Monday, February 28, 2011

The End of a Long Month.


I don't know about the rest of you all, but for me February seemed like a really long month. I know that January has more days than February, but still it seemed longer and I don't really know why. Anyways. Work went really well and writing group also went really well too; I had 14 kids in my group, which is a new record for my group. We watched the Wizard of Oz because I felt that since it was based off a book, and has singing in it, that it would be perfect to introduce poetry. A lot of modern writers and poets I've heard believe that lyrics from music are the new form of poetry, or at least a form. I'm hoping that if I can get them to listen to a range of songs and have them pay attention to the lyrics that might help them write poetry, or at least understand it. If I can plant a seed in their heads than hopefully someone else will come along and water it and reap the rewards. One of my brightest writing SED's is leaving this week and so this was his last writing group. Despite the fact that he was occasionally wretched, I must admit that I will miss him and his instigating and whiny ways. His humor was often as dark as mine, and we had some common interests. Well I got home and found my roommate present and awake, along with some his very, very uniquely strange friends. We chatted once he dispersed them and it actually went well and there weren't any heads rolling or any foul language utilized. He was actually very understanding and apologetic. So he's either speaking the truth or he's one hell of a sociopath and therefore liar. Hopefully it's the first. If I had the time and energy I'd pick my people for best dressed for the Oscars, but I'm hungry and tired so I'm going to watch some Battlestar Galactica or Law & Order SVU and go to bed.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

And the Oscar Goes To......


I was unfortunately unable to watch any of the Oscar show, but I caught the red carpet and part of the after show. I was actually delighted to see that I was correct a lot in what would win, and also what I'd like to see win. Before getting into that, work was actually very nice today. A lot of the SED's went on pass or a visit, and even the latter part of the night wasn't too difficult; I only had one SED try to kick and flash me and that was all of the contention. Got home and roommate is still nowhere to be seen, most likely doesn't feel up to talking to me about what happened early Friday morning and so he's still hiding from me, or rather avoiding I suppose. That was that. Now onto who I thought, who I wanted to and who actually won an Oscar tonight at the ceremony. The King's Speech won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay. SWEET! I wanted all four to win, although I was always predicting a potential upset, and so I have one pretty much for every category. I predicted and wanted Natalie Portman to get Best Actress, I predicted that Christian Bale was going to get Best Supporting Actor. I was wrong on all accounts for Best Supporting Actress as Melissa Leo got it. I was very pleased that The Social Network only got three Oscars, which was still one too many; Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing which it deserved. Poor choice for the score, really poor selection, and good for Aaron Sorkin for his writing and smack on smack with the editing. Foreign Language film award went to In A better World, which I didn't predict but whatever. Toy Story 3 got Best Animated Film and Best Original Song, which is good for Pixar, but I thought a few others deserved a shot. Oh well. I did a great job of predicting Alice in Wonderland snagging Best Art Direction and Costume Design. Inception snagged the Oscar for Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects and I was pleased about all four, although I think I wanted Tron to snag a few here and there and maybe Iron Man 2. Oh well. The Wolfman got Best Original Make-up which was well earned, and I spotted that one too. There are all of the major nominations. I can't really critique the broadcast since I didn't see it and I heard mixed comments about the hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, including a stunt about him wearing a red dress, a blonde wig and make-up. He is one good looking woman, but I don't know how well the whole thing was played off. The clothes, hair, shoes and other stuff of the celebrities was on the whole not too bad. Celine Dion looked fantastic, as did Sandra Bullock and I don't care what people say I liked Sharon Stone's look. Well that's that folks. Another year until we have the same celebration. I cannot deny secretly that my desire is to at least get an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at least one day in the future. That would be so....so....exhilerating, but of course it would be exhilerating just to write a screenplay for a film.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Sleepless Night.

I will be frank, I never was and will never be a huge "party" guy. During college I had a good regimented sleeping schedule and studied; I didn't drink, play late night poker games, or attend all night Halo games. Now that I am twenty-five I figure that I've left the "college experience" years behind me and am now living like a boring adult where I work most of the time and possess very little room for spontaneous pleasure. My roommate however does not hold to such philosophy. He's newly twenty-two years of age and continues on insisting like living like he's a teenager versus a responsible adult who has a very, very good job working for the U.S. government. So of course I go to bed earlier than usual because I have work early in the morning and I fall pretty fast asleep. However, for some odd reason I was awoken from my very deep slumber around 1am or so, I figured my roommate had returned and that was what had woken me up. I soon returned to asleep, thought not as soundly. Around 3am in the morning I awoke jolted up in my bed to what I thought was a girl screaming, after that point I left my room and found my roommate isolated on our dark porch with a bunch of his so called friends doing who knows what. I asked him in a calm manner what the heck was going on, and I seem to remember him giving me a rather vague answer but I went back to my room to get some sleep after some assurance that the noise wouldn't continue. However, after that point it was impossible for me to get any quality sleep. Him and his "friends" essentially kept me up for the rest of the night as I attempted on multiple occasions to fall back asleep. I was waiting for morning to come so I could get up and dressed for work. When I got out into the living room there were seven people sprawled out on the floor, and that doesn't include any number of people which could have been in my roommate's room. I left as quickly as I could, knowing full well that later on I would deal with the situation. Needless to say I got to work plenty early, but I was completely exhausted and from that moment on felt as if I could fall asleep at any point during the day. I was also very grumpy and had a short fuse, but the SED's weren't actually too bad and almost seemed understanding when I told them I was very tired and didn't get much sleep. God was once again watching out for me. Aside from my lethargy the rest of my work day went well, and yes I did work a double. But wait the story isn't finished yet....I come home from work, not quite certain what to expect, and what do I find? The carpet is stained by something reddish, the bathroom has bluish coloring everywhere and on my rugs and towels as well. My roommate's "friends" ate my food and got it all over the bathroom floor, the patio was a mess, and dirt was all over the living room floor. To say the least I was fit to be tied, but I don't know if my roommate will be brave enough to show up to the apartment before I go to bed tonight. I'm not quite certain what's going to happen, but something is going to have to happen, I also can't wait for his explanation of all the crap that happened while I was trying to sleep. It should be quite an interesting discussion. Well I'm going to do some internet surfing, watch some Battlestar Galactica, and hopefully get a lot of much needed sleep. The last thing I need is to get sick again.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Facebooked.


