A Welcome and a Definition

Culture Vulture: "A person with a strong, sometimes obsessive, interest in the arts." Culture Vultures spend a lot of time observing the world. This is where those observations come out.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Welcome to Miami!

Alright, I know some of my readers blanch when I say I love the Real Housewives franchises, but they are truly my guilty pleasure. I think I am already addicted to Miami and there's only been one episode. I just see a lot of potential for drama and RH craziness already! So here's some thoughts, broken down housewife by housewife:

Lea: So far, Lea is definitely my favorite. She's seems slightly off (Case in point: That creepy painting of her son) and has an infinity for collecting colorful people. I think the scene where she hugged Dennis Rodman told us LOADS about her. I can definitely relate to enjoying be surrounded by interesting people so Lea had me in the first ten minutes. She appears to cause some drama later by saying Marysol's fiance is marrying her for a green card and having several battles with Christy. Basically, I can't wait to see her get going.

Marysol: I like Marysol, despite her neurotic tendencies and her inflated lips that look like the result of a bee allergy. Of course, I also adore Elsa, Marysol's psychic mother. (Marysol looks normal compared to Elsa, who looks like a definite plastic surgery don't). Her relationship with a younger man seems like it's going to be playing a big role in the show.

Alexia: Alexia is cool, maybe wound a little tightly. She has caused controversy ALREADY with her comments about underage drinking and letting her teenage son party at night. I have to cop to the fact that I was drooling in my socks over Alexia's son Peter until I realized he was only 18! Anyway, she could be interesting, but she may also be the calm center in the show (there's always one). I can't decide.

Larsa: Larsa already seems to be a fan favorite. She definitely seems the most normal, with her children and her long marriage to Scottie Pippin. I like Larsa, and I'm already picturing her being the calm center/ peacemaker (more likely than Alexia).

Christy: Christy reminds me of several Latinas I've met here in Florida. She's sassy, brassy and lives life like a bull in a china shop. You'll either adore her or she'll annoy the hell out of you. I can't decide yet how I feel about her.

Adriana: If anyone will be the Danielle/Kelly/Camille of Miami, it will be Adriana. Things we already know about Adriana: 1) She'll do anything on a dare 2) She likes to be a spectacle (ie the catwalk and dancing at that bar with two guys) and 3) She has been unable to actually go through with her wedding with her fiance. This seems like a formula for crazy already!

I. Can. Not. Wait. Until. Next. Week!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oscar Time!

Sunday is the Oscar awards, also a gay high holy day. While I can't say I've seen many movies this year, I have some thoughts to share:

1) I've only seen 2 of the movies nominated, but I can't imagine any of the movies nominated were as good as The King's Speech. Awesome cinema experience, go see it if you have not! I hope it gets Best Picture and Colin Firth gets Best Actor.

2) I really hope I get to see The Kids Are Alright, 127 Hours and The Social Network (I know, I know, I think I'm the last person not to see it!)

3) Natalie Portman definitely deserves the Oscar for Black Swan. Crazy movie, but wonderful as well.

4) Toy Story 3? Really? Ok.

5) Anne Hathaway and James Franco were a great idea as co-hosts. James is rather amazing (*sigh*) and Anne is always funny in interviews. They will also bring in a younger crowd.

Some Oscar trivia:

*The Oscar statue costs about $500 to make and weighs about 8.5 pounds.

*The youngest person to ever win an Oscar was Tatum O'Neal at the age of 10 for Paper Moon. The oldest person to ever win was Jessica Tandy at 81 for Driving Miss Daisy.

*Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Oscar. She had to sit in a segregated section of the theater.

*Only one family has produced three generations of Oscar winners: The Hustons (Walter, John, and Anjelica).

*The person with the most Oscar nominations is Walt Disney, with 59.

*Cary Grant was never nominated for an Oscar. He was given an honorary one for his body of work later in life.

What Teachers Make

Sorry for the long silence from me. Life has been crazy lately, but one of my goals for 2011 is to revive my poor neglected blog. I had to post this video from Taylor Mali. While I've never been a huge slam poetry fan, Mali really is a genius.Many of his poems are about teaching and being a teacher! Enjoy!