Weekly Running Post–Jan. 28, 2016

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Since there are only a few races to talk about this weekend, I spend the majority of the podcast talking about my training and the importance of not trying to catch up on missed runs when you need some extra recovery. Runners like to think they’re invincible and that the an injury is a insignificant glitch that can easily be shaken off. However, sometimes it’s not and you need to take care of your body before you run it into the ground.

This Week’s Race Schedule

Date

Location

Race Name

Distances

Jan. 31

Ottawa, ON

MEC Ottawa Below Zero

5km, 10km

Jan. 31

Albany, NY

Winter Series #5

6.4km, 16km, 32km

Site Update

I’ve been a bit under the weather the last few days so that’s why there hasn’t been any uploaded podcasts this week. I did record one a few days ago but my voice was pretty lousy so I threw it away. I’m fine in the morning but by the time I’m finished work, my throat is sore and my voice is not exactly “podcast quality”. I will also have up by tomorrow evening a page dedicated to both the BAFTAs and the Oscars.

UPDATE (Jan. 16) – The BAFTA and Oscar pages are  up. The podcast will be published on Sunday.

2016 Golden Globes Recap Podcast

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It’s very frustrating to sit through an awards show and basically be told that the show is probably rigged. It became a running gag during the 73rd Golden Globes that not everything was on the up-and-up which made what began as an entertaining evening (Ricky Gervais was very funny) into a tedious chore of watching station ads, trailers for the nominated movies, and award winners that seem more cherry picked than earned. So I apologize if the post-Golden Globes podcast sounds a bit on the angry side but it after a week of watching on average two movies a week to get caught up on all the nominees, it felt kind of pointless in the end.

 

I apologize if there were some audio issues with the podcast. I was trying a slightly different setup and I have a bit of a sore throat. I know the sound quality isn’t awful but I’m a bit of a stickler for audio so the fact that the sound fidelity may only be 9 out of 10 still bothers me.

 

Here’s a link to the Metacritic list I mentioned on the podcast.

 

For winners and the nominees for the 73rd Golden Globes, click this link.

Golden Globes Live Play-By-Play

The first major awards show for film of the season is tonight. I’ll be covering the 73rd Golden Globes with running play-by-play (so keep refreshing the page). A few hours after the event, I’ll be recording a podcast recapping the entire show. I’ll start my play-by-play at 8PM.

That’s it for the show. I will have plenty to say on the recap podcast which I’ll be recording momentarily and uploading within the next few hours.

11:03 – BEST PICTURE (DRAMA) – The Revenant

An upset as it was supposed to be a showoff between Mad Max and Spotlight. This could be one of those reasons why people criticize the Golden Globes.

10:59 – One award left…and we’re in commercials.

10:55 – BEST ACTOR (DRAMA) – Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

I’m not a fan of this one. DiCaprio was great in this movie but Eddie Redmayne was on another level in The Danish Girl.

10:53 – BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA) – Brie Larson (Room)

The one film in this category that I didn’t get a chance to see. I really liked Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl but I’ve heard so many great things about Larson in this film. I hope I get a chance to see it sooner than later.

10:47 – The show is long enough. They need to cut of the microphone off of a person who acknowledges the music playing but flat out says they’ll keep going no matter what.

10:44 – BEST PICTURE (COMEDY) – The Martian

One of my favourite movies of the year but it shouldn’t have won because it’s not a comedy. They even acknowledge this during the acceptance speech.

10:41 – Jim Carrey looks homeless and he’s talking about how he needs sleep.

10:37 – Before anyone gets the wrong idea; I di enjoy Jennifer Lawrence in Joy. However, she won in a weak category. The Best Actress (Drama) category is much more competitive and I don’t think she was came close to the work of Rooney Mara or Alicia Vikander this year.

10:33 – BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY) – Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Even though Lawrence had the better performance, I thought Amy Schumer should have won because she was actually in a comedy. There is no chance that Lawrence will win the Oscar for Best Actress this year.

Since when is Kentucky a town?

10:25 – BEST TELEVISION ACTRESS (DRAMA) – Taraji P. Henson (Empire – Fox)

She yells at someone helping up the stairs and then the prompter for telling her to wrap it up despite her being on for way too long.

10:23 – BEST DIRECTOR – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)

Whille I did predict this win (but not my choice), it wasn’t the favourite and it does worry me that The Revenant might win more awards. It was good but not that good.

10:18 – Expect the show to go a lot faster as we still have eight awards left (six for film and two for television).

10:04 – This should be good; the lifetime achievement award for Denzel Washington. He’s one of the best actors ever. Tom Hanks is doing the introduction (another one of the best ever).

10:00 – A good chunk of film awards are coming up this hour so I’ll finally have something to talk about soon.

9:57 – BEST TELEVISION DRAMA – Mr. Robot (USA)

9:55 – Ricky Gervais and Mel Gibson. If Gervais ever hosts again, I’d be surprised. Hopefully, I’ll be surprised.

9:51 – BEST ORIGINAL SONG – Writing’s on the Wall – Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (Spectre)

9:43 – BEST TELEVISION ACTRESS (LIMITED SERIES) – Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel – FX)

9:39 – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – SON OF SAUL

9:32 – BEST TELEVISION ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL) – Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle – Amazon)

9:29 – BEST SCREENPLAY – Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

That’s a big upset. I can’t comment because I didn’t see the movie but I don’t know if this movie has a chance to win the Oscar.

9:27 – When the show isn’t on an ad breaks, it’s really funny.

