Friday, February 28, 2014

Using the Spirits to predict the Oscars...

"But...I wasn't nominated for the Oscar..."
As each Awards Season comes to life and then dies at the podium, it becomes increasingly clearer that these various awards bodies are less concerned with voicing their own opinion and more concerned with predicting the Oscars.  They all want to say that they called it first, even if countless cinephiles discredit them and even resent them for falling in line to 'call' a bunch of bullshit.  I remember back in the 90's when not ONE of the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards was actually Oscar nominated.  I miss the variety.  In recent years that cutoff point of funds gets pushed further and further back to allow supposed Independent films financed by big companies with a shot at Oscars a chance to rack  up nominations in a place they have no business being.

So, with the Spirits happening on Saturday night, are we going to see a bunch of Oscar nominees take home more trophies, or are REAL Independent Films going to be rewarded?

Will Blanchett, McConaughey, Nyong'o and Leto attempt to propel themselves to Oscar glory a night early, or will actors like Brie Larson, Oscar Isaac, Melonie Diaz and James Gandolfini get their due?  I'd weep for a Gandolfini win here (PLEASE) but I'm almost positive that the four Oscar hopefuls (I don't think Nyong'o is winning the Oscar, but I'm pretty positive she's winning this) will just pick up more awards for their mantels.  

It's kind of telling that 11 categories that repeat with Oscar, the Spirits match with them 23 times!

It's a two-edged sword, because on the one hand it looks as if Oscar is finally embracing smaller films, but when you look closer it really feels like the Spirits are embracing larger films; and that's just not what these were meant to be.  I don't want to watch the Oscars ten times in a single Awards Season.  I want to watch the BAFTAS!  I want to see British Film embraced, not Hollywood films skirting a thin line to parade as British in order to win yet another award.  I want to watch the SPIRITS!  I want to see small films no one has heard about get embraced and receive their due, not watch a bunch of Hollywood films shave a few dollars from their budget in order to barely qualify for awards they don't need.

Yes, I'll be watching...but it'll only feel gratifying if Brie Larson beats out Cate Blanchett.

The latest news on 'Noah'...


"The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis."

Here is my question...does anyone excited about a Darren Aronofsky film about Noah actually care if it is Biblically factual?  Like, is that why we are going?  If we wanted a strict Biblical epic steeped in scripture, wouldn't we look for the next Kirk Cameron film?  I just feel like they are making so much fuss over this movie and that can be a really bad thing, unless your film is exceptional.  Like, this is rivaling all the "it's practically porn" talk circling Blue is the Warmest Color last year at Cannes.  Thankfully, that film survived because it was just that good.  If Noah is a bomb, then this constant debate over it's scriptural accuracy is only going to make that explosion seem...bigger. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blue could be my new favorite color...



It seems like it’s been years since ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ was released, solely because there has been so much talk about this film since it premiered in Cannes last year.  Whether there be talk on the content, the explicit nature of the sex scenes, the tremendous performances by the stars, the shared Palm win or the tyranny on set (thanks to those candid interviews likening director Abdellatif to Hitler), there has not been a lack of talk surrounding this award winning drama.  So, to say that I can’t believe I’ve FINALLY seen a film that was only released on DVD this week and only played in select theaters last October thanks to the subject, length and subtitles may seem odd and yet it doesn’t at the same time.  It feels like everyone has already seen this and I’m VERY late to the party.

I’m glad I finally attended.

I love that controversy continually surrounds the very best of films, because there are always going to be critics or self-proclaimed critics trying to degrade any film that is put on a pedestal.  It’s too long!  It’s too gay!  It’s too honest!  It’s too European!  The bottom line is that ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ is about as good as they come, and to pick it apart or place upon it unfair criticisms is to not fully understand the depths to which this film actually goes.  Yes, it is long and it is gay and it is honest and it’s European, but I have yet to see a complaint and feels like a detractor.

Count me in!

Who's going to win the golden bastard?


It has finally come to this!  The season is over and on Sunday night we will be tuned in to see if all our prognosticating, time-consuming tracking, movie watching and shamelessly campaigning has paid off.  Are we going to see our favorites win?  Are our predictions going to prove accurate?  Did we fall flat on our faces once again?

I've paid closer attention this year to the race than I have in any season past, so I hope to GOD that this worked.  Between keeping track of every award given, reading a slew of reviews, watching as many films as I could and even exploring some categories I rarely get to indulge in (like the shorts and the documentaries) I feel like I can make some informed predictions.

