Trainwreck’d Society’s 2015 Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron [Exclusive]

 

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Introduction by Ron:

With Trainwreck’d Society coming to an end, I can’t think of anything else that I am going to miss more than this segment right here.  One of the reasons I started this site back in that Biloxi hotel room was to incorporate the world of film into my rants.  And Chris Eaves has been there every step of the way.  When it comes to the world of film, Chris is my go to guy.  We don’t always see eye to eye on some things (see our obvious disagreements on last year’s Gravity, and this year’s Interstellar.  I don’t like science fiction, I am sorry.  But Chris does, and he articulates his thoughts in such a great manner that I have to respect it.)  But alas, there is nobody I would like to discuss current events in the world of film with than Sir Christopher Eaves.  It has been a wonderful experience to bring this annual nod to the the most under appreciated awards ceremony in existence.  I still look back in awe of the year 1998 when it seemed like every film in that was nominated was fantastic, and I still hold faith in the Academy if not just for that year alone.  And I have been so honored to create this annual event to help showcase this amazing event.  Plus, any time I get to work with Chris on anything, that is a special time for me.  Thanks for reading!  Now check out Chris’s far superior comments:

 

Introduction by Chris:

For the last two years my Oscar pick approach was more about passive aggressive cynicism against the Oscars than an honest conversation about movies. Hollywood is a system and such representative of a machine that typically overlooks great work in place of the level of connection and sway a producer may hold. The leaked “For Your Consideration” prints we have all “Obtained” being an example of this power. This is not to say the Oscars are not deserving of cynicism, but for these picks, I choose instead to hold a conversations around movies and the culture they represent. Mostly.

Movies are entertainment first, followed by everything else. If the movie does not entertain all other goals and reasons are made impossible. Raising heart rates, horror filled sweat sliding down the neck or side breaking laughter are the physical reactions of an audience being entertained by the movies. The spectacle of the cinema facilitates this connection. I was lucky enough in my life to had been born in the final days of a traditional cinema experience – front lobbies, smells of popcorn, film projection sounds, red velvet rails, and creaky seats. I found my love from the movies of the 90’s and their flickering spectacle. This movie/audience relationship is where the humanism is found – our ability to empathize and sympathize with characters and apply their journey to our own world. The movies are in this way not just about the story’s quality but how the form of the story can cause reaction from the audience from that spectacle.

Hal Douglas (September 1, 1924 – March 7, 2014) was the man who narrated many of the trailers that got us to go to the movies. Douglas never took himself too seriously believing no matter which movie he was narrating, that movie was going to be, for someone in the world, their favorite film. In Douglas’s memory, this is my approach to the Oscars this year. For the love of film and going to the movies I choose from the choices given via the academy not as a calculation but rather how I felt in my own experience watching their spectacle on screen.

The movies are about love. Let us love the movies and the experiences they give us. Not just the experiences we have with the movie but the experience we have with the people we watch them with. Film is a collaborative work and so should be the viewing.

 

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Best Motion Picture of the Year

…And the nominees are:

American Sniper

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  It was a tough year, and not one individual film really stood out for me.  Each of the films in this category had something special about it, with the exception of American Sniper which brought absolutely nothing to the table and is undeserving of anything.  But, in the end, I think I enjoyed Birdman the most.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – I loved this film. The creative approach to the cinematography while dealing with a fully developed range of characters centered around a unique story makes for an immensely entertaining film that works on many levels. The field is very strong this year such as Boyhood, which was an undertaking of over 12 years, which needs to be appreciated but as storytelling goes Birdman left me the most entertained.

Birdman

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Boyhood.  While the hype for this film seems to have died down a bit, I still believe it is the clear winner.  And good for Mr. Linklater.  An honor well deserved.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Same.

Birdman

Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role

…And the nominees are:

Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper for American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Eddie Radmayne for The Theory of Everything

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game.  My gut tells me that this is a win for the OG Batman, but I really dug Cumberbatch and thought he turned out the best performance.  Although, I would not be disappointed to see the 40 Year Old Virgin be an Oscar winner.  But alas, Benedict did the best job.

Imitation Game

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Keaton was a powerhouse in the 80s through the mid 90s to which I feel ended with Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997). In the past few years Keaton has been poking up in smaller parts across a variety of different genres. Like Matthew Mcconaughey resurgence, Keaton continues to be one of the best actors working today, again.

Birdman

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  I think we are going to see a whole new side of Michael Keaton in the years to come.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Same.

Birdman

Best Performance By An Actress in a Leading Role

…And the nominees are:

Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon for Wild

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything.  Jones was the most impressive part of The Theory of Everything.  The film really centered around her, which I found surprising yet wonderful.

Theory of Everything

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Julianne Moore for Still Alice – When watching celebrity actors versus unknown actors it is difficult to shake the actor’s persona over the character they are playing. In the case of Julianne Moore I was able to forget Julianne Moore the person and instead watch Dr. Alice Howland the character. This a tribute to Julianne Moore continued relevance as an actress and her range of ability. She was the actress who had to act bad in Boogie Nights (1997).

Still Alice

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Julianne Moore for Still Alice.  I’m guessing it is about her time.  I think she earned this long ago, probably around Bennie & Joon timeframe, but I still don’t believe this should really be her year.  But, that is the Academy, I suppose.

Still Alice

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Reese Witherspoon for Wild. Wild is Witherspoon’s passion project. Witherspoon got this film moving and she brings the acting to match. I found the film harder to relate to personally, but the quality of the performance is not in question. In a very beauty driven industry where even in war you have to look good, especially for an actress, to pull back on the physical beauty is what will help Witherspoon lead for a win.

Wild

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall for The Judge

Ethan Hawke for Boyhood

Edward Norton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash.  I honestly wasn’t as impressed with Whiplash as I felt I should have been.  Simmons was really the only highlight of the film.  Also, I recently marathoned the series Oz, and discovered a whole new love for Juno’s dad.

Whiplash

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  J.K. Simmons for Whiplash – Simmons portrayal of the hardass jazz teacher Terence Fletcher gives the dynamic range necessary for the acting work of Miles Teller portail of Andrew Neiman, an ambitious young jazz student. The better the villain the better the story and Simmons was a great antagonist in Whiplash.

Whiplash

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash.  He really stole the show as this year’s Nurse Ratchet.

Whiplash

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  J.K. Simmons for Whiplash – Same.

Whiplash

Best Performance by and Actress in a Supporting Role:

…And the nominees are:

Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Laura Dern for Wild

Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

Emma Stone for Birdman or (The Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.  This was her best performance since her role as Alabama in True Romance.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  Patricia Arquette for Boyhood – Boyhood was filmed over a 12 year period showing the true aging of the family portrayed. Having to return to a character periodically and adapt to where the character is now in their own live versus where the actor is now in their own life is challenging enough of an undertaking. For Patricia Arquette there is no question this is the same character growing over time without question or gap.

Boyhood

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.  Although Keira Knightley’s empowered woman performance in The Imitation Game was rather impressive, I still think we will finally see an Arquette with a statue.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Laura Dern for Wild – Laura Dern is a talented woman who writes, directs and acts in film. Her talent is unquestioned. I enjoyed Patricia performance more than Derns but I feel the Hollywood machinery will be at work here. I can’t escape all cynicism. I am human and a contradiction.

Wild

Best Animated Feature

…And the nominees are:

Dan Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli for Big Hero 6

Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, and Travis Knight for The Boxtrolls

Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold for How To Train Your Dragon 2

Tomm Moore and Paul Young for Song of the Sea

Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimuna for The Tale of Princess Kaguya

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, and Travis Knight for The Boxtrolls.  Surprisingly enough, as a father of three small children, I didn’t see many of these.  And the ones I did, I wasn’t that impressed with overall.  But, The Boxtrolls had music by Loch Lomond, so let’s go with that one.

Boxtrolls

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  Lego Movie – Wait, this wasn’t nominated? Okay… Big Hero 6 I had fun watching this.

Big Hero 6

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Dan Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli for Big Hero 6.  Why not?

