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Hi guys,

I am going to keep this pretty short.  There are some intensely private and hard things going on in my personal life right now and I have reached a place where I am unable to maintain my YouTube channels and blogs.  I may continue to post the occasional blog post, but for the time being I will be taking a step back from the internet.

I am not quitting and I will not be gone forever.  This is temporary.

Please keep me in your prayers.


Jamie

Hate the Oscars? This is why I don’t.

I think I have only seen one or two of the Oscar nominated films this year, and I like it that way.  I actually do it on purpose.  I don’t like seeing the films (for my blog) until after the awards show so that I know the winners.  I like being able to comment on whether or not I agree with the win and what I think they did to deserve an Oscar.

 

A lot of people I know don’t watch the Oscars.  They say that they don’t like watching Hollywood pat each other on the back and celebrate themselves.  A small part of me understands that, but the rest of me doesn’t.  I was a film student, and at the end of every year we had a film festival just for the students enrolled in film courses.  As someone who has spent hours and hours (mostly outside of the classroom) working on short films (all of them under 10 minutes long), I really really looked forward to the festival because I got to celebrate with my fellow creators the absolute joy, heartache, physical exhaustion, and emotional devastation that creating a film does to you.  One minute of film on the screen is equivalent to ten hours of work behind the scenes.

 

One minute of film on the screen is equivalent to ten hours of work behind the scenes.  

 

The Oscars were originally not about the public.  In 1929, they announced the winners before awards night and there was very little press at all about the event.  Over the years, as television and the media became a whole other animal, it got more and more public.  These hard working people can’t even celebrate their achievements among their peers without a camera in their face.

 

Whenever I participated in a film festival, I would be so nervous I would be nauseous.  I would curl up in a ball in my seat and hide my face with my hands.  I would avidly listen to the audience, blush when my character or my actor showed a strong emotion, or fidget restlessly when a plot twist was about to reveal itself.  After the night I would be relieved and giddy and feel like a warrior who could take on the world.  When you pour everything you have into something, it is hard to keep it to yourself.  And yet when you are so creatively naked and vulnerable in front of your peers, it is terrifying.

 

I applaud every creator who finds success.  I admire anyone who has the courage to put their work out there.  If they have the immense honor to be nominated by the Academy, and therefore everyone who they admire in their industry, they deserve to get dressed up and feel good about themselves.  I’m just the lucky duck who gets to watch their night from my couch.

 

I understand that the film industry is a unique animal.  It has flaws.  There are a lot of careers that are incredibly difficult and require a lot of bravery and are not celebrated like this.  They get work parties or thank you cards.  They get personal satisfaction.  Maybe they will have an article published.  The creative world is different, but most worlds require validation from others in order to obtain success.

 

If you win an Oscar, or I would argue, if you are even nominated for an Oscar, you know that the majority of your industry has acknowledged the blood, sweat, and tears you put into your baby, and you came out on top.

 

If you don’t like the Oscars, I won’t try to change your mind.  But I love them, perhaps because I understand them, and also because I am a sucker for sparkly dresses.

Comic Con!

[This post originally went live on July 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm.]

Long time no see, Oscarites!  If you’re curious what is going on in my life and why there have been some lulls in reviews, my husband and I are moving!  We have a family vlog channel on YouTube where you can check out all the happenings.  Once we are all settled in our new place, I will be taking a serious look at my schedule and will figure out how to make time for this amazing project that I began over a year ago.  I miss my Oscar flicks!

In the mean time, Kurodo and I were gifted a couple passes to this year’s San Diego Comic Con by a family friend.  A blog post with photos will be up shortly, but here is the video of our experience.  Enjoy!

Happy Holidays, Happy Christmas!

[This was originally posted on December 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm.]

Hi Oscarites!  Long time no see!

Hubby and I are back from the honeymoon!  We took a cruise on the Mexican Riviera and had a great time, but I was a little seasick the whole time, so that was pretty lame.  Now that we’re back home we are going to be without internet for a while at our apartment, so I’ve decided to spend most of the holidays just enjoying being a newlywed and adjusting to it instead of stressing about keeping up with my blog schedule.

Once I get internet, I will rearrange my schedule and let you all know what is up.  I may post a few reviews before Christmas, but for the most part things will be pretty tame.  I will definitely be gearing up to try to finish the 84th Academy Awards by the end of February so don’t worry!  You can count on me to get back to it!

That being said, I have been very pleased and grateful that you all have continued to read and view my blog and Facebook page during my time off!  Thank you so much for everything and I will be back soon!

Enjoy the Holidays and I hope you all get a chance to spend some quality time with your family and friends!  Christmas is my favourite time of year so setting up a new home during this time is both a blessing and a curse!

Love you all, I will see you soon!
Jamie