Been looking through the Oscar Best Picture nominees this year and decided to give Her a try. Yesterday, I tried to watch August Osage County, but couldn’t go through another Meryl Streep movie where she has cancer and literally fell asleep halfway. Saw The Wolf of Wall Street, not bad — but it’s not Inception. I’ve seen Dallas Buyers Club and Jared Leto was very convincing, but it’s too depressing for me. On the other hand, American Hustle is just another con artist movie with Academy darlings Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Last year I tried to see The Master, but it didn’t get interesting enough for me. Was actually expecting Her to be something weird that I would not pick up on. It actually blew me away. The story is set in the future, but really quite simple. What made it one of the most interesting movies I have seen is the way it seemed to be able to show how we connect with each other as human beings.
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It’s that time of the year again when we look back and find out which of the movies in the past year stood out against all the rest as we look through the Oscar nominees for 2014. Considering that Hollywood has been churning out less and less notable movies in the past years, picking out the best from among movies that are mostly mediocre is not really difficult. We all know that Oscar picks are not always the most entertaining, but they are still considered works of art by standards that have been embedded in the roots of the Academy for decades. Once in a while, there are those that have me raising my eyebrows, but I don’t think I know enough about movie standards to judge. Most of the movies that I found moving or entertaining just don’t fit the bill. Who cares if I was thrilled to watch a bunch of dwarfs in barrels floating down the river while an elf skips on their heads while shooting orcs? It’s actually a mystery why a nerd like me even bothers to check out the Oscars these days. The Academy appears to have grown weary of Peter Jackson or of any sci-fi movie to even give them a glance.
And I’m no expert to even hint on any predictions. I do have my favorites and if any of them wins, I’d be surprised. If I were to vote, the 2014 Oscar winners will be
The Wolf of Wall Street Her, Leo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and Martin Scorsese. Here is the complete list of the Oscar nominations for 2014. I really hope this is Leo’s year (loved him since Gilbert Grape), but we all know the Oscars rarely favor money-makers. Though everyone knows they will give him one in his lifetime, he may need a few more wrinkles before he gets the nod.
By the way, I also hope Ellen makes it interesting and funny this year . . .
At 40+ (let’s not get into specifics) with 3 grown boys, I am not ashamed to admit that I am a Disney fan and always will be. While I do admit that the past few years of animated Disney movies have not been as good as the ones in the late 80′s and early 90′s, they still possess that magic that every Disney film spreads worldwide. I do love Ariel, Belle, and Woody, yet Merida’s wild flaming hair and accent is truly unforgettable.
And when I saw Annie Leibovitz’s Disney Dream Portraits, I knew I had to post them in my blog. Since 2007, world-famous photographer Annie Leibovitz was commissioned to do a series of dream portraits to promote the Disney Parks using celebrities to pose as Disney characters. Though I knew the Disney character at first look rather than some of the celebrities, each portrait was truly worthy of the Disney brand. I loved all of them, but I will just post my favorites to avoid making this post the longest I have ever made.
Drew Barrymore as Belle with the Beast
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You just came from the Apple store and now excitedly unwrapping your new iPhone 5S. After configuring everything like your iPhone 5, you browse the net to find out how you can dress up your new toy, something stops you dead in your tracks — “Apple to release iPhone 6 in a few months.” If you’re contemplating hitting your head with your new baby, don’t. There’s probably no significant improvement with the rumored new iPhone — check out the difference with the iPhone 5 versus the iPhone 5S.
No, it’s not going to have that curved display that Samsung has been floating around with the Galaxy Round. But it is rumored to be bigger than any iPhone ever released. Looks like Apple is trying to get in on the phablet trend — though unlikely to be as big as the Galaxy Note, it is said to be in the 5-inch range. Rumors estimate the release of the iPhone 6 by May 2014. Apple has never released iPhone models this close to each other and will most certainly affect the current sales of the iPhone 5S.
To fanboys and fangirls, this is a nightmare. For someone like me, it’s just another excuse why I still haven’t bought my first iPhone — just heard the new one is coming out soon, will wait for it. :-))
Happy holidays to everyone. Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to us all!
P.S. Thanks to Google for the Christmas gift — Certified Blogaholic is back to PR1!! Wooohooo! To those so-called SEO experts who say that a PR Nada is a deathbed, find another freakin job . . .