The Vine: June 11, 2010
I've been trying to remember the name of a movie I rented back in the day and it is making me crazy. I've tried all the usual searching tactics with no luck. So, since TN readers seem to be able to identify even the most arcane works based on the flimsiest details, I thought I would give it a shot.
I remember where I was living at the time and with whom I watched the movie, so I can pretty much pinpoint the rental date as late 1992 or early 1993. And the film wasn't in the new releases section, so I’m thinking it was made in the mid-/late '80s. Here are the only things I remember about it: it was a dark comedy, the main characters were a teenage guy and girl, and there was a general theme of 1980’s-style fear of nuclear bombs being dropped.
There was also a running gag about the fact that the main guy character was always wearing all black, so people kept coming up to him and asking him if he was a priest. I also seem to remember the cover art on the video box (it was definitely a tape, long before the DVD era) was the guy and the girl lying on deck chairs and wearing sunglasses as if they were by a pool, only with a big mushroom cloud in the background.
Any suggestions? As I said, even though this knowledge has no impact on my life, it's been driving me crazy.
Be kind, rewind
I am hoping you and/or the Nation can help me with a skin-care problem. I'm looking for a skin-lightening cream that works.
About two years ago, during a trip to Florida, I developed some brown spots on my face. That wouldn't be the biggest deal in the world, except that the biggest patch is all across my upper lip — there's this ever-present shadow that looks like I drew on a Tom Selleck mustache the night before and did not succeed in washing it all off.
Apparently this is a hormonal thing, exacerbated by sun exposure. I've tried various lightening creams — I'm currently most of the way through a bottle of Skin Effects — with no real change.
These skin-lightening creams are so expensive, I can't just keep buying them at random to try, so I'm hoping I can benefit from the experiences of the Nation. Perhaps there is a consensus on something that actually works for hormonal dark spots. Professional chemical peels and microdermabrasion are out of my price range at this point.
Any tips for hiding the spots are also appreciated. I wax my upper lip regularly, so that there is no hair for make-up to cling to. My Cover Girl stick concealer isn't doing much to hide the spots when applied before my foundation. These are pretty much all the tricks I have up my sleeve.
Not Pregnant Or Menopausal, Just Hormonal
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