Monday, January 16, 2006

the smell of (liberal) OSCAR

Originally uploaded by symbiopsychotaxiplasm.

As a film student, I get giddy over award shows even though we all pontifficate that they don't mean anything -it's like a midwestern bureaucrat shouting over a football game. But I was particularly elated with tonight's 63rd Annual Golden Globes because of such undeniable diversity that was present tonight. Not only was it MLK today and everyone was very conscious of celebrating black America, but that the two lead actors in a drama won for playing gay/transgender characters (Felicity Huffman in Transamerica and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote) -not to mention Brokeback Mountain taking Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director -Ang Lee. Matt Dillon was nominated for Crash, reminding us that bigotry has yet to dissipate. Mary Louise Parker won for dealing Weeds. Geena Davis won for playing the first female president in Commander In Chief. George Clooney won in Syriana, which dares to ask some intimidating questions about our government; a similar cry for peace came from Palestine with Paradise Now, winner of Best Foreign Film. My point being that it makes me feel really great to know that America is becoming more comfortable with difference and the unusual. This country is so dysfunctional but people are finally accepting it -and it makes me proud to live in this country, even for just a moment -before I remember Bush is still in office.

2006 Academy Awards

2006 Independent Spirit Awards

Sunday, January 08, 2006


Originally uploaded by symbiopsychotaxiplasm.

it seems I'm incomplete in both San Antonio as well as New York -I feel homesick, but I'm not sure where home is. ::"home" by explosions in the sky:: Click here to watch

Saturday, January 07, 2006


Originally uploaded by symbiopsychotaxiplasm.

although it's a couple weeks later, and it may seem irrelevant now -I got myself up at 4:30 in the morning and walked about 60 blocks to the Brooklyn Bridge to film people commuting to Manhattan during the first morning of the TWU/MTA strike. -see if you can spot mayor Mike Bloomberg!- ::"pilgrimage" by nine inch nails:: Click here to watch