cmk418: (LA Confidential)
I used to go to the movies all the time. With someone, by myself, didn't matter. Then at the end of 2004, I started dating and we went to the movies or stayed home and watched movies together for the run of the relationship. Which ended. After that, going to the movies by myself was too damned depressing and I only went when it was something really special. Since I've been back in St. Louis, I've relied on my family to go with me, but that sometimes means missing films (i.e."Che" or "I Love You Philip Morris") because they don't fit into anyone's schedule.

So, on the eve of the Academy Awards, I've decided to make a few resolutions:
1. See more films - I think I saw less than ten films in 2010.
2. See more independent & LGBT films. Provided that they aren't completely terrible.
3. Stop avoiding films that seem violent. This is something that I've been noticing lately and if I even suspect that there's violence, I won't go. That limits a lot of my moviegoing choices and is a far cry from the gal who sat through "Reservoir Dogs" twice and watches "The Godfather" every Thanksgiving
4. Go to one film festival. It's not L.A., but we do have them here.
5. Hopefully be inspired enough by what I'm seeing to go back and work on a screenplay.

The economic factor is something to be considered, but watching a DVD at home isn't the same as watching it on a big screen. I've seen five of the nominated films this year - three in the theater - "The King's Speech", "The Kids are Alright", and "Black Swan" and two on DVD - "Inception" and "The Social Network". I still want to see both "127 Hours" and "The Fighter". I have a feeling that "The King's Speech" will win, but I'm pulling for "The Social Network". Happy Oscar Weekend, everyone!
cmk418: (kareem said hope)
Before I get into the main stuff, a note to the Chicago Blackhawks )

We now return you to our regular broadcast.

The nice thing about being here in the Midwest is not having to get up at 5:30 AM in order to watch the Academy Award nominations. I was awake, with my full Nominations Day breakfast in front of me, by the time they started the fanfare.

Random thoughts about the nominations )

I'll write more about the films as I see them, and will give the usual run-down of predictions and the like before the main event.
cmk418: (Default)
I forgot the Tonys were on until I stumbled on them about 30 minutes in. I have no idea why they had Whoopi Goldberg as the host. I usually find them the classiest of the awards shows (still are, BTW), but Whoopi brings it down a notch or three. I still love all the performances though. Wish they'd have done a few more seconds of the new plays so we could spend a little more time with "Rock & Roll" - even through the static on the screen, I still knew Rufus Sewell. And they did play my second favorite song from "Sunday in the Park with George" (Move On - for the record Finishing the Hat is my favorite and the purest song about creativity ever written). Had to pause for a moment because Glenn Close was on. The thing about this year's crop is that none of them have grabbed me the way that "Spring Awakening" did. Oh, and it was nice to see STELLA!-I mean, Patty LuPone performing and winning for "Gypsy". (Although she did tend to go on and on and on).

I can get married tomorrow. If I wanted to. Think it requires something like a partner and a willingness to be wed, but it's nice that the whole legal restrictions have gone away.

Trevor Linden retired. Makes me sad to see those guys that I grew up with hanging them up. The draft is next weekend, so already I'm feeling like we're moving fairly quickly toward the start of the new season.

So, "In the Heights" wins. Definitely the best performance of the group. But still, not really for me.

Hey, did anybody else who was watching think that the gal playing Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" was going to lose her top? Or was that just my wishful thinking?

Need to spend tomorrow's day off getting the resume together and getting organized for the job search. Maybe I can find something decent paying at a bank - I always liked that sort of thing. I just want to find something that pays well.
cmk418: (Costigan)
So that's it. The awards are in the books. I pretty well missed on most of my predictions. Little disappointed that PTA didn't get anything, but it was the Coens' year. That's fine. They do good work, they deserve to get recognized. I thought Jon Stewart was funny, Tilda Swinton was gorgeous, and Marketa Irglova had the best speech of the night. (Although I will admit to getting a little choked up by the two ladies that won for "Freeheld" - I had no idea what that film was about and it just brought home once again the power of the medium to change minds.) And how awesome was it that the last words spoken by any of the evening's winners were Scott Rudin thanking his partner. That was pretty awesome.

I talked to my family during the commercial breaks. It was funny, the first call I got was right before it started from my brother's girlfriend. She stated that my brother was acting strange and dancing around the room and being generally giddy. I told her this was actually quite normal behavior for him during Oscar night - she missed out last year because they went to a party, so he had to appear more subdued. I had a party one year. 11 people in a room the size of a shoebox. It was fun, but too distracting. I had my ex over a couple of years ago. She just kept wondering why I had food for a small army when it was just the two of us. That wasn't a bad year though because we'd seen everything but one film, so we were pretty knowledgable going in. She didn't get the madness either. BTW, I think we were together the year the NHL was on strike, so she completely missed that side of me too.

On that note, the less said about the Blackhawks game tonight, the better.

