2016 Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron (Presented by Four Guys Drinking Podcast)

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Well, hello Fine People!! Welcome back to Trainwreck’d Society! We are making a one time only come back to present to you the 2016 edition of Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron. Although TWS is not going to be back in full form, we were pressured by our dear friends at Four Guys Drinking Podcast to do another round. So here we are!

2016 was sort of a lackluster year for Oscar related films. Sure, Leonardo DiCaprio is poised to FINALLY get his statue, and there were a few great films thrown in the mix, but overall it was a fairly mild year. But, that won’t stop Chris and I from battling it out for the fourth time. And just as in the year’s past, we tend to agree on some things, and totally disagree on others which makes this so much fun. After three years of fine tooth combing through the nominations, you would believe we would have this shit down by now, and be able to pick clear winners each time. You would think. But, you would be wrong. But, we have some damn fine educated guesses here for your perusal.

And as always, this is also a contest in which you get to decide which one of us chose the best overall! Head on over to the Facebook Event Page to take part in the fun, and even have the chance to win some cool(?) prizes, brought to you with the help of the finest Northwest based podcast that involves alcohol, Four Guys Drinking Podcast. Check out the podcast in the coming weeks to hear more about this awesome event. Cheers! And happy picking everyone!

Best Motion Picture of the Year
NOMINEES
Spotlight: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust
The Revenant: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
Room : Ed Guiney
Brooklyn: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
Bridge of Spies: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger
The Martian: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam
Mad Max: Fury Road: Doug Mitchell, George Miller
The Big Short: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon. This film represent the best in visual storytelling. If a person were to remove all the dialogue with the exception of the first sentence of the opening narration the understanding of the film would not be lot. This is not to say the film is simple, rather it is story focus is on depicting itself through visual elements incorporating long single take shots, amazing facial acting from Hardy and Leo, and creating cold and ominous atmosphere through sound mixing. Emotion and character motivations are at The Revenant’s core. This film best represents cinema in 2015.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Big Short: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner. I want to be one of the cool kids and scream “Mad Max!!” but I am honestly not that series. I enjoy them as much as the next 80’s action film viewer, but not fanatical about it despite the nothing but positive reviews I have heard. It is my opinion that The Revenant is the only TRUE Oscar-like film in this category, and I am probably making a terrible (but totally honest) pick here. But, this film had me so enraged it was terrifying, and was by far my personal favorite among the batch.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Spotlight: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust. The film is a non-controversial “controversial” film. By that I mean, nobody was pro Priest seeing this movie. It’s easy to get behind this issue without being controversial. That is not to say the film is not deserving of the nomination, rather the Academy loves voting for these types of films – I’m looking at you Crash and no sane person is pro racism. This is an amazing peices of ensemble storytelling.

Spotlight

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon for The Revenant. I’ve been certain in the past, and I have been completely wrong in the past. But, I honestly cannot see any other choice here. Unless the early hype for that God-awful piece of shit Spotlight sticks, I don’t see another choice here.

Revenant

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
NOMINEES
Trumbo: Bryan Cranston
The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio
Steve Jobs: Michael Fassbender
The Danish Girl: Eddie Redmayne
The Martian: Matt Damon

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio. Why is Hardy not in this category? Not the best way to start my “Want’s to Win” section. Hardy created a character in this film while Leo dealt with a lot of bear pain. With that said, Leo is the nomination and Leo deserves a statue. I’m in this camp. Give him the damn Oscar. Although, Michael Fassbender with his performance of Jobs could steal the Oscar this year as the unfortunate set of events for Leo as one of the world’s best actors may still be the second best actor this particular year. As Scorsese winning for “The Departed” but not “Goodfellas” is an interesting insight here. “Tell the truth!” – Big Willie

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio. The Academy has had a laughable approach of giving awards to folks for their least desirable work after years of dismissiveness (Scorsese for The Departed, Spike Lee’s Honorary Award this year). But, I think they will do the right thing here, and Leo is deserved recognition, in what could arguably be considered his finest performance yet.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio. See Above. Hardy!

Revenant

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio. This may not be my favorite film DiCaprio film, but there is no denying how great Leo did with like 85% of the film being focused solely around his performance!

Revenant

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
NOMINEES
Carol: Cate Blanchett
Room: Brie Larson
Brooklyn: Saoirse Ronan
Joy: Jennifer Lawrence
45 Years: Charlotte Rampling

Who Chris Wants To Win: Room: Brie Larson for Room. There may be some Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence fatigue in regards to voting. Room is a hard watch but an amazing peices of character driven film making. I just can’t see this going any other way. I do not see how anyone else could have pulled this roll off. Watch Room!

Room

Who Ron Wants To Win: Room: Brie Larson for Room. This woman blew my mind with this seriously emotional performance. I still cannot believe how impressive “that girl from 21 Jump Street” was portraying an extremely conflicted character like this. Unless J-Law is the next Meryl Streep, she’s a clear winner.

Room

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Brie Larson for Room. See Above. Watch Room.

Room

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Room: Brie Larson for Room. Unless J-Law is the next Meryl Streep, she’s a clear winner. Carol & Brooklyn were just dollar store romance novel pieces of dog shit (no offense to Nick Hornby, but what the hell, Man?).

