Archive for March, 2014

The Best Show America Isn’t Watching!

So much tension, psychological games, culinary delights, a new serial killer, and much more Gillian Anderson.  Needless to say, the season two premiere of “Hannibal” was incredible.

If you missed it, it’s still available on  Here is the blog I posted about its return last Friday.

The critically acclaimed and ratings challenged NBC series based on the Thomas Harris novel, “Red Dragon”, returns tonight (February 28th).

Hannibal S2

For the 2 million people in the U.S. that were still watching the series for the June finale last year, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) had done his part to drive FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) mad and Will was jailed for murder.

If you didn’t catch this incredibly creepy, gory, and complex series, you’re missing out on great drama and television.

“Entertainment Weekly” and NBC released this two-minute opening teaser for tonight’s premiere.  Let me warn you, it’s awesome and violent.  It also makes you wonder what led up to this scene because once you watch it, you know they will flash back to let you know how this transpired!

“EW” definitely likes the season 2 premiere!

EW Hannibal Review

For the thirteen episodes this season, I really hope that we see much more of Gillian Anderson, who plays Hannibal’s psychotherapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier!

Gillian Anderson Hannibal

I can’t get enough of my crush, Gillian Anderson!

All all new “Hannibal” airs this Friday at 10/9c.


Re-posted from  “Random Friday Thoughts — February 28, 2014

My 2014 Oscar Picks

Last year, I did horribly at picking winner.  Let’s see if I do any better this year.


My most-educated picks are highlighted in bold, orange.  And, I’ve included a picture of what I want to win.

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club





The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)


Best Actress

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Cate Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Judi Dench (Philomena)

Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)


Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street)

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

august-osage-county- Julia Roberts Meryl Streep

June Squibb (Nebraska)

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Best Director

Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)

Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)

Best Original Screenplay

David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)

Bob Nelson (Nebraska)

Spike Jonze (Her)

Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club)

Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)

Best Foreign Film

Denmark, The Hunt

Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown

Italy, The Great Beauty

Palestine, Omar

Cambodia, The Missing Picture

Best Documentary Feature

20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing

Dirty Wars

The Square

Cutie and the Boxer

Best Animated Feature

The Wind Rises


Despicable Me 2

The Croods

Ernest & Celestine

Film Editing

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club


12 Years a Slave

Best Song

“Alone Yet Not Alone” (Alone Yet Not Alone)

“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)

“Let It Go” (Frozen)

“The Moon Song” (Her)

“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Original Score

John Williams (The Book Thief)

Steven Price (Gravity)

Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)

Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)

William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her)

Best Cinematography

Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)

Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Roger Deakins (Prisoners)

Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)

Costume Design

American Hustle

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

12 Years A Slave

Makeup and Hairstyling

The Lone Ranger

Dallas Buyers Club

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Production Design

American Hustle


The Great Gatsby


12 Years a Slave

Sound Editing

All is Lost

Captain Phillips


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Inside Llewyn Davis

Visual Effects


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

Short Film, Live Action

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)


Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

The Voorman Problem

Short Film, Animated


Get a Horse!

Mr. Hublot


Room on the Broom

Documentary Short Subject


Facing Fear

Karama Has No Walls

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Prison

Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Enjoy the Oscars!


Snowy Start to March 2014

UPDATED POST:  SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014, 4:04 p.m.

It’s finally starting to snow.  While I still expect moderate snow tonight, many locations will probably have less snow than I originally called for yesterday and this morning.

So, basically expect about 2-5″.


ORIGINAL POST:  SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014, 8:53 a.m.

February ended up being the snowiest February on record in the Quad Cities with 22.3″ of snow.

March is going to start out pretty snowy, too.

Sick of Winter

After a little bit of snow Friday night into early morning Saturday, we’ll get a break until later today when the next round of moderate snow moves through Iowa and Illinois.

Remember, I’m only the messenger.  But, in reality, I’m shooting for 70″ this winter and the all-time record!

This is where we stood Friday night before the weekend snow in the Quad Cities.

Snow Stats -- Friday Morning

Here is how much snow I’m expecting from through Sunday

Snow This Weekend

Although I put this forecast snow graphic together Friday morning, it still looks reasonable this weekend — give or take an inch.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect from the National Weather Service pretty much from Saturday afternoon into Sunday for all of the area.


On average, the Quad Cities picks up 4″ of snow in the month of March.

Last March, we saw 10.6″ of snow.

And, March 2012 was the warmest March on record in the Quad Cities with an average temperature of 53.3°.  That was 14.2° above average.

It was also the warmest March on record in the United States.