17 and 18 of 366: Inside Out and Iris

Well, it’s Monday and it’s already been a long week. That is all, about that.

I am still on track with my movies and watched Inside Out to continue to catch up on the Oscar nominees as well as Iris to start the week.


Inside Out, nominated for best animated feature film and best original screenplay, is not just a children’s film that adults can tolerate, it’s a film that all ages must see.

Pixar delivers on the visuals, as usual, and Pete Docter of Toy Story, Up, Wall-E and Bloomington, Minn. (I did not know this!) fame draws you in with his story about a young girl whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, sending her emotions into a tailspin.

Docter created the story with Ronnie Del Carmen and co-wrote the screenplay with Megan LaFauve and Josh Cooley. The collaboration that must have occurred between those writers shows through the polished complexity, wit and human emotion in the script.

The girl in the film, Riley, is consumed by her emotions a lot of the time, the lesson being that it is normal for that to happen and that no one emotion is better or worse than the than the other. The actors playing Joy (Amy Poehler), sadness (Phyllis Smith), fear (Bill Hader), anger (Lewis Black) and disgust (Mindy Kaling) all embodied those emotions well and it seemed like they must have immersed themselves in the idea of what 11-year-old Riley was going through or easily had similar experiences in real life.

While the focus is on Riley, I enjoyed how the film also interjected the emotions of her parents as they tried to help their daughter feel at home in a new city as well as those of some of the supporting characters.

Of course the movie has a rosy conclusion, but its ups and downs provide a healthy balance to that and overall Inside Out is a story for adults and children alike to relate to.


We showed Iris at the Edina Cinema last year and I remember some of our clientele coming in wearing baubles and other gaudy accessories as an homage to the subject of the documentary, fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Such baubles and couture costume jewelry, along with Iris’ collection of round-framed glasses, artwork and vintage clothes are her signature and even inspiration for a museum exhibit in her honor.

The late documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (I have to see more of his films now) focused on Iris’ love of fashion finds growing up and trips to Europe and other countries with her husband Carl to uncover new trends and pieces for their personal collections.

Iris is in her 90s in the film, but is really young-at-heart and an inspiration to models, designers, artists and the like.

One minute she is providing tips to dress-for-success and the next she is runway-side at fashion shows in New York City.

It’s a fascinating story that draws you in visually and emotionally (seems to be a theme tonight) and shows there is more than meets the eye about Iris Apfel.

“I learned a long time ago you can’t have everything.”

– Iris






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