Piece of Cake!
As I stated up top, the real action will all still go down at my website, where I've just finished a whole raft of year-end features, including profiles of my top ten movies of the year (though my understanding of the word "ten" is a little shaky), plus my finalized list of Oscar nomination predictions (tune in on Jan. 25 to learn who's happy!), and, best of all, the full list of the 2004 Nick's Flick Picks Honorees, which encompass not only the best movies of the year but the best performances, documentaries, foreign-language films, creative achievements, and everything else that fits in 20 categories. Plus some honorary citations for those exquisite little movie moments that don't fit anywhere else.
So that's the website. But the blog. The blog. Here is where I'll be dishing on events like the Golden Globes, which are as good a place to start as any. If you tuned in Sunday night, you know that Kate Winslet was the most gorgeous woman in the room, Annette Bening is a foxy fortysomething even if she seemed a little, shall we say, "stiff" at the podium, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind really is destined to be overlooked by Oscar, despite being the best American movie since at least The Thin Red Line. Have you got thoughts on the subject? On other subjects? Does the prospect of a Nick's Flick Picks blog bring you pleasure or fear? Be the first to click the "Comments" link, and let me know.
This blog will also be a great place for me to post brief comments on movies that I never quite get around to viewing in full, and for you to reply with your own thoughts and feelings. Every once in a while, I even experience a work of art that isn't a movie (!), and since my site isn't named Nick's Book Picks or Nick's Theater Picks, this will be a great place to write 'em up. And for those of you out there who are sick enough to be curious about what it's like to be a late-career graduate student, plugging away at a dissertation that just won't budge (hmmmmm... maybe because I watch so many movies?), you will hopefully tolerate a post or two about, you know, what I've been up to. Or about world events. Or charities and non-profit campaigns you should know about. Or local Ithaca happenings, for those of you up in the 14850. Karen Carpenter said it best, people. We've only just begun. A kiss for luck, and we're on our way!...
(Photo from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, © 2004 Focus Features)