Thursday, February 11, 2010

Let's Reflect on the Mirror

Today’s Theme Thursday is MIRROR

Want to know what one of the top ten most depressing things ever is? Looking at yourself in the department store fitting room mirrors as you shop for clothes.

What in the hell have they done with these particular mirrors? Are they circus fun mirrors that my gnomes installed to laugh at people? Because no matter how fit or good you might really look? These mirrors will turn you into the Michelin Man…

Mirrors are generally evil. Look at the Mirror on the Wall in the Disney movie. He ratted out Snow White! And we all know that any good detective uses a mirror to check a body to see if it is breathing. No…I don’t trust mirrors.

I don’t mind looking in the mirror. I know it might surprise some of my readers that I actually have a reflection. But let me reflect on some of my favorite movie scenes involving mirrors…

One of my favorite scenes involving a rear view mirror is from a 70s classic car chase movie called "Gumball Rally" when Raul Julia (I still miss him…) rips the rear view mirror off his sports car as he says “The first rule of Italian Driving…what’s behind me is not important!” That pretty much sums up my driving attitude! You can see it about halfway through this trailer.

I must include the Mirror of Elesed from Harry Potter. That was a cool mirror. You would only see what you most desired in it.

Of course, the classic Bruce Lee scene in the mirror room is one of my favorites. It’s at the very end of “Enter the Dragon.” By the way, there’s a great parody of that movie in another 70s obscure movie called “Kentucky Fried Movie.” You can see the mirror scene at about a minute and a half into the footage here.

Let’s not forget “The Shining” when we found out REDRUM wasn’t a new Captain Morgan product sold in China. No, looking in the mirror spelled out something significantly creepier. That whole movie gave me the creeps. I saw a special version of it as a sneak preview before it first came out and I’ve never seen one of the scenes in it since. But the mirror scene is a classic…you can see the scene here.

Oh, and of course there is that gross scene in “Poltergeist” where he’s looking in the mirror and sees something on his face and proceeds to pick at it until of course he’s picked all the way down to his skeleton! This is why you should never “pick and flick”! You can see the gruesome piece here.


Of course…if you’ll remember, I am selling my vanity mirrors still over at VE’s Vanity store…


68 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Ewwwwww to the Poltergeist pick and can someone please tell me where to buy a mirror like the one in the last pic. Although the skinny one does look too skinny somehow. FOA

God bless.

Mrsupole said...

14 FOA in a row, is that a new record for me. I think I need to go look in the mirror and see if I look any different......nah, I still look the same, wow that sucks. I really need that mirror.

Maybe I should turn the lights on when I look in the mirror....nah, still look the same......that really sucks.

subby said...

Mrsupole, why bother to count? My new challenge is to just show up here, heh...

And I think I posted something about the Queen's mirror, VE...oh yes...I did; twisted as it is..muwahahahahaaa!

subby said...

And loved Gumball Ralley!

And Blue Oyster Cult; two recordings: "Mirrors" and "Curse of the Hidden Mirror";

Aerosmith's "Done with Mirrors"

I challenge you to find more, sir!( duelling glove is off! )

subby said...

Poltergeist didn't earn me an appetite; that's for sure! I'll stick with the REDRUM!

Tom said...

ugh, i was eating frosted flakes when the Poltergeist pic scrolled by...thanks for that!

subby said...

@Tom, I finished mine well ere reading this, heh, heh...

Alan Burnett said...

Some great mirror images there and some reminders of fine films. As for the vanity mirror, I'm off to order one now.

Uncivil said...

Oh man, I had forgotten all about Raul Julia? He was a great actor, and a joy to watch.

Collette said...

I believe most mirrors are products of the government, meant to make us look bad so we purchase more beauty & diet aids. Except that last pic, in which she is rather on the thin side. You gotta have some meat on your bones.

Brian Miller said...

mmm...lovely. i avoid mirrors. they are an evil invention...if i can not see it i obviously dont need to shave...

Chris Eldin said...

Some mirrors are so creative and fun...
;-)

Quirkyloon said...

First of all I am SHOCKED to learn that you do indeed have a reflection! I'm not sure I can get over this revelation.

And...

