Sunday, January 30, 2011

The weekend: Art, Theater and Delicious Dining Out

A very very very busy weekend on all levels. It is finally Sunday afternoon and I am spending a bit of downtime and am thoroughly enjoying it. To be honest, this is my first real break since last Sunday - I feel like I have pretty much been "on" since then, and it is exhausting. Long (very long) days at work and lots of weekend plans. So the weekend has been exhausting but exhilarating, featuring some of the best Minneapolis has to offer. There are days (especially when it is 10 below) that I really don't like living here, but then weekends like this make me remember that it can be pretty darn good at times.

Friday - Party Like an Art Star
The Walker pulled out all the stops on Friday night with yet another fabulous After Hours party, this one to celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition: The Spectacular of Vernacular. The theme: Walker on Ice. The event: exhibition, life DJ, food, ice bar, photo booth, and some of the best people watching to be found in the Twin Cities. Major props go out to the Walker for hosting these great events to get people out and enjoying art in a new way. For most, museum exhibitions are quiet affairs with thoughtful (and quiet) contemplation, but the Walker After Hours parties are about socializing and turning up the volume for one night. It is a very different experience to walk through a gallery space and hear the beat of the DJ and see crowds drifting around, talking and laughing. This is the modern museum - a place where art is accessible to the masses and that makes you part of the experience rather than just a spectator.

And the people watching - oh the people watching! Old couples, new couples, groups of girlfriends, my boss and his wife (yes ... really), edgy folks, mainstream types, girls dressed up for a night on the town, girls dressed up with the i-don't-care-attitude. It was all there. I just like standing in a corner and watching. And that is one thing I really love about these parties - it attracts ALL types of people. But you know you have at least one thing in common: and interest and passion for art. Most of the time I feel a bit adrift, but here I feel like I am amongst my peeps!

After the After Hours party, we moved on to the After After Hours Party at Chambers for a drink - always fun. As a champagne lover ... I particularly enjoy the bubbly cocktail options. Yummy!



Saturday - Shakespeare, Spoonriver, Solera and Seven
Yes ... every place I went to yesterday started with a "S" ... it's true.

Matinee tickets to the Guthrie meant, of course, Saturday brunch. Because brunch really is the best meal ever and I will use any excuse to go out and enjoy it. And if mimosas are an option too ... well ... all the better! Circumstance and chance led us to the little restaurant in the building next door to the Guthrie itself, and i am very happy to have randomly ended up there because it is definitely a new favorite in Minneapolis! Spoonriver is a very cute and modern little narrow restaurant with an incredible menu with lots of organic and local options. If you like French Meadow, you will like this place ... hands down! Huge windows look out to the sidewalk and you can just image how great it will be in summer to enjoy sitting out there under an umbrella enjoying the foot traffic. I think this might actually be better then French Meadow for that because the street has less car traffic and is therefore quieter than Lyndale. Also, you are right next to the Guthrie and Mill City Museum and Stone Arch, so you can definitely stroll around, something is kind of hit and miss with FMB.

Food was great - like I said, similar to FMB. I split a delicious quiche and french toast, and they came with yummy greens and fresh fruit. We also had an incredible home backed scone and yummy lattes (or in my case ... hot chocolate). All in all ... delicious and great service! I took a peak at the dinner menu too and I am definitely going to be visiting it for a dinner before/after a Guthrie show at some point. Pate was on the menu ... I'm sold!

Spoonriver:
750 South 2nd St (at Chicago Ave S)
Minneapolis, MN 55401
www.spoonriver.com

Next ... onto some Shakespeare. Although I enjoy all his work to an extent, it is really the comedies that I appreciate most. I think it is incredible that his humor and wit has transcended time and is still able to make audiences laugh today. The Acting Company is back in town at the Guthrie for the month of January. I went last year to see Romeo and Juliet and was very impressed by the group's performance and the unique interpretation. This year's choice - Comedy of Errors - did not disappoint. I think the story is well known enough - two sets of twins separated a birth find themselves in the same place at the same time and confusion reigns supreme as one keeps being mistaken for another. Wives, sisters, brothers, lovers, dukes, quaky doctors, long lost mother and father, and the darn goldsmith (the chain ... the chain!!!!) make for a truly comedic 90 minute performance. There is really no way to describe it except for a Comedy or Errors.

