Tuesday, January 31, 2006
In alphabetical order, with my runner-up dark horse listed last, here are my picks for the Big Eight:
Good Night and Good Luck
runner-up - Walk the Line
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terrence Howard, Hustle and Flow
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
David Strathairn, Good Night and Good Luck
runner-up - Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Charlize Theron, North Country
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha
runner-up - Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice
Best Supporting Actor
Don Cheadle, Crash
George Clooney, Syriana
Matt Dillon, Crash
Bob Hoskins, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
runner-up - Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Junebug
Maria Bello, A History of Violence
Catherine Keener, Capote
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
runner-up - Frances McDormand, North Country
George Clooney, Good Night and Good Luck
Paul Haggis, Crash
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Fernando Mireilles, The Constant Gardener
Steven Spielber, Munich
runner-up - Bennett Miller, Capote
Best Original Screenplay
Good Night and Good Luck
The Squid and the Whale
runner-up - Cinderella Man
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Constant Gardener
A History of Violence
runner-up - Shopgirl
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Dandia Dhamaka - C
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Parthenon - B+
Friday, January 27, 2006
conversations with naked strangers at the Y - C- (I guess if you're into it, it could be fun)
Thursday, January 26, 2006
So there's Tommy the Clown and his Hip Hop Clown Academy and all the kids in that, and the krumpers like Dragon and Tight Eyez and Miss Prissy, and they have a showdown called the BattleZone, which is absolutely incredible. Miss Prissy is my new hero. She's not super pretty, but when she dances, you can't take your eyes off her... she is FIERCE. Look at her body! Or look at his body (I think that's Tight Eyez) - krumping's a good workout, apparently. Damn. So there's the dancing, but there's also the human side, with the awful background that some of these kids come from, and how krumping and clowning have helped them stay out of gangs and all the adversity they've overcome by having this creative outlet. I loved it. I know I've been giving lots of As recently, but I've been happy with things, and you can't really compare pickles to krumping. Get yourself a jar of Nathan's Pickles and watch Rize, and you will have a perfect night.
Rize - A
But what's poor Daniel to do? Here are his choices: Rebecca, who's awesome and has been with him since episode two, or Tarah, who is super fierce, who got stolen from Nick at the worst possible time. I bet he sticks with Rebecca. Just to clarify, I love Rebecca, I think she's a fabulous model, but I hate to see Tarah go because stupid Zulema stole her away and then went OUT. Boo to Zu!
Project Runway - A, and good riddance to Zulema!
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
If you're into new hair care products, you should definitely try this!
Caviar Shampoo - A
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Nathan's Pickles - A
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Asked his opinion of the movie "Brokeback Mountain, President Bush hemmed and hawed.
"You would love it. You should check it out," a man in the audience told Bush Monday during a question and answer session at Kansas State University.
After some hesitation — and laughter in the audience — Bush said, "I'd be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven't seen the movie." The audience laughed some more, and Bush, who owns a ranch in Texas, allowed that, "I've heard about it."
"Brokeback Mountain" is a cowboy romance about two ranch-hand buddies who conceal a long homosexual affair from their families. The movie has won four Golden Globe prizes, including best picture honors in the drama category.George's cultural awareness - A+!
my facetiousness - A+!
Monday, January 23, 2006
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Jen's droopy eyes - C+
Friday, January 20, 2006
We made it, but there was treachery and yelling. Good thing there was post-Christmas Christmas to be had after we arrived!
Snowstorm road trip - D
Thursday, January 19, 2006
It seems that a lot of people want to know more about my colon cleanse, and who am I to deny my public? As a disclaimer, this post might be a little disgusting - that's the nature of colons, I suppose - so if you're eating or feeling a little nauseated already, you might want to save this one for later in the day.
So, the colon. Did you know that the average American has between 6-10 pounds of impacted poo in their colon? And how many people do you know who have polyps or ass problems of some kind? Well, Nate and I are doing Dr. Schulze's Intestinal Formulas colon cleanse. We started with Formula 1, in pill form, comprised of things like aloe leaf, habanero pepper, garlic, barberry root bark, and a bunch of other roots and herbs to "get things moving." Basically, this is the part that gets you pooping. It will increase your bowel action and the amount of poop, and will change the consistency - your poo gets nice and soft. Then we moved on to Formula 2, this nasty black powder that mixes with water or fruit juice. This is where the magic happens. The combination of clay, apple pectin, and charcoal draws out the toxins that are in your colon and neutralizes them (ever watch ER? they give the overdosers charcoal). Meanwhile, you're supposed to be taking some of the pills at dinnertime, so you're pooping a lot and getting the badness out. The whole detox is supposed to take about two weeks. You can eat normally while you do the detox, but you should increase your water intake, just to keep things healthy and moving. Also, expect some gas. Here's a quote from Dr. Schulze's website: "Gas can be created when doing any deep bowel cleansing because intestinal and gastric fluids react with old, putrid fecal matter that is being lifted off the walls of the colon." Mmmm mmmm!