Big Hero 6

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold for How To Train Your Dragon 2 – How to Train Your Dragon was a great movie but the sequel does not hold up as well to the original. Big Hero Six doesn’t have the built in voting bracket of Dragon, and Dragon 2 is still good.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Best Achievement in Cinematography

…And the nominees are:

Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lukass Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida

Dick Poop for Mr. Turner

Roger Deakins for Unbroken

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  This film was one long, swooping real of film.  it felt like the On The Road of digital technology.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – The movie is just beautiful. The visuals are necessary to tell this story. The camera work is just as important as the acting in this work. I loved Grand Budapest Hotel, but in thinking about the shot composition, what I loved in the visual is not the shot itslef but rather the art design. In the case of Birdbman, just go and see this movie!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  Since the Academy seems to only take Wes Andersen films seriously, I’d say it’s a given.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Same.

Birdman

Best Costume Design

…And the nominees are:

Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mark Bridges for Inherent Vice

Colleen Attwood for Into the Woods

Anna B. Sheppard for Maleficent

Jacqueline Durran for Mr. Turner

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I’ve been working on this list for some time now, and it feels like The Grand Budapest Hotel needs to make an appearance.  Plus I know dick about costume designs.

Grand Budapest Hotel

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel – The look is so stylish. I know little of style but the Grand Budapest tenets look so damn good. The costumes are just so memorable. I’ve never been a big fan of fantasy in this category. Complicated costume design seems to be just a given with that type of gener. This is probably me being ignorant on the subject, but in watching Budapest Hotel every character was so unique in their look, no other film held up.

Grand Budapest Hotel

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Colleen Attwood for Into the Woods.  It was like a fairy tale thing, right?  Sure, I’l go with that one.

Into the Woods

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel – Same.

Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Achievement in Directing

…And the nominees are

Alejandro G. Inarritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Richard Linklater for Boyhood.  It took 12 years to make this film.  12 damn years.  Same actors, different ages.  His patience alone is worthy of this award.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Richard Linklater for Boyhood – I’ve already said a lot here in being directed over 12 years. This is unique and chances in form deserve recognition, especially in the era of the Hollywood remake.

Boyhood

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Richard Linklater for Boyhood.  12 YEARS!!!!

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Richard Linklater for Boyhood – I’ve already said a lot here in being directed over 12 years. This is unique and chances in form deserve recognition, especially in the era of the Hollywood remake.

Boyhood

 

Best Documentary Feature

…And the nominees are:

Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefry and Dirk Wilutzky for Citizenfour

John Maloof and Charlie Siskel for Finding Vivian Maier

Rory Kennedy and Kevin McAlester for Last Days in Vietnam

Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier for The Salt of the Earth

Orlando von Einsedel and Joanna Natasegara for Virunga

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefry and Dirk Wilutzky for Citizenfour.  A doc about Americans getting spied on?  Yeah that is a no-brainer.

Citizenfour

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  Rory Kennedy and Kevin McAlester for Last Days in Vietnam – Guess, I didn’t see any of these…

Last Days In Vietnam

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefry and Dirk Wilutzky for Citizenfour.  I can already see the Fox News headlines about the Oscars “honoring” Edward Snowden and snubbing Chris Kyle.  This should be fun.

Citizenfour

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier for The Salt of the Earth – Womp Womp…

Salt of the Earth

Best Documentary, Short Subject

…And the nominees are:

Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Aneta Kopacz for Joanna

Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki for Our Curse

Gabriel Serra Arguello for The Reaper (La Parka)

J. Christian Jensen for White Earth

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.  Didn’t actually see any of them, but I believe this one touched on some pretty serious stuff.

Crisis Hotline

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki for Our Curse – Guess, I didn’t see any of these…

Our Curse

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.  It’s like the Academy’s “see, we don’t hate America” laugh at American Sniper.

Crisis Hotline

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: J. Christian Jensen for White Earth – Womp, Womp.

White Earth

Best Film Editing

…And the nominees are:

Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach for American Sniper

Sandra Adair for Boyhood

Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel

William Goldenberg for The Imitation Game

Tom Cross for Whiplash

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  William Goldenberg for The Imitation Game.  I just really dug this movie so much, I want it to win something.

Imitation Game

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel – Simply, the editing is really tight. No shot was wasted. Every cut needed.

Grand Budapest Hotel

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sandra Adair for Boyhood.  Seriously…..12 YEARS!!!

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel – Same.

Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Foreign Language Film

…And the nominees are:

Pawl Pawlikowski for Ida (Poland)

Audrey Zvyagintsev for Leviathan (Russia)

Zaza Urushadze for Tangerines (Estonia)

Abderrahmane Sissako for Timbuktu (Mauritania)

Damian Szifron for Wild Tales (Argentina)

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Pawl Pawlikowski for Ida (Poland).  This was an amazingly powerful movie, in any language.

Ida

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Audrey Zvyagintsev for Leviathan (Russia) – Film is culture and there will be a bit of irony with a Russian win here given the events in Ukraine. Russia, as reported by NPR is not promoting this film at the moment in Russia but giving it a big push internationally as Russian culture. For me as entertainment, I enjoyed seeing an old story and remixed through those cultural differences.

Leviathan

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Pawl Pawlikowski for Ida (Poland).  Just that good.

Ida

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Audrey Zvyagintsev for Leviathan (Russia) – Same.

Leviathan

 

Best Make up and Hairstyling

…And the nominees are:

Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard for Foxcatcher

Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for Guardians of the Galaxy

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard for Foxcatcher.  It probably took a lot of work to make Steve Carell look like a caricature of himself.

Foxcatcher

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for Guardians of the Galaxy – Makeup is hard and Guardians of the Galaxy offers a whole lot of aliens. Makeup is hard and the work here is really good and for blockbuster a lot of practical alien make up, Raccoons not counting.

Guardians of the Galaxy

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard for Foxcatcher.  I don’t think there are any other options.

Foxcatcher

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for Guardians of the Galaxy – Same.

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Best Music, Original Score

…And the nominees are:

Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game

Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

Gary Yenshon for Mr. Turner

Johann Johannsson for The Theory of Everything

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game.  It has to be awesome to be nominated twice, right?  While I love me some Wes Andersen, I think this was the better film.  Good music too, I guess.

Imitation Game

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Hans Zimmer for Interstellar – Zimmer’s score has received some criticism over the use of synthesiser. For me, I bought the soundtrack. Watching the same scene on a film projection system in a crowded theater, the use of score punctuated the spectacle which made my heart race during a docking sequence. If I’m excited over docking, something is being done correctly.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Hans Zimmer for Interstellar.  I think the Academy is dying to give this piece of shit as many Oscars as it can without seeming desperate.

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Hans Zimmer for Interstellar – Same. Maybe The Theory of Everything. Good score there too.

Interstellar

 

Best Music, Original Song

…And the nominees are:

Shawn Paterson for The Lego Movie, “Everything Is Awesome”

John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory”

Diane Warren for Beyond The Lights, “Grateful”

Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond for Glen Campbell….I’ll Be Me, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for Begin Again, “Lost Stars”

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory”.  Granted, Selma wasn’t as good of a film as it should have been, but so much credit has to be given to wonderful voices that came out of it.

Selma

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory” – Full synicall mode. It’s civil rights and the academy will always vote for civil rights. At least about music. I’m looking at you Three 6 Mafia and Crash (2004). Oscar winning Three 6 Mafia.

Selma

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory”.  #OscarsSoWhite

Selma

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, “Glory” – Same.

Selma

 

Best Production Design

..And the nominees are:

Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald for The Imitation Game

Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for Interstellar

Dennis Bassner and Anna Pinnock for Into the Woods

Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts for Mr. Turner

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about production design.  But, I do know that Wes Andersen films have a look all of their own and are very distinctive.  I think it is time to acknowledge this. Even if Budapest wasn’t Andersen’s greatest effort.

Grand Budapest Hotel

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for Interstellar – Science Fiction is not easy. This is a film that has to deal with a future dust bowl Earth, advance space ships in motion, and alien worlds in the model of practical realism.

