In honor of my wife, my mom, my sister, my grandmother and all the other important women in my life.

Sara Bareilles – Brave (by SaraBareillesVEVO)


My Oscar Predictions


Tonight Hollywood’s best and brightest stars will gather to give and receive the most coveted award in American cinema. I am making a few predictions here on what I have gathered from folks in the media and experts, not because I have actually seen any of the films, because I haven’t. Some picks are just because I like the people involved. I will be picking my favorite seven categories.

Best Picture – Argo

Best Actor – Hugh Jackman

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actor – Tommy Lee Jones

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway

Best Animated Feature Film – Brave

Best Director – David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Brave – A Movie of Fate, A Movie of Courage


Today we saw the Disney/Pixar movie “Brave”. I must say its a beautiful movie that lives up to tradition set forth by “Up” and “Finding Nemo”. Tradition is also a theme of this movie that is set in a Scottish kingdom a long time ago.

Merida, the heroine of this movie is seeking to find her own way in the world despite the tradition of being betrothed to the first born of a neighboring clan. The movie has some contemporary as well as classic themes of how the rules for a girl are different it seems. Through a spell from a witch Merida wants to change her mother so she can change her mind about having to uphold the tradition of marriage. Sometimes it take a brave person to change tradition and to make a life for themselves.

Its a great role and example for women both young and old. The movie is heart warming, funny and has a great cast featuring Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and John Ratzenberger. It is a must see for everyone. The big screen is the way to go here, 3D is not really necessary for it though.