Kathy Ireland, you need to go home and think about what you’ve done

March 8, 2010 at 7:01 am (Movies, Random Ramblings, TV)

So this is my Oscar run down.

First, did anyone see the ABC Red Carpet Special that was on right before the Oscars?  Kathy Ireland was PAINFUL.  She’s so wooden and stupid and she yelled at everyone she was interviewing.  She also kept doing this weird swaying, jerking thing with her body.  So incredibly awkward that it was kind of hilarious to watch.  When she interviewed Gabourey Sidibe I think she was so proud of herself for being able to say her name that she made sure to repeat it like 3 times.  This is exactly what she said to her at one point “we hear that you text the people close to you a lot, but for the rest of us Gabourey, what can you share with us?”  Like me, Gabby didn’t exactly know if there was a question there.  What can you share with us???  About what????  About texting???  Can you be more specific?  Gabby basically just said I don’t know a few times and then said she was really excited.   She then closed the interview with “we’re proud of you too, you’ve turned your genius into a dream come true”  Huh?  What does that mean?  She also said thank you about 4 times to Zac Efron because she didn’t know how to end the interview.  I think she didn’t know what to do once her carefully scripted questions were over because I don’t think she deviated from the script at all.  Just as I was pondering who at ABC thinks being on Dancing with the Stars qualifies someone to do interviews on the red carpet, my friend called me and asked  “Are you watching the red carpet?  How brutal is Kathy Ireland?”  We laughed pretty hard about how awful she was and wondered how she could do that on tv in front of so many people when she’s so bad.  In the end we decided that she needed to go home, watch herself and think about what she had done.  The whole pre-show was pretty bad, sigh, I miss E! Channel and Ryan Seacrest.     

Neil Patrick Harris!!!!!  I love him!!!  I always thought I loved him because of Doogie Howser, but I only recently started watching the past seasons of How I Met Your Mother and after seeing that show, I realize that I didn’t even know what love was because my love of NPH has been taken to a whole new level.  He is a genius!  

I thought that Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were really, really funny.

The John Hughes tribute was great.  I love, love, love John Hughes.  Not only do his movies have great stories and characters,  they also have really kick-ass soundtracks.  His movies were such a part of my childhood and they are still among my favorites – my brothers and I still quote them on a regular basis.

James Taylor singing In My Life while they play the In Memoriam segment?  Um, tissue please.  First of all, one of the best songs ever written.  Second, I think James Taylor has one of the best voices ever.  His voice is like the first really warm day in spring when you open all the windows and everything just feels fresh and soothing and new.  J’adore. 

Yay Sandra Bullock – I love her.  Cute speech but Jesse James with tears in his eyes – um, tissue please.

I still don’t know how District 9 got nominated for Best Picture, I guess that’s what happens when you increase the nominees to 10 but I did not like that movie.  I get the whole parallel with what happened with apartheid in South Africa but I just didn’t really think it was that great.  Maybe it’s because I really never connected with the characters that I didn’t like it but I found at the end of the movie I didn’t really care what happened to any of them.  Not the worst movie I’ve ever seen that was nominated for an Oscar – that is still The Thin Red Line – if you haven’t seen that movie, don’t.  It’s terrible.  I saw it in the theatre and when it was over I was so angry that it had wasted my time.  I thought about leaving in the middle of it but kept thinking something was going to happen – nothing ever did.  I remember looking at my watch 30 mins into it and wondering when the hell the story was going to start.  I also remember about 3 times near the end of the movie the screen mercifully faded to black and we all thought it was over, only to have it continue on again.  People in the theatre actually groaned and started getting upset that it wouldn’t end.  One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen and it still incites rage in me when I talk about it.

The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture, I haven’t seen it yet.  It is sitting on my PVR right now because I planned to watch it this weekend before the Oscars and then somehow when it came time to watch it I decided I didn’t feel like a heavy movie and so I watched Whip It! instead.  Cute movie if you like Ellen Page, which I do, but I kind of wish I had rethought that one. 

Pretty boring Oscar show in all, although I guess they usually are.  I enjoyed the dancers a lot but I’m a sucker for a good dance number.  In the past I used to make an effort to see most of the nominated movies before the Oscars but I really didn’t see many of them this year, maybe that’s why I wasn’t all that into it.  For the record, I think Kate Winslet and Sandra Bullock both looked amazing!!

You know who else looked amazing, Sigourney Weaver!  Seriously, this woman is 60 years old.  I hope look that good at 50!


