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Posts from February 2013


The Play It Safe Oscars
Seth McFarlane was hosting the Oscars for the first time, so I'm willing to give him some of the benefit of the doubt.

Some of his jokes worked.  Some fell flat on their face.  I just wish that he would have been give the green light to perform his style of comedy, because I guarantee he had funnier material than that, which the showrunners edited out.

From Catherine Zeta Jones lip synching to a cluster vocal performance from the Les Miserables cast, I'm not sure the goal of reaching a younger audience was achieved.  In fact, quite the opposite.  One of my favorite moments was Shirley Bassey belting out "Goldfinger" in the James Bond tribute segment.  Anyone under 20 actually know what was going on there?

In any case, the Oscars are over and I'm satisfied with the results.

Here were my picks.  I went 5 for 7 missing in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Director. 



Best Motion Picture of the Year
Nominees:
 
Amour (2012): Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
 
Argo (2012): Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
 
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald
 
Django Unchained (2012): Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone
 
Les Misérables (2012): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
 
Life of Pi (2012): Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
 
Lincoln (2012): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
 
Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon
 
Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:
 
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012)
 
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables (2012)
 
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master (2012)
 
Denzel Washington for Flight (2012/I)
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:
 
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
 
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour (2012)
 
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
 
Naomi Watts for The Impossible (2012)
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
 
Alan Arkin for Argo (2012)
 
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master (2012)
 
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln (2012)
 
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (2012)
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
 
Amy Adams for The Master (2012)
 
Sally Field for Lincoln (2012)
 
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)
 
Helen Hunt for The Sessions (2012)
 
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:

 
Michael Haneke for Amour (2012)
 
Ang Lee for Life of Pi (2012)
 
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012)
 
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
 
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Nominees:
 
Brave (2012): Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
 
Frankenweenie (2012): Tim Burton
 
ParaNorman (2012): Sam Fell, Chris Butler
 
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012): Peter Lord
 
Wreck-It Ralph (2012): Rich Moore
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My Oscar Predictions
Remember this year, we're calling it THE OSCARS.  The Academy Of Motion Pictures and Scences has managed to obliterate all occurences of "Academy Awards" from the show this year in an effort to appeal to a younger demographic.  (sigh)  If they really want to do that, why not open up a category of "cute kitten" and other internet videos of people injuring themselves, then allow people to vote by text?

Here's my picks for Sunday.  I know you're excited about the Achievement In Best Makeup and Design category, but for some reason it didn't make my cut this year. My picks are bolded out.

 
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Nominees:
 
Amour (2012): Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
 
Argo (2012): Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
 
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald
 
Django Unchained (2012): Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone
 
Les Misérables (2012): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
 
Life of Pi (2012): Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
 
Lincoln (2012): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
 
Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon
 
Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:
 
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012)
 
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables (2012)
 
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master (2012)
 
Denzel Washington for Flight (2012/I)
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:
 
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
 
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour (2012)
 
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
 
Naomi Watts for The Impossible (2012)
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
 
Alan Arkin for Argo (2012)
 
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master (2012)
 
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln (2012)
 
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (2012)
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
 
Amy Adams for The Master (2012)
 
Sally Field for Lincoln (2012)
 
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)
 
Helen Hunt for The Sessions (2012)
 
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:

 
Michael Haneke for Amour (2012)
 
Ang Lee for Life of Pi (2012)
 
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012)
 
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
 
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Nominees:
 
Brave (2012): Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
 
Frankenweenie (2012): Tim Burton
 
ParaNorman (2012): Sam Fell, Chris Butler
 
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012): Peter Lord
 
Wreck-It Ralph (2012): Rich Moore
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You Can Get There From Here
Check this out:

Though recent estimates peg the number of webpages in existence at a staggering 14 billion, a Hungarian physicist says we can get from any one page to any other in 19 clicks or less.

That is to say....if you're on WOLX.com...you could get to SuperBurritosTakeOverTheWorld.com (not a real site) without typing that into the address bar, but simply by making 19 clicks or less.