Well I finally did it, I watched the film The Social Network and boy did I have fun writing that film review. I won't go into too much of my opinion here, but let's say that it is the longest review I have ever done for a film, even longer than the one I gave The Phantom Menace. I will say however that I haven't a clue why The Social Network is up for so many Academy Awards. It really was a mediocre film at best, and I hope that I never see it again. While I'm at it, best of luck for those of you who find yourselves irrevocably addicted to Facebook. If you can't or refuse to try and meet people or talk with people face to face the old fashioned way then you need to suck it up and just do it. I will act like a complete mean wretch for a few moments and state how pathetic our culture is when people can't go longer than a couple minutes without checking what is up on Facebook with the rest of their socially challenged friends, or individuals who have what we call in psychology as "weak ego strength." When I hear about "drama" as people call it unfolding across the digital framework of the world wide web it is miserably pathetic, especially when it is concerning whether or not a friend deleted you from their list of friends. People need to resolve their conflicts face to face in the flesh, not over the web; it is so...dehumanizing. People should not be conveying their emotions and thoughts through machines, but with our words from our own mouths to the person (s) ears. That is why God created us with those particular bodyparts. I suggest people try and remember how to properly use them before we all become a private and secluded society. Moving on. I had a lovely day and I was actually able to edit two more chapters of book 2, and now I'm on page 428 so I'm close to being finished with my first draft and then comes the next set of phases which include taking it to the publisher. I also put two more film composer pages on my site: Bruno Coulais Music Page, and Craig Armstrong Music Page. Tomorrow I go back to work and work with the SED children who had parents who only cared about themselves, their needs, wants and desires and about how others viewed them. Now these children are scarred for life and will never be the same because someone cared more for pleasure and personal self-fulfillment than their child's well-being. Now that would make a great film.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bloodied.


Right as I sat down to type this blog entry I blew my nose because the cold I have continues to linger on. Then of course what should happen next but I feel this warm oozy feeling on my nose and upper lip. Of course I thought I missed some snot and so I grab a kleenex and soon discover that my nose is bleeding. I rush to the bathroom and see what the damage is, and unfortunately I got blood on my Thor shirt that two dear friends of mine gave me for Christmas. I'm soaking it in hot water and soap to get the stain out, at least hopefully. I was very distressed, but now the gushing seems to have stopped thank goodness. The day was very uneventful. I picked up a shift at work because they were short staffed and so that was my evening. I was able to edit a little of a chapter for book 2 before I left, but that was all of the writing that I was able to get completed. That was my day. Our very last Academy Award Nomination to go over is Best Original Screenplay: Another Year, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are Alright, and The King's Speech. Obviously I want The King's Speech to get the Oscar, and I think the Academy will go with my vote but if not than they will most likely select The Fighter. And there are all 24 nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards! Hopefully I'll connive a way to see them, but if not well....that's life. Hope ya'll have a good night. I'm going to get more suspenseful action from watching Battlestar Galactica which is an amazing show, I really recommend everyone who enjoys good television to watch it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Taken.


Well today was fairly productive. Somehow I was able to edit two chapters in book 2, which was phenomenal. I'm right on track to finish my first official edit, and then I can do it all over again! I also was able to write that film review for Takers that I saw last night. I spent the greater part of the afternoon working on my website on the film music review section. It is my goal to have a webpage for each composer that I have reviewed, where not only do I catalog what I reviewed, but also a compiliation of their works, perhaps a short biography and other little tidbits that I might find. The reason is that I figure some people may want to search via a composer instead of a film score, and I thought why not since I like film music more than any other genre (besides classical). Here are the composer pages that I have created thus far: Alan Silvestri Music Page, Alexandre Desplat Music Page, Andrew Lloyd Webber Music Page, and A.R. Rahman Music Page. I have around twenty or so other composers before I am finished. It is an exhaustive project, but one I think that will be a nice addition to my website when I am finished. I am also hoping to eventually do the same thing with directors for films, and maybe film writers for screenplay and story as well. It would be quite an undertaking to do every facet of film, which is why I'll at least stick with those two. Speaking of writing, tonight for Oscar time we have the Nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay: 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter's Bone. I only saw True Grit and know nothing of Winter's Bone so I'm going to go with True Grit because from what I understand the Cohen brothers did well adapting it from the book, and it was a fairly well written screenplay. The Academy will no doubt choose The Social Network, but I hear that it was solid writing despite the topic or actors. I have one Oscar Nomination remaining to present and then I will be finished! Thank goodness. Twenty-four days straight in a row can be taxing to write about the same thing. I guess I have to find something else to write about now.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Some Rest for the Wicked.


