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I’ve Met Monday Movies. I Wouldn’t Pee on Him if His Heart Was on Fire.

Matewan is my favorite union movie in which there appears a union.

9 to 5 is my favorite union movie in which there appears no union.

May 1st is my favorite labor day, and it would be nice to have a favorite union movie where we win, but them’s the breaks.

See any movies? I might finish off Tao of Steve tonight.


September 5, 2011 - Posted by | boredom | , , ,


  1. I’ve never seen Matewan, but I suspect a movie about Matewan would be too sad for me to watch. My favorite union movie in which there appears a union is The Devil and Miss Jones,* despite the somewhat problematic specifics of its politics. Sadly, it is not commercially available on DVD, which reminds me that I need to ask my ex to burn copies of all the films I have stored on his hard drive.

    *Not to be confused with a similarly-named film in which a preposition substitutes for the conjunction.

    Comment by jms | September 5, 2011

  2. If his heart was on fire?

    Who on your breast pillows his head now,
    Jubilant to have won
    The heart beneath on fire for him alone,

    At dawn will hear you, plagued by nightmare,
    Mumble and weep
    About some blue jewel you were sworn to keep.

    Wake, blink, laugh out in reassurance,
    Yet your tears will say:
    “It was not mine to lose or give away.”

    “For love it shone – never for the madness
    Of a strange bed –
    Light on my finger, fortune in my head.”

    Roused by your naked grief and beauty,
    For lust he will burn:
    “Turn to me, sweetheart! Why do you not turn?”

    Comment by ben | September 6, 2011

  3. We watched a proper movie for the first time in weeks. Unfortunately it was not that great: Once Upon a Time in the West. It was nearly 3 hours of incoherence, 45 minutes of which consisted in tight close-ups on that ugly harmonica guy. Good violence, though!

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | September 6, 2011

  4. Hey, I like Once Upon a Time in the West! It has a fantastic opening, for one, and what’s this about its being incoherent? What are you on?

    Comment by ben | September 6, 2011

  5. I googled “turn to me sweetheart! Why do you not turn?” to find the author, and one of the results was the line of dialogue, “Say, do you know if you were drowning, he’d turn a hose on you?”

    Comment by Josh K-sky | September 6, 2011

  6. i watched on the plane _jane eyre_, _arthur_, _panda warrior?_ but all without the sound cz i hate putting on the airplane earphones
    and some of the movies were interrupted by sleeping, i would sleep, wake up and see the movies were rerunning on the screen, so the ending or beginning would be missing and the order of the sequences also were different maybe
    i enjoyed most the panda cartoon

    Comment by read | September 6, 2011

  7. 1) OUaTitW is considered a masterpiece, probably Leone’s best movie. I don’t care for Leone.

    2) Made in Dagenham, available On DeMand, should have been my Labor Day movie but I feel asleep. Uhh, kinda Norma Rae in England. I also love Matewan although somehow I feel like I’m seeing the small budget, and remembering like 5 miners striking.

    8/29/11 – Sakasu goningumi – 5 Men at the Circus Naruse 1935
    much better than it’s reputation as minor Naruse; amazing that he smoothly ran 10+ characters and 5 plotlines in 64 minutes.
    8/30/11 – Rashomon – Kurosawa 1950
    8/31/11 – In Her Skin – Simone North 2009 Australian
    9/01/11 – Farewell to the Summer Light – Yoshida 1968
    wunnerful hardcore 60s artflim;beautiful cinematography of European capitals with characters philosophizing about not having an affair;response to and comment on Hiroshima mon amour
    9/02/11 – Tokyo Sonata – Kiyoshi Kurosawa 2008
    Festival Prize winner really disappointed me;1st half was excellent about a 40 something with family losing his management job with no prospects;2nd half went off to left field but not far enough to be interesting
    9/03/11 – Kokoro – Ichikawa 1955
    Loved it;based on a hugely popular Soseki Natsume 1914 modernist novel with one layer about General Nogi’s junshi (suicide following death of Emperor Meiji); one layer about homosexuality; a layer of Buddhism; more layers within a superficially simple story. This is the stuff that makes me want to read Japanese. Ichikawa caught 1895 and 1912 Japan perfectly;Masayuki Mori was more than adequate
    9/04/11 – Inn in Tokyo – Ozu 1935
    about the very very poor, as in do we either eat or get out of the rain poor, do we rob a bar or let our kid die of dysentery poor.

    Comment by bob mcmanus | September 6, 2011

  8. I had always thought that the labor organization 9 to 5, which organized around mainly pink-collar working women’s issues before being folded into SEIU District 925, drew its name from the movie, but it was founded in 1974, six years before 9 to 5 came out. At the link the organization’s director Karen Nussbaum claims that the movie gave the organization a lot of momentum. Nothing I’ve seen with screenwriter Patricia Resnick suggests she knew about the organization, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jane Fonda, who worked on the original story, was familiar with it.

    Comment by Josh K-sky | September 6, 2011

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