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Record Store Day…

April 18, 2009 — Leave a comment

was today~~~


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Damn. I must admit I haven’t stepped on a record store since… since… maybe perhaps 2006? I do most my shopping online now, mainly because Peru overprices too much, and takes to long to get stuff. For example, I wanted to buy the Surrounded Bjork collection, and the store here decided to split the collection per album and wanted around $30USD per album because they were all dual discs – so considering it had 7 discs at $30 each… they wanted me to pay $210 bucks instead of the $130 price tag it has on Amazon. And it’s not only the music… I have the same issue with books and dvds.

Also… there weren’t any events in Peru anyway. There were, however, events in Canada, Sweden, Japan, and even Hong Kong. And I am still looking for the Asian-version of Pitchfork… any suggestions??

Sorry for the delay…

Rachel Getting Married, and Frozen River lead with 6 nods each, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, and Best Female Lead for Anne Hathaway and Melissa Leo respectively. I’ve heard only good things about Melissa Leo on Frozen River, will she be the Oscar winner next year?? I’ve yet to see both films…

Also nominated… Turn the River and Savage Grace, which I’ve seen. And… The Visitor, Synecdoche New York, Sangre de mi Sangre, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Milk and Towelhead. For the full list, go here.

With Independent Spirit Award Nominations just around the corner (Dec. 2) – Awards season pretty much begins~

I haven’t seen many (if any) films to fuzz about… yet. Studios say they trust their films, and all are hoping for December releases. This wasn’t the case last year, when Julie Christie (April) and Marion Cotillard (June) released in the US their films and swept awards.

Waltz with Bashir - PosterPretty much everyone is hoping and fuzzing about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I am too – because let’s face it, it looks cool… it has a good cast, and a great director. From what I could read, this will be the movie to watch… it will be IT.

Nothing else can’t be said, on my behalf…

The animation category will undeniably go to WALL-E, which was good. However, wouldn’t it be interesting if there were other animated films? One of them could be the Israeli-German-French animated production of Waltz with Bashir. I have heard interesting things about it… but could it surprise Oscar watchers? Unlikely. But it will be a good change… just like I thought Les Tiplettes de Belleville should have won, or Persepolis last year~~

Waltz with Bashir, just from the trailer, looks visually interesting. Definitely different to other animated films in subject, theme, and possibly even different animation approach. I also think this poster on the right looks way more intriguing than the other colored poster. Nonetheless, from the same trailer you could see some funkyness with the animation, as if they had used Flash on some sequences (like some of those MTV crappy animated shorts)… and some others looked just splendid.

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Multiple post day!!!

So I am a member at Film Independent, and I just got my monthly issue.

The independent Spirit Awards will begin taking submissions from tomorrow, August 6th until
September 15th (early deadline) or
October 7th (final deadline).

With nominations being announced on December 2, right on time for award season… and the award ceremony will be held on February 21, one day before the Academy Awards which will be held on February 22.

Okay, onto the topic~ This month… this August 19th to be exact. Film Independent wil be showing Shikashika in their Cinema Lounge program. This month program includes these short films:

  • Little Minx Exquisite Corpse: Come Wander with Me
  • 10 Things You Can Do to the Earth (According to Satan)
  • A. Effect
  • CU@ED’s
  • Shikashika
  • Empty House

Shikashika
Directed and produced by Stephen J. Hyde.
Film in Peru, this rhythmic portrait documentary reveals the process of making a colorful shave ice called Shikashika.
Duration: 10min

Location: Poolside at the W Los Angeles – Westwood
Price: Free to Film Independent members and their guests.
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Happy Hour: 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Screenings are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

I began watching a new old set of tapes (for archiving purposes), and I managed to go through 2 tapes… so that was like 9 hours… in 3 or 4, lol. Anyway, During the viewing, I saw a few clips where Carly Pope was featured, like 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 (by Teen People) which she shared with Brendan Fehr (from Rosswell). Were these two together??? And also, Carly was on 2000’s Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards alongside Leslie Bibb, and some dude from Nickelodeon. Carly had crazy hair back then, lol… and she seemed very catty-friendly with the dude. I thought that was weird because I didn’t remember that at all.

Anyhoo… I got melancholic about seeing her work on time, because she’s been doing a lot Canadian indie films that I don’t get to see. She made Young People Fucking in 2007, and according to someone on the boards it was gonna be a limited release on April 18 this year, but haven’t heard anything about it. I mean, it took me 3 years to get to watch Eighteen and Everyone… and when I was still in Vancouver I was lucky enough to watch Hamster Cage at the movies (Fifth Avenue Cinema ROCKS) and I even got to see Larry Kent (the director of the film) after the film… how awesome is that? Vancouver was great for Carly Pope viewing because I also got to watch a  rough cut version of Break a Leg Rosie, which was a surprise because I was not expecting to see Carly at all!

Just a few days ago, I saw a re-run of Dirt on tv, and Carly was there playing Garbo. Hotness. I still have mixed feelings about the show, but being a big Greta Garbo fan… and a big Carly Pope fan, it all makes me giddy to the point of no return~~ And I think it’s fantastic that she’s taking classes, and continuing her studies… and according to her Wikipedia, she IS fluent in French, Italian and Spanish. Though, you never know… it might be the whole same issue there is with how many languages Natalie Portman is fluent in, LOL’

Anyway, I leave you with a lengthy interview that Curve Magazine did to Carly on 2007, I’m guessing. Great read, WORD.