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Sunday, February 29th, 2004

Subject:Oscar Picks for 2k3
Time:4:52 pm.
Mood: curious.
There was abuse in my family, but it was mostly musical in nature.
- A Mighty Wind (2003)

Here are my picks for the Oscars later tonight. I went with a couple of “upsets”, and think that the academy may realize that this was a role of a lifetime for Murray. I also think that Cold Mountain will fall flat, which leaves Renee out in the cold.

Best Picture – Lord of the Rings – Return of the King
Best Actor – Bill Murray
Best Actress – Charlize Theron
Best Supporting Actor – Tim Robbins
Best Supporting Actress – Shohreh Aghdashioo
Best Director – Peter Jackson
Best Original Screenplay – Lost in Translation
Best Adapted Screenplay – Mystic River
Best Foreign Language Film – The Barbarian Invasions
Best Animated Feature – Finding Nemo
Best Cinematography – Russell Boyd (Master and Commander)
Best Editing – Daniel Rezende (City of God)
Best Art Direction – Last Samurai
Best Costume Design – Last Samurai
Best Achievement in Makeup – Lord of the Rings – Return of the King
Best Achievement in Original Score – Howard Shore (LOTR)
Best Achievement in Original Song - Annie Lennox (LOTR)
Best Achievement in Sound – Lord of the Rings _ Return of the King
Best Achievement in Sound Editing – Master and Commander
Best Documentary Feature – Fog of War
Best Short Documentary – Ferry Tales
Best Animated Short - Destino
Best Live Action Short – Two Soldiers
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Saturday, February 28th, 2004

Subject:Taking the Red Pill
Time:5:10 am.
Mood: restless.
Excuse my vulgarity.
- Midnight Cowboy (1969)

I'm just not sure if I know what I'm doing anymore.
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Thursday, February 26th, 2004

Subject:Awards for 2003
Time:1:57 pm.
Maybe some day you forget what it's like to be human and maybe then, it's ok.
- Mystic River (2003)

In the first of two Oscar prep post, I have decided to post who would be nominated, and who would win if it were all up to me. I will not include some categories (like short film) since I haven't seen enough to really be fair on this.

Best DocumentaryCollapse )

Best Foreign Language FilmCollapse )

Best Animated FeatureCollapse )

Best Achievement in Visual EffectsCollapse )

Best Achievement in Sound EditingCollapse )

Best Achievement in SoundCollapse )

Best Achievement in MakeupCollapse )

Best Achievement in Costume DesignCollapse )

Best Achievement in Art DirectionCollapse )

Best Achievement in EditingCollapse )

Best Achievement in Cinematography Collapse )

Best Screenplay Based on Previously Released Material Collapse )

Best Screenplay written directly for the screenCollapse )

Best Achievement in DirectingCollapse )

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleCollapse )

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleCollapse )

Best Performance by an ActorCollapse )

Best Performance by an ActressCollapse )

Best Motion Picture of the YearCollapse )
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

Subject:Idiot's Movie Data Base
Time:12:02 pm.
Mood: lazy.
How big a chump can you get to be? I was finding out.
- Out of the Past (1947)

IMDB's 250Collapse )
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Monday, February 23rd, 2004

Subject:The Stank
Time:5:56 pm.
Mood: refreshed.
Well it's fucking Monday afternoon, you should get out of bed earlier.
- High Fidelity (2000)

I hate it when I am on campus and I catch a wiff of B.O. I always sit and wonder if I am the on that reeks, or if it is one of the numerous, and I mean numerous, people at the U that don’t shower.

BTW, if in Mpls, go check out the Station Agent at St. Anthony. It’s gone after tomorrow.
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Thursday, February 19th, 2004

Time:1:22 pm.
Mood: stressed.
Nobody knows anything, Joe. We'll take this leap, and we'll see. We'll jump, and we'll see. That's life, right?
- Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

Which group would you prefer to be in?

Would you rather be a part of a society that is uniform, in which everyone no matter race, religion or sexual preference are members of the hegemony? In this society there would be no differences between individuals while growing up. This society would be about uniformity, and equal opportunities for development no matter what your cast is.

