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The Oscars: Who I Want to Win This Year

2 Mar

Before you indulge in the Oscars like I did, I hope you’ll take the time to read my latest interview. When Jera’s Jamboree asked me where I get inspiration for my novels, I wasn’t sure what I would say, but I am glad she asked. Yes, at 22, I still have night terrors as well as nightmares that are difficult to differentiate from reality, but I also tackled social barriers in this interview. Please read it by clicking here

Last year, I confessed that my favorite awards show is the Oscars, and I shared who I wanted to win. This year, I am doing the same thing, and I would love to hear who you are rooting for! The ones I completely bolded are the  ones I feel the strongest about.

Best Picture: I predict that 12 Years a Slave will win, but I personally loved American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street so much that I cannot chose between them.

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Actor in Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street. Not only does he already deserve an Oscar, he did an amazing job in this movie. His range was unbelievable. 

Actress in Leading Role: Amy Adams in American Hustle. Although I truly enjoyed Meryl Streep’s performance in August: Osage County, I feel like Adams rocked this role beyond any expectations people had for her.

Actor in Supporting Role: Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street. I thought he showed serious skill in this roll since he normally does comedies.

Actress in Supporting Role: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle. That being said, I found Lupita Nyong’o was really talented in 12 Years a Slave. I thought she played a very difficult role very well. It’s just extremely difficult to look at two, very different roles.

Animated Feature Film: Frozen. I don’t even feel like it needs an explanation. If you haven’t imagesalready seen this movie, go watch it now. It’s beautiful.

Cinematography: Gravity – which I feel like went (sadly) unnoticed.

Costume Design: The Great Gatsby. I think everyone remembers those costumes. They were beautifully done.

Directing: Gravity – again, I feel like it deserves attention.

Film Editing: Gravity – I saw some of the behind the scenes, and it’s absolutely amazing how much which into this movie.

Makeup and HairstylingThe Lone Ranger – Honestly, I didn’t see the other two (Dallas Buyers Club and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa) but I still think the makeup was pretty neat in this remake, and I liked that Tonto finally got to say something.

Music: Although it’s difficult to remember the soundtracks of these films, I recall Gravity the most.

Music “Original Song” – Let It Go from Frozen. It’s safe to say this song went viral for a reason.

Production Design: The Great Gatsby – the scenes were like the clothes, carefully constructed and lively.

Visual Effects: Gravity. The trailer alone blew me away.

Writing: Adapted Screenplay: Philomena: I don’t know what will win this category, but Philomena’s story is so sad and also very true for many women. I feel like it is a very important movie that many overlooked.

Writing: Original Screenplay: American Hustle or Her: I would just say American Hustle, but I also think Her has some relevance in the world today. I just watched a documentary about Japanese men dating their cell phones instead of their wives.

Topics I’m not voting on (because I don’t feel like I’ve seen enough of the movies.)

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Documentary Feature

Documentary Short Subject

Short Film Animated

Short Film Live Action

Topics I’m not voting on (because I don’t know that much about it):

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

What do you think? Who are you cheering on tonight? 

~SAT

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2014 Books to Movies

10 Jan

First, I am taking a moment to apologize for my extended absence. I was having unusual difficulties with my normally cooperative technology. But now my internet is fixed, and I’m delighted to return to my every-other-day blog schedule.

Since I was stuck on my phone rather than my laptop the past few days, the only thing I could really do was read up on book related articles, and this one was really popular: 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year. Now I’ve talked about what I think of movie adaptations before, and you can read about that here, but I just want to repeat my opinion in case you’re a newcomer (welcome!)

I look at movie adaptation as sister pieces – rather than something that needs to represent the novel exactly. I normally quite enjoy movie adaptations, even when other readers don’t. This doesn’t really mean anything aside from I love seeing a piece of art being interpreted using another method. So I wanted to share the upcoming movie adaptations and what I think about the book and/or the future movie. The links will take you to IMDB rather than the book. I would also love to hear what you’re looking forward to and what you’re worried about, so comment below so we can talk about it 😀

1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

I am a Kate Winslet fan, and the trailer left me wanting more. I will probably see this, but I have yet to read the 4.2/5 star novel. I will probably wait for the DVD, but it looks like a promising drama that leaves questions about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

2. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

I must see this. Again, I haven’t read this novel, but I am planning on checking it out a.s.a.p. I love history, and I love art. I plan on seeing this in theaters. It looks worth it to me. I’m also a John Goodman fan, so that helps.

3. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

I’m really on the fence about this one. I wish I could say more, but I honestly don’t know how to elaborate except that I’m afraid the magic will be hard to convey on the screen.

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

As much as I’m a young-adult fan, this novel failed to gain my interest, and – like many – I’m a little burnt out on vampires. (Although it is directed by the same director who did Mean Girls. I don’t know if this means anything, considering I’m not a fan of the story, but I hope it does well for the fans!

5. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby 

I don’t think this is my cup of tea, but this doesn’t mean I think the book is bad or anything.

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I think this might be one of the biggest films of the year in terms of young-adult trends. It will be interesting to see how the Chicago setting is done and/or if it fares well with the diehard fans. I’ll definitely be checking it out.

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

If I have the urge to have a cry fest, then, yes, I plan on seeing this emotional tale on the big screen.

8. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Although this is a remarkable tale, the trailer didn’t really interest me enough. I might change my mind, depending on what else it out around this time.

9. The Giver by Lois Lowry

This is one of my favorite novels of all-time, and I’m a HUGE fan of Meryl Streep, but I am worried about their decision to cast Taylor Swift. It makes me feel like they are simply trying to get people to come using big names, rather than finding the right people for the parts, but I still have hopes that Ms. Swift will live up to the high expectations of this classic and prove everyone wrong that she can, in fact, act.

I am wishing for too much, but I think it would be really neat if the first half shows how the world sees in black and white until the color vision begins to develop with the apple and hair through the protagonist. In fact, I made the photo below when thinking it would be really neat to see in black and white for one day. My roommate mentioned The Giver, and I got even more excited for this movie adaptation. I guess you could say this one is the one I look forward to the most.

So this is my black and white photograph inspired by black and white films!

So this is my black and white photograph inspired by black and white films!

10. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I really want to see this dark tale, too. I think it will translate well, and I hope the visuals add to the dramatic and twisted story.

11. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Not sure about this one, but I am not familiar with the novel either.

12. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Yes. Yes. and Yes. I will be seeing this. I think that’s all I need to say.

13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Wow. Second movie of the year inspired by Gillian Flynn. I’m a fan of Flynn, so I’ll probably see this, but I think I might wait until it’s out of the theater. But congrats to Gillian Flynn on the big year!

But I do have some (sad?) news about this movie adaptation. According to the guardian, the ending has been rewritten by choice of the director. Flynn has supposedly written it, but this mysterious ending is leaving readers wondering why and what will happen.

14. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand & 15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed 

Again, these both sound interesting, but I don’t think they are for me.

16. Serena by Ron Rash

I love Jennifer Lawrence too much to not see this. It’s on my top movies to look out for in 2014. Although I have to admit that I used to not be a huge fan of Bradley Cooper’s, he’s made a huge comeback with me since Silver Linings Playbook, and I adore every movie Lawrence and Cooper have done together. (American Hustle was great!) So I will be seeing this on the big screen if possible! Not that this matters, but Serena is also my favorite name for a girl, so…that’s one more reason, right? :] (Fun fact: Serena is the name of my protagonist in my first, published novel, November Snow.)

So what do you think? Are you looking forward to any of these flicks? Are you worried about any of them? Which novels have you read? Are there any you plan on checking out before you watch it? 

Feel free to elaborate as much as you want to about a specific novel. In fact, I hope you do! I would love to hear more about a story I’m on the fence about from someone who has read it and loved or hated it. Some of my favorite movies were ones I never thought I would see. (I can admit Silver Linings Playbook was actually one of those.) I’m really open-minded, and I love a challenge – meaning, I adore those moments where I have low expectations and the art blows me away. Surprises can be a beautiful thing.

~SAT

P.S. I took Bogart to the vet for his annual checkup, and he’s 18 lbs.! Now, I was worried he was overweight, but it turns out he is part Maine Coon. I thought that was pretty cool – and explains why he’s so HUGE! So I had to share 😀

He’s a little mad at me after the vet, but he’ll come around.

He’s a little mad at me after the vet, but he’ll come around.

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