Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ice ice baby! Actually, we lucked into a little bubble of warm air, so it's more rain rain drizzle icy trees snow baby. They canceled school as a precaution, so I was out of work, and spent my time very wisely. No, not writing...playing Tomb Raider! All right!

Now that I've sent out my outline to my workshop group, I suppose the cat's out of the bag: I'm writing a Lizzie Borden biopic. Would you believe that aside from a 1975 TV movie starring Elizabeth Montgomery, there's never been a Lizzie Borden movie? Which is the reason, after reading a book in my ongoing attempt to read every true crime case ever, I decided to give it a crack. I'm just about through all the Lizzie Borden books our library system has, and short of going to Fall River, Mass. and looking through their historical society's collection of primary sources, I'm about reaching critical mass on secondary sources, I think.

What I'm looking for now are more general works (non-fiction, fiction, movies, etc.) about women in Victorian America, class and socioeconomic issues from the turn of the century, New England in general from the turn of the century, etc. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Ours was pretty ho-hum, much as it always is. Laura and I had contemplated going to the Best Buy Black Friday sale, but decided against it Thursday night when we saw something on the news about lines already starting. Which, like, is stupid. And some stores opened at 4am? There are very few things I would rush out to buy alongside thousands of screaming crazy people at 4am.

So, I have a new movie I'm starting on. I'm at that point where I'm still doing research, and am just getting ready to write up character bios and outlines, but it's frustrating, because I feel like I already have the entire movie IN MY HEAD, and if I could just...upload it, or something, that would be so much easier. I know that scenes I've thought of that play in my Brain Theater as so dramatic and scary and awesome right now will either be a total pain to bring to the page or will end up getting cut entirely as I start finding the shape of the thing. But I'm really excited and I think it's going to be cool. It's sooper sekrit for the time being; I'm waiting until I workshop the first of the stuff before I talk about it, just...because. I don't know.

Friday, November 16, 2007

My background check finally cleared, my emergency substitute certificate finally came in, so I finally interview on Monday. I can has employment yay!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Photo meme! 1) Answer the questions and type into Google image search.
2) Post pictures from first results page.

1. Age at next birthday.

2. Place you'd like to travel.

3. Favorite place.

4. Favorite object.

5. Favorite food.

6. Favorite animal.

7. Favorite color.

8. Place you were born.

9. Place where you live.

10. Name of past pet.

11. Your screenname/nickname.

12. Your first name.

13. Your middle name.

14. Your last name.

15. A bad habit of yours.

16. Your first job.

17. Grandmother's name.

18. College major.

19. Favorite holiday.

Friday, November 9, 2007

It's actually been a fairly busy week, and I've been meaning to update for the last few days but I've been...busy? It's exciting.

First of all, the concert was ASOME. We had the best seats, it was a ton of fun, although I don't go to concerts very often so it's always so surreal. Am I really just twenty feet away from Eugene Hutz? Really? Seriously?

And the next couple of days were ho-hum, and then Sunday morning my mom decides she wants to go to IHOP for breakfast. And we're all slow moving out the door, and by the time we get there, it's packed. Because, Sunday. Churchgoers. Breakfast. So we decide to drive to the next IHOP, which is the same. And then we drive to the next. The same. And at this point we've been in the car for, oh, at least forty-five minutes. My dad brings up Old Country Buffet, which does the Sunday brunch thing. We head that way. (Amusing pitstop at another buffet place where we go, fine! Good enough! And we pile out, and go in, and the hostess informs us they stop serving breakfast in five minutes. Grr...)

So we make it to OCB. As always, I think of Cat. We eat, it's uneventful, but by God, we ate breakfast. We leave in our usual staggered fashion, only to see my dad already in the parking lot holding...something. And we get closer, and it's a tiny, shivering dachshund. And my dad's cooing at it, and apparently it was just cowering in the parking lot. And it's REALLY thin, and dirty, no collar, and apparently had been on its own for at least a couple days. I think my parents didn't want to take her to a shelter where she'd be stuck into a cage immediately, so we took her home.

The first day, she just wouldn't do anything but sit right next to you. Actually, she prefered it if you held her like a baby with her little head up on your shoulder, like you were going to burp her. Since then, she's really perked up a lot, and runs around, and barks at Spencer, although she's still quite the lap dog. We don't know what we're going to do with her; I think she'd be better off in a home without a larger dog as she's clearly not used to one. My mom's at the vet with her right now, just getting a check-up. But it's been weird.

On top of that, I'm doing NaNoWriMo, which is interesting. I'm most likely not going to finish 50k works in the month of November, but that's not really the point for me. I just wanted to start writing again (aside from the BSG spec and a spit-and-polish draft on the serial killer script, I haven't written much since leaving school), and I've never written prose before, so it's an interesting experience. I have just over 5k words right now, and it's coming along pretty well for a rough first draft without any real outline. We'll see.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I was going to upload some music, but I can't be arsed to hook up the router right now and I'm on the fam's computer, so. I'm pretty sure I don't actually have anything new, Halloween-wise, that I didn't have last year when I put up music, so it's probably a moo point anyway.

Seven hours until the Gogol Bordello concert! I have to drive up to Lawrence in our creaky old van, said drive undoubtedly testing the structural integrity of said van, pick up Laura, find parking (maybe; might walk, depends on temperature and crazy Lawrence atmosphere), then get in line, as Liberty Hall is kind of a free-for-all in terms of where one ends up. Laura really wants to be up front, I'd rather chill in the balcony and enjoy the show, so...we'll see. I'm taking stuff up to stay the night at her dorm if I'm not feeling like I want to drive home afterwards; it's only a 30-40 minute drive home, but I probably will not want to take one of two of the two-lane windy country highways home late at night, especially on Halloween, and I don't know if I feel like shelling out the toll to take I-70. Decisions, decisions. If I stay the night, the free parking next to her dorm ends at 7am, so I'd have to get up early to move the car. I don't know. Will decide when the time comes.

I kind of wish I had a costume for tonight - nothing too fancy or crazy, maybe like Catherine's emo girl costume - but didn't put anything together. I imagine that it's going to be pretty wild and crazy there, not even taking into account the types of people who listen to Gogol Bordello, what they'll be wearing on H'ween, and the theatrics of the band itself. I worry that I'll be out of place just wearing street clothes. Even a cheap wig would help, but I'm kind of lazy and I don't really feel like getting out today and buying anything. I also feel very whiny today, heh.

Updated foozes!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Played around with Photoshop for the first time in a long time. The banner comes from a desktop I made, which I was going to link to, but Laura and I can't figure out why it's not working. We are having some problems with our html-fu. We've spent, like, ten minutes sitting down here trying to make it work, and the computer just laughs at us. Or the internet. Or both.

This is going to be a great week. Sarah and I are going to see The Nightmare Before Christmas this weekend; I've never seen it on the big screen having missed the previous rereleases, and certainly never in 3D. Then on Halloween night, Laura and I are going to see Gogol Bordello in concert. On Halloween! What are the odds of all the places they could play in the whole world, they'd be playing Lawrence, Kansas on Halloween? I'm so excited! I'm so excited! (I'm so...scared.) Then, of course, H'ween itself, obviously. I think that I'll have time to hand out candy before I have to leave, but I probably won't be able to take Sarah around, which is okay, I guess. I don't even know if she's trick-or-treating; she doesn't have a costume yet, that's for sure. I'm going to try and convince her that a zombie costume is simple, cost-efficient, and quite scary.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The family bought a new computer, so I've been playing around with that. Vista is shiny and new, yet strange and different. I'm really happy with all the memory, though; I've never had Civ turns cycle so quickly!