I have a great deal or respect for Shakespearean actors. Long monologues and the importance of timing and inflection and the actual words. Unlike some more modern productions, you cannot rely on flashy song and dance numbers and elaborate sets and costumes. It is about the actors and their delivery of Shakespeare's famous words. And the Acting Company managed to live up to it.

And of course, no trip to the Guthrie would be complete without a visit to the bridge and a photo opp.

And lastly for Saturday, dinner at Solera and drinks/dessert at Seven. Delicious. That is all I have to say. Great company and great food! I know Seven can be a bit full of itself ... but I will keep going back for two reasons ... 1) Pomegranate Splash and 2) molten chocolate cake. Wait ... three ... their happy hour food is actually really good. Yes ... three.

I love weekends like these ... but I am exhausted.
Next up ... Ordway's Mary Stuart and Guthrie's Winter's Tale ... not to mention new movies!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Top 10 Reasons I LOVE Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Have you seen Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging? No? Well then you are definitely missing out. This is an honest-to-goodness fun and light little movie. It's just so easy to watch and always sure to make you smile!

So, here are the top 10 reasons I love Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging:
  1. Words like "crickey," "mental," "knickers," "jelloid", "fitties", "shop", "nervy b", "minger" (what does that one even mean!), "mates", "valley of the gorgeous", "mum", "snog", "plonker," "choicest", "bum", "keen", "scrubber", "brill".
  2. Angus. I mean honestly, he is hilarious! Not to mention that he's part Scotish wild cat ... and Georgia used to walk him by the sea, but he ate his collar ... and his lead. And he was raised by a family of Scottish beavers ... he loves water.
  3. It's a British movie, which means that everything just sounds so much better.
  4. The complete randomness of Georgia - "did you know bass players have big hands?" "at least I don't stuff my bra, even if it does bunch up when I run for the bus",
  5. "The man, the myth, the legend." Tongues ... they're a health and safety issue ... avoid washing machine syndrome. "Saliva city."
  6. The totally juvenile nature. Analysis of statements like "see you later" occupy an entire scene. Kissing lessons. Spying. Slumber parties. Elaborate boy-catching plans. Teenage angst over the importance of having the "most fab and choicest" birthday party. The pencil test.
  7. Gurinder Chandha directed. She also did Bend It Like Beckham - another must see movie!
  8. They get together in the end ... and it's cute! I mean come on ... he writes a song for her!
  9. Incredible one liners - "The queen doesn't have big bazoomers. - Yes she does ... but she has a special bra that pushes them under her arms so that she doesn't look common." "Have you bought your ticket yet ... to Vulgaria."
  10. The music is INCREDIBLE - I have the soundtrack too. In fact, this merits a sub-list:
  • She's So Lovely - Scouting for Girls
  • Girls and Boys in Love - The Rumble Strips
  • The Show – Lenka
  • Naive - Lily Allen
  • She's Got You High - Mumm Ra
  • Who Needs Love - Razorlight
  • Your Song - Kate Walsh
  • Mad About the Boy - Ava
  • Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John
  • Toothpaste Kisses - The Maccabees
  • Oh, Atoms - Sugar Mouse
  • Ever Fallen in Love - Stiff Dylans
  • I Found Out - The Pigeon Detectives
  • In the Morning - The Coral
  • Pull Shapes - The Pipettes
  • Great DJ - The Ting Tings
  • Ultraviolet - Stiff Dylans
11. Ok ... there just has to be one more! The olive costume! Come on ... I had to do it!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Adventures in Acupuncture - Appointment 6

Tonight marked the 6th in my 10 week acupuncture regiment. I have to say, I am enjoying it. I think the treatment is working, or so I hope. But to be honest, I like it for more than just the results I get from the treatments themselves. I like because A) it forces me to leave the office at a reasonable hour at least once a week and B) it forces me to relax for 10 minutes where I can literally do nothing else.

