Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Best motion picture of the year
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
A group of films couldn't be more different. You are almost selecting based on the type of movie you like. For instance, I thought The Departed was a good film but I wasn't in love with it. It's not Scorcese's best but it might finally land him an Oscar as a pointed out yesterday. Now I thought Babel was a very good film but more from the standpoint of well the pieces were put together. In fact I think Alejandro González Iñárritu should win as best director but he won't. Therefore I predict that Babel will take best picture.
But I really thought about it the past few days and concluded that my favourite movie this past year is that summer sleeper hit Little Miss Sunshine. It's a movie that breaks the mold, is both funny and emotional, balances humour and pathos, and is satirical and deeply human.
Why can't a comedy be best picture?
No one disagrees there's a gas shortage at some Esso stations across the province. And it's also hitting some of the independents serviced by Imperial Oil like Canadian Tire run stations. The company claims the temporary crisis has been caused by a fire at its Nanticoke plant as well as delivery trucks made unavailable by the CN Rail strike.
Imperial confirms about 75 stations are affected on a rotating basis. But they're adamant it's market forces and not the shortage that's causing prices to soar. They've reached the 95 or 96 cent mark in the G.T.A. and could go even higher.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Now that might be do to multiple factors including his weak performance in Parliament so far, a caucus divided on a number of issues, and the Conservative aggressively taking the policy lead on a number of key issues (including the environment). But you can't ignore the possibility that the negative ads have gotten voters to take a closer look at Dion.
I regret to say but I think we can expect to see more now.
Neither Mr. Olmert nor Mr. Abbas appeared by Ms. Rice’s side as she read the statement, reflecting the tenuous nature of the talks, which appear to be so fragile that no side has even been willing to label them negotiations.
The commitment from Mr. Olmert to meet again with Mr. Abbas is a minor victory for Mr. Abbas because it signals that Israel will continue to deal with him despite his unity government plans. But a Palestinian unity government that does not recognize Israel or renounce violence — and thus far, the Abbas-Hamas agreement does not do so — will make any talks on a settlement next to impossible.
It is one thing for Israel to begin talks with Mr. Abbas while it is boycotting the unity government he helped to negotiate. But it is another for Israel to make meaningful progress toward concluding such negotiations and reaching a peace deal with a government that refuses to recognize it or renounce violence against it.
Achievement in directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu - BABEL
Martin Scorsese - THE DEPARTED
Clint Eastwood - LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
Stephen Frears - THE QUEEN
Paul Greengrass - UNITED 93
I really stuck on whether to pick Alejandro González Iñárritu or Martin Scorsese in this category. I think the fact that Clint Eastwood has won twice now with the most recent in 2004 pretty much takes him out of the running. And Million Dollar Baby was a bigger film then Letters from Iwo Jima. For Iñárritu it is his second nomination but for Scorsese this is his fifth. I thought for sure he would win for The Aviator. I'm really leaning towards Alejandro González Iñárritu only because for me it was the direction that really stood out in this film. I think that the Academy will select Martin Scorsese and deep down I think it would certainly be deserved.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
In a show of support the Crunch is offering any woman that comes to the War Memorial Box Office with a shaved head a free ticket to the club’s February 24 game against the Manitoba Moose.
What a great bunch of guys over there in Syracuse.
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Performance by an actor in a leading role
Leonardo DiCaprio - BLOOD DIAMOND
Ryan Gosling - HALF NELSON
Peter O'Toole - VENUS
Will Smith - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Forest Whitaker - THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
I saw DiCaprio in Blood Diamond and The Departed. I would have to say that the other nominees are fortunate that he was nominated for the wrong film. He was superior in The Departed. So I'm not predicting that he gets the award. O'Toole received a lifetime achievement award a few years back and noted that he wasn't done making films yet. So here he is with a nomination and with great reviews but I think that his worse fears will come true and he will be passed over. As I look over the other critics' awards, I can't help but notice that many selected Forest Whitaker for best actor. I think that the Academy Award will also go to Whitaker. How is that for feeble analysis. I'll do better with best director and best picture.
