a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: January 2019

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Golden Globe Nominees

SUMMARY: What I've seen, what I think

Update: Feb 21, 2019, with actual winners "(W)" in the lists at the end.

Summary: As usual, a fairly small number of films make up the full list of films with nominations.

(Notes Key: M= Was on my list to see; missed it.
? = Don't remember seeing anything about it
N = New, just recently saw previews, not in theaters yet )

NomsMovieSaw ItNotes

2A Private WarM
5A Star Is Born*
1At Eternity's GateM
1Beautiful BoyM
3Black Panther*
2Bohemian Rhapsody*
2Boy Erased*
2Can You Ever Forgive Me?*
2Crazy Rich Asians*
1Eighth GradeM
5The Favourite*
2First ManM
5Green Book*
3If Beale Street Could Talk*
1Incredibles 2*
2Isle of Dogs*
4Mary Poppins Returns*
1Never Look Away ?
1The Old Man and the Gun*
1Ralph Breaks the Internet*
1Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse*
1Stan & Ollie*
1The Wife*

Best Movie: Drama
I think Star is the best of the lot (personal preference), but doubtful they'll give it to a remake. Probably won't do a superhero film.  Bohemian Rhapsody was interesting but shallow.  So--I'm guessing it'll go to BlackkK or Beale Street.
* Black Panther
* BlacKkKlansman
* Bohemian Rhapsody (W - boy, was I wrong!)
* If Beale Street Could Talk
* A Star Is Born

Best Movie: Musical or Comedy
Green Book hands down IMHO. I just have a weird feeling that the voters will love The Favourite, though.
* Crazy Rich Asians
* The Favourite
* Green Book (W - yay!)
* Mary Poppins Returns
* Vice

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama

* Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born as Jackson Maine
   Willem Dafoe – At Eternity's Gate as Vincent van Gogh
* Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased as Jared Eamons
* Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury  (W)
* John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman as Ron Stallworth


* Glenn Close – The Wife as Joan Castleman  (W)
* Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born as Ally Maine
   Nicole Kidman – Destroyer as Erin Bell
* Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Lee Israel
   Rosamund Pike – A Private War as Marie Colvin

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Bale and Mortensen: Both showing their amazing versatility as actors; hard to pick between them.  On the other hand, Redford has never won best actor in Golden Globe or Academy, soooo -- maybe? Not sure it's worth it, though.

* Christian Bale – Vice as Dick Cheney  (W)
* Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns as Jack
* Viggo Mortensen – Green Book as Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga
* Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun as Forrest Tucker
   John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie as Oliver Hardy


* Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns as Mary Poppins
* Olivia Colman – The Favourite as Queen Anne (W)
   Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade as Kayla Day
* Charlize Theron – Tully as Marlo Moreau
* Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians as Rachel Chu

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
Supporting Actor
* Mahershala Ali – Green Book as Don Shirley  (W)
   Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy as Nic Sheff
* Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman as Flip Zimmerman
* Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Jack Hock
* Sam Rockwell – Vice as George W. Bush

Supporting Actress
* Amy Adams – Vice as Lynne Cheney
   Claire Foy – First Man as Janet Shearon Armstrong
* Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers   (W)
* Emma Stone – The Favourite as Abigail Hill
* Rachel Weisz – The Favourite as Sarah Churchill

Best Director
* Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
* Alfonso Cuarón – Roma  (W)
* Peter Farrelly – Green Book
* Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
* Adam McKay – Vice

Best Screenplay
Vice: Too silly and shallow. The Favourite: Didn't like the characters. Green book: Excellent but predictable. Going with Roma.
* Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
* Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga – Green Book (W)
* Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite
* Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
* Adam McKay – Vice

Best Original Score
I'm not into scores particularly; no vote.
   Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place
* Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
* Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
   Justin Hurwitz – First Man  (W)
* Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song
Haven't seen Dumplin' or Girl.  Of the others, the only one I recall hearing is Shallow, so I have to vote for that.
* "All the Stars" (Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sounwave, Al Shux) – Black Panther
   "Girl in the Movies" (Dolly Parton, Linda Perry) – Dumplin'
   "Requiem for a Private War" (Annie Lennox) – A Private War
* "Revelation" (Jónsi, Troye Sivan, Leland) – Boy Erased
* "Shallow" (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt) – A Star Is Born  (W)

Best Animated Feature Film
Spider-Man should win. Fabulous. But I'll bet they won't give it to a superhero film. Haven't seen Mirai yet so have to leave it out for now; 2nd guess: Isle of Dogs
* Incredibles 2
* Isle of Dogs
* Ralph Breaks the Internet
* Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (W: Yessss!)

