Archive for Academy Awards

Barbra There for Historical Moment

Posted in film, television with tags , , , on March 8, 2010 by darcyarts

This whole cinematic, pre-Oscar film viewing year had been great. I got to see more movies than ever before thanks to Anderson Prime 11 and the swiftness with which movies are moving to DVD.

There were great performances to experience. Monique kicked ass. Meryl was wildly amazing and amusing in both her films. Everything about Bright Star was sublime.Colin Firth was perfect in Tom Ford’s debut, A Single Man. Jeremy Renner delivered.

There were amazing things to see. A Serious Man was darkly, ridiculously but hilariously pessimistic even if you didn’t get to breath or laugh until it was over. Those Coen Bros are deeply disturbed geniuses.

Avatar was eye popping, though for a film that thinks it is about peace and respect for nature, this one was WAY TOO VIOLENT and WAR MONGERING!

District Nine was so ugly I couldn’t take more than 20 minutes of it. Yeah, I admit it. I go to the movies for visual pleasure. I can take and, really, I love sad movies just don’t serve me extended disgusting. Even if you have a good point. Like endless war scenes, in a fantasy setting or not, I can’t take it. So that means Peter Jackson is down in my book as one of my least fave directors. I hated the endless fricking war scenes in all the Lord of the Rings, hated Golem. I know I am supposed to find them repulsive but I just can’t tolerate that much sludge.

But, let me veer back toward my original destination. The possibility that a woman would take home the Best Directing Oscar was enough to bring the fabulous Barbra Streisand to the show. There was the icing on my Academy Awards cake. And then Kathyrn Bigelow made history with Barbra doing the honors. So very cool.

Cold and Carbo

Posted in Art, film, food, projects with tags , , , , on February 22, 2010 by darcyarts

The cold weather is back for a few days and so I’ve made a quick carbo breakfast to counteract the chill.

One big brown egg and two french toast waffles. Keeks A$$. French toast waffles from the frozen breakfast aisle of Walmart are very popular around here. My granny just loves them with a little butter.

Getting granny to eat regularly is my job and these little eggos are my secret weapon.

We are having a fruit smoothie with all kinds of good stuff including a dose of D-ribose. Not the best thing sensually on a very cold morning but essential for health.

I am having a cup of coffee, too. A rare treat these days.

The day started with a 10 mile fake bike ride and then a cup of Morning Thunder tea. It’s my favorite.

I’ll wrap two books I sold on Amazon and take them to the post office and then it’s back to Frida’s clothes and stitching mini dragons. What a great life.

It’s been a good  year  so far and it’s only getting better.

Frank and I have seen more film this Academy Awards season than ever before. We’ve been enjoying Prime 11 Cinema in Anderson.

We saw A Serious Man via Netflix and it was really interesting. Bravo Michael Stuhlbarg. I marveled, I laughed, I wanted to slap somebody. Coen Bros out do themselves.

The big show is March 7. I love watching the Academy Awards. I do have one regret a head of time. Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic, the producers of this year’s show, revealed on Fresh Air last week that they had originally wanted Sasha Baron Cohen to host. That their idea was rejected by the powers that be is our great loss.

Squids to Ohio, Homo-loving Commies

Posted in Art, dreams, plush critters, projects, television with tags , , , on February 23, 2009 by darcyarts

Darcyarts got an invite to  contribute items to a bricks and mortar DIY craft shop in Columbus, Ohio last week.

After checking Wholly Craft out online the shop seems to be a solid crafters hub in a thriving community.

The business elements are upfront and secure: contracts, regular payment and updates on how the items are doing.

I ‘m not too crazy about the thought of sending things off that will then wait to be sold (consignment). Giving up a percentage irks the cheap-skate in me as does raising prices to partially compensate. But being part of a community is inviting and participating in an enterprise that empowers crafty women  is good.

I’ll start low and slow and see how it goes.

I was super stoked last night that Sean Penn won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk. I loved his chastising those who voted to pass Prop. 8, giving positive energy to the future of equal rights SOON.

The divinely cute Dustin Lance Black won the award for original screenplay for writing Milk. That is as it should be. Here is a post win interview with a picture.

Here is a link to a site with videos of both acceptance speeches.