Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wait...what?

Tonight I went to Stanford to get my degree in comedy. Ok, not exactly. There was an open mic at COHO - which is short for Coffee House. Stanford is clever with their abbreviations. I had been to a few open mics here before but this one probably rates as most interesting. The host wasn't very experienced as an emcee and you could tell just in the way he brought the comedians on the stage. Hey, it is a learning experience for everyone so I don't mean to bash on him - but I would think it be common knowledge that you'd introduce the comedians by their first AND last name. I mean, how are these people going to facebook me? They could have facebooked me right then and there as 40% of the people in the coffee shop were already on their laptops.

So I went up 2nd overall (not including the host) and I told myself that even though the crowd didn't seem to be paying much attention that I was going to do my best for those who were actually listening. I started off by saying, "Make some noise if you go to Stanford!" Easy way for me to get a reaction at the beginning of my set. I then went on to say, "cool, we got a lot of locals here tonight."

After my set, one gentleman told me "nice job" and I said, "thanks." I went to sit down next to fellow comedian, Matt Curry, and a girl comes up to me and says, "I really enjoyed your set and I appreciate that you didn't tell any jokes about getting punched in the vagina."

Wait... what?

I had numerous responses floating around in my head....such as...

"Bitch, I don't have a vagina!"

"Thanks, so uh...can I punch you in the vagina sometime?"

But I refrained from saying either of those and just said "Thank you" as I think she meant that she was glad my jokes were of the cleaner variety. The comedian before me told an ample amount of masturbation jokes.

The open mic goes on with first-name introductions and it ends with an Asian comedian wearing a Cal shirt. I tell Matt Curry, "he's Asian so he made the wrong turn and came to Stanford." The crowd left was giving him crap as you might expect. One guy yelled, "Tell a joke!" It made me laugh but feel a little bad too as the guy was telling what he thought were jokes.

Then a guy from the audience yells out that he wants to do some jokes. Alright, a brave soul wanting to try out his material is always nice to see! Except.... the dude was just rehearsing jokes that he saw on websites... like the one about the twins and the Wal-Mart greeter and the one about Denise and De-nephew.... The sad thing is a lot of people laughed as if they never heard the jokes before. One guy even had to explain the Denise and De-nephew joke to his girlfriend. And this is Stanford? If this was a working comedian and not some random guy going on stage...he probably would have been banned at many a club.

You never know what you'll see and/or hear at an open mic so it is best you pay attention.

Check me out in these upcoming shows:

November 6 - Plan B in Sunnyvale, 8:30pm, Free

November 10 - Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz, 8pm, Free

November 14- Quarterfinals of the Battle of the Bay Comedy Competition at the SJ Improv. Come vote for me! Get tickets here.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Arizona Fall League 2011


From October 10th thru October 13th, I went to Arizona with my Uncle Lanny and his friend, Fred, to catch some Arizona Fall League baseball just like we did last year. Now you may be asking, what is the Arizona Fall League? Here is a quick rundown. All 30 Major League baseball teams pick beetween 6-8 upcoming players from their organization to particpate in the Fall League. There are 6 Fall League teams in total in which these upcoming prospects play - the teams were set up a little different than in 2010. The teams include the Mesa Solar Sox(includes prospects from Cubs, Orioles, Pirates, Twins, and White Sox) , Phoenix Desert Dogs (A's, Blue Jays, Indians, Reds, Yankees), Peoria Javelinas(Brewers, Cardinals, Mariners, Mets, Padres), Surprise Saguaros (Braves, Marlins, Rays, Rangers, Royals), Scottsdale Scorpions (Angels, Giants, Nationals, Phillies, Red Sox) and Salt River Rafters (Astros, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rockies, Tigers.)

My Uncle Lanny and I left Sacramento early in the morning on Monday, October 10th. Recently, the airport went over a lot of renovations including a brand new Terminal B. At the center of terminal B is a sculpture of a red rabbit costing $800,000! It is 56 feet it length.
Worth $800,000? Looks like Spider-Bunny to me.

In addition to the pointless artwork, they also decided to add a "people-mover" at the airport. Unfortunately, the airport had more than just the artwork to complain about. It took such a long time to check in for the flight and get thru security that we almost missed our flight. Hopefully next year they have those kinks worked out.

We arrived in Arizona and met up with Lanny's good friend, Fred. We were are all hungry for breakfast at that points so we ended up going to Bill Johnson's in Phoenix. You can see my review of the place here.

After breakfast, it was on to our first game of the week in Phoenix. The Peoria Javelinas ended up winning a close game over the Phoenix Desert Dogs by the score of 7 to 6.

Lanny and I outside Phoenix Municipal Stadium

After the game, we decided to check into our hotel in Scottsdale. We stayed at a hotel called 3 Palms. I think the place was nicer than any of us expected. Lanny and I even had a mini kitchen in our room with fridge, stove, and microwave. To test out the fridge, Fred brought in some beers from his car. After a little time at the hotel, it was on to the night game in Scottsdale.

Bryce Harper (Nationals) of the Scottsdale Scorpions

The night game was between the Mesa Solar Sox and the Scottsdale Scorpions. On paper, the Scottsdale Scorpions have the best outfield out of all the Arizona Fall League teams. Their outfielders include Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Mike Trout of the Angels, both of which are highly touted prospects. Throw in Gary Brown of the Giants and that is quite the trifecta.

