Archive for December, 2013

2014 in film preview: drama | Film |

Geena Davis: “We Are Enculturating Kids to See Women and Girls as Not Taking Up Half the Space” | Women and Hollywood.


I am not really a fan of country music but reading the synopsis for this documentary piqued my interest.  Chely Wright was an award-winning country music artist from the early 90s.  The documentary, Wish Me Away, covers a three-year period of Wright’s life after she makes the decision to come out as a lesbian publicly.

The documentary mixes video diary entries, interviews with her family, friends, co-workers, and moments during her journey.  The apprehension and fear that plagues Chely since she realized she was gay are played through the diary entries and a personal conversation she has with her spiritual adviser.  There are many factors Wright has to consider: the religious aspects, the conservative nature of her fans and being shunned by the entire country music industry.  Wright explains how she was able to keep to the secret from the people closest to her.  We also get to see the public responses once Chely does come out and how she able to maintain a positive mindset throughout the experience.

Being an entertainer can definitely be hard on anyone.  Your choices are scrutinized and the pressure to be some else to please your fans can be overwhelming.  There is a good level of honesty in seeing Chely Wright from the beginning as she questions the things she learned as a child, the guilt and doubt living with a secret, and how she handles her announcement was enlightening and inspiring.

If you have Netflix streaming, please take the time to watch Chely Wright: Wish Me Away.  It is 1:36 long.

TOH! Ranks the Worst Films of 2013 | Thompson on Hollywood.

Will Ferrell: ‘Playing super-sleazy is the most fun for me’ | Film | The Guardian.


I did not know that Benedict Cumberbatch has an amazing singing voice.  “Last Mile Home” by Kings Of Leon is an interesting track.

The official soundtrack album for the comedy drama August: Osage County features songs by Bon Iver, Kings of Leon, Eric Clapton, John Fullbright, Billy Squier and JD and the Straight Shot, as well as actor Benedict Cumberbatch who performs a song on screen.

The soundtrack will be released on January 7, 2014 and is now available for pre-order on August: Osage County Soundtrack.

Here’s the album track list:

1. Himmon, TX – Bon Iver

2. Last Mile Home – Kings Of Leon

3. Lay Down Sally – Eric Clapton

4. Don’t Let Go – Deron Johnson, Adam Taylor

5. The Kiss – Adam Taylor

6. The Stroke – Billy Squier

7. Gawd Above – John Fullbright

8. The Decision – Adam Taylor

9. Forward – Adam Taylor

10. Violet’s Song – JD and the Straight Shot

11. Can’t Keep It Inside – Benedict Cumberbatch

12. End Credits – Gustavo Santaolalla

13. And Then They’re Here – Gustavo Santaolalla

14. Barb Balcony – Gustavo Santaolalla

Eye on the Oscars: Songs That Tell a Story | Variety.

10 Directors to Watch: Maya Forbes Brings ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ to Sundance | Variety.



Oscar Offers Surprises in Foreign-Language List of 9 | Variety.


6 Box-Office Takeaways From a Record Year of Hits and Flops – TheWrap.


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