Thursday, January 22, 2009

Quick thoughts on a cold morning

Boy, what a whirlwind of exec signing statements our new prez has been been generating! Closing Gitmo in a year, opening up government docs to the FOIA once again, and pretty much undoing some of the crap of the former administration (I'm not going to use THAT NAME again!). It's good to know that Prez O isn't pulling a Bill Clinton and choking back on campaign promises right off that bat.

If you still don't believe the planet's getting hotter, peep this. Good thing I'm not moving to the coast of California, or I'd soon be needing some hip waders.

Caroline Kennedy's decided not to try to replace shiny new Sec of State Hillary Clinton. I have to admit it was kind-of a stretch, given her lack of experience in politics, but it would've been cool to have two Kennedys in government again. Still, I don't blame her for not wanting to get into that mess.

Sarah Palin refuses to shut the hell up. Her problem? She still thinks the media did her in, rather than her own stupidity and ignorance. Look in the mirror and listen to yourself, sweetie--then say "goodnight."

Oscar™ nominations are out! I haven't seen ANY of the movies in contention for any of the awards, but I'll offer my predictions (on the big awards) anyway based on my vast and far-reaching knowledge of The Academy's ways.

BEST PICTURE--First, no way Milk wins. The Academy doesn't like teh gay. I doubt they'd pick a Brad Pitt film for a serious award, and Slumdog Millionaire is too popular. They'll go with Frost/Nixon; mark my words. But I wish they'd choose Milk; I hear it's fantastic.

BEST ACTOR--A tough choice here; Langella's old and The Academy loves to give old guys the big gold. Mickey Rourke is already being over-hyped, so I doubt he'll win. Sean Penn has pissed off too many people in his life, but the words "Brad Pitt" and "Best Actor" should NEVER be uttered in the same sentence unless it's followed by a hearty guffaw. I'm going with Langella, who will look stunning in his tux and be very gracious at the ceremony.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR--I really hope they do the posthumous thing and give Heath Ledger this award. The guy fuckin' ROCKED in The Dark Knight.

BEST ACTRESS--Wouldn't it be wild if Anne Hathaway beat out the likes of Winslet and Streep? I don't see Streep taking this one, because they're already doing the sentimental pick with Langella, and Angelina Jolie will win another Oscar when hell freezes over. Who the hell is Melissa Leo? I see this one as a battle between the tested and incredibly sexy Kate Winslet and little Anne Hathaway. It's hard for me to say this, but what the hell--I'm going with Hathaway. She'll be the wild pick this year.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS--I love love love Amy Adams in everything she's in, from the beauty-queen-turned-exotic-dancer in Drop Dead Gorgeous, to troubled-generic-character on a "Charmed" episode I've long since forgotten, to put-upon-but-can-do-it-all aide in Charlie Wilson's War. I would love to see her get this award because the girl has paid her dues.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE--Good god, I hate modern animated films. Let me just close my eyes... WALL-E! Who cares?! They're cartoons, created solely for money and to give computer nerds something "creative" to do when they can't break into the tough world of comic books! (I don't know anything at all about the worlds and/or businesses of computer animation or comic books; I just hate computer-animated films.)


Randal Graves said...

Oh, I get it. Rag on the Academy for not picking Milk, but have YOU seen it? I'm telling the International Lodge of Lesbian Gayness to revoke your membership! Hmph!

Oh, and The Clenis link goes to a generic Don. Is there some Don Ameche connection I'm missing? ;-)

CDP said...

I saw Frost/Nixon, and I actually thought it was great. Langella was awesome. A friend and I are the only ones we know who want to see Milk, and every time we make plans to go, a kid thing interferes. Melissa Leo is a great actress, but I haven't seen the movie she's nominated for.

dguzman said...

Randal--Sorry about that link. Fixed. And I want to see Milk but I live in redneck hell! It's coming to the "artsy" theatre downtown in late February.

CDP--Cool. I hope the movie is good.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'm telling you this is the year for teh gay. Milk wins in a cake walk.

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Barbara Bruederlin said...

But tell us how you really feel about computer animated film. Don't hold back!

Obama is not wasting any time getting right to work! Yay!

dguzman said...

Dr Monkey--it's the year for teh gay? Cool! Maybe I'll move to California and be discovered!

Barbara--As Willow says, "A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend."

Matty Boy said...

I like modern animated films. Wall-E is one of Pixar's best and one of the best American movies of the year.

I know I am swimming against the tide, but I seriously disliked Slumdog Millionaire and I summon all my nerd street cred when I say that Cesar Romero and Mark Hamill both did a better job as the Joker than Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.

Lisa said...

Don't you think Sarah Palin should be nominated for her role playing someone running for Vice President of the United States?

Karen Zipdrive said...

Sarah Palin is simply Bush with tits. If I ever met her, I'd like to punch her right in the glasses.

dguzman said...

Matty Boy--I actually heard an early review on NPR in which the reviewer didn't like it and said it belabored the bad conditions in the slums. )Kinda like the belabored physical suffering of Jesus in Mel Gibson's Jesus movie, which I can't remember the name of right now, but which was sooo graphic.) Haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire and don't know that I will. Re Heath Ledger's portrayal: I hated Jack Nicholson's portrayal, and I thought Cesar Romero was a little over the top campy/silly. But maybe Romero was playing it the "right" way. I think Ledger was just playing the character a completely different way--not as a "joker" per se, but as a crazy guy who's calling card is, well, a card--a playing card. When I think about it now, as I'm typing, I wonder whether that was really the way to go. Still, whatever he was going for, I feel like he was electric on the screen, and that deserves recognition.

Lisa--lol! I'd still give it to Tina Fey, for doing a better job of portraying a VP candidate!

Zip--right there with ya. I hate them both.

GETkristiLOVE said...

I am so relieved having someone intelligent and caring in office now!