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|Sunday, January 28th, 2007|
Oscars are just around the corner, and I still haven't seen all that I want to see. Hopefully that will change in the coming weeks.
On my list (in no particular order):
- The Queen
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Children of Men
- Little Children
- Half Nelson
There are more, but I can't think right now. Volver
is playing in THREE theatres in Huntsville. Huntsville. Not Birmingham. Huntsville. My home. What?!
Saw Notes on a Scandal
last night in Birmingham with Ben & Tess. WOW. Amazing. Brilliant performances by Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. See it if possible. Fantastic score, as well.
|Sunday, January 14th, 2007|
I want to use this in a movie (at some point) but feel a bit hesitant as it's my name. How have I never actually heard this song before this week?! I feel like I had heard someone mention it, but I never listened to it. Until now.
"Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen
Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.
And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind.
Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind.
|Wednesday, January 10th, 2007|
Classes start today, but I don't. I know it might sound like an easy semester, but I'll be busy. Classes only on Tuesday and Thursday. My last semester. That's crazy.
|Monday, January 8th, 2007|
I want to go home. Tuscaloosa home.
But my car is in the shop. Have to get a new back window. UGH.
Atleast I don't have classes on Wednesdays. Or Mondays. Or Fridays.
And I'll be living in Reese Phifer 180. Seriously. ALL of my classes are in that room. (and the lab.)
|Saturday, December 16th, 2006|
|Had to do it:
IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...
Opening Credits: "Plush" - Stone Temple Pilots
Waking Up: "Let It Rock" - Bon Jovi
First Day At School: "Goodbye" - Dusty Springfield
Falling In Love: "Lucky" - Britney Spears (how could I make that up?)
Fight Song: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - Metallica (nearly perfect choice.)
Breaking Up: "Evening Sun" - the Strokes
Prom: "Trouble" - Stanley Turrentine
Life: "Every Breath You Take" - the Police
Mental Breakdown: "2 Minutes to Midnight" - Iron Maiden
Driving: "Gone" - Jack Johnson
Flashback: "Share Your Love With Me" - Aretha Franklin
Wedding: "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - Carole King (with Willie Nelson)
Birth of Child: "Sweet Child O' Mine" (SERIOUSLY. That's what came next. Scaaaaaary!)
Final Battle: "Rhythm Nation" - Janet Jackson (apparently my last battle is a throwdown of dance skills. I got it down!)
Death Scene: "The Silver Dagger" - Old Crow Medicine Show
Funeral Song: "I Got the Blues" - the Rolling Stones
End Credits: "Vasoline" - Stone Temple Pilots (STP bookend, eh?)
Fun little thing to do - yet I'm still weired out by the "Sweet Child" pick... And STP bookends? Interesting.
|Friday, December 15th, 2006|
GUNS N ROSES was CANCELED.
First postponed, then canceled. I knew in my heart that it wouldn't happen once it was postponed. Apparently, they need the time to get Chinese Democracy ready to release tentatively on March 6. I'll believe that when I see it. But like my brother said, canceling shows to work on an album is LAME. I know that this isn't the real
Guns 'N Roses, and I've actually seen 3/5 of the original band twice already, but it's Axl. And they do play all GNR stuff, obviously. Axl, even though he's going off the deep-end or has already done that, is still one of the best frontmen in rock music - and I have to see him.
GNR was the first band with which I became, well, obsessed. Something about the gritty and raw-ness of "Appetite" struck me in a way no other band or album had before. This may sound strange, but think about it - most of you have some band or artist, book or other form of artistic expression that got to you - I think most of us have multiple ones in various forms. Like Siddhartha
, which changed me in the 11th grade. I began to realize myself upon reading that book. Films have that effect on my as well. Trying to think back a pick the movie that made me want to work with them is terribly hard - so, I'll go with what my mom always says: Back to the Future
. From my mother's womb, she claims I saw it more than 3 times since it was a cool place to take my brothers in the hot Alabama August, and it could have subconsciously intstilled in me this passion for film (not to mention love for BTTF - a staple in the Robertson kids tradition of inserting movie lines in normal conversation).
|Monday, December 11th, 2006|
I've got senioritis. Bad. I don't want to take any more exams - I want to get out there. But at the same time, I'm nervous about what I'll be doing this coming summer - and excited as well. I really hope one of my internship leads comes through for NYC. I just don't think I can do LA just yet... Next semester will be better - all TCF classes so I won't be writing papers or stressing about exams in other subjects. Yes, it's weird that I won't be taking anything other than production classes, but it's what I like. And I think I'm good at it and my professors seem to think I have potential.
