Friday, May 29, 2009

A few random thoughts....

So I have been thinking lately and this is what I have come up with:

- What if I go to Cornell for Law School? That would still be cool. Maybe I can join an a ca pella group, and we can call ourselves "Here Comes Trebel." If we do this than the first song we should learn is "Take a Chance on Me." What are your thoughts?

- Maybe I know way too many random bits of information about the Office......and should stop trying to incorporate it into my every day life.

- What's up with Meg Ryan's face? That's weird.

- I went and saw Dane Cook live. It was what i like to call hilarious. Completely inappropriate and crude but overall was big smiles time. My favorite bit: "Have you seen those ads about being politically correct. Like the one that has two ladies shopping and one tries on a jacket and asks the other how it looks on her, and the friend replies, 'it looks really gay on you.' Then out of no where Hillary Duff comes walking out explaining how we shouldn't use the word gay to describe something you don't like. Thank God for Hilary Duff. What would we be doing without her. We would be calling things gay left and right. For now on, whenever I find myself in a little conundrum I am going to ask myself, 'What would Hillary Duff do?'"

- One of my high school teachers begged me once to try stand up. She wanted me and a friend to be on SNL really bad. What would life of been like if that would have ever happened.......

- I have learned that I have so many friends and family with bdays in april and may. Literally one bday party a week (Two times there were two) for every weekend in April and May. My bestie Brianne's was hilarious. Honestly who had adult bouncy houses for their B-day? Only the coolest. It has been awesome. Which means August and September must be a busy time for couples.

- I don't know if I am ready for one on one yet.

- If ever in a really awkward situation I like to ask people if they have been working out..... it really makes things less awkward and weird silence is gone and no one gives you a weird look.

- I am going to see the Killers on Sept. 26th. I am buying my tickets next week.

- I am so sad that comcast doesn't have the tennis channel. I would be watching me some French Open 24/7 if I did. Luckily the parentals do. I should get them to DVR me some Sharapova (for obvious reasons) and Roddick (because he is my fave).

- For the first time in my life I have been wondering if maybe I should change my sleeping habits. For the past two weeks I have been going to bed around 3 in the am and waking up at 8:30. A little over five hours of sleep I am still fully functional but often complain about being tired. IDK, I will keep you informed.

- I had my first Wendover experience two weeks ago. It was awesome. 12 of us made the trek there and then came back at 4 in the am. It was big smiles times.

- I wanna go camping sometime soon.....who's in?

- There has been a homeless man sitting out in the plaza in front of my work all week. I have given him a dollar as I walk in to work and this morning he wasn't there. It is supposed to be a hot day so I brought him my favorite new drink a Sobe Life Water. I had to drink it myself. Sad.

Well I guess that is about it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The B-radley's

It is now finally time for me to give out my picks for the best movies of last year. Kind of like the oscars but not gay and slightly less anticipated. It took me a while to see all of the movies that were nominated for awards but I have now done it with the exception of Vicki Christina Barcelona, and I really don't have any desire to see that movie. Penelope Cruz is not that talented in my opinion and Scarlett Johanson has potential but picks stupid movies to do. So that one will not be counted. So here it goes.

Best Supporting Actress
- Amy Adams (Doubt)
-Viola Davis (Doubt)
- Tariji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
- Marissa Tomei (The Wrestler)
- Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire)

And the winner is........ Viola Davis for Doubt. She is only in the film for less than ten minutes but her five minutes overshadows the two power houses of Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Meryl Streep.

Best Supporting Actor
- Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
- Phillip Seymore Hoffman (Doubt)
- Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon)
- Josh Brolin (Milk)
- Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading)

And I give the B-radley to...... Heath Ledger of course. But I will note that both Michael Sheen and Brad Pitt were deserving in their roles. I did not include Robert Downy Jr. in Tropic Thunder like the Academy Awards- it was a dumb movie, and his role was not that great, or Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road (Because I haven't seen it yet.)