By the way, I posted the answers to the "Guess the movie" meme. Check out the madness here. Either I like some obscure movies or I just took some quotes that wouldn't be thought of right off the bat, or maybe a little of both.
cmk418: (Vicennes)
First, there's still time to guess the movie quote. It'll be open until the end of the Oscar telecast, so take you're best shot. All but two are fairly common movies, if that helps.

Second, I haven't really said much this season about snubs, aside from "Sweeney Todd" not getting a Best Picture nomination. There are a few worthy folk out there that deserve some recognition. For Best Actor, I'd lift out Tommy Lee Jones for In the Valley of Elah and pop in Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Savages. Actress is a fairly strong category, but if one had to go, it'd be Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I'd replace her with Naomi Watts from Eastern Promises. Supporting Actor is another strong category, but this is where the most obvious slights occurred (IMHO) so both Casey Affleck The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and PSH for Charlie Wilson's War have to go in order to make way for Ben Foster 3:10 to Yuma and the unbelievably great Paul Dano There Will Be Blood. Supporting Actress is fine the way it is. Original Screenplay should have a nomination for Superbad but moving any of those other films would be difficult. And on the tech side, seriously Michael Clayton should have an editing nomination. And I don't really "get" Ratatouille getting noms in the sound categories - it makes sense in a way, but at the same time, it's a little bit strange. ETA: I totally forgot Tim Burton for Sweeney Todd, so put him on the list and toss Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Third, it needs to stop raining. Seriously. It's ridiculous. We've had more days of rain in the past two months than in the previous two years.

Fourth, the NHL scheduling people irritate me. My beloved Blackhawks are playing in Anaheim tonight. Game time coincides with the Oscars, so I'll have to run the silent "real time" scoreboard while the show is on. Hopefully there will be something to listen to tonight after the proceedings. BTW, the reaction of the announcers to yesterday's action was pretty much the same that I had.

I need to finish my prep for tonight. So it's off to the store (or maybe farmer's market) for me, then back here for some more fun and maybe a pre-game nap.
cmk418: (Dignam)
There's going to be a lot of posting in my LJ during the next 24 hours - I'm just warning you now.

So here's my list of predictions for categories that I have very limited knowledge of... (but it doesn't stop me)

Click here for the list )

More to come...
cmk418: (hockey)
So I went to the hockey game today...

All about the game won by my beloved Blackhawks )

After the game, I took the train down to Hollywood/Highland. Checked out the prep for tomorrow's activities. It's been raining off and on here, so there are a lot of canopies up and the great big giant Oscar statuettes outside are covered in plastic - it's really silly looking, actually. Inside it's fairly neat and I went past where all the camera crews were setting up for the red-carpet arrivals. It was kinda funny because they had people with signs around their necks portraying the various celebs (I didn't buy the African-American lady as Viggo Mortensen though). But I walked down the steps from the Kodak a flight and then walked back up, like I was doing the "arrivals" thing. Kinda neat. Amazingly enough I got pretty much the same response as I anticipate I'd get if I made that walk for real. How come nobody ever stops the writers (unless they're directors) to ask what they're wearing? BTW, I think Diablo Cody may be an exception to that rule this year.
cmk418: (Dignam)
Saw the last two Oscar nominated films today - "Michael Clayton" and "Atonement". I wasn't going to see the latter, but since my sibs had both seen all five Best Picture films, I wasn't going to be left out.

"Michael Clayton" is very good. I really did enjoy it, even though it really didn't break a whole lot of new ground - once again stomping down the "big corporation=bad" road that's been done quite a bit recently. That being said, it was still a heckuva good script - opening monologue especially. Clooney is all right, not sure he deserves a Best Actor nomination, but he does a nice job of standing still while everybody else acts circles around him. And they get extra points for putting David Zayas on camera - there's something seriously wrong with me when I'm thinking that Clooney's being out-sexy-ed by the guy who played Enrique Morales (just saying). Of course, Tilda Swinton left them all behind, but that's pretty much a "me" thing.

"Atonement" was much, much better than I expected. So much so that it somehow managed to leapfrog to number 3 on my rankings of the 5 films. McAvoy was not annoying which helped quite a bit. Some of the directorial choices were rather silly, but the film on the whole had some lovely things to say about the nature of storytelling.

So ranking the five Best Picture nominations-
1, There Will Be Blood
2. No Country for Old Men (which will probably win)
3. Atonement
4. Michael Clayton
5. Juno

Academy voting aside, I've seen at least 14 films from 2007 (in the theater) and my top five are:
1. Superbad
2. Eastern Promises
3. Sweeney Todd
4. There Will Be Blood
5. The Savages

There will be more predictions and awards related stuff as the week goes on.
cmk418: (hockey)
This and that while listening to the Hawks game:

I'm not up to driving 50+ miles tomorrow because one of the runners is dropping the ball. And no, there's really nobody else.

They made a Scott Stevens reference earlier in the game. I miss him.