Interesting...to get at the 19 degrees of separation, Albert-László Barabási used a simulated model of the Web that revealed the following: Those 14 billion pages spawn what Smithsonian refers to as 1 trillion "web documents"—the pages themselves, photos, video, etc. Most of those can claim just a few connections, but small number of them are super connectors that allow you to easily move from one part of the Web to another—in 19 clicks or less. Neat nugget within the nugget: Barabási found that it doesn't matter if the Web grows much larger, or were to become much smaller, the number doesn't budge. It's still 19 clicks or less. He says this does have some cybersecurity implications, though he notes that the all-important connectors are among the more protected parts of the Web.
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Romantic Movies For A Romantic Day
Feeling the swoon of romance today?  It's not a bad day to forget about all those chocolates, special dinners and flowers. 

Just throw in a romantic movie and snuggle up on the couch.  It's economical, it's personal and it's a great way to get some close up time with your significant other.

Here's some suggestions that Redbook magazine is offering up .  I might disagree on a couple of these.  I'll add my suggestions after, but here's Redbook's Top 10 Most Romantic Movies. 
  1. Pretty Woman
  2. Ghost
  3. Say Anything
  4. When Harry Met Sally
  5. The Way We Were
  6. Love Story
  7. Dr. Zhivago
  8. Breakfast At Tiffianys
  9. Casablanca
  10. Gone With The Wind
OK...at this point, i would only recommend numbers 5-10 for movie fantics only.  Sure they're labeled classics, but if you bring any of these out for a romantic movie watching, somebody is going to fall asleep.  I assume that's not the desired resoluton on Valentine's Day

Here's my reworked list.  Trust me, any of these are great romantic choices.
  1. The Princess Bride
  2. Say Anything
  3. When Harry Met Sally
  4. 500 Days Of Summer
  5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  6. Annie Hall
  7. Something in theaters now ===>  Warm Bodies
  8. Before Sunrise
  9. Amelie
  10. The Artist

Seriously.  My girl and I still quote The Princess Bride to this day:

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Well, Here's A Good Definition Of Irony

Have you heard of the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas?

You can assume a lot from the name, but the eatery's slogan is "a burger to die for." It gives free meals to people who weigh more than 350 pounds, and a sign reads "Caution: This establishment is bad for your health."

Among the menu items; an 8,000-calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger,  butterfat milkshakes and "flatliner fries" cooked in lard.

It's unfortunate, but not shocking that someone died there...

Customer dies of heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill in Vegas

A patron has died after suffering a heart attack at a diner touting "flatliner fries."
 
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Would You Do This For Your Kids?

Earlier this week, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Paul Baier made a deal with his 14-year-old daughter Rachel.  If she quit Facebook completely until the end of June, he'd pay her $200.  She gets $50 in mid-April and the other $150 on June 26th.

They even signed a contract.  On the part of the contract where Rachel says how she'll use the money, she wrote, quote, "stuff."
 
Paul says this was Rachel's idea.  Quote, "She wants to earn money and also finds Facebook a distraction and a waste of time sometimes."  But she does plan to get back on Facebook once the five months are over.

Hmmmm...would you do this with your kids?

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Choked Up By Horses
Yeah, I'm a sucker for personified stories about animals and the humans who love them.  

That's why, in my opinion, the Budwesier Clydesdale horse commercial was my the best of all the ads from yesterday's game.   Come to think of it, I'm nt much of a fan of horses in the first place, but if they extended the story out of the guy who raised the colt into a successful horse, I would go see that movie.

Let's call it "Clyde."  Oh man, just turn on the waterworks now. A horse that remember's his roots.  Come on.  That's Oscar material.  I'll start on a screenplay draft and hopefully we can see something in theaters by summer of 2017. We'll used Fleetwood Mac's Landslide over and over as the cue for you to get all choked up.

In the meantime, I'm gonna watch this another 15-20 times.  
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Predicting The Big Game
Who's going to win the game this weekend?  Do you even care?

Since the Packers aren't parrt of the fun, I'm not even interested in cheering on the 49ers, who beat the Pack on the road this weekend.

I'll be looking more at the commercials and the reuben dip that my sister makes for game highlights this time around.  Still if you need a prediction....Jimmy Fallon hass a bunch of puppies making the call.  Cuter than the Puppy Bowl?  Perhaps.

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