The Books that Bite and Sting

Let's Pretend this Never Happened Cover

Franz Kafka said, “we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.” What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you, and why?

Let's Pretend this Never Happened Cover
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened

This is one thing that is difficult to come up with. Over the past 2 years I have bought almost a dozen new books that I have not finished. I still have “1000 Years of Annoying the French” and my newest purchase “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson on the go. By on the go, I mean that they are in my room with bookmarks marking the page I am on. And by bookmark I mean the sales receipt it came with.

Although I did finish an e-book the bites. In more ways than one. It was “Dead Sexy Vampire Erotica” by Kim Corum. It is about a woman who is married to a vampire and she hates her life most of the time and can’t stand him or his friends except for the “Erotic” part that makes up for it. It is one of those things that is so bad you can’t stop reading. Much like Patricia Harkins-Bradley’s “The Diamond Club” except worse.

Teddy my Ted

Teddy
Teddy
This was my Teddy Bear from my childhood.

Yesterday evening I went to the theatre like I have almost every Tuesday night in forever. This week I when to see the movie “Ted”.

I absolutely loved the movie, it was literally non–stop laughs from beginning to end. It was also very funny all the jokes and pop–culture that I remembered back from the 80’s. With memory lake returning from the 80’s was my teddy bear. I called him “Teddy”. Teddy was always there for me, just like Ted was there for John in the movie. Only I was not too nice to Teddy.

Lets just say that the head and most limbs have been pulled off several times and none of the stuffing remaining is original. I keep Teddy on the back of my couch but we basically split up around the time I went to school. I also had a huge (to me when I was 4) stuffed Strawberry Shortcake doll that my mother still jokes was my first girlfriend. 🙂 Though she did not survive as long as Teddy as the break-up was painful for her as  I, as a kid ripped her to pieces.

That’s My Boy

This weekend I went to see the new Adam Sandler movie, “That’s My Boy”. I really laughed in this one even though the theatre was empty on Saturday afternoon. This is the first Sandler movie in a while that actually has a great story as well as being funny. This is one of the must sees this Spring/Summer season.

On Tuesday I am going to go to see Rock of Ages.

Academy Award Predictions

Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”

Actress in a Leading Role
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland” Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

Cinematography
“The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen

Costume Design
“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi

Directing
“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky

Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz

Documentary (Short Subject)
“Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined

Film Editing
“The Fighter” Pamela Martin

Foreign Language Film
“In a Better World” Denmark

Makeup
“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman

Music (Original Song)
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

Best Picture
“The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night” Teddy Newton

Short Film (Live Action)
“God of Love” Luke Matheny

Sound Editing
“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

Sound Mixing
“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

Visual Effects
“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

Golden Globes 2011 Predictions

Edit: Bold predictions were correct. 8 of 25 (32%)

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The King’s Speech

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Tied: Alice in Wonderland or The Kids Are All Right

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Emma Stone – Easy A

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Jake Gyllenhaal – Love And Other Drugs

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams – The Fighter

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Michael Douglas – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film
I Am Love (Italy)

Best Director – Motion Picture
David O. Russell – The Fighter

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Danny Elfman – Alice in Wonderland

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“There’s A Place For Us” – Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

Best Television Series – Drama
Dexter (SHOWTIME)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Katey Sagal – Sons Of Anarchy

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Tie: 30 Rock (NBC) or The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Pacific (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai – Emma

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Lynch – Glee (FOX)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chris Colfer – Glee (FOX)

Nintendo Entertainment System

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Recently I got re-addicted to my old NES and decided to make this page listing all the games I have and which ones I have defeated.

Astyanax

Battletoads

Blades of Steel

Captain Skyhawk

Cobra Triangle

Dr. Mario

Dragon Warrior

Duck Hunt

Elevator Action

Faxanadu

Final Fantasy

Friday the 13th

Gauntlet

Ghostbusters II

Goonies II, The

Knight Rider

Kung Fu

Legend of Zelda, The

Lemmings

Little Mermaid, The

Major League Baseball

Marble Madness

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out

Nightmare on Elm Street

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom

Rampage … Quit of bordem …

Simpsons- Bart vs the Space Mutants

Skate Or Die

Super Mario Bros. 2

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario Bros.

T&C Surf Designs

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

Twin Cobra

Wheel of Fortune

World Games

Wrecking Crew

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

 

I have a few more games but I will add them later.

The Romantic Comedy (err Tragedy)

First off, a detailed post about my trip to Toronto is coming soon. Including the stuff I learned and would like to add about WordCamp Toronto. In addition I am sorting through the 400 pictures I took over the weekend for a SnapShots album.

I wanted to talk about movies. I have seen several lately although I am way behind this time last year. I have seen a lot of romantic movies and romantic comedies lately. However it seems that the romantic movie industry seems to be making traditional tragedies lately. They are not the happily ever after anymore. Even the Miley Cyrus hit “Last Song” falls into this category, a funeral, seriously. The little weak happy tag ending does not make it better it starts bad in Act One, gets better in act two, then ends badly. That sir is definitely a tragedy in the dramatically sense.

But this a huge trend this year. Valentines Day, When in Rome, Dear John, Chloë, and many others are the same. Is there no hope anymore?

2010 Oscar Predictions

Best Picture
An Education
Up in the Air

Directing
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air

Actor in a Leading Role
Morgan Freeman – Invictus

Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon – Invictus

Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Actress in a Supporting Role
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air Continue reading “2010 Oscar Predictions”