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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

February’s Entertainment Reviews

26 Feb

When The Eye-Dancers interviewed me one year ago, I didn’t even have a publishing contract for The Timely Death Trilogy. Now, they have emailed again, and you can see how much my life has changed in just 365 days. Read the full interview here to find out how I define myself as a writer and person.

I know. I know. On my last post, I said this would be February’s Website Wonders, but I am switching it up mainly because it would conflict with the Oscars. (What?) Yes, the Oscars. Since I posted about the Oscars last year, I decided I will post about it again this year. So, the next few posts will be a lot of fun!

Here’s the schedule:

2/28: February Ketchup (or Catch-Up – haven’t decided yet) This will be dedicated to showing everyone a list of February’s postings as well as the most popular post according to my stats.

3/2: The Oscars: Who I Want to Win – I think the title is pretty obvious as to what this post will be.

3/4: Website Wonders – See? I told you I would share them. They will just be shared a few days late.

Thanks for understanding!

Onto the entertainment reviews:

Movies – I’m starting out with these, because I watched so many of these that I couldn’t decide which ones to share…so I’m sharing pretty much all of them. It’s safe to say that I really, REALLY enjoy watching movies.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street: I hope Leonardo gets an Oscar. Seriously. Other than the fact that he already deserves one, he shows some crazy acting skills in this movie. From drugs to sex to sociopathic Wallstreeters – he covers a wide range of emotion in this movie.
  • 12 Years a Slave – It might win film of the year. But it was really depressing for me, which is the point, so it’s successful. That being said, I thought some of the long pauses were overdone and actually took me out of it instead of the intended effect, which – I’m assuming – is to give the viewer a moment to breathe and/or seriously think about what is happening. I still enjoyed this film.
  • The Lego Movie – I can admit I was laughing. If I wasn’t so tired, I probably would’ve enjoyed the flick a lot more.
  • I, Frankenstein: cheese graphics, definitely not the traditional tale (which I wasn’t expecting anyway.) If you’re okay with predictable action, go for it. I did think the gargoyles were cool, but that’s because I grew up watching Gargoyles, so I have a soft heart for them.
  • Last Vegas: This movie is definitely not directed for my age group, but I watched it with my father, and I was laughing along with him. He was laughing harder, but this cast was amazing. The storyline is predictable, but – come on – we’re talking about a comedy, so I had no problem with that. It was a great laugh.
  •  My Neighbor Totoro: As much as this is debatably the most popular and influential anime movie, I was slightly disappointed. Not saying I didn’t like it. I enjoyed it. But I would definitely put Grave of the Fireflies, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away above this one. (P.S. anyone else hoping Hayao Miyazaki isn’t actually retiring? If he truly does, I am heartbroken.)
  • 24 Short Films of Famous Directors You Can Watch on Youtube: very interesting! Tim Burton’s was my favorite, but he’s also one of my favorite directors so this wasn’t a surprise to me. (I also loved Guillermo del Toro’s.)

1796519_2251975777559_1704430684_nCooking: Because I have to share this recipe. I made it for Valentine’s Day – because I needed an excuse to make something with this much chocolate in it – and I will probably make it again.

  • Oreo Lasagna: Yep. I made it, and – no shame – it was beyond delicious.

Books: Since February is the month of love, I wanted to share love books that I love.

  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Love is a disease. Do you need to know anymore? It’s an amazing trilogy – one of my favorites.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I couldn’t do this blog post without mentioning this tale. You must read it, especially if you’re going to see the movie in theaters this year.
  • One Day: This is probably one of my favorite novels. The tale takes place on one day over forty years. It shows how love can grow and die over a lifetime.
  • The Sad Love Story: For manga fans, this might be my favorite. I don’t want to spoil the story by describing it, but the title isn’t lying.
  • The World’s Greatest Love Letters: “for evil nor good shall never make me go from it.” This collection is beautiful and heartbreaking and everything in-between.

Music: One is technology, but the last three are playlists from 8tracks.com.

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My “Party Animal”

  • Party Animals: it’s a dancing cat. What could be better than that? I hook it up to my iPod or computer, and my cat dances to the music. I love it. Not going to lie.
  • Violin and Cie: a violin playlist
  • As One: if you like foreign music – in this case, Korean – then check this out.
  • Something Else: This is described as chill step, but I thought it was just mellow and wonderful.