Room

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
NOMINEES
Bridge of Spies: Mark Rylance
Creed: Sylvester Stallone
The Revenant: Tom Hardy
Spotlight: Mark Ruffalo
The Big Short: Christian Bale

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Tom Hardy. Hardy out shines Leo in Leo’s movie. Mark Ruffalo is amazing in Spotlight, Mark Rylance is a standout in a forgettable Bridge of Spies (Seriously Bridge of Spies, what are you doing with these nomination?), and Stallone will always be my Italian Stallion. This is one of the tightest races this year. Ruffalo probably should have won last year, but this year Hardy steals the film with a character I do not agree with but can understand why he does what he does in the film.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Tom Hardy for The Revenant. There was a bit of conflict in this choice for me. Two actors that I thought gave great “supporting” performances are not on this list, one of them being Steve Carell for The Big Short, yet Christian Bale sits in his place on the actual nomination list (who was really the most lackluster, Steve Jobs impersonating performer of the cast). The other was Stanley Tucci in Spotlight, who was the only thing great about that HIGHLY over-rated trash heap of a film. I did dig Tom Hardy’s performance, but would have easily gone with different characters from Spotlight or The Big Short. But, alas, my vote goes to Bane.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win:The Revenant: Tom Hardy. You got lucky Leo. Hardy should be nominated for best actor but it has not been done since “The Bounty” with multiple actors from the same movie nominated against each other in the same category.

Revenant

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Tom Hardy. If Bale gets an award for appearing in like 20 minutes of a 2 & ½ film, that would a shame. And I don’t believe the Academy actually likes Mark Ruffalo as much they pretend to. And I seriously do not think they Oscars could withstand the backlash (beyond what they are already receiving) if they gave the legendary meathead Sly Stallone an award for a performance in a film about Apollo Creed’s son. That would easily shut these crackers down.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
NOMINEES
The Hateful Eight: Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Danish Girl: Alicia Vikander
Steve Jobs: Kate Winslet
Spotlight: Rachel McAdams
Carol: Rooney Mara

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Danish Girl: Alicia Vikander. These five women are great and deserving of their nominations. Similar to best supporting actor, this is a very close race. Alicia Vikander should have been nominated for “Ex Machina” but that’s not on the list but I’ll take her equally talented work here.

Danish Girl

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Hateful Eight: Jennifer Jason Leigh. I honestly have not seen The Hateful Eight, and I am not happy with myself for this fact. I am honestly picking Leigh as just another Tarantino fan boy. I can only imagine that she was great. Also, Jennifer Jason Leigh had the first pair of boobs I can remember seeing, when I saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High when I was 9 years old. I have to support that.

Hateful Eight

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Danish Girl: Alicia Vikander. See Above.

Danish Girl

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Steve Jobs: Kate Winslet. This one could be easily split between Winslet or McAdams in my opinion. It is the first award given in the night, and I am certain this comes into play. Steve Jobs only has 4 nominations, and this seems like the easiest one for this film to win with ease, and start provide an inadvertent twist in the night’s events. And how delightfully cheesy would it be to have the infamous Titanic couple both win in one night?

Steve Jobs

Best Achievement in Directing
NOMINEES
The Revenant: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Spotlight: Tom McCarthy
Mad Max: Fury Road: George Miller
Room: Lenny Abrahamson
The Big Short: Adam McKay

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: George Miller. First, Ridley Scott should be on this list and Adam McKay should probably be bumped. Shot fired Ron! The Martian is mostly built around one actor in one location doing what a director should be doing – getting the best performance from their actor. It has not been senes John Ford that a director has won back to back best directing Oscars. It’s a safe bet Alejandro is out for that reason although still could. Now I’m going to be a hypocrite for my Ridley Scott argument and stay with George Miller that effect driven over character driven. That movie had so many complicated elements but remains simutanialsy so simple. It is a very short list of directors who could have pulled this technical feat that is unique in practical spectacle here in the 21st Century.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Big Short: Adam McKay. This movie was downright frustrating yet cleverly done. It was an amazing blend of comedy and drama in a truly unique fashion in which McKay should be completely proud of. And I want to someday hear the sentence: “Adam McKay, Academy Award winning director of The Big Short and Step Brothers.”

Big Short

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Spotlight: Tom McCarthy. This film should win for best ensembles with well balanced elements. There be no technical awards here.

Spotlight

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Alejandro González Iñárritu. I truly think Inarritu is the new love child of the Academy and will be treated as such.

Revenant

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
NOMINEES
Bridge of Spies: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Ex Machina: Alex Garland
Inside Out: Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen
Straight Outta Compton: Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus
Spotlight: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy.

Who Chris Wants To Win: Spotlight: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy. Spotlight could have become very convoluted with out this screenplay roadmap. The dark horse chance to win is Inside Out. Ex Machina got nominated which was a bit of surprise given the film’s early release.

Spotlight

Who Ron Wants To Win: Straight Outta Compton: Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus. I am honestly so disappointed with this category, which is usually my favorite by far. I am a huge fan of the writing in film, and this year simply failed to excite. Three of these “original” screenplays, are based on real events which leave little to the imagination, one is a god damned Pixar movie, and the other one I hadn’t heard of, until I looked it up, and then decided to hate Alex Garland all over again. So, I guess I will go with the NWA movie!

Straight Outta Compton

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Spotlight: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy. See Above.

Spotlight

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Spotlight: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy. Because, whatever.

