Hola Hart Beat! One of the best things I’ve started doing since moving back to the Berkshires was implement a Tuesday Night Movies ritual with my friends and family.
In the city, it was so expensive to go to the movies and I never felt like I really had time. Here in the Berkshires, there are two small local theaters within a twenty-minute drive of where I live and so there’s always something good to see. Plus, both theaters have a Tuesday night deal where any movie is $6.00. Score. The only problem is that because we only have a handful of screens, movies only will stick around for a week or two.
What that means is that every Tuesday, my friends and family have a standing date at one of the theaters. As my friend Kasha says, “A bad movie is always better than no movie at all.” And so, every Tuesday, no matter what’s at The Triplex or The Beacon, we go to the movies.
Hi Hart Beat. How are you? How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do anything fun? Is anyone reading this? Hello? Are you there? Jkjk, I know there are a few of you out there and you have no idea how much I appreciate you. My book is coming along and I’m so used to writing to a readerless void right now that it’s hard to imagine you, a physical, thinking being, sitting there on the subway, or drinking your coffee, or sneaking a break at work, or lying in bed with your phone hovered over your squinting eyes, reading these words that I’m typing right now. Hi.
What’s new enough with me to warrant a post instead of another thousand words to my manuscript? Other than the fact that I miss writing to you, it’s also because I’ve been thinking of things that I thought maybe others in the internet world could relate to. That sticky wicket that I know you can relate to is love. Dating, relationships, and love. As I write this now I’ve been single for over six months. Back in May, I decided that I would intentionally not date until Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. On Thanksgiving day last week, I oscillated back and forth between which date I had actually said and about if I am ready or even want to date now. I mean, I like dating. I like going out for dinner and flirting. Actually, I love flirting. Which begs the question, why not date?
Why not. If you were sitting here with me you would have just heard an earth-shatteringly deep sigh. The truth Hart Beat? I’m happy single. I like that I don’t have to have an excuse to be selfish. I like that I don’t have to text anyone goodnight. I like that I can wear whatever I want and watch whatever I want on Netflix. I like that when I got a dog I could name him whatever I wanted, even if it was a rediculous name like Mateo. I like not compromising. How long do I want to be single? I guess it depends. It depends on life and the universe and fate and reality. What I do know is that the most important thing to me in the entire universe right now is the G.D. book that begs to be poured out of me every day. That has priority. That’s the thing that keeps me up at night. Not some guy.
Is this all TMI? IDK. Probs. (My bff Jill?) If it’s too much just file it under “this is a blog I’ll never read again” and I’ll see you some other place Hart Beat. If not, see you back here in a couple of weeks.
And p.s., because I like you and I do want you to come back, here are a few other things on my mind lately:
This cover of Capital Cities song Safe and Sound in an acoustic version that makes my heart swell. I know a few of you out there in the internet world get a little aroused when listening to these kinds of covers. You’re welcome.
This 2007 essay by Zadie Smith about writing.Fail Better is just the kind of thing that I’ve needed to read this week.
This post from NYMag. I love that it’s not photoshopped, click the little arrow on the right to see how it was made.
The movie Lady Bird. Which I LOVED SO MUCH. I’m also excited to see a few other movies in the next few weeks (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name, The Post). It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
The Scandinavian Spa in Montreal that my mom and I went to on Thanksgiving day. It’s silent and has three hot and cold areas. The idea is to go from one to the other. Hands down one of the best things I’ve done in a while.
Hola, Hart Beat! I may not have a personal home right now (hi family!) but that doesn’t mean that I’m not dreaming of decorating the next apartment I’ll live in. Again, taking sales pitches for cities right now.
What I would love is to have a full frame wall with art that I already own and things I’d like to add. Right now I’m swooning over these posters. Most of them are from romantic movies that I love. I think my favorite is the top one from Lost in Translation. It’s one of my favorite movies, especially the scene. Have you seen it, Hart Beat? If you haven’t I highly recommend it for this summer watch list.
Aren’t they amazing? P.S. For other home inspirations check out the Pinterest board I’ve been collecting for a while.
Evening, Hart Beat. How was your Sunday? For me, it was a lazy day here in Maine. I played tennis with my aunt, took a (perhaps too long nap), and made dinner for me and my Grandmother. Tonight, I’ve just been poking around the internet and thought I’d share a few things that I’ve seen recently and really enjoyed. I think you might like them too, Hart Beat.
Nail art from Chillhouse on Instagram.
The new wellness coffee shop and spa in New York, founded by beloved Cyndi Ramirez of Taste the Style, is owning my post-Brooklyn Instagram right now. I’m screen grabbing almost all the nail looks to take with me into the fall.
The Most Intimate Photograph in The New Yorker.
Not only is the photograph alarmingly beautiful but I love what writer Chris Wiley has to say about it.
Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Katherine Hepburn’s Trousers from the archives of The Hairpin
I just rewatchedone of my favorite movies, The Philadelphia Story, which stars Hepburn as the wittiest socialite you’ll ever find. Of course, immediately I went online reading after and thank goodness because never have I read a more scandalous Hollywood tale.
Talk tomorrow, Hart Beat.
The photo up top a press release from The Philadelphia Story. Pictured are Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart.
You know that feeling (^ that feeling) when you listen to music you haven’t heard in a while? I’ve been pulling together a playlist for you this month, Hart Beat but to be honest I just keep coming back to the same album. And, to be even more honest, I don’t think it’s one that you really want to listen to.