Hope you check some of these things out! If you have already, be sure to let me know what you think below in the comments. If you have any suggestions, I’m always open, too.

~SAT

January’s Entertainment Reviews

31 Jan

I first want to thank Paul O. Williams of Halo Companies, Inc. – awarded C.F.O. of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal – for quoting my first published novel: “Sometimes battles are unavoidable.” – November Snow. Thank you, Mr. Williams! Read more about that here.

Last time, I shared my interview with The Modest Verge – now, you can read their review of Minutes Before Sunset. After doing that, you can also enter to win Minutes Before Sunset in Feeling Beachie’s Valentine’s giveaway by clicking here. (Love holidays = romance novels. There are 21 to choose from.)

My Facebook page is one click away.

My Facebook page is one click away.

My Author Facebook Page hit 2,000 likes – thank you very much. 😀 I love connecting with everyone here as well as on my other pages. On that page, I asked you all if you wanted to see a monthly entertainment review in which I review movies, books, music, and more at the end of every month. So this is my first time, and I would love it if you let me know if you want me to continue to do this at the end of every month. (I promise to never do it more than once a month.) Since I come across so much entertainment, I will only mention so many per topic, but I’ll try to mention the most relevant – normally positive – entertaining moments.

Movies – I won’t normally start with these, but I have more of these than anything – mainly because the Oscars are coming up, and the Oscars is the one awards show that I love watching.

  • The Book Thief – Beautifully done. I’ve read the book – loved it – and my friend that watched it with me – who hasn’t read the novel – loved it, too. It’s visually stunning and respectfully done.
  • Frozen – This film deserves to win animation of the year. It’s amazing. It had more music – kind of like the 90’s Disney movies I grew up with – and the lessons weren’t revolving around boys but around sisters. I liked that a lot. Plus, as many of you know, winter is my favorite season, so I liked seeing a film that showed the beauty of snow and ice while allowing it to be symbolic to a sister’s love.
  • August: Osage County – If you can handle watching another movie about a messed up (but realistic) family, then I highly recommend this. I loved it, but yes, it’s sad and difficult to watch at times. Meryl Streep is a genius – as usual – but the rest of the cast brilliantly bring the plot together in the aftermath of all of their twisted relationships.

I’ve also seen a few others that don’t really have to do with the Oscars, but I thought I would mention them:

  • 47 Ronin – if you like the cheesy-ness of old Kung-Fu and the (classy?) damsel in distress, not to mention the infamous Keanu Reeves, then you’ll like this flick. Just don’t expect anything too deep.
  • Stand Up Guys – This came out in 2012, so I’m a little late on this one, but – Christopher Walken. Need I say more? I love anything gangster. It’s my guilty pleasure. Add a little comedic relief and a couple of great guys, I’m sold. It was awesome.

Novels

  • The Impossible Knife of MemoryLaurie Halse Anderson has been one of my favorite authors since I read “Speak.” It’s no surprise that this novel was something I couldn’t put down. Probably my favorite of hers since “Speak.” It’s brilliantly dark and quirky while somehow facing real-life challenges without making them seem petty.
  • Humans of New York –  the bookstore suggested I read this since I follow PostSecret. They also have a free Facebook page if you want to check that out first. I follow it.
  • Ryan Attard – okay. okay. He’s an author, not a book, but I’m lucky enough to read his upcoming novel before it’s released (book 2 of The Legacy Series) and I seriously had to turn on epic music to feel worthy enough to read his epic battle scenes. Check out his first novel, Firstborn, before the second book releases.
  • The 5th Wave so my friend recommended this to me, and now I’m recommending it to you!

T.V.

  • King of the Nerds – I wrote about the first season last year, and I’m definitely following the second season this year. It’s more or less the television show my father and I watch together. So far, I like the group aside from Nicole and Zachary. My favorite is Katie. (How could I not love someone who makes puppets for a living?)
  • American Horror Story [Coven] – It ended this week, but I have to mention it. I’ve been an American Horror Story fan since the beginning. I can confess that I have yet to miss an episode. This is – well – my favorite show, and I loved this season, too. However, I will say that the two episodes really made up for a few episodes that I felt like nothing really happened, but, of course, lots happened when it all came together in the end. I am so glad that they are doing a season 4, and I can’t wait to see Jessica Lange in action again (although I’m sad that she has come out and said she probably won’t return for season 5.) Nevertheless, season 4!

