Today’s Black Swan/Oscars installment…

Review from the London Film Festival

Savannah Film Festival

Another hot contender in the race for Best Picture is Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours , based on Aaron Ralstrom’s Between a Rock and A Hard Place, which details his harrowing hiking ordeal where he was forced to amputate part of his right arm to extricate himself from a canyon. (Yeah. Gross.) James Franco plays Ralstrom in the film.

Apparently the amputation scene is quite realistic—people are fainting in the screenings. So, um, you’ve been warned.

I, for one, don’t know if I’ll be able to sit through that. I read Ralstrom’s book when it first came out (2004) and that alone made me shiver. I can’t imagine watching it on screen. So we’ll see. In the interest of accurately reporting the Oscar race for y’all, I might try it.

Both Black Swan and 127 Hours are being distributed and marketed by Fox Searchlight. Interesting. Wonder how much money they’re going to drop into this year’s Oscar race? My guess—a lot.

So our Best Picture Contender List Stands Thus, so far:

  • Black Swan
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • Toy Story 3 (I am not happy about this one.)
  • Rabbit Hole (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play parents grieving the loss of their young son.)

Conviction got sort of crappy reviews, overall, so….I’m not sure how this will affect its Oscar-baitness. Apparently a lot of critics are a bit peeved that the movie didn’t show what happened after the brother was exonerated.

Girly Products :)

It’s really irritating when all sorts of grooming products run out at the same time, but when you’ve already planned a Sephora trip…it’s not so bad. 🙂

The haul:

1) Philosophy’s Gingerbread Man body scrub. Every year, I say I’m going to try this, and every year, I miss it! Not this year! Squee!

2) Philosophy’s Chocolate Bark shampoo, conditioner, body wash/bubble bath. I LOVE this stuff when I travel. It really does work well and makes my hair pretty! (And smells. So. Good. ) Plus, Chocolate bark is one of my favorite Christmas treats (hello, Williams-Sonoma!). Love.

3) Bliss toner—Love it. Always.

4) Bliss oxygen face mask. I was out of face mask and since it’s winter I don’t want to be without one! So I decided I’d try this. It’s sort of like a peachy gel that you rub into your face (gently, please!) and let sit for five minutes while it foams up! (That was sort of cool) Then rinse and follow with toner and moisturizer. My face does feel quiet lovely. 🙂 I usually do a mask once a week.

So there ya have it…I love Sephora. It’s sort of a problem. 🙂