Oscars

87th Oscar votes

A few days ago I ranked all of my favorite nominees without saying much about the choice. Well, a few coworkers and I were discussing who might win this weekend and we all made our cases for our favorite films. I’m going to do the same here. Don’t consider this a “who will win” post,…

Richard Edwards

Listen to a demo from Richard Edwards

Richard Edwards, the singer-songwriter behind Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, just released a demo on his Soundcloud account titled “Something Wicked.” Edwards, who has released music under the Margot band umbrella since 2004, has changed his sound over the years. First the band was almost an orchestra with horns and strings. The chamber…

Birdman

My favorite 87th Oscar nominees

Of the 17 films nominated for major awards (Best Picture, Director, all four acting, and two screenplays), I have yet to see four. Time just caught up with me, but I’ll see them eventually. Regardless, I have ranked the films in each category by my favorite to least favorite. Nominees I haven’t seen have been…

'Sound & Color'

Listen to the newest song from Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes are the band you forgot to make your favorite band to three years ago. You’ve probably heard of the rootsy Americana band from Athens, Alabama. Their stellar debut Boys & Girls went Gold and it spawned three official singles that made it to some sort of chart; most notably their breakout hit “Hold…

All the Birds, Singing

‘All the Birds, Singing’ reviewed

Evie Wyld’s second novel, All the Birds, Singing, reads like it is trying to be a great literary work to be studies in classroom. There is repetition of symbols, dialogue, and imagery. Over and over again. There are the birds, people moving like snakes, the rain, and the quote the human eye senses movement before all else.

Station Eleven

‘Station Eleven’ reviewed

Station Eleven is the best novel I have read this year. The 2014 genre-bending, post-apocalyptic, award-winning effort from Emily St. John Mandel was the seventh book I have read in 2015. Admittedly, I didn’t think it would be as good as it was, and I only picked it up because it was so highly recommended.…

Best Picture Plus/Minus

The statistical best Best Picture

There are a lot of arbitrary lists out there giving a ‘definitive’ ranking of the best, and even worst, Best Picture winners. Some of these boil down strictly to preference. A lot take a look at the dominant field they won against. For instance, there was a big hoopla over Crash winning the Oscar in 2005 over…