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I am not a jerk. I am genuinely on OK Cupid to meet cool people- but so often I get the funniest messages or the most shallow pick up lines and i have decided its about time i started to have a little fun with it.

It’s pretty hilarious. The first Specimen (Image #1) is from a guy who’s photos where all of his sixpack exposed, his car, his motorcycle, etc….

Image #2- is a guy who STILL doesn’t get that I’m joking around! He’s either a) really desperate, b) really stupid, or the other variable is that c) there are actually women on here that say this kind of stuff! Crazy!!!!

Most the people on here are like Specimen 1 or like Specimen 2- BUT- if you are selective and do your homework- there are a few gems in the bunch. For the rest- have a little fun with it!

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Reflections on Mortality: Lunar Eclipse (April 15th, 2014)

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"and the moon rises, so beautiful it 
makes me shudder, makes me think about
time and space, makes me take
measure of myself: one iota
pondering heaven. Thus we sit,

I thinking how grateful I am for the moon’s 
perfect beauty and also, oh! How rich
it is to love the world.”
- Mary Oliver

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jeancarloinkwellpoetry asked: love your blog, you are so lovely.

thank you so much! :)

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Here and Gone, A 3min Experimental Short Film about beginnings and endings and the journey in between. Written, Produced, Directed and Edited by Gabriela Garcia Medina.

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CINEPHILE 101

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I was asked by my friends to comprise a list of recommendations of Films and Directors I have seen and love. Below is the lists I came up with…

Fantastic Directors and Films Everyone Should Know:

* NOTE: One thing I notice is lacking in my list, is the presence of women directors. I believe there are just three-four total in the list below. I hope to continue to expose myself to work by female artists/directors that i can add to my list of best cinematic works. Feel free to leave a comment/note/message with your thoughts/disagreements/ and/or recommendations.

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FANTASTIC DIRECTORS AND FILMS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW:

Luis Buñuel - (Spain/France)

  • Belle de Jour
  • Viridiana
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • The Exterminating Angel

Ingmar Bergman - (Sweden)

  • Persona
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Fanny and Alexander

Fritz Lang - (Austria)

  • Metropolis
  • M.

Federico Felinni - (Italy)

  • La Strada
  • I Vitelloni
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Amarcord
  • 8 1/2

Michelangelo Antonioni - (Italy)

  •  Red Dessert
  • L’Aventura
  • Blowup

Wong Kar Wai - (Hong Kong/China)

  • In the Mood for Love
  • 2046
  • Chungking Express

*NOTE: Also known for Days of Being Wild, Happy Together, Fallen Angels

Kim Ki-Duk - (Korea)

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring

Akira Kurosawa - (Japan) 

  • Throne of Blood
  • Yojimbo
  • Seventh Samurai
  • Ran
  • Rashomon 

Vittorio de Sica - (Italy)

  • The Bicycle Thief
  • The earrings of Madamme de…

David Lean - (USA)  

  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Dr Zhivago

Orson Welles- (USA)

  • Citizen Kane
  • Touch of Evil

Alejandro Jodorowski - (Chile)

  • El Topo
  • The Holy Mountain

Francois Truffaut - (France)

  • Jules et Jim
  • 400 Blows
  • The Bride Wore Black
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • The Last Metro.

Robert Bresson - (France)

  • Au Hausard Balthazar
  • Mouchette
  • Pickpocket (France)
  • The Trial of Joan of Arc
  • L’Argent
  • A Man Escaped

Jacques Rivettes- (France) 

  • Celine et Julie vont en Bateau
  • Va Savoir

Andrei Tarkovski- (Russia) 

  • Solaris
  • Andrei Rublev 

Pedro Almodovar - (Spain)

  • All about my Mother
  • Talk to Her
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 

Alfred Hitchcock -(England) 

  • Rear Window
  • Vertigo
  • North by Northwest
  • Psycho
  • Rope 

John Huston - (USA)

  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • The African Queen

Ernst Lubitsch - (Germany/USA)

  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Ninotschka 

*NOTE: Also known for: To be or not to be, and The Shop around the Corner.

Sidney Lumet - (USA)

  • 12 Angry Men
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Network (USA)

Elia Kazan - (USA)

  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • East of Eden
  • Splendor in the Grass

Billy Wilder - (USA) 

  • Sunset Blvd.
  • Double Indemnity 
  • Some Like it Hot.