Lanny and I were in mid-conversation at one point during the game when a foul ball hit by Brandon Short of Mesa came right in our direction. With less than a second to react to the screaming liner, I moved my head to the right and heard the ball whiz by. If it hit me, it would have been real bad. I turned around and looked at Lanny who was sitting behind me and his eyes were wide open. We know we both just missed getting nailed with the baseball. So did we change seats? No. Scottsdale ended up getting the win 4 to 3.

On Tuesday the 11th, we went to JB's Restaurant for breakfast, home of the all you can eat breakfast bufffet. After breakfast, it was on to Mesa to see the same two teams from the night before play in a day game. I tried to get number 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to sign an autograph for me but I was unsuccessful.

During the day games, we noticed that all 4 umpires would meet a guy around the home plate area.
We didn't know for sure what the umpires were doing until our final day in Arizona, but they were all trying out new uniforms and the guy in the white hat was checking the temperature of each uniform in between innings so they could find out what material worked best and was also the coolest.

Mesa ended up winning the rematch with Scottsdale, 3 to 2.

Before the night game, we went to have some pizza at NYPD Pizza. They still have the special on Tuesdays to buy one pizza and get the second half off so we did that and took the leftovers to the hotel. After pizza, it was time for the night game at the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Salt River Fields is the new Spring Training home for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. It is a really nice ballpark and definitely has the "new" feel. It wasn't much of a battle on the field that night though, as the Surprise Saguaros beat the Salt River Rafters,
11 to 4.

Speaking of battles, someone was having some type of battle at the 3 Palms hotel around 1:45am on Wednesday morning. Lanny and I were in bed (different beds, of course) and heard loud banging. It sounded like someone really wanted to get in their room. The banging went on for a few minutes. The banging stopped. Then a shattering of glass was heard. No yelling or screaming was heard at all, but footsteps could be heard going back and forth upstairs. It took us a while to get back to sleep.
In the morning, Lanny asked Fred if he heard it too and Fred said he did. Fred then decided to go upstairs and check it out. There was no police tape but there was blood and a window had been shattered.

On Wednesday, it was down to our final two baseball games. The first stop was in Surprise. Ok, not the first stop. Before heading to Surprise, we ate a Cracker Barrel. I had never been to a Cracker Barrel before, but the food was pretty good there. After eating, it was on to Surprise to see the Phoenix Desert Dogs take on the Surprise Saguaros.

Dusty Coleman (A's) at bat for the Phoenix Desert Dogs

This turned out to be the only game that the three of us left early (in the 8th inning) as we had to go pick up Fred's wife at the Phoenix airport. The score didn't change after we left with the score Surprise beating Phoenix 5 to 3.

Our final game would be in Scottsdale and this time Donna would be along for the trip. She was tired and started falling asleep at the game but Lanny made sure she stayed awake as the Salt River Rafters took on the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Nolan Arenado (Rockies) of the Salt River Rafters

Salt River ended up winning the game and Nolan Arenado played a big part in the win as he knocked in 5 runs. The final was 10 to 5.

So that was 6 games in 3 days. I also collected autographs of 29 different baseball players during that span. We're already looking forward to the trip again next year and I think we may be staying a day or two extra next time as this trip went by way too fast!

If you're a baseball fan like me then here is my list of 5 players you may not have of yet but I think you soon will....

- Nolan Arenado - Ok yeah I just mentioned him but this guy is a pure hitter. I got to see him play for the Modesto Nuts in 2011 as well. He was named to the USA Futures Team in Arizona at midseason. He knocked in 122 runs in 2011 for Modesto and posted a batting average of .298. In 14 games played in the Arizona Fall League so far, he has a .377 batting average and has knocked in a league high 21 runs. This could very well be the Colorado Rockies' third baseman of the future.

- Anthony Gose - Anthony Gose of the Toronto Blue Jays' organization has the makings of a five tool player. He has great speed running around in center field, has a cannon of an arm, and also shows a little bit of pop at the plate. He makes playing defense lot very effortless. In 4 seasons in the minors, he has 44 outfield assists.

- Terry Doyle - We saw Terry Doyle pitch 4 perfect innings for the Mesa Solar Sox on October 11th against Scottsdale. He has pretty much done that the whole Fall League. Doyle, of the Chicago White Sox organization, has pitched 16.2 innings this Fall and has only given up 4 hits. His ERA currently sits at 1.08.

- Sean Gilmartin - While he doesn't have the stellar ERA like Doyle, Gilmartin of the Atlanta Braves' organization, has had a good fall. He has pitched 16 innings so far with 14 strikeouts. It is pretty impressive for a guy who only pitched 23.1 innings professionally prior to the Fall League.

- Junior Lake - This guy looks like the second coming of Starlin Castro and he is with the Cubs too. Lake is currently on pace to break the Arizona Fall League record for stolen bases. In 16 games, Lake has 11 stolen bases in 11 chances. He also has a .328 batting average.

There you have it...congrats if you read this whole blog. :-)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

First Pitch

On July 24, 2011, I will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Sacramento River Cats baseball game. The River Cats are the Triple-A minor league affiliate for the Oakland A's.

I have been told they don't let people throw the first pitch from the actual pitchers' mound anymore, but I am going to beg and hope they let me anyway. If not, I will pretend I don't understand English and keep walking to the mound.

