Saturday, January 31, 2009

Right Now

Why does it feel and seem like that right now God hates me? I know it's not true, but it sure feel like it right now.

Friday, January 23, 2009

THE DARK KNIGHT Robbed and Melissa Leo

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released nominations for the 2008 Academy Awards. In doing so, they once again illustrated why Hollywood is increasingly becoming irrelevant and the ever-growing divide between the Hollywood elite and the general public. THE DARK KNIGHT was one not only the highest grossing film of 2008, but was also one of the best movies of the year. Critics and audiences alike love it. It's been at the top of many people's lists of best movies in 2008 since it was released in July. In my opinion, it is the best picture of 2008 (I'll be posting my list of best movies for 2008 in about a month or so). Despite the overwhelming acclaim, THE DARK KNIGHT was shut out of the best picture race and Christopher Nolan was robbed of a best director nomination. Not only that, but MILK a decent film but not really Oscar-worthy, has been pushed into all of the major categories mainly in retribution for the passing of Proposition 8 in California. THE DARK KNIGHT has been robbed and the Oscars this year will be the least-watched ever.

On a lighter note, the Academy did get one nomination correct. Melissa Leo was nominated for her performance in the indie film, FROZEN RIVER. Her performance is one that is often overlooked, but it is one of the year's best. She faces some stiff competition from puffy lips Angelina Jolie and rising star Anne Hathaway, so is a bit of an underdog, but I'm rooting for her to win.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Save Broadway

For those of you who are involved in theatre, you will probably find this video hilarious. I did. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fifteen Minutes

"In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes."—Andy Warhol, 1968.

About a month ago I was in the final stages of a selection process for a survival reality show that was going to air on the Discovery Channel. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of the show SURVIVOR and though this show wasn’t SURVIVOR, it would have allowed me a chance to travel to an exotic locale and be paid (in my opinion) a handsome sum of money (which would have almost allowed me to repay most of my debts) for the time and experience. A week before I was to go to the final interview, I found out that the network had pulled all funding for the show. My interview was cancelled and my latest chance of possible fame evaporated in an instant. I took it in stride, though a little disappointed.

I want my fifteen minutes of fame. I know it’s selfish, but it’s true and I won’t deny it. I want to be famous. I grew up poor and am still poor and in debt. I don’t want to be poor anymore. I’m a creative person who has a lot to offer the world, but I need an opportunity to share what I can do. I want people to know my name. I want to be a celebrity. Whether we like it or not, celebrities have power, have a pedestal to speak from that even a lot of politicians don’t have, and are able to shape and mold our culture on a grand scale. I want that and not just want for myself. I know the influence I could have on others. I know that I could positively affect and influence some of the gatekeepers and creators of our culture, not to mention that I would then be in a position to create part of our culture myself on a massive scale.

I want my fifteen minutes of fame because I’m ready to Shine.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cool Video

Check out the first promo video for THE SAGA OF BEOWULF. Not too shabby, huh. I'd buy the book.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

An Atheist's Thoughts About Africa

Listed below is a link to an article that I really found interesting. The title of the article is

"As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God"