Spotlight

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
NOMINEES
The Big Short: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Brooklyn: Nick Hornby
The Martian: Drew Goddard
Room: Emma Donoghue
Carol: Phyllis Nagy

Who Chris Wants To Win:The Big Short: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay. Numbers and the events surrounding these events are hard for a general public to digest. The writing created some interesting and unique ways to show those events in an average viewer could understand. This story could easily had become lost in its own message, but finds a way to tell a compelling story.

Big Short

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Big Short: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay. I think I’ve dick rode this movie enough already, you get it. But, props have to be given to Room, which is a very unique story, and even The Martian, which wasn’t nearly as terrible as I whole-heartedly expected it to be. And even if Brooklyn was about as terrible as Nick Hornby can do, it’s still Hornby, and I can accept that.

Big Short

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Martian: Drew Goddard. Steve Jobs isn’t nominated and nobody else knew these other projectors were adaptations. I’m told the humor from the book transferred amazing well which is a difficult thing to do especially given the context of the book being so internal dialogue driven.

Martian

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Big Short: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay. “Academy Award winning screenwriter Adam McKay (The Big Short, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). Brace yourselves.

Big Short

Best Achievement in Cinematography
NOMINEES
Carol: Edward Lachman
The Hateful Eight: Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road: John Seale
The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario: Roger Deakins

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki. This could be Lubezki’s third in row win for this category – Gravity, Birdman and now The Revenant. This film went 20 million dollars over budget and was filmed nearly with 100 percent natural light. This film is 24 frame poetry in motion incorporating long single take shots which does not lose its spacial awareness. There are shots in this film I could stare out at for long periods of time without becoming board.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Hateful Eight: Robert Richardson. Again, just dick riding Tarantino a bit more, but also kissing up to Richardson himself. Dude spent years as a whipping boy to Oliver Stone, before moving on to work with far superior filmmakers like QT and Scorsese.

Hateful Eight

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki. See Above.

Revenant

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: John Seale. This is a rough category for me. It has seemed systematically impossible for a film to win both Best Picture and nag the Cinematography trophy as well (It has happened just twice since 2000). And there really doesn’t really seem to be a completely green screen all to hell terrible movie like Life of Pi or Gravity to throw in there, so I am willing to believe that Seale’s all natural yet exhilarating vision on Mad Max might actually come through on this one.

Mad Max

Best Achievement in Costume Design
NOMINEES
Carol: Sandy Powell
Cinderella: Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl: Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan
The Revenant: Jacqueline West

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan. We are all War Boys now.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Jacqueline West. Because I don’t really care. I honestly don’t know how to judge this category. At one point Leo wore a goddamned elk as a sleeping bag, so, that was a good costume!

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan. Post-apocalyptic tribal costumes which tell the audience who these people are without narration telling the audience. People in bird costumes on stilts in a bog? Why not! It’s a bog, why wouldn’t you start using stilts to get around?

Mad Max

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Jacqueline West. There really isn’t another option.

Revenant

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
NOMINEES
Mad Max: Fury Road: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo
The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth
The Revenant: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, Chris Duesterdiek
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson
Bridge of Spies: Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Drew Kunin

Who Chris Wants To Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson. This is a very tough category for me coming down to two choices, the second being The Revenant. Each represents a different approach in sound mixing. Star Wars is battle driven loud but mixed is well. Tie Fighters, X-Wings, music score, dialogue all layered on top of each other but not over shadowing one another. The Revenant is a quiet film relying on the creation of atmosphere. It is not the absence of sound but the creation of feeling through the small sounds of nature.

Star Wars

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth. I was surprised I liked this movie, so I would like to see it win one of these technical awards.

Martian

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson. See Above.

Star Wars

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth. Because space.

Martian

Best Achievement in Editing
NOMINEES
Mad Max: Fury Road: Margaret Sixel
The Big Short: Hank Corwin
Spotlight: Tom McArdle
The Revenant: Stephen Mirrione
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Margaret Sixel. There is not one wasted cut in this film. Large action set pieces flow operatic together retaining spacial continuity. A difficult accomplishment given a 30 plus car chase across the desert with attackers and heros leaping from vehicle to vehicle.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Stephen Mirrione. Honestly I just don’t want Spotlight to win anything.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Big Short: Hank Corwin. The film is creative in its editing to take very big ideas and give them visual understanding. This movie also has no fat. If you cut anything else it would fundamentally change the way the audience would understand the work.

Big Short

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Stephen Mirrione. I am committed to The Revenant being the big winner, which was not found in any of the writing categories, but has great potential for nabbing the Best Director spot. I think that editing will be the precursor to the bigger award.

Revenant

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
NOMINEES
Mad Max: Fury Road: Mark A. Mangini, David White
The Martian: Oliver Tarney
The Revenant: Martín Hernández, Lon Bender
Sicario: Alan Robert Murray
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Matthew Wood, David Acord

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Martín Hernández, Lon Bender. The approach to this film was realism. From the visual to the sound, this film makes a person feel cold. The line between sound editing and sound mixing is a blurred one. The Sound Editing is that of created elements and Sound mixing is taking those elements to make a delicious soup. The elements here may be small but has the larger emotional punch.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth. I was surprised I liked this movie, so I would like to see it win one of these technical awards.

Martian

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Matthew Wood, David Acord. See Above.

Star Wars

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Martian: Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth. Because space.