Was fingerprinted today, for a background check, for a substitute certificate. You would think that they'd still have my fingerprints on file from three years ago, but I guess not. Every single person working at the police station was very unfriendly; I mean, I guess I can understand that maybe, dealing with the people they must deal with day in and day out, it's not always the most pleasant job, but seriously. I felt like I'd done something wrong, just coming in to get fingerprinted for a job. (I also set off the metal detector, which was awesome.)

I saw the S4 VM thing they'd mocked up for the network. It made me a little sad. It wasn't the direction I would have picked for the show, and the FBI thing was weird when I first heard about it, but the little mini-ep thing was pretty interesting, and I bought it (although I had no idea how far in the future they were setting it; had to have been at least five years). Maybe one of these days I'll finish out S3. I still have no idea how it ended.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Saw The Golden Age on Friday; thoughts will follow. No real spoilers, but I'll continue after the next paragraph if anyone wants to stay purely unspoiled.

Lovely, beautiful fall weather last week and this week. We had a strange, very uncomfortable week of Indian summer in the 80s and brushing against 90 the first week of October, but everything's now seasonally appropriate again. KU had their Late Night (the first practice of the season, though it's more of an event and show than an actual practice) on Friday, so now basketball's on the horizon for real. And now we're just about up to Halloween, and I can almost literally feel my mood improving every day as we head into my favorite seasons of the year.

GA thoughts: I really liked it, even though I kind of agree with all the points from the various negative reviews: it was overwrought, trying too hard to be "epic," the love story was less interesting than the politics and the rest, etc. But it was beautiful, and Cate was just amazing and luminous and wonderful, and she handles the mercurial extremes of Elizabeth's personality so deftly that even the fairly ludicrous scene of the Queen physically assaulting one of her attendants ends up working. I could have done with Raleigh, as he is far less interesting than Leicester, Essex, or even the regular courtiers. Samantha Morton was fantastic as Mary, Queen of Scots (although I was terribly thrown by her accent, as Mary was French), and I always love seeing Tom Hollander. Laura and I agreed that the Elizabethan hair and wardrobe really suited him. I'll probably try to see it again while it's still in theaters, because it just needs to be seen on the big screen (the Armada sequence is gorgeous). But this week is Nightmare Before Christmas, which I've never seen on the big screen and have missed the previous releases, so I'm very excited.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Wasn't sure what day it was. Called Milo. He always knows.

I have watched this, like, eleven times in a row now. I love that this is what Adrien Pasdar does in his free time.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Ugh, I hate when I'm outlining a new draft. I hate plot structure. I have such a hard time with it, and what seemed so clear when I was just thinking it over in my head, once I get ready to write, ends up being complete garbage. Why are you being so persnickety, King Arthur?

It's nice being able to look forward to CSI, and not dreading what's to come.

Did I make everyone a Halloween mix CD last year?

ETA: The Sweeney Todd trailer, FINALLY. But it was definitely worth the wait. Oh, Alan Rickman, how are you still so hot?

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Has anyone else seen TWoP commercials on TV?!? I feel like my worlds are colliding. And also, I'm worried that TWoP is going to end up all corporate sponsored, and it's already not as funny as it used to be back in the MBTV days, and I don't want the boards to get completely inundated with not-funny people.

I'm vexed. I'm terribly vexed.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

So I started a new project two weeks ago; namely, that I will listen to every single song on my iPod, in order, alphabetically. I just finished with my three covers of "All Along the Watchtower," which means yes, I am still in the As. But, in my defense, I had a lot of symbol/number songs that came first. It's been interesting, as I've already come across about ten songs I plan to delete; if you've had a song on your computer for at least a year and have never listened to it, and when you finally do you can barely stand to listen to it all the way through just once...you probably don't need that song anymore.

At first I had thought I'd get done before 2008. I don't think so now. Technically, my iTunes says that if I were to listen straight through, it's like 31 days worth of music. I listen maybe half an hour a day, so...I guess I could do the math, and come up with a real prediction, but I have lots of TV to watch better things to do.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ooo, a five minute trailer for Golden Age, which really isn't terribly different from the theatrical trailer, except more expand-y and delicious.

Laura informs me this is coming out the same day as Run, Fat Boy, Run, which is awesome. I haven't been to the movies since...Bourne Ultimatum? It's been awhile, at any rate, and so a double feature is supremely exciting to look forward to.

Speaking of Elizabeth, I love watching old movies or tv shows and then watching newer versions. Often because the newer stuff is more sophisticated and such, and it feeds the I think rather ordinary ego of feeling that one is living at the apex of civilization and technology, but also just as a way to watch more old movies that I wouldn't see otherwise. So I watched The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (or, more correctly, about the first half before I got tired, and then it had to go back to the library) with Bette Davis and Errol Flynn.

  1. Errol Flynn is supremely hot.
  2. Bette Davis scares me. Her EYES, people. They are going to EAT MY SOUL.
  3. I love Technicolor. It has just such a specific look, and much the same way I have a hard time envisioning World War II being anything other than Black and White, I think of the past as being in Technicolor.
  4. I don't ever want to see Bette Davis mack on Errol Flynn ever again. Kthx, Hwood.
Laura and I went over to our Gamp's house last weekend, I think, and watched a goodly half or three-quarters of The Dawn Patrol with Errol Flynn, and I tell you. I may have searched him on IMDB, and I may be checking some more of his movies out at the library shortly.

Did I tell people I'd started watching Rome? I have the last two episodes of S1 to finish, but it's really good. I, of course and predictably, ended up with a crush on Caesar. And may be thinking about searching Ciaran Hinds' filmography after I'm done with Mr. Flynn.

BTW, Heroes premiere reaction at PFTT.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Heroes tonight yay! It's been a really long summer. We already watched the Chuck pilot On Demand last week, and it was pretty good, although honestly, I'll primarily be watching for Adam Baldwin.

I was working with my sister on a paper last night, and realized I need to reread the Bible, as I haven't looked at it in years. I thought that Abraham had done the whole Isaac-sacrifice-fakeout before God made his covenant with him, that those two were tied together. And I could not for the life of me remember what Ishmael went on to do. I know it was something? But the very unhelpful man who works behind the help-desk in my brain just kept handing me a piece of paper that said, "Call me Ishmael" and smiling up at me, annoyingly, as though that was the only bit of information my brain had on the topic. But I felt I was more confusing than helpful and am now afraid that I misremembered all the stuff with God's covenants with Noah and Moses, too.

The other prompt was about Aristotle and Plato and government, and I just wrote a paper on that in February, and already that was a little hazy, too. But I was able to remember the entire plot of a Who's the Boss? episode (that I must have originally seen in 1992) while flipping this past week and catching ten seconds. I guess that in the long run, my brain decided that Tony and Angela was more important than the backbone of Western civilization.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It is a momentous moment in my life: we now have high speed internet at my house. Which means that the fights over internet time have already begun. I'll probably get a wireless router this weekend so I can just use my laptop and be at peace. In that event, I'll be waiting for when someone* inevitable wants to use my computer when the family computer is in use. Which is why God invented the screensaver password protect.

