Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscar Picks

I liked a lot of films this year, but for some reason still find myself less than enthused about watching the Oscars tonight. But, I will be watching, and though I'm of the firm belief that Wall-E should have been nominated as Best Picture, and not just Best Animated Film, I will still share with you my predictions about tonight's event.  Just for the major categories, though. You don't care about the rest.

Keep in mind, please, that these are those that I think will win tonight, not necessarily the ones that I think should win.  There is a difference, which I will explain in my comments.


ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler (I really liked his performance, so I'm on board with this one.)


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (I just don't see any way he will lose.)


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Kate Winslet, The Reader (the Academy wants to give this to her. I'm torn, though, because Streep is a favorite, too.  I haven't seen Rachel Getting Married or Frozen River, but I hear Anne Hathaway and Melissa Leo, respectively, are amazing.  So what I'm saying is, I'd like to see Kate Winslet win because I LOVE her, and I think the Academy will want to make up for shutting her out when she had better performances in the past.  But I don't think I'll be too disappointed with how this one pans out.)


ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (I loved her as Benjamin's mother, and I think she'll be rewarded.  But don't be surprised to see Marisa Tomei picking up her second statue, and maybe having more rumors start about how someone read the wrong name off the ballot.  God, I loved Amy Adams in Doubt, too, though.  This is a good category.)


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Wall-E.  No questions asked.  If Bolt wins, I will throw something at my television.


COSTUME DESIGN (I'm skipping other "artsy" categories because costume design has a special place in my heart, on account of my fiancé being thanked twice (so far) in Oscar speeches in this category.)

Milk (I don't know why.  The voters are always so weird in this category, so it's always a bit of a crapshoot.  All the nominees are for period movies, so I think the votes are probably pretty split on this one, so I'm just going with my gut.  For the record, my fiancé, the assistant costume designer, is going with her dark horse, Australia, but thinks The Duchess is the frontrunner.  She thinks I'm stupid to go with Milk, but I don't care.  I'm doing it.)


DIRECTING

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (This is a great movie, and Boyle did a great job.  The hype on this has been bigtime, so I think the Academy will hand Boyle an Oscar.  But I don't know how you can ignore Fincher's work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  I don't know. Either will be okay, I guess, but Boyle will probably get it.)


WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Doubt (I'd like to see Button get this one, but the Academy often likes talky scripts that come from the stage, so we'll likely see John Patrick Shanley take one home.)


WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Milk (it's a gay movie that was well written and well put together. Not a bad choice, though I would just go bananas if the voters would give this to the most original movie of the year, Wall-E.)


BEST PICTURE (skipping right to this one because I can't be bothered to pick the "sound editing" categories or anything like that)

Slumdog Millionaire (again, I loved this movie.  A lot.  But my heart wants Button to win.  And my mind tells me Slumdog will get it.)



After the show, I'll come back to make a note of how well I did in these ten categories (wrong picks will be in red).  My prediction: I'll probably miss every category.  I'm historically terrible at these picks.  And now I'm putting them out on the internet for the world to see.  How brave.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Taking A Break From All My Worries

So here I am, with Bruce Paine plugging me over on Cobra Brigade, and I haven't bothered to write a post in about a year. And after I promised to write more (though less about baseball), too. I am a liar. I hope you can forgive me.

Things are crazy, which is one of the reasons I haven't written about the Manny saga or any other developments with either of my teams.  I also tend to think you can get that information elsewhere, and from people with better (read: any) sources.  I just went to the Dodgers.com site to check on something, and it turns out we have signed Orlando Hudson.  I don't really understand it, frankly, but I suppose it's better than Orlando Cabrera.  The guys at MSTI do a better job of analyzing it than I ever could, so go over there and check out what they have to say.

Today, my Dodgers season tickets arrived in the mail.  27 games, 54 tickets.  I guess when you buy a mini plan you don't get the special tickets that have pictures on them.  Instead, I got a nondescript envelope that had all 54 tickets jammed in, and a typewritten note that said, essentially, "thanks."  Not really making me feel special here, guys.  

Still, though, it's nice to have these tickets in hand.  The only problem is that I'm not entirely sure about my plans for the first two months of the season.  I may be spending a while in Puerto Rico, through mid-June, in fact.  The good news is that this means I'll only miss nine games while I'm gone.  The bad news is that I'll miss nine games.

If I do end up in Puerto Rico, I'll be wanting to sell my tickets.  They're good seats, and if Manny comes back, they'll be even better seats, because you'll be sitting in section 47 Field, just a few rows from the field.  I'm going to just put the dates below, just so, if you're interested, you can start thinking about whether or not you'll be interested in taking these tickets off my hands.  I'm not going to gouge you; I'll probably only charge a little over face value, just so I get back what I paid, plus, you know, five or ten bucks for my trouble.  That's fair, isn't it?

Here are the dates:


Monday, April 13 (Opening Day) vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:10 pm

Saturday, April 18 vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:10 pm

Saturday, May 2 vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10 pm

Wednesday, May 20 vs. New York Mets, 7:10 pm (Casey Blake bobblehead night)

Friday, May 22 vs. Angels, 7:10 pm (Friday night fireworks)

Saturday, May 23 vs. Angels, 7:10 pm

Sunday, May 24 vs. Angels, 1:10 pm (Webkinz Pet Giveaway, for kids 14 & under)

Wednesday, June 3 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 pm (Dodgers Collector's Edition Poster)

Saturday, June 6 vs. Philadelphia Philles, 12:50 pm (probably the Fox day game)


That should be all I miss.  Let me know via email or in the comments if you think you might interested in any of the seats.  It won't be long before I know for sure whether I will or won't be here for these games.


In other news, I saw Wynonna perform in concert last night at Club Nokia.  I have been a fan of Wynonna and/or The Judds for right around twenty years now.  I've never apologized and I'm not going to start now, so if you've got something negative to say about this particular love, you better leave now (can you tell I've heard shit about this before?).  Yes, they can be corny and weird at times, but I don't care.  I love them.  Wynonna has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard.  I'm putting a video below that my fiancé shot (on our digital camera, so it's not anything fancy) at the concert so you can watch if you're interested.

Will I attempt to write more frequently in the future?  Yes.  Will I be successful in this goal?  To be determined.  Keep checking back.







Thursday, February 05, 2009

Don't Divorce Us

Just in case you still need your good deed for the day...



"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.


Watch the video, then go here and sign the petition.