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Georges Seurat, Study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,
Photo By Gail

OK, everybody recognizes the painting above, which is called A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, by French Post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat, from the movie Ferris Buellers Day Off: that much we can agree on. However, this is not that actual painting but, rather, it is a study, or a sort of trial run of the finished painting. Even though it looks very much like the painting that Cameron stared at for ages during their visit to the Art Institute of Chicago in Ferris Buellers Day Off, it is not that painting.

In fact, this isn’t even the only study that Seurat created for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which he worked over the course of two years (1884 – 1886). Focusing meticulously on the landscape of the park, Seurat reworked the original, as well as completed numerous preliminary drawings and oil sketches.  He spent hours in the park creating numerous sketches of the various figures in order to perfect their form. He concentrated on the issues of color, light, and form. The finished painting is approximately 7 by 10 feet in size.

Wikipedia also offers that, “Inspired by optical effects and perception inherent in the color theories of Michel Eugène Chevreul, Ogden Rood and others, Seurat adapted this scientific research to his painting. He contrasted miniature dots or small brushstrokes of colors that when unified optically in the human eye were perceived as a single shade or hue. He believed that this form of painting, called divisionism at the time but now known as pointillism, would make the colors more brilliant and powerful than standard brush strokes. The use of dots of almost uniform size came in the second year of his work on the painting, 1885–86. To make the experience of the painting even more vivid, he surrounded it with a frame of painted dots, which in turn he enclosed with a pure white, wooden frame, which is how the painting is exhibited today at the Art Institute of Chicago.

This photograph of the study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Lights Camera Booze: Drinking Games for Your Favorite Movies

Lights Camera Booze Book Cover

It is no secret that two of my favorite things to do are drinking and watching movies. So, I’m sure you can imagine how filled I was with ecstatic delight when I received a review copy of this fun new book called Lights Camera Booze! What a great title! Lights Camera Booze is a book filled with hilarious, illustrated Drinking Games based on many very popular movies such as American Pie, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Exciting!

Authors Kourtney Jason and Lauren Metz (with illustrations by Amanda Lanzane) have come up with games for thirty-three films, most of which are just legendary (“Bueller?”), so watching them while playing a drinking game can possibly make them even more memorable – or not, depending on how well you hold your liquor! Just looking through the pages of games made me want to start drinking and watching movies right away!

Dirty Dancing Drinking Game
Dirty Dancing Drinking Game

What makes this book even more insanely fun is that the ladies of Lights Camera Booze have also inccluded cocktail recipes related to a central theme/meme of each film (which they call the “Drink of The Game”) so you can get even more nerdily into it. For example, you can:

  • Take a sip from a Sex Panther each time Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy incorrectly states a fact!
  • Guzzle a glass of McLovin-Ade each time Seth draws a Penis in Superbad!
  • Down a White Russian each time The Dude, well, downs a White Russian in The Big Lebowski!

LCB Trivia
Trivia From Legally Blonde

And in case your head is not already exploding in anticipation of playing all of these games while enjoying moments of sweet nostalgia during your favorite movies, each game is also accompanied by a list of interesting trivia associated with that title. Did you know that after the film Scream’s release, the use of Caller ID more than tripled? I did not know that!

Lights Camera Booze would make the Best Christmas Gift Ever for the film-addicted booze hounds on your list and absolutely must be kept on hand for all of your future Movie Watching Parties.

Lights Camera Booze can be purchased in both Paperback and Kindle formats via Amazon.com by clicking This Link!

RIP John Hughes

John Hughes Signature

Yesterday’s sudden news that director/screenwriter John Hughes had passed away from a heart attack at age 59 shocked and saddened me. I was already in my twenties when Hughes’ films – my favorites being the brilliant and hilarious Sixteen Candles, and the staggering work of genius that is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – were exploding all over the universe and creating pop culture memes and buzz phrases that we still perpetuate today. While I loved and was highly entertained by his movies, they didn’t have the life-changing effect on me that many of his films had on teenagers. Just a glance at the countless comments flooding my Face Book newsfeed since last evening say that much. I think that the pop-culture paradigm shift initiated by Hughes is perhaps best illustrated in this touching and uniquely personal remembrance, Sincerely, John Hughes by Alison Byrne Fields from her blog, We’ll Know When We Get There. Please have some tissues handy. I would like to close this post with one of my favorite lines from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “Cameron is so uptight, if you shoved a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you would have a diamond.” Farewell John Hughes, rest in peace.

Where Are They Now: The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


Alan Ruck, Mia Sara and Matthew Broderick

Ever wonder whatever happened to the cast of the greatest teen movie ever made, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Find out now at This Link.

“This Really Blew My Mind”: The Economy According to Ben Stein

Ben!

Ben Hosting Win Ben Stein’s Money

Almost everyone knows Ben Stein from his immortal role as the High School Economics professor in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (most famous line, “Beuller…Bueller… Bueller?”) or his current stint as dead-pan co-host of VH1’s fantastic reality  show, Americas Most Smartest Model (9:00 PM Sundays). But few people know that Ben Stein is actually a sage economist in real life! Here’s Stein’s latest article for the NY Times, The Long and Short of It at Goldman Sachs, which had everyone in my office at a Wall Street-based Global Banking Firm buzzing wildly. I especially love Stein’s clever integration of pop culture/music trivia into his economic diatribe. Enjoy!