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So, somehow, in some way, I have been nominated in the Best Horror Blog category in this year’s LAMMY’S. I honestly have no idea how this happened but I am so honored. I started this little site purely for fun and also because I was bored and had recently broken up with my boyfriend and was kind of lonely and was going through some pretty intensive therapy and well, life was a little messy to say the least and I needed an outlet and my first attempt at a movie blog wasn’t that great. But I got the idea for Cinema Schminema and thought I’d invite a couple of friends to maybe check it out and figured it would go the way of The Movie Slayer (my first movie blog), which is to say I figured maybe 10 people total would ever see it. Yet somehow here we are 345 followers later, several blogathons later, several wacky crossovers later and several friends made later. So to everyone who helped me get here THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart – you guys are amazing.
I’ve linked the image above to the complete list of final nominees for the 2013 LAMMY’S so be sure to check them all out – there’s several you’ll know and everyone nominated is fabulous. And if you’re a LAMB, be sure to go VOTE!! Voting ends April 30th so don’t wait!!
Also speaking of how far Cinema Schminema has come:
I’m a few days late (yep, I missed my own site’s birthday/anniversary. *sighs*) but my little experiment has now been around for a year. Hard to believe because the time has FLOWN by. So again a HUGE thank you to everybody who stops by and reads my silly little reviews about films no one wants to watch (okay, a few people want to watch ). And a special thank you to my very first ever commenter, Eric. You, sir, ROCK.
Alright, I’m catching up on interviews and movie watching this weekend – coming soon a review of “The Hit Girl” and an interview with Scream Queen Jessica Cameron so stay tuned!
Thanks to Mike over at Mikes Film Talk for hitting me with this tag (it only hurt a little, really… ). We all know Mike and we all know he’s full of awesome stories and interesting facts but if somehow you DON’T know Mike, you should go visit him…like NOW…
This particular exercise in sharing the WordPress love (pronounced lurve) is fairly simple, you answer the 11 questions posed by the “Tagger” and then set another 11 questions for the 11 bloggers you “Tag.” (That was a LOT of 11′s…) You probably should link back to the blogger what “brung ya.” Aka, who tagged you and maybe thank them? Just a thought. (And yes, I stole that entire paragraph directly from Mike. I am lazy. And sleepy.)
So here are
Mike’s Sandra’s 11 questions: (hehehe, sorry Mike!)
- Have you ever been made redundant from your job and how did you feel about it? Yes, a couple of times actually. The most awesome one though was when I worked at a jewelry store and with absolutely NO warning whatsoever, I was “made redundant” and very literally pushed out the back door into the pouring rain. No lie. Nobody had a clue it was going to happen and the owner’s son actually apologized to me about it.
- If you were interviewing someone for a writing job, what 3 qualities would you look for and why? Grammar, non-boringness, and the lyricalness of their writing.
- What is your favourite board game and why? Hmmm…I’m fond of Apples to Apples…and Monopoly.
- When you look at the stars, what do you see? Usually unicorns and pixie dust.
- When you look at the ocean, what does it remind you of? All the evil things that live there, hiding, just waiting to eat me…bastards.
- How do you overcome writer’s block? By reading Kerouac or Anais Nin…changing writing locations…writing words meaninglessly until they finally form into something that I need them to say…
- If you could say 3 encouraging things to another person, what would they be? You’re amazing. Never, ever doubt yourself because I never do. It ALWAYS gets better – ALWAYS, even if you don’t know it for a really long time.
- Do you prefer to write your stories/books/poetry/prose/articles on paper first, then type them up and edit them, or do you like to type them straight into your computer to edit? I prefer to write long hand, then type them up. I do type some stuff first though depending on whether I’m writing for work or on my personal stuff.
- Do you like writing in one genre or more? I write in a lot of genres – movie reviews, book reviews, non-fiction (I guess reviews count in non-fiction too, huh?), young adult, fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays, stage plays
- As a writer, do you think actions speak louder than words? Depends on what you’re writing. In fiction, actions can be used as a better way of telling but in poetry it’s all about the words.
- What is your favourite quote and why? Oh dear, just one?? I’m cheating and doing three. Why these three? These three best describe me and how I live or at least attempt to live.
“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
― Anaïs Nin
“And it’s the wonders I’m after, even if I have to bleed for them.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
As always, I’m not tagging anyone because I can never remember who loves tags and who hates them. So if you feel like doing this, you’re tagged! Do a post or answer in the comments. Oh, here are my questions if anyone wants to play along.
- What author has inspired you the most?
- What director has most influenced your taste in film?
- How many instruments do you play?
- Why do women in horror movies always run up the stairs when it’s the stupidest thing ever to do?
- Who in your life has had the most influence?
- Where do you most want to travel in the world?
- Have you ever fallen in love with the wrong person?
- Better yet, have you fallen in love with the right person?
- How much time a day do you spend writing?
- Whose the most famous person you’ve met?
- What is sleep like?
So when I have time to breathe, I have a review of Bikini Bandits and Sand Sharks headed your way. Mike from Mike’s Film Talk also smacked me upside the head with some sort of tag (and it hurt, I might add, so thanks Mike :-p) and I’ve also gotten a nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award from Aurora over at Once Upon a Screen. Whew. Plus I am trying to make it to a wicked cool thing on Saturday that would be like my dream come true…oh so much excitement!!! So posts shall come as quickly as I’m able to get them done. I’ve just been in the process of moving, unpacking and entering the dating scene again (oy, wish me luck ).
Also will be catching up on as many of you guys stuff as possible tomorrow in between work and movie night with the gang. Until then……
Thanks so much to Mike over at Mike’s Film Talk for passing me the baton in the Movie Jail Relay Race! Been at least a month since I’ve participated in a blog-a-thon so away we go!!
”It’s time to put some movie people in jail. The object is to give a prosecutor’s argument as to why these movie people belong in “Movie Jail” whether it be for violating the integrity of the content source of one their films, or being a sell-out, just making bad movies overall, getting worse as time goes on or not being in a good movie for many years. The baton will be passed to another blogger who will have to do the following:
In order to free someone from Movie Jail they have to do 2 things
1 – Give a defense attorney argument defending the plaintiff
2 – Pay bail: the cost of which is another case for the court and a prosecutor’s argument against the actor/director of their choice that will replace the one set free.
There must always be 10 people in Movie Jail.”
Current Inmates are:
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
The Participants (so far):
11. Aziza’s Picks
13. i luv cinema
15. The Warning Sign
16. 3 Guys 1 Movie
21. Head In A Vice
So who am I heisting from the big house? Well, the majority of you are going to hunt me down with torches and pitchforks a la Doctor Frankenstein but I’m totally releasing this girl:
That’s right. Ms. Kristen Stewart gets a pass from me. Why? Well, I’m not entirely sure why she’s in jail here – I’m assuming it’s because the majority of the world thinks she’s a bad actress (emotionless and lip bitey). Or perhaps it’s because people think she never smiles and should be happy for her fame, dammit. Or maybe it’s because she supposedly cheated on R-Patz with that director dude.
My rebuttal? Kristen Stewart is talented. Hella talented actually – girl’s got chops. I think the problem is that most people associate her with Bella from Twilight and Bella is one of the worst written female characters in recent history. The fact that a woman wrote her makes me want to scream. But I’m not here to discuss the underlying messages of abuse and deprecation in Twilight, so moving on…Kristen Stewart’s been acting her whole life – obviously she’s doing something right or when she moved out of the cute child phase, Hollywood would’ve dropped her like a hot potato because that’s what H’wood does. True, a lot of stuff I’ve seen that she’s fantabulous in is older stuff but she’s been working on Twilight for what, 6 years now or something? 4 years? A long time anyway and I’m not even going to count Snow White and the Huntsman because that whole movie was just stupid from marketing to plot (Theron was brilliant, I will give it that much). But what about The Runaways? Loved her in that (and loved the movie). Adventureland? Speak? Panic Room? Fierce People? C’mon, guys, the girl can emote. Problem is, she’s been stuck in “lip-biting, awkward, I need a man to love me or I’ll die” Bella phase for WAY too long. I’m hoping On The Road (which I’m dying to see as I adore Kerouac) will help break her out of the public mindset of awkward.
If it’s the never smiling thing well I feel her there because I am not a fan of the smiling at all. My friends are constantly yelling at me to “smile, dammit!!”. I prefer to be dark and mysterious and yeah, icy. It’s my schtick (well sometimes, I have different ones) so I can’t begrudge the girl for not bouncing around all rainbows&sunshines&lollipops&pixies. If it’s the “she should be happy for her fame” thing I have this to say – sometimes people become actors because they love to act, not because they want to be famous and there are tons of people out there who are actors, working actors, and can walk down the street without having cameras shoved in their face. Yeah, fame can come with the game but it doesn’t mean you have to be completely joyous about it all the time. I am painfully shy 50% of the time (which is WAYYYYY better than I used to be) – I can’t even function at events with lots of people without anxiety medicine – so if I ever get famous, I might be walking around all cranky looking too. That or completely zombified from the meds…
And if it’s the supposed cheating thing? Well, it’s none of my damn business. And also I remember what it’s like to be that age and dear lord, if I told you all stories of me from back in the day…heh, well, I’m not gonna because the amount of stupidity I had happening in my 20s was off the charts.
AND now that I’ve released poor Ms. Stewart from her stint behind bars, I need to find someone to replace her…who, oh who should it be?? I’m thinking this guy:
First, how did you guys get those bars on your pictures?? Mine suck, lol! Second, let’s get one thing straight – I ADORE JOSS WHEDON. Seriously, the day this dude let’s me go pick up his dry cleaning will be the best damn day of my life. However, I fucking LOATHE The Avengers. That was one piece of shit mockery of a film and I am completely heartbroken that my hero was behind this mess. You sold out, Whedon and you didn’t even do it well. And that, my love, is why you are now in jail. You go make good original kickawesome stuffs again please.
And now it’s my turn to pass on the baton and I’m passing it to our good friend, Eric over at the ipc! Be sure to check out who he decides to spring!! And thanks again, Mike, for letting me in on the fun that was the Movie Jail Relay Race!!
The latest issue of Rogue Cinema is up, y’all!! w00t! So what’s on tap for this month? Well, this time around I got to interview Brad C. Hodson, horror author, about his newest novel “Darling”. It’s very Stephen King’ish so if you’re into that sort of thing, check it out!
Next up is a review of Benny Loves Killing, a meta-love note to film kind of flick that’s visually beautiful.
After that we’ve got The Feed, another sci-fi dystopian cyber punk body modification flick (seriously, when did this genre get so big??).
And last but not least (and personally my favorite), On The Horizon, a stunning short with which I fell madly in love.
There’s tons of other cool stuff in this issue too AND in case y’all didn’t hear, our very own Mike from Mike’s Film Talk is now writing for Rogue as well!! High fives all around!!! So go check it and I’ll be back later today with another fun-filled post! (Yes, that is the sound of the Horsemen coming, obviously the apocalypse is nigh if I am posting twice in one day… ).
What will YOU be doing Thursday at 10 PM EST? I know what I’ll be doing – speaking on Geek Soul Brother’s podcast about “Women in Geek Media”! It’s my first time on a podcast and I’m really excited (and nervous but shhh! don’t tell anyone!).
“In honor of Women’s History Month, Geek Soul Brother Live! presents Two Women’s Panels to focus on ‘Women in Geek Media’ – Scheduled Tuesday and Thursday, March 12th and 14th at 10 PM EST. Gathered together are these exceptional Ladies of Geekdom to discuss the roles and images of women in film, television, comics, anime and even games.
Tuesday’s Panel will feature the Ladies from: Black Girl Nerds – She Movie Geek – Joker and Thief Podcast – Cinema in Noir – Blerdology – as well as Melody Cooper.
Thursday’s Panel will feature the Ladies from: Cinema Schminema – Girl Gone Geek – Lockettedown Productions – Surfing Aliens – as well as Emily Einolander and Marissa Sutton.
Here are a few of the many topics:
- Where did the hipsters come from and why do they make ‘real’ geek girls mad?
- When male writers get a female character right, where do they still miss the mark?
- What will it take to get more women in the creative seat?
So mark your calendars and be sure to join us on Geek Soul Brother Live! at Talkshoe.com (http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/118765) on Tuesday and/or Thursday, March 12th and 14th at 10 PM EST. for a live podcast that can’t be missed!”
So maybe if you’re around and doing nothing else, you’ll tune in for what I’m sure will be an excellent discussion on women in geek media culture. And don’t just listen Thursday, check it out tonight too – it’s only an hour away!
Big UPS to both Natasha at Films and Things and JMount at Written in Blood for nominating me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award (which oddly seems to have nothing to do with dragons which is a shame because I like dragons). Both are fab bloggers who are hella fun to read so go check them out!
Anyway…as with most things these days there are rules to receiving this, and they are:
- Display the Award Certificate on your website
- Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
- Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
- Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
So first, the 15 deserving bloggers:
Again, I’m going to go with my caveat of “If you want it, it’s yours”. Soooo many people hate getting tagged for these and I don’t want to be the one to make anyone cranky, lol. I think you are all awesome though and you all deserve ALL the awards (and ALL the monies, I might add). So congratulations, you are all ROCK STARS!! Or dragons. I suppose that’s more apt for this award…
Now for the best part; 7 interesting things about me!
Well….nah, I’m joshin’ ya. I’m not going to make y’all sit through 7 more intriguing, amazing and downright interesting facts about me. I think we all hear about me enough already on this blog. I guess if there’s anything you’re just dying to know you can ask away in the comments.
The director of Lord of Tears has been in contact with me and there’s quite a few things going on in the world of Owl Man. Read on below if you’re interested!
* Lord of Tears reached its first goal on Kickstarter – the new goal is £10k ($15k)! It seems you can also pre-order the dvd via Kickstarter as well so if interested, head on over!
* Lord of Tears has been accepted into the San Diego Comic Fest to be screened in October
* The kickstarter page features a new trailer for the film that has won some acclaim, being tweeted by Jim Parrack (True Blood) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond) Elizabeth Fies (The Commune) and Signe Olynyk (Below Zero)
* There’s a viral style video of the Owlman stalking teenagers on Omegle/chat roulette (I’m gonna check this out! Ha!)
* Exclusive stills taken of the antagonist (the Owlman) from a Victorian Childrens Hospital.
The Viral Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENT_i_L3bGc
Comic Festival Announcement – http://www.sdcomicfest.org/lawrie-brewster/
Trailer Link – https://vimeo.com/60118572
It is a blah, rainy day here (I didn’t even get out of bed till an hour ago that’s how blah it is) so when I’m done with work, I’ll be cuddled with my netbook watching movies and reading blogs so see y’all later!
This isn’t even a review – this is just me sharing something that I find hilarious and AMAZEBALLS. ENJOY!!!!
THE SMALLS FAMILY is an experimental comedy based on the timeless lyrics of THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
Biggie Smalls is considered by most to be one the great lyricists in the history of hip-hop music. His untimely death on March 9 , 1997 changed the face of hip-hop and left a legacy behind that has yet to be duplicated.
In the past, many great works of classic writers and poets have been reinterpreted over the years…most notably the works of Shakespeare.
In similar nature THE SMALLS FAMILY strives to pay homage to Biggie’s incomparable language….while refreshing it to a new audience.