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Monday, March 24, 2014

Update to first blog post about low FODMAP diet, with additional links/resources

Hi!  Since a lot of you still access my original blog post about the FODMAP diet (which eliminates up to 80% of IBS symptoms), I've updated that post to contain additional links/research/resources.  Hope it helps:


Monday, March 17, 2014

Follow-up to previous blog post: here's my "These Movies Shoulda Won Oscars" list from LAST YEAR.

As a follow up to my previous post, here's my "These Movies Shoulda Won Oscars" list from LAST YEAR.

WINNER - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" – every moment of this film was luminous and unique.  Nothing compared to it.  Not even Lincoln, which comes a close second in my book.
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
"Les Miserables" – admittedly, I haven’t seen this.  Anne Hathaway’s mouth is just too much for me.
"Django Unchained"
"Argo" – great film, but not as good as Lincon and Beasts. 
Additional nominee: Moonrise Kingdom.  Duh.  How did this not get any major nominations?
NOTE: I removed "Amour" from this list. Finally saw this and hated it. Too much of a beating. I also remove "Life of Pi." Visuals were beautiful, but that cheesy journalist subplot ruined the story for me. 

WINNER - Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln" – this one has to be a tie.  In my own Oscars, I can have ties!  That’s one of the benefits of having my own Oscars!  I can’t pick between these two exquisite performances.
WINNER - Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Denzel Washington, "Flight"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Additional nominees: the kid from Moonrise Kingdom, and and Ed Norton.

WINNER - Naomi Watts, "The Impossible" – Also a tie!!!  Jennifer L was good, But Naomi and Quvenzhane were brillz.
WINNER - Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" РThis little girl gave me chills for two hours straight.
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Additional nominee: the girl from Moonrise Kingdom.

WINNER - Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"- the others were all incredible, but Tommy was epic.
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Alan Arkin, "Argo"

Best Supporting Actress:
WINNER - Jackie Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook" – brilliant performance.  And Sally Field was just too old to play Mrs. Lincoln.  Amy Adams was annoying as always.  And I can’t look at Anne Hathaway’s mouth for too long.  Helen Hunt was brillz in The Sessions, so that would’ve been my second choice. 
Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Amy Adams, "The Master"

Best Director:
WINNER - Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln" – let’s give this man some credit for making a timeless film.
David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Michael Haneke, "Amour"

Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Monday, March 3, 2014

Laura's list of movies that SHOULD have won (and been nominated for) Oscars

In an effort to recognize the ACTUAL best movies of the year (instead of the ones voted on by a bunch of Hollywood insider BFFs), here are my (entirely reasonable) opinions about which movies SHOULD have won Oscars:


Winner: Tie! Because it’s my list and I can pick whomever I want:
12 Years a Slave

Short Term 12

-Short-term 12 (best movie you didn’t see this year. Better than most you DID see)
-Captain Phillips
-Dallas Buyers Club
-Nebraska (haven’t seen it, but I’ll believe all the reviews
-12 Years a Slave
-Blue is the Warmest Color (it’s absurd that this Palme d’Or winner wasn’t nominated); Hunger Games -Catching Fire

Note: It’s infuriating that movies like Short Term 12 and Blue is the Warmest Color don’t get nominated, and clich√© overlong movies like Wolf of Wall Street (which was fine, but poorly edited) do. I removed Wolf from my list, and also American Hustle, which was a good/fun movie, but not groundbreaking in my opinion. Oh and I removed Her, which I found interesting and beautiful but also tedious and I wanted it to end as soon as possible. Also, I realize that Catching Fire was a ridiculous addition to the list, but I loved every. second. of it. And it's my list.

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Nominees: -Christian Bale, American Hustle
-Bruce Dern, Nebraska
-Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
-Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
-Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station (haven’t seen it, but I’m going on reviews of how fabulous he is)
-Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Note: Nobody approached Matthew M. in my opinion. I took Leo off this list too. He was good, but didn’t he just play a different version of the same role in Gatsby? Also, I can’t believe Oscar Isaac didn’t get a nod for Llewyn Davis.

Winner: Tie:
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Sandy Bullock, Gravity
Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color

Nominees: Brie Larson, Short Term 12
-Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
-Sandra Bullock, Gravity
-Judi Dench, Philomena
-Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
-Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Enough Said
-Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color

Note: Meryl, Brie and Adele were heartbreakingly good in their roles. And although Sandy’s performance didn’t have the gravitas of Meryl’s, Adele’s, or Brie’s, she had to literally dance on a 12-point harness through the entire movie Gravity, which deserves major recognition. Cate Blanchett was amazing but overdirected, just like almost every actor in almost every movie by Woody Allen. I removed Amy Adams, who was fine but not groundbreaking. I’ve seen her play similar characters before. Also, in addition to Brie and Adele, I added Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and to this list.  Best I've seen her.


Winner: Tie:
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club, and Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

-Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
-Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
-Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
-John Gallagher, Short Term 12

Note: I took off the other nominees because I didn’t find them to be in a class with these three. I almost didn’t even let Abdi tie with Leto, but Abdi scared the crap out of me in Captain Phillips, so I’m giving him the golden statue.


Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave (obviously)

-Amy Adams, Her
-Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
-Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
-Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
-June Squibb, Nebraska
-Lea Seydoux, Blue is the Warmest Color

Note: Let’s face it. Nobody but Lupita could’ve won.  Also, I've added the luminous Lea Seydoux and and Amy Adams to this list.  I actually liked Amy better in Her than in American Hustle.

-Kings of Summer
-The East
-American Hustle

Note: These are movies I didn’t nominate for Best Movie even though I loved them. I give them all happy faces. :)