Would You rather be a part of a society that is diverse, in which people are viewed as equals, but individual differences can still impact a remembers development? In this society there would be separate cultures per community, each representing, and praising differences of race and ethnicity. Though there are differences, all mememers of this culture would be viewed as equals in the eyes of the hegemony.
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

Time:3:11 pm.
Mood: okay.
Hey? Lip them? Lip them? What?
- Lost In Translation (2003)

Lem asked me if I had ever written my reasons for liking Lost In Translation so much, and I really hadn’t. I had thought about what I enjoyed of the film, and had considered just writing a list of things for Lem, but instead, I wrote what’s below. I hope it adds some insight for you Lem, and if you haven’t seen the film I’d recommend against reading my “reading” of the film.

Reflections on LITCollapse )
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Monday, February 16th, 2004

Time:5:47 pm.
Mood: full.
You might want to try believing in something bigger than yourself. It might cheer you up.
- American Splendor (2003)

I’ve had people ask me what I thought the best film from last year was. Really most of the questions came near the end of the year, but I hadn’t seen enough of the Christmas films to make the list. I have created the following two lists, one is my list of the ten best films I saw from 2003. These films are remarkable achievements, wondrous works and amazing in the aspects of cinema. The second list is my ten favorite films from 2003. These films are films that affected, impacted and really worked for me. These are the films that I can see myself watching for years and years to come. I should add as a note, that there are four films I have yet to see that may impact this list. Those films are Cold Mountain, Capturing the Friedmans, Spellbound, and The Girl With the Pearl Earring. All of these films come from the Oscar year of 2003 –

The Best List –
1) American Splendor
2) Fog of War
3) In America
4) Elephant
5) Lost in Translation
6) City of God
7) Kill Bill Vol. 1
8) The Station Agent
9) 21 Grams
10) The Barbarian Invasion

Honorable Mention – Mystic River, Seabiscuit, Finding Nemo, Gerry, The House of Sand and Fog

Favorite List –
1) Lost in Translation
2) Kill Bill Vol. 1
3) Gerry
4) Fog of War
5) A Mighty Wind
6) In America
7) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
8) Matchstick Men
9) Last Samuari
10) Elephant

Honorable Mention – The Barbarian Invasions, American Splendor, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Station Agent, Finding Nemo
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Thursday, February 12th, 2004

Time:1:54 pm.
Mood: curious.
She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud. I gave her a drink. She was a gal who'd take a drink, if she had to knock you down to get the bottle.
- Murder, My Sweet (1944)

I’m interested to know what music you think I should be listening too. Pay no attention to what I actually listen to, I want you to create a musical identity of me.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2004

Subject:When Will You Let Go?
Time:1:18 am.
Mood: sad.
Charlotte: I just don't know what I'm supposed to be.
Bob: You'll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.
- Lost in Translation (2003)

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Monday, February 9th, 2004

Time:5:54 pm.
Mood: bitchy.
You need more than guts to be a good gangster, you need ideas.
- City of God (2002)

There are times, and these times are getting more and more frequent, that I realize how ignorant people are. These realizations comes in many ways, but often are a result of a discussion about something I like/now a lot about. This leads me to the question, are people ignorant or am I just over zealous?
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Friday, January 30th, 2004

Time:2:34 pm.
Oh, that's right. We got another body buried here.
- The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Today is a day I’m glad I don’t have to go down the U. I know I wouldn’t have anyway.
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Thursday, January 29th, 2004

Subject:Selfless, Cold and Alone
Time:2:49 pm.
Mood: cold.
Walter, you're wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way.
- His Girl Friday (1940)

One of my favorite parts of winter is having ice crystals in my beard.

