"For me, it’s all about transporting people back in time," she says.
Here are Jena's Top 5....
Top 5 Favorite Films:
1. Amelie - Unique storyline + dreamy cinematography. I like to think of myself as a bit of an Amelie. She is incredibly selfless and imaginative and I love her bedroom. I also enjoy all of the obscure details you learn about the characters' personalities throughout the film.
4. Sunset Blvd. - Classic. Gloria Swanson's portrayal of Norma Desmond is unforgettable. I had the opportunity to see this film at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood last winter... made my year complete!! (And oddly enough, Mickey Rourke was there, but left shortly after Nancy Olson introduced the film. Strange).
Top 5 Favorite Books:
1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - I'm an advocate of defying the norm/society and I fully support the belief that one person can make a difference... so it's no surprise my top three favorite books all share this theme.
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Unarguably brilliant. Bradbury predicted large, flat screen televisions and ear buds in the 1950s!! His story is as poignant today as it was back then.
3. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee - This is probably tied with 12 Angry Men by Reginald Roses. I love how both protagonists are open-minded thinkers who are able to change the way the jurors perceive the trial at hand.
4. Shopgirl by Steve Martin - Technically, it's a novella... but it's amazing. Steve Martin is a man of many talents. After you read his autobiography Born Standing Up, you love him even more.
5. The White Album by Joan Didion - I WISH I could write as well as Joan Didion. Every sentence is so well-worded and precise. This quotation [of Didion describing herself] always sticks with me: “My only advantage as a reporter is that I am so physically small, so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate that people tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests. And it always does. That is one last thing to remember: writers are always selling some body out.” I LOVE THAT!!
Top 5 Favorite Artists:
(they are all photographers)
1. George Hurrell - I am in awe of his glamorous old Hollywood portraits. He was the master of beauty lighting.
3. David Hockney - I share his fascination with water and I love his collage pieces and paintings.
4. Bill Owens - His "Suburbia" series is brilliant. He captured all of the right moments.
5. Guy Bourdin - Sexy and eccentric portraiture. I love the strangeness of his shots.
Top 5 Crushes of All Time:
2. Mark Ruffalo - He's the perfect combination of hot and adorable.
3. Steve Martin - He's my old-man crush. He's hilarious and talented and I've raved about him enough already.
4. Paul Rudd - Cuter than a basket full of puppies, that's what I always say.
5. Mark Wahlberg - The quintessential bad ass... and he's fantastic in The Departed.
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