Martian

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
NOMINEES
Ex Machina: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett
Mad Max: Fury Road: Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams
The Martian: Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner
The Revenant: Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, Cameron Waldbauer
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams. Practical effects are still visual effects and those were real cars slamming into real cars in the middle of a real desert with minimal CGI additions. With the exception of the final crash (Stupid 3D reason because the really wrecked the War Rig with a specially built room – dude almost died), deserves the award.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Martian: Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner. I’m sure that Mad Max was great, but I’ve got to support Matt Damon Gets Saved Again.

Martian

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould. The film made over two billion dollars in two months. It needs to win something? Like more money? The CGI is great with a return to a lot of practical effects. What they pulled off is incredible, but I guess if you have all the money you should probably be able to pull it off. Not my first choice but still deserving of the award.

Star Wars

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams. I think the Academy might surprise us all with this one.

Mad Max

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
NOMINEES
Mad Max: Fury Road: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: Love Larson, Eva Von Bahr
The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini. Hardy is a beautiful man and looks terrible in the film. I don’t even know how you make such a handsome man look so bad. Plus, all the bear attack wounds. That make-up was really good too.

Revenant

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini. Just a WAG.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini. See Above.

Revenant

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini. Just a WAG.

Revenant

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
NOMINEES
Spectre: Sam Smith, James Napier (as Jimmy Napes)
Song: “Writing’s On The Wall”
Youth: David Lang
Song: “Simple Song #3”
Fifty Shades of Grey: The Weeknd (as Abel Tesfaye), Belly (as Ahmad Balshe), Jason ‘DaHeala’ Quenneville, Stephan Moccio
Song: “Earned It”
The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”
Racing Extinction: J. Ralph, Antony Hegarty
Song: “Manta Ray”

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”. Lady Gaga is one of the Best Pop artists today. Pop is short for Popular and she will probably win.

Hunting Ground

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”. This was a pretty shitty year for this category. I’m not a huge fan of any of these songs, but I do dig Lady Gaga, so I will go with her.

Hunting Ground

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”. See Above.

Hunting Ground

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Hunting Ground: Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
Song: “Til It Happens to You”. The Globes gave her an award for acting, and the Academy WILL give something to her for her music. The next Madonna, everyone.

Hunting Ground

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
NOMINEES
Carol: Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone
Sicario: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: John Williams
Bridge of Spies: Thomas Newman

Who Chris Wants To Win: The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone, Morricone scored John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” The Hateful Eight is “The Thing” without aliens (Illegal Aliens, I’m looking at you Bob the Mexican). That Score should win too!

Hateful Eight

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone. Tarantino!!!!

Hateful Eight

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone. John Williams has been nominated 42 times and won four. Ennio Morricone has never won, and the score is worthy of the victory. Carter Burwell for Carol could be an upset but I think Morricone has the edge.

Hateful Eight

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: John Williams. Lucky number 42 will lead to his 5th win! I truly think this will be the only nod to Star Wars.

Star Wars

Best Short Film, Animated
NOMINEES
Bear Story: Gabriel Osorio Vargas, Pato Escala Pierart
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos: Konstantin Bronzit
Prologue: Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton
Sanjay’s Super Team: Sanjay Patel, Nicole Paradis Grindle
World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt

Who Chris Wants To Win: World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt. Sadly, did not get to this category and this is just a draw from the hat.

World of Tomorrow

Who Ron Wants To Win: Sanjay’s Super Team: Sanjay Patel, Nicole Paradis Grindle. Just a WAG.

Sanjay's Super Team

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt. See Above.

World of Tomorrow

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt. Another WAG.

World of Tomorrow

Best Short Film, Live Action
NOMINEES
Ave Maria: Basil Khalil, Eric Dupont
Day One: Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay: Patrick Vollrath
Shok: Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer: Benjamin Cleary, Serena Armitage

Who Chris Wants To Win: Everything Will Be Okay: Patrick Vollrath. Sadly, did not get to this category and this is just a draw from the hat.

Everything Will Be Okay

Who Ron Wants To Win: Ave Maria: Basil Khalil, Eric Dupont

Ave Maria

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Everything Will Be Okay: Patrick Vollrath. See Above.

Everything Will Be Okay

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Ave Maria: Basil Khalil, Eric Dupont. Sure why not.

Ave Maria

Best Documentary, Short Subject
NOMINEES
Body Team 12: David Darg, Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines: Courtney Marsh, Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah: Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman

Who Chris Wants To Win: Last Day of Freedom: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman. Short subject with low stakes but has a very Humanistic theme most can relate to. A Girl in the River could be an upset but I think it won’t quite make it there due to the the academy voting block being mostly white older men.

Last Day of Freedom

Who Ron Wants To Win: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

A Girl In The River

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Last Day of Freedom: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman. See Above.

Last Day of Freedom

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

A Girl In The River

Best Documentary, Feature
NOMINEES
Amy: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land: Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence : Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone?: Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom: Evgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor

Who Chris Wants To Win: Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom: Evgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor. Because politics and documentary “are like shoe and lace, both are nothing without each other.” Good documentary but international politics are a pretty low priority today, unless it’s animal stuff.

Winter On Fire

Who Ron Wants To Win: What Happened, Miss Simone?: Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Justin Wilkes. This was a wonderful documentary, about somebody I always thought I knew, but learned so much about. What an awesome lady!

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Amy: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees. The Academy has a history of giving statues to music documentaries, so easy points. Also, this film has probably been seen by the most people.