Here's where it gets nasty, friends. Seriously, you should really stop eating now. This is a picture of a five-foot long fecal casing. It's not a turd, but a poo lining. This is food sludge that hardened onto the inside of a guy's colon and bowel. Now, he didn't poop this out during his first colon cleanse; it happened after four or five of these two-week ordeals. Dr. Schulze estimates that this is 10-15 YEARS of backed-up fecal matter.
I'm feeling pretty good right now - I have the soft poop, but I haven't produced any tapeworms or whole French fries or anything, but I'm still in my first week. Maybe soon...
If you want more information, go to Dr. Schulze's website and look around. This is the page for the intestinal detox program, but he also has kidney detoxes and other stuff.
Hope that clears things up for you - I'll tell you how it turns out!
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
I am just stunned by this commercial. One on hand, good for Orbitz for showing gays in their commercials, and even better for them for devoting a whole section of their website to gay travel. Seriously, that is awesome. But why did they put the travel editor in a lavender shirt? Why is everyone looking for a hotel in San Francisco, with a mini-bar and a gym? Why does the travel editor look like Stanford Blatch from Sex and the City, and the couple look like Abercrombie and Fitch models? WHY are they showcasing stereotypes!?
Maybe it's not my place to be riled up about this, but I am. I really, really am. Watch the commerical and tell me if I'm overreacting.
Orbitz "gay-friendly" commerical - D-
I also joined the YMCA yesterday. The Ann Arbor Y is top-notch. The facility is brand new and really close to my apartment, and I need to do something about my flabby arms. I will try not to turn this into a blog about weight loss, but I'll keep you posted on my progress.
As some of you already know, I'm also doing a colon cleanse this week, and it's awesome. I won't share all the details with you, but I started with some pills, and now I've moved to the drink, which is a mixture of flax seed,apple pectin, slippery elm, and clay and charcoal. I expect to be slim and fabulous and have better skin, and a healthier colon, because of Dr. Schulze's Intestinal Formula. It's working so far - I'll leave the rest up to your imagination.
haircut - B+
YMCA - A
colon cleanse - B- (well, it's a little yucky!)
average body maintenance grade - B
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Traffic lights - D+
Monday, January 16, 2006
Unfortunately, I wasn't as blown away by Good Night and Good Luck as I'd hoped to be. The problem with a movie with a "cast of thousands" is that it constantly takes you out of the movie - you're forever noticing the actors rather than the roles they're playing. At least, I am. Another hard thing for me, with my slightly bad hearing and short attention span, was the "newsroom" conversation style where everyone talks at the same time. I'm sure I missed some things. I think the lighting and cinematography were gorgeous, and the play back and forth between new footage of the actors and old footage of the real people was brilliant and wonderful, but as a whole the movie didn't live up to my expectations. Sure, it was great, but I wanted it to be more great.
Back to that "cast of thousands" thing - mad props to Tate Donovan, Ray Wise (the former Leland Palmer from "Twin Peaks"), and especially Alex Borstein from MadTV for being fantastic additions to this movie! I love Miss Swan, but I love seeing Alex in a real role even more.
Good Night, and Good Luck. - B
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Slow tax forms - C-
Saturday, January 14, 2006
So now I'm looking for a replacement. I'm considering several blogs to add, but I'll take any and all suggestions and nominations. Be on the lookout for a new blog link soon!
saying goodbye to Andy's blog - C-
possibly adding a fabulous new blog - A
Friday, January 13, 2006
What's Eating Gilbert Grape - wet, bathtub; The Basketball Diaries - wet, rain; Titanic - wet, ocean; Romeo and Juliet - wet, rain and pool; The Beach - I'm assuming wet, ocean; The Aviator - wet, shower
There are many others, sure, but these are the ones I know for sure. If you can confirm or deny a wet Leo in any of his other movies, let me know.
So what's this all about? My theory is that his floppy hair looks good wet, and little drops of water glistening on his eyelashes only enhance his pretty eyes even more. Leo, we know you love the water, but stay dry or you'll catch cold.
Wet Leo: look - A-, annoyance level (for him and me) - C+
Thursday, January 12, 2006
I'm changing my predictions for my final three - it's going to be Nick, Chloe and Daniel V. Santino will be #4. He won't compromise his design aesthetic to please the customer, and it's going to bite him in the ass eventually. Daniel V. sure is doing a great job, though. He's won two design challenges, he seems like a fun, easy-going guy, and he's cute, too!