I feel much more energized and relaxed today. It's amazing what some much needed rest will do for you. Let me first and foremost wish a very happy birthday to my sister Cindy today, along with one of the former U.S. Presidents....the legendary George Washington, the man who was offered to be dictator of this country and flatly refused. Happy birthday to both of you! Well as I mentioned above I acquired some much needed R & R and didn't do really any writing. I posted a film score review of Elizabeth: The Golden Age on my website and got a small taste of the Oscar nominated film composer A.R. Rahman. I wasn't really that impressed. Besides doing a bit of laundry and cleaning my day was fairly un-interesting. Now, for Clone Wars Tuesdays. Today we have "The Citadel" where Obi-Wan and Anakin have to break into this prison which was designed to hold rogue Jedi and is now run by the Separatists. Their goal is to rescue Jedi Master Even Piell who holds important info on hyperspace routes. Okay, the concept was awesome and even the introduction of Tarkin was a nice little touch but I think they were over reaching. Based on this episode I thought that the voice of Tarkin was a little weak, but it might have to grow on me. Dave Filoni tends to have far too many characters in an episode instead of having fewer so that they can fit more in a 22 minute episode. They spread the characters, storyline, and dialogue too thinly. I also didn't like the warden who seemed like more of the dumb and overly arrogant type than anything intelligent. I also would like to see the Republic lose more battles than they have lately; they always seem to win which takes away from the heroes because they're never in any real danger since we know they'll always win. It wasn't one of my favorite episodes, but the carbon freezing was quite nostaligic and a nice tie in for the Empire Strikes Back. I watched Takers tonight not quite certain what I'd be getting myself into, but with a good cast I thought why not. It was supremely suspenseful, but I'll go into more when I write a review tomorrow. One of my favorite Academy Nominations is featured tonight....Visual Effects: Alice in Wonderland, The Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, Hereafter, Inception, and Iron Man 2. Despite the obvious fact that Tron: Legacy should have been nominated, the list is good, although Hereafter is kind of an odd duck. I'm voting for Alice in Wonderland because of all the nominees they had visually the finest effects and certainly the most exotic and it was shot in 3-D, but Iron Man 2 was really close. Those robots and armored suits were quite impressive. I think the Academy is going to vote with me, but if they don't then they'll choose Inception. Well, that's all folks.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Jokes Anybody?

Well work went well while writing Wallachian words which were worded wonderfully. That first sentence was just something I wanted to write with "W's" and it suddenly came to me, I forget what the literary tool is, but it looks and sounds cool to me. Anyways, it was a fine day at the office. The SED's weren't overly difficult, although trying to play volleyball with them can be rather challenging. My writing group actually went relatively well. I had the SED's write jokes and riddles, and if they were able to get me to laugh then they got a piece of candy. It actually worked really well, but they got hyper rather quickly so I don't know if I'm going to try that methodology again. What's really annoying is that anytime I try to have them sit down and do some serious writing, it is such a battle to get them to remain calm and focus. I am so glad that I am not their teacher. The rest of the evening went swell, and I hope that everyone else's was equally equitable. For our Oscar Nominee for tonight we have Sound Mixing: Inception, The King's Speech, Salt, The Social Network, and True Grit. Honestly I don't give a frelling heck anymore about the Oscars after twenty-one days of discussion and thought, especially right now when I'm tired and wanting to get onto something else besides blogging. Therefore I am going to vote for Inception and am predicting that the Academy is going to choose The Social Network which is a film that I am uncertain as to why it is in this category but whatever. Tron: Legacy should have been nominated, but the people at the Academy are strange.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Weekend that....

....Ended so Quickly? Even though yesterday was tiring, today wasn't so bad. Most of the SED's were in pleasant space and those who weren't....well they soon moved into having a more positive perspective on the day. It just seems like yesterday that I was gearing up for the work weekend, and now that it's here and almost gone, wow it is amazing. One week until the Academy Awards are aired and I have five categories remaining in my nominee review. The Nominations for Best Achievment in Sound Editing are: Inception, Toy Story 3, Tron: Legacy, True Grit, and Unstoppable. Well...this is a hard one to choose as there 2 very competitive films in this category; Tron: Legacy and Inception. I enjoyed both films and both had great sound qualities where the sound played a huge role. I am going to go with Tron: Legacy though for what I want to win and the Academy will most likely choose Inception. If either one wins I'll be happy, but the others with the exception of Unstoppable I'm not quite certain why they were chosen. Well sleep well and soon we'll see just how accurate of a predictor I am.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Rain Anyone?

It rained so much today, which I usually enjoy, but not when I have a good many SED children that need to work off energy and they can't because they're trapped inside due to the weather. Other than that, the day wasn't too bad and was relatively enjoyable. Nothing really exciting or interesting happened though...so I'm going to get on with the Oscars so I can get in an episode of Battlestar Galactica before I go to bed. Our category tonight is along the same lines as last night. And the nominations for Best Live Action Short Film are: The Confession, The Crush, God of Love, Na Wewe, and Wish 143. Of all of the nominees I'm liking The Confession; the concept seems very interesting and kind of catchy, I could almost make a story out of the idea the short film is based on. The Academy will probably choose Na Wewe for the obvious reasons, but it also looks rather good. Well goodnight everyone, and for those of you who are around rain try not to drown.