Jan Svankmajer - (Czech Republic)

  • Darkness Light Darkness
  • Jidlo
  • Byt

*NOTE: His features such as Alice and Faust are definitely worth watching but not as good as his short films.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder - (Germany)

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun
  • Veronika Voss
  • Lola
  • Fear of Fear
  • Satan’s Brew
  • Ali: Fear eats the Soul

Louis Malle - (USA)

  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • Aurevoir les Enfants

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FAMOUS DIRECTORS YOU SHOULD KNOW (that I personally think are overrated and hipster hyped and hit or miss)!

Jean Luc Goddard- (France) 

  • Breathless
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Weekend

* NOTE: Weekend is my favorite and it’s the least in the style of Godard and more in the style of Buñuel.

John Cassavetes - (USA) 

  • Opening Night
  • Shadows 

*NOTE: Hipsters LOVE Cassavetes- and I do encourage people to watch his films because they are stylistically different than films that were being made in that time period but that doesn’t make them timeless.

Werner Herzog - (Germany)

  • Grizzly Man,
  • Encounters at the End of the World
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams 

Robert Altman - (USA) 

  • 3 Women
  • Gosford Park
  • The Player 

*NOTE: though i think he’s overrated as a Director, 3 Women is an AMAZING film and in my top 20 best films ever made. 

Terrence Mallick - (USA)  

  • Badlands
  • A Thin Red Line

*NOTE: though i think he’s an overrated Director, and I hated Tree of Life, the film Badlands is on my top 20 best movies ever.

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MODERN FILMMAKERS THAT ARE CREATING FANTASTIC WORK: 

Bela Tarr - (Hungary)

  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Satantango
  • The Turin Horse 

Andrey Zviaginstev - (Russia)

  • The Banishment
  • The Return
  • Elena

Michael Haneke - (Germany)

  • The White Ribbon
  • Amour

*NOTE: Also famous for Cache and The Piano Teacher, neither of which i loved but all of which had great acting and directing. 

Roman Polanski - (USA/France) 

  • Repulsion
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Chinatown
  • Knife in the Water
  • The Tenant

*NOTE: Also known for The Pianist, Ghost Writer and Cul-de-Sac.

Woody Allen - (USA)

  • Annie Hall
  • Manhattan
  • Deconstructing Harry
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Blue Jasmine

Charlie Kauffman (WRITER) - (USA) 

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Adaptation
  • Synecdoche NY (USA)

Paul Thomas Anderson - (USA) 

  • Boogie Nights
  • Magnolia
  • There will be blood 

*NOTE: Should also watch The Master, Punch Drunk Love, and Hard Eight, though not his best work in my opinion.

Stanley Kubrick - (USA)

  • Lolita
  • The Shining
  • Spartacus
  • 2001: Space Odyssey
  • A Clockwork Orange

*NOTE: Sorry but I think Dr. Strangelove is dated and not that funny anymore.

Martin Scorcese - (USA) 

  • Taxi Driver
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Goodfellas
  • The Departed

*NOTE: Sorry but in my opinion, all of Marty’s new stuff sucks ass! Hugo was hard to sit through (long and boring and too much CGI and not enough honesty in the characters- he was trying to imitate Jean Jeunet in style and it didn’t work.  Shutter Island was another flop. It was predictable and one note. And more recently Wolf of Wall Street was repetitive, and could have been edited down by an hour. Once a GREAT Director, now merely mediocre. 

*On a Side NOTE: Between Taxi Driver and Raging Bull I was always a fan of Taxi Driver. Maybe I need to re-watch Raging Bull cause it’s on everyone’s TOP 100 list.

Sofia Coppola - (USA) 

  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Lost in Translation 
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Somewhere

* Note: Skip The Bling Ring.

Lars Von Trier - (Denmark)

  • Melancholia
  • The Anti-Christ
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Dogville

* Note: Skip Nymphomaniac (Vol. 1 and 2.) and skip Manderlay (Sequel to Dogville.

Darren Aronovski - (USA) 

  • Pi
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Black Swan 
  • The Wrestler

Spike Jonze - (USA)

  • Being John Malkovich
  • Adaptation
  • Where the Wild things are
  • Her

The Coen Brothers - (USA) 

  • The Big Lebowski
  • Fargo
  • No Country for Old Men

*NOTE: Coen Brothers are risk takers which is AMAZING, but that also means their work is hit or miss, and oftentimes when it becomes self-indulgent for the actors it is most often a miss. For example “O Brother Where Art Thou, True Grit, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Hudsucker Proxy are all flops in my opinion, but then they have good ones that really blow it out of the ballpark.

