Understanding Millennials: Part One

March 12th, 2014 by Rich

A very important educational presentation to help you learn about the millennial generation.

Where the Flood Waters Soak Their Belongings, by Scott Miller

February 12th, 2014 by Rich

Our import LPs got soaked in the flood
I thought of how I pictured London when I was ten
And then you actually go
Occupied people with clear ideas of what in London came from the outside
LP’s imported, and vulnerable, so vulnerable
To water damage
The impression of London to a ten-year-old who’s never been
And the real London
In all its complexity
Are the same thing

2014 Oscar Nomination Predictions

January 15th, 2014 by Rich

I’m paying less attention than usual this year, but I’m going to make some guesses anyway.

I’m betting tomorrow morning we see a full 10 Best Picture nominees, rather than the last two years’ nine. Each of these should be capable of grabbing the required 5% first place votes.

In the other categories, I’m sticking fairly close to the guild award nominees —  not seeing a ton of room for upsets. The only real wacky pick is McConaughey getting dual nominations in lead and supporting, which just seems like the kind of thing the Academy would do.

Best Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Lead Actor

  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Forest Whitaker (The Butler)

Lead Actress

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Daniel Brühl (Rush)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Mud)

Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
  • Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska

Adapted Screenplay

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Before Midnight
  • Captain Phillips
  • Philomena
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Discovering and Mourning Scott Miller

October 15th, 2013 by Rich

A warning: this is a long post. Really, really long. Sorry.

Scott Miller died on April 15, 2013, at the age of 53. I didn’t know who he was.

Following the public announcement of his death, Carl Newman of the New Pornographers fired off a short series of reverential tweets.

Game Theory had a massive influence on me from my teens onward. Incredible voice, lyrics, melody, production. Damn.

Aimee Mann chimed in. I’m with you. So awful. This may have been enough to lead me to Google the name, possibly read an obituary or two, I don’t recall. Surely there had to be something to Scott Miller if two of my pop heroes were this affected by his passing. But then again, Twitter is so often a grief echo chamber, and this was happening at the same time I was completely distracted by the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath.

On June 18, Newman again tweeted referring to Miller as one of his favorite songwriters, and posting a link to an upcoming tribute concert in New York. The tribute was assembled by Matt LeMay, mostly known to me as a longtime Pitchfork writer, and would feature performances from Newman, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Ted Leo, Charles Bissell of the Wrens, and others. Scott Miller became an intriguing mystery. How could I know nothing about this guy, given his influence on some of my favorite artists? How had I never come across Scott or Game Theory in my years of obsessive music consumption?

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Another Year

October 29th, 2012 by Rich

I think it’s approaching time to get back into the blogging thing in some capacity. First though, this probably means a complete overhaul of this site. Bring it up to speed with, I don’t know, some kind of magic. I’m still a little fuzzy. But it’s in my own best interest, from a career perspective as much as anything, to start defining my digital persona.

2012 will be yet another lost year as far as this goes, but maybe we can get some big things happening in 2013. Not to say that this hasn’t been a significant year in every other respect — took a great gig at 360i, getting up to speed on the world of plastic surgery prices and promos for BuildMyBod. Things are moving along — they just haven’t been here.