Amy

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Amy: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees. I don’t think this really deserves anything, but it did have the most eyes on it, I suppose.

Amy

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
NOMINEES
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
A War (Denmark)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)

Who Chris Wants To Win: Son of Saul (Hungary). The film has won the most awards internationally, although this category is the most unpredictable because Hollywood is the center of the universe and subtitles are *stupid. HIgh Five.
*Subtitles are not stupid. To quote John Waters, “Give me white subtitles in a snowstorm.”

Son of Saul

Who Ron Wants To Win: Theeb (Jordan) . This was honestly the only one I saw. And it was good.

Theeb

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Son of Saul (Hungary). Mustang could take it, but will not.

Son of Saul

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Theeb (Jordan) . This was the easiest one to find on the Internet. That’s all I am going off of here.

Theeb

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
NOMINEES
Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran
Inside Out: Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was There: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiaki Nishimura
Boy & the World: Alê Abreu

Who Chris Wants To Win: Shaun the Sheep Movie: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak. The film has little to no dialogue. It’s Claymation and British and therefore superior. All hail our Wallace and Gromit Overlords! Really, claymation is the best. Adam, “A Town Called Panic.” Am I right?

Shaun The Sheep

Who Ron Wants To Win: Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran. I’m gonna say it….THIS WAS THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!!! I shit you not, I absolutely loved Anomalisa. I never would have imagined that they best film at the Oscars would be an animated film. But, with a genius like Charlie Kaufman on board, it’s pretty much to be expected. Seriously, watch this one. Hands down the best of the year.

Anamolisa

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Inside Out: Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera. Should have been nominated for Best Picture, but the Academy is still years away for nominating color.

Inside Out

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran. The Academy has a very reasonable hard-on for Charlie Kaufman. I’m almost willing to bet my 2nd favorite child on the fact this film wins. Again….BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!!!

Anamolisa

Best Achievement in Production Design
NOMINEES

Bridge of Spies: Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich
Mad Max: Fury Road: Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
The Martian: Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
The Revenant: Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy

Who Chris Wants To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson. I want Mad Max to win more awards, but the film’sWho Ron Wants To Win: Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran. I’m gonna say it….THIS WAS THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!!! I shit you not, I absolutely loved Anomalisa. I never would have imagined that they best film at the Oscars would be an animated film. But, with a genius like Charlie Kaufman on board, it’s pretty much to be expected. Seriously, watch this one. Hands down the best of the year.

Mad Max

Who Ron Wants To Win: The Revenant: Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy. Just trying to collect some more points for my big pick of the year.

Revenant

Who Chris Thinks Will Actually Win: Mad Max: Fury Road: Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson. See Above.

Mad Max

Who Ron Thinks Will Actually Win: The Revenant: Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy. Even if I am completely wrong about The Revenant stealing the show, I’m pretty sure this will at least be a pity win.

Revenant

Goodbye, Farewell, Amen.

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It has been 4 years.  4 wonderful years, I might add.  An entire presidential term ago, I started this little site you are looking at today as sort of “something to do” after I had done all I could to get my book project (Children of Mercy: Tales and Teaching From the World of Independent Music) off the ground, and was simply doing a bit of publicity during that summer of 2011.

For those who are unaware, this site actually began in a hotel room at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.  Pretty much Biloxi, MS.  I was spending the summer doing to re-training for a my new job, and had the “opportunity” to spend 6 weeks hanging out in the south.  Overall, it was pretty good.  I finally got to visit New Orleans, and even did a bit of radio promotion of CoM.  I was also contacted to by College Magazine to do an interview about the book, via E-mail….and that is really where this whole damn thing got started.

Actually it all started when I was alone, bored, drunk off Kentucky’s finest vodka, watching a shitty SyFy movie about robot alligators or something.  I had also just finished taken a dip in the disgusting Gulf of Mexico and touring around a weird segregated cemetery, when I realized what my next step was going to be.  Washed clean from the sins of common decency, I decided it was time to move forward.  At that point, I had spent the last 3 years or so writing album reviews and features for the single greatest indie music site of all time, Fensepost.com .   I loved and learned so much from and about that site that I almost felt disgusting when I decided to branch out on my own (although my fearless leader Andy was very encouraging).   Disgusted so much so that I actually continued to write for the site even after I was trying to manage my own.  So why the break off?

It’s really a simple answer.  I just wanted to do a bit more.  Fensepost is the greatest MUSIC site the world will ever know.  Some of the bands/artists that I learned about from this site alone have shaped my life in ways I could never explain.  If it weren’t for Fensepost, there would be no Blitzen Trapper or Bodi or Asectic Junkies or Jared Mees or Soul Distraction etc.  And to me, the people behind these wonderful projects are not simply people who I listen to, they are genuine wonderful folks that I have had the distinct pleasure of interacting with in some form or another over the years.  But, as I seem to do, I fucking digress….

I wanted to be involved in the entire aspect of entertainment.  Mostly the film world.  I’ve always been an avid film lover since I was 10 years old and first discovered Woody Allen.  And after CoM was successfully funded, published, and released, I was feeling on top of the world at the time and figured I could try anything and make it fucking happen.  Thus, Trainwreck’d Society was born.

