1.27.2014

The Grammys Round Up

Some comments/observations about tonight's Grammy Awards.

  • Beyoncé looked fabulous, but she and Jay-Z need to keep their business in their bedroom.  I looked up the lyrics to "Drunk In Love" so I could figure out what they were bleeping out, and oh my.  Then I came across this: (NSFW if someone is reading over your shoulder.):  http://www.fuse.tv/2013/12/beyonce-new-album-raunchy-sexy-lyrics.  Oh, good lord.
  • If I had the money, I would pay a king's ransom for the next music award show producer/director to NOT show any shots of Taylor Swift dancing and lip syncing in the audience.  However, they can show Steven Tyler all they want.
  • Imagine Dragon and Kendrick Lamar KILLED IT!  I watched that performance three times before I moved on.

1.24.2014

Oscar To-Do List

It's that time!  And I'm feeling motivated to try to see all the major Oscar nominees.  The nominees are below, and I've bolded the movies I still need to see.

BEST PICTURE
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR
  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

BEST ACTRESS
  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)

BEST DIRECTOR
  • American Hustle (David O. Russell)
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
  • Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
  • Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)
  • Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)
  • 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)
  • Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack)
  • Her (Spike Jonze)
  • Nebraska (Bob Nelson)
So, in other words, by March 2, I need to see:
  • Captain Phillips
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Blue Jasmine
  • August: Osage County
  • Before Midnight
Totally do-able.

1.22.2014

The dramas

I said the other day that I'd come back and talk about the dramas I'm enjoying.  It took a while, but here I am.  I think the reason it took so long is because I'm not quite as excited about the dramas as I am the comedies, but...

The Good Wife is as good as ever.  The new HBO show, True Detective, with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McC. seems promising.  I love The Blacklist, but last week's show was a bit too much with the torture stuff.  I've loved this season of American Horror Story: Coven.  The scenes with Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates are fantastic. I really liked the first episode of Chicago PD, but the second episode was a little over dramatic.  BUT, this show has Jon Seda, and I'll watch anything he's in.  And I still LOVE Parenthood.  Ray Romano deserves an Emmy for his scene last week with the therapist.  Elementary is fun.  I can't wait for Suits to start again in March.  Oh, and Downton Abbey is back! 

Revenge keeps me watching, even though it's SO convoluted.  I guess this is the guilty pleasure of the bunch.  Nashville falls into this category too--it's such a soap opera.


What I'm not liking:  the revamp of The Mentalist.  The storyline that they introduced at the end of the most recent episode that hinted ever-so-slightly of "Red John Aftermath" made me scream.  I'll watch the next new show and if that's where they're going, I'm done.

I guess that's it for the dramas.

Speaking of drama, didn't Richard Sherman remind you of Busta Rhymes?  I think they're the same person.



Who knew?

So, before I begin, I have to tell you that I'm back in with American Idol this season.  Harry Connick, Jr. did the trick.  He's got great chemistry with Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban and I think I'll enjoy the show.

On last week's show, a kid came out with his guitar and said he was going to sing Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love."  When he started singing, I was like, but wait...that's Adele's song!   I had NO idea Bob Dylan wrote that song.  I looked it up and found that Billy Joel performed it first, and then Bob Dylan, and many since then, including Garth Brooks and Kelly Clarkson.  And THEN, I learned that Garth Brooks did a version that appeared on the song track for Hope Floats, which is a movie I think only my sister and I saw, that starred Harry Connick, Jr.!  See?  It all comes full circle.

Anyway, I love this song, and kudos to Bob Dylan for such beautiful lyrics.  No offense though, I much prefer Adele's version.






Make You Feel My Love
by Bob Dylan

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love

When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

I know you haven't made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I've known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong

I'd go hungry, I'd go black and blue
I'd go crawling down the avenue
No, there's nothing that I wouldn't do
To make you feel my love

The storms are raging on the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain't seen nothing like me yet

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love

To make you feel my love



1.14.2014

Looking for a laugh? Check out these shows.

I'm sorry my posts are so few and far between.  I've been meaning to write this one for a while, and since I'm currently watching one of the shows I wanted to write about, I figured now is as good a time as any.  ("Few and far between"; "now is as good a time as any"--cliché much?)

Anyway...there are some really funny shows this season.  Right now I'm watching The Goldbergs.  Honestly, I was reluctant to start this one because it seemed rather hokey, but it's come to be one of my favorites.  I love the little kid played by Sean Giambrone--he's great.  I love his squeaky voice.  The story is based on the life of the show's creator, Adam Goldberg, who grew up in the 80s.  (Sean Giambrone plays Adam as an 11-year-old.)  What I love most is that the real Adam Goldberg videotaped much of his childhood.  After most episodes, we see real-life footage of his family.  It's fun to see how well the show was cast.  I really look forward to this one each week and it's fun to reminisce about those crazy 80s.


1.01.2014

Holiday short stories of Truman Capote

A Christmas Memory including One Christmas and A Thanksgiving Memory (Modern Library)A Christmas Memory including One Christmas and A Thanksgiving Memory by Truman Capote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I have really come to love Truman Capote's writing, and these three short stories only deepen my appreciation for his style. He provides such wonderful descriptions of his characters and scenery that you feel like you are right there in the story. These stories were wonderfulf, and I think I'll start a new tradition to read these each year during the holidays.

This quick read got me off to a good start with my reading goal.  One down, 29 to go.


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Happy New Year!

I can't believe it's already 2014.  Seems like the holiday season went by in a blur, but it was nice to spend time with family.   Over the holidays, I saw "American Hustle" and "Saving Mr. Banks."

I was unsure about "American Hustle" for the first 30 minutes or so--it was as slow build, but ultimately, I enjoyed it.  The cast was great and they all gave excellent performances.

I saw "Mr. Banks" on Monday night and loved it.  I found myself smiling in several parts of the movie, and when I got home, I downloaded (? -- should I say streamed?) "Mary Poppins," which I hadn't seen in years.

After having a great dinner at a local Ethiopian restaurant with my family on New Years' Eve, I came home, watched Mary Poppins, and then popped in Bridget Jones' Diary.  I like watching that around the new year.  Then I watched the ball drop, and then in an effort to drown out my neighbor's pounding bass that I'd been listening to ALL DAY LONG, I turned up my own music, played the bass-iest songs I had, and enjoyed my own little dance party.  Dance like no one's watching, right?

(About my neighbors--I would never complain to them about the music--it only happens on holidays AND they shovel my walk and rake my leaves.  How could I possibly complain?)

Today I just took my last day before going back to work to relax and mentally prepare myself.  (I kept kicking myself for not taking leave and going back to work on the 6th.)  Oh well, at least this way, I'll go for two days, and then ta-da! It's the weekend again.

In other news, I met my goal to read 24 books in 2013.  This year I'm upping the ante to 30.  Can I do it?  We shall see.

Happy New Year!