Who the hell is Harry Potter?

HA!

monica said...

alrighty...The Shining scared me as well.. In my younger days I used to love Stephen King...
funny, just remembered I did a paper once when studying French about commercials, called "Le Miroir de la vie"

Roy Scribner said...

Wait, you're not a multi-millionaire blogger? Crap, that's the only reason I've been stalking you!

Unfinished Rambler said...

Hey, you know what? I can see myself in that mirror lounging amongst the millions I made from blogging too. How cool!

I wouldn't mind having that vanity mirror too, especially if I got to see that chick every morning. ;) Um...yeah, not saying I want to have a sex change. Uh, no. Anyhow...

Also love the inclusion of the Bruce Lee movie, one of my favs, but I forgot about that scene.

e said...

Still laughing at the last! Terrific post, VE!

VE said...

Mrsupole – First Ewwww of the day! Woohoo! Oh, and did you know second is the new first? It’s much harder to get a legitimate second (where the first isn’t also you)!

Subby – And you’re doing a good job at just showing up! In fact, perfect so far. Ok, gloves off, eh? Of course Aerosmith starts “Dream On” looking in a mirror. Don’t forget the mirror scene from the Marx Brother’s “Duck Soup”. But since the gloves are off, let’s stretch ourselves…how about the mirror bit in “The Thin Man”? Your turn!

Tom – Yum…frosted flakes. I’m going with Cocoa Puffs this morning…

Subby – This is the best blog to read when eating food! Ha!

Alan – Ok, but I hope you enjoy wearing women’s underwear…

Uncivil – For once we agree completely. Raul Julia is bi-partisan! He was great in that Harrison Ford movie, Presumed Innocent (I think that’s what it was called)…

Collette – Ah, the government made them. That makes a lot of sense…

Brian – Eventually I have to shave though…I hate sleeping on a pillow with a beard…

Chris – Yes…I was tempted to use my book story in this somehow…

Quirkyloon – Actually…it’s just a rented reflection. You can rent them for cheap in Transylvania…

Monica – Odd, I haven’t read much Stephen King since the Pet Cemetery days…and how many language DO you know? I have trouble with one…

Roy – Well…not multi…

Kurt said...

I still haven't seen Poltergeist.

VE said...

unfinished rambler - I must be sentimental today...Bruce Lee and Raul Julia are two actors I do miss...

e - Think how many millions of those mirrors I could sell!

VE said...

kurt - Oh come one, I can't believe that. One of the great suburban scare flicks...I made the mistake of putting that on when my son was seven...I forgot just how scary it was. That was six years ago...he's almost better...

Elizabeth said...

Ahhh, I haven't seen the Shining in probaly over 10 years and I still remember that scean! Soooo scary!

ReformingGeek said...

I'm thinking there is someone watching behind the mirrors in the dressing room which is crazy because a lot of people look like that last photo and I'm not referring to the reflection!

I love the Harry Potter mirror.

My mirror cracked.....uh oh.

The Incredible Woody said...

I'll take about a dozen of those vanity mirrors.

anthonynorth said...

Some amazing mirrors there - especially at the end.

Gladys said...

I want a vanity mirror. I also want the mirror from Harry Potter. Heck I just want to look in the mirror and not have an old hag looking back at me.

Plus I think that women's swim suit stores put those fun house mirrors in their dressing rooms. Otherwise you wouldn't see half the people in bikinis on the beach in bikinis.

Jacki said...

Ohhh, do you sell mirrors that make you look like Salma Hayek? I would LOVE to have her body, even if it was only in a mirror.

But seriously, I never try on clothes in stores. I always take them home and try them on. As long as I buy the smallest size, it usually fits. I have a fear of public dressing rooms for some reason.

cathouse teri said...

There really are better and worse mirrors. Expensive department stores have the better mirrors.

And my mom. My mom has the best mirror. I grew up thinking I was beautiful. :)

LadyCat said...

Some scary photos here! I like the Harry Potter mirror and the rear view miror quote : ) And those fitting room mirrors...yikes! I just went shopping for some jeans last week and I am still traumitized.

subby said...

