Friday, October 21, 2016

another Halloween mixtape

Another little mixtape for my favorite season (listen to last year's mixtape here, and the 2014 mix here)!

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Memento mori day trip

This year's weird October road trip included a visit to Edgar Allan Poe's house and grave, the final resting places of Johnny Eck, sideshow performer and star of Freaks, and Ouija board inventor Elijah Bond, lavender milkshakes at Papermoon Diner, John Waters' favorite bookstore, and oddity shopping at Bazaar.
Poe's house in Baltimore, where he wrote Berenice, and other stories
Poe's memorial grave, Westminster Hall Burying Ground
Westminster Hall, Baltimore
a crypt in Westminster Hall Burying Ground
a statue in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore
Johnny Eck and his twin brother Robert,
both buried in Green Mount cemetery
Sadly, one place I would have loved to visit on my weird day out, the Shipley-Lydecker house in Baltimore, no longer stands:
built in 1903, the design of its facade was lifted almost wholesale by
Imagineer Ken Anderson for the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October viewing...

I keep a list of spooky, autumnal films I love to watch in October. As a Halloween baby, this is my favorite time of year. To mark the season, here's a list of 13 favorites:

The Exorcist (1973)...

It's scary, and disturbing, and even sad, but there are also beautifully shot scenes of Autumn in New York and DC.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)...
This movie has one of my favorite trick-or-treating scenes of all time. Margaret O'Brien trying to be the 'most horrible' feels the way Halloween did for me when I was very little.

Over the Garden Wall (2013)...
Like most of my favorite Halloween things, Over the Garden Wall is spooky, beautiful, and a little bit heartbreaking. It has its roots in classics of early animation, as well as 19th century folk music.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A lazy, day-off summer mixtape...

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

illustration by Maurice Sendak
(click to see full size)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas Oddities

As much as I like watching traditional Christmas movies, sometimes I'm in the mood for something a little weirder. Presented for your viewing pleasure, one of my favorite unusual holiday offerings:

The BAFTA and Oscar winning Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1993) is a strange little mashup of Kafka's Metamorphosis and Frank Capra's holiday classic. Directed by Peter Capaldi (the current Doctor Who), starring Richard E. Grant, and costumed by Monty Python contributor Hazel Pethig, it makes for darkly funny December viewing.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giving Thanks

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
Because I have two countries, I have the odd privilege of feeling very British on Independence Day and very American on Thanksgiving. I love that Thanksgiving isn't about anything you can buy, simply gratitude and time spent with those you love. Some of my most favorite Thanksgivings were spent far away from the US, cooking and baking and sharing with friends.

Here's my usual annual Thanksgiving mixtape, slightly edited. Enjoy it while you're baking, or eating, or just feeling thankful: