kungfuwaynewho: (community)
Five years ago, the West Memphis Three walked out of prison.

I first saw Paradise Lost in 2001 or 2002, when I was at USC.  Like a lot of people around my age who'd had a fairly-sheltered, middle class childhood, it was my first real experience with how frustrating and terrible true injustice could be.  I went on to read the book Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt, getting more obsessed with the case.  I spent more hours than I could ever count on message boards, reading evidence amateur sleuths had uncovered over the years, finding myself convinced by this theory, then that one.  I followed the appeals and motions for years, and every time something new came up - another example of the courts' malfeasance, new exculaptory evidence - I would think, "this is it, this is how they're going to get out," only to have everything go back to square one.  And the whole time, Damien was on Death Row, getting sicker and sicker.  Five years ago, when I checked CNN in the middle of a desk shift at work, I hadn't heard a whisper of what was coming.  Yet there it was, the headline: "West Memphis Three Free."

If you've never seen it, I highly recommend the documentary West of Memphis.  Though the Paradise Lost films are very good, you have to watch all three to get the full story; and honestly, the second one suffers quite a bit in retrospect for suspecting the wrong stepfather.  West of Memphis follows the case from start to finish, from the murders, through the trial, through the painful eighteen years in prison for crimes they didn't commit, to their eventual release.  In fact, I'm planning on watching it (for like at least my sixth or seventh viewing) tonight.

To Jessie, Jason, and Damien: I'm still so proud and happy for you.  All the best.
kungfuwaynewho: (hannibal)

Haven't watched Season One yet?  No worries!  If you start now, restrain yourself to a handful of bathroom breaks, and take a modest lunch, you should have plenty of time to get caught up before the premiere.

We are having a premiere party tonight.  Fancy ravioli (stuffed with people!) and brie en croûte (the cheese is made from people!) and port (aged in a barrel with some people!) and ice cream cake (no people).

I honestly don't think I've been this excited about a TV show that is currently airing since Battlestar Galactica.  Which is to say I am VERY EXCITED.

AW JEAH

Jan. 8th, 2013 11:23 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (leslie omg)
SIGUR RÓS IS COMING TO KANSAS CITY!



My favorite Sigur Rós video:

kungfuwaynewho: (lotr haldir)

I didn't manage to start rereading The Hobbit early enough to have it done by today, but I am going to try to at least get to the game of riddles with Gollum.  Once I get off work, I have more work to do, and then?  Time to watch the horrifying old animated Hobbit!  I'm pretty excited; I've only seen it once. 

And then The Hobbit!  Tonight!  At midnight!  At the Drafthouse!  EeeeeEEEEEEE!
kungfuwaynewho: (lotr galadriel)
I JUST BOUGHT MY TICKETS FOR THE MIDNIGHT SHOW OF THE HOBBIT AT THE DRAFTHOUSE!

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kungfuwaynewho: (squee)
I survived today!  Today is over!  And I am alive!

So, let me catch you up.  I haven't posted about this particular RL thing much because I didn't want to jinx myself and also because it wasn't that interesting, I think?  But anyway - today my sister and I closed on our new house!  We are now first-time home owners, and it is very exciting.  Now, we won't be moving in for a bit yet - we need to paint, pull up carpets, buy, like, new beds and stuff - but still.  The awful icky part is over.  We also got all of our stuff out of our storage unit and just piled it in the basement to be taken care of later.  I didn't want to pay for another month of storage, and I also just plain hate having my stuff in storage in general.  I always worry about it. 

BUT IT'S DONE.  IT'S FINISHED. 

Seriously, my stress and anxiety level the last, hmm, three months or so as we've been going through this home-buying journey have just been absurd.  The other day I couldn't find my lunch in the freezer here at home and I had to go lay down in my bedroom and have an ugly-cry.

Now the fun part starts.  Of course, I really need to start finding time to work on screenplays.  I'm not going to have anything new to submit to competitions and festivals this year besides the TV pilot if I don't get my ass into gear.
kungfuwaynewho: (squee)
Two hours after my previous post, I finally get around to clicking a link my sister sent me earlier today - animals being cute!  Here's the first vid:

kungfuwaynewho: (jayhawk)
Continuing to write like a motherfrakking boss. Oh, the perfect high of being in the writing zone. And it was Selection Sunday today! And we're a one seed! And I grilled homemade naan and curried chicken for dinner! And I watched Community! And North Carolina lost! And Tron videos!

Great weekend, babies. Great weekend.

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kungfuwaynewho: (lotr galadriel)
Normally I am way more into the Oscar season than I have been this year, but I still made a point of watching the nominations live.  And, of course, I have Important Thoughts.

1) Tron didn't get nominated for visual effects.  Whaa.....?  At least it did get nominated for sound editing, though.  The Academy Award-nominated film Tron: Legacy!

2) I'm sorry, I know it gives her a better shot, but Hailee Steinfeld for supporting actress is ridiculous.  She's in almost every scene.  The movie is about her character.  SHE'S THE ONE WITH TRUE GRIT.  I don't care that she's 14; she should be up for lead.

3) Haha one guy from The Social Network, you didn't get nominated for supporting actor HAHAHAHA.

