Happy Monday, everyone! I will jump right in because I have
a lot to put in here. First of all, I weighed Saturday and I was down 2.8
pounds! I was very pleased with this and relieved because I knew I had done
well. This means I have 12.4 pounds to go
in my initial goal to lose 15.2 pounds and get back to my lowest weight. It may take several weeks to do that but
there is no race; as long as I stay with it, I’m fine with whatever pace my
body wants. I also started the workout
program, Insanity on Saturday. I am normally not inclined to trust programs
like this but I tried a boot camp a few months ago that I loved and my roommate
said it was similar and very effective.
I went ahead and decided to try it because I needed something new and I
like the idea of not having to think about it.
This program tells me what to do every day. It’s a 60 day program. I intend to complete the 60 days and then if
I have had results, I’ll continue to do it but incorporate it with exercise
that isn’t so hard on the joints. I like
it a lot. It’s difficult but I felt
great when I got done. I will say though
that if you have not been working out for a significant amount of time, you
should definitely NOT do Insanity. This
program is for people who are in at least decent shape. I am sore but I like that because it means it’s
working. He’s strict about form and
safety which is also a plus. I took my weight and measurements so I could
monitor my results. The recipe I shared above is for tomato soup. When I was little I thought I hate tomatoes
and tomato soup. As I’ve gotten older,
my tastes have developed. I now enjoy
cooked, green and sun dried tomatoes. I
thought I’d try tomato soup. This is a
Hungry Girl recipe. It uses hot sauce
which kicked the flavor notch up a bit.
It was quite tasty and I paired it with toast that I slathered with Sun
Dried Tomato Laughing Cow Cheese. It was
a nice pairing. I’d make it again, for
sure. I eat a lot of soup…it’s usually
much lower in calories.
Since the last time I blogged, Alabama won its 15th
national championship against Notre Dame.
It is a wonderful time to be an Alabama fan. I know everyone in the country is tired of
Bama but who cares, it feels great to be a winner!
Jordan and I have started our Operation Oscar for this
year. We see all of the movies nominated
for Oscars in the major categories and this year we got quite a head start
before the nominations came out. I’ll
give a brief little review of each one, in case you’re interested. We only have a few more to watch before we
are done. The show is on February 24th
and after the Golden Globes last night, I’m anxious to see how it turns out!
Argo is my second favorite movie so far. Its nominations include: Best Picture,
Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin), Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio). This is an intense movie laced with funny
moments about a real and serious situation that happened during the Iran
hostage crisis. It takes history and
makes it interesting. Ben Affleck was not only grossly snubbed for Director, he
could have been nominated as an actor as well.
I’m not biased. I love Ben
Affleck but he hasn’t always been the best actor in the world. This movie is great and I’m glad the Golden
Globes recognized him because the Academy was wrong on this. This movie also included John Goodman who was
amazing and one of my all-time favorite actors.
Flight has two nominations: Actor (Denzel Washington) and
Original Screenplay (John Gatins). I
would say that these nominations could’ve gone either way. The movie was pretty good but when you
compare Denzel Washington’s performance to some of the other men in the
category, I don’t think he was as good.
The movie has a really intense scene in the beginning with a plane
situation that will make you think twice before stepping onto your next
flight. Other than that, I’d say it was
good, not great. It’s about a drunk who
gets in trouble and I prefer Denzel Washington in his more bada** roles.
I could probably write a book on the commentary I have for
Django Unchained but nobody has that kind of time. It is nominated for Best Picture, Supporting
Actor (Christoph Waltz), Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino). In summary, it’s about a freed slave that is
on a quest with a bounty hunter to find and rescue his wife from a heinous
slave owner. This movie is like classic
Quentin Tarantino on crack. It is by far
the most gruesome, violent and uncomfortable Tarantino movie I’ve ever
seen. If you don’t like him, his movies,
blood and guts or gun violence, you should, under NO circumstances see this
movie. My mother and Jordan despised
this movie. Having said all of that, I
did not hate it, I LOVED about 60% of it and wanted to crawl under my chair and
hide the other 40%. I believe his movies
are a commentary but I do know that the commentary he intends is lost on many
audiences. It is not lost on me. It is
violent and racist much like the actual act of slavery was and you are not
supposed to feel comfy cozy while watching it.
I can see both sides of the fence.
I do think he was also robbed as director. I would say however that I don’t like his
attitude about some things. He’s very
quick to dismiss discussions on violence in movies and I think he should take a
more diplomatic approach. I agree that
violence in movies is not the reason people are crazy but I think they are a
good starting place for dialogue and he always shuts down. In the end, I think he’s a disturbed and at
times, quite rude genius. As a side note, I’m obsessed with Christoph Waltz and
wish he was in every movie. Lastly, I always think Leo is robbed and this year
is no exception. I am DEFINITELY biased
about him though, we go way back.
