The Man Oscars

23 05 2008

It has been sometime since I last considered my list. Since it is a popular hit on my blog (people would rather look at pictures of pretty men than read the crap I come out with apparently), I thought I would have another look. I am changing things up though and this time I am picking winners in five different categories. Oh and I will also mention the runners-up so you know how hard it was to make my choice! I have spent WAY too much time on this. Also, I found it really hard to find pics which truly showed off the awesomeness of the guys I chose. I like to think this is because I like them for their 3-D versions more than just their pretty looks. Or it could be because I am one plane ticket away from being a professional stalker.

Best on TV (past):
Michael Vartan as Agent Vaughn (Alias)

For all the wrinkle-brow concern.  For the shoot-em-beat-em holster-wearing goodness.  For coming back from the dead, simply because we demanded it.  And don’t even get me started on when he speaks his mother tongue.

Runners up:

Bradley Cooper as Will Tippin (Alias)
Michael Weatherly as Logan Cale (Dark Angel)
David Boreanaz as Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel)
Bryan Greenberg as Jake Jagielski (One Tree Hill)

Best on TV (present):
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert (The Office, An American Workplace)

Sure, he doesn’t have the Davidoff beach bod of Sawyer or the grufty ruggedness of Jack but the Lost boys lose out to John everytime.  We really mean it when we say sense of humour is important. 

Josh Holloway as Sawyer/James Ford (Lost)
Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard (Lost)
David Boreanaz as Seeley Booth (Bones)
Zachary Levi as Chuck (Chuck)

Best in Music:
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

No-one comes close in this category.  He is ultra-talented, the essence of cool and as I keep telling my husband, I just wish he were our friend.  His voice is yum.

Runners up:

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden / Audioslave)
Justin Timberlake

Best in Film:
Christian Bale

A shameful omission from my previous list and the only Brit in attendance, Christian is hot and deep.  Very talented and also plays a superhero.  I do have a thing for Superheroes.  Don’t tell the feminist inside me.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Josh Lucas
Johnny Depp
Brandon Routh

And in the They Haven’t Made The Cut But They Are Really Rather Charming category:

Joshua Jackson
Matthew Settle
Lee Pace
James Denton
James Tupper
Hugh Jackman (as Wolverine!)
Tom Welling
Karl Urban
Ryan Egghold
Danny Masterson (in That 70s Show – it’s the sideburns!)

And finally, Best in real life (Lifetime Achievement Award):

Ricardo. No Runners- Up.


More songs realised visually

16 04 2008

These are all over the place but there were some I hadn’t seen before (thanks Zoë!!).  So following the Rick Astley pie chart:

The Map:

The Venn Diagram:

The Bar Chart:

Another Venn Diagram

The flow chart:

And my personal favouite, the pie chart:

Let’s go to the movies…

11 04 2008

Have you ever been to an advance screening at your local cinema?  Do you imagine that it would be exciting and glamorous?  Is that just me?  Well, I was wrong.  It’s the same as going to the cinema at any other time.  How disappointing!  Anyway, we went to see 21 on Wednesday (you can read what I thought of it here).  It was aiit.  There was a trailer for The Dark Knight which is very exciting but is going to be sad to see Heath Ledger.  Ironman looks ace and the music in the trailer ROCKS.  Sex and the City – I am on the fence.  On the one hand, I am pretty excited but then I am not sure if the ship has sailed on this franchise and it is soo last season.  Incredible Hulk just looks really dumb.  Why have they made this so soon after the Eric Bana one?  Stupid.  

I’ll do this one myself

10 04 2008

As you may have guessed from my new music blog‘s title, I count Pearl Jam as one of my all-time favourite bands. As an impressionable teenager, it is Pearl Jam that first introduced me to the fully immersive musical experience. I felt Eddie Vedder’s joy and his pain. Mike McCready’s lead guitar made me hold my breath. Jeff Ament’s bass guitar made my soul shiver. Stone Goddard’s rhythm guitar kept me dancing to the band’s first album Ten for hours at a time. The language here is purposely overwrought because when you are sixteen, every note means something, every lyric speaks to you and you fall in crush with the good-looking, tortured lead singer so hard it makes you feel like you will never know real love. I wore out my MTV Unplugged VHS tape during my first year of university (thank god for YouTube). In fact, that tape along with the 1993 VMAs looked after me during those scary first freshman weeks away from my steady boyfriend, friends and family. I went on to enjoy their subsequent albums and though my love of their new music is not as fervent as it was, no other band can give me a thrill that I get when I hear the opening bars of State of Love and Trust.

