It’s always great to be reminded that someone is paying attention to your blog. I would like to give a big “Thank You” to Chris over at the fine Movies and Songs 365 site. He’s been enormously generous with linking to my posts, and nominating me for awards.
Chris is the one that suggested me for the “Sunshine Award,” as you can see from the colorful emblem above this text.
Here are the rules:
1.) Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
2.) Link to the person who nominated you.
3.) Answer 10 questions about yourself (use these or come up with your own).
4.) Nominate 10 bloggers to pass the award on to. (This is as much about sharing as it is about receiving.)
5.) Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
1.) Favorite actor/actress (who's not a household name yet?)
Here’s an obscure name for you (at least at this point in his life): Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. Who would that be? He played Ethan Hawke’s son in the first few minutes of Before Midnight; and it was the best acting I have seen thus far in 2013. On the surface, he was just playing a “regular kid.” However, there were so many layers to the achingly sad scene between father and son. Davey-Fitzpatrick found all of them, while making the execution of difficult material look effortless (as well as out acting Ethan Hawke). He has a slew of movies “in production” that look promising, and I hope he still wants to be an actor when he grows up.
One more: the “other Olsen sister,” the talented one...and that would be Elizabeth Olsen. She carried Martha Marcy May Marlene, the terrifying 2011 drama about an impressionable young girl being inducted into a cult. This was another performance that didn’t look or feel “acted.”
2.) Favorite Animal?
I have a 165 pound giant malamute named Dakota. That would be the best answer I can come up with at the moment.
3.) Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink?
I used to shot gun Diet Pepsi all day...but my real drink of choice is most likely coffee.
4.) Favorite music?
This is almost impossible to answer, but let me rattle off a few genres. Classic country (Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, etc); Soul Music (think Otis Redding and Sam Cooke), rockabilly (check out an Australian band called Beasts of Bourbon), some of the truly vintage Punk (Iggy and the Stooges, the Clash, the Ramones, etc); and I even have a soft spot for what I believe would be called “glam rock” (think Mott the Hoople and T-Rex.). My two favorite songwriters are most likely Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello.
5.) Favorite TV-show?
That would be the one, the only, and the original Twilight Zone. Rod Serling was able to cut such a wide creative swathe through just about every kind of story. You can accuse him (and many have) of being heavy handed and preachy. That was always part of the appeal for me.
6.) Favorite sport
I am totally, completely ignorant of the world of sports. Does the competition from Death Race 2000 count?
7.) Movie most people love that I dislike
I would direct to my most popular post of all time about Pulp Fiction here. My runner up might have to be American Beauty. There’s not a single character in that film that I sympathy for.
8.) Favorite short film?
I want to cheat so bad and name one of my own, but that wouldn’t be fair. I am instead going with a short that knocks me out every time I see it. That would be the Chris Maker classic Le Jetee.
9.) My Passion.
The first great love of my life was writing (and still is). The movies and filmmaking come a close second to that. In “real life,” I am getting ready to go back to school for a second Master’s Degree in Counseling. The workings of the human mind and spirit is another interest.
10.) Favorite soundtrack from 2013?
I am totally without an answer to this question. I have seen very few films in 2013. I will investigate this matter and come back to it.
The great thing about blogging awards is the opportunity to pass them along. I happen to know of some sites that I feel are terribly undervalued. To my nominees, this is totally voluntary...but would love to hear your answers. And Chris, thanks again, man.
Here are my choices and nominees.
One of the best bloggers who exclusively champions obscure movies: Shiftless at Scared Shiftless in Shasta.
A very fun blog about horror flicks, exploitation, and various other forms of odd junk: Eric at Dollar Movie Massacre.
My brother in long, well written, and witty film observations: Danny Bowes at Movies by Bowes.
Our resident blogger at the Gentlemen’s Blog to Midnight Cinema Blog: Todd.
A terrific blog about the wonderful world of Kung Fu Cinema: Karl at the immortal Fist of B-List.
The man with heftiest “to watch” list in the blogosphere, and the most consistent writer I know of: Dave at the 2,500 Movie Challenge.
A clever, observant, scholarly (and shamelessly horny) friend of mine who doesn’t write enough: Scott at Scott Is Not a Professional Film Critic.
Remember the late, great Comedy Central show Beat the Geeks? The “movie geek” himself, Marc Edward Heuck, has an incredible blog called The Projector Has Been Drinking.
The man who is brave enough to weave independent movies, microbrews, and music together: Ryan over at Ryan’s Reviews.
One of the best finds I made through the “External Links” Section of IMBD: the brutally frank Mitch at The Video Vacuum