Invisible Fence

11 Dec 18
ABK Stories

He hopped the fence and bolted across the yard. The sirens behind him blared into his ears. The next fence was deceptively low, such that as he hopped it he caught his leg on the wire and felt the all too familiar electric shock when he hit the ground. Dazed, he looked up as the […]

10 Dec 18
Divine Thoughts

So my redemption turned its page from darker, gloomier one to brighter one. So all the amends I made vowing to billions of stars never to repeat that fault, are finally being listened to. So in celebration of this greater good, greater achievement; strangers from many roofless towns are here, merchants of roadless cities are […]

10 Dec 18
MIIC BLOG

In recent years, the lack of diversity in Hollywood has become a relevant issue: in 2015, the presence of only one person of color in the nominated actors for the Oscars had triggered a wave of anger, followed by the creation by April Reigh of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on Twitter. Although being a problem known […]

10 Dec 18
walllakereflections

This morning I slept in. When I got up and wandered into the great room, I could see nature’s decorating all over the covered deck. Spider webs that were invisible before were coated with residue left behind by the fog. It was truly beautiful with random swirls and strings joining fence and ceiling. Cobweb chandeliers […]

10 Dec 18
SheKnows
All the best movies of the year are either currently in theaters or set to drop over the holiday break, so it’s that exciting time again where we make Oscar predictions, specifically for best actress and best supporting actress. So far this year, we’ve seen some brilliant performances from women of all ages and backgrounds. So many great performances this year were unexpected and surprising, like newcomer Yalitza Aparicio, the star of Roma, and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born. But we’ll likely see some Oscar veterans get nominations as well, like Emma Stone for The Favourite or Viola Davis in Widows. What’s most exciting this year is that no specific actress appears to have a lock on the Oscar, especially considering the diversity of the films. There are biopics like First Man, period comedies like The Favourite and even a nostalgic musical like Mary Poppins Returns. Here are our predictions for who might just snag best actress and best supporting actress nods at the 2019 Academy Awards. Best actress 1. Viola Davis in Widows 20th Century Fox. Though the film Widows wasn’t necessarily a huge box office success, the all-female heist movie did allow Davis to show her true grit while giving a performance that packed an emotional punch — something rarely seen in movies in this genre. Davis did win an Oscar in 2017 for her role in Fences, so we’re not sure how eager the Academy will be to give her another statue so soon. 2. Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born Warner Bros. As singer-on-the-rise Ally, Lady Gaga pulled out all the stops and let her emotions inhabit her eyes, face and voice in a raw, revealing performance to remember. Best of all, she’s not just playing herself, which many singers can do easily. She’s created a new character and inhabits her with 100 percent authenticity. She also has great chemistry with costar Bradley Cooper, something you can’t fake. Our money is on Gaga. More: Lady Gaga Delivers Pizza to LA Shelters & Sings to an Elderly Woman 3. Olivia Colman in The Favourite Fox Searchlight. This movie is hilarious and shocking in all the best ways, and Olivia Colman creates a Queen Anne that’s perhaps the most complicated of all the female characters this award season. She’s brutish, petty and downright horny, giving her costars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz plenty of room to scheme and fight for the queen’s affections. If there was an Oscar for best power/love triangle, these actresses would win it. 4. Yalitza Aparicio in Roma Netflix. In Roma, set in 1970s Mexico, newcomer Aparicio makes a subtle, emotionally grounded debut as Cleo, the housekeeper for a wealthy family who has a burning inner life, although she seems invisible to many who surround her. Critics love this film, shot in black and white and in Spanish, but it’s difficult to say whether Aparicio is on her way to Oscar gold. 5. Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns Disney. Emily Blunt gave a stunning, nearly dialogue-free performance in The Quiet Place, which came out earlier this year. But that was a small horror flick, so it’s her performance in Mary Poppins Returns that will likely earn Blunt her very first Oscar nomination. Because Mary Poppins is so deeply nostalgic for fans and Blunt’s endearing updated spin is getting raves, she has a very good shot. More: Steven Spielberg Is Remaking West Side Story, & Fans Have Strong Feelings About It Best supporting actress 1. Emma Stone in The Favourite Fox Searchlight. Stone’s performance as Abigail, the scrappy social climber willing to do anything (and we mean anything) to earn Queen Anne’s favor, is like watching a rabid dog jump through fiery hoops at the circus. Her command of physical comedy is impressive, as always, and it’s a joy to watch her endless struggles on screen. 2. Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Fox Searchlight. Funny lady Melissa McCarthy gives a knockout dramatic performance as a good woman driven to desperate measures in this film, based on the true story of writer-turned-forger Lee Israel. More: All the Movies Premiering During the Holiday Season 3. Kiki Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk Annapurna. Kiki Layne plays Tish, a newly pregnant 19-year-old woman who gets more than she bargained for when her boyfriend goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Layne searches for herself on screen with strength, vulnerability and dooming naivete that makes this one of the best performances of the year.  4. Rosamund Pike in A Private War Aviron Pictures. Rosamund Pike plays the real-life war correspondent Marie Colvin, a hard-boiled, eye-patch-wearing justice fighter who risks her life to tell the truth about what’s happening in Syria. Pike was previously nominated for best actress in 2015 for Gone Girl, so it will be interesting to see if she can win for this tragic and timely true story.  5. Claire Foy in First Man Universal Pictures. As Janet, the wife of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, it may not seem like Claire Foy would have a lot to do in this story. But she commands the screen and looms large in Armstrong’s psyche as he’s about to make history. It’s a fabulous performance that reveals the Armstrong family dynamics in an emotional way. Our money is on Foy.
10 Dec 18
Global News

