I was interested in the Academy Award nominations announced this morning. I have seen The Queen, The Departed, and Little Miss Sunshine, all very good films, and I was especially pleased to see Little Miss Sunshine nominated in the best film category. It probably has no chance to win, although Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan one year, so I suppose anything can happen.
I won't be able to see all the nominated films by February 25, but I hope to see Babel at least. Has anyone seen it? Fresno Filmworks showed Half-Nelson recently, which features Ryan Gosling, who was nominated in the Best Actor category. That seemed like a surprise, but I suppose I should see it to judge for myself. (By the way, check out Fresno Filmworks' new website, designed by the super-talented Erik Fritz).
I wish the folks at the new magazine, Altra, good luck. Its focus---Asian Americans in the media (arts, entertainment, fashion, and more). Check them out and subscribe. Just launched in November.
I am very hopeful and excited to hear about My Life Disoriented, a new television program which features two Asian American actresses in the lead roles. I watched the trailer---it looks very good. Directed by Eric Byler of Charlotte, Sometimes fame.
The book of poems I am currently loving---Ben Lerner's Angle of Yaw. Mercy.