Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscar Thoughts & My Picks of the Week! (Feb. 28th)


Hello, my lovely Muses!

Before I go on with my normal "Picks of the Week", I wanted to give my thoughts on last night's 84th annual Academy Awards. I think the picture to the left sums it up. While I am completely annoyed (but not shocked) that Meryl Streep won over Viola Davis in the Best Actress category, I'm so relieved that George Clooney walked away with NOTHING. I'm sorry for all you Clooney fans, but I can't stand the man. It would have been nice to see Brad Pitt (Moneyball) or Demian Bichir (A Better Life) walk away with an Oscar as they were strong performances, but I'm content with the Best Actor award going to Jean Dujardin of The Artist. Oh, and speaking of The Artist, I'm fine with it winning Best Picture too. I understand that many people had issues with this movie because of it being in black & white and a silent film, but as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.

Martin Scorsese's Hugo walked away with awards that I felt should have gone to other films, such as Cinematography (should have gone to Tree of Life) and Visual Effects (should have gone to Transformers: Dark of the Moon or Rise of the Planet of the Apes), but hey, you can't always get what you want. The one thing the academy did get right is picking Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actor/Actress.


My random thoughts: George Clooney's blonde of the week/date, Stacy Keibler with her disgusting s
pray tan and golden gown-- was she trying to look like the actual "Oscar" statue? As a matter of fact, was Meryl Streep that confident she was going to win that she had to wear a gold dress as well?

And lastly, MOST importantly...was it just me or did Angelina Jolie look alarmingly thin??? The woman seriously needs an intervention!

Other then the two big major upsets-- one being good (Jean Dujardin winning over George Clooney) and one being bad (Meryl Streep winning over Viola Davis), the Academy Awards was as I expected it to be. But seriously, someone needs to talk to Angelina Jolie. I hope people took notice of her last night and gets her the help she needs.

For a complete list of Oscar Winners, you can go HERE.
Now to "My Picks of the Week"!

Enjoy!




My Picks of the Week
(February 28th)


Books rule this week! But no worries, movie and tv series lovers! March is a huge month for movie releases! Enjoy my picks below!

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BOOKS (Feb. 28th)






ADULT

Darkest Seduction (Lord of the Underworld, #9)
by: Gena Showalter

Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive-but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.

Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up. Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally-or tear them apart?



Release Date: 28 February 2012
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Deadly Sins (The Callahan's, #2)
by: Lora Leigh

Witnesses to a shocking crime, three men must face the dangers of the past to unlock the passion in their hearts…

Logan Callahan has fought hard to forget what happened that fateful day, so long ago. But every night he tries to sleep, he relives the nightmare. Every time he closes his eyes, he sees the woman whose life he could not save…

A newcomer in town, Sky O’Brien is a mystery to Logan. Like him, she is a night owl. Like him, she is fighting her own demons. Like him, she hides a secret in her eyes—a fire that consumes him with every glance. Could she be the one to heal him?

When Logan’s ex-girlfriend is brutally murdered, his past implicates him as suspect—and his new neighbor Sky may be the only person he can turn to. Together, they share an attraction that can’t be denied. But as he searches for the real killer, he discovers that Sky is tracking down a murderer too—and she intends to use him to do it…



Release Date: 28 February 2012




YOUNG ADULT


Black Hole Sun (Black Hole Sun, #1) paperback release
by: David Macinnis Gill

Durango is playing the cards he was dealt. And it’s not a good hand. He’s lost his family. He’s lost his crew. And he’s got the scars to prove it. You don’t want to mess with Durango.

Durango is the 16-year-old chief of a team of mercenaries who eke out a living on Mars by earning meager commissions for their dangerous work. Their current job, and the main thrust of this high-energy, action-filled, science-fiction romp, is to protect South Pole miners from the Dræu, a cannibalistic group who are after the miners' treasure. Two feisty women help Durango lead. Second-in-command Vienne and Durango care more for each other than either wants to admit, although there is little time for romance amid all the flying bullets and detonating bombs. Mimi, the other central woman and Durango's former chief, is now implanted in his brain as an artificial intelligence. The repartee between Durango and Mimi is particularly brilliant, but throughout the novel, the dialogue crackles with expertly delivered sarcastic wit and venom. If intelligent sophomoric humor exists, Gill is the master at creating it. The intriguing dystopian setting is a Mars purposely polluted by immigrants from Earth. Readers will have a hard time turning the pages fast enough as the body count rises to the climactic, satisfying ending, which will leave new fans hopeful for more adventures.


Release Date: 28 February 2012
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Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
by: Lauren Oliver

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push, push, push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.


Release Date: 28 February 2012




Partials (Partials, #1)
by: Dan Wells
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.



Release Date: 28 February 2012
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MOVIES & TV SERIES (Feb. 28th)




MOVIES



Hugo
Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen
Welcome to a magical world of spectacular adventure! When wily and resourceful Hugo discovers a secret left by his father, he unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place he can call home. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese invites you to experience a thrilling journey that critics are calling “the stuff that dreams are made of.”




Release Date: 28 February 2012
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TV SERIES


Breakout Kings: Season 1

Starring:
Domenick Lombardozzi, Serinda Swan, Jimmi Simpson
Suspenseful storylines and fascinating characters drive this riveting new series from the creators of Prison Break. To help capture dangerous fugitives two veteran federal marshals Duchamp and his volatile Partner Zancanelli recruit three convicts who are master escape artists themselves. Lloyd leads the way as the genius with a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor and a talent for predicting behavior. Joined by street-smart 'entrepreneur' Shea and sexy expert tracker Erica these Breakout Kings are out to prove it takes a con to catch a con.



Release Date: 1 March 2012
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Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: Season 1

Starring: Alex House, Maggie Castle
A stoner metalhead named Todd Smith, his crushee Jenny, his best friend Curtis, and the geeky Hannah, search their high school for a mayhem-causing Satanic spell book, while being opposed by Atticus, the evil guidance councillor.






Release Date:
28 February 2012

3 comments:

  1. It wasn't just you and it wasn't just me, either! I thought Angelina Jolie looked terribly thin. Her arms were skeletal. It was sad and all I could think is, someone make her eat!! Enjoyable post as always, Mia! :)

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  2. Hey Intricate Knot! Glad to know I wasn't the only one that noticed Jolie's skinny frame! I do hope she gets some help.

    Heading over to your blog now to check out any new posts!

    Best Wishes,

    Mia

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