, majesticness. (I guess the word is "majesty", but who cares, really? English is a malleable language.)

I'm also meeting up with an old online friend, which is pretty dang cool. :)

In other news, our kitty Tuna totally hates the song "We Shall Overcome." :)

Onward to Nebraska!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The results are in!

Sunday, April 3, we see The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan and the documentary shorts (featuring "The High Level Bridge").

Monday, April 4, we see Wild Horse, Wild Ride.

Tuesday, April 5, we get a day's respite.

Wednesday, April 6, we see Prosecutor.

Thursday, April 7, we see Small Town Murder Songs.

Friday, April 8, we see the double-header of Ironclad and 13 Assassins (same venue, same theater, one right after the other).

And that's our schedule for the Dallas International Film Festival!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The preliminary list is in

We have a rather long list this year since we'll miss three days of the festival and therefore are likely to miss some of the movies we want to see. Plus, there's always the risk of movie times being simultaneous or too close together (we have had to run across the theatre to catch two movies in a row), so it pays to have a big list. Here they are:

Movies We Both Agree On
Small Town Murder Songs - "A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life."
Prosecutor - "A fascinating story with extraordinary inside access, PROSECUTOR follows the Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo through the first trials of the newly formed International Criminal Court."
Wild Horse, Wild Ride - "WILD HORSE, WILD RIDE follows a handful of unforgettable characters who set out on a 100-day quest to tame a totally wild mustang for a Texas competition. This stunning documentary highlights the profound bond between people and animals."
13 Assassins - "As the era of the samurai winds to a close, a sadistic young lord uses his powerful political ties to commit heinous atrocities against the common people. A group of noble samurai seeks to slay the tyrannical lord before he seizes control of the entire country." [I was so glad we agreed on this one.]
The Perfect Game - "Based on a true story about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series." [We're baseball nuts. What can I say?]
The Last Circus - "While in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War, a “Happy” circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by militia into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. THE LAST CIRCUS follows the story of the clown’s son and raises the curtain on a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns."
Giant - "GIANT is a sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and Jett Rink unfolds across two generations." [Giant was filmed in Marfa and we really ought to have seen it there, but now we can see it on the big screen!]

Movies Chris is Making a Case for:
Ironclad - "In 13th century England, a determined group of Knights Templar defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John. IRONCLAD tells the story of the group’s struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country."
The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan - "Private McKinley Nolan vanished forty years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. In 2006, retired US Army Lt. Dan Smith, revisiting the battlefields of his youth, may have encountered the elusive McKinley, alive. So began a journey into the heart of darkness."

Movies I'm Making a Case for:
The Greater Good - "Pilaro and Nelson’s THE GREATER GOOD looks behind the fear, hype and politics that polarize people into emotionally charged pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine camps."
"The High Level Bridge" - "Trevor drops his camera from Edmonton’s High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped." [A short--can't really make a whole feature film out of that anyway.]

We'll know more when the schedule comes out, but I think that's an admirable start. I asked via Twitter (who says Twitter is useless?) when the schedule of films would become available--should be soon since tickets go on sale on the 17th (this Thursday).

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's Dallas Film Festival time!

See the full slate by clicking here.

I love the Dallas International Film Festival. I was there when it was still sponsored by AFI, and there are very few that I've missed (missed one due to living in Marfa--annoyance). And now it's back for 2011! Last time we made the grievous mistake of getting passes, then nearly (and sometimes actually) missed the movies we wanted to see because they were almost sold out. Lesson learned: This year we'll get real tickets to the movies so we don't run any risks like that.

We're doing our usual trick of each of us separately looking over the slate and picking a number of movies, then seeing which ones we agree on. We can then make cases for anything we don't agree on, and thus our personal slate is born. Unfortunately we'll miss part of it due to Spring Break, but it lasts till April 10, so we should see at least a few.

I'll do more posts on the movies we're viewing as time goes on.

Monday, March 7, 2011

So yeah, I ought to do a New Years Resolution check-in

Didn't learn Spanish.

Didn't visit my grandmother.

Didn't go to confession.

Didn't volunteer in large part because no one seems to want us.

February was quite the month. Chris's grandmother died, which we were there to witness. That consumed a lot of time and was utterly exhausting. I found myself thinking of my own grandmother a lot and how I wasn't able to be with her this month. Oh, what a mess. I officially hate my New Years resolutions.

Here in March, I think it's time to rethink things a little bit. First and foremost, it's time to throw volunteering out the window. We've tried two places and gotten no response, so it's time to move on to bigger and better things. I propose that, in its place, I put going back to school. After getting a really useful BA in creative writing 7 years ago, I've decided it's time to do something useful with my life and go into nursing. It's funny: I knew someone in college who was a nurse who was getting a creative writing degree, and here I am doing the exact opposite.

Learning Spanish, while admirable, doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I strike it dead with no replacement.

My desire to go to confession once and month and visit my grandmother once a month shall remain as is. They're still good and ultimately doable things. My track record isn't so great, but they must be done.

I guess that's all I have on the subject. Here's hoping March is a better month, eh?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Forgiveness Sunday

Dear lovely readers of the Loquat, today is the day before Lent begins in the Orthodox Church, and Orthodox Christians celebrate this day by bowing before one another and asking for forgiveness. I was not present at the Vespers service where this lovely things is done due to my epiglottis being the size of a bowling ball (never good), so I'm asking forgiveness for all the terrible things I've done to all and sundry here on the blog.

Please forgive me!