I played little league for eight years and was a pitcher for two of those years so the chance to throw out the first pitch is pretty exciting for me. I just hope I don't goof it up.... like these guys for example...


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I have joked that I could throw the ball over the backstop screen or turn around and pickoff an invisible runner at 2nd base while throwing the ball into center field. I thought maybe doing something as crazy as this might land me a chance at Web Redemption on Tosh.0

I do know a lot of the players will be watching me throw the first pitch though (in fact, one will most likely be catching my pitch) so I'd like to make a good impression in that sense.
I know I can do better than these guys....



Time to start practicing more and get ready for Sunday.


Who knows, maybe a scout will spot me.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to you. I figured I should take this day off of work to add a new update to my blog. On Friday, I went to Orangevale, CA to visit my Uncle Lanny for his birthday. The weather was nice and we had a nice barbecue dinner on his new backyard deck.

On Saturday, Lanny, Fred (in town from Iowa), and I, headed to Reno to see the Sacramento Rivercats play the Reno Aces. Reno is the Triple-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was also promotional night in Reno as they were giving away bobble heads of Archie, their mascot, to the first 2500 fans. I was excited to see the new ballpark - now in its third year.

The forecast called for a 30% chance of rain so we all figured the trip wouldn't be much of a problem. On our way to Reno, it started to rain a little and then it started to snow. The snow was light and when we finally made it to Reno, it seemed the worst of the weather was behind us. Before we arrived at the ballpark, Fred suggested we should stop at Tahoe Burger for some grub. It is a fast-casual restaurant, so they make they make the food to order. The burgers were good and I was surprised to see sweet potato fries on their menu as well.

After we ate, it was on to the ballpark. We saw the some sunlight in the distance so it looked like things would clear up in time for the game. Fred was driving and was looking for the parking lot for the ballpark. We spot what appeared to be a parking lot and Fred rolls down his window to pay the guy at the gate for parking. It turned out to not be a parking lot for the game, but it was a homeless shelter. Fred came this close to mistakenly paying a homeless guy to park in the lot. He turned around out of the lot and eventually we found the correct parking spot.

The rain had still not stopped. We waited 45 minutes in the rain though and finally the gates opened at 6pm. We got our coveted (Ha!) Archie bobble heads and decided that it'd be better just to head back to Lanny's place in Orangevale and not stick around. Fred and I took a quick walk around the ballpark since we had never been there and then we left.

The Tarp was on the field.

We knew if the game was going to be played that it definitely would not start at 7:05pm as scheduled. It was on our way back to Orangevale that the adventure really began. The snow was starting to come down more as we made our way into Truckee and we were hoping we could make it through before chains became required. The snow kept on falling though, more and more.


Video shot with phone...snow still not too bad...

Eventually, chains became a requirement. We did not have chains for this small Hyundai though that Fred had rented. We were stuck. We ended up buying chains.... for $80. $50 for the chains and $30 to put them on. Even after we bought the chains, we were stuck as they were not letting anybody go through. The guy we purchased the chains from said they were not letting people through yet due to accidents ahead.

Fuck.... we're stuck.

Fred had some peanuts so he started eating them. Lanny called his girlfriend, Brenda, and told her that we were stuck and that he was afraid Fred would start eating his knee next. Fred mentioned the peanuts were making him thirsty so Lanny asked Brenda to bring us beer too. Of course, that would never happen. It was a good 2 hours before we finally started moving again...

About 10 miles later, signs informed us that the chains could be removed. Not wanting to spend more money, Fred tried to remove them himself. Lanny tried to help. No success. One of the chains ended up wrapped around the axle which made matters worse. Fred drove us a couple more miles to an exit where we found some guys underneath an overpass. I guess these guys just wait underneath the overpass for it to snow then sell their chains and services to people like us. They ended up helping us remove the chains for $20.

Leaving Reno around 6:30pm, We finally got back to Orangevale around 11:30pm.... so it took about 3 hours longer thanks to the snow.

On the plus side, the game in Reno had been postponed so we didn't miss anything there. It was the first game to ever be postponed in Reno too.... it figures.

It has been a crazy year weather-wise... snow on May 28th? Really?



Saturday, March 26, 2011

2011 Oakland A's

My friend and roommate (they are the same person) is a San Francisco Giants fan and recently wrote a blog about how he thinks the Giants players will fare in 2011 season. He said he would like to see a similar blog from me about the Oakland A's. In my last blog, I made my baseball predictions as far as standings and awards go, and I said the A's would finish 2nd in the AL West.
(I hope I am wrong and that they finish 1st!) Anyway, here is more of an in-depth view on how I think the 2011 Oakland A's will do at each position -


Catcher - Kurt Suzuki

2010 Stats: .242 BA., 13 HR, 71 RBI
2011 Prediction: .270 BA, 19 HR, 80 RBI

Kurt Suzuki
is a true gamer. He is a catcher that wants to be in the starting lineup every day of the season. Last year he was second in the league in games caught. A great deal of the success of the A's pitching staff is in large part due to Kurt Suzuki's handling of the pitchers and calling the game. He is excellent at blocking balls and saves me runs with his defense. Suzuki was out of place in the batting order for most of 2010, where he was batting 3rd or 4th in the lineup when he should be 6th or 7th in the order. In 2011, I expect more people will become aware of Suzuki's play and I expect him to be one of three players (yes, three!) from the A's to make the All-Star team. When Suzuki gets a rare day off, Landon Powell looks to be the one to take his place. If Suzuki or Powell is hurt then expect Josh Donaldson to get the call.

