Thursday, March 9, 2017

An Elliptical Contest: Round Three

March is Women's History Month.

Your task for this round is to interview a woman who is not related to you.  I expect ten questions (of your choosing) to be answered. Please include an introduction to your interviewee before the Q and A.

Two points for each qualified entry.  

Deadline is the end of March. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Books (Update: Closed)

I have books to give away.  They're all paperbacks.  If a book goes unclaimed, I'll donate it to the library.  18-plus only and one per person please.  I'll pay the shipping.

Deadline: Friday night.



The next three might require patience, as I haven't read them yet. But they are next in line.




Thursday, March 2, 2017

February Recap

I won an NFL pick 'em contest.  

Tried unsuccessfully to get a pretty bartender interested in Britt.

Round Two of the Elliptical Contest happened.  Ericka won by proving her Oscars expertise.

Current Standings

Ericka - 5
Birgit - 2
Tex - 2

I experimented with a new cereal - Life.

My used bookstore of choice went out of business, so I bought a lot of books on the cheap.

Finished 11 books in February.  These are my favorites:
Bukowski for Beginners by Carlos Polimeni

 Up in Honey's Room by Elmore Leonard

The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Ten

Closing out Black History Month:

Miles Davis

Rita Dove

Martin Luther King, Jr.

President Barack Obama

General Colin Powell


Jackie Robinson

Harriet Tubman

Oprah Winfrey

Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Monday

Stolen from Tex's blog:  A 15-song playlist comprised only of 1980's solo female vocalists:

1980:  "Fame" - Irene Cara
1981:  "For Your Eyes Only" - Sheena Easton
1982:  "Gloria" - Laura Branigan
1983:  "Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper
1984:  "Love Is a Battlefield" - Pat Benatar
1985:  "Missing You" - Diana Ross
1986:  "Live to Tell" - Madonna
1987:  "Didn't We Almost Have It All" - Whitney Houston
1988:  "Fast Car" - Tracy Chapman
1989:  "If I Could Turn Back Time" - Cher

Wild Cards
'We Don't Need Another Hero" - Tina Turner (1985)
"Miss You Much" - Janet Jackson (1989)
"Straight Up" - Paula Abdul (1988)
"Holding Out for a Hero" - Bonnie Tyler (1984)
"Mad About You" - Belinda Carlisle (1986)


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oscars Bonus Post

Woo hoo!

Best Original Screenplay

The other nominees were All that Jazz, ...And Justice for All, The China Syndrome, and Manhattan.  The first two were good but not consistent enough.  TCS was overrated.  So it's the winner vs. Manhattan, and I'm comfortable with the Academy's vote.

The other nominees were Diner, E.T., An Officer and a Gentleman, and TootsieE.T. is a children's movie.  Tootsie is well-acted, but a bit overrated.  An Officer is good, but kind of actor-driven.  So it's the winner vs. Diner, which is a good, script-driven film, despite featuring talented actors.  I agree with the Academy on this one.

The other nominees were The Big Chill, Fanny and Alexander, WarGames, and Silkwood.  I haven't seen the second one.  The first one is known more for its soundtrack than anything else.  WarGames was good once, but I have no interest in seeing it again.  So it's the winner vs. Silkwood.  I think the Academy got it right, though not clear-cut.

The other nominees were "Crocodile" Dundee, My Beautiful Laundrette, Platoon, and Salvador.  I haven't seen the second one.  Salvador is way too biased.  The first one is one heck of a comedy.  Platoon is one of the best war films of all-time.  I would pick the latter, and Dundee would be my second choice.  Hannah is a good film, but a tier below Woody's best.

The other nominees were Crimes and Misdemeanors, Do the Right Thing, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and When Harry Met Sally.  The third is edgy, or was then at least.  Entertaining, but not exactly best of the year material.  The fourth is known for one scene.  The first IS one of Woody's best.  The second is better than plenty of films that won the award.  I would vote for either of these two over the winner, which had its moments, but was too much of a cheese fest to deserve this award.

The other nominees were As Good as It Gets, Boogie Nights, Deconstructing Harry, and The Full Monty.  I haven't seen the last one and have no interest in it.  DH is another good film from Woody Allen, but not one of his best.  So it's the winner vs. the first two of the others.  I would vote for Boogie Nights, with the winner edging out AGAIG for second.       

Friday, February 24, 2017

Film Friday: Best Picture Oscar Winners

All the President''s Men, Bound for Glory, Network, and Taxi Driver were nominated.  Network's good, but a bit overrated. Same for Taxi Driver.  I haven't seen Bound for GloryRocky and AtPM are two of my favorite films.  So I support the Academy's decision, though it wasn't clear-cut.
All that Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae were nominated. 
The first is a decent film, but not Best Picture material.  Breaking Away is good, but not Best material.  I haven't seen Norma RaeApocalypse Now is an all-timer.  So I think the Academy got this one wrong, though K vs. K is an excellent film.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Missing, Tootsie, and The Verdict were nominated.
The first is a children's film.  Tootsie is good, but not Best material.  I haven't seen MissingThe Verdict is elite.  But so is Gandhi.  I'll let the Academy have this one.

Broadcast News, Fatal Attraction, Hope and Glory, and Moonstruck were nominated.
Good but not good enough for the first one.  Same for Moonstruck.  I haven't seen H and G. So it's Fatal Attraction vs. the winner, and I think the Academy got this one right.   

The Accidental Tourist, Dangerous Liaisons, Mississippi Burning, and Working Girl were nominated. 
The first features a stand-out performance from Geena Davis.  The fourth is cute, but out of its league here.  The middle two are both better than the winner.  So the Academy got this one wrong.

Four Weddings and a FuneralPulp Fiction, Quiz Show, and The Shawshank Redemption were nominated.
The first stars Hugh Grant.  The fourth is good, but overrated.  Quiz Show is good, but not really Best Picture material.  So it's Pulp Fiction vs. the winner.  Both were worthy, but I think the Academy got this one right.

Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, The Fellowship of the Ring, and Moulin Rouge! were nominated.
I saw the second one for Marisa Tomei and I don't remember much else about it.  Moulin Rouge! is a good film, but not quite Best material.  I haven't seen Gosford Park.  So it's Fellowship vs. the winner.  It's a tough choice because they're wildly different films, but I think the Academy might have gottten this one wrong.