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Fischer’s Friday Five

So apparently the Oscars were a couple of weekends ago and from what I saw it was fairly unimpressive. James Franco might have made David Letterman look like a great choice for host and Anne Hathaway was trying way too hard. By the way, is it just me or has she lost about 90% of her hotness over the past five years? I’m not even she did anything wrong except aged awkwardly. I’m probably in the minority there but just thought I’d see if anyone agrees.

One thing I was happy to see was Natalie Portman win the Best Actress award for several reasons. First, she’s from my home town of Syosset, Long Island (represent) and second, while her main competition Annette Benning was good in The Kids Are All Right, I didn’t think the performance was Oscar worthy, especially since she was on the screen as much as, if not less then Julianne Moore. But Portman gave it her all in Black Swan and it was so good she decided to get knocked up by one of her dancers in the movie. So for that we celebrate her.

I’m Jarrett, It’s Friday, and here’s my five…

TOP FIVE NATALIE PORTMAN PERFORMANCES

Quick note, I did finally see The King’s Speech last week and while Colin Firth absolutely deserved the Oscar, I can’t come up with five movies that he was in that I like, in fact the only good one he did was Love Actually (the best chick flick ever, totally acceptable for guys to watch). Also this is a list of her best performances and not necessarily the best overall movie.

Honorable Mention: The Professional – that’s about it

Dishonorable Mention: just about everything else she’s done (Anywhere But Here, Mars Attacks, Star Wars I thru III, V For Vendetta, etc.)

Heat

Not that large of a role here playing Al Pacino’s daughter but considering all the crappy roles she’s had and how awesome this movie is (yes that goes against my criteria for the list), it sneaks into the Top 5.

Garden State

Her first real non-Star Wars role as an adult, and she was a standout in this little indy flick written and directed by Zach Braff (white Scrubs).  A bit of a depressing film (in fact, most of her good films are based on depressing roles), but combined with a killer soundtrack this is one worth checking out.  Plus, there’s a great scene of shooting an arrow directly in the air and dodging it on the way down.  Or as we call it in the Fischer household – Sunday afternoons.

Closer

Quite possibly the most disturbing movie I have ever seen that involves love, sex and relationship (good and bad).  If you haven’t seen it and you’re not depressed, check it out.  Clive Owen, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Portman as on-again, off-again lovers and fighters.  I’m not even entirely certain what the purpose of this movie was excite to drub up bad memories for most probably, but Portman was outstanding and sexy here, and her scenes with Clive were the highlights of the movies (both won Golden Globes for this and were nominated for Oscars).

Black Swan

So good, that she might actually win an Oscar for this role…oh wait, nevermind.  Considering the scenes with Mila Kunis, I’m not sure why I don’t have this ranked as her best performance ever.

Beautiful Girls

Obviously not a better movie than Black Swan, but there was just something so mesmorizing about this performance of hers, that you couldn’t help but notice her and think that she had a future in Hollywood.  It’s next to impossible to make a movie that also stars Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Rappaport watchable, but kudos to Natalie for pulling it off.

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Fischer’s Friday Five

Big game this weekend folks.  Everyone’s gonna be watching the Hartford vs. Albany women’s college basketball, ohhhhhh yeahhhhhhh.  Ok, I’m sure you’re all excited for the big event airing on FOX come Sunday night, it’s been too many weeks without an all-new episode of Glee so I’m friggin stoked!

Something tells me the Glee Zombies would destroy either the Packers or the Steelers

 

Ok, sure there’s the Super Bowl, but it’s been two weeks since the last football was played, so I figured everyone wouldn’t care anymore.  Yeah right, come on, let’s get this party started already.  Yes, that was a slight nod to the Black Eyed Peas halftime performance (my favorite prop bet of the weekend, Fergie pees her pants while performing +900).  My prediction for the game is at the end, but first…

I’m Jarrett, It’s Friday, and here’s my five…

TOP FIVE THINGS PACK OR STEEL RELATED

By the way, next week’s Fischer Friday Five will be Top 5 Sequels That I Wish Would Be Made, so feel free to email me any and all suggestions.  But with the Big Game less than 48 hours away, its time to focus on the teams involved, or in this case the names of the teams involved.

