Friday, February 25, 2005

Because you (by which I mean I) demanded it, here are my 2005 Oscar picks:

Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray
Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways
Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
Best Adapted Screenplay: Sideways
Best Original Screenplay: Hotel Rwanda
Best Animated Feature Film: The Incredibles

I'm feeling particularly secure these picks. I don't expect a lot of surprises. If I'm wrong on more than two of the above, I'll be shocked.

I can't believe I'm actually posting this with more than two days to spare. This may be a record; I'm usually furiously typing this out as the opening credits roll.
Posted @ 12:30 PM

Wednesday, February 23, 2005


In keeping with this blog's long-standing commitment to pointing out mentions of the WB's Superman-as-a-teen series in the mainstream media, allow me to direct your attention today's New York Times piece on the show, "The Past Catches Up With a Future Superman." It focuses on the wonderful, consistent effort made by the production staff to acknowledge the rich mythos of the Superman universe, both from the comics and feature films.

(As usual, go to bugmenot if you aren't registered with NYT and prefer to stay that way.)
Posted @ 6:45 AM

Friday, February 18, 2005

My buddy Rick already broached this subject today. The fact that another sterling example of the following phenomenon popped up within hours of the incredible one he cited earlier is just an amazing coincidence.

What's wrong with this IMDb headline?

At first glance, this looked to me like the news staff at IMDb complaining of assaults on them by Mrs. Federline once every seven days. Of course they meant to say she's on the warpath against the magazine US Weekly. But sloppy headline writing made them appear to be the cowering victims of Britney's wrath.

I should note that they did a better job on their site, capitalizing both the "U" and the "S" to make it somewhat clearer, but the real problem is the construction. If they'd just taken a brief moment to express the same idea in a slightly more accurate way, I wouldn't be ripping on them now.

Silly headline writers.
Posted @ 3:15 PM

Friday, February 04, 2005

Random late night thought: you should never trust anyone who doesn't have a favorite font.

Mine is Garamond, by the by.
Posted @ 1:00 AM

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Yes! The UPS guy brought my copy of Wonderfalls: The Complete Viewer Collection today! Finally, the wait is over!

Now let's see... running time is listed at 566 minutes. That's just under nine and a half hours. Assuming I can't stop myself and I watch all thirteen eps tonight (which is a distinct possibility), I'll be hitting the sack around 3 am.

Guess I better exercise a little self-control. Spread it out over two or three nights. Make it last longer. Much more sensible.
Posted @ 3:21 PM


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