"Santa Sessions"

For the last couple of months, my friend who is in the Producer’s Guild of America has been getting numerous Fed X packages marked “URGENT” and “OPEN IMMEDIATELY”. The other day he tore open a package marked “A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH” and inside was a DVD of Ratatouille.

You see my friend is one of the people that actually get to vote for the Academy Awards. (Note to Hollywood: Take it easy with the Fed X trucks door to door. The ice caps are melting). On the plus side of all of these “urgent” packages, this year will be the first year ever that I will see a majority of the soon to be nominated films. My friend makes me watch them with him so we can “discuss” afterwards. Sadly, I don’t go to the movies much these days. I always end up “having words” with some blabbermouth that won’t stop talking during the film, which is a major pet peeve of mine.

Anyway, of all the films that have arrived thus far… The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is our mutual favorite. It’s beautiful and is “the one to beat” to get my friend’s vote for Best Picture of the Year as well as Julian Schnabel for Best Director. Go see it. It’s an eye opener (wink wink).

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.