Friday, February 18, 2011

2 Year Anniversary!!!!!


When I moved to San Diego back in 2009 I didn't have a job, nor did I get one until October of that very year. I lived on the money that I made working at the psychiatric hospital back in Illinois, and I was very frugal; I've often thought about writing a book about how I was able to save and spend money wisely for ten months in San Diego without any real additional income. Anyways, during that time I was writing a lot and it was in those first two months of the year that I designed and then launched my website: http://www.escapistnow.com/ Now I am still working on it two years later. There had been other things that I had done and tried to do and keep going, but they always failed. Creating and then maintaining this website was a point of no return for me; once I started it I would never allow myself to let it fall by the wayside. And I have pushed and pulled myself these couple of years to keep it going despite personal stress and difficulties. At first it was difficult to convince myself to keep the website going and continue to write new material since the numbers stayed very low for quite some time, and of course I have no business or marketing skills whatsoever. However, over time more and more people began to visit and not just in the U.S.A. but also globally to the point where over 98 different countries and territories have visited my site. I am thrilled beyond belief and I am hoping that as the years go on my site will continue to grow and improve, much like my writing. Thank you to those of you who read my blog and what I post on my site; it means a great deal for me. On with the show. I wrote and posted a film review of RED on my site, and I will echo what I said yesterday in that it is a good and fun film. I didn't get a chance to edit any of book 2 today, but I admit that I can't do everything. I spent a good portion of the day performing checks and maintenance on my website for today's little celebration. One day I'll really be able to do something grand for something like the 10 year anniversary. I watched quite a bit of Battlestar Galactica and moved onto season 2. I think I'm completely hooked now. The show is interesting, thought provoking, and the characters are entrancing and totally addicting. I don't know if I've ever felt this much empathy for characters on a television show before; now that is good writing. The Oscars are a little boring tonight, but I guess if you were one of the nominees maybe not so much. And the Nominees for Best Animated Short Film are: Day & Night, The Gruffalo, Let's Pollute, The Lost Thing, and Madagascar: a Journey Diary. Now I have absolutely no clue what is what, but The Lost Thing looks interesting so I'll go for that. I'll be stereotypical and predict that the Academy will give the award to Let's Pollute. There it is. I hope you all have a restful night and a fantastic day tomorrow, for I will be tirelessly working away dealing with SED children all day for the weekend. May the Force be with us all.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Death by Cheesecake.


There are many ways to die that I would prefer, and I would like to add death by cheesecake to the list. I went to the Cheesecake Factory with a friend tonight and had a lovely time. I got the club sandwich which was okay; I think they toasted the bread a little too long, but everything was good. Raspberry lemonade was divine, although the acid in it hurt my throat and I had to order some water. The key lime cheesecake though was....oh boy...so delicious. That place makes the best cheesecake I have eaten at a restaurant, and that is primarily why I go there; the cheesecake. So enough about cheesecake, although it is really worth mentioning five million times. Today was rather boring. I was lazy and edited book 2; that was about it. Being sick is really putting a stopper in my social and productivity calendar. I watched the film Red tonight and would have written a review, but I'm tired and sick so that won't be happening until at least tomorrow. I liked the film honestly; it was witty, enjoyable, humorous and had one hell of an ending. The cast was extraordinary and was perhaps the best part. For your Oscar viewing we have best Original Song, which is an award I don't usually care about. I mean, this isn't the Grammys is it? The Nominees are: Country Strong, Tangled, 127 Hours, and Toy Story 3. Well...............Honestly I don't care who gets it but if I was forced to pick a nominee I would choose 127 Hours and that is also what I think the Academy is going to choose. There is something about the title of the song "If I Rise" that seems to inspire, not to mention I don't really care for country and Disney songs always seem to be nominated or win awards; it's time for something else. Some good news. Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary that I launched my website http://www.escapistnow.com/ and boy has it been a couple of roller coaster years of unexpected pains and pleasures. The website has grown so much and has become so much despite all of the outside stressors of my life, and it has lasted as well and did not fall by the way side or back burner. I promised myself that when I launched the website that wouldn't happen, and that I was in this for the long term. Here I am still, now blogging successfully every night. All of you sleep well.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Running to Catch my Nose.


Sometimes you have to be creative with titles after the first 170. Regardless though, that is a greater part of what I did all day; I blew my nose constantly, and in between I drank water and tea and....well you can fill in the dots. I am feeling much better than yesterday, but it stills sucks a lot being sick. It keeps you from doing much of what you want to do. I didn't edit any of book 2 today because I didn't have enough steam to do the very long chapter which I would have had to edit, but I was finally able to finish another modern war story. This one is called The Sword and the Shield: The Other Side of Conflict and takes a look at conflict from the American perspective for today's soon to become typical family, or at least sterotypical. Since I was nearly incapacited yesterday I wasn't able to do Clone Wars Tuesday Review. The Mortis trilogy was concluded with Ghosts of Mortis which ended up being quite a surprising episode. It continued with the dark overtones and mythological references to our own world's myths, but also the ones within the Star Wars realm. George Lucas is really creating his own mythology, in a universe of his own making with new heroes and villains to populate it with a type of religion to influence and bring it together. I won't spoil what happens, but I will say that "The Son" shows Anakin the future of what he will do and become and that influences his decision to do certain things in the episode. In all, the conclusion was brillaint for a very important and pivotal chapter in The Clone Wars saga. Sam Witwer did the voice for "The Son" in all three episodes and there was something about his performance which was completely entrancing. He was so calm and almost seemingly tender for such an "evil" villain, but it worked very well. I've actually been watching him lately in Battlestar Galactica which is definitely getting more and more interesting each time I watch it. That is what you do when you're sick these days besides reading books, you watch television and that is what I have been watching. Although today I did a little PC gaming since I got up so early from going to sleep so very early last night. Well, our Oscar nomination list is beginning to wind down and tonight we have one of my personal favorite categories....Best Original Score: How to Train your Dragon (John Powell), Inception (Hans Zimmer), The King's Speech (Alexandre Desplat), 127 Hours (A.R. Rahman), and The Social Network (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross). I personally think the nominees are pretty poor this year. I reviewed Inception's score and didn't really care for it, Desplat's work on The King's Speech is hardly anything new or profound; a lot of tinkly piano music like stuff which is what he tends to do, like in The Queen. I bet those two scores sound a lot alike. 127 Hours is a lot of guitar like music and The Social Network is this weird electronic blend with piano and classical elements. John Powell's music is the only one that should have been nominated, and that is the one that I hope wins. The Academy will most likely choose 127 Hours since they chose something similar years ago that had a smilar style; Brokeback Mountain. Tron Legacy, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Robin Hood, and Alice in Wonderland are definitely some scores that should have been nominated, but that is the Academy for you.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sicker than a Dog.