Heidi Svendsen, head bandit says, “Sure what we do is extreme but I know from my heart what we are doing is working. People are slowing down. People are noticing.' I bet they are Heidi.
I bet Danish speed limits are rarely ignored and nearly impossible to miss. A video of the girls can be found here.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
CBS has announced that the next season of the Survivor reality TV show will take place in a JetBlue airplane on a tarmac in a Florida. Host Jeff Probst has already been signed up for Season 15. The 20 competitors will be crammed into a JetBlue plane for 39 days with only mini-bags of peanuts and cans of Diet Coke. There will be only one functioning airplane restroom to for the Survivors to use and no Exile Island this time. Immunity challenges will include racing food carts up the aisle of the plane and jamming bags into overhead compartments. The customary $1 million will go to the winner but in addition, the lone Survivor will first class flight to anywhere that JetBlue flies to.
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Penélope Cruz - VOLVER
Judi Dench - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Helen Mirren - THE QUEEN
Meryl Streep - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Kate Winslet - LITTLE CHILDREN
This is tough for me because Kate Winslet happens to be my favourite actress but I haven't seen Little Children yet so I won't be able to provide my biased view of her performance. Meryl Streep continues to rack up nominations along with her two previous Oscar wins. She along with Judi Dench and Helen Mirren make for a very competitive field are all quite accomplished in their field. I have to also note that Penélope Cruz won an acting award at Cannes for her performance in Volver. Well all the critic awards preceding the Academy Awards have all selected Helen Mirren in the best actress category and it's hard to argue against her. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth was brilliant and stunning. She is my pick for the Oscar and I predict the winner on Sunday night.
Not a lot doing in Bismarck, North Dakota this time of year. So nearly 9,000 people showed up to flap their arms and legs in the snow, apparently shattering the world snow angel record.
The previous record, set last year in Michigan, was 3,784. Bismarck established the snow angel record in the Guinness Book of Records in 2002, when 1,791 people showed up to take part. The record still has to be verified by the folks at Guinness.
Next up might be a cow milking record?
Monday, February 19, 2007
In 1992, Helena actually won the Miss Huronia Pageant. It was owned and operated by Sylvia Stark (no doubt a budding Donald Trump). Helena later participated as Huronia's representative in the year's "Miss Oktoberfest Pageant" and the Canadian Search for Miss Universe. You will note that these accomplishments are not included in the bio on her website.
She later alleged financial irregularities against the pageant, and sued Stark. It was reported in the National Post several years later that Guergis paid Stark $4,000 to enter the contest, and later discovered that the real entry fee was $1,075. Her suit was successful but she could not collect because Stark had filed for bankruptcy. The Canadian television program The Fifth Estate profiled Sylvia Stark in January 2000, and included interviews with Guergis and other former contestants.
In 2000 she moved to Queens Park where she worked as an advisor to Janet Ecker, Minister of Education and then Minister of Finance. These were difficult portfolios and Helena was underwhelming in her role.
She was the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Trinity-Spadina in Toronto during the 2003 provincial election. The PCs did not target this riding as winnable and Guergis agreed to be a "sacrificial lamb candidate in order to gain experience. However, Guergis defeated the Liberal incumbent by 100 votes in the 2004 federal election to win the riding of Simcoe—Grey.
So there you have it. From beauty queen to MP.
Officials could not explain why the electricity had not been turned off, considering Ricardo had not been heard from since December 2005. Well obviously the power company wanted to make sure he could still watch TV. I wonder if something he was watching did him in - like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in The Simple Life.
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jackie Earle Haley - LITTLE CHILDREN
Djimon Hounsou - BLOOD DIAMOND
Eddie Murphy - DREAMGIRLS
Mark Wahlberg - THE DEPARTED
As Solomon Vandy, Djimon Hounsou plays an African husband and father who hopes to save his family through the sale of an enormous diamond. The character has tremendous depth and Hounsou pulls it off brilliantly. So I have to go with Djimon Hounsou for best supporting actor. However, I'm thinking that veteran actor and comic Eddie Murphy may actually walk off with the Oscar.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
The first is headlined Embarrassed by television appearance of MP. The writer notes that, "It is one thing when our elected officials are 'ambushed' by CBC comedians, but she obviously was on the show by invitation and her willing display of sophomoric behaviour was conduct unbecoming of the office that she holds. Try a little dignity, Ms. Guergis."