Allow me to explain ... I work long hours;I go in early, I stay late. And, I tend to get caught up in my work and just keep working since I don't really have anywhere to be. That's why I enjoy having a weekly scheduled appointment at 6PM, it means I HAVE TO leave ... just like those people who have to leave because they have kid's dance recitals or sporting events. I did the same thing last summer when we get off Fridays at noon. I found myself never leaving because that was the time when everyone else finally left and I could get work done. So ... I ended up taking golf lessons to force myself to leave. This strategy works! And besides ... my email will still be there tomorrow ...

As for the second reason, well, my appointment is very dedicated "do-nothing-but-sit-here-and-be-still" time ... literally. I have 20-odd needles in me and am just sitting in a dark room working on relaxing different parts of my body. I cannot even achieve that state of relaxation as I am laying in bed before falling asleep. Even when I get home I am zipping around multitasking ... like now, when I am watching a movie while eating dinner and writing. My 10 minutes a week in acupuncture is like hitting Pause on my brain. I like it.

So, while I definitely like acupuncture for the results I am seeing and the even greater results I hope to achieve, I also have some pretty unrelated reasons to like it!

Where in the world is ... ?

I used to love playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego when I was young. Well ... this is where I WISH I was today. Any guesses where this is?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oscar Nominations are OUT!!!

And yes ... i did watch the live nominations broadcast!
(the image is really fuzzy ... click on it to open it in the browser for a better view)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Estate Sales: Memories and Melancholy

The other weekend I was in a rather bad mood. Bad week at work, hadn't seen the sun in a few days, etc. On Saturday I was heading to Southdale with really no purpose and decided to take the long and leisurely way via Lake Calhoun and the residential streets. Two blocks past Calhoun I saw a sign for an estate sale. I have no idea what made me do it, but I turned. I thought it would be rather neat to see the inside of one of these grand Calhoun houses. Well, that right hand turn led me straight into a very interesting and unique experience that I will not soon forget.

The house was a really gorgeous huge old place from the early 1900s. All golden brick and big bay windows. There was a surprisingly large number of cars parked outside and I was rather overwhelmed by what I saw. After walking in and seeing dozens of people wandering around I poked my head into a few rooms and got a grasp on how this is run. Literally everything this couple owned was up for sale. Books. Silver. Paintings. Cook books. Furniture. Clothing. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. It hit me rather hard as I wandered into their dining room and noticed some beautiful pristine posters from Barcelona's Museo Picasso from the 1960s. I jumped right away to buy them. As I walked along I found other items linking me to these people's lives. More posters and pieces from Barcelona. Old postcards. Dictionaries from English to Spanish. These people lived in Spain for a period of time. They loved art. They collected exhibition posters. And now all these memories were up for sale to people who had no knowledge of the meaning and the memories behind each piece. That hit me hard. I think more so than maybe it would someone else because it feels like that is my life. A collection of beautiful memory-filled items from my travels, things that are extremely meaningful to me but that mean little to anyone else. Will this be what happens to my things? Will they lose their meaning to everyone after me and just get sold or tossed. That is a gut wrenching thought. I invest a lot (a lot) in "things".


So the poster was obviously mine since it had some special meaning for me, but as I was about to leave I decided to go through some of the other rooms. Most of the the things like kitchen ware and silver did not speak to me, but when I entered a small library I felt a flood of emotions. I love books, and here was a wealth of them. All used, all obviously loved. I pulled an older looking hardcover from the shelves and discovered it to be a 1940s printing of Fielding's Tom Jones. I opened it and opened a flood of memories. Literally. Betty Joseph 1942. The owner, the lady of the house, had signed and dated the book. What was more, she had written - in her elegant flowing script - notes in the margins of the pages. She had even, before the days of post-it-notes, taped in small pieces of paper with her thoughts. There was even a newspaper clipping of the Kennedy assassination inside. The weight of this book was immense as it lay in my hands - the weight nearly 60 years of memories. It was $1. One dollar. I wanted to cry to think that someone's memories could be sold for that price. I bought it, thinking that I could save this book from the rubbish bin, save the memories. A childish thought perhaps, but I did it nonetheless.