Ahhh, Les Miserables, the movie I feel like I should be more
attached to. It’s nominated for Best
Picture, Actor (Hugh Jackman) and Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway). This movie was all about “moments” to
me. Anne Hathaway’s performance of “I
Dreamed A Dream” was pretty stunning and brought tears to my eyes. Unfortunately, Russell Crowe’s voice also
brought tears to my eyes…and not in a good way.
The movie was WAY too long for me but that doesn’t say much, though
because I think most movies are too long.
I actually downloaded a lot of the songs and though the movie looked
amazing but overall, I was pretty bored.
Like I said, there were lots of great moments that I will probably look
up on YouTube a few more times in life but I don’t see me watching it in its
entirety ever again. I have respect for
the show but it’s not my favorite. I
have seen the play and there are parts of it that seem silly to me and it’s
just not my favorite. I don’t want to
take away from Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway though, they were good.
Life of Pi is this year’s Avatar minus the hype and James
Cameron. It’s nominated for Best
Picture, Director (Ang Lee) and Adapted Screenplay (David Magee). I compare it to Avatar only because, in my opinion,
it’s greatest attribute is the beauty of the scenery. The special animated effects in this movie
were gorgeous. The story is cool, too
and I enjoyed the movie overall. I wasn’t
blown away by the story but I liked it.
The Impossible holds only one nomination and that is for
best actress (Naomi Watts). I’d say I
made it about 10 minutes before I started a full on, heaving cry that I
maintained throughout the entire movie.
This is about the horrific tsunami that came from the Indian Ocean in
2004 and killed 230,000 people. It’s based
on the true story of one family trying to survive and get back to each
other. I have had recurring nightmares
about deadly waves my entire adult life so I was anxious about the movie. The best way to describe it is
gut-wrenching. The horror that these
people had to face was something that none of us should ever take for
granted. So many died, lost all their
loved ones, their homes and they lived in pain and fear for weeks trying to
figure out the details of what happened. The movie portrays this very well and
I’m not sure it wasn’t slightly robbed of other nominations. I will never watch it again but it’s beautifully
I cannot say enough good things about Silver Linings
Playbook. Its nominations include: Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell),
Actor (Bradley Cooper), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Robert
De Niro), Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver), and Adapted Screenplay (David O.
Russell). It’s funny, engaging and by
far my favorite of the Oscar season.
When I say favorite, I mean it’s the only one I would buy so I could
watch whenever I want. It’s got Bradley
Cooper who seriously could not be hotter and more adorable. I’m also a Hunger Games freak so I was happy
to see Jennifer Lawrence. Robert De Niro
was amazing as always and as a side note, Chris Tucker turns out to be a
pleasant surprise in the movie. It’s about mental illness but not in a sappy
way. Loved it.
Spielberg does it again with Lincoln. It’s loaded up with nominations: Best
Picture, Director (Stephen Spielberg), Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor
(Tommy Lee Jones), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), and Adapted Screenplay
(Tony Kushner). I agree with all of
these nominations. Lincoln, though in my
opinion a bit long (surprise, surprise), was outstanding. It’s not the kind of movie I’d want to curl
up to on a Saturday night as those are reserved for guilty pleasures but the
movie is chock full of awesome actors, interesting and lesser known facts about
the time period and gripping stories. The
film came together wonderfully for me and in the end you feel triumphant and
sad all at the same time. I liked it a
lot…it has probably been my third favorite so far this season.
The Sessions was solid and good but overall
underwhelming. Helen Hunt is nominated
for Supporting Actress and that’s it. I
think that’s about right. The story was
certainly interesting. It’s about a man
with polio who is paralyzed from the neck down and has to rely on a giant
machine for him to breathe. He wants to
experience sex and Helen Hunt’s job is to help him with that. She does a great job and the movie wasn’t too
sentimental which I like but it didn’t blow me away. In fact, that’s all I have to say about it, I
Zero Dark Thirty was intense to say the least. It’s nominated for Best Picture, Actress
(Jessica Chastain) and Original Screenplay (Mark Boal). I think the movie was good. It was a bit long, but it was still an “edge
of your seat” kind of movie. Jessica Chastain
is someone who I think will be around for a while. She’s versatile and I’ve never seen her do a
bad job (she was even good in the disaster that was the Tree of Life). I don’t know what percentage of the movie was
based in fact but it definitely brought you along for the ride on the hunt for
Osama Bin Laden. I am not as mad about
the directing snub on this as I am for Argo.
I certainly think Kathryn Bigelow COULD have been nominated for best
director, especially for the excruciating torture scenes but it’s not the
biggest snub in history.
I know that was a lot but like I said, Jordan and I got a huge head start. I'll have a few more plus some preferences/predictions in the coming weeks.
I hope you all have a great week and if you made it to the end, thanks for sticking with me!
“And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
‘Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa…” Shake It Out-Florence+the