Pitchers and catchers report soon. That'll be nice.

Jonathan Toews should be back next week. That makes me happy. I wish he had a brother that played goal.

I would love John Edwards to be the person who prevents both Hillary and Obama from getting enough votes for a nomination (I'm sure it'll still be a simple majority, but there's something very nice about the incompleteness of it.)

There might be a "real" Oscars ceremony after all. I hope so. "No Country for Old Men" will probably win though.

Does anyone feel like examining the motivations for the actions at the end of "There Will Be Blood"? Has anybody else actually seen this movie?

They're saying nice things about the Hawks goaltender. I feel a jinx coming on.

I'm starting to think my boss doesn't like being in the office. He spent Tuesday morning beautifying the area around the building - clearing trash from the street, washing the sidewalks, cleaning the neighbors' gutters. It's getting a little worrisome to be honest.

Why the heck had I forgotten that THE COACH (Mike Keenan) was in Calgary? That's nice. I'll be seeing him when they come into town next week.

Calgary fans intimidate me. Ever since they won the Cup.

Two of the sweetest words in the English language (when put together), at least as far as I'm concerned, "Hawks win!"

Anybody want to look at my prompt table for [livejournal.com profile] 100_women and give me suggestions for female characters in the following fandoms "Big Love", "Firefly", "OZ", "The Sopranos", and for Dani in "Life"? I've got a ways to go and could use the inspiration.
cmk418: (Ed-Bud)
Today was pretty decent. I woke up naturally from a very nice dream about someone that I don't get to dream about often (but when I do, I want to stay in the dream world as long as possible). Then I watched the Academy Award nominations with my brother. They were okay. I'm a little disappointed that "Sweeney Todd" didn't get a nomination for Best Picture, but both Viggo Mortensen and Tilda Swinton being nominated made me very happy. On the whole though, there weren't a lot of surprises. It seems like that every year. Went out to breakfast, during which I wrote most of the next part of "Great Risks" (finished it on the train to work). Work wasn't too bad, even without my boss. The workload has gotten awful again. I'm going to have to start spending extra time there soon, I think. When that was done, I came home, watched an hour of "Big Love", did laundry, listened to the Hawks lose (which in the context of the day, I didn't mind for some reason), and posted a response to my prompt for [livejournal.com profile] hardtime100. So it's been a fairly good day. It's a shame it's about over.
cmk418: (Big Love)
Saw "Juno" today. It was quite enjoyable. J.K. Simmons did wonderful work (as usual) in the role of Juno's father.

The last movie I saw (that I didn't mention yet) was "I'm Not There" - Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan film. It was as strange as can be imagined when six different actors are playing seven different aspects of the singer's personality and phases of his life. It was very well done though.

Have a fairly busy weekend ahead - I need to go get my hair chopped off tomorrow (it's starting to look a little too shaggy for my liking) and then out to do a bit more Christmas shopping. I also have to find time to finish up my Oz Magi story (it's going well, but there's still more to write - and I may wind up editing a bit when all is said and done, but it's all got to be finished and e-mailed before I leave on Friday morning.) I've also decided to write a little Christmas story for my firefly fandom, so that needs to be done as well. And I may sneak out to see another movie along the way - I really want to find a theater that's showing "Starting Out in the Evening". I love Frank Langella. Either that or "The Savages". I have a feeling that my sister is going to drag me to "Atonement" (okay, I told her she could drag me to "Atonement") and that'll be the second McAvoy movie we've seen this year ("Becoming Jane" was the first - YAWN!) But "Sweeney Todd" may be on the agenda and my dad's probably wanting to go see "Charlie Wilson's War".

I really haven't analyzed the Golden Globe announcements too much. I was a little disappointed that "Life" didn't get a nom (and even more so that the Writers' Guild of America didn't nominate it for Best New Series, Best Drama, or anything in an Episodic Drama category). I also thought that Ben Foster and 3:10 to Yuma should have been noticed more, but Westerns are pretty much American stories, and not necessarily going to be paid much attention to on the international stage. I will say that both Holly Hunter and Glenn Close being nominated in the same category (Lead Actress in a TV Series - Drama) makes me hope for a tie. And yay! for those couple of nominations that "Eastern Promises" received - it probably won't win, but that's one movie that I wish I'd seen a second time in the theaters.

My Hawks hit a bit of a downslide, but managed to right themselves, and hopefully now will start to move up to their rightful (2nd) place in the standings again (They're currently in 4th - I don't like to think about it).

I could talk some about the Mitchell report, but who's really going to be shocked to learn that a man over 40, who can consistently throw pitches up to 90mph, is on steroids. That's a news flash. I think with all the shock over Clemens, everybody seems to have forgotten about Bonds. I have a feeling that eventually the fit's going to hit the shan in the football world as well, and it ain't going to be pretty.

I really can't believe that in a week, I'll be back in St. Louis again. I'm looking forward to it.

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