Archive | February, 2012

Oscars 2012

28 Feb

Why hello, hello! I’ve been quite on top of this thing, eh? (a little Canadian humour there). First off, this isn’t exactly an Oscars blog because it’s a little tasteless to post about the Oscars more than 24 hours after it’s ended.  Not quite sure if this is a rule, but we should make it one! It can be like “Don’t wear white after Labor Day”.  Anywho…this is an Oscar/talking about myself blog.  I can tell you’re excited already..

So the reason I’m late on this Oscar stuff anyway is because I spent the evening of the Oscars watching the Oscar showing at a theater before running over (and missing Meryl’s speech and the Artist’s win) to The Fray concert just down the street from us.  Quite the night, eh?  And needless to say, I was tired when I got home. And this morning I had previous commitments…called some R&R 😉  So here’s my Oscar talk, I guess, just keep in mind I’ve decided to be er…polite tonight.  Let’s ditch the negative talk since everyone else always has that covered.

Okay, who looked good? I may be forgetting some women but off the top of my head, Emma Stone (she ALWAYS looks great..seriously!), Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Michelle Williams, Penelope Cruz, and Angelina Jolie.  I’m going to refrain from talking about Angie’s leg because, remember, I’m being positive! And the positive factor here is, I almost never love what Angie wears.  I think Emma probably had my favorite look though.  Maybe she can just pull of anything, but seriously her stylist is incredible.

THRILLED to see Midnight in Paris win Best Screenplay.  Ohmygosh yes! I love Woody Allen and I loved Midnight in Paris, but I felt people sorely underrated it so it’s so great to see it win a well deserved Oscar. Also, thrilled with all of The Artist’s wins, especially Best Picture and Best Actor.  Jean Dujardin is a stone cold fox who has some serious acting chops for a dude who says all but two words.  Actually, I was extremely happy with all of the actor wins last night.  Even Meryl! Being a woman of color, part of me did want Viola to win but when Meryl’s name was announced I didn’t feel as if I had been cheated at all. It really was a close race all the way to the end.

Let me just say, if another certain picture had taken home Best Picture I may not be in such a positive only mood. But because I’m being positive let me say what I enjoyed this year, I thought most of the presenters were fabulous. Especially Emma Stone…okay, it’s clear to everyone I have a big girl crush on her.  I’ll just take this moment to clarify, this girl crush blossomed during Zombieland.  Anywho, I actually enjoyed the opening sequence, and I’ve got to say I loved the video of actors discussing their movie watching experiences and whatnot.  Without being a negative nelly, this year wasn’t super exciting..am I alone here?

Okay, moving along because I’m tired (that’s why this post will be pictureless MUAHAHAHAH nothing to make this post more attractive or distract from it’s length! I’m a monster!!!!).  I went to a script chat and feedback session this past weekend and it was an incredible experience! I had planned to discuss it in more deeply, however, I really am tired so I’m thinking a later post?  I just wanted to bring it up because I never realized how many free resources there are for artists and I suggest any artists go look at what’s out there for them.

That is it folks! So uh…I guess it was just an Oscar post. Let’s start that Oscar rule next year then, shall we? Hope you had a lovely day, or will have a lovely day, wherever you are..

 

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Chris Brown/R-E-S-P-E-C-T: You Already Know Where This is Going…

18 Feb

Why hello there! How long has it been? I suppose any of you who consistently follow this blog will have abandonment issues by the time we’re done.  Well, I’ve decided to take some time out of my very busy day to write a blog for you. Though, I’m going to warn you now this one may result in you a) sending me hate mail or b) not caring enough to send me hate mail, but definitely not ever accidentally looking at this blog again.  And all I can say to that is, to each their own. Just remember that.

Okay, so I’m starting to believe I may be one of the few people who believes what goes on in other peoples’ lives is their business, and their business alone.  Unless something personally affects you, regardless of how terrible it may be, leave it up to those who are affected by it.  And (don’t shun me!) I believe the same goes for celebrity situations.  Their stories are always going to be on your TV and in those trashy magazines by the cash register that you can’t help but read while waiting – I’m not admitting anything! – but in reality, unless Chris Brown plans on beating us all with his Grammy – and no, I do not think so little of myself that I would ever say ‘Chris Brown can beat me up’. I happen to value myself far too much, and I understand what a tragedy Rihanna went through. No woman deserves that, and any woman who thinks she does should not be ridiculed and degraded, but instead empowered because clearly she does not value herself – it really does not concern us. By all means, go ahead and voice your opinion but please do exactly that, nothing more.  An opinion should typically go something like this, “I believe *insert belief here*” because that is exactly what it is…your belief.

