Welcome to The Dead House Blog Tour!
Today I am joint host along with http://darkfaerietales.com so be sure to check them out as well.
If you are new to this tour and would like to start yourself from the beginning and work your way, down, then feel free to take a look at the list of blogs below on where to go =)
Top 5 Movie Recommendations:
Movie 1: The Fountain
This movie is everything. It tells a story over three time periods, all involving the
love story between a husband and his wife. There are many readings of this
movie, but here is mine:
Thread 1: Modern day. A husband is searching for the cure for cancer, which
his wife is dying from. He is so obsessed with saving her, that he misses much
of her remaining time. Their relationship is beautiful, real and powerful. She tells
him a story about the Mayan idea of the afterlife: The nebula Xibalba, where
they will meet when they both die in time for the nebula itself to die in a beautiful
explosion. Sheshows him a story she has been working on, that of a 16th
Century conquistador on a mission to find the tree of life for his Queen Isabella.
She asks her husband to finish the story for her. He tells her he doesn’t know
the ending, to which she replies: you will.
The husband does find a cure for cancer, in that of the bark of a rare tree found
in the Amazon rainforest, but before there is any hope of developing it, his wife
dies. He takes her death very hard. In an earlier scene, he lost his wedding ring,
so in a moment of pain, he uses his fountain pen to tattoo a ring on his ring
finger using his ink. He becomes obsessed with finishing her book.
At her snowy grave, he plants a seed from the tree discovered in the Amazon,
which came too late to save her.
Thread 2: Conquistador Tomás Verde plunges deep into the forest in Mayan
territory, searching for the tree of life at the behest of Queen Isabella, whom
he loves. H encounters Mayan warriors, and is injured, but does find the tree
of life growing in a beautiful garden. He drinks from the tree, and is healed,
but soon vines and plants grown from within him and he is completely taken
over by nature where he will live forever.
Thread 3: A bald-headed man, monk-like, travels through space in a bubble.
With him in the bubble is a large, dying tree. He makes sure to keep the tree
alive, while he inks his body with ring-tattoos, using a very old, eroded fountain
pen (or what remains of it). He is covered in markings. He still doesn’t know
how to finish the story, but visions of his wife tell him he knows the ending.
He treats the tree as a loved-one, talking to it, and having visions of his wife.
The tree begins to die as they reach the nebula Xibalba, and so he separates
off in his own bubble and reached Xibalba just as it dies, exploding into beautiful light.
Why I love it:
The idea that the husband loved his wife so deeply that she was with him
forever. No doubt, the tree of life, discovered in the Amazon, which cures
cancer and lets a person live forever, which grew over his wife’s grave, is
the one he is later in, within the bubble. I choose to see this as the same man,
centuries later, when technology allows him to go to Xibalba with the tree, the
last remaining thing of his wife. The second thread in the story is the one they
wrote together. She wrote the beginning, and he the end (involving the tree of
life and the death/eternal life of the Conquistador.
The bathtub scene! (And the entire score by Clint Mansell)
Movie 2: In Her Shoes
In Her Shoes tells the story of a pair of sisters. One (Rose), a shy,
body-conscious, successful lawyer; the other (Maggie), a party-girl who never
grew beyond high school and never made a success in life. They have nothing
in common but their shoe size. Rose is frustrated with Maggie’s constant
drunken behavior, and particularly the way that Maggie always borrows her
shoes without asking! I love this film because of many things (including the
sweet romance and the self-betterment of the sisters while apart), but I
especially love the core of the story—that these two sisters love each other,
need each other and will never give up on each other.
Why I love it:
I love this movie for so many reasons, but mainly because it’s wish fulfillment
for me. It’s what I want Kaitlyn and I to experience. Kaitie, I love you.
When Rose comes to meet her grandmother and finds that Maggie is already
living there. When Rose runs to the top of the stairs, Rocky-style!
Movie 3: Keeping Mum
This film is brilliant, poignant and darkly comic. In the opening, a pregnant young mum is traveling on a train with a
large coffin, which the train conductor notices is bleeding . . . The train is
stopped and the young woman is arrested. She confesses that her husband
is in the box, chopped into little pieces because he was cheating on her.
“Well, I couldn’t very well let him get away with it, could I?” is her serious
The movie then opens to a dysfunctional family 43 years later. A sexually
frustrated and bored wife (Gloria), her vicar (and bible-obsessed husband), Walter, her nymphomaniac daughter, Holly, and her
bullied son, Petey—accept the services of a housekeeper by the name of Grace. She is given
a room where she can store her very large, very old trunk…
After many shenanigans, two murders, a tear-jerking love story, a lovely
cup of tea and a hilarious sermon, it is finally revealed that the housekeeper
is in face Gloria’s mother, arrested 43 years earlier for the murder of Gloria’s
A brilliant black comedy, very British! Teaching the world how popping the
kettle on solves everything. (A spade helps, too).
Why I love it:
It’s the perfect blend of charming, hilarious and touching. Dame Maggie
Smith does a wonderful job! The dynamics between Gloria and her husband
are brilliant, especially when he comes to his passion and love for her again.
I would love to feel loved like that.
Movie 4: Lost and Delirious
This film kills me. Kills me every time I watch it. The perfect soundtrack to a
perfectly tragic love story. Told through the eyes of a new girl (Mouse) to an
all-girls boarding school, it explores the relationship between the two girls who
become her friend—Paulie and Tori. They are two girls in love, and everything seems perfect.
Until Tori’s sister walks in on them naked in bed together. This changes
everything for Tori and she realizes that she has to give up Paulie to keep
her family. But can Paulie live without her?
Why I love it:
It feels honest. It’s tragic, but honest. Paulie and Tori look genuinely in love,
and the issue about coming out and accepting who you are, and your family
accepting who you are, is a profound and deeply explored issue here. It
explores this very difficult situation to a beautiful degree and doesn’t shy
away from the hard truths that may come from decisions like these. I wish
I was that strong. I wish I could say . . . everything I’d like to say. But I can’t.
Best moment: When Paulie declares her love for Tori in the library in front
of everyone. When Paulie talks about love in her English class. And when
Tori tells her sister that Paulie means nothing to her. Plus: the finale. It breaks
Movie 5: K-Pax
K-Pax tells the story of a man who calls himself “Prot” and claims to be an
alien from the planet K-Pax. He is swiftly committed to the Manhattan
Psychiatric institute where he meets Dr Mark Powell, who attempts to cure
him of these “delusions”.
When Prot reveals that he is due to leave planet earth to go back to K-Pax
on a specific date, Dr Powell believes this to be an important date in Prot’s
life—perhaps a date on which he suffered an extreme psychological trauma.
What I love:
The dual story—is Prot really an alien, inhabiting a broken man’s body, as he
claims? His scientific and astronomic knowledge would seem to indicate,
especially since top scientists were “wowed” by him. Or is Prot an alter ego,
created by a man’s deep trauma, as is revealed in the regression sessions?
Every. Single. One.
And that's it for this tour stop!
Thank you very much for joining me.
Thank you to Dawn & everyone at Indigo for letting me be a part of this tour.
Until next time, folks!