Best Foreign Language Film
Have seen only one of these so can't comment
   Capernaum ( Lebanon)
   Girl ( Belgium)
   Never Look Away ( Germany)
* Roma ( Mexico)  (W)
   Shoplifters ( Japan)

Friday, January 04, 2019

Very Cute But Naughty Dogs

SUMMARY: Secret lives.

Does this look like a dog who would stand out in the yard and bark all day like he's bored?

Turns out, he so totally is!  I've been spending a lot of time at home, and guess what: He's outside doing the bored-dog bark all. the. time!

Does this look like a dog who would stand on you in the morning when you're trying to sleep in?

He does! And it's not so nice when the part he stands on is your sore hip.

Just, good thing they're amazingly cute beasts.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Dog Year

SUMMARY: From Taj MuttHall denizens.

Happy Nonalcoholic New Year

SUMMARY: My rambling thoughts on being someone who doesn't drink alcohol.

Seems like a good time of year to mention this--inspired by a Huffington Post article, "It’s OK That I Don’t Drink. It’s Not OK That You Ask Why."

For the most part, people don't harass me about not drinking alcohol. I and many of my friends and family, for various reasons, don't drink or drink very little and only on certain occasions. We've always had a pretty good time.

I learned quickly as an adult that most party hosts provided alcohol and most guests doing the BYOB thing brought alcohol, so if I wanted something other than water, I'd have to bring my own soft drinks--and discovered that there are apparently plenty of closet nonalcohol drinkers, because my 6-pack of soda would be sucked up (I'd see people drinking from the cans) (and so sometimes I took *2* six packs to be nice to those who were afraid to admit that they weren't the "cool" kids who didn't want to drink alcohol all evening). Always alcohol, everywhere.

At a friend's memorial--

I am on occasion baffled by the huge emphasis that our culture places on drinking alcohol; in fact, often glorifying being tipsy or drunk, which baffles me, as I don't see tipsy/drunk as something to glorify but rather a sign of excess (and most people are not pleasant to be around when they've had too much, in very many different ways). But, you know, mostly I don't say anything because people will do what they want to do, and mostly other people treat me the same way.

However, on two occasions that I still resent, people who were close to me thought that for some reason I was just being stubborn and annoying and prissy-face at claiming that I don't want to drink alcohol, and gave me drinks with alcohol while claiming that they were, e.g., "coke," apparently to try to prove to me that I really liked alcohol?!  First sip was obvious. I felt betrayed on both occasions.

More up my alley--

It's a weird world for me--for gift exchanges, or when people come to my house, I so often end up with bottles of wine that I will endeavor to send home with the donee or pass along to someone else. See, to ME, the world is essentially nonalcoholic. Never needed it, never wanted it, don't interact with it, don't hang out with people (usually) who overindulge, would never think of giving other people a drug as a gift.

I know that many other people enjoy it without overindulging, so it is what it is. But, yeah, when someone wants alcohol, I don't believe that I ever ask them why (unless I know there's an issue), so why do people ask me why I don't want it? I get that question far more than I ever am questioned as to why I turn down any other kind of food. And while, for me, it's a simple choice, it's a health issue for so many other people and I wonder how they feel about the implied or explicit pressure to partake of something that's not good (or even dangerous) for them?

(You know what's really weird now--all the research that shows that drinking some alcohol is actually good for most people. Ah, well, I'll just have to try to eat healthy in other ways.)

And, BTW, I am horrified when I see people giving their pets alcohol. Just. Don't. Do. It.


Dogs drink water. Even if others with feathers have been bathing in it first.