So with that in mind, I know I’m a little late on the whole Grammy talk but obviously I don’t live under a rock and saw the unfortunate tweets that filled my dashboard regarding none other than the aforementioned Chris Brown.  And when I say unfortunate I mean unfortunate from both ends of the spectrum.  On one side you have these young girls tweeting how they would gladly allow Chris Brown to beat them.  To say the least, this was repulsive to read.  And then those who were on the same boat as I and repulsed by these tweets, decided to insult and further degrade these young women.  Also, countless people decided to take to twitter to voice their disgust at the fact that Chris Brown had even received a Grammy, “You beat a woman and they give you a Grammy”.

Here’s what I have to say:

Last time I checked, Grammys were won based on talent – though that may not always seem like the case.  The same goes for Oscars – once again, not always the case -, I mean Woody Allen basically married his daughter! And Polanski is a pedophile!  Please don’t take this as me siding with Chris Brown; I strongly believe that there is NEVER a reason in which a woman deserves to be hit.  All I’m saying is I respect the Grammys for being non-judgemental when selecting a winner.  Perhaps, they did it just for the controversy, but I’d like to believe

I love Miranda, but this is not okay either.

everything is light and fluffy and not about making news.  And shouldn’t we be happy that he’s putting his focus into music and not beating his girlfriends?  Here’s the thing guys, we all have our own demons and who’s to say that being addicted to drugs isn’t the same thing as being abusive.  Both can hurt you and the people you love.  Everyone has their demons, and yes they’re terrible and cause us to do some inexcusable deeds but we shouldn’t forget that just because we haven’t physically assaulted a loved one, doesn’t mean that we haven’t caused pain with our own demons.  Just remember that, because that is how we understand forgiveness.  I’m not saying to forgive Chris Brown.  I wasn’t the one he hit and I’m not sure I could ever forgive that kind of behavior, but I don’t believe that it’s our job or place to decide who should or should not receive an award that is based on their talent.  I don’t believe we’ve forgotten what Chris has done either, and we’re not rewarding him, but people grow and he was definitely a victim of that lifestyle, and if we don’t give him that then we’re just forcing him into a life where we are not allowing him to change at all.  Doesn’t that make us just as bad?  I’d like you to keep in mind, I’m not a Chris Brown groupie or fan.

I’d also just like to point out before people go off on me about my morals, despite my open to forgiveness policy, rapists and murderers are allowed to be judged – keeping in mind why some murder i.e. self defense.

So that is why I felt those who were furious with Chris Brown winning were out of line.  It is not your place.  And I understand that there are organizations out there that join together against abuse and were most likely upset with the turn of events, but like I said, we all have our own demons.  We don’t know if he is trying to change his ways and seeking help, you know what I do know though?  He grew up with abuse, and those who do tend to either a) take on those

This is always okay...

characteristics because that’s what they know or b) become the opposite of that because they understand how terrible it is.  So obviously Chris has taken on some of those characteristic, but doesn’t that make him a victim also?  We need to show him that we don’t support or condone that behavior, but that we support him seeking help and being better.  Otherwise it looks like no one is in his corner supporting his recovery, except for those of his young fans who want to let him beat them also, which doesn’t exactly send the right message to him.  I honestly believe that people who abuse are also victims and need help. And telling him off for winning an award sends hatred.  If you were struggling with your demons, hatred would be the last thing you would need. All that is for the over 30s who were tweeting out their hate Grammy night.

Cheesy, but true.

