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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

Several weeks ago, a rumor had circulated that there was going to be a sequel to The Big Lebowski, which is in my all-time top 5 favorite movies. Now I hadn’t been expecting or anticipating a sequel to this movie (::cough:: Ghostbusters 3 ::cough::), so this was a pleasant surprise and instantly had me salivating and waiting to see what was next for The Dude, Walter, Maude, Karl Hungus and Donnie’s scattered ashes. Unfortunately, this was a rouse perpetrated by Tara Reid (Bunny Lebowski), thus proving how stupid we all are for believing anything that she says. She may s my d for $1000, but I’d give that $1000 back to p her in the v.

Although that did lead me to think about what other great movies out there would I pay good money (apparently $12.50 is now considered good money) to see and what would the plot consist of.

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

TOP FIVE SEQUELS THAT SHOULD BE MADE

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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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Fischer’s Friday Five

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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