Sunday, February 28, 2010

Oscar Thoughts

We haven’t been blogging much in the past couple of… months. Apologies. But! Believe me, changes are coming very soon! Stay tuned....

I finally went and saw Avatar yesterday. It felt like a chore, to just gear myself up and find a friend to go with me, buy the ticket, and put on the glasses. I had incredibly low expectations, as I had heard an abundance of Pocahontas and Ferngully comparisons (and I admit, I had my fair share of resentment for the movie that finally beat Titanic’s record—Billy Zane does not approve.) But I must say I was pleasantly surprised, and ended up liking the movie far more than I’d anticipated. That’s not to say I’m rooting for it to win the Oscar or anything, but I found it to be a decent movie experience overall.

Speaking of, the Academy Awards are next week, and while I’m excited for the show, there isn’t really any particular movie that I’m rooting for, except maybe Up, which is one of my very favorite movies of the past year. Maybe most favorite. Sigh...

I ended up seeing seven out of the 10 Best Picture Nominees, which isn’t a bad track record, and I think I’ve seen all of the ones that have a serious chance. However, I never got around to catching An Education, A Serious Man, or (gasp!) District 9. Oh well, maybe I’ll get to those eventually. Maybe?

Aside from the change from five to 10 Best Picture Nominees, this year also sees a change in how a winner will be chosen in that category. The Academy is returning to an old system of “preferential voting,” which means voters will be ranking their choices from 1 to 10, with the goal of one movie coming out on top with a majority of number one votes. If no movie gets 50% of the #1 votes after the first round, the film with the least first choices gets knocked out of the running, and so on until a majority can be found. That means the movie with the true number one choices (say, The Hurt Locker) could actually lose to a movie with fewer first choices and more second choices (say, Inglourious Basterds). Confusing enough for you?

That was probably way more information than you ever wanted to know, but it might be important when it comes to you making your Oscar picks. Because… you’re making your Oscar picks now, right? RIGHT? That’s what I thought.

I’ll be back with my picks a little closer to the show, because I know you’re all dying (read: not dying) to hear what I think.

Why else would you be reading this blog? Right? RIGHT?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Grilled cheese is my constant.

Tomorrow is February 2, 2010 and destiny will be found. Yes. I've lost it. (wink, wink.)

I went to the Hot Topic website yesterday to see if a trip to the mall would be profitable today. I wanted to purchase some LOST merchandise. No such luck... but at least I don't have to go to Hot Topic.

Since I couldn't find LOST gear at Hot Topic I started searching online and came across this delightful little number at cafe press.

*If you are not a self-proclaimed Lostie - please watch this clip for a fairly short, but lovely and confusing explanation.

I like bacon... but I really like grilled cheese.

Other possible run-offs for my constant (this week):

-Diet Coke.
-Psalm 126:3.
-Getting mail.
-75 degree weather in Phoenix.
-When the worship band falls out and it's just voices with the drums.
-Ingrid Michaelson's newest album.
-"This American Life."
-LOST season 6 premiere.
-Having someone to watch the LOST premiere with.
-Having someone.

Destiny is about to be found.