The more and more I think about it, the more the whole NYC thing seems like the right move. Please let it work out.
I guess I'll try to get to sleep since I have an 8AM exam tomorrow, which I haven't studied enough for - oh well. It's an essay test, you can't really cram for those.
Films I want to see badly, but that most likely won't come close to Tuscaloosa:
- Come Early Morning
- Little Children
- Shut Up & Sing
I'm sure there are others - of course there are - but I can't think of them. Back to studying.
|Sunday, December 10th, 2006|
- Finish (AKA write!) MC 401 paper, due Tuesday. It's only 5-7 pages, thank god, but I can't seem to get the words out. As of right now, I have nearly a page. Fantastic.
- Finish editing our TCF 240 short, due Tuesday as well.
- Outline the possible topics for Reform Movements, final Tuesday 8AM. Awesome.
- Study for MC 407, Thursday 9AM. Shouldn't be too hard. It's Media Research. Really. Not that bad.
- Look over readings and study questions for Nature & Environment, final Friday 8AM. Again, awesome.
- Not explode from studying/writing/pressures.
I'm not heading home until probably the 18th or 19th, since 1) I want to de-stress before I drive home and 2) I want to see my friends as much as possible before heading home for like 3 weeks. With surgery, I'm probably going to be home the entire time. I'm nervous about it, yes, but I know it needs to be done. I hope I'm not completely out of it for days - especially since it's Christmas and Matt's coming home, and we planned to shoot a new mock-trailer or a lost episode of "Robertson"... According to the nurse, I'll be on my feet a day or so after, but still a little loopy. Most of you don't know I'm having surgery, but I am. Nothing major, or actually medically necessary, but I'm getting a skin problem fixed. If you're curious or whatnot, I'll tell you more about it - just don't want to talk about it here. It might seem vain to have surgery that is not medically dire or something, but this won't ever improve and I'm tired of it. My doctor has even told me it's a good idea to go ahead and have it fixed. Don't worry - it's not implants or a nose job. I want to have it fixed and so there you go.
I have completed my MC 401 take-home 4-essay final. All 3000 words. That was big. And all my xmas shopping for the fam. Friends, you'll get yours around xmas. I'll have to send it to you if you don't live in the Huntsville area. Nothing big, and most of you have gotten it years past. It's no surprise. It's what I can do with little money and skills in the kitchen :)
|Thursday, December 7th, 2006|
Here's my next list for films to see (in order of release date), which take us to the end of the year:
- Blood Diamond
- The Pursuit of Happyness
- The Good Sheperd
- Night at the Museum
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- We Are Marshall
- Pan's Labyrinth
- The Good German
- The Painted Veil
Some I'm more eager to see than others, while some I'm reviewing for the CW. Honestly, I think The Pursuit of Happyness
will be sensational - sure, it might be overly pulling on the heart-strings of its audience, but it looks damn good. I've already seen The Holiday
- which comes out this weekend - and loved it. I might even see it again...I love me my romantic comedies!
In other news, I am now officially done with classes for this semester - now all I have are next week's exams. FUN. Tuesday will be my roughest day: I have to turn in my MC 401 exam & paper, our TCF 240 final cut of our short and take my HY 300 final. Not all bad, since I have the essay topics for the history exam, and once that day's over I'll feel relieved. Now I just have to start working on my MC 401 exam AND paper - of which I have started on neither. And the exam itself is all essay. AWESOME.
|Wednesday, December 6th, 2006|
I slept past 10 this morning.
It was glorious.
Really, I NEVER sleep late. Late for me is like 8:30. I needed it. I'm still in my PJs. What would make it all better would be if exams were over and all this pressure was gone - the only decision I would have to make would be what movie to pop in next. But you can't have it all, now can you?