In my first of possibly many Oscar reflections, does anyone else think it’s interesting that ROTK got 11 Oscar nods, but none are for acting.
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Monday, January 26th, 2004

Subject:Mint Car (Kaiser Remix)
Time:9:17 pm.
Stop makin' noises like a husband.
- Detour (1945)

Two days later, I sneezed in the middle of Detour. All of a sudden I had this minty feeling in my face, and then a quick little high.
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Wednesday, January 14th, 2004

Time:6:17 pm.
Mood: surprised.
You understand. Do not feel bad. Americans they do not deserve what they have. They have the eyes of small children who are forever looking for the next source of distraction, entertainment, sweet taste in the mouth. We are not like them. We know rich opportunities when we see them. Do not throw away God's blessing.
- House of Sand and Fog (2003)

When driving around the city, do you ever wonder who voted in the "voted best strip club" elections?
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Monday, January 12th, 2004

Subject:Spirit in the Sky
Time:9:05 pm.
Mood: content.
Now no more shenanigans, no more tomfoolery, no more ballyhoo.
- Good Will Hunting (1997)

To say I am ecstatic over the Eagles victory yesterday would really be an understatement. I asked for that pick, and well, I got lucky. I don't think I could have handled the Packers elimiating the Eagles as well as the way they made it into the playoffs. I ran around the basment, screaming and shrieking. I don’t think I came down until… well I don’t know if I have come down yet. I’m excited for the games this weekend.

My Christmas vacation has been almost exactly what I want from it. I haven’t gotten to do everything I was interested in, and I really have a bunch more films I want to see, but at least I’m making progress.

I have two more films to see before I can create my top film list for 2003.
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Sunday, January 11th, 2004

Subject:Y2K 3
Time:1:30 am.
Some people say forgive and forget. Nah, I don't know. I say forget about forgiving and just accept. And... get the hell out of town.
- Grosse Point Blank (1997)

My Soundtrack to describe 2003 –

1) I See a Darkness – Johnny Cash
2) Drown – Son Volt
3) Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McLintlock
4) Where is my Mind? - The Pixies
5) Party for the Rest of the Night – Warren Zevon
6) Attitude – The Misfits
7) Looks Like I’m Up Shit Creek Again – Tom Waits
8) You oughta Be Having Fun – Tower of Power
9) Come Together – The Beatles
10) Look in the Mirror Boy – The Who
11) Feeling so Real - Moby
12) Like a Solider – Johnny Cash
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Saturday, January 10th, 2004

Subject:Ghosts of You
Time:6:24 am.
Dan Rydell: I think I could take him.
Casey McCall: Yeah, to lunch, maybe.
– Sports night (1999)

There is little sadder than listening to the duet of Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer’s rendition of the Redemption Song.
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Subject:Flexin Nuts
Time:5:37 am.
Mood: tired.
Posers were people who looked like punks but "did it for fashion", they'd say shit like, "anarchy in the UK." What the fuck's that? What good is that to those of us in Utah, America? That's a Sex Pistols thing right? They were British right? They were allowed to go on about Anarchy in the UK. You don't live your life by lyrics.
- SLC Punk! (1999)

So last Thursday I went down to Town Hall to meet up with Evan, Sam and Evan’s college friend Lloyd. We talked about Nam, Music and sports while we shared beers. I didn’t bring a cigar which was an unfortunate moment, but even more unfortunate was that Emily and I had to leave right when we took control of the couches.

I had been putting off going to see the Barbarian Invasions for two weeks. I don’t like going down to Edina Four, but I suppose it’s better than Lagoon. Anyway we pulled in a bit early, and I parked next to a car with a bunch of punk rock bumper stickers including a nice Crass one. It was kind of a funny coincidence, since I was wearing my Crass shirt at the time, and really I don’t see many other Crass fans around town. Anyway I went down to buy my tickets and the kid in the both had a name tag on named Devo. He had spiked up hair, and gave me a look over. I asked for the tickets and gave him my 20 and he just pushed the money back, Emily and I got in for me. He said nothing, and as I explained to Emily, Punk Rockers don’t say shit.
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Sunday, January 4th, 2004

Subject:Pod People
Time:5:45 am.
Mood: apathetic.
This is the oddest thing I've ever heard of. Let's hope we don't catch it. I'd hate to wake up some morning and find out that you weren't you.
– Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Sometimes I feel I have a hard time verbalizing my opinions. I spend a lot of time in discussions listening, analyzing and considering other options. I think it puts me at a disadvantage sometimes, mostly due to a passive nature when it comes to belief structure. Tonight was a situation where I felt out of place. Tonight I tried to be more verbal in some of my ideas. I tried to share some things that I might think, I tried to share some of my beliefs, and I think I was successful. There were large amounts of time that I felt uncomfortable, but in the end I need to accept that I feel that way.
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