A New Beginning: My Last Film Post

So blogging and I have had a unique relationship in the last few years. Every time I think I am finished, the bug starts to gnaw  at my need “to be heard.” (I just can’t quit you!) I’ve been doing a lot  of reading over the past year, and I’ve dressed up the site a bit since you may have been here last.

Little did I know when I wrote the post”The End is Near” did I know that the topic would begin

Cinepolis San Diego

Cinepolis San Diego

the birthing  process of an entirely separate site – familyroomfilmcritic.com – where I will continue my musings on all things film-related, though with a slightly different bent. If you have enjoyed my movie grousings and grumblings here on Perfecting  Naivety, I encourage you to go take a look at the new site. I have a vision for where I’d like to take it…if you like what you see, there are some bigger plans percolating.

In the time away from the blog, I’ve come to realize I want to do something different. With the absence of film commentary, Perfecting Naivety will now host observations in a variety of different areas that inspires me. In my professional life, I am challenged to keep abreast of many industries, yet have no outlet to comment. By now, with the new design elements, you can guess the areas in which I will be commenting:

  • Leadership: In the business – no matter the industry – we have a plethora of examples, both good (Hello, Mr. Branson) and bad (Do I have to say hello to David Sterling?) to choose from, and learn.
  • By day, I am the marketing director of a small career college here in San Diego. The changes that have taken place in Marketing from the time I earned my MBA (marketing emphasis) to today is absolutely astounding, and it shows no evidence of slowing down.
  • In the recent political climate, Education has been a hot topic – particularly, the for-profit sector. I aim to write about the changes to the entire education landscape, with a bent as to how it’s shifting and changing under each political leadership.
  • I am blessed to also be able to help my college launch a Small Business degree program. In San San Diego Small BusinessDiego, 90% of the economy is made up of small business, providing over 60% of the economic drivers here. In a recent survey, Forbes named San Diego the number one city in the country to launch a small business. In the past month alone, the San Diego EDC has recorded that The private sector outperformed by adding 3,400 jobs in the month of April. Suffice to say, there  is a lot going on here.
  • Finally – I wouldn’t be the man I am today without my family. So expect the occasional musing on my struggles to be a better dad, husband, brother, and son.
  • The Film and Entertainment section will stay put, but only as an archive of sorts. I feel like there  are some really good articles in that section, so if someone happened to stumble on a post or two that lead them to follow the new site – bonus!

I hope you like the new direction I am taking with Perfecting Naivety. I am excited about the change and I hope you’ll join me in this new direction. For the first time, I have some modest expectations as I throw a variety of  different topics into the giant Martini-shaker of the blog-o-sphere (shaken, not stirred) to see how it tastes. My hope still remains that you will see – on Mondays and Wednesday – an inspired concoction of the things that make us all wake up each day with a renewed sense of vigor and purpose.



Oscar Showdown Lowdown!

…and I’m spent. Sitting at the kitchen island for a quick breakfast then bedtime. Here’s my breakdown of the last 24 hours, via an ESPN-like by the numbers:

  • 24 hoursAMC Theaters Oscar Showcase 2013
  • 20 hours:19 minutes of film
  • 2h:45m worth of breaks (thanks Marc)
  • 1 participants, including yours truly
  • 9 films
  • Six 16-ounce caffeinated beverages (2 each of coffee, diet coke and eco-energy drink)
  • 2 meals
  • 1 popcorn
  • 1 soft pretzel
  • 1 8-ounce bag of Keebler fudge striped cookies
  • and 1 tired Danny!

All in all, so glad I did this. Having not seen any of the nominated films until now made it that much more fun. So…drumroll please…..here are my picks for the little golden guy to be handed out later tonight.

Original Screenplay: Django should and will win this one hands down, with a dark-horse nod to Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay: Argo will win

Original Score: I like Lincoln for this one

Cinematography: Life of Pi

Supporting Actress: It’s a coin toss between Anne Hathaway (sorry, haters) or Sally Field. I was surprised at how amazing Field was in Lincoln

Supporting Actor: Another coin toss category between Tommy Lee Jones and Christoph Waltz…pick one.