But watch Sunday go and debunk my methods and prove that no one really ever knows anything.

So let's look at this category by category.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A look at Oscar's favorite Live Action Short Films...


Before the Oscar’s settled on their top five Live Action Short Films of the year, I happened to track down two Oscar hopefuls and reviewed them.  Those films were Aningaaq and RECORD/PLAY.  After watching Oscar’s full ballot I have to say that I’m really upset that these two fine films were not included as nominees because they are both far better than three of these nominated films, and RECORD/PLAY is possibly better than all five of them (although there is one nominated film that is pretty amazing). 

I just wanted to weigh in on my thoughts on the five Oscar hopefuls and which ones I feel have the best shot at Oscar.  For $3 you can buy these on Amazon and watch them before the ceremony on Sunday.  I highly suggest doing that.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mt. Spankmore!


M. Brown, over at Two Dollar Cinema, is hosting his first blogathon.  I know, I know; I’ve already talked about this, but I’m actually posting my post now, so here it goes.

This was hard.

The rules were simple. 

“To participate, simply choose the top 4 of anything cinematic and explain why it should be carved into the side of a mountain forever.  Remember, these are real people carved into imaginary rock – so choose wisely!”

SUCH PRESSURE!!!

Favorite performances?  Favorite movies?  Favorite directors?  Favorite characters?  They all seem so easy and predictable and I honestly didn’t want to just do what everyone else was going to do (but honestly, I’d love for everyone else to do that since I love seeing what everyone considers the ‘best’).  LOL, honestly, this is like the age old ‘do you give someone a gift card as a gift’ conundrum.  Like, I want gift cards because your gifts suck, but I’d never give a gift card because it feels so impersonal and lazy.

Now that I’ve derailed this thread enough…

So, I had to think about this from all angles.  Remember the later part of that rule; you know, about these people being carved into mountains, and I had to think…who would I actually want to see carved into a mountain?

Friday, February 21, 2014

A blogathon more real than a two dollar bill, y'all!


Well, he has more regular followers than me, so this is probably pointless, but I wanted to give a shout-out to my buddy m.brown over at Two Dollar Cinema who is hosting his very first blogathon.  This should be fun, and I'm more than excited about coming up with something.  Use the link above to find all the rules (there aren't many) and please participate.  There is nothing more disheartening than hosting a blogathon and having no one participate...



Thursday, February 20, 2014

The old man and the sea…


2013 seemed rich with films about survival, about facing insurmountable odds and coming face to face with your literal fate.  No two movies seemed to get pegged with that label more than ‘All is Lost’ and ‘Gravity’, and for most of the first half (and even second half) of last year these two films were compared to one another and pitted against one another and debated as a pair because of their similarities.  Both films offer us an intimate look at ONE person’s fight for survival; sort of.  You see, where ‘Gravity’ takes us on a journey of one woman’s physical, emotional and mental FIGHT to survive odds that seems utterly inconceivable, ‘All is Lost’ shows us one man’s mental preparation for the inevitable; death.

In other words, this is not the story of a fight but a portrait of a man who just gave up.

This is in no way, shape or form a knock to the value and quality of this film, but I do think that there is a clear dividing line between the two films and I feel that the distinction should be made because they are not the same film (with a different location) but really they are two separate films taking the same scenario (with a different location) and giving us an entirely different character portrait.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Trailer Break: Tom at the Farm


If you haven't read my review for Lawrence Anyways yet, check that out to see how obsessed I am at the moment with Xavier Dolan, who I consider to be one of the freshest and most exciting faces in modern cinema.  While the initial reviews/reactions to his latest film, the thriller Tom at the Farm, are less than ecstatic, I have to say that this trailer has me sold.  After Lawrence Anyways, I'd follow him anywhere.


Let's Review Something: Austenland


I have to admit, I’m not a Jane Austen aficionado or anything, but I enjoy her stories.  Not all of them, and there is a moment when they all start to blend into one another and I can’t tell them apart, but in the hands of a strong directorial voice, they can become something special.  That being said, I know some people who are obsessed with her.  In fact, I know more than some.  I know a couple that has a room in their home dedicated to her work, with paintings of her on the wall, all her books on the shelf (multiple versions and editions, hard and soft, mint condition and tattered) as well as costumes on dress hangers in the corner of the room.  They also attend those Jane Austen festivals every year (I can’t remember the name of them) in full garb, and despite being as American as they come, they try their hardest to pull off an English accent while in character.