TWS was never meant to be a huge hit.  My goal for the first year of existence was to reach 1,000 views a month.  And I was proud to say that we hit that (almost spot on, just hours before the goal deadline).  And then it just sort of expanded.  To date, we are here, 4 years later, sitting at a site that started on a whim, now looking at over 150,000 hits.  And there is no doubt in my mind that this is owned to the stunning and stellar artists, writers, actors, bloggers, etc. that contributed to the success of this site in so many ways.  I really feel as though I was just the pusher of this beautiful nonsense, and YOU all made this happen.  And I am so proud to have been the facilitator of such beauty.  $100 in domain fees has been totally worth it!

But alas, it has to come to and end.  And for a site that was started on a lonely July 4th night, the 4 year mark seems entirely appropriate.  I have loved making this site happen.  In fact, it has moved around with me so much over the years.  From Biloxi, to Spokane, to South Korea, to pit stops all across America, and finally ending in southern Spain.  It has been something that has followed me so closely over the years, and it certainly always will.  I say that is has followed “Me”, but really the content of this site has been produced all over the world, even beyond my own locations.  We have been fortunate enough to have contributions from folks from the Pacific Northwest, to the snowy lands of Minneapolis, to trailer parks in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, and so many other great places across the globe.  So, at this point in this far too long eulogy, I have to thank the great people who contributed to the content of the blog:

Christopher Eaves, Adam Mattson, Ray Wiggington, David Minne, Dusten Retcher.

You motherfuckers are just some amazing cats that I can’t even begin to explain who thankful I am for what you have given me and the Trainwreck’d Society community.  I seriously love all of you for everything you have done.  Thank you so much.

And then, as trite and cliche as it may seem, there are just so many other great folks to thank that it would take forever to truly appreciate you all.  So let me do the “right” thing, and clump you all in to one big group so basically make myself feel like I said all I could:

To all the Guest Wreckers, publicity folks like XO Publicity or Green Light Go or Principato Young or October Coast who gave some of the greatest tips imaginable, musicians/actors/writers who didn’t suck and sent me e-mails, musicians who DID suck but still sent the e-mails, the wonderful musicians/actors/writers who saw our site as something they would like to be a part of, for reasons I still don’t understand, DJ’s and Podcasters across the globe who showcased our work, basically anyone who helped make this content available and accessible to our readers.

And, yes I have to do it, thank you to the readers.  Whoever the hell you are, and wherever you are from….. Thank you.  Without you there is no reason for us to have ever existed.  Although, I am pretty sure you are more than likely a part of the aforementioned crown, in which case I thank you twice as much.

 

So, it seems like all that needs to be said as been said.  Trainwreck’d Society is officially completed, but obviously not depleted.  Until I am in my grave, the site shall exist, and we will always have a great catalog of interviews, album reviews, features, book reviews, etc. for you to love and enjoy.  You can always scout out or INDEX to see the impressive list of fine folks we have featured on the site, I promise you it will always be available.

And as for me personally, I’m not really sure where I am going.  I am indeed hoping that TWS will simply be the second part of the trilogy of my “career” (can you call it a “career” if you’ve never made any money?).  The final installment should be underway, as soon as I figured that out.  Until that begins, you can always find me somewhere in the digital universe.  I’m on Twitter now (@rontrembath), always supporting the folks who have supported me for so long.  Our wonderful friend Adam Mattson is co-host of the ground breaking podcast Four Guys Drinking (as well as regular guest and former TWS contributor Christopher Eaves), so you can always expect me to be pimping this wonderful show out to the world.  I don’t really know.  The next goal is out their to reach somewhere, and I raise a glass to everyone who has had the courage to strive towards reaching that goal.  I know that when I figure out what that is, I will strive towards it with the tenacity of a freshly stabbed bull in the ring of glory.

Since I’ve never considered myself an “original” writer, and have always loved to bite off , or “quote from”, those who do things so much better than me, I will leave you with this quote from my newest and most favorite show host, the great Sir Scott Lawrence:

“Have a great evening, and a wonderful tomorrow.”

 

Fin/Mic Drop.

 

Sincerely,

me

Ron Trembath
founder/editor, Trainwreck’d Society

 

 

 

Racism Exists. Gun Control Does Not. by Alexander Hallett [Guest Wreckers]

Alex HalletThere are no words that can adequately express how heartbreaking, devastating, and sad what happened in Charleston yesterday really is. Nine innocent people are dead. Nine innocent people who have moms and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Nine innocent people who were murdered by a racist, grown-up, white male simply because of the color of their skin. Nine innocent people who were murdered because racism, and gun culture, are institutionally endemic in our society.

As much as Fox News would like you to believe that gun control wouldn’t have prevented this, or that racism doesn’t exist because we live in a “post-racial society because we have a black president”, they’re not true. (Hours after the shooting occurred, Fox was already live with coverage lambasting President Obama for understandably mentioning that the conversation about gun control needs to happen. They referred to the shooter as a “troubled boy” who was specifically targeting Christians, even though the shooter specifically said he was doing it because he wanted to murder black people.) And though it would be easy to write a tomb about Fox News being a cancer in our society and the public discourse, because they are, this isn’t about them. This is about us.

This is about how racism exists, and is allowed, in two ways: actively and passively.

Racism is active in the fact that the Confederate flag, a symbol of racism, slavery, hatred, and oppression, still flies high above the South Carolina Capitol.

It’s active when police officers pull someone over because they’re committing the crime of driving while black, or pull a gun on black teenagers for attending a pool party, or choke a black man to death for selling loosey cigarettes.

