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Random Friday Thoughts — January 11

Happy Friday to you.  I hope you have a great weekend planned.

The biggest project we’re working on this weekend is taking down the two live and two artificial trees and putting Christmas away until Thanksgiving.

HEALTHY APPROACH TO MOVIE POPCORN

Ray and I are going to the movies tomorrow for a double feature to see the Oscar-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Les Miserables”.

zero-dark-thirty

If you’re health conscious, you know how bad movie popcorn can be.  So, here’s our plan to stay on track with our weight loss before Las Vegas and the Lady Gaga concert in two weeks.  We’ll get our large popcorn and large diet sodas when go in see “Zero Dark Thirty”.  In the 40-minute “intermission” before “Les Miserables”, we’ll get our free refills on both.

les mis

Not only will the two bags of popcorn count as lunch tomorrow, but by not going to movies tonight to see one of the them and get refreshments and then go tomorrow to see the other movie and getting more popcorn, we’ll only do it once.  It saves calories and it saves even more money!

By the way, I’ll let you know what I think of each movie Sunday.  But, if you can’t wait, here is a very humorous review I found of “Les Mis”.

Les Mis Review

SHORT THOUGHTS ON THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS

I was surprised that Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”) did not get Best Director nods.  I was very happy to see the love for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and especially, the Best Actress nomination for Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest nominee ever in that category.  By the way, Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour” became the oldest nominee in that category, too.

I was hoping that Richard Gere would be nominated for his first Oscar for “Arbitrage” and I was also surprised that “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” beat out “Rise of The Guardians” for a Best Animated Feature nomination.

Hushpuppy, you da man!

Beasts

THOUGHT PROVOKING

LincolnDear Abby

NEW SHOW TO CHECK OUT

I’m excited to check out a new show on Fox, Monday, January 21.

The Following

This psychological drama created by Kevin Williamson (the “Scream” franchise) brings actor Kevin Bacon to the small screen as “a FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of a network of serial killers, when a diabolical serial killer uses special technology to create it.”

It also stars James Purefoy (“Rome”) as the bad guy, Dr. Joseph Carroll.  “Entertainment Weekly” wrote this about Carroll, “a former college professor who taught the works of Poe and killed young women in the gothic hero’s honor—until he got caught.”

MARTHA PLIMPTON “RAISES HOPE”

Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Martha Plimpton, who currently stars on the Fox comedy, “Raising Hope” and guest stars on the CBS drama, “The Good Wife” has been a long time supporter of LGBT issues.

Martha Plimpton

My awareness of her support came in the October 2012 issue of “Out” magazine.

Kirk Cameron

She spoke out against former child star Kirk Cameron’s anti-gay remarks last year,  “First of all, this is a person who has primarily made his living in an industry that is full of gay people.  If you’re going to go out there and decide to denigrate these people who were your colleagues for much of your life, you can expect to hear back. And it’s important for us to respond to hateful speech. It’s important for us not to pretend that that’s normal. Everyone has the right to spew garbage; that doesn’t mean it’s not garbage.”

I’ve always said that I will fight the fight toward marriage equality and gay rights, but it will be won by the support of my straight friends and alliances like you and Martha Plimpton.

Plimpton:  “I think there are some interesting parallels going on in the country right now in terms of the backlash and hysterical fear about the advances of the gay rights movement and the extreme efforts to curtail women’s rights. When one group gets their civil rights taken away, it’s not that far down the line for the next group, and the next group. If there is a limitation for an employer to claim their right to contraception — to deny a woman some aspect of her health care because of their religious beliefs — I’m not sure how far a leap it is to deny someone with HIV/AIDS medication.”

Martha, thank you.

ANOTHER THOUGHT FROM THAT “OUT” MAGAZINE

J-O-S-H W-A-L-D, Skateboarder turned actor

Josh Wald

MY LESBIAN SISTERS’ BOOBIES

I’ll never forget the trauma I felt back in the mid-1980s when my butch lesbian friend, Molly, straddled me at a party and made me touch her boobs.  Reluctantly, I did so.  But, I guess I should have been more aggressive and rougher because she replied, “it’s not a f***ing radio dial”.  There is a reason that I’m talking about lesbians and boobies (I fell in love with that word when I heard it on “Nip/Tuck” years ago).

