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"Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your poetry" -Oscar Wilde

Winning the Battle, Losing the War March 6, 2009

So WordPress is the worst ever because it doesn’t allow embedding. So all of the songs I post have to be crappy sounding videos from you tube. Ridiculous. 

download1Quiet is the New Loud, the debut album by Norwegian indie folk duo Kings of Convenience, started a small movement among the European underground. The duo consists of childhood friends Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye who is also the frontman of The Whitest Boy Alive. Winning the Battle, Losing the War is a perfect example of the subtle beauty of their approach to songwriting and performance.

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“Winning A Battle, Losing The War”Even though I’ll never need her, 
even though she’s only giving me pain, 
I’ll be on my knees to feed her, 
spend a day to make her smile again Even though I’ll never need her, 
even though she’s only giving me pain 
As the world is soft around her, 
leaving me with nothing to disdain. 

Even though I’m not her minder, 
even though she doesn’t want me around, 
I am on my feet to find her, 
to make sure that she is safe and sound. 

Even though I’m not her minder, 
even though she doesn’t want me around, 
I am on my feet to find her, 
to make sure that she is safe from harm. 

The sun sets on the war, 
the day breaks and everything is new…

 

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As a bonus free of charge I’ve also posted The Whitest Boy Alive’s infectious indie pop track – Burning. Please let me know what you think…Enjoy!

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Obscure but not Pretentiously Obscure Song of the Day February 24, 2009

Filed under: Music,Obscure song of the day — davidjdecker @ 2:15 pm
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mymorningjacketevil1Hey peeps, history shall remember 2/24/09 as the day I introduced my “Obscure but not Pretentiously Obscure Song of the Day” to the world. Truly monumental this day is. I suppose its self explanatory but I’ll be posting a song from my collection that most won’t be familiar with but should be.

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The first song is “Librarian” by My Morning Jacket which is from their 2009 release Evil Urges. This is MMJ at their best. A simple song with beautiful production that allows Jim James’ voice to float on top.
Enjoy!

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Librarian

Walk across the courtyard, towards the library.
I can hear the insects buzz and the leaves ‘neath my feet…

Ramble up the stairwell, into the hall of books…
Since we got the interweb these hardly get used.

Duck into the men’s room… combing thru my hair…
When god gave us mirrors he had no idea…

Looking for a lesson in the periodicals…
There I spy you listening to the AM radio…

Karen of the carpenters- singing in the rain…
Another lovely victim of the mirror’s evil way.

It’s not like you’re not trying, with a pencil in your har
To defy the beauty the good lord put in there…

Simple little bookworm- buried underneath…
Is the sexiest librarian… take off those glasses and let down your hair for me.

So I watch you thru the bookcase- imaging a scene:
You and I at dinner, spending time, then to sleep.

And what then would I say to you- lying there in bed?
These words, with a kiss, I would plant in your head:

“what is it inside our heads that makes us do the opposite?
Makes us do the opposite of what’s right for us?
Cause everything’d be grrreat… and everything’d be good…
If everybody gave… like everybody could.”

Sweetest little bookworm. hidden underneath…
Is the sexiest librarian…
Take off those glasses and let your hair down for me.
Take off those glasses and let your hair down for me.

Simple little beauty- heaven in your breath.
The simplest of pleasures- the world at it’s best.

 

Oscar Wrap-up

Well the biggest Oscar surprise I think was the relative lack of unbearably awkward moments that typically plague most awards shows. It was a welcome change. Hugh Jackman proved himself to be a classic entertainer and showcased talents I didn’t even know he had. The writing was very good and the show moved along less sluggishly than normal (the first half anyway). I must add that I hope the 900 commercials that JC Penney aired during the show doesn’t put them out of business…Mainly because I have a gift card for $17 from Christmas ’06 I received in exchange for a plaid sweater vest I returned.

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As far as my predictions are concerned, I suppose I did reasonably well. 8 out of 11. I feel as if I’m deserving of some sort of award…Perhaps a plaid sweater vest? I was thrilled that Slumdog Millionaire did so well but the Best Leading Actor fiasco really messed me up. I was back and forth between Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn. I went with Rourke but ultimately the Academy just couldn’t resist a very very gay Sean Penn; they don’t do well resisting a straight Sean Penn either. Penn is a classy guy and well deserving of his 2nd Oscar.

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It’s just as well though, as my previous statement about the lack of awkwardness would not have been possible had Rourke taken the stage. Anyone who saw his speech at the Independent Spirit Awards knows what I’m talking about. So in light of this here is my advice to any male actor who wants to win an Oscar: Star in a biopic (biographical film) about some guy who was once alive and is now dead. Just go back over the last 5 years and ask:

sean_pennSean Penn

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forest-whitakerForest Whitaker

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ps-hoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman and

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jamie20foxxJamie Foxx. They’ll all concur.

