Tuesday, April 20, 2021

THE DOG WHISPERER WHO MAKES GREAT JEWELRY

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I've mentioned Franklin and Penelope's beloved Auntie Maureen who lives across the street (I giver her all the credit for Penelope's increasing confidence), but I haven't told you that she makes absolutely fabulous jewelry! 

Check out these starfish:

Maureen's prices are reasonable, especially considering the excellent quality of her work.  Earrings are $8 per pair, $15 for two pairs, $20 for three. You can see what she has available at Made with love earrings and more - Home | Facebook

When the holidays roll around, I wear nothing but Christmas earrings. I love to mix them up and wear four different earrings:


These necklaces are fun:

When I wear any of these earrings, I get so many compliments on them:


Go ahead, kids. Treat yourselves, or get a gift for a friend. Here's the link again:

Made with love earrings and more - Home | Facebook


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

Sunday, April 18, 2021

MOVIE WEEKEND: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

 Nomadland = beautiful

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom = lush

The United States vs. Billie Holiday = dull

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

My word for The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is exciting (2020; Rated R; I watched it on Netflix).

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 has six Academy Award nominations: Best Movie; Best Supporting Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen); Best Original Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin); Best Editing (Alan Baumgarten); Best Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael); Best Song (Celeste, Daniel Pemberton). 

Of the nominated movies I've watched so far, this one is the most conventional, in that it clearly manipulates one's emotions with an exciting trial, its interesting cast of characters, and an even more exciting conclusion that has the observers in the courtroom cheering. Aaron Sorkin, who also directs, is good at taking events with a factual basis and fictionalizing them so they're exhilarating.

In 1968, protests at the Democratic Convention in Chicago were led by Students For A Democratic Society's Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and the Yippies' Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong). Their activism led to charges against them and then an unfair trial presided over by the evil Judge Julius Hoffman (Frank Langella). Nixon was out to get them, but they had great pro bono representation and an assist from Ramsey Clark (Michael Keaton). 

I remember hearing about the Chicago 7, and then the trial, on the news every night, but I was too young to understand what it really meant. I learned more about it when I was older, and feel I appreciate it more fully because of this movie in spite of the fiction. Because the movie is good, I read about the facts of the case.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

MOVIE WEEKEND: THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

My word for Nomadland is beautiful; for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, lush; and my word for The United States vs. Billie Holiday is dull (2021; Rated R; I watched it on Hulu). 

The United States vs. Billie Holiday has one Academy Award nomination: Best Actress (Andra Day).

I wanted to like this movie. Andra Day's portrayal of Billie Holiday is good (she does her own singing), but it can't make the movie interesting.

The federal government wants Billie Holiday to stop singing Strange Fruit because it will make African Americans want their civil rights. They go after Holiday for narcotics use, and she has a rollicking affair with an agent. 

It's a true story, but the movie isn't focused.

I don't feel I wasted my time by watching The United States vs. Billie Holiday. I want to see as many nominated movies as I can, and this is one of them.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug



Thursday, April 15, 2021

FOLLOWING BY EMAIL

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Those of us who are blogspot bloggers have received an email saying that in June, subscribing to our blogs by email will no longer be supported. 

If you rely on me to appear in your inbox, then I'm sorry, but I won't have a way to get there. You might want to click on the FOLLOWER button, or bookmark me. I hope I won't lose any of you because of this issue.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug 








Tuesday, April 13, 2021

MOVIE WEEKEND: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

In case you didn't see my update on Nomadland, it won British Academy Film Awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress.

My word for Nomadland is beautiful, and my word for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is lush (2020; Rated R; it had a limited release in theaters and is now available only on Netflix, where I watched it).

This movie is completely different from Nomadland, and I love both movies. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman); Best Actress (Viola Davis); Best Production Design (Mark Ricker, Karen O'Hara, Diana Stoughton); Best Make-up and Hair Styling (Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson); Best Costume Design (Ann Roth). 

It's 1927. Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) is late. She's supposed to be at the recording studio, but she arrives when she wants to arrive. No matter that the white executives want to control her. They can't do it. 

But the situation there is tense. Ma is not happy, and she becomes even more unhappy because of the behavior of her young horn player, Levee Green (Chadwick Boseman). Tension builds and builds and builds until it breaks.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. It is so well written. I have yet to see Viola Davis give a performance that isn't astounding, and her portrayal of Ma Rainey is no exception. I confess I wondered if Chadwick Boseman was nominated at least in part because he passed away from colon cancer after completing this movie, but I certainly don't think that now. He more than holds his own against a number of veteran actors and is outstanding. 

Netflix also has a 31-minute documentary called Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: A Legacy Brought To The Screen. I recommend it. It helped me understand the costume and make-up choices.

I hope you have the opportunity to watch this movie and appreciate it as much as I did.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

Friday, April 9, 2021

MOVIE WEEKEND: NOMADLAND

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

That time of year has rolled around again. I watch as many Academy Award nominees as I can.

This week my choice was Nomadland (2020; Rated R; I watched it on Hulu, but it's available in theaters).

Nominated for Best Picture (the list of producers includes Frances McDormand and ChloĆ© ZhaoBest Actress (McDormand); Best Cinematography (Joshua James Richards); and Director, Editing, and Adapted Screenplay (all for Zhao), Nomadland is the kind of movie that's beautiful without showing off. 

Fern's (McDormand) husband has died. They lived in a company house in a company town. She has to leave and has no job. 

So she buys a van she names Vanguard and takes to the road, living simply and working where she can. She meets others who are nomads, such as Dave, played by David Strathairn––the only other name actor in the movie. The rest of the nomads are played by real nomads, with Linda May as a standout.

Nomadland isn't filled with tropes. Fern and Dave become friends, but no big romance develops with him saving her. Fern has an opportunity to take a dog that someone else left behind, but it's not a drama with Fern saving the dog and the dog saving Fern.

Instead, Fern listens and learns from the nomads. Yes, the movie is about loss and loneliness, but more important, it's about the gain of human connections and the comfort of people helping each other.

Nomadland is a great movie. 


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

Update: British Academy Film Awards have been announced. Nomadland won Best Film; Zhao won Best Director; McDormand won Best Actress. Nomadland deserves the awards.