The awesome movie watching day was thanks to Match Point and The Matador. Match Point really sucked me in and except for one line as a really weak excuse not to break off an affair, I didn't see the footprint of Woody Allen anywhere. My husband thought it was a bad attempt at a Ripley-type movie. We do disagree from time to time, and that's okay! The Matador was just hilarious! Richard Shepard wrote and directed it. He was really inside the head of Julian Noble, Pierce Brosnan's character. Some of the dialogue that comes out of his mouth is so unexpected that even after you know the type of man he is, you're still surprised by the things he says.
I think my husband has me hooked on another reality tv show. Beauty and the Geek 2. We missed the first episode but have seen the last two. My husband caught the tail end of the season 1 marathon and thought I'd like it. He was right. I know some of the things that come out of the womens' mouths are because of their age and some of it is because they are clueless about that topic. When they had to put together their computers I thought, "match the colors!" which has been standard on computers for a while. I was hoping Tyson would win but now he's out. I'll have to see what the others are like before I can decide I'm rooting for someone.
People were sad at my husband's work on Friday. It was announced at Sundace that Julia Reichert has lymphoma. Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar are filmmakers from Yellow Springs. They've been working on a film for the last several years. Their daughter was diagnosed with cancer and through the treatments they met other families in the same boat. A Lion in the House shows what the families of these children go through. The night Julia and Steve got to Sundance is when they found out the results of Julia's tests.
I've been very spoiled driving my father-in-law's car which is why I wanted to drive my husband's car. I was afraid I would get hooked on having a nice, reliable car that included a CD player. From the library I got a CD of All Fishermen are Liars: Tales from the Dry Dock Bar by Linda Greenlaw. It was entertaining and informative. I didn't like it that each new CD also had the last paragraph of the previous CD read on it.
Yesterday I finished Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son by Peter Carey. Towards the end he and his son watch Totoro with a Japanese architect friend and get to learn a lot that they (and I) didn't pick up while watching the movie. (It reminded me of the summer I spent in college. We watched The Godfather with a Korean friend and explained the nuances to him. Later he rented a movie for us and explained the Korean nuances.) I was at work in the break room during my lunch. I had to really gain control of myself to keep the tears from spilling over: the ending is so good. When my husband asked me about it later I almost started crying again. I hope the winner of the 78th Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year is Howl's Moving Castle.
Maybe I have Seasonal Affective Disorder and that's why I'm so sad lately. I'm sure the feelings regarding my miserable job has nothing to do with it all. Or the feeling that our finances were finally getting to be in good shape and getting kicked around by loan officers has nothing to do with it either. /sarcasm off
I downloaded software called Sonar to keep track of my writing submissions this year. It's not intuitive but I've been able to use it okay so far.
Without further ado, here are highlights of the 78th Academy Award Nominees:
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
Terrence Howard in “Hustle & Flow” (Paramount Classics, MTV Films and New Deal Entertainment)
Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)
Joaquin Phoenix in “Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox)
David Strathairn in “Good Night, and Good Luck.” (Warner Independent Pictures)
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
George Clooney in “Syriana” (Warner Bros.)
Matt Dillon in “Crash” (Lions Gate)
Paul Giamatti in “Cinderella Man” (Universal and Miramax)
Jake Gyllenhaal in “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)
William Hurt in “A History of Violence” (New Line)
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Judi Dench in “Mrs. Henderson Presents” (The Weinstein Company)
Felicity Huffman in “Transamerica” (The Weinstein Company and IFC Films)
Keira Knightley in “Pride & Prejudice” (Focus Features)
Charlize Theron in “North Country” (Warner Bros.)
Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox)
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “Junebug” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Catherine Keener in “Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
Frances McDormand in “North Country” (Warner Bros.)
Rachel Weisz in “The Constant Gardener” (Focus Features)
Michelle Williams in “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)
Best Animated Film of the Year
“Howl’s Moving Castle” (Buena Vista) by Hayao Miyazaki
“Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (Warner Bros.) by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson
“Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (DreamWorks Animation SKG) by Nick Park and Steve Box
Best Documentary Feature
“Darwin’s Nightmare” (International Film Circuit)
A Mille et Une Production
“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” (Magnolia Pictures)
An HDNet Films Production
Alex Gibney and Jason Kliot
“March of the Penguins” (Warner Independent Pictures)
A Bonne Pioche Production
Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau
An Eat Films Production
Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro
A Marshall Curry Production