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My Oscar Picks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 28, 2010 by sethdellinger

As part of my effort to make 2010 the year I post more blog entries that absolutely nobody cares about, here are my Oscar predictions!  Whether you care about them or not, I must post them, so that if I am 100% right, I have the proof in a public forum.  Also, the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg is hosting an Oscar party (telecast on the big screen, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, BYOB).  8 bucks to get in.  Anyone wanna go?  I want to go but only if someone else wants to.  I think they’re starting at 7pm.  So anyway.  I’m putting my pick for who will win in bold and my pick for who I want to win in italics, and of course on the occasion that they overlap, it will be in bold italics, though I will list all nominees in each category.

Art Direction

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The Imaginiarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Costume Design

Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

Original Score

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up

Film Editing

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District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

Makeup

Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Sound Editing

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The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

Sound Mixing

Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Visual Effects

Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

Cinematography

Avatar
Harry Potter and the Something Something Something
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Adapted Screenplay

District 9
An Education
In the Loop
Precious
Up in the Air

Original Screenplay

The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Up

Documentary Feature

Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America
Which Way Home

Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Matt Damon (Invictus)
Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
*really, I will be thrilled with any of these guys winning. Good category this year.

Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz (Nine)
Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart)
Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
Mo’Nique (Precious)
*
I’d like to see Gyllenhaal win just because I love her, but Mo’Nique deserves it, and any trophy for “Up in the Air” would be fine.  I haven’t seen “Nine” but I generally dislike Penelope Cruz.

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
George Clooney (Up in the Air)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
*I haven’t seen “A Single Man”

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Gabourey Sabide (Precious)
Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia)
*I haven’t seen “The Last Station”

Best Director

James Cameron (Avatar)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
Lee Daniels (Precious)
Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)
*a win by anyone other than Cameron would be a great win, esp Tarantino, but my main desire is for Bigelow to win

Best Picture

The Hurt Locker
Avatar
Inglourious Basterds
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air





Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 25, 2010 by sethdellinger

From the end of the liner notes in the Hey Rosetta! album Plan Your Escape:

and thanks to michael pittman and his talent and diligence and even temper, and thanks to you!  you and your fantastic decision to purchase this recording.  you are obviously an excellent person.  seriously, take a moment and rejoice!  quietly, if you should feel embarrassed.  surely you can allow yourself that.  have a beer, have a cup of tea.  the sincerest of people are thanking you from the dark, bloody bottom of their hearts.

Sheer Desperate Hunger

Posted in My Poetry with tags , , , , , , , on February 21, 2010 by sethdellinger

The young swallows are learning grace this morning
by failing.  I mean their rough, difficult flight,
the way they flap too much,
not trusting the thin air to hold them,
the way they refuse to use the wind.
Easy flight isn’t natural.
The knack of a barnswallow’s quick and accurate,
almost-to-falling glide is not, as I had thought,
inborn intelligence (a sort of ether that fills
a barnswallow’s hollow bones).

Simplicity is the achievement.
Consider the elegant parent swallows that skim out low
across the lake—the mist rising, the reeds jutting,
their glassy mirror image—in effortless,
unerring flight.  They are willing to ride the air,
but like their young, when they were young,
they must have flapped, toiled, flustered,
have failed, too.  Every muscle resisting the pull
of what pulled them.  How did they learn
that graceful giving-in, that belief in invisible air?
It must have been exigency—fatigue,
gravity, hunger, sheer desperate hunger.

Getting In, Getting Out

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 20, 2010 by sethdellinger

I was thinking this morning that almost no matter where you live , there seems to be that one, larger, more exciting place that you routinely “go into” or talk about going to, or hear others talk about going to.  For instance, I grew up in Newville, a very very small town.  When we needed to get out of Newville, we’d usually “go into Carlisle”, an only slightly-larger town.  Now that I live in Carlisle, when I need out of Carlisle, I often go into Harrisburg.  And nowadays, I know plenty of people who have lived their whole lives in Harrisburg.  Since they’ve never known travel from one small town into another, slightly-larger small town, they frequently talk about going into Philadelphia.  I suppose this cycle can only end at large cities, where life-time residents probably do the inverse, and talk frequently about “getting out” of the city.  What is your experience with this phenomenon?

Non-controversial opinion of the week, 2/13

Posted in Snippet with tags on February 13, 2010 by sethdellinger

Cheese cake is usually too rich for me.

Did they get me?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 12, 2010 by sethdellinger

Whenever I’m shopping anywhere—but especially at Wal-Mart—I like to be conscious of how they are “trying to get me”.  Mind you, I usually don’t care if they get me—I just like to know about it.  I’m down with “loss leaders” (pricing certain items, like DVDs, so low that the store actually takes a loss—but have you ever left a Wal-Mart with JUST a DVD?  They get you in, then you buy a chair or Windex) and sequential pricing tricks (the cheapest microwaves are super low, and almost at a loss for the store, but then the upper half of microwaves are actually more expensive than at other retailers—but because the low end is so low, you assume you can’t find any of these microwaves cheaper, anywhere else, so you buy a 200 microwave when in fact Target sells it for $150).  And the way they rearrange things every so often so you get lost.  And how the entrance-way floors are always tiles, so you can’t hear the people you’re walking with overtop of the cart noise, so you have trouble making shopping plans, so you enter the store mildly disoriented.  And I can usually tell how they’re getting me.  But last night, as I was in the market for plastic cups (that’s right—I consider myself an environmentally concerned liberal, and I still use plastic cups.  All I can say is, I’m not perfect, so fuck you) I was a little baffled.  I think they got me, but I can’t quite parse how.  First, I see the generic plastic cups:

As you can see, the generic plastic cups are $2.66.  Then I looked to the brand name cups:

Now, you can see the brand name cups are $3, even.  I figured, hey, the brand name is only 30-some cents more, and they are probably much sturdier, so I bought them.  You can also see there is an “AS ADVERTISED” tab sticking out from the shelf by the brand name cups.  At first I’m thinking, of course they got me, I spent more money.  But normally I would think the generic would be a better deal for Wal-Mart—I’m sure they get a bigger cut and they cost less to begin with.  So, help me figure this one out.  Did they get me, or did I get them?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 9, 2010 by sethdellinger

Quote of the night:

Employee:  “Seth, I just thought you should know the only reason I work here is the free soda.”

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