9:20 – BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

9:18 – Ryan Gosling needs corrective lenses. His squinting at the teleprompter was super obvious and kind of weird.

9:16 – BEST ANIMATED FILM – Inside Out

There are going to be some film snobs really upset about that one. They shouldn’t be because both film critics and the general public absolutely loved this fim.

9:10 – And another commercial break. This show is starting to lose it’s momentum.

9:08 – BEST ACTOR (COMEDY) – Matt Damon (The Martian)

Ricky Gervais is going to lose it over this win. So should the other nominees as The Martian was not a comedy.

9:07 – No awards in ten minutes. Just ads and trailers.

8:57 – BEST TELEVISION ACTOR (DRAMA) – Jon Hamm (Mad Men – AMC)

8:54 – Tarantino put his foot in his mouth with that acceptance speech. Jamie Foxx did not look too happy with the ghetto comment.

8:51 – BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

Other than the cinematography, I thought that the best thing about The Hateful Eight was the music.

8:48 – BEST TELEVISION SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christian Slater (Mr. Robot – USA)

8:46 – I did not enjoy Spy but I did think Jason Statham was hilarious in it.

8:40 – BEST TELEVISION ACTOR (LIMITED SERIES) – Oscar Issac (Show Me a Hero – HBO)

8:39 – You’re a presenter…not a nominee. No cussing. I don’t even know who you are.

8:37 – BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES – Wolf Hall (PBS)

8:35 – You know, if they had played the Benny Hill soundtrack throughout the film, The Martian, it would have been a hilarious comedy.

8:32 – The awards have been dumb but the show has so far been extremely funny.

8:25 – BEST TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL) – Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)

8:22 – BEST TELEVISION ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL) – Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – The CW)

8:16 – People still watch television? That’s a thing?

8:15 – BEST TELEVISION SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Maura Tierney (The Affair)

8:11 – BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

A bit of upset here. I thought Leigh would get it. I didn’t see her movie so maybe she was amazing in it. I found that it was the weakest category of the evening.

8:10PM – Okay, Jonah Hill was actually pretty funny.

8:08PM – Now we have Jonah Hill with a bear hat on. That was a quick jump off a cliff from Gervais to Hill.

8:07PM – Gervais should just be given all tje awards of everything.

8:04PM – Gervais just called the Golden Globes a sham. He’s right. Just look at the Best Comedy category.

8:02PM – Nothing against Trevor Noah but Ricky Gervais should have been host of The Daily Show.

Weekly Movie Post–January 10, 2016

Keep checking back to the website tonight during the Golden Globes as I will be doing running commentary all night during the show. A couple of hours after the ceremony, I’ll be back with a podcast running down all the winners and losers of the evening.

 

Unfortunately, there’s no Weekly Movie Podcast for this week. I did record something last night but I don’t have time to edit it which is something that needs to be done with a podcast recorded past midnight (to remove all the dead silence, mistakes, and all the uhhs and ahhs). However, below are my picks for most of the film categories as well as the betting odds favourites. I have been so busy with watching as many movies as I can in the lead up to the Golden Globes that I haven’t much time to record or write anything. Thankfully, even though I do plan on seeing a number of movies this coming week, there will be a number of movie reviews on the site.

 

Also included in this post are the box office results from last weekend and a list of all the new movies available in theatres and on home video this week.

 

Category

My Pick

My Prediction

Odds Favourite

Best Picture (Drama)*

Spotlight

Spotlight

Spotlight

Best Picture (Comedy)

The Martian

The Big Short

The Big Short

Best Director

George Miller
(Mad Max: Fury Road)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)

Ridley Scott
(The Martian)

Best Actor (Drama)t

Eddie Redmayne
(The Danish Girl)

Eddie Redmayne
(The Danish Girl)

Leonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant

Best Actress (Drama)

Alicia Vikander
(The Danish Girl)

Brie Larson (Room)

Brie Larson (Room)/
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Actor (Comedy)

Mark Ruffalo
(Infinitely Polar Bear)

Steve Carell
(The Big Short)

Matt Damon
(The Martian

Best Actress (Comedy)#

Amy Schumer
(Trainwreck)

Jennifer Lawrence
(Joy)

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)/Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)

Best Supporting Actor%

Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh
(The Hateful Eight)

Alicia Vikander
(Ex Machina)

Alicia Vikander
(Ex Machina)

Best Screenplay

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
(The Big Short)

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
(The Big Short)

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
(The Big Short)

Best Animated Film

No opinion as I’ve only seen one nominee

Inside Out

Inside Out

Best Foreign Film

No opinion as I haven’t seen any of the nominees

Son of Saul

Son of Saul/The Fencer

* I did not see Room
t I did not Steve Jobs
# I did not see The Lady in the Van nor Grandma
% I did not see Bridge of Spies nor 99 Homes

 

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Quick Update

I have been watching as many films as I can in the lead up to the Golden Globes on Sunday. I will be posting the Weekly Movie podcast later tonight with my Golden Globe predictions. With all the movie watching I’ve been doing over the last week, I’ve had little time for anything else so unfortunately there won’t be a running or video game podcast this week. On Sunday, I’ll be doing a live play-by-play of the Golden Globes and a recap podcast after the show.

Weekly Running Post–Dec. 31, 2015

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Not much to talk about on the podcast as while there are a handful of races in the area, they all take place in part with New Year celebrations. I spent quite a bit of time on the podcast talking about a few really good articles from the latest issue of the Running Times. Also, here’s a link to the Running Room promotion I mentioned on the podcast.