I am officially in love with Tina Majorino, star of HBO's Big Love. She needs to have an episode built directly around her.
If I were a month, I'd be: I'd be September
If I were a day of the week: Thursday
If I were a time of day, I'd be: 3 AM
If I were a planet, I'd be: Venus
If I were a sea animal, I'd be: A manatee
If I were a direction, I'd be: West
If I were a piece of furniture, I'd be: A four-poster
If I were a sin, I'd be: Jealousy
If I were a historical figure, I'd be: Christopher Marlowe
If I were a liquid, I'd be: Vodka
If I were a tree, I'd be: Weeping willow
If I were a bird, I'd be: Flamingo
If I were a tool, I'd be: Phillips head screwdriver
If I were a flower/plant, I'd be: an American beauty rose
If I were a kind of weather, I'd be: Typhoon
If I were a mythical creature, I'd be: Griffin
If I were a musical instrument, I'd be: Clarinet
If I were an animal, I'd be: I'm not sure. A butterfly
If I were a color, I'd be: Fire engine red
If I were an emotion, I'd be: Angst
If I were a vegetable, I'd be: A shallot
If I were a sound, I'd be: A woman having her first orgasm
If I were an element, I'd be: Fire
If I were a car, I'd be: A Dusenberg
If I were a song, I'd be: "Our Love Is Here to Stay," as sung by Nat King Cole
If I were a movie, I'd be: Woody Allen's Interiors or The Ice Storm
If I were a book, I'd be: Song of Solomon
If I were a food, I'd be: Steak frites
If I were a place, I'd be: West 45th Street
If I were a material, I'd be: Brocade and crewel
If I were a taste, I'd be: Salty
If I were a scent, I'd be: Cinnamon
If I were a religion, I'd be: A Jain
If I were a word, I'd be: Perfidious
If I were an object, I'd be: A footlight
If I were a body part, I'd be: Hypothalamus
If I were a facial expression, I'd be: A smile tinged with melancholy
If I were a subject in school, I'd be: Theatre
If I were a cartoon character, I'd be: Probably Buster from Tiny Toons
If I were a shape, I'd be a: A figure-eight
If I were a number, I'd be: 42
While I'm not quite ready to make a top 10 list just yet (as there are several films I still need to see), I am going to make some choices in some other categories for what stood out most for me in the year of films. I reserve the right to revise this.
Best Performance by a Leading Actor:
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Cillian Murphy, Breakfast on Pluto
Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
Best Performance by a Leading Actress:
Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale
Runner-Up: Naomi Watts, King Kong
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress:
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
1st Runner-Up: Tilda Swinton, Broken Flowers
2nd Runner-Up: Anne Hathaway, Brokeback Mountain
Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
1st Runner-Up: Neil Jordan, Breakfast on Pluto
2nd Runner-Up: David Cronenberg, A History of Violence
Best Adapted Screenplay: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain
1st Runner-Up: A History of Violence
2nd Runner-Up: Neil Jordan & Patrick McCabe, Breakfast on Pluto
Best Original Screenplay: Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
Runner-Up: Jim Jarmusch, Broken Flowers
Tell me your thoughts, kids!
Dec. 31st, 2005 @ 05:27 pm
Stolen from Maya:
What a surprise, though I DID expect that Brooklyn would come in third after Queens, but it was instead the last of the boroughs for me.
Current Music: "Gay Messiah," Rufus Wainwright
Oct. 28th, 2005 @ 12:26 am
So...I've been trying to take advantage of more acting opportunities on campus and attend more auditions. I did recently get cast in a student film, which shoots on November 5th. I'll be playing a character which is something of a stretch for me, a criminal who has to physically attack someone during the course of the scene. I was very surprised that I got cast in the role, but also gratified that they thought I could do it. I know I have that part of myself, I just don't let it out very often. So it will be a matter of being able to access that. If this goes well, maybe I'll try for more student films in the future.
Also, I had actor placement auditions (for which acting classes I'll take next semester), and I feel they went reasonably well. I did a terrific monologue from The Warm Peninsula by Joe Masteroff. I felt more confident this time than in previous actor placement auditions, however I still felt myself lapsing into some of my habits (like underlining phrases with thrusts of my chin).
I'm starting to really key in on these things because we focus so much on them in voice class, and Susan, my voice teacher, is a real stickler and bars no holds in terms of telling us what our problems are and what we need to work on. At times, she can be a bit intimidating, because she comes across as a scolding mother. I also think that sometimes she places too much emphasis on transforming the self, rather than allowing one's personality to inform the character one creates. On the one hand, I agree with her that classical material should not be performed in a contemporary manner, and yet, I still think the actor's individual traits need to be considered when trying finding a way into characters and material that place different kinds of demands on the actor than contemporary plays do.
Susan doesn't mince her words. Today, a girl in our class was being somewhat hostile to Susan's attempts to get her to perform her piece (from "Waiting for Lefty") less like a 2005 woman and more like a woman of the 1940s. Susan told her that she would never be a stage actor if she wouldn't allow herself to be curious and open about creating and embodying people other than those like herself.
Back to auditions. Next week I'm going to audition for Pride and Prejudice for the University's season, and I need to find a classical monologue (anyone have any suggestions for me). The week after that, I plan to audition for a community theatre production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (the same company where I did St. Joan last year). On the one hand, I don't feel I'm completely right for Nick, but it certainly never hurts to gain audition experience. Besides, I do feel that I might be able to bring something interesting and unusual to Nick that would be valuable to the production. Besides, they don't get a lot of younger men who audition for this company, so I have a decent shot.
That's all for now. I plan on attending a haunted house this weekend, dressing up as a Dalmation and running down State Street with 100 others like me, and then getting properly trashed!
Current Music: "14th Street," Rufus Wainwright
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Betsy Joslyn is really an amazing performer, one of the most spontaneous and brilliant talents around. Yes, I know about the "Joslyn curse," but when she's on, there's really no one like her. Her version of the Witch's "Lament" is a master class in vocal acting.|
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Someone on ATC has posted that The Light in the Piazza may be extending beyond January 1st! I'm so excited that the show seems to have caught on and about possibly having the chance to see replacements in some of the major roles. And check out the kick-ass icon that bwaybabie made. I WILL play Lily Garland one day.|
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Well, I'm back from the latest New York trip. I mostly had a very good time seeing friends, shows, and belting my lungs out with Maya at Marie's. And I can't thank the darling Tesse enough for her kind hospitality and being so understand with Maya and me.|
I am, however, rather depressed in the general. I have been experiencing a profound sense of ennui for the last couple of months, and I don't know what to do to snap out of it.
For one thing, I just found that my scholarship wasn't renewed for this coming semester (I'm even more upset because the reasoning is nonsensical), and I have no idea how I'm going to pay for school this year. Lovely.
At this point, I don't even feel like I have the energy and determination to finish school. A big part of me wants to just quit and move to New York right now, though I know that's far from the wisest move right now. But I just feel so restless and lonely at school. This year should be better since I'll be living with other people and hopefully doing more theatre. Still, considering my finances are so up-in-the-air right now, dropping out seems like the easiest option. Of course, I just spent $300 I don't have on a New York trip. And getting a job right now is difficult since I don't have any transportation.
Right now, I just want to soak myself in gin, crawl into bed, and disappear for the next week.