First Baseman - Daric Barton

2010 Stats: .273 BA., 10 HR, 57 RBI
2011 Prediction: .270, 10 HR, 63 RBI

The Oakland A's are still waiting for Daric Barton to have a breakout season. Originally drafted as a catcher by the St. Louis Cardinals, Barton has yet to show the kind of power that is expected of a first baseman. Barton does provide gold glove worthy defense though which is enough for the A's to stick with him at first base. Barton did draw a walk a league high 110 times in 2010, but sometimes taking so many pitches takes away from his chances of driving in a run instead. Barton is projected to bat in the number 2 spot of batting order again like he did in 2010. The backups at first base appear to be Landon Powell and Conor Jackson.

Second Baseman - Mark Ellis


2010 Stats: .291 BA., 5 HR, 49 RBI
2011 Prediction: .280 BA., 7 HR, 45 RBI

Mark Ellis has been one of the few mainstays in Oakland over the years. Ellis has displayed remarkable defense over the years and should have a Gold Glove Award or two by now. His power seems to have fallen off a bit and he always seems to have some sort of problem with injuries. The last time Ellis was healthy an entire season was 2007. Ellis will provide veteran leadership on this young Oakland A's team and should provide the team with a few clutch hits during the season. It appears that Ellis is poised to bat 8th in the lineup. Now if he can just stay healthy. The backup for Ellis appears to be Andy LaRoche and eventually Adam Rosales. (Rosales is currently on the Disabled List).

Shortstop - Cliff Pennington


2010 Stats: .250 BA., 6 HR, 50 RBI, 29 SB
2011 Prediction: .262 BA., 4 HR, 55 RBI, 32 SB

Cliff Pennington enjoyed his first full season in the Major Leagues in 2010. Pennington goes into the 2011 season knowing that he is the everyday starting shortstop and that he does not have to compete for the spot during Spring Training. Defensively, Pennington displays a nice range and a very strong arm. He makes tough plays look easy yet sometimes messes up on the easier plays. On offense, he can frustrate pitchers with his speed. His speed is a nice presence to have in the 9th spot of the batting which where it looks like he will be slated. His backup figures to be Andy LaRoche and eventually Adam Rosales.

Third Baseman - Kevin Kouzmanoff

2010 Stats: .247 BA., 16 HR, 71 RBI
2011 Prediction: .270 BA., 30 HR, 95 RBI

No, you did not read my 2011 predictions for Kevin Kouzmanoff incorrectly. Like Kurt Suzuki, Kevin Kouzmanoff was out of place in the A's batting order in 2010. I believe that with the players the A's added in 2011 that Kouzmanoff will have less pressure on him. He will likely be batting 6th or 7th in the order in 2011. With the new acquisitions being expected to provide power, Kouzmanoff should be able to put together his best season. I am also predicting Kouzmanoff to get his first All-Star nod. Backing up Kouzmanoff at third base will be Andy LaRoche.


Left Field - Josh Willingham

2010 Stats: .268 BA., 16 HR, 56 RBI (w/Nationals)
2011 Prediction: .240 BA., 15 HR, 70 RBI

If Josh Willingham was left-handed then the A's would not have acquired him over the offseason from the Washington Nationals in a trade for Henry Rodriguez and Corey Brown. The A's realized they needed some more right-handed power though so they got Willingham. Willingham, drafted as a catcher by the the Florida Marlins, will be in the American League for the first time in 2011. Willingham will likely struggle the first half of the season but start putting things together after the All-Star break. Willingham will likely be batting 5th in the lineup. Backing up Willingham in Left Field will be Conor Jackson. Chris Carter may see some games there too if his defense improves.

Center Field - Coco Crisp

2010 Stats: .279 BA, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 32 SB
2011 Prediction: .290 BA., 6 HR, 55 RBI, 45 SB

Coco Crisp was limited to 75 games for the Oakland A's in 2010 due to various injuries. When healthy, Crisp played a major impact with the A's success. In 75 games, he still stole a career high 32 bases. Coco looks to be in top form in Spring Training this year (aside from that DUI). Assuming that Crisp can at least play in 120 games this year (if not more) then the A's should get some good production from him. Crisp will be the catalyst for the A's batting in the leadoff spot and will continue running down balls in center field. The backups for center field will be Ryan Sweeney and David Dejesus.

Right Field - David Dejesus


2010 Stats: .318 BA., 5 HR, 37 RBI (w/Royals)
2011 Prediction: .303, 8 HR, 61 RBI


David Dejesus was acquired in the offseason by the A's from the Kansas City Royals when the A's traded pitcher Vin Mazzaro. Dejesus was limited to 91 games last year due to injuries. Dejesus should hit around a .300 average and will most likely bat 3rd in the A's lineup. He is a consistent everyday player that will be nice for the A's to have. Dejesus should enjoy his first year with a team that is actually considered a contender. The backup in right field will be Ryan Sweeney.