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I’m growing bored so in closing let me congratulate my all time favorite actress Kate Winslet for her first Best Leading Actress Oscar last night for The Reader. I was thrilled but I will go on record saying that it’s absurd that she wasn’t also nominated for Revolutionary Road. But whatever…Peace everyone.

 

The Red Carpet’s classiest (and by ‘classiest’ I of course mean hottest) February 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidjdecker @ 3:48 pm

So Bekah (my lovely wife) and I play a fun game during the Oscar’s every year that we would like to share with you…Here are the intricate rules: 

  • Watch the red carpet pre-show
  • Monitor the hotness of those walking around
  • Narrow them down to 5 and then place in list form
  • Acknowledge the superficial yet unavoidable nature of participating in the game
  • Repeat the following year 

My list usually consists of the gals and Bekah’s the chaps…Feel free to do it though in whatever order works best. Have Fun!!! 

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David picks the hottest females

Best Actress Winner1.     Kate Winslet

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amy-adams_l12.     Amy Adams

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anne-hathaway-2009-oscars3.     Anne Hathaway

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Oscars Arrivals4.     Penelope Cruz

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Oscars Arrivals5.     Natalie Portman

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Bekah picks the hottest guys

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Robert Pattinson

1.     Rob Pattinson- Duh and Yum
By far the hottest. I’d give him all top 5 slots, but David won’t let me. There is no close 2nd. Not.Even.Close

 

2.     Hugh Jackman

He looked great and did an amazing job. 

Daniel Craig. Snore but cute here

Daniel Craig. Snore but cute here

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.     Daniel Craig
By this point I’m so bored. He does not impress me, but he did look dashing.

 

Dev Patel and the gorgeous Freida Pinto

Dev Patel and the gorgeous Freida Pinto

4.     Dev Patel
He looks so young and excited that I just had to put him on the list. I wouldn’t eat curry with him (ew) but I would give him a hug. And possibly a kiss. But probably not

 

 

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5.     Brad Pitt tied with Emile Hirsch
Again, on my real list, Rob has all 5 spots, so it was stretch to fill any of the other spots. This last one is a toss up between Brad and Emile.  

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It's a crime to be this hot

Brad becuase, well, he’s Brad and looked like this once:
and Emile b/c he looks cute in this picture.

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Hi, I'm Emile. I'm cute. Sometimes I get naked

 

Oscar Predictions February 22, 2009

the_wrestler_mickey_rourkeActor in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Mickey RourkeThe Wrestler

Who Should Win: Mickey RourkeThe Wrestler

Both Sean Penn and Rourke have achieved something memorable with their performances and are both deserving. 3 of the last 4 Oscars awarded in this category were from biopics, which smiles on Penn’. He also won the SAG award, is highly respected by his voting peers as has been evident with his 4 previous nominations and 1 win…The “art imitating life” qualities are too powerfully paralleled in Rourke’s portrayal of a washed up, broken wrestler who is seeking redemption and forgiveness. Rourke has burned a lot of bridges in Hollywood that Director Darren Aranofsky has given him the opportunity to rebuild. Hopefully he is a more successful bridge builder than his on screen counterpart.

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the-dark-knight-heathActor in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Heath Ledger Dark Knight

Who Should Win: Heath LedgerDark Knight

I’m sure many will write this off as a “legacy” award considering Ledger’s tragic passing early last year but that isn’t the case here. Big budget blockbusters typically earn a lot of profit but few awards outside of the technical categories. This will be the exception and rightfully so. He created a very unique character in the Joker and stole the show. Ledger was one of our finest developing young actors and hopefully this award will be the source of some solace to his family and fans.

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the-reader-kate-winsletActress in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Kate Winslet The Reader

Who Should Win: Kate WinsletThe Reader

This is as close to a lock as you’re likely to find. Kate in my estimation is the most admirable actress of her generation and with a 0-6 record at the Oscar’s is long overdue. She has cleaned up at every awards ceremony this year and I expect the same tonight.

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penelope-cruz-vicky-cristina-barcelonaActress in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Penélope Cruz – Vicki Cristina Barcelona

Who Should Win: Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Don’t get me wrong, I love Penélope and she was excellent in a very challenging role when. My hesitation is that her role, though central to the story, didn’t call for enough screen time to justify her winning over the other well deserving nominees. Woody Allen’s actresses also do well at the Oscar’s and her 2006 loss for Volver is still fresh in the voters minds. Taraji P. Henson displayed an abnormally broad range of talent in her role as Brad Pitt’s surrogate mother in Benjamin Button. I think she is deserving but I don’t know if there has been enough buzz for her or the film. Amy Adams could also factor in here somewhere for her role as a naïve nun in Doubt.