Feel

I just read an article that there is a strong correlation between lesbians and cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dr. Susan Love, a lesbian, tells “The Advocate” that “classic risk factors for breast cancer are more common in lesbians” such as smoking, drinking alcohol, obesity, and infrequent pregnancy.  Those are not exclusive to lesbians, but they are more common with gay or bisexual women.

Additionally, the October 2012 states, “Lesbians are less likely to have health insurance, less likely to get screened for fear of culturally incompetent health care providers, and butch women may have an especially difficult time paying attention to their breasts.”

The bottom line of the article, “If you love her, get her screened.”

FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM FLASHBACK

With my Lady Gaga concert two weeks away in Las Vegas, I was looking at my Facebook photo albums and I posted this picture from January 10, 2010, at my first Lady Gaga concert in Rosemont, Illinois.  This is Gaga performing “Bad Romance”.

January 10 2010

And, this one of Miss ABBA playing ball from January 11, 2011.

January 11 2011

PEEPS’ FRIDAY ’80S FLASHBACK

“Are you ready boy?  Here I come.  Catch me, I’m falling.”  You couldn’t escape the late-1980s.

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania dance band Pretty Poison first charted on the Billboard Dance chart reaching #14 with “Nighttime” in 1984.

When their song , “Catch Me (I’m Falling)” was featured in the movie, “Hiding Out”, the song got heavy exposure on MTV and reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Dance chart in 1987.  “Nighttime” was re-recorded and released as the follow-up and reached #36 on the Hot 100.

Jade Starling, the lead singer, currently lives in New Jersey and is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage and is a gay-rights activist.

Jade Starling

TOO EARLY FOR SPRING?

Before winter set in, we brought some of our fish pond plants inside and they are thriving.  Ray took this picture of the water hibiscus earlier this week.  The plant is now about nine feet tall!   It’s insane.

Hibiscus

Have a great weekend!

Anthony

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Oscar, Remember Hushpuppy — A Little Beast

I know the week is just beginning, but I’m already looking forward to the weekend.  In addition to taking down the four Christmas trees, Ray and I are having a double theater movie experience:  “Zero Dark Thirty” Friday night and “Les Miserables” Saturday.

If you decide to rent movies, I have some suggestions and by this weekend, one or two of them could be Oscar nominees.  I’ll review them first.

“BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD”

This is that little movie that could.  Although I’ve been wanting to see it since it was released last summer, I was a little skeptical of the buzz surrounding the 9-year-old star of the movie (she was six at the time the movie was filmed).  My fears were unfounded.  I hope when the Academy Awards make the announcements Thursday morning that Quvenzhane Wallis becomes the youngest Best Actress nominee.

Her performance as Hushpuppy, a dirt poor girl raised in the Louisiana bayou called “the bathtub” that is cut off from the rest of the world by a levee, is breath-taking.  You can’t turn away from her.

We see little Hushpuppy as she deals with her dying father.  We see her and the other kids being taught about survival and about extinct large beasts released from the melting ice caps.  We see those ice caps crash into the water below as a hurricane swallows Hushpuppy and her dad’s derelict “homes”.  The flood waters from the hurricane force Hushpuppy, her dad, Wink, and some others into a makeshift boat.

Creatures in and around “the bathtub” start dying out from the flood waters and the poor water quality and we watch the survivors as they try to devise a way to save their pathetic livelihood and keep from being forced into a shelter in a mandatory evacuation.

As poor as I thought I was, as a child, living in a bug-infested, five-room apartment, I’ll never think I had it bad again.  Seeing Hushpuppy in “the bathtub” and knowing that she didn’t know there was a real world outside of her “bathtub” makes me realize how good I have it in life.

The movie is heartbreaking and a must see.  You’ll smile and you’ll want to cry when Wallis exclaims, “once there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her Daddy in the bathtub”!

GRADE:  A

‘BERNIE”

I’ll get this out-of-the-way right now.  I’ve never been a fan of Jack Black and I’ve avoided movies that I wanted to see because he’s in them (“The Holiday”).  Now, I may have to check it out.

Black has already been nominated for a Golden Globe award for this movie and there is even Oscar buzz.  I don’t think that will happen because of the competitive Best Actor field this year.