Upstairs was another story. Three bedrooms just filled with clothes for the rifling through. Betty had taste. Every piece was from Dayton's Oval Room. Gucci. Burberry. Yves Saint Laurent. So many beautiful pieces ... and all a size 0. Betty was tiny! And she was very classy ... gorgeous dresses, dozens of pairs of beautifully tailored gloves and scarves (I got a gorgeous YSL scarf for $1) and beautiful little hats.

What a life. A full life by the look of this house full of memories. While I was still a bit melancholy about the whole thing as I left, I realized something. I realized that these people -Betty and her husband Albert - led an extremly rich and happy life. And they held the memories. It was they who imparted the feelings, emotions and stories into each piece. Without Betty and Albert there, the pieces lost their souls, their meaning. So why not let the silver and the posters and the scarves go to someone else who can fill them with their own stories? Better than gathering dust in an attic I suppose.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Press Play: A Summary of Recent Movies.

As anyone who knows me in the least can attest to, I LOVE movies. I go to the movie theater at least once a week, love my Netflix account, and have a fairly extensive DVD collection. I love to have movies on in the background while at home and get a kick out of looking up IMDB trivia. So, over the last few weeks I have seen a wide range of new films - below is a quick summary/review of them. Take it for what you will ... but I highly recommend some of them!

The Fighter
If you saw the Golden Globes you know, this movie is just rife with incredible acting. While Wahlberg is good in his own right, it is really Bale that takes top marks in this film. He lost 20 pounds for the role just fully immersed himself in the character of Dicky. At the end their is some footage of the real Micky and Dicky, and you realize just how good of an acting job Bale really did. Yes, he made Dicky into a great "character" in the true sense of the word, but he really was Dicky.

This drama is the story of Micky Ward and his rise to the world light welterweight title. Now, I have no idea what that actually means, nor have I ever seen a fight, but I can say that even with that lack of knowledge and background this movie is still great. And the other cast members were incredible. Melissa Leo as Dicky and Micky's mother just does an incredible job of portraying this determined mother figure who loves her family and will - sometimes blindly - do anything for them. Oh ... and the sisters ... OMG ... the sisters! Whoever did that casting and costume/hair makeup did an incredible job. And then there is Adams, another incredible performance in a movie full of them. After happy little movies like Leap Year and Enchanted, it's nice to see her in a bit of a grittier role.

The Kids Are Alright
Another movie that everyone should see and must see, and that also received high accolades at the Golden Globes with Pest Picture and Best Actress (comedy/musical) wins. Basic story: two children of a gay couple seek out their sperm-donor biological father. And so the family drama ensues. Complicated relationships, teenage angst, and the true meaning of family are topics explored.

L'arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)
Disclaimer: this movie is in French with subtitles. But please don't let that stop you from seeing it. A great romantic comedy ... with a yummy French actor speaking French to boot! Basic story: Alex breaks up relationships. That's his job. Along with his sister and brother-in-law, this is what they do. If you are a father or a brother or some such and you know your daughter/sister is unhappy in her relationship but she won't listen to you, then hire Alex. He will go in, sweep her off her feet, make her realize she deserves real love, and therefore proceed to breakup the unhappy relationship. I think we all know where this is going. Alex gets hired to breakup Juliette and her perfect fiance. But this job turns out to be harder then he had imagined as he finds himself - of course - falling for her. Problem is, her fiance really is perfect, and he really is not. So ... what will happen. The end honesty had be guessing and trying to decide if I wanted happily-ever-after for this movie.

A really nice movie with a great story. And ... to top it all off ... it takes place in Monaco, which just makes it a feast for the eyes. And ears ... ummm ... French ..

Dinner with Schmucks
I think everyone knows the basic premise. I enjoyed this movie and thought it had some good heart. What I actually really liked about it is that it had a very "theaterical production" feel to it. Reminded me of The Producers. Same feel of being a theater set.

