Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Oscars Are Coming!

And I'm having a party. I'm not completely sure that's a good thing considering I'll want to be totally engrossed in the Oscars, but instead will be playing hostess. I invited about 5-7 people. Some are excited to watch the Oscars, some just wanna come.

I don't have major hopes for winners except for:

Cate Blanchett for best supporting actress in The Aviator
Martin Scorsese for best director for The Aviator
Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth for best original screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - John Williams for original score

Here's a list of nominees.

This is a list of what I'm doing for my cheap-ass party. I think it'll be fun.

  • I bought some pieces of sparkly red material to lay out as a "red carpet".
  • I'm going to make some printouts of major movies and actors to hang up.
  • I'm going to make yellow stars out of poster board and line and write the names of my guests in glitter.
  • I bought some yellow gift bags and I'm going to draw red stripes on them and serve the popcorn out of them.
  • I checked out a "movies hits" cd from the public library to play as background music as my guests arrive.

It'll be fun. That is, as long as nobody talks...right.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Overstimulated? You've been to Blockbuster! Posted by Hello

Movie Madness

Well, I fell off the movie bandwagon last night. I had recently switched back to Blockbuster's movie deal after a brief fling with nexflix (was tired of waiting around for movies to come in the mail). I took my movies back to get two more and got sucked into buying three movies. Damn those buy 2 get one free deals.

While at Blockbuster, I proved what a complete nerd I am. Here's the scene with M=me, R=random lady, and LWWT=lady who works there:

R: Do you have the movie Memeto?
LWWT: Um...I don't know. I think maybe we do and it would be in the new release section. (both continue to look in the new releases).
M: Um, I'm pretty sure it's not a new release.
LWWT and R (in unison): Really?
M: Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's a few of years old (5).
LWWT: Well, you know it's hard to remember...
(They move on seemingly heeding my advice but in the wrong direction. I then nerdily meander over to the suspense section.)
M: Um, here you go. Sorry, I'm a nerd.
LWWT: Oh no, I'm glad you are.
M: Well, I own that movie too.

Dork is more like it. It probably wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't been a bit of a rude ass about it.

I bought:

Coffee and Cigarettes: Jim Jarmusch 's fun collection of shorts centered around people in various, usually awkward situations drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. My favorites were Iggy Pop and Tom Waits (Iggy was great!), Cate Blanchett who brilliantly played opposite herself (playing herself as well as a kind of redneck cousin), and, of course, Meg and Jack White.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Well done.

Napoleon Dynamite: I couldn't help it. This movie makes me pee a little it's so funny.

I rented:

The Grudge: It was o.k. It disturbs me to think that they had to recast the film with American actors to spoon-feed it to the American public. How bad do we suck? I think I'd like the Japanese version better.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Third Season: Hi”larry”ous!

Friday, February 18, 2005

Jon and Stephen made me blog. Posted by Hello

Blogger Nation

Being my first post ever, I thought it was befitting that I discuss blogging. The act of blogging has become increasingly popular as well as perceptibly in the line of fire particularly by conservative groups who fear readers are relying on unaccountable bloggers for their news.

After The Daily Show on Comedy Central aired a hilarious segment on blogging I thought I'd a) better figure out what I thought about blogging, and b) blog about it. I've found myself lately reading blogs and immensely enjoying it.

Well, I posted my thoughts on, which I'll refer to often as I spend way too much time there. This is what I said:

I was just curious to hear what others thought about the comparison of blogging to journalism. I've noticed myself leaning more and more towards reading blogs and other indie media outlets for my news. I didn't even realize I was being hip; I just enjoyed the freedom of the bloggers to be humorous and satirical.

I also feel like they are accountable. I even tend to trust message board threads because, if someone hasn't fact checked, they're probably going to be subjected public humiliation via other posters pointing out their obvious retardation for having posted false information.

Let's face it, we who tend to linger in cyberland at least border on geekdom. Pointing out other people's mistakes is innate and having ours pointed out is no picnic.

To find out what others had to say, read the post at IMDb linked above, or write your own comments here.