Applied for a job at a local bookstore, will look for some more local random things. Will probably end up substituting again. Which is okay, I guess.

Am writing again, which is good. Sometimes one needs to take some time off, and goodness knows last semester was very stressful. I think I'm going to do a second draft of the King Arthur script, but it needs deep tissue revamping, so I probably won't get into actual writing for at least a few weeks. I had bought some King Arthur books at Half Price last fall, but they're buried in one of my five boxes of books, so that might be an Actual Project some day to find.

In conclusion, thank God The Sopranos is finally off the air and won't be winning any more Emmys. At least they didn't sweep, but they did win some awards (Writing and Directing) that I wanted Battlestar Galactica someone else to win. Other than that, I was pleasantly surprised to see Terry O'Quinn win, even though I didn't watch Lost last year, but was highly disappointed that Piven won again, as I was fully expecting Rainn Wilson to win. Oh well. I loved seeing Helen Mirren win again, and I hope that this signals that from now on, in the future, she will just win every year. I did think her hair could have used more volume, though.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Wow! It's been a long time since I posted last! Up until two weeks ago, it would have been for lack of ANYTHING happening, but the end of August was very stressful and busy. My great aunt Mildred, my mom's aunt, has been in a nursing home for a very long time, but her health finally started going downhill about five years ago after she broke her hip. My mom got a call in the middle of the night almost three weeks ago, actually, now that I think about it, that Mildred had been taken to the hospital.

For ten days, or thereabouts, my mom was up at the hospital every day; the last couple days, up to fourteen hours at a time. Mildred never really regained consciousness, and finally passed away very peacefully last Saturday (it feels much longer ago than that). My other great aunt, Anna, came up to visit us for a week, and to come for the funeral. Anna is, I believe, 87, so it was...interesting. I'm not used to having house guests, especially when my mom had to get all the funeral arrangements ready, and I was put in charge of cleaning the house and preparing the food for the after-service get-together. But now everything's back to normal, and we can watch TV in the living room again.

August was bracketed by finding out that I didn't make the semis of both the Nicholls Fellowship and the Austin Film Festival, so that was depressing. And that was with my script I've worked on for two years, and have gone through seven drafts; I hold little hope for my BSG spec I sent in to ABC for their writing program, which was a rough first draft with some minor, quick polishing. So I'm going to write like the dickens, get some scripts in my pocket, and try to find an agent the old-fashioned way - query letters! Or something; I'll figure it out. But I do need a strong second script, and I'd spent all my time on the serial killer one, so I'll be getting cracking here soon.

Catherine, the pics in the banner up above are from promo photos from the new season. Look at how happy she is to see Bennet! Almost as happy as I am!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ho, guys. At Panera, looking for jobs. Started off looking at KC-area universities, but the only one I'm remotely qualified for is a part-time lecturing job in communication studies, which...yeah, I doubt I'll get anything about of it, since communication studies is a lot different from film or writing. The one listing I was excited about from this Sunday's paper - what ostensibly looked like a writing professorship - is actually about English as an international language. I'm assuming in written form. THANKS A LOT, PARK U. Pfft.

I'm going to look at government jobs, too. I like offices, and they pay well, so I hear. But I wish I could get a job in sitting around. That would be great.

I just sent an email tinged with some anger. I probably shouldn't have done that, right? Am I a bad person, that two-plus weeks later, I'm still angry?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wow! Okay! So, it's been awhile. After Burbank, I came home, the plan being to relax and catch up on sleep before heading out to LA at the end of June, to be roommates with UT Laura, get work, start this thing. I also wrote another draft on the serial killer script for the Austin Film Festival, and a BSG spec for the ABC TV-writing fellowship, in the meantime.

My mom and I fly to Austin, reserve a UHaul, load up all my stuff, and drive halfway to the Texas border. UT Laura lets me know that night she won't be going to LA at all. That was the first time since I killed the baby birds that I had a "why, Tracy, why" shower. My parents and I decided that there was no reason I had to go to LA right then, especially since all the plans were out the window, so my mom and I drove home. Then there were two days of straightening out the UHaul (they were going to charge me $1600 for taking it to KC instead of LA! but my mom called and called and got it down to $300, bless her heart). So now I'm going to try to find a job here, recoup my losses, get enough for a car and such, and then will hopefully try LA again sometime in the next year, although this time I'll be doing it living alone, which is a little scary. But it's what I want to do, so.

Other than that, not much to report. I finally got a new cell phone (huzzah!), and I'm not doing much of anything at the moment, so if folks want to give me a call (or let me know when it would be a good time to call them), I'd love to get caught up with everyone. I'm at a Panera bread right now using their wifi, since we STILL have dial-up at home. I haven't read Oh No They Didn't! in two months! The sadness, you guys. The sadness.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

After sitting around waiting for the phone to ring all night, just got an email: no job. ;_; But they're "keeping my resume on file" for the future. (Which...doubtful, although possibly comforting to others.)

I was talking to my sister about this last week, I think, but I'm less upset about not getting the job (which part of me was already prepared for, just knowing how many people were being interviewed), than I am the amount of money I spent to fly out here to not get a job.

I think what did me in was this: they asked if I would be happy working in post-production if I wanted to be a writer. And maybe I should have lied or been disingenuous, but I don't want to play that way in interviews; I think regardless of how cool you may be, or how good an actor you are, people can detect that kind of insincerity. So I was honest, and said, yes, I want to be a writer, but I'm just entering the industry workforce and this seems like a great opportunity and I will certainly enjoy the work while I'm here. But I got the impression from talking to people in the program now at the mixer last night that they're looking more for advancement within; you start off as a glorified intern, then up to an assistant, then on from there.

Which is not the way the program was sold, and honestly, even if I did still just want to be a writer, ain't nothing wrong with setting up shop in an actual job with a set career path in the industry while I continue working towards dream career.

I did reply asking if they wouldn't mind telling me what the deciding factor was, so maybe it's something different, but...I doubt it. Ah well.

(What's funny is that I've been checking the email expecting this all night; the phone call, less so. So I read it with a sense of slightly sad understanding but acceptance. But, because I'm edging towards PMS, ended up crying in bed reading about Fran burying her father in The Stand. O_o.)

Friday, May 11, 2007

I just finished up with my interview with ABC, and apparently we're supposed to hear tonight whether or not we got the job, so keep your fingers crossed. I felt the interview went well--I'm not really nervous talking in front of people in general--although I was a little worried when they asked if I'd be happy working in post since I want to be a writer. So I had to convince them, YES, I want a job in MOVIES AND/OR TV, and it doesn't matter WHAT right now since I am UNEMPLOYED and HOMELESS.

Burbank's really nice. We're looking at apartments here regardless. As soon as I'm done with lunch, I'm going to go check some out. (It's still a novelty having a car to drive around with willy-nilly, even though it is a rental.) Then I get to fly home for a six-week break, although I have a lot of writing I want to get done in the interim.