The Town

Well, once I got over the fact that Gossip Girl would not have a voice-over every time Blake Lively came into a scene I was really able to enjoy the movie! Just kidding (sort of ... though whenever I see that cast in other projects I do a mental "XOXO, you know you love me, Gossip Girl" ... such as with Leighton Meester in Country Strong). But, the acting was great, the story was very good, and the plot, while predictable, was able to keep me guessing. My favorite scene is when they are in the car chase (dressed as nuns) and they pull up to switch cars and they realize there is a cop sitting across the street. Cop just turns his head away and they just continue their getaway.

Outsourced
Well, I saw the first episode of the show this fall and thought it was really bad, but I was willing to give the movie a chance. What I did not realize was that the TV show was based on the exact same situation as the movie version. Guy works at fulfillment call center in the states and his entire department is outsourced to India, so he gets sent over there to train the India version of himself - the local manager - with a promise for higher level position upon his return. So off to India he goes and we learn just how insensitive and ignorant American's can be to cultures so different from their own. While he starts out very resentful of the differences and quite rude, he eventually figures it out and makes it work. There is more to the story, but you get the basic gist. And, I can honestly say, I did not see that ending coming. Though ... I am not entirely sure what happens in the last 10 seconds.

Country Strong
Hated it. Do not recommend it. I could not find too much sympathy for the lead character nor did I think there was anything "strong" about her in the end. The previews led me a stray. Oh ... and I left completely depressed. Way to ruin a Saturday.


That's it for now. We'll see if there will be any other movies this weekend.


Friday, January 21, 2011

No Strings Attached. Or. How I laughed myself silly at the movies tonight.

I don't really care what the reviews say, No Strings Attached was a great movie. Very entertaining, very funny, and very awkward at times. Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. Girl and boy decided to be friends with benefits. Girl and boy have many awkward moments together. Girl and boy figure it all out in the end after many more awkward moments. Pretty predictable story, but all of the great situational comedy and one-liners just make it.

Also, checked out Rojo in the West End. Overall, good. I had enchiladas which came in a very reasonable portion size. These days it feels like reasonable portions are hard to come by, so that was a pleasant surprise. I have to say though, the rice that came with it was more of a risotto than a Spanish rice. Oh ... and the raspberry margarita was quite good.

Score one more for the MIA

Another great Third Thursday event at the MIA last night. The theme was photography (oh joy!) and they premiered their new exhibition: Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers. Nice exhibition overall and really good turnout! Not a great night to have to park blocks away given the cold, but it was worth it! What was really great was that the MIA organized a Flickr group where you could upload your own portraits of photographers! Then at the exhibition, they have a TV screen with a slide show of all the submitted images. Great idea! I stood mesmerized for like half an hour watching the screen waiting for one of my photos to come. But alas, it did not. There were so many submissions ... and so many great photographers! Check out the group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/facingthelens

A few fun iPhone pics from the exhibition:


And of course, no visit to the MIA would be complete without a stop by my favorite room and one of my favortie paintings: Renoir's Piazza San Marco, Venice.







Sunday, January 16, 2011

Golden Globe Winners - I went 10 for 14.



















Well, I went 10 for 14 in the movie categories. Missed foreign film, original score, supporting actor in a comedy and picture. The only one I am a little peeved about is Best Picture. I did say in my original predictions that although I thought King's Speech would win it could be Social Network. I do think it deserved it, but not sure if AS good as King Speech. Such different movies. BUT I am very glad Colin Firth won Best Actor - soooooo deserved. Should be interesting to see the Oscars ... not sure if Social Network will make it there ...



Best Motion Picture, Drama

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The King’s Speech - I really think it should win! but ... based on results so far, Social Network has a chance.

The Social Network - WINNER


Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Alice in Wonderland

Burlesque

The Kids Are All Right - WINNER

Red

The Tourist


Best Director - Motion Picture

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan

David Fincher - The Social Network - WINNER

Tom Hooper - The King's Speech

Christopher Nolan - Inception

David O. Russell - The Fighter


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network

Colin Firth - The King's Speech - WINNER

James Franco - 127 Hours

Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine

Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice

Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone

Natalie Portman - Black Swan - WINNER

Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland - I think he WILL win, but I really wish that Gyllenhaal would.

