twentynine palm

A love story

The sun bleeds out across the sky, its light diffusing across the sand and over the twisted bodies of the Joshua Trees. There’s a coolness in the air; the passive touch of a desert winter. A car pulls up at an almost empty hotel, dispensing 3 Australians before the expanse of the land. So this was Twenty-nine Palms. A road trip through the Mojave and the fleeting day-warmth leaves stomachs empty, but even more so, hearts. Hearts, longing to continue drinking in something beautiful, something comforting; to continue being lulled by sheer experience. And they were not disappointed, for down the bare road lay a true treasure, a bastion of culinary culture and the ultimate classy dining experience: Dennys. And that is the story of how an Australian girl met America. 

They do make a good burger though

USA. California. Twentynine Palms. March 11, 1991. Six-year-old Raymond Robles, of Yucca Valley Calif., wears a gas mask and carries a gun and a flag as he waits to greet Marines returning from the Persian Gulf. Robles, whose father is a retired Marine, says he wants to enlist when he grows up. Nearly 1,000 people turned out to greet the 800 Marines who returned home to Twentynine Palms.

Photograph: Nick Ut/AP


Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, these are my film recommendations in honor of the criminal, outcast, and destructive lovers, which also happen to be my favorite! My choices aren’t all cynical, but besides the relationships that are preserved through death, I don’t think I need to put it any simpler than Haneke on the tragedy of love: “They each want something different. They don’t want the same thing which is why ‘love’ doesn’t work. In general, everyone has an expectation of love—I have an expectation of love, you have an expectation of love. But most of the time, I don’t care about your expectation, I just care about my own expectation.”

All descriptions are taken from IMDb and Wikipedia.

Bad Timing (1980)

“A psychiatrist living in Vienna enters a torrid relationship with a married woman. When she ends up in the hospital from an overdose, an inspector becomes set on discovering the demise of their affair.”

Gun Crazy (1950)

“A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is.”

La Pianiste or The Piano Teacher (2001)

“A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.”

Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

“An alcoholic marries a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his ‘passion’ together.”

Love (2015)

“Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.”

The Notebook (2004)

“A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.”

Buffalo 66 (1998)

“After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, who he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.”

Blind (2007)

“In late 19th century’s Netherlands, an albino woman and a blind man develop an indiscriminate love for one another. Will love be blind?”        

Victoria (2015)

“A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.”

La vie d'Adèle or Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

“Adèle’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.”

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

“A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.”

Pierrot le Fou (1965)

“Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.”

Secretary (2002)

“A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.”

Blue Valentine (2010)

“The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.”

The Lobster (2015)

“In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.”      

Amour Fou (2014)

“Heinrich wishes to conquer death through love, and when he meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance, she expresses interest in a suicide pact when she learns she has a terminal illness.”

Heaven Knows What (2014)

“Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose and sets her passion ablaze. So, when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin.”

Átame! or Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)

“An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.”

Moulin Rouge (2001)

“A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.”

Der freie Wille or The Free Will (2006)

“A man is released from a mental institution after serving 9 years.”

500 Days of Summer (2009)

“An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.”

Boy Meets Girl (1984)

“After being dumped, brooding romantic Alex nearly kills his friend Thomas, who has been conducting an affair with his girlfriend. The despondent Alex then wanders aimlessly through Paris. Along the way, he overhears a suicidal girl, Mireille, breaking up with her boyfriend over an intercom. Later he meets Mireille at a party, and as the night wears on, the two lonely young people begin to fall for each other.”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

“When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.”

Natural Born Killers (1994)

“Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.”

Before Sunrise (1995)

“A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.”

An Education (2009)

“A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.”

One Day (2011)

“After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.”

The Getaway (1972)

“A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.”

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

“After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.”

Krótki film o milosci or A Short Film About Love (1988)

“An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.”

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

“Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.”

Nekromantik (1987)

“A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.”

The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

“A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover.”

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

“A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.”

Badlands (1973)

“An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.”

Twentynine Palms (2003)

“A photographer and his lover drive to the California desert in a red Hummer.”

Titanic (1997)

“A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.”

Sid and Nancy (1986)

“The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.”

Something Wild (1961)

“When college girl Mary Ann Robinson is attacked, her world is shattered. Unable to carry on a normal routine with her critical mother, Mary Ann takes a room in a New York City hovel and accepts a job at a dime store as she struggles to come to grips with her ordeal. Sinking into isolation, she attempts suicide and is saved by a concerned bystander, lonely auto mechanic Mike. Mary Ann moves in with Mike but soon questions his motives for wanting to help.”