Oh, and I guess I have a masters now. I was so tired last week that I didn't even really make note of it other than, "I'm (mostly) done." But now, after finishing a final and turning in grades and a polish, I'm totally done. No more school forever!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

I'm flying to Burbank on Thursday and to home from there, so I've been packing packing packing. I turned in my thesis and report on Friday, so I just have my History of Greece final on Wednesday and then I'm done done done.

We made more posters, for the films of our other classmates. UT Laura's up first:

And mine:

Monday, April 30, 2007

I know it's just because they're in alphabetical order, but I still like seeing Jack Coleman's name first in the credits.

Yeah. I mean, Bennet was my favorite character from like the second episode, but it's finally progressed into the usual "my show rises and falls with this character" obsession. Which should have been obvious from the get-go: morally ambiguous? Check. Deep love for someone? Check. Hot? Check. I have no depth in my TV loves, none whatsoever.

I was telling one of my students this, and she looked at me the way you look at people who say they write serial killers in prison, gasped, and said, "Oh, no, I HATE him." I told her I'd love him enough for the both of us.

(I may or may not be watching this fanvid several times a day. It's hard to say.)

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ahh! I'm being melted by Sendhil's smile!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I thought I was having some kind of mild anxiety or panic attack as I sat down to start editing my thesis, because I got this weird, achy, clenching pain right underneath my sternum. I watched a little TV, took a break and did some crocheting, and it persisted.

I just ate dinner; the pain was hunger.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Tonight, to celebrate being mostly done with our theses, and having only one week of school left, UT Laura and I made fake posters for our scripts. OMG, check them out, we've only been working on them for six hours.

First up is my film.

And now, UT Laura's.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Each Friday people hand out the pages we're going to workshop the next week. Why do I always wait until Thursday night at 11pm to read them? I've had them for a week! God!

I'm halfway done, and I don't want to read anymore. I still have some Polybius to read for section tomorrow, too. I don't care. One more week of school ever, and instead of feeling sad and treasuring it, I just want it over NOW OMG IS IT CAN BE OVER NOW TIEM PLEEZ?

Lord, beer me strength.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Two weeks ago I applied to the ABC Television Production Internship Program, which is essentally a one-year job with health benefits in TV with the opportunity to advance. I got called today for an interview, so I'll be flying to Burbank on May 10 for that.


AND, I just finished the preliminary stage of my thesis yesterday, sent it off to my readers to get notes back for a polish and edit before I turn it in to the Tower.

It's funny, how both happy and sad can make you want to eat a whole thing of candy beans.

Monday, April 23, 2007

A cute little skit with Will Ferrell called The Landlord. I found it terribly funny for how low concept it is.

(Confession: I find Will Ferrell strangely attractive with his 'fro.)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Quick break from writing my thesis. (I just finished the second act!)

I'm still having trouble embedding YouTube videos, so here's the link to next week's The Office teaser. I've already watched it five times, but now my break is over. :(

ETA: Five minute break extension. Saw Hot Fuzz yesterday. It was hilarious and perfect, and since we saw it at the Drafthouse, all the staff were wearing short-sleeved police uniform shirts, and everyone was brought one mini-powdered sugar doughnut. Oh, Drafthouse. (And also, oh, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. I heart you both tremendously.)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Okay, here's my rant on the VT thing. Which is not even about the shooter, because I can't get into that right now. It's about the stupid frak who ran out to take cell phone coverage.

Hey, idiot? See those cops out there? That are trying to protect people's lives? Okay, let them do their jobs. Do not distract them. Do not RUN CLOSER TO THE BUILDING WHERE A CRAZY PERSON IS KILLING DOZENS OF PEOPLE so that you can capture it on your cell phone. Did you hear the panic and fear in that cop's voice when he screamed at you to get away? That's because STUDENTS ARE DYING in there and you're getting in his GODDAMN WAY, YOU ASSHOLE.

It pisses me off that you're alive and on CNN like you're some kind of hero, and 32 kids are dead. If I ever see you in real life, I will punch you in the throat.

Friday, April 13, 2007

I've been working on my thesis report for two hours. Works just decided to Not Respond randomly in the middle of typing for no apparent reason even though nothing else was acting strangely.

I lost four pages.

SON OF A FRAKKING BITCH. Works, Works, what hast thou dunst?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- 'God damn it, you've got to be kind.'"

When I was in high school, I discovered my dad's Kurt Vonnegut collection, and tore through it in a matter of weeks. More than anything else, I remember the language, how perfect and beautiful it could be, how sometimes a line or a sentence would strike me and I'd have to set the book aside for a minute to just let the words settle in. RIP, Kurt.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Movie Meme!

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
Lord of the Rings trilogy. In that, I have seen each film individually more than ten times. (Shit, I think I saw Fellowship ten times in theaters.)

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
We'll go with most recent, which would be Superman Returns, which I saw twice.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis (OMG Die Hard 4 squee!), Kate Winslet.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Richard Gere, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Russell Crowe.

5. Name a movie that you can quote from.
Young Frankenstein. "Could be worse. Could be raining."

6. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs.
My Fair Lady. Oh, Freddie Eynsford-Hill.

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
(Isn't this kind of the same as the previous question?) Um, Fiddler on the Roof.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
The Pianist. ♥

9. Name a movie that you own.
I totally own Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure on DVD.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Jim Carrey, whom I love, who should have two Oscar nominations at this point.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Yes! We used to go to the drive-in a lot. I specifically remember going to see The Phantom Menace there.

12. Ever made out in a movie?
No. Although a high school friend of mine once lifted up the arm rest and asked if I wanted to cuddle, but then I think got confused or something in the middle, and it came out "cuzzle." Which has provided a lot of laughs over the years.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to it.
Casablanca? *is shamed*

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
Actually, yes; we walked out of Lady in the Water because it was filled with high school students who were running around and making calls and laughing and talking, and the management wouldn't do anything. So we got a refund and left. I still haven't seen that movie.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Finding Neverland. When Kate Winslet walks into Neverland? My throat was *this close* to closing up, I was working so hard to not sob out loud.

16. Popcorn?

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
At UT, we've been going 4-5 times a month (although I'm including occasional BSG at the Drafthouse in this); left to my own devices at home, though, I average about once a month.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
Blades of Glory. Heh.

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Science fiction/fantasy. My preferred genre of everything!

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
The Little Mermaid.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
My Life Without Boring. Damn you, Leonard Maltin!

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Hmm...probably Forgotten Silver. I think a lot of movies I like that are weird, I don't realize are weird.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
The Exorcist. So scary I haven't finished it.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
I've never laughed harder the first time watching a movie than at Zoolander. I remember Caroline and I pausing the DVD twice so we could catch our breath. "Listen to your friend Billy Zane!"

Friday, April 6, 2007


"Keep on Loving You," REO Speedwagon

"Sister Christian," Night Ranger

"To Be With You," Mr. Big

"Chelsea Dagger," The Fratellis (Laura sent me this one; it is to be happy)

"Taxi (Ave Maria)," 28 Days Later OST

It's ripped from the episode, so it has sound effects and dialogue, but it will have to do until the soundtrack comes out in August. "All Along the Watchtower," as done by Battlestar Galactica

It's not that I've fallen behind on uploading new music; I haven't really been downloading much new. One of the happiest moments for me recently, music-related or otherwise, was Laura getting her hands on the Pianist soundtrack. Is anyone interested in that?