It’s active when Tamir Rice was shot to death, and not given CPR, for holding a toy gun.

It’s active in the fact that the Charleston shooter was taken into custody without a scratch on him, which is more than can be said if you’re a black teenage girl at a pool party in Texas.

It’s active in the fact that people of color make up 30% of the population in the US, but 60% of the prison population.

It’s active when Richard Sherman is called a “thug” for raising his voice in an interview with Erin Andrews.

It’s active in more ways than can be listed here, unless you want to be reading for the next 7 months.

Racism is passive when people say “I don’t see color.” Certainly, most mean well when they say that, but…really? To portend not to see color is to deny the differences in our cultures that make us unique, that make us diverse, that make us beautiful.

Racism is passive when news anchors use the phrase “the n word.”

Racism is passive when the shooting in Charleston is talked about as an “act of violence by a mentally ill boy” and not, simply “a murder and hate crime by a racist, white man.”

Racism is passive when we deny the fact that racism still exists.

Racism is passive when you and I choose to stay silent rather than speak up at injustices done to our friends, neighbors, or strangers of color (Black, Hispanic, Native, Asian, Middle Eastern), because there are a lot of egregious, hateful acts committed toward minorities every day. To pretend otherwise is to condone the actions.

This is about how the murder of innocent children, women, and men may not ever be fully stopped, but the prevalence can sure as hell be reduced.

How many Charlestons, Sandy Hooks, Columbines, or Auroras need to occur before we admit we have a gun culture epidemic in our society? How many black kids need to be killed in Chicago, in Baltimore, in Washington DC before we actually have a meaningful dialogue about gun control? How much money do we need to drain from the politicians who accept lobbying money from the NRA before we take concrete action to diminish tragic deaths from a weapon whose only purpose is violence?

Gun control opponents don’t want a drastic overreach by the government into their personal liberties. I get it. (Hopefully they can empathize with women who want the same consideration from the government when it comes to personal control of their body). But this isn’t about “taking away your guns.” It’s about minimizing the chances that hate-filled people with vendettas will get their hands on one and murder someone’s child.

It’s about common sense safety measures designed to prevent more unnecessary death in our country. Sort of like vehicle safety measures. Who would argue that speed limits, seat belts, air bags, traffic lights, and laws against drunk driving are bad things that infringe on our rights as a society? We still have thousands die on the road every month, but can you imagine how many more would if we didn’t have those safety measures in place?

If you’re opposed to gun control, I don’t think you’re a bad person. But I’d like you to take a little test to check on your level of compassion, empathy, and love. Here’s a picture of the 20 children and 6 teachers murdered at Sandy Hook, and the 9 men and women murdered in Charleston:

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Look for a few minutes. If it brings tears to your eyes, you’re a caring human – just as I thought. Please understand that, if you don’t believe in regulations to prevent someone from getting a gun and committing another atrocity like Sandy Hook or Charleston, then these innocent souls died in vain and, ultimately, you’re OK with something like Sandy Hook or Charleston happening again.

We can’t do anything about what happened in Charleston. But we can prevent another act of terrorism, hatred, and racism from happening again. It starts with us. It ends with us. It starts with being honest about the fact that racism exists and gun control does not. It ends with more innocent people dead, or with a society that acknowledges and embraces diversity and decides gun violence is an intolerable evil that must be vanquished.

 

This article originally appeared as a blog post on the Alexander Hallet’s site for his photography company Sattva Photo. Please inform yourself of his work as a hip hop mastermind and photographer. You will be happy that you did. Alex has always been an integral force in the Trainwreck’d world, and always will be. If, for some strange reason, you are only now becoming aware of our little world here at TWS, go here to learn more.

Kevin Smith – Vilification [Video]

 

I, like so many other out there, am a huge fan of Kevin Smith.  The man can seriously do no wrong in my eyes…. Hell, I even loved Jersey Girl (and to a lesser extent, Cop Out).  So, for those of you who have been wondering how I came up with the Top 37 1/2 Albums of 20__“, you need look no further than the seminal 90’s classic film of twenty-something angst, Clerks (Hey!  Now you get it, right?).

Today’s video is just about perfect to represent Smith’s influence on all things Trainwreck’d, with it with dialogue and ultimate hilarity.  But, it also happens to feature two fine actors who have been kind enough to share a few words with us in our interview department – Scott Schiaffo and Marilyn Ghigliotti.

I could go on and on about Mr. Smith and how his films were a brilliant medium for bonding with my father, or how I could repeat every line from Chasing Amy without even having the film on….or how I once made a deck of playing cards in 11th grade that simply had names like Walt Flanagan, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson, and many more View Askew related names on them (This being 2001, long before he made them famous for being his indentured servants at a store he owned)….but, that would take an entire book in itself, or at least three hours of breath taking breaks between the preverbal dick sucking I would probably give Sir Smith if he demanded it of my very heterosexual self.  He’s just that great.

Just to throw in a few more links, I will mention that we were also graced with the honor of stealing a few words from the legendary “Holy Bartender” from Dogma, voice actor on the Clerks animated series, and a total creeper in the View Askewniverse’s classic flick and Bryan Johnson directed film Vulgar, Mr. Matthew Maher.

I always knew our little site here probably wouldn’t reach the heights of being able to get in touch with the every-so-busy Kevin, but thankfully a few of his friends were nice enough to digitally stop by, proving that Smith is not only a god damned genius in the realm of word to screen, but he would be shit in this life if it weren’t for the wonderful people he surrounds himself with.

