There are few things cruddier than being stuck in bed with the flu, but i'm thanking the stars above for instant watching on Netflix . . . distracting me from all the aches and pains with some of my favorite films. One of which is the John Cassavetes masterpiece of mayhem and true love, Minnie and Moskowitz, starring Seymour Cassel and the always radiant, Gena Rowlands.
It's a neurotic love story about the unlikely pairing of a hot-tempered parking lot attendant and an emotionally fragile museum curator, who go through loads of childish dramz in order to come to terms with their feelings for one another. It also features wonderful footage of long-gone Hollywood locations, as well as one of the funniest bad date scenes in cinema history.
Not to mention Minnie's perfect style, fabulous apartment, and signature giant sunnies (which are like another character in themselves). It's a passionate roller-coaster, only good for those who can stomach lots of yelling, but also shows beautifully what can happen when you let go of unrealistic expectations and surrender to your heart.
Above: Minnie's amazing Miracle Mile Apartment (accessorized with a killer old book collection, brass daybed, and Cocteau-esque eye mural) Below: Minnie and her antique needlepoint handbag at C.C. Brown's legendary ice cream parlour on Hollywood, Blvd. (which was a favorite date spot of Marilyn's). C.C.'s was tragically gutted in the '90s, much to my heartbreak, though it's lovely that it is preserved forever in a beautiful scene.