I Would Like To Thank The Academy…

Oh Em Gizzy!!  I am so excited.  It’s that time of the year: movie award season. And that means time for the AMC Best Picture Showcase.  This event is held every year as a pre-cursor to the Academy Awards. Select AMC Theatres across the country hold day-long viewing events for film buffs like me.  This event is the ultimate opportunity to view all of the “Best Picture” nominees in one sitting, while discussing the nominees with fellow film buffs and participating in cool trivia and giveaways. 

This year given the 9 nominees, the event is being split into two days.  Thank goodness because I will be in San Francisco the week of the Oscars and I’m pretty sure my sis and her fam wouldn’t be up for spending an entire day holed up in a movie theatre! In case you’re curious, the schedule looks like this:

Saturday, February 18:

11:00AM: War Horse
1:40PM: Moneyball
4:10PM: The Tree of Life
7:30PM: The Descendants

Saturday, February 25:

11:00AM: Hugo 3D
1:20PM: The Help
4:00PM: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
7:15PM: The Artist
9:05PM: Midnight in Paris

I will be opting for the first showing which works out perfect because I have already seen The Help and have no interest in seeing The Artist.

Additionally, for the most serious of movie goers, theatres in DC, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, LA, New York and San Francisco will also offer a full (nearly) 24-hour marathon of all nine movies on Saturday, February 25th.

Tickets start at $30 and include an AMC gift card that can be used the day of the event. For more information on participating locations, showtimes and pricing, visit http://go.amctheatres.com/bps .

This year I was equally excited to hear about the Global Glimpses series at National Geographic Live! which offers screenings of all five 2012 Best Foreign Language Film nominees. The screenings will take place February 17-19 and the cost is $8.00 per film. All screenings include receptions before or after the films. For more information on titles and schedule, please visit www.nationalgeographic.org/allroads .

So…who’s with me? Does anyone else get giddy during movie award season? Know of any other screening events? Leave your sunshine below.

*Pictures are not the real movie posters, but rather satire courtesy of The Shiznit via Fierce and Nerdy.

Honey, I Love…

My absolute favorite book from my childhood is Honey, I Love  by Eloise Greenfield.  This book always put a smile on my face and made me feel all warm and fuzzy.  This classic children’s book is a beautifully illustrated collection of poetry written from the perspective of a young girl. The title poem in particular has always served as a reminder to appreciate and be grateful for the little things. As such, welcome to my version of random musings where I will share with you the random things that Honey, I love.

Honey, I Love….

♥ transforming my car into a sauna during Winter. Baaaaaby! There is nothing like creating my own den of heat, especially during my commutes to and from work.  Do you know what the maximum temperature setting is in your car?  I do…..because I have a mind to petition for being able to increase it beyond a measly 90°F….hmph!  Talk about warm and fuzzy, I pity the fool that may need to hitch a ride with me.

Anthony from Project Runway. Currently back on the show for its brand new All-Star season, this man gives.me.life. Everytime he talks I find myself giggling uncontrollably.  He is just so full of life, I love it!

♥ expired eggnog.  Yes, I love fresh eggnog too but thanks to expired eggnog, I have discovered easy, peasy eggnog cupcakes: take your standard cake mix, replace the milk with egg nog, add a pinch of nutmeg and a dash of rum extract.  For some quick icing, mix your egg nog with cream cheese, powdered sugar, nutmeg and rum extract. Oh-Em-Yum!!!! This will now be a staple treat during the holidays :)

♥ the way my intelligence quotient skyrockets……as soon as my head hits the pillow at night.  Let me tell you, your girl is a certified genius right before I drift off into lala land.  I can’t even tell you how many brilliant ideas I come up with in my pre-REM state, fiyah I tell ya!  Sadly the brilliance disappears just in time for waking o_O.

♥ Movie Award season. I am a film fanatic, so I am really looking forward to the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, 1/12; the Golden Globes on Sunday, 1/15; the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, 2/25; and the Academy Awards on Sunday, 2/26. However I am most looking forward to catching up on all of the Oscar-nominated films at the Best Picture Showcase - a day-long marathon of all of the films nominated for Best Picture. I know this is not an event for everyone but for us serious movie buffs, it is AWESOME!

That’s it for now.  What random things are you loving these days? Have you read Honey, I Love? Who’s interested in funding my research on early sleep cycle cognition? Leave your sunshine below.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Sunflowers!

Five days into 2012 and  I am humbled, blessed, grateful and eagerly anticipating what this year has to offer :) Here are just a few things that have brought me sunshine thus far this year:

¤ The new season of Project Runway All-Stars!!!!

¤ The movie The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – this is a movie that I was hesitant to see because I have read the book and have seen the original Swedish film adaptation.  My main concern was that of the main character, Lisbeth.  Lisbeth is one of the most intriguing, complex characters ever written and I just couldn’t fathom another actress being able to so effectively portray her. I’m happy to report that I was not disappointed.

¤ This quote over on The Good Black Woman: “I believe in the sun even if it isn’t shinning. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent.” -World War II Refugee

¤ Reconnecting with my ♥ of books. I used to read a book a week however over the past few months TV and the innawebs have taken over:-/ SN: when I received my iPad as a gift, I contemplated getting rid of my 3rd Gen Kindle. I am so glad that I didn’t because I really enjoy reading on my Kindle. I’m currently reading Robopocalypse – good stuff!

¤ New music from Anthony Hamilton, Eric Roberson and Mary J Blige. These all came out late last year but given my obsession with love of holiday music, I’m just getting around to listening.

¤ Oh and I got engaged :D

Here’s to a year full of possibilities and sunshine!

How is your year going so far? What are you most looking forward to? Did you read that last bullet {insert BIG cheesy grin here}? Leave your sunshine below.