So, Scott, Marilyn, and Matthew…..thank you for everything!  And Kevin…. thank you for winning in life for all of us who may never have that chance.

 

Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July. Enjoy!

Matt Beat – Story Time with Mr. Beat [Video]

 

I have been following the work of Mr. Matt Beat for quite some time.  He was one of the first folks to jump in as a contributor for the book I developed entitled Children of Mercy, and I had already been a fan of his two piece band Electric Needle Room.  But, what became most interesting about Matt was that he was a indie pop mastermind by night…..but, a middle school social studies teacher by day.  And as a man who has been seen fit to grace our future’s children with the knowledge they deserve, it has been an honor to hear what he has to say.  This may very well be why he has been a Guest Wrecker here at TWS not just once, but twice!  He has also managed to make our Top 37 1/2 Albums list for the last 3 years (#31 in 2012, #21 in 2013, and #32 in 2014)

As the years drove on, Matt begun creating these wonderful albums entitled The Presidents of the United States of America.  3 volumes, each with a song about each and every president.  And he released them each President’s Day for 3 straight years (as well, as a bonus single for our current Commander in Chief.  Have you ever wanted to know more about Millard Filmore?   Where you actually unsure that he was even a president?  Well, Mr. Beat has you covered!

Matt’s latest ventures have lead him to create Story Time With Mr. Beat, a YouTube based format that he uses to making learning history, just a bit more fun.  Matt Beat is one of those rare beings in this world who has decided to use his talent and powers for good and to educate the youth about some of the most important events in American history.

I will always be a fan of yours Mr. Beat…..but, I am still waiting on that Al Gore track you promised.  Until then folks, check out Story Time with Mr. Beat!

 

Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July. Enjoy!

Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits – Life Is Excellent [Video]

 

15 years ago, I fell in love with my friend Tyler’s bootleg CD (remember those?) of some band called Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits that had somehow migrated up to my shitty hometown from the exotic East Bay in Northern California.  I was absolutely smitten with their hilarity, but more so with their brutal honesty about life, love, and how fucking great it would be to be cat.

Several years later I had the distinct honor to do something that I still consider my greatest accomplishment.  I got to announce the band’s return with their first album review in several years over at Fensepost, almost 5 years ago!  Since then I also had the chance to fulfill a life long dream of seeing them live in 2012 at Backspace in Portland Oregon (and again a few years later at Powell’s Books!).  And the boys have not slowed down since.  They have since released their seminal album Trainwreck To Narnia (which hit our Top 37 1/2 Albums of 2012 list at #7), as well as the musical companion to the “children’s book” Meal Deal With The Devil (our #1 EP of 2013), a songbook of Bobby Joe Ebola lyrics and great stories, countless music videos, and hundreds upon hundreds of live performances.

Corbett has been hard at work in a different field these days. He has been hard at work creating the forthcoming documentary East Bay: By the Punx, For the Punx, About the Punx that promises to be nothing short of amazing.  He has also recently become a new father to a beautiful baby boy!  Of course Dan is in on the project as well (the documentary, not the baby…I don’t think?) And when not playing in BJE, he can be found with his other project Thee Hobo Goblins.

Without a doubt, being able to cover BJE over the last five years, whether at Fensepost or here at Trainwreck’d, has been one of the greatest honors of my “career”.  And with that being said, check out this awesome video for “Life Is Excellent”, one of my favorite BJE songs of all time, and the perfect embodiment of the BJE ethos: Just because we’re laughing, doesn’t mean we’re joking.

 

Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July. Enjoy!

Michael J. Epstein & Sophia Cacciola – Magnetic [Video]

 

Few people have been a staple here at Trainwreck’d Society like Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, the brilliant Somerset based filmmaking/music making/just about anything making duo of artists we adore so, so much.

We have covered musical projects (there are several!) they have both been involved with, including Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and Darling Pet Munkee.  Michael has also been a our most viewed Guest Wrecker.  And the duo has landed on our year end lists on several occasions, including hitting the #16 and #13 spots on 2013’s Top 40 Songs list, as well as #15 on our Top 37 1/2 Albums list in the same year.  Sophia was kind enough to contribute to our 2013 With Friends Like These list, as well as in 2014 when we were also able to snatch of Michael as well!

Musically speaking, they are phenomenal.  But, we haven’t even gotten into their work in the world of film.  They have managed to create one of the most unique horror films of the last decade with their wonderful thriller TEN, that we have covered extensively.  From the film’s awesome soundtrack (previously mentioned as one of the best albums of 2013), produced by the wonderful Catherine Capozzi to the awesome novelization of the film written by our favorite poet/writer Jade Sylvan, there is just so much to love about this film and the work of Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, and the immensely talented folks they surround themselves with every day.

And that brings us to today’s video!  The duo is back at it again, this time with a psychological thriller entitled Magnetic featuring the talented actress Allix Mortis.  They have been working on the film for a while now, and have recently released this trailer!  Learn more about this awesome project at the film’s website, and if you find yourself in the Boston area on March 29th, be sure to watch the film’s premiere at the Boston Underground Film Festival.  Enjoy!

 

Note: While Trainwreck’d Society is transiting into its imminent extinction, reflective posts like this with a shit ton of links can be expected from now until we call the whole damn thing off in July. Enjoy!