The second letter suggests Helena used her "status as a politician to make a mockery of the role of elected women parliamentarians. Well sir this isn't the first time for Helena.
Well as far as I'm concerned its nice to see the real Helena poke its head through all the scripted speeches and photo ops. Since she is an airhead.
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza - BABEL
Cate Blanchett - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Abigail Breslin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jennifer Hudson - DREAMGIRLS
Rinko Kikuchi - BABEL
I did not see Dreamgirls yet so obviously I can't compare Jennifer Hudson's performance with the others. I was personally blown away by Adriana Barraza in Babel. The entire cast was wonderful but to me her performance stood out as she convincingly expressed the vulnerability that illegals in the U.S. experience just trying to get by.
Now who will win. Well everyone seems to love Jennifer Hudson in her breakout role in Dreamgirls which as I said, I have yet to see. I think she will walk away with the Oscar.
Sheba (Cate Blanchett) is a rookie prep-school art instructor who is frustrated by her middle-class existence with her slightly disheveled older husband (Bill Nighy) and their two children, a snot-nosed daughter and a son with Down syndrome. To fill the void, Sheba heads down a self-destructive path. An affair with a 15-year-old student named Steven.
But Steven isn't the only one trying to woo Sheba. A friendless teacher at the school, Barbara Covett (Judi Dench), covets the pretty young thing—as a friend, she would have us believe as our unreliable narrator. But as her friendship with Sheba blossoms—from that of colleague to confidante to confessor—Barbara documents each occasion in her diary.
Everyone's a predator in this story. You can't feel sympathy for any of the characters. Sheba feels "entitled" to fuck around with a 15-year-old. Barbara finds a way to one-up Sheba, emotionally blackmailing her until all of them—Sheba, Barbara, even Steven, that little liar—end up a sordid lot deserving of their fates.
Rev. Michael Machacek told the family and many friends of Menendez, who filled the pews of St. Patrick's Parish in Markham "Paula is also an innocent victim. . . . She did nothing wrong, yet she paid the ultimate price". But according to Little, he found both women dead and suggested to police that Ms. Menendez killed Crocker and then hung herself.
It certainly is difficult for the family to have such a cloud over them during such a tragedy. The only obvious connection between the two women was a romantic involvement with sportscaster Rick Ralph, who worked for Toronto radio station FAN 590. Crocker had recently begun dating Ralph, who was also Menendez's ex-husband.
Wiesel, 78, was a featured speaker at a Feb. 1 peace forum at the Argent Hotel in San Francisco. He was approached in the lobby by a white man in his 20s who asked for an interview, police said.
Authorities said Wiesel agreed to talk in the lobby, but the man insisted the interview be conducted in a hotel room, and got into the elevator with Wiesel. Once on the sixth floor, the suspect dragged Wiesel from the elevator, police said. Wiesel began yelling, and the suspect ran away down the elevator, police said.
Police have said they were aware that a man claimed responsibility for the attack in a posting on an anti-Semitic Web site registered in Australia. Police have not commented further on the case.This little turd Eric Hunt can’t find anyone to pick besides a man nearing 80? He’s a spineless, hate-driven, clueless coward too.
As Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show, “candidates like McCain, Giuliani and Romney are all suspect on the issue of gay rights. But Hardaway’s a guy who not only wants to ban gay marriage, but ban gays altogether.” he Reverends Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell also endorsed Hardaway for President, claiming that this proves that they’re not prejudiced against African- Americans.
Hardaway has not yet revealed whether he has presidential ambitions.
"Between now and the 2008 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates -- their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [see below], would you vote for that person?"
- Catholic 95% yes
- Black 94%
- Jewish 92%
- A woman 88%
- Hispanic 87%
- Mormon 72%
- Married for the third time 67%
- Seventy-two years of age 57%
- Homosexual 55%
- Atheist 45%