Johnny Depp - The Tourist

Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version - WINNER

Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs

Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs

Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right

Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right - WINNER

Emma Stone - Easy A

Angelina Jolie - The Tourist


Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Christian Bale - The Fighter - incredible performance! Though I have to say, Rush was equally fantastic! Very different performances though. WINNER

Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Andrew Garfield - The Social Network

Jeremy Renner - The Town

Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech


Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams - The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech

Mila Kunis - Black Swan

Melissa Leo - The Fighter - although I am torn, Adams was incredible as well. As was Carter! Eeek ... this one could go a different way and it would not surprise me! - WINNER

Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom


Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

127 Hours

The Kids Are All Right

The King's Speech

The Social Network - I m really torn here. King's Speech is also really good here! - WINNER

Inception


Best Animated Feature Film

Despicable Me

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Toy Story 3 -WINNER

Tangled


Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful

The Concert

The Edge

I Am Love

In a Better World - WINNER


Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Bound to You - Burlesque

Coming Home - Country Strong

I See the Light - Tangled

There's a Place for Us - Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

You Haven't Seen the Last of Me - Burlesque - WINNER


Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplot - The King's Speech

Danny Elfman - Alice in Wonderland

A.R. Rahmin - 127 Hours

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - The Social Network - WINNER

Hans Zimmer - Inception

Golden Globe Predictions


Well, awards season is upon us. And I follow the awards like most people follow sports teams. Listed below are all the nominees and my predictions are in red. Let's see how good I do! Last year I totally dominated (and won) the office Oscar prediction pool!

NOTE: I am not as familiar with the TV categories, so I did not do those.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The King’s Speech - I really think it should win! but ... based on results so far, Social Network has a chance.

The Social Network


Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Alice in Wonderland

Burlesque

The Kids Are All Right

Red

The Tourist


Best Director - Motion Picture

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan

David Fincher - The Social Network

Tom Hooper - The King's Speech

Christopher Nolan - Inception

David O. Russell - The Fighter


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network

Colin Firth - The King's Speech

James Franco - 127 Hours

Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine

Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice

Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone

Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland - I think he WILL win, but I really wish that Gyllenhaal would.

Johnny Depp - The Tourist

Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version

Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs

Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs

Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right

Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right

Emma Stone - Easy A

Angelina Jolie - The Tourist


Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Christian Bale - The Fighter - incredible performance! Though I have to say, Rush was equally fantastic! Very different performances though.

Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Andrew Garfield - The Social Network

Jeremy Renner - The Town

Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech


Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams - The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech

Mila Kunis - Black Swan

Melissa Leo - The Fighter - although I am torn, Adams was incredible as well. As was Carter! Eeek ... this one could go a different way and it would not surprise me!

Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom


Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

127 Hours

The Kids Are All Right

The King's Speech

The Social Network - I m really torn here. King's Speech is also really good here!

Inception


Best Animated Feature Film

Despicable Me

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Toy Story 3

Tangled


Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful

The Concert

The Edge

I Am Love

In a Better World


Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Bound to You - Burlesque

Coming Home - Country Strong

I See the Light - Tangled

There's a Place for Us - Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

You Haven't Seen the Last of Me - Burlesque


Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplot - The King's Speech

Danny Elfman - Alice in Wonderland

A.R. Rahmin - 127 Hours

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - The Social Network

Hans Zimmer - Inception


Monday, January 3, 2011

Reality is far too real today.

This was me on Saturday evening with me feet up at a cafe, enjoying a hot chocolate, reading my book in an overstuffed arm chair with a warm fire. The perfect end to a great day. I had gone for a walk on Calhoun enjoying the crisp fresh air, eaten a great dinner, and spent the evening reading by the fire (and being complimented on my smile ... by a man that could not have a been a day under 50 ...).

Compare that if you will to Monday AM. Still me ... my signature nail polish and ring visible ... yet so very different from the first. From the rosy muted tones of a long weekend to the harsh and bright light of a Monday morning. I want to go back ... or atleast skip forward to next weekend.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Minneapolis on New Year's Eve. Made my resolutions looking out over Calhoun towards the skyline, like I have done for the past few years. Here we go ... again ...
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