Interstellar

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for Interstellar.  Gravity 2 will probably grab another unwarranted win.

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel – A Wes Anderson film has style and a look, and not an easy look to get right. I’m okay with this win because this film is great just as a visual work.

Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Short Film – Animated

…And the nominees are:

Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees for The Bigger Picture

Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi for The Dam Keeper

Patrick Osborner and Kristina Reed for Feast

Torill Kove for Me and My Moulton

Joris Opring for A Single Life

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi for The Dam Keeper.  It’s a WAG.  I seriously have no idea.

Dam Keeper

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees for The Bigger Picture – Guess, I didn’t see any of these…

Bigger Picture

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi for The Dam Keeper.

Dam Keeper

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Patrick Osborner and Kristina Reed for Feast – Womp, Womp!!

Feast

 

Best Short Film – Live Action

…And the nominees are:

Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis for Aya

Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney for Boogaloo and Graham

Hu Wei and Julian Feret for Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beaurre de Yak)

Talkhon Hamzani and Stefan Eichenberger for Parvaneh

Mark Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Mark Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call.  It’s the one with Sally Hawkins in it.

Phone Call

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Talkhon Hamzani and Stefan Eichenberger for Parvaneh – I really tried to see as many things as I could but I have a day job. I’m sorry.

Parvaneh

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Mark Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call.

Phone Call

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Mark Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call – I have bills okay, a job, I had to make sacrifices.

Phone Call

 

Best Sound Editing

…And the nominees are:

Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman for American Sniper

Martin Hernandez and Aron Glascock for Birdman or (The Uxpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Brent Burge and Jason Canovas for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Richard King for Interstellar

Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro for Unbroken

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Martin Hernandez and Aron Glascock for Birdman or (The Uxpected Virtue of Ignorance).  I have to stick with my favorite film of the year, I suppose.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Richard King for Interstellar – There is no sound in space but Interstellar wins best Sound Editing. I loved this film but the story is heavy handed, but as technical work goes, the film is just outstanding. Sound being a pivotal pillar of this work.

Interstellar

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Richard King for Interstellar.  Seriously, fuck this movie.  But, alas, another win.

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Richard King for Interstellar – Same.

Interstellar

 

Best Sound Mixing

…And the nominees are:

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Walt Martin for American Sniper

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, and Thomas Varga for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarter for Interstellar

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, and David Lee for Unbroken

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, and Thomas Varga for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).  I will feel bad for David Lee, whoever that is.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarter for Interstellar – Same as Sound Editing.

Interstellar

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarter for Interstellar.  Maybe I will get lucky and this won’t happen?

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarter for Interstellar – Same as Sound Editing.

Interstellar

 

Best Visual Effects

…And the nominees are:

Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barnett, and Erik Winquiest for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Stephen Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould for Guardians of the Galaxy

Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar

Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, and Cameron Waldbwer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Stephen Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould for Guardians of the Galaxy.  I actually didn’t see any of these films. But, I really like Chris Pratt’s face.

Guardians of the Galaxy

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar – Again, I love Interstellar and the space work is seamless in execution.

Interstellar

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar. Probably the most obvious choice there is. Sorry Marvel fans.

Interstellar

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barnett, and Erik Winquiest for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Space is so 1970s but apes are so, 1970s…? Motion capture suits are the future and Planet of the Apes pushes the technology further for our ape masters.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

 

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

…And the nominees are:

Jason Hall for American Sniper

Graham Moore for The Imitation Game

Paul Thomas Andersen for Inherent Vice

Anthony McCarter for The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Graham Moore for The Imitation Game.  The writing categories have always been my favorite.  And this year was a rough one to choose from.  Although it was a pretty mild year for great films, there still were some great stories to be told.  It really did boil down to three of these for me, but I have to stick with my love for The Imitation Game.  You guys should seriously watch it.

Imitation Game

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  Anthony McCarter for The Theory of Everything – The Theory of Everything needs some love – cynicalness kicking in. The move is worthy of the award. Imitation Game could sneak this based on the subject matter in question, especially given our current culture and the court decision of late and on the horizon.

Theory of Everything

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Graham Moore for The Imitation Game.  I might just be full of hope, but I have to go with it.  I just really don’t like nazis, I guess.  I shall go on record as saying that The Theory of Everything stands a solid chance, but I like to gamble a little.  We shall see.

Imitation Game

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Anthony McCarter for The Theory of Everything – Same.

Theory of Everything

 

Best Writing, Original Screenplay

…And the nominees are:

Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armand Bo for Birdman or (The Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Richard Linklater for Boyhood

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armand Bo for Birdman or (The Unxpected Virtue of Ignorance).  This is probably one of the first years that I was more impressed in the Adapted Screenplay category.  But, again, Birdman and The Imitation Game were the best films of the year, so I will divide them into their respected categories.

Birdman

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson has a style about him. For good or bad you can tell when you are watching a Wes Anderson film. I have contradiction in this. I am not a fan of Tim Burton starting after Sleepy Hollow. My complaint is Burton movies are all the same wacky films. With that said I love Wes Anderson films, they all have that same vibe and feel. On some inner level Wes Anderson tends to keep my attention and with that my entertainment. Plus as writing goes Anderson may be doing similar things already done, but man, what a thing though.

Grand Budapest Hotel

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Richard Linklater for Boyhood.  I really really really want Birdman to win, about as much as I really really really wanted to like Boyhood more than I did.  It was a great film, and Linklater is a legend.  That is why I think it will win.  But, my hope is still on Birdman.

Boyhood

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armand Bo for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Birdman runs away with most of bigger awards. Why, the form of the movie is new and refreshing but still telling a story we all know dealing with losing relevance. The dialogue is sharp and and the story has no fat.

Birdman

With Friends Like These -or- Our Favorite Albums of 2014 [Exclusive]

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3 1/2 years ago I was sitting in a lonely hotel room in Biloxi, Mississippi that served as my home for 6 weeks during the hot summer of 2011.  I had just finished releasing my first book/music compilation project, Children of Mercy: Tales and Teachings From the World of Independent Music.  In a interview for College Magazine about the project, I was asked the stock question:  “So what is next?”.  It was then that I really had no damn clue what was next.  I had written my first album review just over 3 years prior to this time, and had hundreds more to my credit since then, so I thought I might just stay on that road.  But, then I realized that I might like to step out a bit.  Actually, I might have liked to stay on the same track, yet slightly askew.  And somewhere between a sea of cheap Kentucky bred vodka, the mourning of a dear friend who had passed, far too much Taco Bell for one person to digest in a single day, and a cheesy SyFy movie about a genetically mutated alligator starring 80’s pop stars…..  I decided it was time to branch out on my own and take the obvious step forward.  So, I began Trainwreck’d Society.

Now here we are all these years later.  I’ve been around the globe since those tyrannical 6 weeks in that legendary Biloxi hotel room.  And Trainwreck’d has followed me every step of the way.  From Spokane, Washington to South Korea and eventually to my current location in the souther region of Spain.  And that’s not even mentioning writings and configuring that took place in Seattle, San Francisco, Sausalito, Redding, St. Louis, Omaha, Moses Lake, Lisbon, Tokyo, Longview, Kelso, etc.  Yes, this site has been as much a part of me as the air and pollution that I breathe.  I have loved and hated this site with passions that are hard to convey.  But, as we approach the end of an era, I can proudly say that I wouldn’t change a God damned thing about this site and all of the wonderful things we have done.

And this post right here is one of the reasons I have continued this labor of love and loathing for so long.  It’s always been about the people surrounding the site.  It is the friends of Trainwreck’d that truly make it what it is.  I am not naive enough to think that we have had any sort of success (as mild as it may be) without the help from the beautiful people we have showcased over the last few years.  They make this shit happen, and I will be forever grateful.

So, with that sob story thrown out there and out of the way, please enjoy the final installment of our “With Friends Like These -or- Our Favorite Albums of 201X”.  There are some new faces in the crowd this year, and we are so happy to have some new friends on board.  And as per usual, there are some veterans of the site on board as well.  This is without a doubt the year with the most active participants we have ever had for this annual post.  I think it is a brilliant way to go out; surrounded by those we love.  So please ENJOY!

