On the Side of the Road

…just outside of Cholame there is a lonely stretch a road that winds between sun drenched hills there is an intersection that is the location, on a September 30th, one of the brightest stars in Hollywood was snuffed out. James Dean.

I had been to the crash site of James Dean as a kid, in fact you’ll get to see that in a bit, but it had been years, and it was worth a revisit for me, also Patrick had never been.

While there is a James Dean memorial along the highway, the actual crash site where James Dean met his end is at the intersection of 41 and 46 (though in 1955, it was 466), and those in the know pay their respects there. Often it’s easy to spot as those who love Jimmy leave tokens.

It was incredibly winding and brutally hot. I was thankful for wearing a dress that was a little too big and sans belt. Plus we had been on the road since 7 in the morning, so comfort was a bit of a priority.

After stopping at the crash site, we went to the memorial.

I also felt a need to recreate a childhood photo. I think this photo is from 1996…

Shame the rattle snake sign wasn’t there anymore!

I guess it should be noted that we have indeed arrived in California and are off having lots of fun adventures! And as much as I love instant blogging, my 11-inch laptop is quite the change from our 27-inch iMac with regards to editing photos! Also I’m often just beat by the end of the day! So we’ll see if more blogs posts happen while we’re here! Otherwise it will be a flood of posts when we get back to Portland!

We Interrupt the Vintage: Childhood Movie Edition

We interrupt the vintage to share a movie review and a glimpse into the AR as a child.

As a child born in 1988 I grew up in the throng of the Disney Renaissance. The Little Mermaid, the film that kicked off Disney’s animation comeback was released in 1989, and with the invention of the VCR, children of the 1990s grew up on a steady diet of Disney fantasies, for they could now experience the old classics such as Cinderella and Snow White too. Waking Sleeping Beauty, now showing at The Hollywood, tells the house of cards like story of the Disney animation department, which was actually kicked out of the original animation building and moved to a much less glamorous location after the dismal reception to the 1985 film The Black Cauldron.The documentary chronicles the trials and rough patches that the animators had to sit through as Michael Eisner, Jeffery Katzenberg and Roy E. Disney spared over film titles, budgets and methods of animation. Covering the span of films from The Black Cauldron to The Lion King, Waking Sleeping Beauty dives into the technical innovation of the sequel The Rescuers Down Under, which was done all in the computer, and the classical Broadway musical approach that was first used in The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast, my favorite, was also the pinnacle of this period, earning the Golden Globe for Best Picture Musical or Comedy, and earning an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, the first animated film to do so, and the only until Up last year. The film however ends on a sour note, since Disney has somewhat reached the same point it was in 1980, and has let Pixar take over the genre of good family films.Let’s face it, Emperor’s New Groove was pathetic to say the least, and The Princess and the Frog was no where near capturing the magic that The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast did.

I was obsessed to say the least with Beauty and the Beast as a child, seeing it five times in cinemas (a sixth later in life when it was re-released with its missing song “Human Again”) and watched it repeatedly on VHS while playing with B&B toys, wearing B&B t-shirts and sleeping under a B&B comforter. But I was also a lover of the other films to come out of the Disney Renaissance, such as The Rescuers Down Under, Aladdin, The Lion King and Pocahontas.

For me, this film is of great importance, as it should be for many my age. It dives into the heart and soul of our childhood films and what it took to produce such excellent and heartfelt films. Check out the film’s website to see where the film is showing and more info. If there is no cinema showing it near you, just wait until November 30th, when it will be released on DVD.