Designated Hitter - Hideki Matsui

2010 Stats: .274 BA., 21 HR, 84 RBI (w/Angels)
2011 Prediction: .265 BA., 23 HR, 90 RBI

If there is a superstar on the 2011 Oakland A's team then it is none other than Hideki Matsui. Matsui left the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a free agent and signed with the Oakland A's. Matsui is a former World Series Champion with the New York Yankees and has the Japanese Media following him wherever he goes. In addition to helping with the A's offense, Matsui should also help draw a few more fans to the ballpark. Matsui will be slated at the 4th or 5th spot in the A's lineup.

THE BENCH


The Bench will include outfielder Ryan Sweeney, Outfielder/First Baseman Conor Jackson, Utility Infielder Andy LaRoche, and catcher Landon Powell. Adam Rosales also figures to be in the mix once he returns from the disabled list. Eric Sogard and Steve Tolleson may also be factors off the bench. Out of all these bench players, I expect Ryan Sweeney to get the most playing time.


Starting Pitcher - Trevor Cahill

2010 Stats: 18-8, 2.97 ERA, 118 K's
2011 Prediction: 15-8, 3.10 ERA, 130 K's

Trevor Cahill
spent most of April 2010 in Sacramento with the A's Triple-A club. When he returned to the majors, Cahill was impressive. He earned his first All-Star game selection in 2010 as well. Cahill isn't an overpowering pitcher but he does get a lot of ground ball outs. Many people think Cahill's season last year was a fluke and that he will be nowhere near the same pitcher in 2011. Now that he is considered the ace of the pitching staff it means he will be up against a lot of other aces from other teams. That is the reason why I think Cahill will have less decisions in 2011, but I do still see him getting another All-Star selection in 2011.

Starting Pitcher - Brett Anderson

2010 Stats: 7-6, 2.80 ERA, 75 K's
2011 Prediction: 15-10, 3.40 ERA, 170 K's

Brett Anderson was limited to 19 starts in 2010 due to injuries. Many fans and scouts have seen Anderson as being the A's star pitcher for years to come. Anderson will clock in with a 94-96 MPH fastball and will rarely walk more than 2 batters a game. I am interested to see what Anderson can do with another full season in the green and gold.

Starting Pitcher - Gio Gonzalez

2010 Stats: 15-9, 3.23 ERA, 171 K's
2011 Prediction: 17-12, 3.73 ERA, 190 K's

After earning the 5th starter spot in the rotation in 2010, Gio Gonzalez went on to have a great season. His success has continued in Spring Training this year and he looks ready for the regular season to begin. The key to Gonzalez's success will be limiting the number of batters he walks. Last year, in 200 and two-thirds innings, Gonzalez walked 92 batters. If his walk totals decrease then the innings he pitches will increase. This will also increase his chances of being the winner (or the loser) of the ballgame.

Starting Pitcher - Dallas Braden

2010 Stats: 11-14, 3.50 ERA, 113 K's
2011 Prediction: 12-9, 3.69 ERA, 115 K's

At 27 years old, Dallas Braden is considered the veteran and leader of the A's pitching staff. Braden is a tough competitor and might be known more for his feud with Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees than his perfect game against the tough hitting Tampa Bay Rays on May 9, 2010. Braden has a screwball he will throw on occasion but it is his change-up that has given him the most success. Opposing base-runners also have to watch out for Braden's good pick-off move as he picked off 8 runners last year. It is a contract year for Braden so it will be interesting to see what he does in 2011.

Starting Pitcher - Brandon McCarthy

2010 Stats: N/A - Out with Injury
2011 Prediction: 9-13, 4.22 ERA, 75 K's

Brandon McCarthy has been announced as the A's 5th starter after being signed as a free agent during the offseason. After missing all of 2010 with an injury, it is tough to know what to expect from McCarthy in 2011. He is definitely a control-type pitcher as he won't blow anyone away with his stuff.

Closer - Andrew Bailey

2010 Stats: 1-3, 1.47 ERA, 43 K's, 25 SAVES
2011 Prediction: 3-4, 1.87 ERA, 67 K's, 30 SAVES

Health is a concern entering the season for Andrew Bailey. He may or may not be on the disabled list when the regular season starts. When he is healthy though, Bailey is as good a closer as there is in baseball. He has been in the league for two years and has been an All-Star both years. The 2009 AL Rookie of the Year has plenty of support in the bullpen this year too so he should get plenty of chances to get the final three outs of the game.

REST OF BULLPEN:

The rest of the relief pitchers in the bullpen will include Tyson Ross, who will serve as a long reliever or spot-starter if needed, Brad Ziegler, Michael Wuertz, Craig Breslow, Brian Fuentes, and Grant Balfour. With the additons of Fuentes and Balfour in 2011, the A's should have one of the strongest bullpens in 2011.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Predictions for the 2011 Baseball Season

On March 31st, the 2011 baseball season officially begins. I have been looking forward to this day ever since the 2010 baseball season ended. There are plenty of new faces in different places in 2011, but out of these 30 teams, which 8 will find themselves playing baseball in the playoffs? Just as I did last year, here are my predictions for the final standings and the major awards for the 2011 season.


My predictions (*- wild card)


AL WEST

Texas Rangers (89-73)
Oakland A's (85-77)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (82-80)
Seattle Mariners (70-92)


NOTES:
Many people are saying the Oakland A's are going to be 2011's version of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The A's have solid starting pitching and have bolstered their bullpen more with additions such as Grant Balfour(pictured). The big question is can the A's avoid the dreaded Disabled List that has been such a pain (pun intended) to them in recent history? If so, can their great pitchers shut down the great bats in Texas? It should be a close race in 2011.