If you haven’t figured it out, we are making plans to close up shop.  The final Trainwreck’d Society post will happen on July 4th 2015, our 4 year anniversary.  Sort of like a presidential term, right?  Our reign must eventually come to a close.  It has truly been a joy to serve you fine reader(s).  Thank you all, from the bottom of my wine soaked heart.  – Ron Trembath

 

 

Beat, Matt

Matt Beat (musician, Electric Needle Room)

Pixies – Indie Cindy
Ingrid Michaelson – Lights Out
Foster the People – Supermodel
Tycho – Awake
Beck – Morning Phase

Beauford, Johnny

Johnny Beauford (musician, The Jack Kerowax)

Ex Hex – Rips
Ty Segall – Manipulator
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Centromatic – Take Pride In Your Long Odds
Oil Boom – Red Metal

Benson, Bill
Bill Benson (publicist, boss man at Team Clermont)

Wye Oak – Shriek
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Augie March – Haven’s Dumb
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want
Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Bernier, Luc

Luc Bernier (actor, Contagio)

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Anne Bisson – Tales from the Treetops
Hozier – Hozier
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Pink Floyd – The Endless River

Birdsall, Tracey

Tracey Birdsall (actress, Dawn of the Crescent Moon)

Prince – Art Official Age
Taylor Swift – 1989
U2 – Songs of Innocence
Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Bower, Andrew

Andrew Bower (musician, The Valery Trails)

New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Black Cab – Games of the XXI Olympiad
Bob Mould – Beauty and Ruin
Sounds Like Sunset – We Could Leave Tonight
Spoon – They Want My Soul

Brannan, Jared
Jared Brannan (musician, Dedere)

Violent Psalms-Slow to Speak
The Domestics-Self Titled
Nature Thief- Moon
Hart & Hare-And Action
Sleep School-White Girl Wasted

Budo
Budo (musician)

Rodrigo Amarante – Cavalo
James Vincent McMorrow- Post Tropical
The Acid – Liminal
Dawn Golden – Still Life
D’angelo- Black Messiah

Bukowski, John

John Bukowski (musician)

Pink Floyd – The Endless River
Nothing – Guilty of Everything
Whirr – Sway
Braid – No Coast
Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity

Burns, Heather
Heather Burns (actress, HBO’s Bored To Death)

Museum of Love – Museum of Love
FKA Twigs – LP1
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Caribou – Our Love
Mary J Blige – The London Sessions

Capozzi, Catherine

Catherine Capozzi (musician, Axemunkee)

Fergessen – Far Est
Jaggery – For the Record
Rodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive
PowerSlut – With Great Power Comes Great Slut
Mission Creep – On the Sea of Suns

Casson, Johnno

Johnno Casson (musician, Snippet)

Gruff Rhys – American Interior
mylittlebrother – If We Never Came Down
Alex Highton – Nobody Knows Anything
Hollie Cook – Twice
Colorama-Dere Mewn!

Chaplin, Tim

Tim Chaplin (musician, The Factory Kids)

The Rag Dolls – Such A Crime
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Pink Mountaintops – Get Back
Gazelle Twin – Unflesh
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden

Chisholm, Dave

Dave Chisholm (musician, Talking Under Water)

Hozier – Hozier
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Ambrose Akinmusire – The Imagined Savior is Far Easier To Paint
Beck – Morning Phase
Alt J – This Is All Yours

Costa, Mira & Chuck
Mira & Chuck Costa (musicians, The Sea The Sea)

Sean Rowe – Madman
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Bahamas – Bahamas is Alfie
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
Hozier – Hozier

Cregger, Sam

Sam Cregger (musician)

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars
Israel Nash – Rain Plains
Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

Deeble, Robert

Robert Deeble (musician)

Shenandoah Davis – The Company We Keep
Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman
Cold Play – A Head Full of Dreams
Ghosts Ive Met – From A Spark
Mahler Symphony No.2 in C Minor – Klaus Tennstedt, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Dox, Alexia

Alexia Dox (actress, Hulu’s Quick Draw)

Hozier- Hozier
Lindsey Sterling – Shatter Me
Black Keys – Turn Blue
Lana Del Ray – Ultraviolence
Beyonce – Beyonce

Edinberg, Joel

Joel Edinberg (musician, Somerville Symphany Orkestar)

D’angelo – Black Messiah
Tune Yards – Nikki Nack
Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia – Devils Tale
Mad Satta – Comfort
Rebirth Brass Band – Move Your Body

Epstein, Michael J.

Michael J. Epstein (musician/filmmaker, Magnetic)

Drab – Unicorn EP
Owl Eyes – Nightswim EP
Endation – Liars, Thieves and Dead Leaves
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Timecop1983 – Waves EP

Faith, Elsa

Elsa Faith (musician, Madame Torment)

Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Tove Lo – Queen of the Clouds
Madame Torment – Wicked Bitch of the West
Banks – Goddess

Faulkner, Rachel
Rachel Faulkner (model/actress, Ride Along 2)

Beyonce – Beyonce
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
Taylor Swift – 1989
FKA Twigs – LP1

Feigh, Ryan

Ryan Feigh (journalist, The Portland Mercury)

Naturally Grown Misfists – The Art of Ignorance
Samarei – Best In Class
Jellyfish Brigade – Diving Lessons
Elton Cray – Craliens: Life of Mine Volume 1 mix tape
Milc & Slick Devious – Lightly Salted

 

Fink, Heather
Heather Fink (filmmaker, Inside You)
Philip Selway – Weatherhouse
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Beyonce – Beyonce
Interpol – Elpintor

Ford, Kristen

Kristen Ford (musician)

Phil Selway – Weather House
Audrey Ryan- Let’s go to the vamp
Cold Chocolate- Cold Chocolate
England in 1819- Summer Lightning EP
Augustus Creighton- Au Gratin

Franklin, Diane

Diane Franklin (actress, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)

U2 -Songs of Innocence
Prince -Art Official Age
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- Hypnotic Eye
Ozzie Osbourne -Memoirs of a Madman
Pixies – Indie Cindy

Gomez, Robert

Robert Gomez (musician, Ormonde)

Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun
John Chin – Undercover
John Grant- John Grant and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert
Moonbather – Out of the Start EP
Sarah Jaffe – Don’t Disconnect

Grillo, Christian

Christian Grillo (filmmaker, Apocalypse Kiss)

Body Count – Manslaughter
Lady Gaga – Artpop
Sick Of It All – Last Act of Defiance
Obituary – Inked In Blood
Slipknot – The Gray Chapter

Hallet, Alexander

Alexander Hallet (hip hop artist/photographer/philanthropist, Bodi)

Beck – Morning Phase
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Phantogram – Voices
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Pharoahe Monch – PTSD

Hardy, Jon

Jon Hardy (musician, The Pristines)

 Pete Fij & Terry Bickers – Broken Heart Surgery
Gallon Drunk – The Soul Of The Hour
These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds
Stump – Does The Fish Have Chips?
Royal Blood – Royal Blood

 Hutchinson, Bryce

Bryce Hutchinson (musician, Dedere)

Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
Violent Psalms – Slow to Speak
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
At the Gates – At War with Reality
Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Kanefsky, Rolfe
Rolfe Kanefsky (filmmaker/screenwriter, Doc Holliday’s Revenge)

Guardians of the Galaxy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Chef Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Muppets Most Wanted Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Lego Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
John Morris – The In Laws Original Motion Picture Score

Katz, Sadie

Sadie Katz (actress, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort)

Taylor Swift – 1989
Lana Del Rey – Ultra Violence
Skrillex – Recess
Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic

Kramer, Vince
Vince Kramer (author, Death Machines of Death)

Sinister – The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age
Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
Scar Symmetry – The Singularity, Phase 1: Neohumanity
Obituary – Inked in Blood

Laws, Brandon
Brandon Laws & Richard Laws (musicians, Hosannas)

Caribou – Our Love
Future Islands – Singles
Aphex Twin – Syro
Thom Yorke – Tomorrows Modern Boxes
FKA Twigs – LP1

Lynch, Kerri
Kerri Lynch (actress, TEN)

Lana del Rey – Ultraviolence
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
Phantogram – Voices
Calvin Harris – Motion
J Cole – Forest Hills Drive

McAlarney, Paul M

Paul M. McAlarney (filmmaker, Honky Holocaust)

For The Worse – War On Everything EP
Who Killed Spikey Jacket – Beerstorm Trooper E.P.
The Combat Zone – The Combat Zone
Mooseknuckle – Knuckle Sandwich E.P.
Abstruktor – Judgement of Terror

Jared Mees w/ yours truly @ Baby Bar in Spokane, WA circa 2010.  Sort of a dream come true for me.

