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Justin McLeod's Blog

July 20, 2012
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December 2

Movie Mania

This is my favorite time of year.  No, it's not because of the holidays.  I am a huge movie buff and this is Oscar season.  I've been a huge fan since I was a teenager.  A friend and I used to bet on who would win.  I am actually pretty good at predicting the winners, not perfect.  For the last few years, I've watched all the nominated films in the major categories.  That isn't easy when you consider there are now ten nominees for Best Picture.  The Grandin Theater in Roanoke and a trip home to Boston at Christmas makes it easy.  Last year when I was home, I saw five movies during one week.  Yeah, I know I need to get a life.

I strongly believe the best person should win the award.  I am not big on campaigns or popularity contests.  I hate when people say "it's their time" or "they're young, they'll win someday."  We saw some of this last year.  Jeff Bridges is a great actor but I am not sure his performance in Crazy Heart was Oscar worthy.  But you kept hearing over and over the Academy wanted to award him for his work over the years.  A few years ago Sean Penn won for Milk over Mickey Rourke in the Wrestler.  Rourke isn't exactly mr. warm and fuzzy which I think turned off many Academy voters.  In my opinion, he gave the best performance and deserved to win Best Actor.

Sometimes Oscar gets it right.  Hardly anyone had seen Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose but she ended up winning Best Actress.  Her performance blew me away.  It is still one of the best performances I've seen in years.  Which brings me to my next point.  Some believe the Academy needs to nominate more Blockbuster type movies because ratings continue to fall for the Oscar telecast.  I strongly disagree with this.  It sounds to me like some want to dumb down the Oscars.  Did anyone really think Avatar was a better movie than the Hurt Locker?  May the best man, women, or movie win.  See ya at the movies.

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November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Thoughts

I grew up near Plymouth Massachusetts, the site of the first Thanksgiving feast.  I will tell you Plymouth Rock is very overrated, a big disappointment actually.  However, the town gets you in the spirit for Thanksgiving, a holiday I have fond memories.  Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is one of my favorites.  Kermit is still my favorite balloon.  Up north, we tend to play high school football games on Thanksgiving.  I was in the marching band and one year we performed in a full blown snowstorm.  Brrrr.

I don't have any recent Thanksgiving memories.  It is hard to celebrate when you are in the news business.  We don't have time to go home because many of us have to work the next day.  I feel the bigger problem is the fact Thanksgiving seems to get lost in the shuffle.  Christmas has overtaken Thanksgiving.  Stores have already decorated, some people have already put up their trees, and don't get me started on the Christmas music format on the radio.

I say the solution is to move Thanksgiving.  Maybe back a few weeks.  I don't think it would hurt.  According to some website, the first Thanksgiving happened someone in the fall so we wouldn't be insulting the Pilgrims by moving it.  It never made sense to me that we have to see our inlaws on Thanksgiving and then again a few weeks later for Christmas.  Also it sucks to be a college student.  You have to buy a plane ticket home for just a few days (waste of money) and then have to fly home again a few weeks later for winter break.  That is a lot of money.  Ok, there are my arguments for moving Thanksgiving.  Anyone agree?

November 17, 2010

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