AL CENTRAL

Minnesota Twins (87-75)
Detroit Tigers (86-76)
Chicago White Sox (83-79)
Kansas City Royals (76-86)
Cleveland Indians (68-94)

NOTES: The AL Central looks like it will be another close three team race. Kansas City has some of the top prospects of any organization, but they are still a year or two away from making a big impact on the Major League team. Not many bright spots are remaining in Cleveland for 2011, but one guy to keep an eye on is catcher Carlos Santana(pictured.)

AL EAST

Boston Red Sox (99-63)
New York Yankees (92-70)*
Tampa Bay Rays (89-73)
Baltimore Orioles (83-81)
Toronto Blue Jays (78-84)


NOTES:
The Boston Red Sox's moves were well-chronicled in the offseason, highlighted by the signing of Carl Crawford and trading for Adrian Gonzalez. With the team they have, anything less than a World Series for the Red Sox would be a disappointment. In 2009, I said the Orioles would be a playoff team in 2011, but in this strong division, they still have a little ways to go. Derek Jeter(pictured) will collect his 3,000th career hit in 2011 which will be just another reason for him to raise his arms.

NL WEST

Colorado Rockies (90-72)
San Francisco Giants (86-76)

Los Angeles Dodgers (81-81)

San Diego Padres (80-82)

Arizona Diamondbacks (71-91)


NOTES: Buster Posey(pictured) and the San Francisco Giants will try to repeat as World Series Champions but of course, it will not be an easy task. The Colorado Rockies have locked up Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki to multi-year deals and will be the Giants toughest competition in the NL West in 2011. The Padres pitching won't prove to be quite as effective as it was in 2010.


NL CENTRAL
Milwaukee Brewers (88-74)
Cincinnati Reds (86-76)

St. Louis Cardinals (85-77)

Chicago Cubs (83-81)

Pittsburgh Pirates (71-91)

Houston Astros (67-95)


NOTES: The NL Central is quite the tossup with no clear front-runner. The Cardinals will be without star starting pitcher, Adam Wainright which will hurt their chances at winning the division. Zack Greinke will miss the beginning of the season with the Brewers due to an offseason injury suffered while playing a pickup game of basketball. Carlos Pena (pictured) looks to get himself back above the mendoza line with the Cubs in his first tour of the National League after spending the last three-plus seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Pirates will finally not finish the season in last place! (I think...)


NL EAST

Philadelphia Phillies (90-72)
Florida Marlins (88-74)*
Atlanta Braves (85-77)
Washington Nationals (74-88)
New York Mets (72-90)

NOTES: The Philadelphia Phillies may have the big four starting pitchers (clockwise from top left in picture) in Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, but winning the NL East will not come easy for them. The Phillies lineup will be missing Jayson Werth who went to the Nationals after signing a huge contract as a free agent. The Phillies will also be missing second baseman, Chase Utley, who is out with an injury and his timetable is unknown. I see the Florida Marlins making the playoffs as the Wild-Card this team as they are led by Hanley Ramirez in their final year in Sun Life Stadium.


WORLD SERIES

The Boston Red Sox will beat the Florida Marlins in 6 games.

AWARDS:

AL MVP:
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
NL MVP:
Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
AL Rookie of the Year:
Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays
NL Rookie of the Year:
Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
AL CY Young:
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
NL CY Young:
Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins
AL Manager of the Year:
Ron Washington, Texas Rangers
NL Manager of the Year:
Ned Yost, Milwaukee Brewers
AL Comeback Player of the Year:
Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins
NL Comeback Player of the Year:
Nate McLouth, Atlanta Braves



Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Oscar Predictions


The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are tonight. I was fortunate enough to see most of the films nominated for the awards tonight. Recent results in the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards may have people thinking that tonight's winners are no-brainers. The Oscars always seem to surprise somewhere though. That being said. my picks to win (though not always who I want to win) are in blue.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception”
    Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King's Speech”
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit”
    Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Cinematography

  • “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
  • “Inception” Wally Pfister
  • “The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King's Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres

Directing

  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz
  • “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “Killing in the Name” Jed Rothstein
  • “Poster Girl” Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block
  • “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • “Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • “The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing

  • “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
  • “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
  • “The King's Speech” Tariq Anwar
  • “127 Hours” Jon Harris
  • “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film

  • “Biutiful” Mexico
  • “Dogtooth” Greece
  • “In a Better World” Denmark
  • “Incendies” Canada
  • “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

Makeup

  • “Barney's Version” Adrien Morot
  • “The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
  • “Inception” Hans Zimmer
  • “The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
  • “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
  • “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

  • “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Day & Night” Teddy Newton
  • “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • “Let's Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
  • “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “The Confession” Tanel Toom
  • “The Crush” Michael Creagh
  • “God of Love” Luke Matheny
  • “Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
  • “Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing

  • “Inception” Richard King
  • “Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
  • “Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
  • “Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing

  • “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • “The King's Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
  • “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
  • “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
  • “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
    Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ce├ín Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Hope you enjoy tonight's Oscar Awards!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Note U Wrote

As is the case with just about every weekday morning, I got up early and walked to my car around 6:30am to head to work. This morning was a little different though, when I found the following note on my car window:

As you can see, the note reads, "Wes - U may be a joke but your parking job is pathetic!"