Jared Mees w/ yours truly @ Baby Bar in Spokane, WA circa 2010. Sort of a dream come true for me.

Jared Mees (musician, Jared Mees & The Grown Children)

Spoon- they want my soul
Erland Oye- Legao
Tycho – Awake
Kishi basho – Lighght
The Fourth Wall – Lovely Violence

Minne, David
David Minne (musician/Trainwreck’d Society contributor)

St. Vincent – St. Vincent
War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

Nathan, Neil

Neil Nathan (musician)

King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
Drive by Truckers – English Oceans
Christopher Denny – If The Roses Don’t Kill Us
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
The Gospel Queens – Cold World

Nordstrom, Sanna

Sanna Nordstrom (PhD, subculture researcher, magazine profiler)

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
The Haunted – Exit Wounds
At the gates – At War with Reality
Centinex – Redeeming the filth
Thundermother – Rock ‘n’ roll disaster

Paletta, Bre

Bre Paletta (musician)

Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines
Nickel Creek: A Dotted Line
Snarky Puppy: We Like It Here
The Pierces: Creation
SZA: Z

Phillips, Michael

Mike Phillips (musician/PR Account Director, The Neo Com Group)

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
U2 – Songs of Innocence
Vast – Making Evening and Night
David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet

Prudhon, Nate

Nate Prudhon (DJ, KEXP in Seattle Washington)

Beck – Morning Phase
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors
Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Swans – To Be Kind

Rat, Ira

Ira Rat (musician, Neon Lushell)

Thunder Bunny – Did You Mean To Look So Pretty?
Goldblums – Drug Window
Love L.U.V. – Come See Me
The Vahnevants – Bum Out
Brooks Strause – Acid Casual

Rice, Bob

Bob Rice (DJ, KYRS Thin Air Community Radio in Spokane, WA)

Rust On The Rails – November Sky
Gooding – We Are The Dark Stars
Leroy Miller – Temple
Peter Rivera – It Is What It Is
Will Phalen – The Dirt and Air and The Grass

Simmons, Jeff

Jeff Simmons (audio engineer, Portland Oregon)

Grouper – Ruins
Deerhoof – Paradise Girls
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds
Shellac – Dude Incredible
Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused

Sinha, Devin
Devin Sinha (musician)

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun
Alt-J – This is All Yours
Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
The Riverside – Getting Lost

Sleep

 Sleep (hip hop artist)
J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
Caskey – Black Sheep
Joe Budden – Some Love Lost
Royce da 5’9 – DJ Premier PRHYME

Smith, Adam

Adam Smith (musician)

Ty Segall – Manipulator
Mac Demarco – Salad Days
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Beck – Morning Phase
Ex Hex – Rips

Solimon, Sean

Sean Solimon (actor/filmmaker, Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage)
AC/DC – Rock or Bust
Ozzy Osbourne – Memoirs of a Madman
Andrea Bocelli – Opera: The Ultimate Collection
Young Gentleman’s Adventure Society – Adventure Party
Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

 

Williams, Anna-Lynne

Anna-Lynne Williams (musician, Ormonde)

Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun
Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
David Bazan – Bazan Monthly Volume 1
Beck – Morning Phase
Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 37 1/2 Albums of 2014 [Exclusive]

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Original art by Ava Trembath, age 9

 

The years just seem to fly by a little too damn quick, don’t they?  Each December I find myself thinking, “Wow, it’s end of year list time already?”.  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a single year can pass before I even realize it.  And it also never ceases to amaze me just how much great music I manage to get my greedy little hands on.  Some of the wonderful artists I have gotten to know over the years, if only digitally, have turned out to be some pretty amazing folks who I am honored to even just have a few “1’s” and “0’s” that make up a digital conversation with them.  And each and every year somebody the list just grows longer as I discover new amazing artists that make their way into the usual lineup here at Trainwreck’d Society (this year’s #1 and #2 spots are  prime examples!).

2014 was a great year for music (I know, I say that every year).  It was a brilliant blend of indie rock sensations, wonderful crafted hip hop lyricists, old favorites, revisited classics, and so much more.  As I mentioned in our Top 40 Songs of 2014, it would behoove me to disclaim that Trainwreck’d Society took a bit of detour (a “derailment” if you will) from the music scene, and steered harder towards the world of film.  While we always claim to be an “entertainment blog” to justify such madness, it’s no secret that we started mostly as a place to highlight some of the finest acts in independent music.  And although we managed to branch out into the “mainstream” more and more each year, the heart of Trainwreck’d Society will always be with the sweet children of mercy from the world of independent music.

So, with all that being said and done, let’s get to the list!  Thank you to all the fine reader(s) out there, and to the wonderful folks featured on this list that made our ears happy throughout 2014.  Enjoy!

 

37.5 Bodi - The Ratatat EP

37.5 Bodi – The Ratatat EP

37. Blue Skies For Black Hearts - Blue Skies For Black Hearts

37. Blue Skies For Black Hearts – Blue Skies For Black Hearts

The Valery Trails - Buffalo Speedway - Album Art

36. The Valery Trails – Buffalo Speedway

35. Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun

35. Weird Al Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Columbia Records Leonard Cohen Popular Problems cover

34. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems

33. The Evangenitals - Moby Dick (or, The Album)

33. The Evangenitals – Moby Dick (or, The Album)

32. Electric Needle Room - It's Getting Personal

32. Electric Needle Room – It’s Getting Personal

31. Safe Francis - Copper Gone

31. Sage Francis – Copper Gone

30. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

30. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

29. Brianne Kathleen - How the Rain Goes

29. Brianne Kathleen – How The Rain Goes

28. Atmosphere - Southsiders

28. Atmosphere – Southsiders

27. Cracker - Berkeley To Bakersfield

27. Cracker – Berkeley To Bakersfield

26. Rocket 3 - Burn

26. Rocket 3 – Burn

25. Spoon - They Want My Soul

25. Spoon – They Want My Soul

24. Drowners - Drowners

24. Drowners – Drowners

23. Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage, & Divorce

23. Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage, & Divorce

22. Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow

22. Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow

Cassette Insert- 2 Panel seps

21. Childbirth – It’s A Girl

20. The Droge and Summers Blend - Volume Two

20. The Droge & Summers Blend – Volume Two

19. Kool Stuff Katie

19. Kool Stuff Katie – Kool Stuff Katie

18. Bike Thief - Stuck In A Dream

18. Bike Thief – Stuck In A Dream

17. Cowboy Mouth - Go

17. Cowboy Mouth – Go!

16. Infidelix - Nomadic

16. Infidelix – Nomadic

15. Simple Steven - Abandon All Anchors

15. Simple Steven – Abandon All Anchors

14. Sterile Jets - Liquor Store

14. Sterile Jets – Liquor Store

13. Beck - Morning Phase

13. Beck – Morning Phase

12. Pawns and Kings - Pomme de Terre

12. Pawns or Kings – Pomme De Terre

11. Andy B - Those Were the Days

11. Andy B – Those Were the Days

10. Sadistik - Ultraviolet

10. Sadistik – Ultraviolet

09. Ronnie Fauss - Built To Break

9. Ronnie Fauss – Built To Break

08. The Verve Pipe - Overboard

8. The Verve Pipe – Overboard

07. Cariad Harmon - Cariad Harmon

7. Cariad Harmon – Cariad Harmon

06. Grynch - Streetlights

6. Grynch – Street Lights

05. Tacocat - NVM

5. Tacocat – NVM

04. Ormonde - Cartographer:Explorer

4. Ormonde – Cartographer/Explorer

03. Robin Grey - More Than Today

3. Robin Grey – More Than Today

02. Violent Psalms - Slow To Speak

2. Violent Psalms – Slow To Speak

01. Sam Cregger - Tell Me Something Different

1. Sam Cregger – Tell Me Something Different


Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 40 Songs of 2014 [Exclusive]

