Awards Daily

Discovered the website http://www.awardsdaily.com many years ago. It has been the best place to go to learn about notable upcoming films. The founder and editor Sasha Stone now partners with editor Ryan Adams. The website gives readers early glimpses of films that are sure to be impactful, not only at the box office, but for the culture at large. The original website name was Oscarwatch (until the name proved to be in conflict with the Academy). It started as a place to watch for the best, upcoming, Oscar worthy films. Now, it has grown into a world for all things film. And they still track the best films of the year. Informative, passion-filled, and entertaining.

Here is a list they have so far for Best Picture of 2012:

Beasts of the Southern Wild 
Moonrise Kingdom
The Dark Knight Rises
The Avengers

Their tag line is a quote from All The President’s Men: “The Trick is Not Minding”

Bob Woodward: Gordon Liddy was fired by Mitchell because he wouldn’t talk to the F.B.I.
Deep Throat: You’ll hear more.
Bob Woodward: Will he talk?
Deep Throat: I was at a party once, and, uh, Liddy put his hand over a candle, and he kept it there. He kept it right in the flame until his flesh was burned. Somebody said, “What’s the trick?” And Liddy said, “The trick is not minding.”

http://www.awardsdaily.com/

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, from wikipedia: “is an epistolary novel written by American novelist Stephen Chbosky. It was published on February 1, 1999 by MTV. The story is narrated by a teenager who goes by the alias of “Charlie”; he describes various scenes in his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person, whom he does not know personally.

The story explores topics such as introversion and the awkward times of adolescence. The book also touches briefly on drug use and Charlie’s experiences with this.[3] As the story progresses, various works of literature andfilm are referenced and their meanings discussed.”

The book is one of the few books I have read twice. The story is rather melancholy and yet relatable. Told in letters to someone who is never named, it has a unique approach. Rather haunting and stays with you.

The book has been turned into a film being released September 21st, 2012. Starring Emma Watson, it should be an interesting movie as well. Thoughtful, unique, and infinite.

American Horror Story

Ok, who‘s up for a good scare. Normally, I am not. But somehow, this show pulled me in. From wikipedia: “The first season takes place in 2011 and is themed on infidelity. The story follows the Harmon family: Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles The family moves to a restored mansion, unaware that the house is haunted.” This show is crazy. Wild, provocative, and good storytelling

It received 17 Emmy Nominations this year. From Huffpost TV about the show, “created by Ryan Murphy, earned nods in all major miniseries categories, scoring nominations for Outstanding Miniseries; Lead Actress for Connie Britton; Supporting Actress for both Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy; Supporting Actor for Denis O’Hare, and recognition in the technical categories for Art Direction (for two separate episodes); Casting; Costumes; Editing; Hairstyling; Main Title Design; Makeup; Prosthetic Makeup; Sound Editing; Sound Mixing and Stunt Coordination.”

What ultimately drew me in was the story. The house remembers every event that happens, and the house always wins. Jessica Lange is spellbinding. She’s like a southern, Tennesee Williams tragic character.

For Season 2 they have changed the setting. While using many of the same actors from Season 1, the new location will be an Asylum and the actors will be portraying different characters.

Frightening.

Oscar Pistorius

There has been a watershed moment at the 2012 London Olympics. Oscar Pistorius, a double leg amputee, ran as an Olympian in the games. While many moments will have a great impact: US Woman’s Team winning the gold team medal, Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time, Gabby Douglas winning the All-Around Gymnastics gold medal. It will be Pistorius running in the Olympics in 2012 that will prove to be the most impactful. His presence changes the games forever. Now, we will be able to view all athletes pushing the limits of human potential. Even those with physical challenges. Extraordinary, historic, and inspiring.

NBC Feature

Oscar Pistorius Website

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500 Days of Summer

“This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.”

Back in 2009, 500 Days of Summer was released. Ended up becoming the “breakout indie hit of the summer” according to The New York Observer. It tells the tale of Tom and Summer, and their entire 500 days in a relationship. The film is presented in a nonlinenar fashion. It jumps around in time, offering different perspectives at every turn. Destined to become a modern classic. Sort of Annie Hall for a new generation. It also elevated the careers of both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel to new heights. And, the soundtrack is excellent. Surprising, moving, and memorable.

The soundtrack:

  1. “A Story of Boy Meets Girl” – Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen
  2. Us” – Regina Spektor
  3. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” – The Smiths
  4. “Bad Kids” – Black Lips
  5. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” – The Smiths
  6. There Goes the Fear” – Doves
  7. You Make My Dreams” – Hall & Oates
  8. Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap
  9. Quelqu’un m’a dit” – Carla Bruni
  10. Mushaboom” – Feist
  11. “Hero” – Regina Spektor
  12. Bookends” – Simon & Garfunkel
  13. “Vagabond” – Wolfmother
  14. She’s Got You High” – Mumm-Ra
  15. Here Comes Your Man” – Meaghan Smith
  16. “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” – She & Him

iTunes Bonus Tracks

  1. Here Comes Your Man” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  2. Sugar Town” – Zooey Deschanel
  3. At Last” – Kevin Michael

Summer: “You weren’t wrong, Tom. You were just wrong about me.”