Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Oscar Buzz

Want to play The Oscar Guessing game with me? Here are my votes. Please note, dear Nicole that I have not seen your rabbit movie.

Should get best actor: Colin Firth for The Kings Speech
Will get best actor: Colin Firth for The Kings Speech
Dear Colin you are wonderful in this movie and its amazing to know you have done such great work and at last you will have your moment.

Should get best actress:Jennifer Lawrence for Winters Bone
Will get best actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Natalie you are great in the ballet movie. However, you trained for a year for that job. If any of us folk trained for a year for a job we would be fired. AND, knowing Darren Aronofsky's earlier work (especially Requiem for a Dream) I wish he had been allowed to direct as I bet he wanted this movie. Anyway, I will not begrudge you Natalie, getting the statue, though Jennifer gives such a remarkable performance in a movie that is as stark as its title.

Should get best director: Danny Boyle for 127 Hours
Will get best director: David Fincher for Social Network
I LOVED Social Network, however the direction of a story about a guy, a big rock and a hand job, is so incredible, that it deserves an award. I don't think he is even nominated.

Should get best movie: Social Network
Will get best movie: The Kings Speech
I actually don't mind either way. I just feel Social Network sums up a generation and a social hunger that is going to be historic. I know The Kings Speech is historic, I'm just making a contemporary point!
I loved True Grit as well. Matt Damon is not like Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld is brilliant.

Movies that went by without attention. Solitary Man - Michael Douglas in this is outstanding. The American - I'm one of the few who loved this movie and have pleasant dreams about George Clooney in it, waiting in that pastry shop. Heaven, pure heaven!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

English Language

I told my car not to. It has it's own mind for a reason and still drove, this morning through Dunkin Donuts to collect coffee.
As the man handed over my large coffee milk no sugar, he said:
"Your large Ma'am". Which I naturally heard as "You're large Ma'am."  Great! I have become a training manual joke.
I know air hostesses like to say to passengers they do not like:
"You're trash Sir!"

A few years back, in the day of saying I was an actress and taking on promotional jobs. Brenda and I were hired as 'distribution models' in a shopping mall. The brochures we were handing out included vouchers for a red lipstick and a cup of tea in the store cafe. It was an easy job for the two of us with our shiny hair and sing song attitudes.
About an hour found us bored and playing with voices. I would utter things like vegeatables, cabbage, catamongers. Nobody was listening as they were too busy trying to avoid me thinking I was selling windows and  life insurance.
Brenda played the wild woman and would whisper sexily "May I give you one Sir?" She would only offer the brochure after powerful eye contact had been maintained and her victim's head was boiling like a lobster. (Either head, use your imagination.)

Ahh, the joys of our language.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A favorite funny blog of mine to visit is www.moresinglethannuns.com
Jen features a gratitude piece every Monday.
With her permission, I wanted to share with you three things that today I have gratitude for.
ONE:
The discovery of Ann Randolph. Ann is a writer and amazing performer from the West Coast.
I saw her award winning show Loveland and was fortunate to benefit from a writers workshop with her. I was reminded of my passion for theater and live performance. I was reminded of the joy and responsibility of wanting to be a writer. The power of comedy. Of words. Of (pause) timing.
If you are an actor or a writer wanting to learn, then Ann is a must experience.
TWO:
Smuckers Stars on Ice. What a great title. I imagine Michelle Kwan triple spinning with jar of strawberry jelly followed by Nancy Kerrigan and her cherry preserve.
THREE:
The Ped Egg
It frightened me because it mentions a blade. I never feel comfortable when I think of my skin near a blade.
It states on the packet, that you can use it on a balloon. Why on earth would you do that? Who has a balloon with hard, dry skin? And how did they arrive at that conclusion? Was it a drunk angry clown having a break down at a kids party that inspired that suggestion? If I broke into the Ped Egg research lab, what other items would I find suffering? I need to know if fruit was hurt. I will not use The Ped Egg if it were tested on an innocent caged peach.

By the way, I am now busy trying to contact Lady Ga Ga's agent to suggest a branding possibility.