I’ll never get it, but then again, I secretly envy their fearless desire for fun.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

From my lips to God's ears: my plea for an inspired casting call...


Biopics will never go out of style, and exploring the lives of Hollywood royalty will always be a draw for the public and filmmakers today.  He invite these people into our homes, and yet do we really know them?  Finding out that their lives were not as peachy as they appeared onscreen can bring us layers to these people we didn't know existed.  So now we have word that one of Hollywood's most famed couples (on and off screen) is being captured in a biopic and I for one am...skeptical.  The film is set to cover a twenty-five year time span, covering when Tracy and Hepburn met on the set of 'Woman of the Year' up until his death in 1967, 17 days after wrapping their final film together, 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'.  Their relationship, both private and public, is interesting in itself, but the real draw here is the private life of Spencer Tracy, who was well known to be a drunken philanderer.  Not only that, but he is honestly one of the greatest actors of all time (if I had to throw together a top ten actors list, he'd be on it) and so I'd be really anxious to see his story told.

The question remains; who should play him?


So, after giving this a lot of thought, I settled on an Irish born actor who has the talent to pull this off yet will probably be passed over completely; Brendan Gleeson.  He's a doughy Irishman and could really pull this off (besides, his career deserves it) and yet I wonder if he'd be considered too old for the earlier segments (and yet, that is what makeup is for).  I'd love for this to happen!  That being said, the screenwriting credits go to some guy who worked on CSI, so maybe I don't want Gleeson to take this on.

I wonder if Blanchett would reprise her role as Hepburn, or if she'll pass.  I'm pretty sure she'd pass, but if the script is actually good and they can secure a decent director (a lot of the fate of the film would lie there) I'd love for her to snag the role, since I'm in the camp in favor of her 'Aviator' performance (even if I personally wouldn't have nominated her).

What are your thoughts on this project?  Are you for it, or against it?  What about casting?  Do you think Gleeson could pull this off?  You think he'll get a shot?  Who would you suggest?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Trailer Break: Unbroken


This looks incredible!  Now, I know that I have not posted my official predictions for the 2014 Oscars yet, and I won't until April, but I'll give you a little preview.  Pencil this in for nearly every category.  I've been bullish on this being the frontrunner for a few months now.  It has a lot going for it (pedigree, biopic, story, studio, release date) and by the looks of it, they'll make good.  I've factored Jolie into the race since the beginning.  While her debut wasn't extraordinary, it was the script that let her down and not her direction, which was actually quite polished.  This is a true story penned by The Coen Brothers.  Seriously, how much better can it get?  O'Connell is a rising star and looks superb here.  Could this be too much to live up to?  Possibly.  My early frontrunner predictions rarely pan out.  Last year I had The Counselor and Rush as the top two, and look what happened.  Granted, the year before I was all over Argo as the early favorite, with Les Miserables as a spoiler, but in 2011 I had The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as my top two.

I sense a pattern, which means that my top two this year will be high on Oscar's list and one of them will win!!!

BAFTA wins and Oscar speculation...


So, last night BAFTA had their Oscar ceremony and attempted to predict the Oscars (sort of) and threw a few bones to their films (which also happened to be Oscar's Hollywood films) and may have given us a little insight into how the Oscars might pan out.

The strangest thing for me is how weak 12 Years a Slave seems as a Best Picture winner.  It has won every televised Best Picture award except for SAG, which went to American Hustle, and yet it fails to win almost everything else.  It couldn't even snag a win for Fassbender last night, and that should have been a give-in considering the lack of Leto in the lineup.  It also lost Screenplay, which was odd, so at the end of the night it won two awards (one of those being Best Picture) and it has me seriously doubting it wins the Oscar.

Could Gravity actually be our winner?

Think about it.  Gravity took home six awards last night, including Best British Film, so it technically won a Best Film award.  It is practically locked up to win seven Oscars (Director, Film Editing, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Score) and with that huge a haul, I can see it snagging Best Picture as well, rounding out the total to eight.  It would look more impressive on paper (8 Time Oscar Winning Best Picture Gravity) than the prospects of 12 Years a Slave, which at the most would take home three (Picture, Screenplay, Supporting Actress) and all of those are shaky.  

12 Years a Slave just feels like the important film of the year, which means that many will feel obligated to place it at #1 on their ballots, but does that really mean that they will?  Will they really pencil in the film as the best of the year, and ignore it everywhere else?

It's food for thought...

