oscar wrapup

So how did it all go?  I didn’t get to see all the movies, but almost all of the movies that won something I saw with the exception of “Hugo'” All in all my plan was a bit of a failure but I think I saw the most nominated movies in the shortest amount of time since I have set this self-imposed goal.  Jesse did enjoy it as well.

I really did enjoy the Oscars pretty much because I love Billy Crystal’s hokey sence of humor and the self congratulations.  I loved Mother Meryl’s speech, sorry Viola, it just wasn’t your year.  Jean Dujardin was by far my favorite to win for best actor and I hope this win does for him what it did for Christoph Waltz.  Put him in American movies while still holding onto a career in their european counterpart.

The fashion was glorious but didn’t quite stand up to the elegance and feminism of years past. Angelina’s leg and J. Lo’s nipple made a strong presence but I’m sure you have all seen the memes. 

So here is to next year in film and hoping that I see all the movies next year!

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Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team.

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The Help

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times. Continue reading


I have never really been a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but not because I don’t have anyone to celebrate it with but because it forces romance that really isn’t my style.  The ooey gooey kissy face is not my idea of a good time, rather I like to go for the I love you so much that I have gotten you something that I know that you will like and use.

This year for our first Valentine’s I got Jesse a tool kit for his computer, Playstation etc.  Jigg is up, he guessed that I was getting it for him.  Romantic no, practical hell yes.  Jesse is squishy romantic and I am–not.  I have warmed up a bit since we have been together, but not enough to change my cynical views on romance.  Maybe that’s why I love him, because he lets me still be the cynic.

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Midnight in Paris

Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil’s daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he’s about to marry.  Read on for my two-cents.

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.  Read on for my review

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oscars 2012

Ahh the Oscars, a time where I get to pretend that I am a glorified movie critic and can pass my judgement on this years nominated movies.  For whatever reason I have always loved watching the Oscars.  Maybe its the glamorous dresses or the history of film, but its my thing what can I say?

As my normal ritual goes I attempt to watch at least every movie that was nominated for best picture each year.  This year I am going to have a bit loftier goal, I am going to watch every best picture and every best actor/actress nominated movie.  Thankfully there is some overlap otherwise I may not be able to make it through in the 30 days from nomination to awards.

Jesse has willingly agreed to watch all of these movies with me so I have some ideas to bounce ideas off of, and hopefully I will be able to make some solid predictions about what movies should win and what movies actually will win.

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hazy shade of winter

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I understand that I may completely be alone in this but I like winter!  Rochester just saw its first real snow last week and I couldn’t be happier.  No I am not a skier or a snowboarder like my sister, I just really like the snow.  I have always blamed it on my norwegian heritage but I think I am just a bit off.

I don’t mind bundling up to go outside or cuddle up with a blanket while watching TV.  Driving in the winter might be the only problem, but it forces you to be deliberate and careful, which I think we could all use a bit more of in our lives.