Black plays Bernie Tiede, an assistant mortician in the small town of Carthage, Texas.  He is beloved by everyone in the community for his compassion and generosity.  He is especially loved by the little old ladies.  After they lose their husbands, he goes out of his way to follow-up to make sure they are doing well.

He does this with Marjorie Nugent, a cold, mean woman who’s even avoided by and sued by her own family.  The two become very close and are inseparable as they travel the world together.  Bernie even cuts back on his job to become Marjorie’s servant and right-hand man.

However, that’s when he really begins to see Marjorie’s nasty behavior.  When the elderly woman disappears from public, her accountant and family members become concerned.

Since this is based on true events, you can find out what happened to Marjorie.  And, that’s where the movie starts to drag and lose steam.

Most of the movie as we’re getting to know Bernie shows just how good of an actor and singer Jack Black is.  Shirley MacClaine is great in her role, which I saw as a continuation of her role as “Ouiser” Boudreaux in “Steel Magnolias” from 1989.  And, the “man on the street” interviews of locals are hilarious.

If you think of Black as a movie buffoon, you need to see this stellar performance.

GRADE:  B

“WEEKEND”

This was my favorite movie that I saw in 2012.  While I saw it back in the fall, I’m including it now because I never reviewed it and because I’m going to watch it again this week.

It tells the story of how Russell and Glen (played by newcomers Tom Cullen and Chris New) spent one weekend in Nottingham.

The story is a familiar one — the two meet at a bar and end up having sex.  The next morning over coffee, Glen asks Russell to speak into a tape recorder about how he remembers the alcohol and drug enhanced encounter for an art project he is working on.  After Glen leaves, Russell writes about his night, something he does after each time he meets someone and spends time with them.  Later in the weekend, he shares some of his writings with Glen.

Later that day, the couple spend the afternoon together and talk about their views on relationships and share stories about people who have made an impression in their life.  Glen informs Russell that he’s leaving for two years to study art in the United States and that’s he’s having a going away party that night.  At the party, one of Glen’s friends tells Russell that Glen always lets her listen to the tapes, but he didn’t let her listen to Russell’s tape.

The couple spends the rest of the weekend together with plenty of sex and some illicit drugs mixed in as they debate and argue over whether they could be happy as a couple and being “out” and how it’s different in England and America.

As the movie concludes, Glen is at the train station and Russell is at a birthday party for his friend’s little girl and his friend asks him what’s wrong.  Russell tells him about his weekend with Glen and that Glen is leaving.  Jamie, the friend, drives Russell to the train station and I won’t say what happens then!

Both actors, Cullen and New, are riveting and charming in their performance.  Despite their flaws and the drugs, you like both of them and it doesn’t hurt that they are cute.  You could definitely see yourself falling for either of them.  How compelling is this movie?  I just teared up watching the trailer again as I was writing this.  🙂

While this is a gay movie, it won several film festival awards and made many Top Ten lists in the mainstream media.

GRADE:  A+

“10 YEARS”

This overlooked comedy starring “People” magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” Channing Tatum is pretty much boring and awkward.

Channing is hot in “Magic Mike” and hilarious in “21 Jump Street”, but he is neither in this movie.

The movie follows a group of friends getting together for their ten-year class reunion.  The movie stars several well-known people like Justin Long and Chris Pratt, along with Tatum and his real-life wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and many others.

Pratt’s character, Cully, is a frumpy, obnoxious family man who spends all of the reunion trying to make amends to the high school classmates he was a jerk, too.  You realize he hasn’t changed in the past ten years.

Tatum’s storyline is mildly entertaining, but his wife (girlfriend in the movie) is pretty to look at, while he isn’t.  Let’s just say that the past ten years haven’t been great to his body in this movie and since this movie was shot before “Magic Mike”, he really had to get into shape!

The only story line that I was invested in was Elisa (Kate Mara), a woman who hid away in high school and didn’t socialize with her classmates, and Reeves (Oscar Isaac), a musician, who was the one person that did notice her from afar.  She made enough of an impression that he wrote a song about her, “Never Had”, that made him famous.  I enjoyed their story line.

“10 Years” might be a movie you’ll enjoy.  For me, it dragged for the first 45 minutes to an hour.  The last half of the movie picked up, so it raises my grade some.

I know high school reunions can be awkward (I never went to any of mine if we had any), but I didn’t miss much if this is how they look.

GRADE:  C