Ok. So THE FOUNTAIN is leaving Tuscaloosa on Friday, which that means I need to see it either today or tomorrow. There's a 5:20 show - let me know if you want to come along!
|Monday, November 27th, 2006|
I haven't lifted in over a week. I just haven't had the motivation to lift - and I feel like I'm already loosing muscle. I know, I know - you can't loose it that quickly... and I'm sure my body needed the rest.
MUST write my FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION review and e-mail it in by tomorrow. But, I'm just stumped as to what to write. UGH.
That, and a paper due on Thursday. Which I haven't started. AWESOME.
|Sunday, November 19th, 2006|
I can't write this paper.
It's just not coming out of my fingers. 1 page down. 4 to go. COME ON, SUZANNE. (Must give myself a little pep-talk to keep going.)
I worked for CBS Sports yesterday for the Iron Bowl - initially I was going to be on the field helping Tracy Wolfson, but that got switched to me being in the production trunk. At first I was a bit pissed that it happened - another girl pulled the "But Mr. Oakley told me
I was going to be on the field again!!" and she got her way. But turns out, instead of fetching Tracy cough drops and tea, I was in the heartbeat of the production: with the director, producer, AD and tech manager. I had a headset on communicating with the producer in NYC - I had to keep up with the game, taking note of where the ball was, how many timeouts each team had, etc etc. I was actually watching it be put together - which shots came next. INTENSITY. A wall of monitors with the different cameras glowed, and it was impressive how the director called it. I've done little exercises of multi-camera - where you know what shots come next - but this is a "fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants" type of deal. I enjoyed it. (Oh! And apparently I get paid!)
I did see a few flicks this week, here's my take:
***1/2 - By far the best Bond movie in my recent memory - Craig did a fantastic job, as I knew he would. I felt the whole romantic storyline was a bit too contrived - I know, what was I expecting - but that's the only weak part. Other than that, it's a action-packed fun fest.
**** - Alejandro González Iñárritu is one of my favorite modern/working directors, and his latest venture is no disappointment. A complex tale of interweaving stories, BABEL is a seriously important film for everyone to see. González Iñárritu has a supernatural ability to capture the minute details of human emotion - exposing parts of ourselves which aren't always flattering in his characters. The scene in the club - with the strobe light on Chieko's face - was incredible. You actually see her expression change bit by bit. SImply brilliant.
**** - 3 four-star reviews in the past few weeks?! What's going on! But yes, this Beastie Boys concert doc is absolutely phenomenal with its totally inventive approach at filmmaking. Giving video cameras to 50 fans at a concert in NYC's Madison Square Garden and then editing it all together had to have taken HOURS, but man was it worth it. The fan-cam footage is just the tip of the impressive iceberg - the effects (namely the layering of Mike D with the girl in the audience doing similar dances) are mind-blowing. So well done. Try not to get into it - as a Beastie fan for years I found myself bobbing my head and rapping along ("Brass Monkey" is a personal fave, since us Robertson kids have our own version titled "Bran Muffin" as an ode to a popular breakfast food). You'll see some famous people in the crowd, too - it's pretty great. MCA, Mike D and Ad-Rock flow so well together - and, as my brother pointed out, always have. So true. They each have their own unique style - MCA's flow is still my favorite. If the Beasties ever come near, I'm there. NO SLEEP 'TIL BROOKLYN!
**1/2 - Since shitty Comcast decided to crap out on Thursday night during GREY'S of all things, Steph and I opted to watch a movie. Since I hadn't seen this one in my Netflix collection, we popped it in. I have to say, it's different - typical of Danny Boyle (Trainspotting
). I enjoyed it now that I'm thinking back on it - it's a highly original film. And I loved Holly Hunter.
I will see The Queen
and eventually Stranger Than Fiction
soon. And of course others which come out Thanksgiving.
Now back to my paper. Of course I'll have to take a break to hit the rec. It's due Tuesday. As long as I have atleast half written today I'll be in good shape. It's going to be a piece of CRAP but I'll get it done.
|Friday, November 17th, 2006|
|Sunday, November 12th, 2006|
Latest ratings of movies I've recently watched:
**1/2 - It's just nothing that you'll remember. Perhaps it's simplicity will make it more appealing to some than others, but for me nothing left any sort of impression.