2014Another year has come, and soon it shall be gone.  2014 was probably the least music heavy as far as material featured on the site, but we definitely had some of the best albums and acts featured right here in these digital pages.  And that is not to say that we weren’t listening to some really great stuff throughout the year as we worked tirelessly on interviewing more screenwriters rather than singer/songwriters.  Oh, we were listening.  With that, it might be a good time to apologize to all PR folks who might have thought they were being ignored, and suddenly a client shows up on this list without ever having been spotted on the site.  Apologies, but we were listening!  Same goes for the artists who made this list who have created the brilliant soundtrack to another wonderful year.

As per usual, lots of returning folks have made the cut once again, as it seems as though we have a fondness for some of the most hard working musicians in the business.  And while we may have set a personal record for most Top 40-esque artists in one of our lists, we still feel as though our heart is with the independent folks out there giving it all they got in a world of free streaming and mindless downloading.  Not to mention the fact that this was an amazing year for independent hip hop.  While our typical motif of showcasing sappy singer/songwriter material is definitely in place, 2014 was definitely a year for the lyricist.

Basically, as in all the years past, we have a great list of scattered, different, yet all brilliant, list of beautiful songs from some pretty amazing people.  And as always, this list is not all inclusive.  We just had to pick 40 out of hundreds to choose from, and this is what we came up with.  Enjoy!

 

Note: Artist and Song Titles that are highlighted will provide a link to any previous posts on our site featuring said artist. Enjoy!

 

40. Drowners - Well, People Will Talk

40. Drowners – Well, People Will Talk

39. Cracker - Almond Grove

39. Cracker – Almond Grove

38. Rocket 3 - Good Enough

38. Rocket 3 – Good Enough

37. Weird Al Yankovic - First World Problems

37. Weird Al Yankovic – Handy

36. Childbirth - I Only Fucked You As A Joke

36. Childbirth – I Only Fucked You As A Joke

35. Doumea - Do Ya (Neil Nathan Cover - Doumea Edit)

35. Doumea – Do Ya (Doumea Edit) (Neil Nathan Cover)

34. Bike Thief - Ghosts of Providence

34. Bike Thief – Ghosts of Providence

33. Brianne Kathleen - Paper Bag Dreams

33. Brianne Kathleen – Paper Bag Dreams

32. The Kneels - Love is a Splendored Thing

32. The Kneels – Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (cover)

31. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - U Get Me High

31. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – U Get Me High

30. Atmosphere - I Don't Need No Fancy Shit

30. Atmosphere – I Don’t Need No Fancy Shit

29. The Belle Sounds - The Siren

29. The Belle Sounds – The Siren

28. Sterile Jets - Olly Olly Oxen Free

28. Sterile Jets – Olly Olly Oxen Free

27. Eminem - Right For Me

27. Eminem – Right For Me

26. The Droge & Summers Band - It's Hard For You

26. The Droge & Summers Blend – It’s Hard For You

25. Sleep - Question 2

25. Sleep – Question 2

24. Scotty Stormborn & SixO (feat. Cas One) - The Jokes On Who?

24. Scatty Stormborn & SixO (feat. Cas One) – The Jokes on Who?

23. Cowboy Mouth - My Little Secret

23. Cowboy Mouth – My Little Secret

22. Kool Stuff Katie - Cars

22. Kool Stuff Katie – Cars

21. Spoon - Inside Out

21. Spoon – Inside Out

20. Ryan Adams - Feels Like Fire

20. Ryan Adams – Feels Like Fire

19. Simple Steven (feat. Sadistik) - Consuming Me

19. Simple Steven (feat. Sadistik) – Consuming Me

18. Pawns or Kings - Late Have I Loved

18. Pawns or Kings – Late Have I Loved

17. Beck - Country Down

17. Beck – Country Down

16. Babyface & Toni Braxton - Reunited

16. Babyface & Toni Braxton – Reunited

15. The Verve Pipe - I Want To Bury You

15. The Verve Pipe – I Want To Bury You

14. Cariad harmon - Wicked Town

14. Cariad Harmon – Wicked Town

13. Infidelix (feat. Funzo & Leiko) - Better Days

13. Infidelix (feat. Funzo & Leiko) – Better Days

12. Anja McCloskey & Dan Whitehouse - Stille, Totonstille

12. Anja McCloskey & Dan Whitehouse – Stille, Totonstille

11. Loch Lomond - Some Kids
11. Loch Lomond – Some Kids

10. Grynch (feat. Kokane) - On A Good One

10. Grynch (feat. Kokane) – On A Good One

09. Ronnie Fauss - I Can't Make You Happy

9. Ronnie Fauss – I Can’t Make You Happy

08. Sadistik (feat. Lotte Kestner & Eyedea) - Chemical Burns

8. Sadistik (feat. Lotte Kestner & Eyedea) – Chemical Burns

07. Andy B - Difficult Girl

7. Andy B – Difficult Girl

06. Ormonde - Collapse

6. Ormonde – Collapse

05. Bodi - One

5. Bodi – One

04. Robin Grey - More Than Today

4. Robin Grey – More Than Today

03. Violent Psalms

3. Violent Psalms – Sleeping Pills

02. Tacocat - Pocket Full of Primrose

2. Tacocat – Pocket Full of Primrose

01. Sam Cregger - Doubts

1. Sam Cregger – Doubts

Rebecca Husain [Interview]

RebeccaHusainWell, the year is coming to a close.  And a year is about the time we have been waiting to hear from the wonderful young actress/screenwriter we are so happy to be able to have featured here at Trainwreck’d Society today!  And trust me, we’d wait until the end of time to get a few words out of this talented individual.

Rebecca Husain has been making some wonderful waves over the years as an actress, animation voice over genius, and screenwriter.  It was definitely her work as a voice actor on the brilliant animated Hulu Original Series Mother Up, created by the great Eva Longoria, that caught my attention first hand.  But, after looking a bit into the stellar career she has had, and that she obviously will have, I became even more intrigued.  Besides her brilliant work as an actress, Husain has recently been hard at work penning the film adaptation of Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter which has recently had Antonio Banderas attached as a star.  Rebecca will also be putting her acting chops to work in the stage production of Noel Coward’s play “Private Lives”.

And we are so happy that she has come around to share a few words with us here.  So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present one the wonderful Rebecca Husain!  Enjoy!

 

When did you know for absolute certain that you wanted to work in the world of film, both in front and behind the camera?

I found my first job when I was ten. A Hollywood movie was coming to town and they ran a tiny ad in the newspaper with stars around it screaming- WANTED: VOLUNTEER MOVIE EXTRAS!

I cut it out and carried it around in my pocket for days. On the day of filming, my mom woke me up at dawn and I remember trying to convince her that I didn’t need to wear a coat. (I lost.) We drove downtown and I saw huge movie lights being pushed down the street. After we signed in, we were given a ticket for a boxed lunch and that ticket made me feel very professional. We spent all day cheering as a float carrying Santa rolled down the street, reversed, rolled down the street again. There were thousands of people in the crowd but I cheered like the close-up was on me.

Filmmaking was something I always gravitated towards and my parents were very supportive. My mother put me in theatre school, chaperoned when I worked as an extra, sewed gold sequins on my green swimming costume… On weekends my dad and I would sit at the kitchen table writing scripts.