Now, I admit, it wasn't the best parking job in the world by me, but I was between the white lines. The person that ended up parking next to me had a huge van. My license plate is personalized and says "WES JOKE" and has said that ever since I started driving. That is how they knew my name. Nice bit of clue grabbing by this note writer. I live in an apartment complex with mostly teachers - as it is teacher housing.

The fact that I got the above note from someone living in this complex is what made it even funnier to me -

1) You're a teacher, of course you are going to have a pad of paper and pen on you to write random notes!

2) You're a teacher, shouldn't you have a pen that actually works to write a note? (notice how the pen changes starting with the "g" in "parking.") I know, I know, budget cuts, right?

3) It is "you," not "u." U failed here. I expect a teacher to know the proper spelling.

4) Your attempt at wit is amusing. Isn't "being a joke" and "being pathetic" the same thing? When you use "but" in a sentence, you should have two contrasting ideas. Valid effort....but no.

5) You underlined "pathetic" twice... if you wanted to show emphasis in the word, I would suggest italics, moron.

So while I don't think this note was neccessary - I do appreciate it because it gave me something write a blog about, and for that, I thank u.

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Top 10 Movies for 2010

Happy New Year! In this blog I have decided to go over my top 10 favorite movies that were released in 2010. Some factors that I took into consideration while ranking these films were - Did I enjoy the film? (obvious factor, right?), - Would I watch it again? Would it still be enjoyable to watch 5 or 10 years from now? (on DVD, etc.) - Was the writing, directing, acting, cinematography, effects, etc. effective?

I have my good friend and roommate, Sean, to thank for helping me compile this list as well. Sean is a big movie buff and a lot of these films I may not have seen if he had not rented them or gone to the movie theaters with me. You can check out his blog for his top 10 movie list, here. You will be able to see some similarities and differences in our lists - and like he says in his blog too, that is what makes to movie watching experience so great.

Without further ado, here is my list for top 10 movies of 2010 -

# 10

Hereafter stars Matt Damon in a film about a man, George Lonegan, who has the ability to see people after they have passed away. Lonegan wishes to no longer use his abilities with other people looking to connect with those they have lost, but his brother, played by Jay Mohr, will not let him go easily. The film introduces audiences to young twin actors, Frankie and George McLaren. The McLaren twins play the roles of Marcus and Jason. When Marcus loses his brother, Jason, he seeks out the help of Lonegan to reconnect with him.

This a very powerful film - and I saw the movie shortly after I lost a loved one myself which made parts of the movie even tougher to handle. While this movie may not be one that I watch over and over due to the subject matter, there is no denying that it was still a touching film. Frankie and George Mclaren are terrific in their film debut.

# 9

127 Hours is based on the true story of mountain climber, Aron Ralston. Ralston, portrayed wonderfully by James Franco, gets his arm stuck under a rock and is unable to movie. Ralston tries frantically to escape but with no success. As he runs low on food and water, Ralston documents his time being trapped on film, at times losing himself and imagining things that are not real. Throughout it all, Ralston keeps his sense of humor, otherwise he would be sure to go insane. In the end, Ralston resorts to desperate measures to finally escape being trapped.

Much like Tom Hanks did in the movie, Cast Away, James Franco is pretty much the only actor you see the entire film. There are bits a pieces of other actors along the way, but it takes a great performance by Franco to carry this film and Franco did not disappoint. There are some great scenery shots in this film and the soundtrack is also enjoyable.

# 8

There is a good chance that you may have never heard of Cheer Up, Sam. The movie happened to be made by many current and former San Jose State University students - and is how I heard about the film. The movie stars Sam (played by Dan Trujillo), as a young adult who drops out of college, breaks up with his girlfriend, and finds himself back at his old job. A new employee, Lisa (played by Cecily Ryan), takes an interest in Sam.

Sam finds himself being his happiest when he is with Lisa but everything isn't without some conflict. Sam's ex (played by Lizzie O'Hara) tries to get herself back in the picture which leaves Sam with a huge decision.

Although the movie does not have the most complex plot, the performances are enjoyable, with great comedic timing, and it is a great coming of age film. Dan and Cecily have a great on-screen chemistry, which apparently wasn't a fluke, as they are now engaged in real life!

# 7

Kick-Ass is one of those films that doesn't require much thinking. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. The movie asks why does everybody imagine becoming a celebrity like Paris Hilton but nobody ever imagines becoming a superhero like Spider-man? For Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Johnson), that is not the case. An avid comic book reader himself, Dave turns himself into a new superhero, Kick-Ass. Dave suffers some pain in his transformation to being a superhero but eventually finds help from other superheros along the way, including Big Daddy (played by Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (played by Chloe Moretz).

Chloe Moretz was a pleasant surprise to watch as Hit-Girl and it was hard not to fall in love with her character. At one point, Dave's friend proclaims he loves Hit-Girl and when he is told that she is 11 years old, he says he will wait for her.

Of course, a superhero movie cannot exist without a villain or two. In this case the villains are the father-son team of Frank and Chris D'Amico.

This movie was a lot of fun to watch and reminds you that there is nothing wrong with using your imagination. I'm looking forward to the sequel, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.

