There’s nothing quite like the luxury of the craft services table late at night on a street that is pretty much the closest thing to an alley you’ll find in midtown (45th and Park, behind the Metlife building). Encountered on my way out of the office. The permits for the film list something titled “A Winter’s Tale”, which apparently stars a LOT of famous people. None of whom I actually saw.
This weekend was absolutely gorgeous – a perfect way to end my life of leisure as I start a new job tomorrow. To celebrate the weather, I decided to take a walk, which ended up turning into a five mile jaunt down to union square. On the way down, I noticed this film set at the Hearst Building, which had been relabeled “Oscorp”. I can only assume this is for the new Spiderman film.
I stole these 3D glasses from a showing of “Up” this summer, because they’re much nicer than the normal 3D glasses they give out at Lincoln Square (which don’t even have folding arms, and which hurt my face after about 20 minutes). I’m using this post to remind myself to take these with me when I go to see Alice in Wonderland on Sunday morning (yes, I’ve already got tix). Because when I forgot them at Avatar, it was just icing on the annoyance cake.
the other day, I was watching “You’ve Got Mail” for the first time in years (and the first time since I moved to the UWS), and realized that Maya Scharper was the store used as meg ryan’s children’s bookstore in the film.
On Saturday, I rode with the brooklyn by bike crowd out to floyd bennett field. I’ve still got to organize my (very few) still photographs and put a map together, but here’s the video from the ride! (Best to watch in HQ):
so, as I mentioned the other day when I posted stuff from coney island, there was no sound on the video of our ride down there. In actuality, I had added a soundtrack from my iTunes library (Fatboy Slim’s “Build It Up, Tear It Down”), but not 3 seconds after the video got uploaded, I got a notice from youtube that my video may contain copyright-protected elements. So rather than tempt fate (and the RIAA), I removed the music and uploaded a slightly less interesting noiseless version. This morning, due to my “early waking” insomnia, I was checking out my video states, and, while looking at all the buttons, I noticed something called “audioswap”. so I checked it out. My original song choice wasn’t in there, but I found one that accompanied the video pretty well (appropriately titled “bicycle rider”), and I added it in. At the moment it’s still processing, but it should be good in a few minutes. Same link.
I’m getting better. It has only taken me one month to sort through my photos and get them posted on the site. Pictures from my diving trip to Roatan are now available for viewing. In addition, I shot some underwater video on my camera, which I’m including here. The first part is just your general diving experience, getting to sound like darth vader. The remainder is from the dolphin dive that I had the opportunity to do. which was pretty awesome.
[Update 2015] In an effort to reduce the number of holdover pages on the blog, I am slowly (very slowly) integrating these albums into the appropriate historical posts on the blog itself. As such, photos from this trip are now below.
Well, it’s the last day of my vacation, and I’m just about ready to get back to work. Things I did:
Movies: saw Wall-E, Wanted, Hellboy II and The Dark Knight (which was super fantastic awesome go see it now!).
Cycling: took several trips down to battery park, and up to fort washington. In total, I biked about 70 miles over the past two weeks (usually in 12-14 mile increments every couple of days). Also, about to sign up for the NYC Century Bike Tour.
Friends: saw several friends, including one friend who I haven’t seen since college, and another who had a baby three weeks ago. Also managed to catch a cold from another friend’s 11 month old.
Culture: not quite as much as last year, but I did go see the Dali exhibit at the MoMA on wednesday. That was pretty awesome. Although my dad and I both decided that the films would make much more sense to someone if they were on drugs.
That’s about it. I also read a few books, took a lot of naps, and generally learned how to not check my blackberry every 5 minutes. oh, and I got an iphone.
Today’s marathon on USA of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is being brought to us by Sex and the City. I can’t be the only one who finds something horrendously wrong with this combination.
(and yes, I know it’s just a continuation of the L&O marathons going on all weekend, but SATC sponsoring all Chris Noth episodes of L&O: Criminal Intent makes perfect sense. This is just kind of gross).
Two things I’m very excited about this year in relation to the Oscars. First, that I’m actually in the US, so I can watch it on something other than YouTube, and second, Jon Stewart! with writers!
So, getting this in just under the wire…my oscar picks before tonight’s ceremony.
Best Picture: Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, There Will be Blood
The only one of these I’ve actually seen to date is Michael Clayton, which I’m partial to (as I would be to any movie that was shot on location in my office), but I think that, while it would win in any other year, this year it’s up against No Country… and There Will be Blood, which have all of the momentum. It’s either one’s game, but I’m checking off No Country… on my ballot.
Best Actor: George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises).
This is clearly Day-Lewis’s to lose.
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Julie Christie (Away From Her), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Laura Linney (The Savages), Ellen Page (Juno)
All the buzz goes to Christie, so that’s who I’m picking on my ballot.
Best Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War), Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)
My brother and I actually watched The Assassination of Jesse James… last night, and thought it was very good. Very long, but very good. It’s too bad that Affleck doesn’t have a shot in hell since he’s up against the charm (and killing) machine of Javier Bardem, and the lifetime achievement awardiness of Hal Holbrook. I’m picking Bardem.
Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There), Ruby Dee (American Gangster), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton).
Hmm. This is a tough one. I think Swinton’s got the buzz right now, so that will probably be the token award that goes to the Clayton franchise.
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will be Blood), Ethan & Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Jason Reitman (Juno), Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and The Butterfly)
The Coen Brothers. They’re due.
Best Documentary Feature: No End in Sight, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, Sicko, Taxi to the Dark Side, War/Dance.
Don’t really know here. It could be Sicko for two reasons – one, it’s Michael Moore, who is likely the only filmmaker any of the voters have heard of before, and two, it’s (surprisingly, given that it’s Moore) the only film that doesn’t appear to be about the war.
Best Animated Feature: Persepolis, Ratatouille, Surf’s Up
My heart says Persepolis, but my head says Ratatouille.
I’m voting for Persepolis, but I’m not expecting to win.
Best Original Screenplay: Brad Bird; story by Bird, Jim Capobianco and Jan Pinkava (Ratatouille), Diablo Cody (Juno), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl).
This one is almost definitely going to Diablo Cody.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will be Blood), Ethan & Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men), Christopher Hampton (Atonement), Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) Sarah Polley (Away From Her)
Again, I think this is a battle between PT Anderson and the Coen Brothers. Slight edge to the Coens, since this is their year, but I wouldn’t rule out PT.
That’s all. Big awards only. I have no way to judge things like editing and art directing, particularly since I haven’t seen a lot of the films.