Trailer: Classified: The Edward Snowden Story

(A quick disclaimer: As with any politically-themed post here on the Shattered Lens, the comments below reflect the opinion of the author — Lisa Marie Bowman — and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions of any other contributor.)

I want to take a few minutes to ask you to help make film history.

Right now, Jason Bourque (the writer of End of the World and the director of Stonados) is raising funds for a very important film and he needs your help.  The film is called Classified: The Edward Snowden Story and, as of this writing, with 19 days left, Jason has 84% of the funds needed.

Because I believe in the importance of this project and because, based on his previous work, I have faith that Jason Bourque will give this story the treatment that it needs and deserves, I am asking everyone to consider watching the 2 minute pitch below and, if so inclined, going over to and helping out.

On a personal note, I usually avoid making any sort of overt political statement here on the Shattered Lens.  Those of you who are skilled at reading between the lines will probably have picked up on the fact that, in general, I lean to the right on economics and to the left on social issues.  (Or, to put it in Shattered Lens terms, I’m a little more conservative than the Trashfilm Guru and a little more liberal than Dazzling Erin.)

However, at heart, I believe in freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of choice, and the right to privacy.  That is why I think this is an important film that deserves to be made and why I encourage everyone who can to consider helping out.

Thank you.

Ghosts of Christmas Past #11: Santa Claus (dir by Rene Cardona)

Today’s Ghost of Christmas Past is … well, it’s a little bit odd.

Santa Claus is many things but, for the purposes of this post, Santa Claus is a 1959 Mexican film that reminds us that before he became an advertising icon, Nicholas Claus was a Catholic saint.  According to this film, St. Nick also apparently lives in outer space with a bunch of singing children.  His best friend is Merlin and he apparently gets along with Vulcan, the Roman God of fire, as well.

Perhaps angered by the way that Santa is beloved by children of all races and figures of all mythologies, Lucifer orders a little demon named Pitch to go to Earth and turn the children against Santa.

So yeah, Santa Claus is really weird.  However, if you’ve ever wanted to see a movie where Santa is revealed to be a God-like action hero who holds the fate of the world in his hands, this is the film for you!

Here Are The 2013 SAG Nominations!

This morning the SAG Award nominees were announced and, perhaps not surprisingly, the story is less who was nominated and more who was snubbed.  For instance, Oscar front-runner Robert Redford’s performance in All Is Lost was ignored while Forest Whitaker’s rather one-note turn in The Butler was nominated.  Tom Hanks was not nominated for Saving Mr. Banks but the late and missed James Gandolfini picked up a nomination for Enough Said. Myself, I’m more surprised that Octavia Spenser was not nominated for her performance in Fruitvale Station.

As has been pointed out over at Goldderby, the SAG Awards are no longer the fool-proof Oscar prediction tool that they used to be.  Getting a SAG nomination no longer guarantees you an Oscar nomination and, by that same standard, getting snubbed is no longer an automatic cause for concern.

That said, the SAG winners do typically end up receiving an Oscar nomination in January.

The film nominees can be found below:

“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“August: Osage County”
“The Butler”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Forest Whitaker, “The Butler”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Oprah Winfrey, “The Butler”

“All is Lost”
“Fast & Furious 6”
“Lone Survivor”
“The Wolverine”

The full list of nominees can be found here.


* Isn’t it about time that stunt performers get an Oscar category all their own?