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Movie Views: 1-2-3! Catching up on Oscar Run 2018 with 3 Flicks

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in Blog, Oscar Run, Pop Culture, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Movie Views: 1-2-3! Catching up on Oscar Run 2018 with 3 Flicks

This year’s Oscars ceremony is just one week away, and since I last blogged, I knocked off another 5 nominations by checking out three more films this week. As of this writing, I have seen 27 of the 34 nominations which make up what I call the core 6 Oscar categories (Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Director and Best Picture). Five remaining films will deliver the remaining seven nominations, and I’m set to watch one of them this afternoon. (More on THAT one soon…)   Holy cow, I think I...

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Movie Views: Time to Meet the Press at Oscar Run Stop Five, THE POST

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog, Movie Views, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Movie Views: Time to Meet the Press at Oscar Run Stop Five, THE POST

Before I tick off (potentially) many of my former Tampa Tribune colleagues who may have loved THE POST, one of the nine films up for Best Picture, and Stop 5 on the 2018 Oscar Run, I will tell you what I did like about the movie. As always, Meryl Streep impresses the hell out of me by diving into a new character and delivering in all of her complexities and insecurities Kay Graham, the first American female newspaper publisher of THE WASHINGTON POST. There is a reason this actor continues to be nominated for many of her film roles. She is...

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Movie Views: Unraveling Oscar Run Stop 4, PHANTOM THREAD

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Blog, Movie Views, Oscar Run, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Movie Views: Unraveling Oscar Run Stop 4, PHANTOM THREAD

After I walked out of director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film PHANTOM THREAD, nominated for six Academy Awards including four of my core 34 nominations I’m trying to see by the Oscars broadcast, I was at a loss. This was the first Oscar Run stop that left me rather…cold. I had been forewarned that I might have such a lukewarm reaction. One reviewer, in defense of the film, argued that the typical American audience would not appreciate the film’s subtleties. I don’t think that’s giving some of us movie...

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Movie Views: Diving into Oscar Run Stop 3, THE SHAPE OF WATER

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog, Movie Views, Oscar Run, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Movie Views: Diving into Oscar Run Stop 3, THE SHAPE OF WATER

Love takes many forms, and sometimes in very unexpected ways. This weekend, we embarked on stop #3 of #OscarRun 2018 with Guillermo del Toro‘s THE SHAPE OF WATER. I first want to say out of the gate that I have only seen parts of HELLBOY (but enjoyed what I saw) and I’ve yet to see what is regarded as the director’s masterpiece PAN’S LABYRYNTH but want to do so (perhaps even more than before). This latest feature film from del Toro is enchanting and engrossing. I knew the acting would be wonderful with such a stellar...

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GREY’S ANATOMY: Why Didn’t You Go Red?!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in Blog, Pop Culture, Women's Issues | 0 comments

GREY’S ANATOMY: Why Didn’t You Go Red?!

What a missed opportunity! I just finished last night’s GREY’S ANATOMY focused on a lead female character’s heart scare, and after a very meaningful episode “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” that reinforced the importance (maybe even LIFE-SAVING relevance) of paying attention to body signals, being your own greatest health advocate, and getting a second opinion when you know your body is telling you it’s more than the doctors seem to think… no mention of the next day  – Friday, Feb. 2, 2018...

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Movie Views: Oscar Run Stops at THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Blog, Movie Views, Oscar Run, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Movie Views: Oscar Run Stops at THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

This year’s Oscar Run continued with stop 2 and Martin McDonough’s THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI a sharply-scripted microcosm of a town’s humanity following a local tragedy and the deepest and darkest places sorrow can take a mourning mother. The film, which checks off four noms from the core six categories of Oscar nominees I set out to see (in this case, Best Picture, Best Actress and two Best Supporting Actor nods), garnered seven nominations overall. Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes gives another stellar...

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Next Stop…Recalculating

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Blog, Inspiration Corner, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Next Stop…Recalculating

Have you ever typed an address into your GPS and later, in a moment of rebellion or perhaps whimsy, opted to go against the announced instructions for your next move? I bought one for my husband recently and was met by a word that has since become an inside joke and part of the Kuhn vernacular. It is symbolic of how the year has started here for our household. The GPS’s response to my defiance on the road?   “Recalculating…”   I chuckled the first few times I heard this (because yes, few means that I...

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Movie Views: Oscar Run 2018 Launches with LADY BIRD

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Blog, Movie Views, Oscar Run, Pop Culture, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Movie Views: Oscar Run 2018 Launches with LADY BIRD

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have a serious addiction to all things Oscars. I’ve been watching the ceremonies, seeking out nominated films and performances and memorizing the winners since I could walk. (Years ago, I officially admitted to my affliction in my essay “Therapy from the Aisle Seats.”) Each year, I do my best to see as many of the year’s nominees in six key categories: best picture, best acting in a lead role for actor and actress as well as supporting roles...

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Take a Moment

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Blog, Inspiration Corner | 0 comments

Take a Moment

This weekend, I was watching an episode of BLACK MIRROR, a TV show I recently blogged about (or gushed about, is more like it), and it inspired me to do something that I hadn’t really done in a while: look at my husband and partner in life for the past 20+ years, really look at him, for the first time in a very long time.  Always racing around like a loon, I finally stopped longer than a millisecond to study photos on his Facebook page and on my own and found myself smiling and reliving some fun memories. I might have visited a few...

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Are You Watching…Black Mirror?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Are You Watching, Blog, Pop Culture, Television | 0 comments

Are You Watching…Black Mirror?

Recently, a friend of mine asked me that question. It’s not the first time a friend inquired or suggested that I give THE BLACK MIRROR a try that in its own unique away recaptures what it was I always love so much about the annual TWILIGHT ZONE marathons on SyFy. Why not see the universe in a whole new way? Haven’t we seen the world through reality spectacles long enough? Enough of that. My heart and mind long for something a little less…expected.   And with BLACK MIRROR, that’s exactly what I’ve gotten. So...

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