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Heh, Laura made the funniest Office banner for her blog. I love Stanley.

Speaking of which, it was funny tonight, but I think I'm officially over Jim/Pam. Whatever, shut up, just give me more Toby.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

I can't brain today.

I have the dumb.

Monday, April 2, 2007

I just started reading The Golden Compass, off a recommendation from Dan, who also lent me the books. (I'm making him read the Mars trilogy, ahaha.) I really like reading YA fiction, in general, just because at the end of the day they're usually pretty good stories. I've been stocking up on my old favorites when I go to Half Price Books, and they're quick reads at that. Being as how it takes me a month now to get through a book, I appreciate one I can finish in a week.

Anyway, so far I'm really enjoying it. It's actually a lot more sophisticated than most YA books I'm used to, and a hell of a lot darker. So far, there've been severed heads, kidnapped children, and the young female protagonist has gotten drunk and smoked. Oh, England.

Boy, am I glad I got the coffee ready last night, so all I had to do was lurch into the kitchen and press the button. This morning was...difficult, to say the least.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


I'm having Some Issues burning right now, and I had to give myself a time out so I didn't set my desk on fire.

Just finished up an act of TV. It can be nice, after one has written several days of serial killer slash family melodrama woeangst, to write some fun fluffy sarcastic magic stuff. I like taking a break from work with other work!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

I'm having trouble embedding videos, but this little girl's facial expressions are killing me.
So, I've been back in Austin for a week after a week of Spring Break. I finally got some time this morning and I thought I'd catch up on these type things, and couldn't believe I hadn't posted here since March 5th. That's pretty impressive when I really only didn't have internet access in that span for a week, and even then had to go to the library to check email for students twice.

It's been really busy. I know I've said that before, but the crunch has commenced. A bunch of us were talking before class yesterday that we'd been busy before, but not like this. The only break I've taken since Sunday is two hours to watch the KU basketball game. And even then, I was working during the commercials. Thesis, thesis report, TV pilot, spec script, feature polish, two classes' worth of grading (which is coming to around 250 pages a week to read and grade), finding an apartment and job before we move to LA, and God bless UT, but a random history of greece class. UT Laura and I actually scheduled time today to watch a movie. Sneakers! Yay!

I just typed, "Hopefully in less boring news," but then couldn't think of anything less boring to write. Which is another reason I don't think I've posted since March 5th, because I don't think anyone's interested in a daily breakdown of writing time.

Monday, March 5, 2007

I'm so busy with school that it's important to find small projects that aren't school related so I don't get burnt out. Tonight I catalogued all my books into a program called Library Thing. Here's my online library, which I think is pretty cool. I can buy another 50 or so books before I have to upgrade to the paid account, so I should be good for a couple of years, I would hope. It was amazing, but I think a good half of my books were from school, that I hadn't bothered to sell back.

And now I'm three weeks behind on Heroes and 24. Awesome.
Oh, Starbuck.

Boom, boom, boom.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Went and saw Zodiac today, which was AMAZING. Like, I seriously, seriously loved it a lot. It was two and a half hours long, and I was literally leaning forward and sitting on the edge of my seat (for reals, not for metaphors) for most of it. Also, Jake Gyllenhaal was supremely beautiful and I'm very happy that we will someday wed.

I found this website that translates things in and out of different languages and spits out the final English translation; like what we used to do with Babelfish, only a hundred times more ridiculous. I've been laughing at this all night. Here is the translation of that first paragraph of this post:

"It has gone to see that the animal has regulated today the ASTONISHMENT was. Axis, I have appreciate serious, seriously a lot. They were two and a half of the hours of the length and is supported to me literally in the front part and they are seated to me on the edge of my center (for the reals, not for the metaphors) for relative the greater section. Jake Gyllenhaal was ulteriorly beautiful supremely and I is very lucky that we wed one day sake."

Thursday, March 1, 2007

"Where AM I?"

"Oh right, holding an Oscar."


Trufax: these pictures brought a tear to my eye.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I'm absurdly pleased by the fact that I called Alan Arkin. And also totally happy for him, obviously.

Missed a few others, no big deal, although I'm not happy that Children of Men didn't win cinematography. I liked Pan's Labyrinth a lot, but no. Children of Men. That movie was GORGEOUS. Should have figured that the Dreamgirls songs would cancel each other out, and I wanted to call Lives of Others because I'd been hearing the buzz on that over Pan's, but all in all, not a bad ballot this year.

Oh, Marty. I totally cried you guys. And even though I missed BP, it's okay, because The Departed was FTFW, and I'm so glad that in either its case or LMS's, they were movies that were good at what they were. LMS was a great comedy, Departed was a great gangster action flick. And that you don't have to make a deep, important movie about important things to be the best movie of the year.

I like when movies win, not films. There is a difference.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes available on YouTube and Google Video. There's a lot. Most I haven't seen. I found this page tonight, and have since been occupied finding the necessary programs to download stuff from YouTube, convert it to .avi files, and burn them onto DVDs. The DVD part may be prohibitively too cumbersome--I can't burn them, UT Laura would have to, and that's a lot of shlepping of files back and forth--and I may just burn them on CD to watch on the computer. But still. If I can't get them on DVD (WHY WORLD, WHY NOT ON DVD, ALL OF THEM), then that would be the next best thing.
Is it can be no more grading times now plis?

My official Oscars prediction list:

Picture: Little Miss Sunshine
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actress: Helen Mirren
Actor: Forest Whitaker
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin
Editing: The Departed
Score: The Queen
Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine
Adapted Screenplay: The Departed
Cinematography: Children of Men
Foreign Film: Pan's Labyrinth
Costumes: Marie Antoinette
Art Direction: Pan's Labyrinth
Song: Listen, Dreamgirls
Documentary: An Inconvenient Truth

We'll see how I fare tomorrow. I'm very excited for the Oscars this year. Last year kind of sucked, as I hadn't seen a lot of the movies and wasn't really pulling for many people strongly; I feel more invested this year. Plus, I would totally be happy if three of the five BP nominees won (Departed, LMS, Queen), which is HIGHLY unusual. And since those are probably the top three going in, I hopefully won't be shocked and appalled (CRASH). I've resigned myself to Hudson winning, which still irks me, but whatever. I am going with Arkin, because I think LMS has the momentum and the guilds (PGA, WGA, SAG), and winning just BP and probably screenplay (unless The Queen sneaks up) feels a little soft. One supporting win will be more substantial, and Murphy's weaker. I also kind of wish O'Toole could grab this one, just because he's so amazing and this is probably his last chance, but Whitaker's been almost as much a juggernaut as Mirren.

Speaking of which, I saw her at some function this weekend wearing heavy plastic stacked heeled hooker shoes. She's amazing. I want some kind of Ocean's 11 movie, except with women: Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Mary McDonnell, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, etc, etc. Would that not be the most beautiful thing ever?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

It is 83 degrees in Austin today.


*stabs Austin, kills it with fire*

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

This will make sense only to my sister. To borrow a word from the TWOP Pixel Challenges: "THEFT!"

