The Need for Make Believe: #Disney #Magic #Wonder #Imagination

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Buzzfeed just did an article, if you can call it that, on a mother from Florida who lives near Disney World and makes adorable costumes for her three-year-old daughter, Lane. It wasn’t too much of an article, but it did mention the fact that the costumes were insanely cute and accurate. They also mentioned that, the Huffington Post did actually write an article about the talented mother/daughter duo in a bit more detail. However, I want to expand upon a comment in the Huffington Post article because, as a writer and an actor, I believe it is important.

The Rouches originally decided to purchase Disney World annual passes to give their daughter, whom Jennifer describes as “quite shy,” something fun to do with her parents while surrounded by other kids. “We wanted her to not be crippled by shyness, so we took her to a place where a kid could feel happy and safe to dream and play and be themselves or anyone they want to be.”

I believe it is important for kids, and adults alike, to not lose their sense of play and wonder. I think imagination and creativity are two of the most important qualities that we possess as human beings along with compassion. Like the mother says, having a sense of play can help someone break out of their shell. She is giving her daughter the gift of being a little kid, of play and imagination. She doesn’t seem to be engrossed in playing on an iPad at three, she seems to be enjoying what is actually around her.

When I was a little girl, I too loved princesses and superheroes. Yes, my mother would make my Halloween costume (I was Wonder Woman when I was five,) and no, I am sad to report, I have never been to Disney World. Yet, my mother taught me this: Always have a sense of wonder; A sense of play. Be willing to try something new. Create. In recent months, I’ve learned that I have my greatest sense of play, wonder and imagination through improvisation. I have found my happy place.

Nowadays, our society seems fixated on something tangible with very little thought being paid to imagination. Movies have been reformulated for a money-making “reboot.” Musicals have been revived, recycled from movies, and predictable. Plays, well, that’s another story all together. And don’t get me started on TV shows, especially of the “reality” kind. But, I think there is still time. I’m not saying creativity is dead. Believe me, it still exists.  There is still a place for creativity and imagination, and a sense of play. We just need to tap into that as adults. Also, I want to eventually go Disney World, and I’m slightly jealous of Jennifer Rouch and her wicked good seamstress skills.

You can follow Lane and Jennifer Rouch’s costumed adventures on Instagram and Tumblr.

#AllAboutEve “Fasten Your Seatbelts, It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Night.” #BetteDavis #MargoChanning #EveHarrington

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All About Eve might be the best cautionary tale about stalkers ever. The 1950 Oscar-winning movie, which was nominated for fourteen awards took home six, has remained a classic 64 years later. It still has one of the best screenplays ever written, and the themes have been replicated on film and television years later.Modern shows such as Gossip Girl and Glee have paid homage to the classic film.  References to the movie, and pull quotes remain relevant even today.”Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Years before Natalie Portman became paranoid that Mila Kunis was going to steal her part in Black Swan, Bette Davis was nervous that the girl she hired as an assistant (Ann Baxter) the day they met, was trying to take over her life.

Even today, I find the movie as entertaining as I do a tad creepy. Eve’s a bit stalker-ish. It’s not a horror movie, there is no blood and gore. It isn’t even categorized as a psychological thriller, but it might as well be. “Aging” actresses in the late 1940s, early 1950s, meant the leading lady had reached the age of 40. I guess not much as really changed, because actors nowadays are still trying to remain young and vibrant. I have some questions for writer/director, Mr. Joseph Mankiewitz. If I could go back in time, I’d ask him “Why the hell would you not do a background check before letting them move in with you?” or “What’s up with Ann Baxter’s breathy voice? Is it meant to be creepy? Because it is.” and  “Can I play Birdie? She’s hilarious.”

Even though Margo Channing, Bette Davis’ character, is supposed to be the drama queen, I think Ann Baxter as Eve takes the cake on this one. Again, with the breathy dramatic voice. It only makes for a good movie though.Star, Bette Davis was in her element in this film, and man, I’d have loved to have a drink with her–a martini. I find myself watching it if I really want to relax and watch a quality film. I love old movies. If you haven’t seen this classic, check it out. It’s on instant on Netflix.


 

 

 

Someone Build a #TimeMachine and Give #LaurenGraham All of the Awards for #GilmoreGirls. #Seriously

2002 was the only year that Lauren Graham was nominated for a Golden Globe. That is a travesty to the acting profession. To this day, her work on both Gilmore Girls and NBC’s Parenthood (which is in its final season,) has pretty much been overlooked by critics. However, audience members, myself included, have certainly known of her massive talent for years. Graduating from Barnard College (Columbia University) with a B.A. in English, and her MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, she certainly had the training under her belt, and a wealth of experience long before Gilmore Girls hit the airwaves. However, when GG was finally brought to life, there was no better person to handle the fast-paced, complex, and witty dialogue of writer/creator Amy Sherman-Palladino than Lauren Graham.

Breathing life into Lorelai Gilmore, Graham demonstrated her extensive emotional range and comedic skills during its seven year run. Even seven years later, her acting on Gilmore Girls is still some of the best acting I’ve seen on television. She should have won an Emmy, she should have won a Golden Globe. Maybe, we can retroactively give her all the awards from the 2000s. If you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls before, sign on to Netflix and binge-watch the entire series. Do it now! You won’t regret it.

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