Anyways, without further ado; the BAFTA winners:

Friday, February 14, 2014

My heart won't stop beating: a lavish look at 'Bright Star'...


I wasn't sure what I wanted to post in ode this Valentine's Day this year.  Last year I bitched about how the modern idea of romance is 'death, loss, suffering' and how Ernst Lubitsch knows real romance.  This year, Ruth put together a great list of 'romantic movies directed by female directors' and she mentioned (albeit 'honorably') a movie that literally stopped my breath the first time I saw it; 'Bright Star'.  If I could have an affair with ANY movie in the history of movies, it would be this one.  Yes, I know that it goes against my rant last year (yes, Keats dies) but this movie is so much more than 'death, loss, suffering'.  I've been toying with a post dedicated to Jane Campion, who I consider to be one of the most sensually aware directors of all time, and this is her crowning achievement in that regard (not her best film, but her best use of romantic desire in a movie).

This movie is by far one of the most sensually stimulating films I’ve ever seen. That isn’t to say that it is an explicit film (nothing close to ‘The Piano’) but Campion has a wonderful way of eliciting in the viewer a raw and natural emotion, that of longing and desire, and she paints such a beautifully desirous picture that we are left with baited breath.  The way Keats caresses Fanny’s hand; the way she removes a key from her necklace; the way they press their bodies against a wall just to be nearer to one another. Every frame is captured in such a provocative way that we are so entranced and so, excited.

So today, on this Valentine's Day, I leave you with some images that get my heart racing:

Trailer Break & Book Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness


A few years ago I got my hands on a novel by Francois Lelord, a short, breezy little story about a man and his search for happiness (thus the very straightforward name).  I'll be honest, I kind of forgot about it.  Then, this morning I caught a glimpse of the trailer for the movie starring Simon Pegg and I started to remember it.  I guess I remembered it differently, because I thought that I really liked this and then I found my review I wrote for it back after I read it and apparently I found it rather vapid.

This is what I wrote:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Movie Reviews Page


Well, it's that time of year again!  My first review is up and so I'll be keeping track of all my grades and reviews on this page, with an icon on the sidebar for easy access to the page!  I encourage you to check back from time to time this year as more reviews are up.  You can also check out my 2013 Movie Reviews page, which can be found here (and is still accessible from the sidebar as well).

Bring on the new year!

Number of Films Seen:  108

A+

A-
Big Hero 6
Love is Strange
Unbroken
Winter Sleep (Review to come)

B+
B
22 Jump Street
Bears
Frank
Homesman, The
Joe
Locke (Review to come)
Maleficent
Most Violent Year, A (Review to come)
Most Wanted Man, A
Tusk
Wild (Review to come)

B-
C+
Goodbye to Language (Review to come)
Winter's Tale

C

C-

D
*all grades subject to change

Is it even cool to use the word ‘awesome’ anymore?


So last weekend my buddies and I loaded up on alcohol, strapped on a pair of 3D glasses (ok, there were no straps) and reclined in those really comfy chairs at those new restaurant/theaters, ordered a couple pizzas and indulged in spoon-fed nostalgia.  We watched all the characters we grew up with (superheroes, sports players, generic working class citizens) explode onto the screen with hilarious disarray and put together the pieces (pun intended) of a fun little plot that found a way to mesh ‘Toy Story’ with ‘The Matrix’ and make it all feel fresh, fun and exciting.

Seriously people, this movie was awesome!

When the idea for a LEGO inspired movie was first announced, I think the world produced a collective face palm.  There are just some ideas that sound destined for failure.  Nostalgia directed films are not uncommon, and it does feel like there are swells in each decade where filmmakers think that revisiting the past is a good thing; drugging up old feelings of warmth and comfort and then modernizing them to the point where those feelings are utterly destroyed, lost forever in a black hole of celluloid embarrassment.  I was extremely skeptical that anything LEGO related would translate onto the big screen very well, namely because it wasn’t just MY nostalgia they were messing with.  LEGOS have been around for so long that EVERYONE has a nostalgic connection to them.  The oldest to the youngest, this is a point of reference for everyone, and so how do you go about making a film that makes everyone happy?

Somehow, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller did just that.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A look at Woody Allen...