The movie My Best Friend’s Wedding came out in 1997 when I was the ripe old age of seven. I don’t really remember the first time I saw the movie but because my house was a big fan of Julie Roberts I’m pretty sure I saw it as soon as it came out on tape. It was always my favorite movie to watch with my mom. How can it not be!? Julia is fabulous, the story is gut wrenching, and Dermot Mulroney is my biggest celebrity crush. Still.
So in lieu of a September playlist tonight, I think you should all go back and listen to the soundtrack of your favorite movie growing up. Luckily for me the My Best Friend’s Wedding soundtrack is gold. But to be honest, even if the album is pretty crappy it’s still going to make you feel great and remember watching the movie. I know I can’t help but see Julia Roberts drive a delivery truck in a crop top that can only be described as a non-shirt-shirt after a heart broken Mulroney every time I listen to the song What the World Needs Right Now Is Love. Here are a few clips with music of my favorite movie for your Tuesday night,
The rehearsal dinner part:
The karaoke part:
The part where Mulroney sings and your heart melts:
And the trailer so you can really feel like you watched the entire movie tonight.
I’m not sure what it is but there’s something about summer that makes me think about French films. It might be because growing up in the Berkshires the local movie theater always carried the newest French movie. Over the years I’ve written about other movies that I loved (check out the list below for other recommendations!) but tonight I want to share a new trailer for My King (or Mon Roi en français) that premiers tomorrow in NYC. I haven’t seen the movie (yet!) but this trailer got me so good. According to a Brooklyn Magazine article the movie is tragic (of course it’s French) and romantic (again, duh) which is great because those are two of my favorite things.
Right!?!? I want to see it so badly and I don’t even really know what it’s about other than a tragic love story. The movie comes out tomorrow at Lincoln Center in the city.. Can’t wait for it to come closer to mr in Brooklyn.
Good news, Hart Beat! As you all read this blog and like the stuff I talk about here I’m assuming that you’re also a Jane Austen fan. If not then excuse this post and come back later… or never… JK! I love all of you (even if you don’t like Miss. Jane). It looks like the life of Jane Austen is being turned into a feature film romantic comedy. I don’t know what to say except !!!! The movie is based on a novel called Jane by the Sea.
In honor of this new announcements, let’s take a moment to go back and look at our favorite cinematic recreations of our favorite author and her novels.
1. The iconic BBC mini-series from 1995 with COLIN FIRTH. I mean, come on. This man is a god and this movie is heaven if you ask me.
2. Pride & Prejudice part two: the Keira Knightley chronicles. I remember when this movie came out and I went with my mom to see it in theaters. It was one of the best movements of my life. I then got to relive it over and over again when Carolyn and I watched this movie on repeat Sophomore year of college. How come everyone doesn’t get their love confession said to them in the rain… in an old garden marble trellis?
3. Pride & Prejudice part three: in which we all fall in love with Colin Firth again in Bridget Jones’ Diary. Oh god, I could go on and on about this movie (and it’s sequel which I DIDN’T HATE, OKAY?!). The combination of Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant is enough to make me cry out of happiness. And the music, god the music is so good in this movie. Let’s just sit back and look at this picture for a moment:
And this (which is my all time favorite scene in both movies):
4. The Jane Austen Book Club in which, we all fell in love with Grigg and decided to read Ursula Le Guin not because he recommended it but because… he totally recommended it. Griiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigg!
I could go on and on about different Jane Austen adaptations and I definitely left out a TON. I think we can agree though that a little Jane Austen is better than none at all. (Guess where that quote comes from and I’ll give you an internet high five.)
Hi Hart Beat. Have you heard the news? Last week, on Friday to be exact, Netflix released a new documentary all about one of my favorite singers, Nina Simone. The movie was released in New York on Wednesday at the IFC in the Village and since it isn’t going to be released in theaters anywhere else the doc was then released Friday on Netflix. Lucky us!
Pedro and I watched “What Happened, Miss Simone?” this Saturday and although it’s a little long, it is most definitely worth watching. The film uses amazing real video of Nina Simone on stage singing and playing piano as well as interviews with the artist about her life and relationships. These clips are interspersed with interviews with her daughter, her husband and other people who knew Miss. Simone.
Not only was it amazing seeing her sing so many of my favorite songs, but I learned so much about the singer that I didn’t know before the documentary. I had no idea that Simone was trained as a classical pianist, or her about struggle with bipolar disorder. If you’re a documentary junkie like Pedro or if you love music and stories about people then this is a must watch.
Hey Hart Beat. I hope you had a nice Sunday! I am exahusted from biking and sitting in the sun today but I want to share a trailer with you. I saw the poster for Palo Alto this weekend and immediately came home to watch the trailer because, guess what, it’s written and directed by
Oh Hart Beat, have you seen the movie her this month? If you haven’t I seriously cannot recommend it more. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it go out this weekend and make it a priority. The entire movie is beautiful, from the colors, to the costumes, to the story, I was in a state of breathlessness the entire time. One of my favorite parts of the movie was the music soundtrack. Most of the songs used are originals to the movie and they all fit so seamlessly into the heartbreakingly romantic movie.
Unfortunately for both me and you, the soundtrack is not available for download or purchase. Even more strange, it is apparently this.