All posts tagged: Artist

27 Songs

Tomorrow I turn 27 (yikes!), and since I’ve been doing a birthday post every year since my 24th birthday, I decided I should keep the tradition going strong. In the past I posted 24 Lessons in 24 Years, 25 of My Favorite Things, and 26 Goals for my 26th Year, and this year I’m sharing 27 of my favorite songs. This doesn’t come close to showcasing all of my favorites, but it does cover some of them! ūüôā This list is very random and in no particular order. If we share any favorites let me know in the comment section below. ‚̧ 1.¬†Let Me Roll It¬†– Wings 2. Zodiac Shift¬†– Flying Lotus 3. Riders on the Storm¬†– The Doors 4. I Am Woman¬†– Helen Reddy 5. Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground & Nico 6. Where I Wanna Be¬†– Shade Sheist 7. Feel it All Around¬†– Washed Out 8. Dock of the Bay¬†– Otis Redding 9. I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li (The Magician Remix) 10. Modern Love¬†– David Bowie 11. Don’t Let Me Be …

PLAYLIST: Current Mood

Listed below is a bit of what I’ve been listening to lately – what I’m calling my¬†current mood playlist. Most of it’s old stuff, or songs I’ve been into for years, but some of it’s new to me. Getting a record player (check out¬†Fun with Vinyl) has in many ways¬†reinvigorated¬†my love of music and made it¬†a priority in my life again. In high school I was constantly listening to¬†new bands and artists, going to concerts, and exchanging mix CD’s with my friends. Over the years I’ve lost a bit of that enthusiasm, but I’m trying to get it back. Music is a gift to indulge in and share, so let me know what you’re listening to. What’s on your¬†current mood playlist?

Suggested Reading: In Defense of Vin Diesel

My reading recommendation for the week is an article by Joey Eschrich for Slate’s¬†Brow Beat¬†entitled¬†Vin Diesel Is Not a Macho Lunkhead. He’s So Much More. The article spoke to me because, like many others, I had a few preconceived ideas about Diesel based on the hyper-masculine characters he often plays. But by learning more about him both as an actor and filmmaker, I am reminded that one should not judge a book by its cover. Vin Diesel may have big muscles and a deep voice, but that does¬†not equate a lack of intellect or talent. Have¬†you always assumed Vin Diesel is a simple-minded¬†meat-head?¬†Read the article¬†and let me know if it¬†changes¬†your idea¬†of him in any¬†number of ways.

Quotes on Creativity

“Creativity takes courage.” –¬†Henri Matisse “There’s nothing creative about living within your means.” –¬†Francis Ford Coppola “Every artist was first an amateur.”-¬†Ralph Waldo Emerson “Creativity is an act of defiance.”-¬†Twyla Tharp “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” –¬†Alfred Hitchcock “I’m drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.” –¬†Kathryn Bigelow “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations”-¬†Orson Welles “My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.” -Beyonc√© Knowles “Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.” –¬†Roman Polanski “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” –¬†Albert Einstein “It seems that the greatest difficulty is to find the end. Don’t try to find it. It’s there already.”-¬†Sofia Coppola “The essence of all beautiful art, all great …

Endearing & Entertaining Oscar Acceptance Speeches

With Academy Award nomination announcements less than two months away, and Oscar movie season in full swing, I thought it would be timely to revisit some of the most endearing and entertaining acceptance speeches:   1. Cuba Gooding Jr. (Best Supporting Actor,¬†Jerry Maguire)   2. Sandra Bullock (Best Actress,¬†The Blind Side) (Starts at 8:50)   3. Adrien Brody (Best Actor,¬†The Pianist)¬†   4. Matt Damon & Ben Affleck (Best Original Screenplay,¬†Good Will Hunting)   5. Kate Winslet (Best Actress,¬†The Reader) (Starts at 6:35)   6. John Wayne (Best Actor,¬†True Grit) (Starts at 1:00)   7. Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress,¬†Dreamgirls) (Starts at 1:35)   8. Three 6 Mafia (Best Original Song,¬†Hustle & Flow) (Starts at 1:00)   9. Dustin Lance Black (Best Original Screenplay,¬†Milk)   10. Halle Berry (Best Actress,¬†Monster’s Ball)   11. Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, The¬†Cider House Rules) (Starts at 2:40)   12. Steven Soderbergh (Best Director,¬†Traffic) (Starts at 1:00)   13. Charlize Theron (Best Actress,¬†Monster) (Starts at 1:50)   14. ¬†Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor,¬†Good Will Hunting) (Starts at 1:25)   …

Shabazz Palaces – ‘Black Up’

Shabazz Palaces – “Black Up,” is the third ‘video of the day’ post featuring Kahlil Joseph’s work. Joseph is a spectacularly talented director whose visual style I’d describe as truly mesmerizing. His ability to capture the essence of people and spaces is nothing short of brilliant, and I greatly admire his work. “‘Black Up’ is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material.”

Film School or No School?

What do Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino,¬†Terry Gilliam, and¬†David Fincher have in common?¬†Aside from their magnificently acclaimed careers, all four¬†directors opted out of school and decided instead to jump head first into the film industry. On the other-hand, greats like Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Darren Aronofsky attended film school before developing their careers. So, what’s the better option? Film school, or no school? A lot of young aspiring filmmakers¬†ask: “Is film school worth it?” Simply put, the answer depends on the type of person you are and what you’re interested in taking away from the experience of receiving an arts degree. First, you must know that film school is not for everyone, and it’s certainly not necessary to begin a career in the film industry. But even if the program you’re pursuing isn’t prominent, you’ll still get something out of it. What’s important is if what you get out of your experience is worth it to you. In my case, I believe it was. Sure, you can learn how to be a filmmaker …