Best Actress
- Kate Winslet (The Reader)
- Meryl Streep (Doubt)
- Angelina Jolie (The Changeling)
- Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
- Frances McDormand (Burn After Reading)

And the winner is . . . . . I will give it to Kate Winslet. The Reader wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be, but she was great in it. I have thought about this one long and hard (that's what she said) and at first I wasn't going to give it to her I was going to go with Angelina Jolie or Frances McDormant (who unfortunately wasn't even nominated by that other award show, which is a shame) but went with Kate Winslet because she really was great in a mediocre film. I would much rather her have won this for Eternal Sunshine or Finding Neverland but she is due for a win, I just wish I would have liked the movie better.

Best Actor
- Sean Penn (Milk)
- Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
- Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
- Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
- David Kros (The Reader)
or instead Clint Eastwood (Grand Torino)

And the winner is.......... I have to give it hands down to Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon. Frank Langella was amazing as Richard Nixon. I was amazed. Sean Penn's acting in Milk was good but way too reminiscent of his performance in I am Sam. Harvey Milk was gay, not mentally handicapped. He was good but not good enough. Brad Pitt was really good and I am mad that Dev Patel wasn't even nominated for his job in Slumdog by the Academy. I did not find Mickey Rourke's performance to be that great in The Wrestler. I was really disappointed with the movie. Maybe I was so distracted by Rourke's weird looking face to pay attention his acting, but I think it was over-exaggerated. David Kros was great in the mediocre film The Reader.

Best Film
- Frost/Nixon
- Slumdog Millionaire
- Doubt
- Milk
- The Dark Knight

And the winner is . . . . . . . Slumdog Millionaire. Yes it really was as good as everyone made it out to be. Followed closely by Frost/Nixon. Almost nominated was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. See last post. But Slumdog wins it.

Best Flick
A flick is in no way a typical award winning movie but is still awesome and deserves some recognition.
- Role Models
- In Bruges
- Pineapple Express
- Kungfu Panda
- W.

And the winner is. . . . . . . . Role Models. It really was hilarious and probably the funniest movie of last year.

Well that is it for the first annual B-radley's. Let me know what you think and what I missed or should have changed.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

I watched this movie last night and it blew my mind. It is one of the best Holocaust movies I have ever seen. Probably right under Schindler's List and tied with the old school black and white version of The Diary of Anne Franke. It is an Israeli film telling the story of a boy who's father is a German soldier during World War II. That is all I will tell you because I am afraid if I say anything more it could spoil a little part of it and I like you all too much to do that. Just please see this movie. It is short, only PG-13, and seriously a great film- that is if you can handle depressing Holocaust like movies.

I love these types of movies. I like them because they are real. In reality you don't fall in love with someone through their son calling a radio station and saying that he needs a new mom or a rich businessman picking up a prostitute with a heart of gold blah blah blah (referncing Pretty Woman and Sleepless in Seatle). Real life can kind of suck sometimes, and every once and a while it is refreshing to see a film that doesn't shy away from reality, that tell it to you in a way that makes it so you are speechless and drained of energy at the end of the film, but leave you to wake up the next morning making you think of what can I do to make the world a better place, a place where there will never be another Holocaust again, where people treat each other decently just because that is the way it should be.

I know liberal idealist bull, but nice thoughts to think about. Maybe it takes seeing things like that to wake me up from a simplistic every day nerf life where a bad day consists of waking up before 9 in the AM or catching the common cold or having to do the dishes.

Anyways, sorry for the long absence in blogging, I am back from school caused hiatus, and will hopefully be able to fill you in more on my life and my never ending rants on the way things should be (see above rant).

Coming soon: After I watch Frost/Nixon a list of my nominations for best films, actors, actresses, etc for last years movies. I think that is the last one on the list of all the oscar nominated films that I haven't seen yet. So that will be neat-gives you something to look forward to.