Sunday, February 27, 2011

And the Oscar goes to....

Here they are, my 2011 choices and predictions for the Academy Awards:

Best Actor: 
My choice - Colin Firth or James Franco
Probable winner - Colin Firth

Best Actress: 
My choice - Michelle Williams or Natalie Portman
Probable winner - Natalie Portman 

Supporting Actor: 
My choice - Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner or Geoffrey Rush
Probable winner - Christian Bale 

Supporting Actress: 
My choice - Amy Adams or Hailee Steinfeld
Probable winner - Melissa Leo or Hailee Steinfeld 

Best Animated: 
My choice - How To Train Your Dragon 
Probable winner - Toy Story 3 

Best Director: 
My choice - Tom Hooper
Probable winner - David Fincher 

Best Picture: 
My choice - 127 Hours, The Fighter or The King's Speech
Probable winner -The King's Speech 


Friday, February 18, 2011

"I've got a theory, some kid is dreamin' and we're all stuck inside his wacky Broadway nightmare"

In light of the upcoming musical episode of Grey's Anatomy, my girlfriends and I were discussing other TV shows that have done musical episodes and I could not think of all of them.  So I looked them up and compiled this list for your viewing pleasure.  I did not watch most of these shows, but thought you might enjoy the clips.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Once More With Feeling": the entire town starts spontaneously bursting into song and dance, some people are dancing so much that they burst into flames.  It turns out that someone had summoned a demon that is causing all the chaos:

That 70's Show "That 70's Musical": Fez imagines song and dance numbers while preparing for a school concert

Scrubs "My Musical": a patient with a brain disorder hallucinates that everyone in the hospital is singing

How I Met Your Mother "Girls vs. Suits": this was not an entire episode, just one song, and was part of Barney's imagination when asked by a hot girl to give up his suits

Northern Exposure "Old Tree": a pregnant Shelly wakes up one morning in her own musical

Pushing Daisies and 30 Rock also did musical episodes, but the Pushing Daisies clips could not be embedded and I could not find any useable clips for 30 Rock.

Even some of the popular cartoon series have done musical episodes including Daria, Futurama, South Park and several episodes of The Simpsons.

I am a little nervous about the musical episode of Grey's Anatomy.  I have a feeling it is going to be a huge train wreck.  Hopefully, I am wrong and it will be FABULOUS :o)  We will just have to wait and see!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"I feel like men are more romantic than women...

When we get married, we marry, like, one girl, 'cause we're resistant the whole way until we meet one girl and we think, 'I'd be an idiot if I didn't marry this girl, she's so great.' But it seems like girls get to a place where they just kinda pick the best option...'Oh, he's got a good job.' I mean, they spend their whole life looking for Prince Charming and then they marry the guy who's got a good job and is gonna stick around."

Okay, so this is technically old news (a whole week old) but I just have to officially say that, I am so excited that Henry Cavill was cast as the new Superman!  If you have read any of the articles about him lately, you know that he was up for the role in Superman Returns and lost to Brandon Routh, James Bond and lost to Daniel Craig and was Stephanie Meyers first choice for Edward in Twilight but could not do it because by the time the project was made he was too old to play a seventeen year old.  While I am glad the last one did not work out, I am even more glad that he is finally getting recognized for his talent.  I realize that I have not been on this bandwagon for very long, only since last year really, but he is a wonderful actor and I am happy that people will finally get to see that in a mainstream film.  I really had no plans to see the new Superman, but now I will have to.

On a completely separate note, being stuck in your house for several days because of snow can be very boring.  Thank God for OnDemand.  In the past two weeks I have watched Despicable Me, Red and Buried.

From the trailers, I did not really understand what the plot of Despicable Me was before it started.  I thought it was supposed to be about a super villian, Gru, and his rival.  But once I realized that it was more about the relationship between Gru and the three little girls than it was about him being a super villain, I actually really enjoyed it.  I will probably have to watch it again to truly appreciate it, but I will do so gladly.
Red was another movie where I did not really know what to expect before it started.  It had gotten good reviews when it was in theaters, but I did not really have any desire to see it.  However, I have to admit that it was pretty enjoyable.  A little ridiculous at times, but mostly enjoyable.  I do not think that it was really aimed at my age bracket (my mother also really enjoyed it :o), but it was entertaining enough to hold my interest.

Buried was also really good and I am surprised that Ryan Reynolds did not receive more recognition for his performance.  I was hesitant to see this movie because, well, the thought of being buried alive inside a coffin does not really sound all that appealing to me, to say the least.  However, the movie was quite captivating.  Reynolds' character did have access to a cell phone, so you hear other character's voices, but he is the only person you ever actually see.  I thought it was very well done and even had an ending that I did not really expect.  Obviously, being buried alive, you do not see the typical humor that you see in most of Reynolds' characters, but he still did an excellent job.

When the snow did stop, I finally made it out to see Blue Valentine at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

We all know that I am partial to Ryan Gosling movies, but honestly, Blue Valentine is fantastic.  Though, it is definitely not a happy movie.  There are happy moments at the beginning of their relationship, but by the end of the relationship they just seem to be going through the motions.  The thing I liked most is that you do not see the middle parts of the relationship, which I think makes it more real.  They do not know how they got to the place that they are in their relationship and neither do we as the viewer.  It makes us wonder how one gets to that point in their marriage where they just seem to be tolerating each other.  It makes me hope that I never end up in a relationship like that.

Oscar nominations have also come out since my last post.  I was a little shocked that Christopher Nolan did not get nominated for Best Director and, after having seen Blue Valentine, I think Gosling is a little more deserving of a nomination than Jeff Bridges, but other than that, the nominations were not a huge surprise.  I will post my predictions when the show gets a little closer.

A few more mid-season TV shows have started or are starting this week and I will tell you how I feel about them once I have watched a few episodes.

I hope that everyone is staying warm and I especially hope that Punxsutawney Phil was right and Spring is on its way :o)


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