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3 questions on Twitter Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Over the last two hours I asked a series of 3 questions on Twitter about escapes, physical, intellectual and spiritual, and got back so many great responses, I had to write a script that captures them.

So here's a readout of the last 100 responses I've gotten on Twitter. In a little bit I'll gather them up and organize them into an outline and upload that. Feel free to add your ideas in the comments here.

Great work everybody, big hugs! ;->

The movies of 2008 Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The Oscars are this Sunday, so it's time to review the last year, and get on the record.

Of the nominated movies, I loved, without qualification: Frost/Nixon, The Wrestler, Doubt, Rachel Getting Married, Frozen River, Slumdog Millionaire.

Movies I loved things about but didn't go for the whole package.

Australia. The acting was superb, I'll go for Nicole Kidman in anything, and the kid was great, but it was a forgettable movie.

The Dark Knight. Cut out all the scenes that don't have Heath Ledger and you have a great picture. The guy with half a face was disgusting, worth a few shots but a half hour? Embarassing.

Wall-E. The first part was wonderful. Amazing. Fantastic. And then a formula Pixar animation for the kiddies. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but you don't see Bolt on my list of movies worth talking about. Or Kung Fu Panda. Wall-E was half an amazing movie. A Pixar movie that really makes you think hasn't been made yet but Wall-E showed that it could happen.

I didn't see: Revolutionary Road, The Duchess.

Movies I flat out didn't like.

Milk -- Sean Penn was a convincing Harvey Milk, and that was good for five minutes. Otherwise, no suspension of disbelief, the story didn't hang together.

Benjamin Button -- I kept looking at my watch hoping it would be over.

There were many others, but thankfully, none of them were nominated. ;->

Now for my picks.

Best actor: Mickey Rourke.

Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger.

Best actress: Kate Winslet.

Best supporting actress: Marissa Tomei.

Best animated feature: Wall-E.

Best writing (adapted): Doubt.

Best writing (original): Frozen River.

Best picture: The Reader.

I didn't vote in the other categories cause what do I know about editing and directing and costumes. I'm user, just a guy who watches movies and loves great ones.

Final note, best actress was the hardest category. I loved Anne Hathaway in Rebecca Getting Married. Meryl Streep was amazing in Doubt, and Melissa Leo in Frozen River. But Kate Winslet owned me in The Reader.


Last update: Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 4:24 PM Pacific.

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