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Best Director

Who Will Win: Danny BoyleSlumdog Millionaire

Who Should Win: Danny BoyleSlumdog Millionaire

Stephen Daldry will be a very close 2nd here for The Reader (if not a surprise winner) but Danny Boyle’s delicate and graceful work in Slumdog without the safety net of a recognizable or experienced cast, seems unstoppable.

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Cinematography

Will Win: Slumdog Millionaire

Should Win: Slumdog Millionaire

I could make a legitimate case for Benjamin Button or The Dark Knight, and then I’m reminded of the haunting, unforgettable visuals of Mumbai and the train scene in Slumdog Millionaire. The rich color that was used amidst the dreary slums was used to great effect as a symbol of hope. Beautiful.

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manonwireDocumentary Feature

Will Win: Man on Wire

Who Should Win: ???

I haven’t seen enough of these to be fair about who should win, but Man on Wire was as engaging a documentary as I have seen in years. It is a retelling of the realization of French performance artist Phillipe Petit’s dream of walking across the World Trade Center on a tight rope. The doc benefitted from a wealth of original video from the 70’s and extremely animated interviews from the crew that helped make it happen. It was so suspenseful and well crafted that I forgot it was a documentary.

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slumdog_millionaireBest Picture

Will Win: Slumdog Millionaire

Who Should Win: Slumdog Millionaire

Benjamin Button lead all films with 13 nominations but I think it’s destined to be this years Babel. Both are films that peaked too early. Slumdog is the clear favorite and came out of nowhere. I think history and the Academy will remember Slumdog as 2008’s most memorable film.

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Foreign Language Film

Will Win: Waltz with Bashir

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the_reader2Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Will Win: The Reader


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milk-2008-movieWriting (Original Screenplay)

Will Win: Milk

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Musical Score

Will Win: James Newton Howard for “Defiance”

 

Worst Blogger Ever… February 18, 2009

Filed under: Film,Musings — davidjdecker @ 1:01 pm
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So I’m pretty sure I’m the worst blogger ever. I was under the impression that a successful blog follows a “two weeks on, three weeks off” pattern. Apparently I was mistaken. I can however explain and exploit your sympathies at the same time…

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I am a casualty of the economic employment downsizing we all hear so much about and found out that I fell outside of the unemployment extension eligibility by 6 days. Seeing that my clock is ticking quite rapidly I have been spent all of my blogging time doing additional fruitless job searching and feeling sorry for myself. So now that all 4 of you forgive my inconsistency I will move on.

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Also, I’ll just throw it out there…if anyone wants to write me giant monthly checks I’ll happily cash them, stop job searching and blog daily. I’m just throwing it out there. I also accept cash. But sorry, I don’t currently accept stock, bond or mutual fund transfers.    : )  

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Seeing that The Oscar’s are on Sunday I will be posting some musings tomorrow and Saturday on which actors/films should win and make predictions on which ones will win followed by a rant on Monday about all of the ceremony’s awkward moments and injustices.

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Thanks for being patient and awesome…Peace

 

Most Amazing HIV/AIDS Benefit Compilation in the History of the Universe…Ever January 22, 2009

dark-was-the-nightSeriously, I fell over when I saw the line-up for this.

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Actually that’s in no way true, I was laying on the couch at the time, but perhaps I rolled around or something. Anyway, the legendary London based 4AD label will be releasing Dark Was the Night on behalf of The Red Hot Organization to benefit their international HIV/AIDS relief efforts.

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The 2-disc, 31 track album features exclusive new music from the most important, innovative bands and artists in the indie music scene. I’ve never seen anything like this before and I’m sooo stoked!!! I’m so excited that I actually just said “stoked” for the first time in my life.
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The Red Hot Organization has partnered with pop culture’s most influential figures to raise finances and awareness through various collaborative media projects. Red Hot has donated over 7 million dollars since its founding in 1989.
Please check out the links and support this very worthy and inspiring project.
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P.S.- I heard somewhere that anyone who illegally downloads a charity album will spend eternity being poked with pitchforks by a whole gang of little mischievous devils
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P.S.#2 – just so no one gets offended and attempts to point out the Theological error in my initial P.S. statement, I’ll clarify that no one will go to hell for illegally downloading a charity album but it does mean that they suck.
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