British Parliament is widely expected to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal in a vote on Tuesday.

10 Dec 18
The High Window

***** The Poets Andy Armitage • Tom Bland • Stephanie Bowgett • Stephen Claughton • Rachael Clyne • Anthony Costello • Clive Donovan • Karen Downs-Barton • John Duffy •  Scott Elder • Ken Head  • Wendy Holborow • Richard Hoffman • Amy Kinsman • Nigel King • Tom Laichas • Pippa Little • DS Maolalai […]

10 Dec 18
GavinRuneblade's Space

Recap The party had fought with a which some goblins and a demon while in the large grove.  After winning the battle, Jacques explored the portal that appeared to lead to the realm of shadow.  When Jacques touched the portal he was immediately sucked into it and vanished. Trouble and Esmeralda tried to stop him, but […]

09 Dec 18
Resisting the Winds

A few weeks ago the internet was in a storm discussing the murder of missionary John Chau, a Christian who attempted to go to an illegal island (North Sentinel Island), and bring the Gospel to an unreached people group, commonly called the Sentinelese. There is quite a bit of both criticism and support towards Chau […]

09 Dec 18
Wall $treet Journal

The call came in right around the same time the station opened. Officers were technically on duty then, but it was rare for anyone to be in the station that early for a number of reasons, so the call was redirected to the sheriff’s home address. Despite his now advanced age, John Alberg continued to […]

09 Dec 18
Trueniverse

The Nine Worlds as a group are mentioned in a poem in the Poetic Edda. However, no source gives a list of exactly which worlds comprise the nine. Based on the kinds of beings found in Norse mythology and the reference to their homelands in various literary sources, however, we can compile the following tentative […]

09 Dec 18
Intermittent Ramblings from Daniel S. Duvall

Excerpts from Daniel S. Duvall’s Dream Journal (late January 2000 – late December 2004) Wading Through My Subconscious Symbol Space A Longitudinal Study In Metadreaming written by Daniel S. Duvall © 2017 Daniel S. Duvall – all rights reserved January 20, 2000 Stone staircase in the middle of Los Angeles. In the dream context, it […]

09 Dec 18
The Infinite Worlds

The party has been told of the theft of a huge sum of gold, and are starting their investigation. Miriam Jaquays gives them a list of items that were stolen from Kelten Altavian’s office and also a list of the local gangs. The items in the list all seem innocuous but they might have a […]

09 Dec 18
kaykayjabari's Blog

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bankers Committee on Sunday took a decision to set up a committee to take a deep look into some of the issues and challenges faced by exporters as well as the creative industry. The committee headed by a bank CEO is expected to report back in February […]

09 Dec 18
ChronicGravity

Good days are so amazing to have when you live with chronic illness.  I tend to try to do a million things, all the things I wished I was doing on all my low energy days.  I know the variability of my condition can be shocking to many and I just wrote about that yesterday. […]

09 Dec 18
theaustralianlegend

My late father’s books are an endless resource, more than I’ll ever read, not before I retire at least and by then I’ll be too tired. I’ve shelved them with mine, not so ordered as Lisa’s, so I come upon them at odd times. The bookcase on my left as I write – jarrah shelves […]