Music – I mainly listen to music on 8tracks, because it’s free, and I like mixing up what I’m listening to, so here were some of the lists I came across that I loved. (Minutes Before Sunset actually has a soundtrack on this website. Check it out.)

~SAT

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The Oscars: Who I Want to Win

24 Feb

11 p.m. Update: I’ve entirely bolded the ones from my list that won in the categories I chose them in. I hope everyone had a great night! 

Okay. So I’m not normally into award shows, but I LOVEEEEE the Oscars, so I’m super excited for tonight.

Today I’m posting the 85th Academy Award Nominees that I want to win, along with why. I’d love to hear what you think! Click here to look at the list yourself.

Best Picture: Lincoln: I have to admit I haven’t seen all the movies on the list, but I found this one to be well-done and historical, which can be difficult when you have so much to cover. (P.S. This is NOT the vampire Lincoln movie. Haha.)

Actor in Leading Role: Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables: I think this competition will come down between Jackman and Washington, but Jackman, in my opinion, had a more difficult role due to the singing, acting, and costumes. (But mainly his singing.)

Actress in Leading Role: Quvenzhane Wellis in Beasts of the Southern Wind: I really respect such a young girl taking on such an important role in a very interesting and challenging movie. However, I have to admit she probably won’t win, because the acting in this particular movie is different compared to the others. I want to show my support for her bravery.

Acting in Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained: I still cannot get over how brilliant Waltz was in this movie. If I can be bold, I think he made the entire movie. I loved him, and, as a writer, I envy the brilliant work done to create such an amazing character come to life.

Actress in Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables: I, personally, don’t like Les Miserables. (I know. I know. I’m a horrible person.) But I haven’t liked it ever since I read it, so it was really hard for me to enjoy the movie (since it is, ultimately, the reading.) However, I can still appreciate the wonderful work they put behind it, and Hathaway deserves an award for her short-lived life in Les Miserables.

Animated Feature Film: Brave: How could I not love this movie??? I do love ParaNorman (I did a review on it here) but I think Brave ultimately blows it away.

CinematographyDjango Unchained: I think it’s going to be between this movie and Anna Karenina, but I have to pick Django Unchained. In the end, I’d think Anna Karenina would win, because Django Unchained is controversial, but I saw both, and I think Django Unchained had more unique camera work.

Costume Design: Anna Karenina: The dress was beautiful, striking, and elegant. I loved it all.

Directing: Beasts of the Southern Wild: If you’ve seen the movie, you know it has a documentary feel to it. I thought this was unique and effective in the ultimate piece, so I want to support this flick.

Documentary Feature: I’m not familiar enough to pick.

Is it egotistical to drink a bottle of wine with your name on it??? Oh, well. I need something to accompany me to The Oscars

Is it egotistical to drink a bottle of wine with your name on it??? Oh, well. I need something to accompany me to The Oscars

Documentary Short: I’m not familiar enough to pick.

Film Editing: Zero Dark Thirty: I think this is hard to judge as viewers, because we don’t know everything that goes behind the scenes, but I really think this movie deserves an award in this instance.

Foreign Language Film: Amour: Honestly, it’s the only one I’m familiar with, but it’s lovely.

Makeup and Hairstyling: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: I think it’s between this and Les Miserables, but I think The Hobbit should get this based on how much harder (I think) it must be to do makeup and hair on fantasy characters.

Music: Original Score: Skyfall: I love Adele. End of story.

Music: Original Song: Skyfall: …I…love…Adele…

Production Design: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: I really enjoyed the overall look of this movie, but I also liked Anna Karenina in this particular topic.

Short Film: Animated: I’m not familiar with these.

Short Film: Live Action: I’m not familiar with these.

Sound Editing: Argo: Again, this is a hard topic to choose, because we don’t know everything that went down behind the scenes, but I’m going with Argo, because it deserves an award too.

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables.

Visual EffectsThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: There was some magnificent visuals in this film.

Writing: Adapted Screenplay: Argo: What a story to share. Seriously. It’s historical, and it’s shocking.

Writing: Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom: I think something else will probably win in this category, but I LOVEEE Moonrise Kingdom, and I’d love it even more to see it succeed in The Oscars.

So who do you want to win?? I’d love to hear, and I can’t wait to find out who does tonight 😀

~SAT

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