The only rivalry you're going to have, Hugs, is the one with yourself, trying to top that outfit.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Virtual NES.

This is pretty much the coolest thing ever in the entirety of human history. I can now play Super Mario Brothers on my computer. Goodbye, getting shit done! It was nice knowin' ya!
February 2007 is going to go down in history as one effed up month. Anna Nicole Smith is DEAD. Britney Spears is BALD. An American Idol reject is going to win an OSCAR. Ghost Rider made FORTY FOUR MILLION DOLLARS.

A bulleted list of various and sundry thoughts:
  • It is beautiful in Austin--60s, breezy, sunny--so of course the buildings on campus had the heat on.
  • I'm starting to get frantic with worry that Satan will not return this season.
  • I never thought when I started watching Battlestar Galactica last year, with its darkness and intensity, that my primary interest would still end up being me shouting "MAKE OUT!" at the screen.
  • Don't read books about home invasion and scary rape right before you go to bed. Especially if your mommy is several thousand miles away.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Saw Breach last night, which I really, really enjoyed. It's from the director of Shattered Glass, so if you liked that film I'd recommend this one. Chris Cooper was excellent, the movie itself is engaging and interesting without being sensationalistic; it's all very grounded. I did a little research afterwards (okay, I got on Wikipedia), and it was far more based in fact than I would have assumed.

I'm so looking forward to Zodiac next week, you have no idea. And then, 300. And then, Sunshine. And much later, Hot Fuzz (OMG am I excited for Hot Fuzz).

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Laura and I were taking a walk down Photoshop memory lane, and I came across this wonderful little memento from the days of Haven. Specifically, when we mostly just made fun of people a lot by openly mocking them and then giggling as to whether or not they'd notice.

Oh, photo collage made from the absolute worst photos of DD and GA I could find.

Monday, February 12, 2007

AHAHAHAHA. <--That's literally the sound I just made. Laura made this in response to the story she told me tonight about Marshall being so angry she ate some of "his" Cheez-its that he threw his handful in the sink. He doesn't have enough RAM to process anger at manageable levels.

*wipes tears from eyes*

I had a student not turn in his work on time this Friday because he "forgot" he had an assignment due, and in the future, could I email everyone to remind them? I'm afraid that I'm going to have to give my, "I am not your mom" speech earlier than usual this semester.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pictures of crocheted things, although I used UT Laura's cheap-o digital camera, which is not of the highest quality. Plus, I suck at taking pictures a lot much.

First up is the first actual thing I ever made besides cell phone covers and little things like that. A big afghan. I spread it out over my full size bed so you can see how big it is.

The corner is folded over so you can see (kinda) how it matches the bed cover, but also because since this is the first thing I did, I was learning how to crochet while I was making it, so it ended up being wider at the bottom. And I did not feel like ripping out a couple months work so it could be even.

A detail of the border, which turned out very pretty. I'm going to make a version of this for UT Laura, with shades of green.

Next, the octopus:

Y hello thar! I thought about crocheting him a tiny eye patch, but didn't feel like buying a skein of black just for that. But just so you know, in my head, he's a pirate octopus.

Or...a sextopus, since I got tired of making legs.

The next blanket I'm working on, a granny square afghan, which will eventually be 48 of those squares in a checkerboard pattern. It was hard to get the colors right, so it's a dark and light green.

After months of not being interested in making icons, I've made six in the past couple of days, which is kind of exciting. I find that when every day is an endless cycle of reading, grading and writing, it's very nice to think about something using different parts of the brain. It keeps me fresh, because one has the tendency to start getting fuzzy, I think. This is also why I decided to learn how to crochet, to have something else to do; speaking of which, I need to remember to take pictures of my first completed projects.

I ended up really happy with the Anderson icon. I was trying to get a kind of vintage look, something about the coloring of the original photo, I don't know. It's not often that I actually am able to achieve what I intended to begin with, so all around Photoshop was a satisfying experience today.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Laura has links posted to "modules" from a show called Look Around You. I can't recommend them enough. I laughed so hard I honest to God got lightheaded. And have spent the rest of the night saying, "What ARE birds?" and "How tall is Imhotep?" Which, after you go watch these, you will completely understand, and laugh at. Exceedingly.

Jesus. My throat STILL hurts. Bless you ants. Blants.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

I am now on my third attempt to...procure a copy of The Queen. The first time, the audio was badly out of sync, the second time, it was dubbed in French. Hopefully this one works!

I made the mistake, after seeing the story tonight that Jeffrey Dahmer might have been involved in Adam Walsh's death, of reading all about Jeffrey Dahmer. Brrr. I wish I had more locks on my bedroom door! Although I do find it interesting that there are still serial killers working today, but it's just not publicized like it used to be, that "boom" of the 70s and 80s. I don't know if we just don't find it sensational anymore, or what. Not that I want them to publicize them, per se, just that I wonder why the press doesn't anymore. I would have looked up stuff on the Zodiac killer tonight, because I saw the first TV commercial for that tonight, but I got sleepy. :(

FINALLY caught up with 24. It only took a month. It makes me sad that I start every episode scanning the credits for Glenn Morshower's name, and am profoundly disappointed when he doesn't show up. Boo, 24.

Heh, every time I get online, I go to Laura's blog to giggle at her "epiphery" icon. I love many things about the Office, but one of my most favoritest is Michael not knowing how to say words, or even knowing what they mean, but just charging on anyway.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Instructor surveys finally came out from last fall. (Two people thought Polish professor's class was excellent? Seriously?) I am now going to copy/paste the four comments I got, because they make me happy. (There are only four, because now they do them online instead of in class, so most kids probably don't bother anymore.)
  • Shannon was extremely helpful and available when we needed her to be.
  • You were awesome. Loved the workshop environment.
  • Really good. She was very helpful, often going above and beyond.
  • Shannon was an excellent TA. She really had an interest in my writing and wanted me to do better. I felt that she was very knowledgeable on the subject and I hope that she may be able to help me and my writing even after the class is over.
It is to be warm inside. I mean, I felt last semester I'd had a good rapport with my students, but it's nice to see it in text-form. I have two students who are still emailing me this semester with questions, which is cool. Honestly, I really enjoy teaching, and being able to teach screenwriting at a university level would be something I actually wouldn't mind falling back on. Not that I'm not going to go out there and try to be a writer for reals, but it's good to know there's this also available.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Hey Caroline, I need your address. The only one I have in my address book is your original Wilbraham one, so...

(OMG, it is for sooper-sekrit reason.)

Friday, February 2, 2007

I think I forgot to mention that my History of Greece TA is from New Zealand. He keeps apologizing for his accent, and I'm like, "Honey, don't apologize." Although I guess most people didn't watch hours and hours of LOTR behind the scenes docs, so it's probably a hard accent to decipher.

I had a terrifying sleep paralysis incident last night. I woke up, and thought that I'd heard a loud noise, but I didn't know what it was, so I waited to see if I heard it again. And then, I heard my BEDROOM DOOR OPEN. Which, it sticks, so it's a loud, friction-y, squeaky sound. All I can think is, I left my keys in the living room, someone has broken in to the apartment and has unlocked my bedroom door, and now they're INSIDE, and now they're GOING TO KILL ME.