I'm usually one who has an opinion about everything, and I've never been very shy about sharing it.  I don't care what the rest of the world thinks, especially when it comes to film, and even with regards to life in general I have been known to put my foot in my mouth.  I call it like I see it.  So, it may be a tad surprising that I haven't even broached the subject of Woody Allen and the scandal brewing thanks to the open letter posted by his adopted daughter Dylan.  There is no denying that the letter is a harrowing account of abuse and one that sends shivers down the spine.  These allegations were originally heaped upon Allen back in 1992, during a vicious custody battle with his ex, Mia Farrow.  He was cleared of the charges and has since moved on with his life (married to Soon-Yi for 16 years now) and his career (he just won an Oscar and is nominated for another this year), while Farrow has pretty much disappeared.  With this letter being published, lots of people have been weighing in on the case, and Woody has finally answered with his own open letter.

I haven't said anything on this, because this is such a no-win situation.  It was said better by someone else, so I'm going to para-quote a friend of mine:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

THE Child Star of all Child Stars has left us...


I still remember the night that Shirley Temple's cute little girl image was messed with, for me.  It was at the 2006 SAG Awards, when she won the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Until that night, my only mental image of the actress was the one that everyone remembers when they think of her name; that cherub faced little girl with the curly locks and the devilishly adorable smile.  When Temple took the stage, a strange feeling came over me.  She was no longer this little girl, immortalized in celluloid.  She was a real woman; a human being with a husband and children and a life outside of my entertainment.

I called it when Uncle Phil died; but this year is going to SUCK.

Last Monday was tragic, waking up to the death of one of my beloved actors Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Finding out that the same day (Sunday, February 2nd), Maximilian Schell also died was a shock and further impressed the impending nature of this year.  It's ONLY February!  Now, to wake up just a week later to find out that Shirley Temple has passed at the age of 85...I just feel another awful week coming on.  I just hate starting my days like this.  I haven't even had my first cup of coffee yet!

Shirley Temple will always be one of the most beloved icons in cinema, a presence in film that was undeniable and unforgettable.  Snuggling on the couch to watch classic Temple films with my two daughters is such a beautiful affair for me as a father, and now these films will carry the sting of her death but hopefully will be emboldened by the impact of her legacy.

There is a deeper pain that comes with the passing of this legend, at least in our home, and that makes this news all the more upsetting.  My eldest daughter was blessed with a spunky personality, a love of entertaining and a beautiful set of curls that drew comparisons to Temple.  Her great grandmother, my wife's grandmother, would always call my daughter 'Little Temple' and they had a very close relationship.  Sadly, my wife's grandmother passed away two years ago, and this was really hard on my daughter.  This morning has only brought back memories of two very special women and I have a feeling is going to be a tough one for my little girl to hear about.

Maybe I just won't tell her.

A sad day indeed, my heart and prayers go out to her surviving family members, especially her children.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Poster Break: Under the Skin


I need this on my wall.  I need this in my life.  I honestly just came.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Blind Spot Series 2014: Penny Serenade


I know that I'm really early with this.  I was last month too, but then again, these films are just begging me to watch them and I'm trying to bide my time and space them out and watch them closer to the actual deadline but I just can't.  I've been aching to watch this since I DVR'd it, and having it staring at me every time I passed it over to watch a different film, loving so pitiful as if to say "am I not good enough for you" finally got to me and so I caved and watched this last night.  I don't like to wait too long to actually compile my thoughts, because I don't like to forget all of the things that came rushing to my mind while watching, and contemplating, any particular film, and so here it is.

My review of 'Penny Serenade', the second film in my Blind Spot selections for this year (you can read my thoughts on 'The Shop Around the Corner' here).

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Let's Review Something: Dallas Buyers Club


AIDS was, and still is to a certain degree, one of the most misunderstood and underestimated viruses to ever take root in mankind.  When the first cases started to trickle in, it was dismissed by many and assumed to target certain individuals, many people feeling that it was impossible for them to catch it.  Even today, recklessness and misinformation has caused many to underestimate the seriousness of this disease.  The 80’s in particular were a rough time for people dealing with this disease.  Misconception caused many to ignore symptoms and then when things were unavoidable, getting the proper care was nearly impossible, and in a way it was absolutely impossible.

Enter Ron Woodroof.

Woodroof defines rather perfectly the entirety of these issues.  He was a straight man living a reckless life that contracted HIV and then ultimately AIDS due to his substance abuse.  He thought AIDS to be a gay man’s virus and thus he deemed himself untouchable.  He was wrong.  When he finally came to terms with his desperate situation, he found that getting the medications that would help his condition was harder than it should be, and in the end it became apparent that the drug being peddled to people in his condition was actually making things worse.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

An established career gets a needed boost, while a blossoming career continues to do just that!


