Thursday, February 28, 2013


This day is a gift,
May your spirit uplift,
Don't worry about a thing,
Just let your heart sing,
Because at the end of the day,
We can rock the night away!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

2013 Academy Awards - Oscar Predictions!

Ok, so I would like to go on record as saying that these picks reflect my predictions, not my opinions. That being said, here are my Oscar picks for the 85th Annual Academy Awards!

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Argo (2012): Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney 

Best PerforMance BY an actor in a Leading roLe
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012) 

Best PerforMance BY an actress in a Leading roLe
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Best PerforMance BY an actor in a suPPorting roLe
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Best PerforMance BY an actress in a suPPorting roLe
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)

Best achieveMent in directing
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012) 

Best Writing, screenPLaY Written directLY for the screen
Django Unchained (2012): Quentin Tarantino 

Best Writing, screenPLaY Based on MateriaL PreviousLY Produced or PuBLished
Argo (2012): Chris Terrio 

Best aniMated feature fiLM of the Year
Frankenweenie (2012):Tim Burton 

Best foreign Language fiLM of the Year
Amour (2012)(Austria) 

Best achieveMent in cineMatograPhY
Django Unchained (2012): Robert Richardson 

Best achieveMent in editing
Argo (2012):William Goldenberg 

Best achieveMent in Production design
Lincoln (2012): Rick Carter, Jim Erickson 

Best achieveMent in costuMe design
Lincoln (2012): Joanna Johnston 

Best achieveMent in MakeuP and hairstYLing
Hitchcock (2012): Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, Martin Samuel

Best achieveMent in Music Written for Motion Pictures, originaL score
Lincoln (2012): John Williams

Best achieveMent in Music Written for Motion Pictures, originaL song
Seth MacFarlane (“Everybody Needs a Best Friend”)

Best achieveMent in sound Mixing
Les Misérables (2012):Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes 

Best achieveMent in sound editing
Django Unchained (2012):Wylie Stateman 

Best achieveMent in visuaL effects
Prometheus (2012/I): Richard Stammers,Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill

Best docuMentarY, feature
Searching for Sugar Man (2012): Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Best docuMentarY, short suBject
Inocente (2012): Sean Fine,Andrea Nix 

Best short fiLM, aniMated
Paperman (2012): John Kahrs 

Best short fiLM, Live action
Curfew (2012/I): Shawn Christensen 


2012! It was a great year for cinema, and I have carefully assembled my Top 25 Films of 2012 List (in no particular order). It's a pretty solid list that includes comedies and dramas, indies and blockbusters, and everything in between. In my humble opinion, the following movies are the best of the best of the year that was... Enjoy!


The Dark Knight Rises

Django Unchained


Silver Linings Playbook

Cabin in the Woods

The Normals

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

God Bless America

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Pitch Perfect


Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Cross Bearer

Les Miserables

Moonrise Kingdom



21 Jump Street

Take This Waltz

10 Years

Silent Night

The Words


Miss December

...Nominated for an Oscar or not, all of these movies are definitely worth checkin out!

Friday, February 22, 2013


"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine

 Pre held eight collegiate records and his three-mile and six mile records are still standing today. His death shocked the running community world wide.

 Steve Prefontaine is arguably the greatest American distance runner in history. "Pre" was unstoppable on the track and at the height of his career, he held every American track and field record from the 2,000 to the 10,000 meters.

 Pre was born is Coos Bay, Oregon. His running career began at Marshfield High School where he was undefeated in cross-country and in track his junior and senior years. As a senior, he broke the American record for the two mile run. His outstanding performance attracted the attention of Bill Bowerman, legendary track coach at the University of Oregon and co-founder of Nike, Inc.

 Pre entered the University of Oregon in 1969. He became famous for winning races, setting and resetting his own records and filling the University of Oregon's Hayward Field to capacity with fans that would erupt into cheering at the mere site of him. At the end of his four years at the University of Oregon, Pre racked up seven NCAA titles: three in cross-country, '70, '71, '73; and four in the three-mile in track, '70, '71, '72 and '73. Pre was the first athlete to win four consecutive NCAA track titles in the same event. He held eight collegiate records and his three-mile and six-mile records are still standing today. During his career he broke his own or other American records 14 different times.

 Pre competed in the 5,000 meters at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. He took the lead with a mile to go and held on until Finland's Lasse Viren passed him with 600 meters left in the race. Pre finished fourth.

 His death in a car accident on May 30, 1975, shocked the running community world wide. Pre was only 24 years old. Twenty years after his death, Pre's impact on running is no less than it was at the pinnacle of his career.

(National Distance Running Hall of Fame

Read more of Steve Prefontaine's quotes at by clicking the link!

Monday, February 18, 2013



To celebrate Presidents Day, I went to see the film Lincoln, and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed by Daniel Day-Lewis and his amazing portrayal of Abraham Lincoln as the husband, the father, and the 16th President of the United States. Sally Field was also great as Mary Todd. The entire cast was a who's who of Hollywood players, and they were all terrific in their respective roles as historical figures. James Spader was very entertaining! I also found it so very interesting that despite already knowing the outcomes to the different plot lines within the narrative, made common knowledge due to formal education, the story was still so utterly dramatic and gripping that I was on the edge of my seat. Steven Spielberg does a masterful job crafting this real story into the world of cinema and delivers a film of great historical significance and surely one of the best films of his legendary career. Lincoln would be proud if he were in the theatre. Then again, I don't think he would be caught dead in another theatre! One is enough. Too soon? Anyway, if you haven't seen the film yet, check it out! LINCOLN is awesome! Bravo!