A Walk to Remember (2002)

“The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.”

All the Days Before Tomorrow (2007)

“Wes and Alison are pals who ought to be lovers, but their timing has never been right.”

Portret v sumerkakh or Twilight Portrait (2011)

“Three policemen sexually assault Marina, a well-to-do social worker with a doting husband, and the crime alters her life immeasurably.”

The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

“An obese, embittered nurse doesn’t mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs.”

The Sugarland Express (1974)

“A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don’t go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road.”

Carol (2015)

“An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.”

Downloading Nancy (2008)

“An unhappy wife orders a guy she meets over the Internet to kill her, but the two of them fall in love.”

Blackbird (2007)

“A teen runaway falls in love with a fellow heroin junkie. But the two are far too deep in their drug addictions for love to offer any hope.”

Wanda (1970)

“Wanda is a wanderer in a dreary Rust Belt town, drifting from bars to motels, jobs to jobs and men to men. She’s directionless and futureless, an aging beauty seen by men as usable and disposable. She hands over custody of her children because she knows they’re better with their father. She eventually tags along with Norman Dennis, a petty criminal on the run. He’s desperate, disreputable and abusive, but Wanda, meekly accepting her fate, still sleeps with him.”

Låt den rätte komma in or Let the Right One In (2008)

“Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.”

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

“Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks.”

anonymous asked:

What are some of your favourite disturbing/depressing movies?

Keep in mind that many of these movies could count as both depressing and disturbing, but I’m categorizing them based on how I felt once they were over!


In a Glass Cage, Pi, Salo, Irreversible, Elephant, Benny’s Video, Miss Violence, Catch Me Daddy, Man Bites Dog, Martyrs, Fat Girl, Zero Killed, I Stand Alone, I Spit on Your Grave, Gummo, The Snowtown Murders, Red White and Blue, Baxter, Der Todesking, Deadgirl, Compliance, Bully, Pig, The Bunny Game, A Serbian Film, Inside, Funny Games, Nekromantik, August Underground Trilogy, Audition, The Human Centipede Trilogy, 90 Minutter, Stoic, The Killer Inside Me, Dead Man’s Shoes, Twentynine Palms, Schramm, Angst, Ken Park, Baise-Moi, The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, Stoker, The Girl Next Door, Eden Lake, Under the Skin, Cannibal Holocaust, Blue Velvet, Dog Pound, High Tension, Antichrist, Subconscious Cruelty, Happiness, A Clockwork Orange, Frontiers, Hard Candy, Red State, Excision, Hostel, The Devil’s Rejects, Megan is Missing, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Aftermath, Se7en, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Last House on the Left, An American Crime, Fish Tank, Kidnapped, and Kids.


 The Road, Into the Wild, Sleepers, The Place Beyond the Pines, American History X, Sling Blade, Requiem For a Dream, Titanic, A Single Man, Dogville, Blue Valentine, White Oleander, The Virgin Suicides, Melancholia, In Her Skin, Klass, Twilight Portrait, Code Blue, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Love Eternal, Victoria, The Duke of Burgundy, The Piano Teacher, The Fountain, Amour Fou, Black Metal Veins, Love, Przypadek, The Seventh Seal, Enter the Void, Naked, Synecdoche New York, Clean Shaven, Romeo & Juliet, Paha Maa, Suicide Room, The Sunset Limited, The Pursuit of Happyness, Leviathan, Come and See, Boys Don’t Cry, Dancer in the Dark, Lilya 4-Ever, Filth, Boy Meets Girl, Don’t Let Me Die on a Sunday, One Day, Moulin Rouge, Heaven Knows What, Bang Bang You’re Dead, Nymphomaniac, Walkabout, Force Majeure, Dear Zachary, A Coffee in Berlin, Un Homme Qui Dort, Boy Interrupted, Reign Over Me, Into the Abyss, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Ben X, Blue is the Warmest Color, April Showers, Taste of Cherry, Detachment, The Butterfly Effect, How to Die in Oregon, Leaving Las Vegas, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Taxi Driver, Trainspotting, Hide Your Smiling Faces, Girl Interrupted, The Tree of Life, I Origins, The Double, Gimme Shelter, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, Dead Poets Society, Another Earth, Lake Mungo, Beaches, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, Mysterious Skin, and the House of Sand and Fog.