4) Also, in general, The Social Network is that movie that I inexplicably hate without ever seeing for this year (there's always at least one), so I was pleased it did not get the most nominations.  Also, it lost the PGA to The King's Speech, which did lead the nominations.  I hope this to be a harbinger of things to come.  Because TKS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>TSN.

5) YEAH JOHN HAWKES YOU GET THAT NOMINATION HE WAS A JEWISH BANKER ON DEADWOOD HE HAS BIDNESS TO DO AND THAT BIDNESS BETTER BE TO WIN SOME OSCARS.

6) (Unless Geoffrey Rush would rather win that supporting actor nomination.  That would work, too.  I actually saw his movie and performance, so.  I just...don't want Christian Bale to win?  IDKW.)

7) The King's Speech for cinematography!  The Coens for directing!  Inception for sound design!  True Grit for costumes!  I'm still pissed that Carter Burwell's score for True Grit was disqualified.  WHO CARES THAT IT WAS BASED ON OLD HYMNS.  IS THAT REALLY ALL WE THINK FILM COMPOSITION BOILS DOWN TO, THE MELODY?!  YOU, PEOPLE WHO DISQUALIFY THE BEST SCORES EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. ARE NOTHING BUT BALLS.  GIANT BAGS OF SWEATY, GROSS BALLS.

8) I miss when Cate was nominated every year.  :(
kungfuwaynewho: (squee)
HAHAHA.  On Wednesdays I work 12:30 to 9:00pm, but we're closing at 5:00pm today because of snow.  Half-day!  Yes!  Snow is fucking succeed!

I am going to go home and do the following:

1) Eat delicious noms.
2) Watch some Pride and Prejudice (I am watching the BBC mini with Colin Firth for the first time).
3) Write some fic.  (Valentine's Day J/D smoochy fic!  Yay!)
4) Snuggle with cats.

And I will also just randomly shout "Yay!"  Like that pig in the Geico commercial who does, indeed, go "Whee!" all the way home.
kungfuwaynewho: (bicycle dad)
My supervisor called me this morning to tell me that work wasn't opening up because of the snow, and that therefore I would get to stay home today.  I did this:

THAT'S RIGHT, YOU GUYS.  I TURNED INTO A BANANA AND I MOTHERFUCKING DANCED.

Is there anything better than a surprise day off when you're an adult?  Especially when you can't go do anything else, so you're under no obligation to run errands or any other assorted adult things?  So far today, I have: eaten a luxurious breakfast; played Castlevania; played Civilization; shoveled the driveway, which I generally actually enjoy.  However, with shoveling, it's hard to find that balance between bundling up enough so you don't get cold, and bundling up too much and getting hot.  As I stripped out of my gloves and coat and hats and auxiliary pants in the garage, there was steam wafting up from my head and arms, like football players look on the sidelines when it's cold.  It was ~awesome.

Now I am interneting, and later I will play more Civ, watch a movie (Crazy Heart or The Lovely Bones), watch some TV (I have an episode of Lie to Me, three of How I Met Your Mother, and the first episode of Downton Abbey lined up and ready to go), eat a luxurious lunch, maybe take a nap (!!!), lounge and read.  However, I am most excited about the chance to sit and write.  When I first went to bed last night, I had some Tetris Effect from playing Castlevania during the entire Chiefs game yesterday, so I fought ghouls and werewolves in my head for awhile.  BUT THEN, I had one of those glorious nights where my mind is racing and I can't go to sleep, but it's okay, because the next part of my movie (really, the rest of it, except for one tricksy transition scene) just played in my head seemingly from nowhere, and I worked things out, and everything was awesome.  And I was worried about working all day and not getting around to writing and then losing it, but now I can write and it will be fantastic!  Yay!

Still a banana, everyone.  Still dancing.
kungfuwaynewho: (tng picard sonnet finger point)
OMG LOL FALL RIVER MADE THE SEMIFINALS AT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL WTF.

They just called me.  That means it's in the top 20 out of 4,400 submissions.  Guess who's flying back to Austin next month?  I guess actual "industry professionals" read the script at this point for judging, and if anyone likes it, even if it doesn't make it to the finals/wins they still talk to you and stuff.  So this is pretty much going to be my best bet of finding representation.

I still find it hilarious that Fall River didn't do shit in any other competition.  I mean, it didn't even get a "p.s. at least one judge didn't think this totally sucked" note from Nicholl.  It really does all depend on who reads it.  My sister is theorizing that it landed in the hands of some true crime fans.  "Hey she wrote the part about the pigeons!  Neato!"

I should clarify at this point that Flesh and Blood is my script about serial killers, and Fall River is my script about Lizzie Borden.  I LIKE WRITING ABOUT PEOPLE KILLING OTHER PEOPLE, OKAY.

ENDORPHINS OMG YOU GUYS MY INSIDES FEEL ALL FLUTTERY.
kungfuwaynewho: (squee)
So I've been having a lot of fun in this Fringe Challenge community, and I just joined a more general SF TV challenge community - and you should all join, too!  You're already doing fandom-y stuff!  It'll be fun!

It's [livejournal.com profile] scifiland, and it will be awesome.  I'm on Team Sidekicks!  Yay!

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