Oh boy boy I feel like crap right now. What really sucks is that I can't write when I'm sick, and I really wanted to. I was barely able to edit book 2 and even now writing this blog entry is becoming a challenge. A review of the day finds that I was much more productive before the evening. I ran errands and cleaned the apartment, made cheesecake and watched Battlestar Galactica. That is actually turning out to be a really good series, a little weird, but then again it is science fiction. I'm going to move onto the Oscars before I run out of steam and tonight we have Best Acheivement in Makeup: Barney's version, The Way Back, and The Wolfman. Of the three films, The Wolfman was the only one that I saw and the other two I had never heard of. Therefore I am going for The Wolfman, which the makeup was spectacular and I liked the film, but the Academy will most likely choose Barney's Version; it sounds weird, dramatic and strange enough for them. Good night everyone; I hope you sleep better than I probably will.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sick of being Sick.

I don't know about everyone else in the rest of the world but I have had it with getting sick. I haven't gotten this sick this frequently in my entire life! Perhaps it's because of my job, which I'll agree with. Ways to combat being sick would be useful and necessary. Working at my job while being sick isn't a whole lot of fun and quickly becomes very exhausting...like today. My throat hurts because my sinuses are draining and hopefully it'll quickly go away without any further ramafications. I think I've drunk over a couple gallons of water today, so at least my kidneys are really happy. Work was essentially fine for the most part, but I did have an SED kick and spit on me as well as flash me. He stated that he wanted to go to Mars because there wasn't a lot of air so he could die, but of course he said it really dramatically. Unfortunately the child is a blooming sociopath at age 8. The rest of work blew by as one other kid kept me occupied with his poor behavior and the SED's in general were really hyper. My co-worker, Olympia, made some really fine salsa so I was very lucky. My roommate, Tucker, turned 22 today. Happy Birthday to him, and also Happy Valentines Day to all of you as well; hope you found love and care from another human being. Today for our Oscar list we have Best Foreign Film: Buitiful, Dogtooth, In a Better World, Incendies, and Outside the Law. I like various kinds of films but knowing very little about these I'm going with Outside the Law to win and I believe the Academy will choose Buitiful. I'm tired and sick so I am going to bed.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sheer Exhaustion.

Right now I feel like I am going to fall asleep as I type this, but here we go. Work was very long and difficult. I don't why people are so desperate to have children of their own. Onto the Oscars. Tonight we have Best Film Editing: Black Swan, The Fighter, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, and The Social Network. Based upon the actual talent that I saw I'm going for Black Swan but the Academy will choose The Fighter since by this time it'll have earned few Oscars and they'll be looking for an excuse to give one to it. There ya go. Well I have one shift left at work to do until I have my days off again. The home stretch; thank God.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Staple versus Finger...

...Well in this case the staple won. The moral of that lesson, never try to yank out a staple with your fingers; use a pair of pliers instead. Otherwise you might get a really bad cut and have blood go everywhere, and this could happen at work which could be a very unsanitary place at times. So words from the wise; be careful around sharp or very pointy objects. There ya go, my little wisdom for the day. Work wasn't too bad; most of the SED's were in good space which was rather wonderful for me. One in particular was a rude little brat frequently, but she received her due karma. Came back to my apartment and none of my roommates....friends were present of which I was very thankful for. He had his brithday party tonight since his birthday is on Valentines day. Even though it wasn't a hard day at work, it was very long; you know it being double Saturday and all. Well our Oscar report for tonight is another not necessarily very exciting category....Best Documentary Short Subject: Killing in the Name, Poster Girl, Strangers no More, Sun Come Up, and The Warriors of Quigang. I know nothing about any of the nominations. Based on the summaries of the documentaries there are quite a few good looking ones that caught my attention, but of them I like Killing in the Name (and it isn't because of the title) I think the notion behind the subject is very fascinating. However, Hollywood politics will most likely choose Sun Come Up since it deals with the hot political topic of global warming. That's that; have a good night and perhaps next week I'll have some more original writing for all of you.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Two Households Alike.....