VE, pick a western..any western...sooner or later you'll get to the saloon brawl and the big mirror behind the bar getting broken...except "Silverado" and a coupl others...don't think any got broken in those.


Gotcha! An old episode of Electra Woman & Dyna Girl where the villian used mirrors to bend light round a house thus making it "invisible"...

Annie Oakley used a small mirror in some of her trick shots...

Alice In Wonderland...

Oh...you meant musically? OOPS!

C said...

OMG! That Poltergeist photo is just creepy! LOL! Ick! I think I watched too many horror movies as a kid, because to this day I cannot walk past a mirror at night without being scared that I'll see someone behind me or something! LOL!

VE said...

Incredible woody – Excellent…my millions will be rolling in very soon…

Anthonynorth – Mirrors aren’t to be trusted…that seems to be the bottom line!

Gladys – Is that what happened to the beach people. I always wondered how that came down…

Jacki – Ha! Yes, I’m sure all the fitting rooms have secret cameras going to some stupid live porn site…

Teri – Doh! You mean I’m cheap? And growing up thinking you were beautiful? You are!

Ladycat – I’ll bet fitting room designers are laughing their heads off when they install those hideous mirrors…

Subby – Good ones. How about in The Matrix where she looks through her rear view mirror on her motorcycle to watch Neo getting arrested?

C – It’s true…I always look for somebody else in the mirror…

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Ewww on so many levels;-)

subby said...

VE, never watched any of the trio( don't gasp now! )...but I did like the scene in the abyss with the "water-form" reflections!

Dreamhaven said...

Don't forget Alice and Through The Looking Glass. Great choices for this weeks theme

CatLadyLarew said...

I could really use one of those vanity mirrors!

nonamedufus said...

Loved The Shining. REDRUM, yeah, thanks for the reminder. Great Jack Nicholson flick.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

a great meander! -jayne

VE said...

elizabeth - Hey, I missed you here. Yeah...the Shining isn't one of those movies you sit around with the family and say, "hey, let's watch this!"...

reforminggeek - Call me in 7 years when your bad luck is over...

perpetual chocoholic - (VE files EWWWW away into his EWWWW hall of fame...)

subby - I'm concerned for you. If you ever do...stop after the first.

dreamhaven - Who could forget Alice?

catladylarew - They are quite popular...

nonamedufus - Jack was outstanding in that one...but he usually is...

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Dearest VE,
I really should avoid mirrors now .
Thanks for your warning! lol
For my reflections,
I rely on my hubby and daughters' sights.
hugs
shakira

nursemyra said...

I miss Raul Julia too :-(

Maureen said...

Mirrors ARE evil... especially ones I walk into unexpectedly... it's been known to happen.

Leah said...

Oh that scene in the Shining! Terrifyingly fun.

And yes, what is it about those dressing room mirrors, for the love of all things holy???

Brian o vretanos said...

I loved the Gumball Rally - tragically, it's never been available here on DVD.

Mirrors are also useful if you need to read backwards tattoos, as in Memento.

Ariel said...

This was an interesting take on mirrors.I liked the Bruce Lee pic and the last one is hilarious.
Thank you for visiting ariel.If you get a chance to visit Kerala, don't miss a trip on the houseboat, a journey through the backwaters. And beaches are a must visit too.

Titanium said...

Department store mirrors are just evil and wrong. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Thanks for the spook-out; creepy stuff, that last one. :)

Sometimes, the best mirror I’ve got is the look in my daughter’s eyes.

Betsy said...

Well, I soooo agree with the dressing room mirrors! LOL! And..I want that full length magic mirror in the last shot! :)

California Girl said...

Good references and fun associations. Just found out my link never took and am now #77. If it weren't for Subby alerting me to that fact, I wouldn't have known. ah well.

Nessa said...

Don't look into a mirror someone else is holding. They will capture your soul and turn you into a zombie.

A New Old Fairy Tale

Magpie said...

Mirrors are cruel...I think some of the problem is the lighting in the changing rooms too...yea, let's go with that!!

JenJen said...

Mirrors...hmmm. VE what do they show us?

Janna said...

Reading Nessa's comment...
So, if I look into a mirror someone posted on their blog, does that mean they now have my soul and I'm a zombie?