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The Olympics are over

March 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm (Random Ramblings)

Because I’m feeling extra proud to be Canadian today, an all Canadian playlist (maybe this will erase from my memory the fact that A Simple Plan and M.F’ing Nickelback played the closing ceremony.  Those of you who know me know my thoughts on Nickelback, those who don’t lets just say I would rather rip my own ears off than be forced to listen to them.

Dead Honey – Die Mannequin

Do it or Die – Die Mannequin

The Dead Can’t Testify – Billy Talent

Anna – Pure (this one’s a little old but I’ve been listening to it again lately and I still love it) 

The Olympics are over and to be honest I really don’t know what I’m going to do with myself now.  As my friend noted – they really were a nice break from the winter blahs.  Maybe it was the fact that they took place in Canada this time but I think I watched more events than I have in the past.  And I have to say – WAY TO GO CANADA!!!  I’m so impressed with the athletes and the way the country responded to it all.  Here’s what I loved the most about the Olympics this year.

First, I LOVE every single second of this video.  If you haven’t seen it (and you may have seen the last part of it but you NEED to watch the whole thing because THIS is pure MAGIC!!!)  It’s Marianne St-Gelais (who won a silver medal herself) cheering for her boyfriend Charles Hamelin as he wins gold.  Watch this and tell me you don’t love her.

THAT…. is how you cheer for your boyfriend at the Olympics!!!  It gives me chills.

I love Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir!!!!  I love that they have been skating together since they were 7 and 9 and in an interview she said that she’s never ever considered another partner and that it isn’t an avenue she would ever go down.  I love that at the end of their free skate you could see him mouth the words “thank you so much”.  I love that he wore a Team Canada hockey jersey when they did their Gala performance skate on Sat.  I think mostly it’s because I used to be a huge figure skating fan but got sick of it because of all of the judging nonsense and I think it’s so great to see people finally being rewarded based on their skill and not what country they are from.  And I just think they are adorable and although they are not a couple I totally wish they were.   I love that they sang the National Anthem at their medal ceremony with everything they had and he said after that he hoped there weren’t any microphones nearby.  

Part of it might also be that Tessa Virtue looks so much like Ione Skye from one of my favorite movies.  A little gem called Say Anything, and so, everytime I see her I think about that movie and how much I wanted to marry Lloyd Dobler, and maybe still do.  Wish I could find a better close up pic of Virtue but this is the best I can do.

Um, SIDNEY FREAKING CROSBY!!!!  That hockey game was ridiculous and I have a confession to make.  I kinda sorta missed the goal live, but I need to explain.  I don’t have the nerves or the stomach to handle games and overtime like that.  I just can’t deal with it and the last few minutes of the game and the overtime were causing me too much stress and by the time  Luongo saved the shot from Pavelski I was having a full on Tom Cruise moment standing on my couch and I realized that I needed to chill for a minute and catch my breath or I was going to have a heart attack, so I paused the game and went to the kitchen to get a beverage only to hear my neighbour cheer about 15 seconds later and I quickly understood that A.  we had won the game and B. I had missed it (sorta).  I did run back to the tv and un-pause it so I saw it about 20 seconds delayed.  I think it still counts.   But man, that game nearly killed me.

As for the Closing Ceremony – I loved how they made fun of the torch malfunction from the opening ceremony.  And also…..William Shatner and Michael J. Fox!!!  Brilliant!! 

I still love Shaun White!  He is insane and his final run was crazy!!  Also he was adorable on Oprah.

I think Joannie Rochette was amazing and to win a bronze medal under those circumstances was beyond belief.

I love Alex Bilodeau, I think he’s adorable and seems so humble and genuine and I’m glad he will forever be the first Canadian to win a gold medal at home.

I also love Jon Montgomery and the pitcher of beer he drank while walking down the street.  But I still think Skeleton is pure insanity. 

I have to give a shout out to Brian Williams because at the beginning of the games I was lamenting the fact that Ron McLean wouldn’t be hosting them but I have to say that I loved Brian Williams and I thought he did a great job.

I love that the Olympic rings in the harbour were lit up gold every time Canada won a gold medal.

I love this web site with the funny faces of figure skaters in action.

Finally I would like to say again that I am really proud to be Canadian right now!  I’m proud that we won the most gold medals EVER.  I’m proud that we won the most medals we’ve ever won at a winter games.  So I might have been a little emotional after the hockey game last night because almost every winning montage or commercial that they played about the games or Canadian pride was making me a little teary eyed.  This video essay however, put me over the edge, I cried.  That’s right, I said it. 


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