The following is for the under 30s (most likely under 20s) who do not respect themselves enough to understand a man should never hit them, or simply don’t know how to make a good joke.  I sincerely hope the tweets saying “I would let Chris Brown hit me too” started as a terrible joke that for some reason was overly RTed, because I just can’t imagine that that many woman think so little of themselves.  I have never in my life met women who would say such things.  To all you women, EVERY woman: YOU ARE TOO AMAZING TO BE DECONSTRUCTED! WHETHER THAT BE BY WORDS OR ACTIONS! IF ANYONE HITS YOU OR CALLS YOU A NAME, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, DON’T EVER EVER SAY (EVEN AS A JOKE) THAT YOU WOULD BE OKAY WITH THAT! YOU ARE TOO SMART AND TOO AMAZING TO EVEN THINK SUCH THINGS AND YOU SET EXAMPLES FOR OTHER WOMEN, WHO SHOULD LEARN FROM  A YOUNG AGE HOW INCREDIBLY AMAZING THEY ARE TOO!  Okay, that is me being advisory and inspirational.  I suggest you take note and write this on a mirror or something, because inspirational me doesn’t happen a lot.  So ladies, please value yourselves enough to know that a man has no right to hit you!  Rihanna certainly did not want that.  And I’m almost 100% positive that Chris didn’t want that either.  So those of you tweeting that to him, are sending him the wrong message! If you want to be a real fan of his, then support him in being the best him he can be.  And those of you who went on to degrade these women after reading their tweets, shame on you!  Telling a woman who clearly already doesn’t love herself that she is ‘dumb’ and calling her derogatory terms, isn’t going to help the situation. You’re just reaffirming these women’s beliefs that they’re not good enough.  It’s okay to educate them on the situation, but don’t call them ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’ for not knowing better.  Educate them and teach them self respect so that they never let a man treat them in such a way and that more importantly, they pass these lessons on to their daughters and friends.

In regards to all of this, something else I noticed was some men and women (especially women, which boggles my mind) seem to think that saying “Rihanna deserved it” is okay.  This is just as bad as saying you’d like Chris Brown to beat you.  Seriously, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like her or her music. As mentioned, NO WOMAN deserves to be hit!  EVER!  And how do you know she ‘deserved’ it anyway? Have you met her? It’s just disgusting that another woman can have the nerve to say a woman deserves to be beaten.  Go and search what Chris even did to her and tell me that you still think she deserved that.  It seems to me that women need to learn the respect word, for themselves and one another.

Please, I beg of all of you reading this to respect yourself and others.  Please be more forgiving and loving.  Please be more understanding and kind.  Please know when a subject just doesn’t concern you.  Please share your opinions, but remember that we all have our ups and downs and just because yours aren’t broadcasted on the internet, TV and magazines doesn’t mean they aren’t just as bad.

Thank you for reading & have a wonderful day!

 

 

*Ignore my lack of grammar and spelling skills. I wrote this in parts because it so greatly frustrated me, so at some point it was late and I was watching a movie at the same time.  Sorry if parts sound like gibberish. And I apologize for the odd advertisements connected to the words…I don’t know how to fix that :S

*Also, I try to be a happy, non-ranty person (ranty person was the old me) but I really couldn’t keep this to myself. I have a tendency to be overly opinionated and feel the need to share.  That’s what blogs are for, right? Hopefully the rants will only come out on occasion.

*If you did like this post and you thought it was “inspirational” or something smart, please share with others.  I’m not looking for some huge blog success or anything, read it once and don’t come back, whatever.  But I really feel like so many women, young and old don’t understand the importance of loving oneself and that really was the main message I wanted to get across. Well, and that I think every tweet concerning Chris Brown on Grammy night was basically uncalled for.  But really, if you liked this please send it to those you believe should read it.  Okay, I’ll stop talking now. 

Hollywood Mind Trick + Happy Superbowl Sunday!

6 Feb

Once again, it has been awhile since I’ve blogged. But I happen to be a somewhat busy girl. I mean between working, and ‘school’ and TV you can imagine how extremely busy I am.  Alas, I have made way in my busy schedule to uh write a very important blog.  However, fair warning, I am currently watching City of Angels (don’t ask) so if this post does not 100% make sense it’s not because I’m off my meds again! Yay for sanity!

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So today was the Superbowl.  When it comes to sports, football is without a doubt my favorite sport to watch.  My favorite team is the Saints, so I was pretty PO that they didn’t make it to the Superbowl. I decided to instead root for the New York Giants today, because I don’t know where New England is*. And the Giants won 21-17, so obviously my method for selection worked!  I always pick the winner so I’m pretty sure I’m like that octopus that can predict games and people should start paying me to do so…Or I guess I should just start gambling.  Anyway, wow, I’m really caught up in this movie and that’s coming from a Nicolas Cage non-fan.  Okay, so the moral of this Superbowl story is the new Avengers trailer aired!!! I am so over excited for this movie it’s not even funny.  I’m such a huge Captain America fan, it’s probably too much for my own good.  I actually cried when the trailer played and now May 4th is eagerly circled on my calendar. May the fourth be with you!!! Now all of this has been leading up to my very exciting blog on…ACTORS WHO PLAY MORE THAN ONE SUPERHERO. 