It might explain why I'm hungry all of a sudden... except instead of craving flesh and brains, I'm craving orange sherbet with hot fudge on it.

aladdinsane12 said...

that's so funny you should write about mirrors, because i just watched this video yesterday. did you see it, too? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tjoqhx_dwk&feature=player_embedded

Ronda Laveen said...

I'll take a baker's dozen of the vanity mirrors, please. Oh, and the same amount of cupcakes, please.

Tammy said...

Wild collection of mirrors. Love the Bruce Lee one. Giggle.

secret agent woman said...

You missed one. Stand outside your car soemtime and check you reflection in the side view mirror Gah! I swear, they add 20 years.

JeffScape said...

Oh, snap... you had me at Enter the Dragon.

padraig said...

You forgot about one of the better Star Trek episodes, Mirror Mirror.

Generally unknown but true story, the whole "seven year's bad luck" urban legend is a plant. Mirrors got it into the social lexicon to prevent people from breaking them. I know this, because the man in the mirror told me it was true...

gab said...

VE!!!!!!!!! YOU PROMISED TO NEVER SHOW THAT PICTURE OF ME IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR! lol
Seems kinda funny I look in the mirror and I see fat me I put on my clothes and I see semi large me. Not as big with the clothes on. so I guess that last picture is really the way I see myself. Large backside normal front side lol.

Candie Bracci said...

Oh yeah nice collection here!

Chris C said...

Wow a Kentucky Fried movie reference. Nice!

Rex Danger thrill seeker!

Chris C said...

Argg meant Rex Kramer danger seeker.

VE said...

shAKirA – Those are wise reflections and the only one that counts! Oh…and welcome…

nursemyra – He died way before his prime!

Maureen – You were probably thinking…”why is that person who looks just like me getting so close?” Doh!

Leah – They are cruel...and they make no sense. You’d think they’d want flattering mirrors so people would buy clothes…

Brian – We have it. I had it on VHS too…

Ariel – Welcome, and I’ve already made a note about Kerala for future reference…

Titanium – That is the best mirror of all! I wouldn’t trust her for fashion advice though…

Betsy – My vanity store is quite popular selling that mirror…

California girl – A few comments in a row and you’d be surprised how high you can climb on the list. I have people wander in around Mar and by the end of the year they are way up there…

Nessa – Can I at least charge them for soul rental?

Magpie – Yes…no light would help…

Jenjen – I know, I know…I was tempted to go there…

Janna – No, it has to be in real life…if there is such a thing…

Aladdinsane – That is a koinkydink!

Ronda – They come free with a sale of two mirrors or more! You’re in luck…

Tammy – Welcome…yes, you won’t find the usual around here…

Secret agent woman – Plus…objects are closer that they look…

Jeffscape – You bethca! Remember…Bruce Lee kicked Chuck Norris’s ass!

Padraig – That’s good to know…I suspected foul play with that one…

Gab – Just see what you want to see…that’s my motto…

Candie – The eclectic and me are one and the same…

Chris – You know it! I still remember the one with the KFC box pouring grease out…some things don’t change…

Baino said...

Very unhappy that you chose to publish my photo in that last shot. Very unhappy!

CocoDivaDog said...

Hey VE,
As usual, your fantastical nonsense always makes me smile.
BTW, I've had to pull the plug on my old blog Listen2Auntie. You can find my alter ego at CocoSpeaks.
Stop by sometime...

Jaime said...

i'd like one of those mirrors that makes me look like a supermodel. except let's work it out so that everyone else will also think i look like a supermodel... how long do you think the gnomes need to work that one out?

The Silver Fox said...

That's funny, when I looked in the Mirror of Erised, I didn't see you and your millions at all! What I saw was Sofia Vergara, wearing a bikini made out of dietetic white chocolate. Funny...

VE said...

Baino – You’re the reflection in the mirror, right?

Cocodivadog – I shall! It’ll have to be next week; I’m in SF this week and time is limited because there is so much touristing stuff to do!

Jaime – Easy…they’ve been handing out special glasses to the worlds population for months…

Silver fox – I suspected other people might see something else. Sounds like you hit your jackpot!