Leading Actor: Daniel Day Lewis had this locked up when he signed on to play Honest Abe

Leading Actress: There was some debate via FB earlier about this category. The debate made me think. I like and want Jessica Chastain for this one; a friend of mine called it for Naomi Watts, another solid choice. Here’s my dark horse pick:

In 1973, Tatum O’Neil won an Oscar at age 10; in 1993, 20 years later, Anna Pacquin won at age 11. Guess what folks – – – it’s 20 years later: give Oscar to 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis.

Best Director: Ben Affleck. What? No? Crap – must be the sleep deprivation. This is a three-director race, between Russell, Spielberg, and Lee. Hollywood doesn’t like change too much, so call it for Spielberg.

Finally, Best Picture: If it were up to me, Django would win, no bones about it. But Argo has been the awards darling of the season, particularly with the supposed snub of Director Ben Affleck. So I think this one is a safe bet.

Alrighty folks – this is the Superbowl for film geeks – looking forward to kickoff at 8 EST, 5 PST. Thanks for following my movie marathon madness via this blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Hooray for Hollywood!



Oscar Showcase Showdown, down, down

Got very little in the tank. Gotta admit, missed a chunk of Pi, and the body’s hurting a little.

Eyes are a little blurry writing this, and my fellow movie geeks are showing signs of wear and tear.

Cup of hot coffee is in hand, and I’m hoping a film that has the Philadelphia Eagles playing a significant role will give me a jolt of energy!

And maybe exclamation points will too!!!!

7 down, 2 to go…


Oscar Showcase Showdown-Kill Zone

I’m running out of the clever quips, if you couldn’t tell from the title.

But I called it the Kill Zone for a few reasons:

1. Les Miz was life suckingly long
2. Zero Dark Thirty was really good
3. Jessica Chastain is phenomenal in this film, and now on my kissing list (apologies to both her and my wife)
4. Life of Pi is next, in 3-D
5. This is the stretch of films that I thought I might fall asleep in… And the first 51 minutes of film #6 was touch an go.

Alrighty Ang Lee – can you keep me awake?


Oscar Showcase Showdown – Affleck meets Tarantino

It’s halftime, ladies and gentleman and fatigue is beginning to set in…but the goofy grin I walked in with keeps getting bigger. Especially after the last two films. Ho.Ly.Crap!

First, Argo…

I can’t say enough about Affleck the Director. This is by far his most assured, and best film. The attention to detail, use of music and editing to create tension in a story which everyone knows the end is a fantastic feat.

One of the detriments of this marathon, is that I am forced to stop processing one film to open myself up to the next film.

Let me tell you, it didn’t take long before Tarantino blew the doors wide open with Django Unchained. I have many, many friends who are unabashed QT fans. For me, he’s always run hot and cold. I recognize his quirky genius, but it doesn’t resonate with me in every one of his films.

No matter – with Django , I am now smitten, bordering upon a deep bro-nance. There was not a single thing to dislike about this film. It was perfect – and I’m ecstatic!

The Night Shift….

Here comes the stretch that’s gonna hurt, and could knock your hero and mine down for some Z’s:

Le Mis, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of PI…

Stay tuned!


Oscar Showcase Showdown – Lincoln’s dead – Argo to go

The Films So Far…

Amour was pretty tough to get through. Not because it wasn’t a good film; far from it actually. Amazing performances from the two leads, but the story was so gut-wrenchingly difficult and depressing to watch. (SPOILER ALERT) Getting old and dying has never been portrayed more devastatingly realistic than in this film.

Who would have thought that the tale of Honest Abe would have been a pick-me-up?! Ironic, since we all know how he, er, it ends. Phenomenal performances by the three headliners in this film, and their accolades are richly deserved. Also worthy of note: John Williams score in this film. Often, because of his countless past achievements, I’ve taken for granted his later work. Not here-I believe he’s nominated, and might walk away with a little guy tomorrow night.


Feeling pretty good. Eating some chicken, gonna throw back an Eco-drink in a minute. Argo us up after lunch, so I’m looking forward to this one.