Saturday, July 24, 2010

My New Guilty Pleasure...

It all started quite innocently, I found a list of independent films that were a "must see" and sighed thinking they would probably never come to Jacksonville. And then, one day I read an article in the local newspaper about a small indie theater just starting up... and I was hooked! As usual, click each photo for a better view.

We found ourselves going all the time to a little section of town called 5 Points. The initial draw was the first in the film trilogy from the Swedish author Stieg Larsson, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Last night we went for the second installment "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and decided to walk around a little and I realized that there, almost in the heart of the City, is a small town.

A small town that has no malls, possesses a vibrant street life... and a little edge!

A little edge like the shop called Wolfgang where the owner has a passion for vintage motorcycles that he displays next to the fashions he sells.

Or the bar next to the theater that has this wonderfully whimsical mosaic in the outside seating area.

I love this shot of the display window of an antique shop. I like the busy feel of it, almost like a collage where you see the bike, and then the reflection of the cars, and an older woman staring at the bike probably remembering a time long ago.

There is wall art everywhere like this mural and relief mounted near the door of a shop,

or further down the street near a bead shop this mural that incorporates the reflections from the window to show what is happening in the street.

The absolute find of the day is this huge mural of a dragon or lizard, depending upon your mood, that covers the entire side of one building.

Some people love chocolate but, don't tell anyone, my new guilty pleasure is 5 Points!


  1. I saw that movie on Netflix.. It held my attention for sure... Love that mural and I can't wait to tackle that trilogy...

  2. Chrissy,
    I talked to some people after the movie and from their description the movie comes close the tension in the books. But, from their enthusiasm regarding the books I plan to go back and read them just to compare. I will say this, the first movie is plot driven, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" is action driven. It is a cross between an action drama/horror movie that is spellbinding!

  3. Yep, I can definitely agree on the movie being action driven... then again that is 'Hollywood', lol... I bet u knew that his life partner wants a piece of the royalties.... that to me is a bit unfair...( on her part, that is)... :-)

  4. Chrissy,
    The action driven part is definitely not the usual Hollywood stuff and that is what I like about small independent movies. There are two story lines moving throughout the movie and there is more tension (danger) in the new one than the previous that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    As to his life partner, the NY Times did a feature on the author and the conflict between her and his family. I guess you could say Stieg Larsson was a complicated character. Evidently he was estranged from his father and brother, but did not marry her which left her penniless despite being together for over 30 years and she says helping him with his novels. His sudden death with no valid will allowed the family to control his assets in a manner she says he would not approve. I guess we will never know...

  5. Thanks for the heads up on the second one..Can't wait to see it...The first was a definite eye opener.. It just bothers me that when someone passes, the 'vultures' come in... I will never understand how some feel entitled... His family I could see if their interest was to protect his assets from falling into the wrong hands, and I am hoping this is the case, tho, I know I am probably wrong...