By the time I finally was able to move, I had so much adrenaline that there was no way I was going back to sleep, so I was up at 6:30 this morning. Suffice it to say, that's a lot earlier than I usually get up.

Saw The Queen yesterday, which was very, very good in a kind of deceptive way. I enjoyed it well enough while watching it, but wasn't quite sure if it was BP material. And then I ended up thinking about it the rest of the night, and replaying scenes in my head, and even ended up reading all about Elizabeth II online. (She was a mechanic during WWII! I had no idea! So awesome.) And what I loved about Helen Mirren's performance is how it's not big and showy, but it's still so real and powerful, and you get the sense of the person behind the facade. I have felt lately that winning performances, especially leading performances, have had a lot of histrionics and show to them, so it's nice to see so much acclaim for a performance that goes against that type.

In a bit of a coincidence (OR IS IT?), I watched the first part of Elizabeth I, the miniseries she won her Emmy (and assorted other awards) for, which was actually at the opposite end of the spectrum, performance-wise. Elizabeth is a hard character, because she was so mercurial, and Mirren captured that perfectly. You felt her moods along with her, as she swung from one pole to the next. And the rest of the miniseries--the other performances, the mise-en-scene--was also quite good (the costumes! I was disappointed at the lack of brightly dyed beards, though), so I'm looking forward to part two.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wow, January went by FAST. One twelfth of 2007 is already gone! I am already a month closer to death! (Maybe that one goes too far.)

I have to take one more random non-film elective, so I'm taking History of Greece, and boy oh boy, am I not enjoying it. There were no prerequisites listed for this course, but the professor is teaching with a lot of assumed knowledge, plus skipping over stuff that was explained in the reading. Like, hello, I DO NOT DO THE READING BEFORE THE LECTURE, BECAUSE I AM NORMAL. I'm annoyed at this stupid undergrad class, and that I have to actually do any work for it (something not true for my previous two random non-film electives), especially when I'm not overburdened with time these days.

Me and UT Laura and Screenwriting Guy went to lunch today, at just a regular pizza joint next to campus, and I kid you not, we waited an hour for our food. AN HOUR. I even went up and was like, "Oh hey, are you assembling the food atom by atom with cosmic tweezers or something?" One wildly hopes for the food to be taken off one's check at this point (which didn't happen), but rightly assumes that one will get an apology (which also didn't happen). So, laters, pizza joint, in the future I will go to places that don't make me forget what the hell I even ordered before they bring it out.

But then we were talking and I was like, I kind of like complaining about things, and it's always better when I have legitimate things to complain about. You know.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Dear Austin: it's 50 degrees outside. There's no reason to set your thermostats to Grandma.

My life has been deeply boring since I've come back to school. The only exciting thing that's happened in the last two weeks is finding out that the Polish professor from last semester (who never read anyone's pages, hated genre stuff, didn't give us a syllabus, etc.) quit. Although unfortunately, I guess since he was no longer an employee of the university he felt he had the right to write this totally unprofessional, rude, mean email to one of the screenwriters telling him how horrible his script was, and how he didn't know anything about the craft. Three pages of that! This guy and me both got A-s in the class, which is crap, and we both challenged him on it, like...why didn't we get As? What the hell is your grading criteria? I guess the other guy hit a nerve that I didn't, because I didn't get a mean e-mail (although I was secretly kind of hoping for one, just to be able to bitch about it). But anyways, the prof. also said in his email that he only gave the other writer an A- because he worked hard in class, and if he'd based it on his script and his knowledge of screenwriting, it would have been "considerably lower."

What the hell kind of thing is that to write to a student? It makes me wonder, after the student evaluations came in, and after a semester of us telling the top dogs in the department what a joke this guy was, if there wasn't some pressure for him to leave. It would certainly explain the totally ridiculous amount of animosity in that email. Like, he told him that his plot was totally confusing and no one could understand it in class (not true), and that his characters were completely one-dimensional and no one in class cared about them (also not true). Like, such hyperbolic nonsense intentionally designed to wound as much as possible; one couldn't possibly take what he wrote as constructive criticism. I hope UT won't give him a recommendation any where else, should he decide to teach again. I hope we broke him, the bastard.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

I was kind of hoping for just one spoiler tonight at the SAG awards, and although LMS winning ensemble is another good shot in the arm for its Best Pic chances, it looks like the acting categories are set in stone. And I know, I haven't seen Dreamgirls, there's no reason for me to have so much antipathy for Murphy and Hudson winning...but damn it, I don't want them to win Oscars. And they're going to. I mean, watching the clips for supporting actress, and you have the women from Babel just being heartbreaking and wonderful, and Abigail Breslin just holding her entire film together, and Cate Blanchett being no less magnetic and amazing than you'd expect from her, even in just 15 seconds, Hudson was clearly not as charismatic and filmic and riveting. And I know that the response will be, it was a clip where she wasn't singing; when she's singing, that's when she's great. But...that's not acting. Singing, and communicating emotions while singing, is an entirely different craft. One that's very closely tied to acting, sure, but just having it captured on film doesn't make it film acting.

I don't know. I think that the last few years, with the shorter Oscar season, there's just no room for buzz to build and ebb and wax and wane, and whoever starts the season as the frontrunner just barrels all the way through to the end, and it just ends up being very boring and anticlimactic. I get this sense that people are afraid that if they vote for anyone other than the frontrunner, they'll be wasting their votes; what difference does that make?

Yeah, I just was very bitchy after the show tonight, which is dumb, but there you have it. Thankfully, Battlestar was gorgeous and wonderful and I just want to marry Laura Roslin, so I'm in a better mood heading to bed.
Survey wot I got from my mom (!) in the emails. From the Wide, Wide World of Web.

1. What time is it: 6:05pm
2. Name: Shannon
3. What are you most afraid of? The sun (exploding!) (turning into a red giant!) (flaring!)
4. What do you drive? Ahahahaha...*weeps*
5. Have you ever seen a ghost? No, unfortunately. Although at a seance in high school we convinced ourselves we'd heard a ghost. Alas, it was probably a coyote.
6. Where were you born? Kansas City, KS.
7. Ever been to Alaska? I haven't been to New England.
8. Ever been toilet paper rolling? No; I wasn't cool in high school? People know this, yes?
9. Croutons or Bacon bits? Croutons.
10. Favorite day of the week? Constantly changing, and dependent on when my current favorite TV show is on; right now, Sunday.
11. Favorite restaurant: Johnny's (barbeque).
12. Favorite Flower: Daisy.
13. Favorite sport to watch: College basketball.
14. Favorite Drink: Non-alcoholic would probably be regular Coke (mmm, sugar...); alcoholic would probably be a strawberry dacqueri (mmm, girly...).
15. Favorite Ice cream: Mint chocolate chip.
16. Disney or Warner Brothers: If we're talking features, Disney. The old animated shorts? Totally WB.
17. Favorite fast food restaurant: Wendy's. 99 cent chili in the house.
18. What color is your bedroom carpet? Last I checked, drab wasn't a color, so I'll go with gray.
19. How many times you failed your driver's test? Zero times.
23. Who will respond to this email the quickest? Where did the missing numbers go? It is hard to say. But I cheat you, question, as I post this on the WWWoW.
24. Who is the person you sent this to that is least likely to
respond? Laura. Heh.
25. Who is the person that you are most curious to see their
response? Honestly, I could guess most folks' responses, so...
26. Favorite TV show: Battlestar Galactica
27. Ford or Chevy? Ford (I go with my mom's answer here, as...I don't know?)
28. What are you listening to right now? Fellowship of the Ring full recordings.
29. What are your favorite colors? Green, white and yellow, green and pink.
30. How many tattoos do you have? None. Shocker!
31. Do you have any pets? Two cats: Phoenix and Jack. I miss them. Sad face.
32. What is your favorite Movie? Young Frankenstein.
33. What would you like to accomplish before you die? Sell a script. (When/if this happens, I will upgrade to, "Have a script produced.")