***1/2 - I FINALLY got around to watching l'enfant
after wanting to for months (it was in Huntsville when I was, yet I never made it. Stupid me.) But wow, it was amazing. Since I just watched it today, I can't actually tell you more than I loved it. Ask me tomorrow for more details.
***1/2 - Borat...
HILARIOUS. Iz nice! Seriously, one of the few moments in my life where I've laughed as hard as I could. Simply brilliant.
**** - The Prestige
- Those of you who know me with the star system know I don't throw around those 4-star ratings very often, however this film DESERVES it. I've already seen it twice. I can't tell you how great it is - you MUST see it yourself!
*** - Clint Eastwood is the MAN. This was a very well done film, but now I'm really looking forward to Letters from Iwo Jima
. Filming two films about a pivotal war in American history from both sides is without a doubt a completely impressive take on filmmaking.
I'll see Babel
and Stranger than Fiction
this week since 1) Babel
is directed by one of my FAVORITE directors - Alejandro González Iñárritu and 2) we've got Casino Royale
AND the Iron Bowl this weekend! Too many movies!
I love movies. That's it. So simple.
Me: "Alien vs. Predator 2: AVP2
comes out in August!"
Jay: "Why do we need that? It's like Blade 3
... Not until the third one did I realize it was a vampire movie."
|Sunday, November 5th, 2006|
Wow. So, in my procrastination I just learned that Andrew Ridgeley (aka the other guy in WHAM!) is married to one of the girls in Bananarama.
I just don't know what to say.
Those kids must have some interesting lullabys...
I know it's only November, but I'm so confused on what I'm going to do this summer. One thing's for sure: I will be completing my internship in either New York or Los Angeles. LA was my initial thought, considering my cousin has connections and could help me out. But, when I was visiting NYC this past August, I not only fell in love with the city but also found my own connections at the various TV shows my mom and I attended - namely The Colbert Report. I've been in contact with this guy who works there, and is very willing to help me get an internship there (it's a process that goes through MTV Networks, with an interview - which is not guaranteed). I'd love to do that this summer. Work at the Colbert Report? Dream come true! "Yes, Mr. Colbert. I'll get your coffee." But on the other hand, I have a chance to go to L.A. and get right into something as well. I know I can always go out there too - maybe find a temp position or something - my cousin is very willing to help... I just don't know. Even with the family in LA (I actually have 2 cousins in LA and then Matt & Rebecca up in Oakland, you know), my mom likes the idea of New York more - namely the closer distance and big advantage of having reliable public transportation. In LA I'd have
to have a car - no getting around it. I'm torn. I know I'm only just getting started - at the tender young age of 21 - but I want to make the right decision. I know that whatever I choose will be valuable - providing me with the opportunity I'd never imagine. Nothing's definite yet anywhere - I'm worried that it won't work out. The thought of moving to either place is
scary, but not doubt exciting. I've always said I want to live in New York for atleast a year - while I'm young and not tied down. I hope something goes right. I want to work in this industry - I'm good at it (atleast in the little professional experience I have plus the collegiate setting) and have an unexplainable passion for it. My professors seem to see potential in me, and I just hope they're right. I hope that doesn't sound conceited - I obviously don't mean it to be.
|Thursday, November 2nd, 2006|
I just didn't go to my first two classes today. I just needed a break. I don't miss class normally, so it's ok. I have another class at 2 and I'm going to this one. Mainly because we have a test next week.
I don't know of anything else to say right now.
|Sunday, October 15th, 2006|
|"This crowd is OFF THE HOOK!"
Wow. That's all I have to say about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show. It was incredible. I knew Karen O. was a volitile frontwoman, but man. I was blown away by her presence on stage. She genuinely enjoys performing for adoring fans, and you can tell. Her interaction with the crowd was great - loved her reactions during "Black Tongue"'s "yeah yeah yeah"s when she would go to the crowd for the line. "Cheated Hearts" was definitely a highlight - the atmosphere intensified with the guitar intro in anticipation of the great tune. One of my other favorites from Show Your Bones, "Honeybear" was also fantastic. That song is so infectious; as are most of their songs. The best for me though was the acoustic version of "Maps" - it owned me. Her range is mind-blowing. Oh, Karen O. Wow. The show was simply incredible.