....In dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean...." That was part of the opening Prologue to "Romeo and Juliet" and no I didn't see the play, but I saw the extraordinary ballet. It was the first ballet I'd ever seen, such are the advantages of living in San Diego versus Wisconsin. I wish I had balance like those individuals do, I don't think I'd ever trip merely by standing. All of the dancing, I suppose that is what it is called, was fantastic which combined with the music of Sergei Prokofiev was exhilerating. Two performances stood out for me; Mercutio played by Trystan Loucado and Tybalt played by Marshall Whiteley. These two men performed excellently; Trystan was humorous yet serious when his character needed to be and it came through really well in his performance. Marshall was awesome as I guess the villain, now he had a great costume. The darkness that his character exhuded was....AWESOME! He actually looked like Ben Barnes from Chronicles of Narnia I thoughy oddly enough. The people who played Romeo & Juliet were good (Maxim Tchernychev & Abby Avery), but I tend not to like the pure of heart characters very much; not very easy for me to be sympathetic towards them., but they did a phenomenal job. Anyways. It was a great show and now I want to see more ballet! All of that happened in the latter part of the evening, but before that I made a red velvet cake which I am going to frost after I write this. My roommate is growing old again this weekend, so he wanted that kind of cake with cream cheese frosting. It actually looks fabulous so far, especially for my first time making the cake. The rest of the day I ran errands and fiddled around on the computer, and I edited another chapter from book 2. I'm actually passed the 300 page marker now and so if I keep pushing then I may get the rest of the book edited before February is over! That would be a relief. For our Oscar analysis tonight we have......Best Documentary Feature: Exit Through the Gift Shop, Gasland, Inside Job, Restrepo, and Waste Land. Well this category is always uncertain since I usually know nothing about the nominees. During the Oscars as they're reviewing the nominees I'm able to come to a decision, but since that won't happen I'm going to go with....Restrepo that I want to win and Gasland for the Academy to choose. Visit http://www.oscar.com/ for info on the various documentaries. Back to work this weekend and soon shortly time for sleep.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Where Did Today Go?


I haven't a clue as to where the day went. I'm reflecting back on it now, and still there seem to be gaps. I did edit some more of book 2, but that was actually a small chapter. I played some PC strategy game for a bit as well; I really want to go through the storyline quickly, so I have to play the game to get through all of that. What can I say, I really like the story and have to play the game to get the whole picture; it's like watching a film with long intermissions. And I was actually just now working on my next Modern Warfare story of which I am on fire with writing; I could still go at it now, but I have to blog and watch some Battlestar Galactica before going to sleep. Ah yes. A good portion of the day went to doing my taxes which were much easier this time around with the exception of one blip, but hopefully it's nothing serious. I hate doing my taxes and I thank God that I don't have complicated ones either. The time it took me to do my taxes was when I was going to write so....I wasn't able to get as much writing accomplished as I really wanted to, but I have a good start at least and hopefully I'll be able to finish the story tomorrow if I plan everything correctly. I'm also on a Star Wars binge and thus have been watching the films. Tonight I watched my favorite, The Empire Strikes Back, which is the best of all six films and the defining sequel for all films to follow as an example of what to do. Next for Oscar Nominations is a highly coveted award; Best Director: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David O. Russell (The Fighter), Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), David Fincher (The Social Network), and the Coen Brothers (True Grit). Obviously I would like Tom Hooper to get it for The King's Speech but I think that the Academy is going to give it to Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan, which I would be fine with because he did do a great job with that film. The others...well...I'll put it this way, I don't want The Social Network to win any awards.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Back-Up Terrors.


Today was a fairly normal day. I got up and did my normal routine, and then did some lazy computer playing for a while before sitting down and editing book 2. As I was starting up my ancient lap-top computer (I think it may be over nine years old) it wasn't starting up for a while. It took me quite a bit of patience and of pressing the start button to get it to start up. To my relief it turned on and I was able to edit my book on it, but I wondered how much longer the computer was going to hold out for me. I thus, after editing the book chapter which was phenomenal and went spectacularly, began to back up my vast music collection onto CDs which took a very, very, very long time. I think I may have even pushed the antiquated piece of equipment a little too far because it stopped writing a CD in the middle of the writing process, it became very sluggish, and it was very hot. Hopefully it'll still work tomorrow and I can get everything else off it. If not then it worked great while it was alive. Anyways. If you have something old, you might want to back everything up while you still can. While I was backing up my music I watched Empire of Dreams which is a Star Wars documentary about how George Lucas began from nothing and soon had everything he pretty much yearned for. It's a great documentary, and I of course love the whole saga so it made the boorish process of backing up data enjoyable somewhat. I eventually sat down and wrote a review on the 10,000 B.C. Score and posted it on my website http://www.escapistnow.com/ and was actually surprised with how well done the film score was for newcomer Harald Kloser. Our Oscar Nominations continue with Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland, I Am Love, The King's Speech, The Tempest, and True Grit. I never saw The Tempest but the costumes from what I remember seeing in the previews looked fantastic. However, I am a fan of Tim Burton so I am going to go for wanting Alice in Wonderland to win and the Academy to pick The Tempest. If either won it would be fine by me. The others...well...I suppose so, but the costumes don't have much original design to them like something fantastical would. I'm finishing the night with a bit of Sherlock and we'll see if Professor Moriarty rears his head around before the end of the first season

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mr. Clean.


