Oscar thoughts

Was there any doubt that Hollywood was biased toward Shakespeare in Love? They went to Gwyneth Paltrow for at least 20 reaction shots throughout the show. I haven’t seen the movie, but it better be REALLY good in order to have dominated like that, especially over Saving Private Ryan.

And speaking of, If Steven Spielberg is the Best Director of the year, exactly who directed the Best Picture? You could see the disappointment on Harrison Ford’s face when he had to read “Shakespeare in Love” as the Best Picture.

Tom Hanks – looking scraggly with the beard…

Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta Jones – looking good…

Ed Harris – looking bald. Is it just me, or did he have a lot more hair just a couple of years ago in Apollo 13?

As for Elia Kazan, whom a lot of people protested because of his involvement in the McCarthy era… GET OVER IT! It was freakin 50 years ago! Most of the people who were protesting were kids back then!

What was with that “tapping to the nominated scores”? Utter trash.

I liked the song from “Babe: Pig in the City” from Randy Newman and Peter Gabriel. Is it just me, or is Randy Newman becoming the king of soundtracks for G/PG-rated kids movies?

And would someone PLEASE explain to my why the First Adulteress… er, Monica Lewinsky… is at the Oscar parties? Isn’t her 15 minutes of fame up? And WHY are we treating her like a celebrity? Please, just let her fade into obscurity quickly.

90’s word to retire as soon as possible – “Diva”. I am so sick of hearing everyone and their mom referred to as a “diva”. It was old five years ago when used to describe En Vogue.

March 6, 1999

Been a long time, huh?  Well, life’s been interesting lately, to put it mildly.  Anyway, here’s a rundown of what I’ve been up to:

Applied to work full time at United Methodist Communications (where I’ve been working part time for the past three years).  I would hope they would hire me on the spot, but you never know!  If they hire someone else, I guess I’ll try to find another web design job… I think I have a couple of leads.  Anyway, on to the lists!

What I’ve been listening to:

  • Mourning Widows – Mourning Widows. Nuno Bettencourt’s new band (he was formerly the guitarist in Extreme)
  • Tears for Fears – Greatest Hits.  Just another dip into the 80’s nostalgia pool 🙂  Not a bad album
  • Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions.   Amazing how someone can go from singing about beer to such a deep album. A must buy.

What I’ve been watching:

  • Analyze This.  Not a bad flick, but not as good as I thought it would be.
  • Blast From The Past.  Brendan Fraiser is great as usual.  A fun movie which is surprisingly clean for these days.  I’m still not quite sure what Alicia Silverstone’s appeal is, outside of the “blonde bimbo” role.
  • Armageddon.  It’s growing on me.  When the DVD was only $13, I had to pick it up.  While it has NO credibility from a realistic standpoint, it’s still fun to watch, and the concept of a bunch of roughneck drillers saving the earth is pretty cool.  (one thing though… when God decides it’s time for the real Armageddon, neither NASA or anyone else will be able to stop it!)
  • Gattaca.  An excellent sci-fi movie which doesn’t have hyperdrive, space-time continuums, or aliens.  Pretty scary how soon genetic engineering may be a reality.

What I’ve been playing:

  • The Legend of Zelda.  Suprisingly fun for a “kiddie” style Nintendo game.  But someone PLEASE hire better translators!
  • Xenogears.  Another Japanese RPG.  Haven’t really gotten into it yet,  but looks to be intriguing.
  • Thief:  The Dark Project.  Looking Glass comes through again!  I wouldn’t expect any less from the creators of Ultima Underworld and System Shock.

What I’m reading:

What I’m looking forward to:

  • Warmer weather! Man I hate winter.  I can’t wait to wear shorts again, go running and swimming and get rid of this pasty white skin!!!
  • Wing Commander:  The Movie.  One of my favorite PC games turned into a movie.  And it has the new Star Wars trailer attached!  Which brings me to:
  • Star Wars:  The Phantom Menace.  OK, so who ISN’T looking forward to this??   Hard to believe it’s two months away!

Well, that’s it.  Just for those who may not know, my dad passed away on February 1st.  Thanks to everyone for your prayers, cards, and everything.

DIVX

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season… make the most of it, and remember the TRUE meaning of the holiday. It’s not being with family, or warm feelings or any of that stuff – it’s the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ!

DIVX

Next issue – DIVX. I’m sure you’ve seen these commercials from Circuit City. Stay away from it like the plague! I support DVD completely – it is a great format, and is destined to replace VCR’s the way CD’s replaced vinyl and tapes. But with DIVX, you’re basically paying $400 for a Pay-Per-View machine. You get to pay $3.50 every time you want to watch the movie… how nice! You also have to make sure you have a credit card and phone jack near your TV… and I don’t have either one. Now, you can pay another $15 or so to get a movie “upgraded” to free play…. unless you want to take it to a friend’s house. Then they have to pay the $3.50 fee every time as well.

Doesn’t make much sense when you can buy DVD’s for $10-20 (which have more features to boot), and rent them for 5 days at Blockbuster for $3, does it?

DiVX is a surly piece of consumer electronics.  From penny-arcade.com
DIVX is a surly piece of consumer electronics. From penny-arcade.com

Happy Easter!

Hey yo… I hope everyone had a great Easter.   Mine was all that and a basket of chocolate eggs… I’m still sick from all the cocoa and sugar…

I updated my “Personal Info” page – it’s a lot more in depth, if anyone really cares. 🙂

I saw “Good Will Hunting” Friday for the first time.  It’s a pretty good flick – makes you realize how much we underuse our potential.  Any one of us can do absolutely anything, if we just put our minds to it.   Unfortunately the movie was marred by a number of crude jokes, and way too many uses of the “F” word (176, I read somewhere).  But a good movie nonetheless.

Wednesday marks the “60 days of Ticketmaster” – they have gotten so much of my money over the past month.  Grand Funk Railroad, Audio Adrenaline, Joe Satriani, WCW Thunder, WWF Raw, and a couple more I know I’m forgetting, are all coming before the end of May.

On a totally unrelated note – is anyone else sick of hearing about the Titanic?  It was a good movie, but c’mon people – get over it!

Peace out…