So, we've already talked about how awesome it is going to be to see Fassbender and Cotillard duke in out in Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth', but now we have confirmation that the film starts filming this week and the rest of the cast has filled out.  The cast includes a man who's career deserves more attention, and a hot young newbie who deserves the attention; namely Paddy Considine and Elizabeth Debicki!  I'm super stoked about this.  Considine is one of those actors who has been overlooked and ignored and sadly nobody knows who he is, but he's a Fisti Nominee (for 'In America') and I've been waiting for him to get the break he deserves.  This most likely WON'T be that break, since this will be that awesome indie hit that Oscar will ignore completely, but I love to see him cast in something so promising.  Debicki is one of those breakouts from 2013 that proved to be such a breath of fresh air that seeing her get roles in films like this makes me happy.  I have a feeling this'll hit theaters in 2015, but with filming started we could see this happen this year, maybe just in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Five for the Fifth: or my answers to Ruth's questions for the month...


Well, it's the fifth, and we all know what that means!  Ruth, over at Flixchatter, has put together another batch of questions for her 'Five for the Fifth'.  I love these, and I usually try and participate by posting here my response to her five questions.  Sadly, I missed last month, but there was one question in particular I really wanted to answer because it would give me an excuse to talk about it...so I just HAD to make the time for it this month!  

Without further ado:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fisti Awards Update

You mean I DIDN'T win this Oscar for my career best work?
Well, this is just a little post to let everyone know that I hustled and got the rest of my ballots up for the 1974 Fisti Awards, and you can see them all here. I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks, which films you love, hate or now feel like you need to see!  There is sure to be a lot of clatter (hopefully) over my acting ballots, as I nominate 8 of Oscar's nominees (and one of their winners) and yet 3 of them are nominated in different categories (fraud of BOTH kinds was all the rage in 1974).  Just to kill the suspense, the three nominees in question are Robert De Niro, Faye Dunaway and Valerie Perrine.  YES, I think that De Niro is Lead and YES I think that Dunaway and Perrine are Supporting.

LOL, but this is a debate that is always ripe to be rehashed!

Next up is 1981 and 1995...

Farewell notes...


To say that I wish I would have woken up this morning to have yesterday been a bad dream is an understatement.  In fact, I kept waiting to wake up yesterday, hoping that this was some oddly realistic and extremely long dream, but it wasn't and Philip Seymour Hoffman is still dead and the countless updates to his passing keep appearing on the computer screen.  From bags of heroine to reports of odd behavior nights before to pictures of Cate Blanchett with tear streaked cheeks (seriously media, let these people grieve in peace), I can't get Hoffman out of my head.

As I'm sure you saw yesterday, I'm a mess over this and putting my thoughts down in a cohesive manner has been really hard for me.  I basically rambled yesterday and gave up.  Thankfully SO MANY beautiful posts have been dedicated to this man's legacy, and I just wanted to share some of my favorites.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fuck you Monday, FUCK YOU!


I don't think I can do this.  I mean, I woke up this morning rearing to go, ready to face the day and attack this blog and have a great start to my week and I find out that I'm an entire day late to some of the worst news I could have received this morning.  Sometimes I'm glad that I don't watch the news or really involve myself in the media at all, especially on the weekends, but then there are times when I wish I could hear things at a normal hour and not at six in the morning, before I've had any coffee.  

FUCK YOU MONDAY!!!

Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the best.  I honestly hate using the word was in that sentence.  I'm fucking crying right now; I'm not lying.  UGH, I promised myself I'd never become one of those people, the people that attach themselves to famous faces and get too involved, too invested in their lives to the point where they actually mourn their deaths.  It's not healthy, is it?  A celebrity is a face we welcome into our homes on regular occasions though, and so knowing that you cannot do that ever again is one of the worst feelings in the world.  I'm fucking shaking right now.  

Why does this shit have to happen?

Apparently he died of a drug overdose.  We've talked about his drug use before, and honestly I can't even bring myself to want to talk about this right now.  I feel like I did when James Gandolfini had his heart attack.  This is just not right.  Hoffman was so young, so talented, so...FUCK!!!  

I already did my Top Ten for him last year, on his birthday, when he turned 46.  JESUS, he's only 46!  He had so much more to give us.  My heart goes out to his family, especially his children at their time of loss.  This is just horrible.

I'm rambling.  I can't even compose a complete thought.  I feel all over the place right now.

I need a hug.

My day is shot.