After I did my regular morning routine I cleaned the apartment. It took me quite a few hours to complete all of the necessary tasks including laundry, but then I relaxed and edited a chapter in my book before taking my mind off of reality by playing Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars for a little bit. I also watched another episode of Battlestar Galactica which looks like it'll continue to be a good show so far at least, although I've only seen the first two episodes. There were some other rather boorish things I did, nothing really worth describing. So on with the show. It is Clone Wars review time and the latest episode is "The Altar of Mortis." Sounds kind of scary or creepy I suppose, and it is put in a relatively dark setting. Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka are trying to escape the...well...whatever they're on, but "The Son" kidnaps Ahsoka and Anakin and Obi-Wan pursue. Anakin is taunted by the dark side, Ahsoka also has some difficulties, and Obi-Wan along with "The Sister" have to make some hard decisions. I liked the episode a lot; this trio of episodes is going very well and delving into some pretty heavy mythology and not just about Star Wars. I like the depth that's present, and it would have been more awesome for them to go further, but time constraints and the target audience (it has to be tamer for children) makes that difficult. Oh well. Since I enjoy the dark side of the Force I am of course a big admirer of "The Brother" but I also really like "The Father" as well. "The Sister" is kind of annoying, but I have always found pure good to be very obnoxious. The story is somewhat confusing, especially as to how this is all going to fit into the Star Wars saga, but I'm sure Dave Filoni along with George know what they're doing. There was one thing that was kind of weird; "The Father" had these wings without changing into some sort of animal, and I think he should have changed into something like his children could. It isn't really that important, but something that could have been different. It should be interesting to see how the conclusion will be concerning all of the prophetic foreshadowing going on. It seems as if the balance is tipping in favor of the dark side (YES!!!!) Going back to reality; the Oscars. Tonight we have Best Cinematography: The Black Swan, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network, and True Grit. Not the best selection ever for one of the most prestigious awards but there ya go. Umm...I am going to have to go for Inception on this one for what I would like to win, and I think the Academy will choose Black Swan which would be fine with me. The other films, with the exception of True Grit, I'm uncertain why they were nominated, especially The Social Network; I mean, it takes place at Harvard and locales like that. The thing about Inception is that it is visionary work and Black Swan is exquisite dark beauty and that is deserving of a nomination. Anyways, as long as The Social Network doesn't win the award (or any) I will be content with any of the above nominations.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Calm Finish.

Well my work week is finally over once more! And there was great rejoicing....Or maybe just great snoozing. Overall it wasn't bad and I really can't complain whatsoever, nor will I. This one SED simply latched onto me like he was an octopuss and wouldn't let go of initially my arm but then grasped my leg. I had a dickens of a time getting him up without escalating the situation, where it went to somewhat. It was really strange....but with these kids anything can happen. Continuing on with the Oscars we have Best Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland, The Deathly Hallows Part 1, Inception, The King's Speech, and True Grit. Now I have seen all of these films, which is a first for any of the nominations thus far; apparently I like films with good original art. Anyways. Of all of the films I saw Alice in Wonderland is what I'd like to win and there's a high possibility that it will win, but Inception was also impressive with its art design. The other films....well I don't personally think that they fit the category, particularly the King's Speech; what is so artsy about early twentieth century Great Britain...don't know. But since when has the Academy made complete sense, or sometimes any sense at all. As for who I think will win it...hmm...I'll wager Inception. Well I'm sleepy and have a busy week ahead of me, so to dreaming REM sleep hopefully for a good portion of the night.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Triple Threat.

What a day. Even though it wasn't traumatizing or even that painful, I was spit on, kicked, and punched in the face today by one of the charming SED's. As soon as I walked into the cottage there was trouble with a capital "T" and it didn't stop really all day. To put it mildly, I am very exhausted. Working with Eight SED children is taxing to the nerves and levels of patience and calm. You know what can be just as equally taxing almost.....? A lazy roommate. I will say no more on that matter though. Anyways on to more interesting stuff. The Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film: How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, and Toy Story 3. I didn't see any of the animated films but was told that the first and last was good; I know very little about the other film. I would like How To Train Your Dragon to win since Pixar is such a dominant Oscar winner, but I have a feeling The Illusionist will win because that is most likely what the Academy will go for. It might actually be that good. I really don't care about this nomination, but there ya have it. I'm tired so a little snack and then bed.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Moving Along.

Well...I must admit that I am very sleepy right now. Work was okay, and the SED's did actually great without any real difficulties. Double Saturday is over and now I am looking forward to double Sunday. I am immensely bubbling over in excitement (yuck). I get paid though and it is doing something that is part of my B.A. from college, so I won't really complain, especially in this economy. Moving onto the Oscars, since work was quite boorish, we have Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Hailee Steinfield (True Grit), and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom). I would like Helena Bonham Carter to win the Oscar, and I would like to think that they'd give it to her, but for some odd reason I'm thinking that Jacki Weaver will probably get it. Didn't see the film, but it sounds like something on average that the Academy would choose. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised; who knows. Getting close to being done with work again before my days off! Thank goodness. Goodnight and God bless.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Force is with Me.


The entire set of days off that I had have been a balance of fun and work for the most part; which I suppose should always be that way. Today for example was productive and relaxing at the same time; if I could achieve that all of the time then it would be awesome! I was able to finish working on a short story The Sword and the Shield: A Heart Turned to War which is a modern war story. I've been thinking of different things to write lately than what I have been and my mind turned to the films that were produced during WWII. A favorite past time that my father and I would do would be to watch WWII war films, particularly submarine films. I still enjoy such films and things associated with war and history, so I thought to myself, "what is defining a lot of the culture at the moment and the way people think?" The answer of course was armed conflict. I find the idea of exploring the different types of people that are affected by war very interesting and fodder for heart wrenching and touching stories. Therefore I'm going to write a set of personal stories about people who in some way are touched or affected by armed conflict violence. I think this first one turned out fairly well, the next one should be interesting. With the first two I'm going to present opposite ways of thinking and lifestyles; we'll see if I can get people to think and question. That's what I love to get people to do. Anyways. I also was able to edit another chapter in my book! It's amazing. I almost edited a chapter every day that I had off, which may sound bad as a writer in the middle of editing his book, but it is really good for me. I hope that pace lasts next week. Now I need to start editing that screenplay. So tonight for Oscar time we have Actress in a Leading Role: Annette Bening (The Kids are Alright), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine). I would like Natalie Portman to win and I think she might also win; her performance in Black Swan was good and intense and just what the Academy is looking for. It is also possible that Michelle Williams will also win, but I have my money on Natalie Portman. Portman was the only performance that I saw, so I might be biased and unaware but...I can't watch them all. Back to work tomorrow and beginning the entire cycle all over again. Cheers.

