Who I think will win: Novak Djokovic - Look at his 2011 stats. He dominated on all surface types - Besting Rafa on clay, racking up a bunch of hard court wins including the USO and winning Wimbledon. He’s unstoppable…
Who I want to win: Roger Federer - Roger showed so much promise in the last few months of 2011 - especially in London. After winning the Barclays tournament, Federer basically proved he has a lot of fight back in him. He’s always #1 in my book.
Dark Horse of the draw: Jo Wilfried Tsonga - Out of most of the top 10, I feel like Jo has a lot of potential to pull through on this. Rafa, Murray, sure, they have a chance. But when Jo gets his mind set on something, he gets it. I trust that he’ll make it to the round of 16, at least.
Who I think will win: Petra Kvitova - A little iffy on this… But she’s the Wimbledon champ, she’s had amazing seasons - woman’s player of the year in my opinion. She’ll at least make it to the quarters.
Who I want to win: Maria Sharapova- How could you not root for Masha. She’s just incredible.
Dark Horse of the draw: Caroline Wozniacki - Although she’s ranked #1 in WTA, she hasn’t proved herself worthy of winning a slam. We’ll see in the next few weeks.
John Talabot featuring Glasser, “Families.” The title track from Johan Talabot’s upcoming EP finds the Spanish producer blending his usual house beats with an almost tropical, delay-heavy piano melody and what sounds like a drugged-up and decelerated trance synth line. The key components, though, are a recurring “oh!” motif reminiscent of a similar but inverted vocal loop from Purity Ring’s recent self-released gem “Ungirthed” and Glasser singer Cameron Mesirow dreamy vocals, which cleverly refer to the titular familial unit as “Strangers in your home/Stranger than you can recall.” Sal Cinquemani, Slant Magazine
Already posted this, but it deserves a second time. 1:58…
Time astutely recognized that nobody put their mark on 2011 as did the millions of everyday people fighting for justice, wherever they live [Dec. 26]. Missing, though, is detail on the uprising of the American worker - and the hundreds of thousands of working- and middle-class protesters occupying Madison, Wis., where legislation threatened to strip workers of collective-bargaining rights and hard-earned health care and retirement benefits. They lit a spark that will continue in 2012 and beyond.
- Gerald W. McEntee, President, AFSCME, Washington
If you didn’t already know, Time didn’t pick a single person of the year, but rather one to represent a large and growing number of people in the world. Whether it’s Arab Spring or the Occupy movements, this archetype of the Protester has gained both international and domestic attention.
Personally, I think Time’s pick was perfect. And McEntee makes a good point about the American worker. However, it’s not “missing”, as he suggests. Just because it hasn’t gained enough media attention doesn’t mean it’s entirely ignored. Surely at the back of everyone’s minds is the fact that many people are suffering during this economic crisis.
Beautiful. Really the only word I can think of to describe this movie.
This film tells the story of a stage magician, seeking work and traveling to various countries, including Scotland, England and France. In Scotland he meets a girl, who follows him and - for lack of a better phrase - changes his life.
Nominated: 2010 European Film Awards and 68th Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature Film, Best Animated Feature Film in the 83rd Academy Awards, but lost to Toy Story 3; Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.
Won: First César Award for Best Animated Feature.
Although the movie has almost no dialogue, the character’s mannerisms definitely suffice. They’re all really animated - well, in the figurative sense, haha.
Also, I found the slow pacing of the film rather fitting, because it gave me more time to appreciate the animation and watercolored backdrops.
Both The Illusionist and Triplets of Belleville sprout from the same dynamite director, Slyvain Chomet. And both films have been nominated for Oscars, and lost to both Disney / Pixar movies. I guess the Academy prefers CGI over hand drawn animation. (Although, Toy Story 3 was an awesome end to the series). My point is, go see this movie!