 

Maybe I’m an overreacting superhero fangirl nerd but I get a little confused when the same actor plays different superheros but the stories don’t cross over.  Sorry Chris Evans! My brother thinks this is only an accurate argument when discussing the same universe, for example, Chris Evans is bad because the Human Torch and Captain America are both from the Marvel universe. However, Halle Berry is good *shudder* because Catwoman is from the DC universe and Storm is from Marvel*.  I think the universe of the comics shouldn’t matter.  It’s just darn right confusing!  

Captain America was pre- Fantastic Four; so after waking from his deep sleep did he serve time with The Avengers, tell Nick Fury to screw off and then join the Fantastic Four?  And where did his sister come from? We all know Captain America’s parents died!  And when did spontaneous combustion become a power of the Capt? Argh!  So confused…WHO ARE YOU!?!!? In other news, I really love Chris Evans. Like, if Ryan Gosling didn’t exist, we could get married. 

I’m pretty sure Storm would have been pre- Catwoman.  And if I remember correctly she was born in Africa – OH DARN IT! I HATE THE PART WHEN MEG RYAN DIES!!* – and later recruited by Professor X.  So what I can gather from this is, at some point after joining the X-Men, she decided Magneto and the brotherhood were right…a life of crime was better suited for mutants.  But apparently, her skills of…uh…her skills aren’t value towards a life of crime so she sells her soul to cats in order to gain the abilities of her feline friends.  And suddenly she’s robbing banks! The X-Men behind her.  The only thing that’s not making sense is…WHY WOULD ANYONE LEAVE THE X-MEN?!?! Clearly, Storm had been caught in one too many hurricanes.  Oddly enough, the creators of Storm had considered calling her the Black Cat.  They were probably just predicting the future. 

And then there’s Ryan Reynolds.  Reynolds plays Deadpool in X-Men Origins, as well as the Green Lantern.  Apparently the Green Lantern was voted the Best Superhero of 2011 by some ridiculous pot smoking teenagers.  Anyone who has seen that movie knows if Reynolds got the vote, he was sleeping with the judges. I mean, at some point his abs could have gotten the vote, but did anyone see Thor?!  Just the thought of the Green Lantern makes my skin crawl.  Anyway, the point is, Deadpool decided to become a green lantern*?!  Deadpool is KICK ASS! Seriously, that guy could take out the whole green lantern race. So why in the world would he give that up for some stupid green suit, a ring and a Imagelantern?  It baffles my mind!!

Do you see what I mean?  Are you as confused as I am?  I watch these movies and obsessively puzzle over why these characters left their former and far more superior lives?  I once cried in frustration as I attempted to – hold on City of Angels is done and I’m putting Sleepless in Seattle on* – create a plausible story line that would answer all of my questions.  Trust me, THERE IS NO PLAUSIBLE STORYLINE!!!  And I will never get those 36 hours back!  And I’ll probably never get responses from Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans and Halle Berry’s agents on why they never considered the confusion it would lead up to by having their client audition and accept the roles of two different superheros.  All I can say is, the world is a cruel place and there will never be answers to some questions.  There will never be an answer to what came first, the chicken or the egg; where babies come from; or why in the world anyone would want to confuse faithful comic book nerds.  I’m actually starting to believe this whole double superhero act is a ploy put together by the VAA (Villains of America Association). They’ve become far more wickedly evil since placing Loki in charge.  It really wouldn’t surprise me. 

 

Hope you had a wonderful day!

 

*Okay, so apparently New England is a compilation of 6 states which I think is a little cheap so happy I stuck with the Giants. 

*But really we all know Halle Berry is terrible for ruining the character Storm and the good name of Catwoman that Michelle Pfeiffer worked so hard to create.

*Spoiler Alert! Oops too late.

*Is that even what they’re called? I wouldn’t know. The idea just seems lacking to me. 

*Yes, I have a thing for Meg Ryan. No, I’m not ashamed. Yes, I’d prefer if you wouldn’t tweet that.

 

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