I'm Feeling Very....Sleepy.


I just finished watching the first episode to the new Sherlock series that BBC made. It's a mondern rendition of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that takes place in current Great Britain, and honestly I liked it and found it highly interesting and amusing. It remains to be seen if the rest of the season will get better. Sherlock Holmes is like James Bond; never gets old and can always be reinvented to fit the current era. Like I said yesterday, I got all of my creative energy out and today was much more...relaxing although I successfully edited another chapter in my book. If I can keep that up for the rest of this month then I might get the remaining chapters edited! That would be fantastic and I could move onto the next phase for the book. Today for our Oscar presentation we have Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter), John Hawkes (Winter's Bone), Jeremy Renner (The Town), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are Alright), and Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech). I would like to see Geoffrey Rush to win it, not only because he is a great actor but because he did a fantastic job. He also hasn't won an Oscar in over ten years, so I think he's a little overdue. Who will most likely get it....?....Well that's kind of hard to say. But I'm going to go with Christian Bale because I heard he was amazing, and his character was gritty and just the kind of thing the Academy is looking for in a nominee. There is also some of Heath Ledger attached to him still so that could also play as a factor as well. This is more of a wildcard for me, so we'll see who gets the award during the big night. Good night all...The game is afoot.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

He Had It Coming!


An interesting title I suppose but individuals familiar with the musical Chicago will recognize it as a title to one of the songs, one which I thoroughly enjoyed. I think it was actually my favorite song on the score. Anyways. I don't know if it is obcvious, but I watched Chicago tonight and wrote a review of it. I liked it, even the music. It had a boring start (minus All That Jazz) but then after Queen Latifah had her song it picked up; that woman knows how to add spice to something. Earlier in the day I was feeling more productive than usual and so I wrote a review of the score for Voyage of the Dawn Treader by David Arnold. I've been meaning to do it for a while and so there it is. Even though he's renowned for composing the music for all of the recent James Bond films, he is a very able film composer. Since I've finished Damages, Farscape, and am waiting for the next DVD for Dexter (there's a long wait on Netflix) I had to find something else to watch in the meantime. So I chose Battlestar Galactica and we'll see where it goes. I watched the old show when it was on and loved it, but this series looks like it could be good, but we'll see. The pilot episode (the first part) was like 96 minutes which I had no clue when I began watching it and kept wondering why the episode wasn't wrapping up and then I realized that it was forever long and apparently the next episode is the same way. It should hopefully at least be diverting. I was even able to edit another chapter in my book today as well! See I told ya; I do all of my productivity in chunks and then stop. So carrying on with our Oscar nominations we will be looking at Actor in a Leading Role: Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The King's Speech), James Franco (127 Hours). Of course I want Colin Firth to win but I think........I really think that Colin will win because the first two have already won an Oscar, and the latter two are boys who have a very productive future, but are still young. Firth is getting up there and I think he's deserving of one. All of the nominess are well deserving great actors (although I still think of The Social Network as a teenie bopper film, and therefore think...less of anything having to do with it). We'll see though if the Academy agrees with me.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

And The Nominations Are.......?


.....Well it is Oscar time once again. Unfortunately since I work on Sundays I won't be able to catch the show, but apparently I didn't miss too much from what I heard from the previous show almost a year ago. This year will mark the second time that many films have been nominated for best picture, although I think it is a rather stupid idea. After all, how possible is it that Toy Story 3 is going to snatch the Oscar for best picture? I'm going to go through all of the nominations so tonight we're going to start with the films that have been nominated for best picture: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids are Alright, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter's Bone. Of these 10 features I have seen 5 of them. If I was to choose which one I wanted to win an Oscar it would be....The King's Speech. If I was to choose what I thought would win the award I am leaning towards...either Black Swan or The Fighter. On average Hollywood likes to award dark, grisly, and heavily sexual films regardless oftentimes if they're any good. For the most part the Oscars assembled a good set of nominations but I don't know why some of them are up there like The Social Network and Toy Story 3. The first always struck me as a "teenie bopper" film and the latter is a kids film with a terrible title, although the movie was good. I really hope the The King's Speech wins, which has a total of 12 nominations by the way which is actually a good sign. Some of the other films that I didn't see I am not certain what they're all about but best of luck to them. Today I got up and had breakfast with a good friend/associate of mine and actually got to show off my book a little to some of the people in the restaurant which was cool. For the rest of the time I was ridiculously lazy and did absolutely nothing. Oh yeah, one other thing I'm going to try and start to do is every Tuesday that there is a new episode of The Clone Wars I'm going to do a short review of it. This past episode was really cool, Overlords. I won't go into details this Tuesday as I'll start next week, but I really liked it and I also like the artistic and dramatic direction that the series is going; for this series less is always more. Well, until tomorrow; may the Force be with us all.