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Laura has a link on her blog to Bruce Campbell's new Old Spice commercial. It's just...beautiful. And perfect. And reminds me once again how empty my life is that I'm not somehow married to Bruce Campbell.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oscar nominations! The season's been a little bittersweet the last couple of weeks, after I saw Children of Men and knew that it wouldn't get nominated for Best Pic and Clive wouldn't get in for Actor (Alfonso did get in for adapted screenplay, though!). However, there were plenty of other people and movies to pull for (and yet others to pull against...)

First of all, I knew it wouldn't actually happen, but the Globes gave me a passing moment of icy fear-thank the gods that Beyonce didn't get nominated for actress. It's nice to see Kate Winslet sneak in there even though she'll be number five in that list, but Kate, Meryl, Helen, and Dame Judi are pretty much my favorite, and the best, female actors working today. If Cate had somehow managed a leading nod instead of supporting, I'd have just thrown up my hands and been done with it. In actor, I was surprised LeoDiCap got in for Blood Diamond instead of Departed, but it probably is a stronger leading performance for him. Moo point, as Forest Whitaker is going to win. I haven't seen Half Nelson, but people have told me that Gosling is great, so I'm glad he was able to pull a nomination as he seems a nice sort.

Mark Wahlberg for the Departed in supporting! I know Eddie Murphy's going to win, but I'm glad Marky-Mark got in over Jack. Now, I think plenty of people are aware of my seething dislike of Jennifer Hudson and her apparent shoo-in for supporting actress, but I squealed out loud when I saw Abagail Breslin on the list, and squealed even more as I moved on down the list, for reasons I'll explain later.

Plenty of things to pull for in techs; Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, The Prestige, even Pirates. And then...the first big gasp and giggle of schadenfredualicious joy! Bill Condon didn't make it in for director! Now, Dreamgirls has been touted since October at least as the frontrunner; Oscarwatch has talked of little else best pic-wise for months now, and anyone who dared defy that proclamation was shouted down. But Condon didn't get in for director? That's going to hurt their BP chances, I told myself...

Back to techs. More of those other movies this year that were just as challenging and deep and interesting and about the human condition as those other movies, but the ones that did so with a veneer of fantasy or a dusting of science fiction. Yay for techs! Am definitely pulling for Philip Glass in score, as I discovered him this year, and The Illusionist's soundtrack is just gorgeous. I haven't had the chance to see the movie yet, it's next in my Netflix queue, but I've heard it's good, so I'm excited.

Dreamgirls didn't get nominated for Best Picture! Ahahaha! See, this weekend, Little Miss Sunshine won the PGA, and that was a big, big deal, as everyone assumed that it was between Dreamgirls, Departed, and the Queen. Did that mean that Little Miss Sunshine's stock was taking an uptick right before the end? Yes, yes it did. Which brings me to my retrospective musings on supporting actress. JHud has been rolling this category all season, and sometimes Oscar goes along with that momentum (Jamie Foxx, Hilary Swank), and sometimes they don't (Cate Blanchett, Adrien Brody). If Dreamgirls is cooling off just as Little Miss Sunshine is heating back up...I don't know. For the first time in this race, I'm getting a little bit of hope here. Because for no other reason than that I didn't like her on AI, and that I don't like season-long frontrunners unless I already really like the person (Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker fit into this very hypocritical position), I just do not want Hudson to win. It's bad enough she got nominated for an Oscar, but I can allow that since Beyonce didn't and that makes me laugh at Beyonce. But I just really, really don't want her to win, and Abagail would be so cute walking up there and everything, so this'll be my big hope/fear category of the night. Thankfully it's early, so I don't have to wait too long for it in the ceremony, but sadly Hudson's still probably going to win, so I'm going to try to not let that sour the night for me.

(As I was typing this up, I was also opening up Marie Chantal and saw Lindsay Lohan's thread, and laughed that last year, as she was filming PHC with Altman, and Bobby with Emilio, she probably thought she'd get a nomination. And now she's in "rehab" and can't even get her stripper movie made. Oh, how I laughed.)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

I'm finally remembering to do that New Years meme where you post the first line of each month's post throughout the year. Hopefully, this will be less lame than last year's.

January: I am back in Austin.
February: I said it a couple years ago and I'm saying it again tonight, "I love Aaron Pierce"! Next to Jack Bauer, he's the man I'd want watching my back. When I grow up and become POTUS, Aaron's going to be the first man to ever simultaneously hold the number one positions at the CIA, FBI and Homefuckingland Security.
March: Dear Guy Who Uses the Weight Machine When I Am There: Just lift the weights already.
April: Someday I want a pet who also has a pet.
May: A while back, my Grandpa gave me a pocket watch he got when he left his old work.
June: TV! First things first, remember when I posted that if Aaron got his own freeze-frame, name to the side, previously, that it would make my life?
July: I want to marry Brandon Routh.
August: Right now, my family is out eating someplace nice for Marshall's birthday. I am eating braunschweiger on Saltines and a pile of dill pickle slices.
September: As far as I can tell based only on the schedule for the film lab class (which I did get into, even though the professor ended up not reading my second draft wot I wrote in a day before hand), not even my other two writing classes and the TA position, this was pretty much the only weekend I'd have time to really mess around in Photoshop and make new banners and such.
October: I'm working on a new scene outline for my revision, which has been a weeklong process.
November: This is Gaius Baltar. He is pretty.
December: Oh frabjous day!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Back in Austin, which was more trouble than I would have thought. Originally I was to fly in on Saturday, but KCI cancelled flights. They didn't have the decency to do so while I was still at home, but waited until I was in line to board, so that I then had to wait to get my bags back. I spent three hours at the airport to not fly.

Tuesday, made it into Dallas okay on my rescheduled flight, but then my flight to Austin was cancelled; I luckily made it onto the next flight, but everything else that evening was also cancelled, so I spent a fun hour contemplating my overnight stay at the Dallas airport. When I did make it back, it was icy in Austin but certainly not the terrifying frosty nightmare they were making it out to be. I get that they're not used to the ice and such, but I had to laugh when the weather guy commented on the BITTER COLD, when it was a full thirty degrees warmer than it was in KC. And there, we went ahead and drove on the snow-ice mix to go sledding, by God.

Christmas break itself was good, although Laura and I were trying to figure out how exactly we managed to stay occupied for a month when in retrospect we didn't seem to actually have done anything. But it was a nice break, and I'm rested and ready to start writing again (although not today, heh).