Now that you have worked in various different settings in the world of film & television, what is it that keeps you working and yearning for more? What gets you excited about this world?

The quiet creation that takes place when you are alone and working on a role or writing a script; and the colorful collaboration that follows while on location in some faraway land.

What I love about working on set (or on stage) is that for a pocket of time an entire world springs to life –spinning with passion and high stakes– and then just as suddenly as it appeared, it disappears when the lights are flicked off.

The same is true for screenwriting. On a good day I’ll sit down at my desk and within minutes I’ll be galloping across the desert off on some wild adventure with my heroine or crawling through a flea-infested garrison eavesdropping on injustice and strategic cruelty.

Working in animation can be equally thrilling. If you really engage your imagination you can walk out of the studio feeling like YES! I CAN fly and slay dragons and make new friends and stop wars and rescue the prince and recover from scurvy while dancing on stilts and…

Mother Up!
How did you land the gig voicing Eva Longoria’s character’s daughter Apple on the Hulu Original Series Mother Up?

The producers had been searching for an actress for months. When I saw the casting call for the role of Apple it was headlined with – URGENT! Although I’d never done any voice work, I had this odd feeling that the role was mine. I ran to a studio and the sound engineer recorded my audition on his break. I sent it off and put it out of my mind. Two days later show runner and head writer Greg Lawrence called me with direction and asked me to record a second audition. The following day I was put on “hold” and a few weeks later I got the part.

Some of the content on Mother Up is downright hilariously foul, in all the right ways. It really is just hilarious. What is it that draws you to work for a show like this?

Working with Eva Longoria and the rest of the cast is unbelievably fun. I’m in a sound studio with all these hip actors but then someone will open their mouth and a cranky centenarian will float out!

In addition to Apple, I also play Fergus, Megan, Agnes and Nurse Higgins. In animation you can take the jokes a lot further and the writing team have created devilishly dysfunctional characters. One week Apple is hit in the head by lightning and reawakens as a five-year old prophet leading her deranged neighborhood to salvation; and the next week her mom sprays her food with performance enhancing drugs that leave her sprouting pimples, a moustache and flinging classmates around at recess.

The Hummingbird's DaughterWhat’s striking about this series is that it centers around a fierce but flawed female character. Rudi Wilson is a clever high-powered Manhattan record executive who suddenly finds herself plonked in middle-of-nowhere suburbia as a stay-at-home mom. She’s not equipped to nurture and this severely unhinged town intends to take her down. Although her heart is not always in the right place, it’s generally in the right vicinity and you can’t help but root for her.

Can you tell us about your script adaptation of the award-winning book The Hummingbird’s Daughter? What made you want to pursue this adaptation?

Director Luis Mandoki sent me the book. We’d been looking for a project to write together and this was it. I read the first page of Luis Alberto Urrea’s masterpiece and just couldn’t put it down. I read straight through the night and all the next day. The Hummingbird’s Daughter is based on the life of Teresita Urrea, the Mexican Joan of Arc and Saint of Cabora.

Set in the 1880’s against a burning desert backdrop ripe with violence, the story centers around the extraordinary bond between a wealthy cattle rancher Tomás Urrea (Antonio Banderas) and his illegitimate daughter Teresita; a resilient little girl born with the power to heal others with her hands.

There’s a really lovely scene where she tiptoes into his magnificent house (leaving a trail of muddy little footprints across his plush white carpet) and meets her father for the very first time. They don’t quite know what to make of each other and yet there is an instant connection between this spiritual little six-year-old and this outspoken liberalist. Years later, when the people of Mexico are rising in revolution against their iron-fisted dictator and crying out Teresita’s name, Tomás sacrifices everything in an attempt to save her life.  Our script is gritty, a little Peckinpah I’ve been told, but with all the heart, humor and fury found in the book.

UBCPACTRA AWARDSWhat else does the future hold for Rebecca Husain? Any other new projects in the works?

Right now I’m in rehearsals for Noel Coward’s play Private Lives.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I’m listening to a live performance of Elvis singing “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” How can you not smile?

Neil Brown Jr. [Interview]

Brown Jr, NFor anyone who can remember the 90’s, everyone probably remembers it a the era a bit different.  And it has been a sort of unofficial goal here at Trainwreck’d Society to try and showcase as many different aspects about the 90’s entertainment world as possible.  From Nickelodeon child stars to 90’s alternative pop superstars, we’ve interviewed some pretty stellar folks.  And while we have dabbled in the world of 90’s hip hop, we haven’t seem to strike gold on a really beautiful showcase.  Until now.  Not only did we procure the chance to ask a few questions from the man who will be portraying the legendary DJ Yella of N.W.A. fame in the upcoming biopic about N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton, we actually managed to realize that that very man is none other than the illustriously talented actor and martial arts expert Neil Brown jr.

Brown has been around the acting world for quite some time, and has done some wonderful work, including a brilliant guest spots on hit television shows like Suits and The Walking Dead, and appearing in films like Fast and Furious and Battle Los Angeles.  He is a highly skilled actor who has everything going for him.  And while some may see his role as Yella in the upcoming biopic as a “break out” sort of role, we would definitely disagree.  We’d call it just another fine performance by a wonderful and worthwhile actor to take note on.

And with that being said, we are very happy to have had the chance to has Neil a few questions about his career, Straight Outta Compton, and what the future holds for this immensely talented individual.  Enjoy!

How did you find yourself in the world of acting, and what is it that keeps you going?

When I was a kid I won a few youth championships in Karate and Kickboxing. A casting Director and producer from universal studios came to my dojo to check me out for a new martial arts TV show called WMAC masters. They auditioned me, saw that I had a natural talent for acting, and I have been doing it ever since. I was 14 and caught the acting “bug”, I knew this was what I was meant to do. My wife, children, love of the art of acting and a thirst for learning is what keeps me going.

What sort of preperation have you been taking/did take to prepare yourself to perform the role as the legendary DJ Yella in the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton?

I searched all the videos, interview’s, pictures, and songs that I could find of NWA. I spent time with the real Antoine “Yella” Carraby, asked as many questions as I could think of. I studied all of his moves, his voice, his past and present experiences. I immersed myself in the time period that they came up in, and what their music meant to the world and to themselves. It was a beautiful experience. I pray we did them justice.

NeilBrownJr2What drew you to the role of performing DJ Yella?

I grew up listening to NWA, for me to be a part of the film in any capacity was a dream come true. It didn’t take too much convincing for me at all. I jumped at the opportunity, I just wanted to do it right, and I knew having Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Tomica, F. Gary Gray as well as all of the surviving members of NWA involved would get us there.

Another project I noticed you have in production is a comedy titled Rivers 9, which sounds like a very clever take on the Oceans series. Can you tell us a bit about this project? Who will you be performing as?

That movie is just a whole lot of foolishness and fun. I play Virgil Dobbs, a tough guy who knows how to get stuff done. It is in fact a funny take on Oceans Eleven. We had a great cast and crew! Chris W. Freeman brought me on because we worked together on Battle:Los Angeles and I knew he would make a fun movie. I had always been a fan of Vinnie Jones, C. Thomas Howell, Ed O’Ross, Elizabeth Rohm; the entire cast really, and I just knew Jamie Kennedy and I could make people laugh. The project looks awesome, and I just hope the people who watch it have as much fun as we had making it.

Now that you have done everything from racing street cars, to fighting aliens, killing zombies, or being just plain silly in films, what would you say is your favorite genre to work in? 

I’m partial to a gripping drama, but I think any good film should take you through an entire sea of emotions. It should make you laugh, cry, be afraid, be happy, keep you in suspense, and have a great pay off in the end because thats life and I am a huge fan of that. What I do not like is being put into a box for the sake of sales, I like to move people…honestly.

If you could portray any famous character in American history, who would it be?

That’s a great question…….It would have to be Prince. I would love to do his life story. He was and is a musical genius, such an interesting man who effected so many people through his music, his heart, his energy. The boundaries he pushed or rather erased, the careers he started, the boxes they tried to put him in that he effectively destroyed. Love that man for that. It would be a daunting task but I think I could pull it off. Very passionate about that one!

