My Golden Globe Nominations

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Temperatures have been in the teens (or single digits!) all weekend here in Colorado. To me, this translates to “only leave the house if absolutely necessary.” Which means, I only left to attend heated yoga (as a way to avoid watching football on Saturday) and to buy two bottles of wine.  Necessities, people.  Luckily, we had a giant puzzle and three seasons of Parenthood to occupy us. We made it through one and a half seasons so far and wow, what a funny but emotional show.

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Aaaaand, the Golden Globes are this weekend. I live for award show season! Reading the nominations, I always feel like I missed out on a bunch of good movies/shows. And then I think about all the movies/shows that I thought were good and weren’t nominated and feel like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association must have missed out on those.

If I were part of the HFPA, the winners would be:

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This is 40. Okay, so this wasn’t nominated and okay, in the end it was actually kind of depressing but I laughed so hard in some parts.  Lots of parts. And harder than I laughed at anything else I saw this year. That kind of comedy deserves some kind of award if you ask me.

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Anna Karenina. My mom asked me to see this with her and I expected to be kinda bored. Much to my delight, I loved it! It was so strange and enchanting and Russian (except for all those English accents) and it totally appealed to me. Kiera Knightly basically played herself but I thought the film itself was so well done.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Christophe Waltz in Django. In my world, they are both allowed to win the same award. I’m still not sure if I’m completely sold on Django (made me cringe so much!) but these two were brilliant!

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Tom Hooper as director of Les Miserables. While I wish we could have cut out about half of the singing, I have to admit that Les Mis was incredibly well-directed. And what a massive undertaking. I think the director deserves some credit.

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Moonlight Kingdom. I was surprisingly delighted by this quirky little movie. The characters were amazing and I loved how wacky the plot was.

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Argo. Ben Affleck. So hunky. Oh right, and the movie was pretty good too. I had such a hard time categorizing this movie. I mean it’s so serious, but then there’s Alan Arkin and John Goodman adding some lighthearted humor and it’s a total winner, in my opinion.

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Shameless. Oh wait, also not nominated. Coincidentally, the season premiere is also on tonight and I will probably miss it just to watch the award show that didn’t recognize it.

Eye rolls for: anger over Robert DeNiro getting snubbed for Silver Linings Playbook, Russel Crowe in Les Mis, Denzel Washington in Flight, Taylor Swift for her song in the Hunger Games.

Also, Happy Birthday to my dad 🙂

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Are you watching the Golden Globes?

What was the best movie you saw this year? Don’t lie, I know it was Magic Mike.

What do you do when it’s freezing cold outside?

What I’ve Been Reading

Joey has never been a big reader. I think he was halfway into an autobiography by Larry Bird when I first met him and I think he finished it like last year. I think.

Anyways, after hearing him say his problem was that nothing ever holds his attention, I suggested he pick up a thriller. Something along the lines of a Stephen King or a James Patterson novel. A month and 3 (very long) books, later, I find myself dating someone who’s always reading. Meanwhile, I’m playing around on my phone, letting my brain rot and wondering what is going on?!

But I guess I did finish a few books recently too, so maybe I’m just being dramatic.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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My favorite book. Favorite. I still remember reading it for the first time and being so so sad when I finished it. There’s nothing grandiose or life-changing about it. It’s just a cute little story about a writer from London who starts a correspondence with a literary club on Guernsey, an English island that was occupied by the Germans during World War II (the book takes place right after the war ends). The whole book is written in letters, which I love. The book is endearing, enchanting, heartbreaking at times and so so happy at others. Also, I find it incredible that the book was co-authored (mostly written by Mary Ann Shaffer and finished by her niece Annie Barrows after Mary Ann’s death) and yet, it is seamless. I just adore this one.

The Kite Runner

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Everyone read this already years ago, right? Okay, we’ll I’m behind on the times. I read this one while we were in Jamaica and turns out, it’s popular for a reason. It’s really good. I judge a book on its ability to make the reader feel. That, and a good plot, interesting characters and an author who actually knows how to write. The Kite Runner has all of these. It’s basically the story of two boys who are not only man and servant, but also best friends. I will say that the book definitely tugs at your heartstrings. At times, I was so mad at the main character and at others, I was so proud of him. I think this one is worthy of the hype.

Bel Canto

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Another vacation read and sorry Mom, but I was not a fan of this one. My mom and I usually align on the kinds of books we enjoy but this recommendation was a miss for me. It started out promising, when a group of politicians are taken hostage by a terrorist group. The remainder of the book details the relationships and bonds that are formed between the two groups. It’s very heavy on character development, while the plot slows to a crawl. I think this is what my mom loved about it and why I didn’t like it. One of the hostages happens to be a highly-acclaimed opera singer and I’ve heard that the book itself it supposed to read like an opera. You can’t like em all, I guess.

Happy Friday!

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Are you a big reader?

What are you reading/or read recently?

Do you have a favorite book/author/genre?