So here is song that inspired the blog title and the band that made me a sometimes rock chick.

Rick roll’d

3 03 2008

Ok I have never heard of this but it makes me feel good about the state of the world that this phenomenon exists. So thanks to Making it Lovely, I have learned something new and also laughed quite heartily at this:


Orlando in review

20 02 2008

I realise that I have not said that much about my holiday.  This is not because I did not have a good time – we had a blast – but it is probably because I need to be diplomatic (it was a family holiday with lots of personalities and as such, what happened in Orlando, stays in Orlando) and also we took nearly no photos which is odd for us as we took over 1000 on our last trip.  Anyway, this is some of what we got up to:

Magic Kingdom:  Initially very exciting in a Disney kinda way and very enjoyable but essentially just a warmer Eurodisney with less French people.  We managed to pick the only busy day in January (we went on the Saturday of Martin Luther King day weekend) and this meant a lot of waiting around.  It’s a Small World is still a bit creepy but quite cute (my SIL’s comment “its all in foreign” made me laugh as the message of mulitcultural sharing and love was clearly lost on her!).  Space Mountain was really quite cool.  Big Thunder Mountain was fun.  The shops were awesome (I do love Disney shops!).  All in all, this park is really for the kids.  As we left, there was a fantastic storm.  Nature 1 – Disney 0.

Disney Hollywood Studios (aka MGM):  We had a blast here.  The Aerosmith ride was superb.  Everytime we had climbed on a ride, Rich (who has been to Orlando before) said “This goes upside down”.  It was funny.  He said it when we got It’s A Small World. He said it when we got on Pirates of the Caribbean.  You get the idea.  So when he said it on the Aerosmith Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, I naturally didn’t listen.  So when it did go upside down, I yelled (as we were actually upside down) IT REALLY DOES!!!!! HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!  Tower of Terror was good but too short.  Also?  The High School Musical show rocked!  Rich was more than a little embarrassed that I knew some of the words!

Animal Kingdom:  I really liked this park.  It was the most different to anything I had done before (ie Eurodisney and Universal in California).  The Mount Everst ride was excellent.  We got totally soaked (like COMPLETELY soaked) on the river rapids ride to the point that people were openly laughing at me and some college dudes actually stopped me to ask if it was really good.  The safari was ace.  And this is where I danced with Pluto.  He was in the entrance area and my 2 year old niece was having her photo taken with him.  I wanted one too because he is my favourite character (even after the chasing scandal – see video below) so I asked if I could have one and the next thing I know, we are ballroom dancing and I am dancing on air!  I still have to get a copy of the video which I may or may not share depending on how much of a tool I look.

Check out Pluto being bad.  I did not take this video! It was ages ago and you probably already heard about it.  For those of you who don’t know about it, I think the kid kicked Pluto in the delicates.

Universal Studios:  Much bigger and spread out than the LA park but lacking some of the real movie magic.  At the LA studios, they were filming National Treasure 2 while we were there which meant that when we were on the backlot tour, we were about 50 yards from Nicolas Cage eating his lunch (I guess, we didn’t see him as it was a closed set).  But the rides made up for it: The Mummy Returns (scarier than the LA one which almost backfired as we promised Rich’s parents it was a doddle thinking it was the same ride that we had been on!); ET – so cute; Men in Black – so fun.

Islands of Adventure: Even more rides including The Hulk which has the best start to a ride EVER and the Duelling Dragons which was excellent.  I really enjoyed our 2 days at these two parks.

Sea World: Shamu was a bit of a disappointment.  Does that make me a bad person?  He is a diva.  The dolphins show was absolutely brilliant.  I was sorry not to see the otters or the sea lions show but the rest of the park was pretty good fun.  The sea lion enclosure was good (we fed them fish!) but it was not as good as seeing them in the wild like we did last year!

What time is it?

18 02 2008

My dad has just got back from a business trip to the US and he bought us this superb clock:


Isn’t it cool!?

The title I just gave to this post has made me start singing the song from High School Musical 2. I am a closet HSM fan and was very excited to find out that there is a stage show tour across England. My best friend and I are booked to go to see it in July!!! What team????? WILDCATS!!!