NeilBrownJrWhat else does the future hold for you? Any other projects in the works you can tell us about?

I’ve been really blessed to have a good bit of projects in the can. River’s 9, Bad Blood, San Patricios, as well as a passion project called Cold: Choices which is about the immensely hard choices our heroes in the military have to make each day that the public have no idea about, just so we can feel safe. I’m a lucky guy, I have the privilege to play pretend for a living, and hopefully make people feel something.

When you look back on your career as an actor thus far, what would you say is your favorite aspect of the business thus far, and what are you most proud of yourself as an actor for?

Just like a fight or car accident, five different people may see those events five different ways. I love that people will watch my work and each person gets something different from it. I enjoy affecting people, and hope I can continue to do that, and get better at it through growth and experience. That is my favorite aspect as well as what I am most proud of.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My wife’s smile.

Elaine Miles [Interview]

5 elaine milesIf you have been paying attention to TWS lately, you may have noticed that the classic television show Northern Exposure has been coming up quite a bit lately (see our interviews with producer Michael Fresco and actor Darren Burrows from October).  I have recently found myself engaged in revisiting the show in its entirety on DVD, and I am absolutely astounded at how wonderful of a show it truly is.  Growing up, I can remember the show being on, but showed a vague interest as it was for “grown ups”.  But, I always knew as I got older that this might just be a show I could learn to love and truly appreciate.  With such an array of strange yet lovable characters, it’s pretty hard not to love.

And one of the characters that we simply can not deny as being one of the most important during its time was Marilyn Whirlwind.  She was the strong, calm, and utterly adorable Native woman who at times acted as the very glue that kept that Woody Allen-like witted Joel Fleischmen in check.  She was the one who had the power to say so much, sometimes without saying anything at all!  Each time she graces the screen, I can’t help but smirk and know that something great is about to happen.

And how was the actress behind this wonderful character?  Well it was none other than one of the happiest accidents in the world of film and television, the lovely Elaine Miles.  Happy accident because the story behind her landing the role as Ms. Whirlwind is one that movies are often made of.  With no acting experience under her belt, Elaine managed to strike the attention of the show’s producers….when she wasn’t even auditioning.  Miles was simply dropping her mother off at an audition in Seattle for the very same role, a character originally intended to be much older.  The producers saw something in her, and took her in.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Elaine went on to work in several more great films, including the classic All-Native American fronted Smoke Signals, and many more before taking a brief hiatus from the acting world.  But, she has never really been out of site.  She moved into the world of stand up comedy, public speaking, and more.  And she has moved back into the acting world as well, and we should all be so damn grateful for that.  So ladies and gentlemen, here are just a few words with one of the greatest television actresses the world has ever know, the lovely Elaine Miles.

Elaine Miles2When I look back on Northern Exposure, which was once the greatest television comedy in history (in my opinion, which is correct by the way), there is no more iconic figure I can think of than Marilyn Whirlwind. You were definitely to the rock in the chaos that ensued in Cicely. So, if you could tell us, what was your experience like during the filming of this beautiful series?

It was scary at first. Being brand new & green to the industry! But as time went on, working with so many people. They taught me the ropes…so to say, LOL. I was told I was the one in a million with the natural ability to act. So I was the needle in the haystack, LOL. As time went on it wasn’t so stressful and it became fun. Meeting so many different actors & actresses was amazing! Doing something I never in my whole life thought I would do…work on screen! :-) That part of my life I will treasure; those crazy long hours of shooting…late nights…early morning…ungodly hot…below freezing! Windy days…wet days! But we did it thanks to cast n crew of Northern Exposure…I am honored I had that opportunity to work on such a successful television show. One we didn’t think would run as long as it did!

Your pair up with Rob Morrow on the show was obviously one with a hidden affection, in a family sort of way, that was absolutely endearing to say the least. What do you believe it was that made your work with Rob more than just a boss and employee relationship? Did you both have a plan of action in making your scenes together so perfect?

I think Rob & the producer’s had an idea of what they wanted. The original Marilyn was supposed to be older…motherly type native woman. But when I went in they liked the feisty side of me…I’m the complete opposite of the character Marilyn. I have no patiences…I talk a lot…LOL. The chemistry of Marilyn & Dr. Fleischman was written for us and it all came together with Rob Morrow and I. He is a wonderful actor…taught me so much in the 5 years we worked together! We had some good laughs with some of our scenes. Was hard to keep a straight face at times! We also worked great as a team…got our scenes done quickly! :-)

During the 6 season run of Northern Exposure, did you feel a sort of weight on your shoulders or the burden of responsibility of representing Native American women across the country? 

Yes, I did feel a great weight on my shoulders…representing Native people in general…later it became more about Native Women. It was tough at first. I had to deal with Alaskan Natives who didn’t like it because I wasn’t Alaskan Native. Some people wrote in saying I looked too Asian or Hispanic. But I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribe of the Umatilla Reservation. Meaning 3 tribes…Cayuse, Umatilla & Walla Walla. I am Cayuse from my mother & Nez Perce from my father side. So I am full blood native. Also some people didn’t like the talent show scene where I wore my own traditional dress and danced. Something Alaskan Natives were not pleased with! So it was tough at first. But the Native people lightened up after a few years, LOL.

2 elaine milesYour role in the iconic indie gem of a film, Smoke Signals, is also one I absolutely adore. And with that, I have always wanted to ask you something….Where you actually driving that car backwards during the shoot? How exactly did that work out?

Smoke Signals :-) lol yes, I did end up driving the car backwards myself. The stunt driver was too tall…couldn’t fit the hat I wore…so Sherman [director] asked me if I could do my own driving? I said OK let’s try it…so early the next morning the stunt man worked with me to drive backwards, 3 hours before shoot time. That was fun, bahahaha, I did it…I made dust even…it was the funnest thing I ever did in a movie! LOL, Another part I was honored to do and be a part of…the first written…directed…produced…main characters all Native movie! Made history with that movie for sure :-)

I understand you have are an accomplished stand up comedian? How did you find yourself moving into this line of work in addition to acting?

Yes…people who really know the real me know’s how crazy I can be! One time I was dared to do open Mike at a bar. So I did it was scared as hell because it was non Native audience but I did it n they laughed. Once I get on a roll there’s no stopping me lol its fun doing it but tough for women to get bookings. But that’s ok…now we have a lot more talented crazy comedians out there that are breaking through just fine :-) my fav is Tanya Jo Hall OMG if you have a chance to see her go…one crazy Native woman! lol

When you look back on your career thus far, what do you believe is your greatest accomplishment as an actress, stand up comedian, and more?

My greatest accomplishment was being a Native woman on a weekly television show as a regular cast member. I was told I was the most recognizable Native Woman being seen weekly on an international television series. To this day I can walk in a store n some people still get all star struck after 19 years of being off the air.

If you could portray any little know Native American figure in history, who would it be?

I think I would like to portray my great grandmother. She was one of a few survivor’s that made it to Canada during the Nez Perce war. She was pregnant with my grandfather n gave birth to him in Canada. When I was little my Grandpa use to tease us n say we were Canadian too! lol they lived up there not quite a year then were sent back to what is now Lapwai Idaho. I would be honored to play such a warrior woman for sure!

7 elaine milesSo, what does the near future hold for you? Anything in the works you would like to tell our readers about?

I hope to get back into acting. I purdy much gave up my career when my mother was alive to care for her 24/7. She had colon cancer. She passed away 7 years ago this February 2015. I’ve done 2 movies in that 7 years. 1 short video. So I’m hoping to get back into the industry. I am working on getting my S.A.G. card back…finding an agent…get my foot back in the door so to say. Crossing fingers it all goes as planned. Wish me luck lol

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The last thing that made me smile…my step daughter’s little girl getting 3rd place out of 9 pee wee barrels…3rd over all pee wee’s…my little cowgirl :-) she comes from horse people Comanche & Mescalero Apache! :-)

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