Honorable Mention: The Rat Pack, Pac-Man, glam metal band Steel Panther and Steel Cut Oatmeal
Dishonorable Mention: Steel Magnolias, Fudge Packers, 6-Packs (I don’t liked beer in a can or The Situation’s abs) and Pac-Sun

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I’ve got an apple pie in the oven and Maggie’s watching the last 15 minutes of some Housewives show, I think it’s Cleveland-based, I don’t know, so I’m going to ditch my usual classy style and bust out a quick Top 5 for all y’all and then you’re free to enjoy your weekend. Again, be warned, this is being written quick with zero thought or spell check – basically no different then every other blog post.

I’m Jarrett, It’s Friday, and here’s my five…

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For many of you, this upcoming Monday is a day off of work celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.  Sadly where I work, the only recognized holidays are Saturdays and Sundays.  However, that will not deter me from paying my respects for the most important man in civil rights history on the upcoming 25th anniversary of MLK Day; except for the part where I still go into work on Monday while everyone else sleeps in.

Martin Luther King had a dream, a vision, that was heard by millions, which is so very impressive especially considering I can’t even get Maggie to listen to the dreams I have about being chased down the hall in my old elementary school by midgets juggling watermelons.

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It was a very interesting week in the news, as it seemed ABC was controlling what we were following this week, in what seemed like an obvious ploy to plug some upcoming DVD releases of cancelled shows. First, thousands of birds mysteriously drop to their death (Flash Forward), then the Mega Millions jackpot has all-too-familiar numbers (Lost) and then that homeless guy with the big voice shockingly gets a job (According to Jim).  Don’t be surprised if in the upcoming weeks we find out that there’s Life on Mars or there’s a YouTube video of another homeless man pushing around a shopping cart with nothing but daisies in it.

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Happy New Year!  I hope your New Year started off the way my did this morning with my wife saying to me when she woke up, “there goes my New Year’s resolution of not wetting the bed anymore.” Yep, welcome to 2011, and yes, for those who don’t know Maggie, she was only kidding around…I say that with about 70% certainty.

2010 was a tremendous year, started a new job, took in a couple of brother-in-laws to live with us, got to MC not one, but three Newlywed-style game shows, went on my first cruise and even landed a guest starring role on the new CW drama Hellcats. Ok, fine, I lied, I only MC’d two game shows.  I also started (and abandoned) this blog last year, which was a huge personal accomplishment, probably right up there with the night I farted on both Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher (true story – plus they both deserved it).

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Unfortunately I have a previous scheduled conflict (March Madness), so I’ve invited a guest blogger this week. You know him better as….uh….well, you probably don’t know him. His name is Adam Kramer, he’s a co-worker of mine, and an avid fan of the blog and all things Don Johnson related. Take it away Kramer….

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The late 80s and early part of the 90s were a wonderful time in my life. The Mets won the World Series thanks to Bill Buckner. Voltron and Transformers were on TV just about every morning. The world hadn’t ostracized the fast food industry yet for being god-awful for you, therefore my parents had no qualms about shutting me up by stuffing McDonalds down my throat. But most importantly, it was the golden age of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

I remember it vividly in December of 1987. My uncle was down from Jersey for my brother’s Bar Mitzvah in South Florida. He had told me that he had brought a Hanukkah gift for my brother and I, but we had to wait until that night to get it. Now, my brother and I had annoyed our parents with the type of agonizing pain I imagine an Agnostic person would get sitting in the same room with Tim Tebow for an hour to buy us the Sega Entertainment System. NOT Sega Genesis, but the SES. For whatever reason we thought it had better graphics and games than the Nintendo. Thankfully my uncle had the balls of steel to basically tell my parents, “Don’t get them that piece of {expletive deleted}.”

While Nintendo flourished like the Cherry Blossoms of DC, the SES became a worse one-hit wonder than whatever band that sang “Come on Ilene”. (EDITOR’S NOTE: How can you forget Dexy’s Midnight Runner? Come on Kramer!) In any event, all of this leads to my Kramerica’s Five Favorites aka The Fischer Friday Five that Jarrett was too lazy to do. (EDITOR’S NOTE AGAIN: He’s right, I chose basketball over blogging, plus I was really tired from that K. State/Xavier game).

I’m Not Fischer, but it’s Friday, and here’s my five…

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