Monday, January 31, 2011

Secret It!!

I believe in The Secret now.

About an hour ago I was thinking... "I'd really LOVE an ice cream cone right now." I could practically taste it.

One of my coworkers just walked into my office with a half eaten soft serve cone from Foster's Freeze. There were still, like, two little chunks of the hand-dipped chocolate shell clinging to the quickly melting ice cream. I devoured it.

Does this mean that one day I might win a half-eaten Oscar statuette?

Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A few thoughts on this morning's Oscar nominations...

1. This ten nominees thing (once again) is pretty stupid. Winter's Bone was not that good. I fell asleep watching it at Sundance last year. The fact that The Town got pushed out of the Best Picture and Screenplay nominations is pretty freaking annoying.

2. Totally not surprised that the Coen Bros. sneaked into the Directing nominations.

3. However... TOTALLY surprised that they pushed Christopher Nolan out instead of David O. Russell. Not because The Fighter was bad...but mostly because I thought most of Hollywood hated David O. Russell and didn't really mind Christopher Nolan so much. Guess I was wrong.

4. They don't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning, but my favorite acting nominees are Jesse Eisenberg, Michelle Williams, and Jacki Weaver.

5. Christian Bale will most likely win Supporting Actor. And that's totally deserved.

6. The Social Network better win everything else.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

10 from '10: Favorite Movies

I don't know that I'm even going to be able to come up with 10 movies from 2010 to put on my "best of" list. But, I know 2010 was a hell of a lot better than last year (when the only two movies I was willing to admit I thoroughly enjoyed were Up in the Air and The Hangover).

Here are my favorites of this year:

1. Toy Story 3
2. The Social Network
3. Piranha
4. Inception
5. How to Train Your Dragon
6. Exit Through the Gift Shop
7. The Town
8. True Grit

Okay, that's it. I can't even come up with a full ten. I mean, I liked Black Swan, Waiting for Superman, The King's Speech, Tangled, Winter's Bone, 127 Hours, The Red Riding Trilogy, and a handful of other movies. I thought Jackie Weaver's performance in Animal Kingdom was hands down the best acting I saw all year long. However, I don't know that I'll ever feel the need to go back and re-watch any of them. That should be a criteria for one of your favorite movies...right?

Not be a Negative Nancy, but here's my list of the 12 WORST movies of 2010 (I'm adding two to account for the missing numbers in my "favorites" list):

1. Skyline
2. For Colored Girls
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street
4. Clash of the Titans
5. Robin Hood
6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
7. Predators
8. Knight and Day
9. The Last Airbender
10. Date Night
11. Saw 3D
12. The Kids Are All Right

My cinematic New Years Resolution in 2011 is to watch more documentaries and foreign films. I saw a lot of great documentaries on Netflix this year that I wish I'd experienced when they came out.