Jean Pierre- Jeunet - (France)

  • Delicatessen
  • Amelie
  • The City of Lost Children

* Note: Skip Micmacs

Alejandro Amenabar - (Spain)

  • Abre los Ojos
  • The Others
  • The Sea Inside 
  • Gravity

Cristian Mungiu - (Romania)

  • 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • Beyond the Hills 

David Lynch - (USA) 

  • The Elephant Man
  • Blue Velvet
  • Eraserhead 
  • Lost Highway

*NOTE: Twin Peaks-the movie, is horrible. 

Alejandro Gonzalez, Iñarritu - (Mexico)

  • Amores Perros
  • 21 Grams
  • Babel
  • Biutiful 

Tomas Gutierrez Alea - (Cuba)

  • Fresa y Chocolate
  • Memorias del Subdesarrollo
  • Guantanamera
  • Las 12 Sillas
  • Death of a Bureaucrat  

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GREAT FILMS!!! (not necessarily my favorite directors):

  • Daisies -Vera Chytilova (Czech Republic)
  • Cria Cuervos - Carlos Saura (Spain)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligary (German Expressionism)- Robert Weine (Germany)
  • L’Atalante - Jean Vigo (France)
  • Hiroshima, mon Amour - Alain Resnais (France)
  • The Lives of Others - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany)
  • Cinema paradiso- Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy)
  • Singin’ in the Rain - Stanley Donen (USA)
  • The Hours - Stephen Daldry (USA)
  • Children of Heaven- Majid Majidi (Iran)
  • The Vanishing - George Sluizer (Italy)
  • Midnight Cowboy - John Schlesinger (USA)
  • Margot at the Wedding - Noah Baumbach (USA)
  • Persepolis - Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi (France/Iran)
  • Central Station - Walter Salles (Brazil)
  • City of God - Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund (Brazil)
  • Donnie Darko - Richard Kelly (USA)
  • Leon, the Professional - Luc Besson (France) 
  • Life is Beautiful - Roberto Benigni (Italy)
  • The Deer Hunter - Michael Cimino (USA)
  • Pan’s Labrynth Guillermo del Toro (Mexico)
  • Meshes of the Afternoon(Short) - Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid (Russia/Austria/USA)
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi- David Gelb (Japan/USA)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock - Peter Weir (Australia)
  • Dark City - Alex Proyas (USA)
  • Water - Deepa Mehta (India)
  • 3 Women - Robert Altman (USA)
  • WeekendGodard (France)
  • Casablanca- Michael Curtiz (USA)
  • BadlandsTerrence Mallick (USA)
  • DeparturesJojiro Takita (Japan)
  • Born into Brothels- Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman (India/UK)
  • Gone With the Wind - Victor Fleming (USA)

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GABRIELA GARCIA MEDINA’S TOP 20 LIST OF GREAT FILMS:

  1. Daisies
  2. In the Mood for Love
  3. Belle De Jour
  4. Jules et Jim
  5. Au Hazard Balthazar
  6. Metropolis
  7. Singin’ in the Rain
  8. Rear Window
  9. Taxi Driver
  10. Citizen Kane
  11. Repulsion
  12. Lawrence of Arabia
  13. The Big Lebowski
  14. Cinema Paradiso
  15. Cria Cuervos
  16. Badlands
  17. Departures
  18. 3 Women
  19. Magnolia
  20. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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A Perceptual Media Project 2013

Photos by Aly Whitman. Lighting Design by Erica Ortiz. Art Direction by Francesca Marciano. Conceived and Produced by Gabriela Garcia Medina.

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Driving down Los Feliz Blvd. on a Sunday in September. So Sad.

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(…………)

titles are dumb

they build expectations and anticipation

and induce anxiety on parties (and poems)

being branded with a name

nothing is ever satisfactory

thus, presumed assumptions are never met

but rather exceeded or fallen flat on its own face

so why shoot yourself in the foot by titling your poems

or naming your children.

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Flock

they glide in unison

above my head

and I wonder

if they are part of some congregation

of flying winged followers

in pursuit of some greater meaning

were their souls captured

by chance while playing in the sky

when callow feathers caressed the hem of a shimmering silver cloud?

 

flight course forever derailed

doomed to roam aimlessly through the vast empty

in search for more of that thing 

that changed every thing

 

where is that damned cloud now?

 

i pity the flock that flies incessantly with no direction

don’t they realize clouds are just vapor that dissipates into the atmosphere?

stupid flock of dumb birds

it is not avian pox, nor salmonella, nor white noise, nor blinding lights, nor monsoons, why masses of birds drop to their deaths dramatically from the sky

it is the plague of heartbreak and the bitter taste on their beaks knowing their feathers will never be caressed in the same way again.

good thing we humans know better than a flock of birds, to follow some shimmering silver cloud into nothing.

 

 

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