Project Runway - B (it was good, but I almost had an anxiety attack when I thought Nick was off the show)
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Hilary and Chad's split - C
Hilary's lovely breasts - A
Monday, January 09, 2006
But you don't want to hear about the cinematography and music, you want to hear about the acting. Well, Heath Ledger was outstanding. He's totally deserving of all the accolades he's been getting. He's so reserved in this role that when he gets worked up, it's heartwrenching. Jake Gyllenhaal is also wonderful. He's got this spunky thing going on, so when he gets beaten down by life, it's wonderfully painful. And Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway are just superb. Everyone's been talking about the moment when Alma, Michelle's character, makes the disocvery about her husband, and in that moment, she took my breath away. She might be my new pick for Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
I hope that when you see this movie, you don't have a bad audience, like I did. I had some really shitty girls behind me, giggling through the sex scenes and laughing at inappropriate times; at the end, one girl actually said, "Was I the only one sitting there twiddling my thumbs wondering when this was going to be over?" Yes, yes you were, you stupid cow.
Brokeback Mountain - A
Sunday, January 08, 2006
When done right, prayer can be a really good thing. However, this wasn't a helpful, loving hand towards prayer so much as a solicitation from a creepy religious organization that is in no way affiliated with the nice, normal Catholic St. Matthew's churches you see across the country. No, this was a religious junk mail chain letter. It's a 12" x 18" PAPER RUG WITH JESUS' FACE ON IT. I'm supposed to spend some time alone with the "rug," and eventually, Jesus' closed eyes will open (but not if you can't do those optical illusion things); then I'm supposed to pray, sleep with the rug tucked into a certain (although vaguely referenced - is it Phillipians 1 or 2?) Bible chapter, and then send the rug back to St. Matthew's Churches the next day... and then I'll get money! All I have to do is send the rug back with my completed checkboxes, and a little money to "help the ministry." I'm helping that ministry buy fancy shoes and fancy cars, I bet.
If you want more information, you can go to randblair or callalillie - both of these folks got the rug, too.
St. Matthew's Church Prayer Rug - B-, because it's awful, but in a fun way
Saturday, January 07, 2006
I've eaten at Bell's before. It's a regular little diner that serves eggs and hash browns and burgers and sandwiches, but it's owned by a Korean family, so alongisde the American food they also serve Korean dishes. It's pretty genius, if you ask me.
Bell's Diner and Bi Bim Bap - A-
Friday, January 06, 2006
Sudoku - A- (I can't get enough, and that might be bad)
Thursday, January 05, 2006
If you're ever in Oklahoma City for any reason, go to Ron's for the best hamburger you will ever eat.
Ron's Hamburgers and Chili - A-
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
This evening, I watched the Orange Bowl, starring Penn State and Florida State. Normally, I'm not into football - I don't watch every week or keep up with certain players or teams, but during bowl season, which is only about two weeks long, I become a maniac. I'm in a football pool, I obsessively check the scores of "my" teams, and I watch as many games as I possibly can. My team tonight was Penn State, and boy, did they pull this one out of their collective ass. This game was crazy. There were insane touchdowns, a missed extra point, missed field goal attempts, and yes, triple overtime. The poor kicker from Florida State missed his last field goal attempt because the ball bounced off the upright, and so Penn State gained possession and managed to score a field goal after missing their previous TWO field goal attempts. It was wild. They played for almost five hours. With Penn State's win, I have cemented my lead in my football pool - if Texas wins the Rose Bowl, I'm pretty sure that I'll take the whole thing.
Shopping! Manicures! Musical theatre and designer handbags! Had to balance things out for my non-football people out there.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - B-
Orange Bowl - A-
Monday, January 02, 2006
The Longest Yard - B-
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Last night I had a wicked good time at my friends Kris and Peter's house. We drank some booze and ate some amazing chili and other assorted goodies, and talked and made general merriment until well after midnight (I think we made up our own countdown and missed the real one entirely). Some friends from college, Anna and Aaron, were there, as well as some of my Oklahoma New Year's posse, Peter's sisters Lizzie and Sarah. True to form, I was the first person to fall asleep, as always, and missed a little alcohol-enduced drama which ended with a party guest walking down the street to get away from her boyfriend, who she was mad at, and go to a karaoke bar - which was closed because by this time, it was already 2:30 AM. As far as I know, they made up. Also, Kris made a delicious breakfast casserole which was just the thing for everyone feeling the affects of a hard night of drinking. Kris, email me that recipe!
It was so good to see my Arkansas and Oklahoma friends - I love you guys!
New Year's Eve in OKC - A