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Quote of the Day: 07.20.17

You know that film term about the objects that make up a scene? Mise-en-scène? It's the fancy way of saying you can learn a lot about the scene or the character by what's in the room. It's everything that's in front of the camera from the props to the costumes to the set to the actors themselves. Take for example, one of the most recognizable characters from all of cinema, Cher Horowitz from Clueless. Cher's not just going to have a random death metal poster in her room because it's not in her character. And she's not going to dress in tattered clothes because fashion is something she cares about.

Why am I throwing out film terms so early? Well, I think you can learn a lot about what's going on in the background of the photo today.

In the bottom right, you can see an empty coffee mug which shows that I am addicted to coffee and I don't have a coffee table for my mug. A little above that you can see a bag with a chip clip on it. Particularly astute people may recognize that as a bag of World's Puffiest Sour Cream & Onion Corn Puffs from Trader Joe's. From that, you can determine that I do not adhere to the strict definitions of "breakfast foods."

Finally, on the left you can see a brown boot and a backpack. The tiny pin says "I *pink triangle* equality." During Word War II, Nazis used the pink triangle as a way to denote gay people in their internment camps. It has since been reclaimed by the LGBT community. I got it at New York City Pride a few years ago.

The boots look old because I wear them almost every day. I also own a pair in white and black because Mama didn't raise no fool. She said, if you find clothes you like and fit you right, buy one in every color. That's why my wardrobe consists of pocket T-shirts in every color of the rainbow, black jeans, and boots. Don't fix what ain't broke, y'all.

Today's quote comes from Natalie Babbitt's book, Tuck Everlasting. It's a kids' book about this girl named Winnie who meets a family, the Tucks, who can't die. It's also about her growing up and ultimately having to make the decision if she wants to live forever, too, or live a normal life. I remember watching this movie at a sleepover in middle school and everyone was talking about how cute the boy was and I was like y'all are idiots his chin is weird. Oh, sweet, young Tina. You'll figure it out.

We also watched Moulin Rogue! that night. I liked one of those movies more than the other and that's all I'll say about that.

(OH! And I wrote a guest post over on Cinema Suffragette. Go over there and read my thoughts about LGBT representation and the Cars franchise. There's an overlap. I promise.)