# 6

I Love You, Philip Morris was released overseas in 2009 but did not have its USA release until 2010 and so that is why it still qualifies for my list. The reason for the delayed release in the USA was largely in part due to the subject matter. Based on a true story, Steven Russell (played by Jim Carrey) is happily married and a member of the police force. One day, a tragic accident makes Russell realize that he can no longer live a lie and will not hide his homosexuality. He finds his new lifestyle to be expensive so he goes to great lengths by becoming a con-man in order to pay for things. In prison, Russell meets Philip Morris (played by Ewan McGregor) and the two fall in love. The problem becomes trust when Philip Morris cannot tell when Russell is telling him the truth. The question that comes to mind when watching this film is, "How far would you go for love?"

While much was said of Jim Carrey's daring performance in this movie, I thought Ewan McGregor's performance was more impressive. I guess I love Philip Morris too!


# 5


Red is a nice treat that combines action and comedy into one movie. It also features an amazing cast of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren. Adapted from a Graphic Novel, Red is about Frank Moses (Willis) is being hunted by his own people so he reunites with his old team for one last mission. Aside from Bruce Willis, these aren't the actors you are used to seeing hold guns. There will be scenes that will make a viewer say, "yeah, right!" but that is exactly what the filmmakers had in mind. When a comedian does well, people often say, "he/she killed!" In this movie, they kill for laughs.

Marvin Boggs (Malkovich) was my favorite of all the characters as he is quirky in every move that he makes. Even when he is just in the background, there is usually a weird facial expression being made by Boggs.

If you're looking to take a movie seriously then this is not the film for you, but if you like action and comedy then see this film!

# 4


Ben Affleck co-wrote, directed, and starred in The Town. The Town takes place in the Charleston neighborhood of Boston which never seems to rid itself of violence. Doug MacRay (Affleck) wants out of his current life and hopes one last job is all that it will take. MacRay has to try to dodge the FBI agent (played by Jon Hamm) that wants to take him and his bank robbing crew down. What better guy than Affleck, a Bostonian himself, to have the main role in making this film?

Jeremy Renner gives a great performance as James Coughlin, one of MacRay's crew members. Coughlin is the most fearless member of the crew who isn't afraid to agree to do a job even before he knows what the details of the job entail. Coughlin and MacRay are like family to each other as MacRay's mother has ran away and his father(Chris Cooper) is in prison. If I had a vote, Renner would be my pick for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Affleck continues to evolve as an actor and director. I thought there was a lot of excellent camera work in The Town.

# 3

The King's Speech is based on a true story about King George VI of Britan (portrayed tremendously by Colin Firth) who has to overcome a stammering problem in his speech so that he can address his country without feeling embarrassed and ridiculed.

George's wife, Queen Elizabeth (played by Helena Bonham Carter), seeks out to find George help. At last, they find someone they think can actually help in Lionel Logue. Over time, Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush) gains the trust of King George VI. Logue uses methods which are somewhat unorthodox and questioned by the King and sometimes even produce much needed comic relief.

If Colin Firth does not win the Oscar for Best Actor then it would be a big shame. I really do not think there was a better performance in a leading role this year (sorry James Franco). If Jeremy Renner does not get Best Supporting Actor for The Town then it better go to Geoffrey Rush.


# 2

Inception is another great film from director Christopher Nolan. When I walked out of the movie theater, I said, "I am definitely going to get that movie when it comes out on DVD." Inception is a movie of amazing spectacle and effects. If you saw it in the movie theaters, that is where you can truly appreciate all that this movie offers.

Inception is a movie that needs your entire attention while taking in the film. Unlike Kick-Ass, this movie will make you think. Even after the movie is over, you will still be thinking and talking about the movie. That is what makes this movie so great.

Leonardo DiCaprio delivers another great performance as Cobb, a thief who can steal thoughts from people while they are dreaming - a skill referred to as "extraction."

The movie is so good that I do not want to mention much more about it - it might just confuse you anyway. If you haven't seen this film, do it. The bigger the screen, the better.

# 1

Black Swan gets my pick as best movie of 2010. Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a ballet dancer that wins the lead role in "Swan Lake." Nina is great in the role of the White Swan but then faces problems when she starts becoming more like the darker Black Swan herself. Nina is a performer who wants to be perfect (I can definitely relate to that) and fights for the role that she truly believes is to belong to her and her alone.

The director of "Swan Lake," Thomas Leroy (played by Vincent Cassel) uses rough teaching methods and sometimes all Nina can do is break down.

Lily, played by sexy Mila Kunis, provides competition for Nina . Is Lily a real friend or a bad influence for Nina? Time will only tell as Nina gets more in touch with her dark side.

Sometimes when we want something so bad and would do anything to make it happen, we lose a part of ourselves in the process.

Natalie Portman is a big reason why this movie made it to the number 1 spot on my list. I know she trained for a year to get in ballerina shape (only to get pregnant shortly after and engaged to her choreographer from the movie - but that's another story) and she delivers an incredible performance in my top pick of 2010, Black Swan.


So that concludes my top 10 favorite films of 2010 - here are other movies I saw that were released in 2010 that did not make my list -

The American
Book Of Eli
Cop Out
Date Night
Due Date
Get Him To The Greek
Hot Tub Time Machine
Jackass 3D
I am Comic
Iron Man 2
The Last Airbender (
worst movie I saw in 201o)
The Losers
Morning Glory
The Other Guys
Secretariat
She's Out of My League
Shutter Island
Social Network


For the record, here are some notable movies released in 2010 that I have yet to see -
The Fighter
Toy Story 3
True Grit