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Shannon
02 April 2018 @ 01:40 pm
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One new thing I'm tracking this year is longform non-fiction.  I've had lists of articles I've saved over the years but never seem to find the time to read them.  So I've been copying and pasting articles into a word doc, converting them into PDFs, and loading them onto my old-school ereader (one of those that's the actual e-ink and doesn't have wifi or anything).  It's been a nice thing to do on some of my breaks at work, because I've been trying to take actual breaks and get away from the computer.
 
 
Shannon
25 March 2018 @ 07:51 pm
tHiS Is tHe WoRsT kAnSaS tEaM iN LiKe FiFtEeN yEaRs.


 
 
Shannon
16 March 2018 @ 11:42 pm
A Number 1 was finally beaten by a Number 16.

It wasn't us.

KU can never win another game ever again, it's fine, because IT WASN'T US.
 
 
 
 
Shannon
05 March 2018 @ 10:59 am


One of my favorite songs - listen.

 
 
Shannon
04 March 2018 @ 11:01 pm
Oof, beefed this year's predictions.  I made the bold prediction of Get Out thinking this year might be similar to 2016, when Mad Max and The Revenant were the head-to-head favorites but Spotlight sort of beamed in to win with only an Original Screenplay win.  But if I hadn't gone No Guts No Glory, I would have picked Three Billboards as the likely winner, so it was sort of a double beef.

Also was predicting at least one actor upset, which tends to happen most often in Supporting Actor (see: Adam Arkin, Mark Rylance), but all four categories went right down the line according to precursors.  Ah well.

An okay show.  I was surprised by one of the montages, the sort of overall Movie montage; I'll have to see if it gets uploaded to YT later on.  There was a line of dialogue about how hope (I think it was hope) never dies, that was cut over a shot of Anton Yelchin from Star Trek.  Caught me completely off-guard and out of nowhere; I just started blubbering.

I enjoyed The Shape of Water and am always happy when something of a genre-bent wins big, but I have to admit, it just didn't come together as a film for me.  I think all of the pieces were there except for the actual script itself; there were just some holes, some places that didn't gel.  I always have favorites in the Best Picture race, but it's sort of odd to have a movie I really liked win that I think actually didn't really deserve to win?  I actually only saw three out of nine of the nominees this year, but the other two that I did see - Dunkirk and Get Out - were both better, I think. 

It was awfully cute to see Doug Jones up on that stage, though.
 
 
Shannon
04 March 2018 @ 02:02 pm
Best Picture: Get Out
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro
Best Actor: Gary Oldman
Best Actress: Frances McDormand
Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney

Animated Feature: Coco
Animated Short: Revolting Rhymes
Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name
Original Screenplay: Get Out
Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049

Documentary Feature: Last Man in Aleppo
Documentary Short: Edith + Eddie
Live Action Short: DeKalb Elementary
Foreign Language Film: The Square

Film Editing: Dunkirk
Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Sound Mixing: The Shape of Water
Production Design: The Shape of Water
Original Score: The Shape of Water

Original Song: Mystery of Love, Call Me By Your Name
Makeup and Hair: Darkest Hour
Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049