Sunday, March 4, 2018

Oscars follow-up

20/24 for me. Not great, but but not terrible. Got Live Action Short, Documentary, Visual Effects, and Best Picture wrong.

Best Picture
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird” - should win
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water” - did win
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” - will win

How DID the fish fucking movie become the safe pick? (Excuse me. Amphibian-fucking movie.)

First film since Braveheart to win without a SAG ensemble nomination.

Lead Actress
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” - will win, did win
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” - should win
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Lead Actor
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” - Should win
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” - will win, did win
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” - will win, did win
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” - should win
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” - should win, will win, did win

Director
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan - should win
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro - will win, did win

Animated Feature
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco - should win, will win, did win
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Adapted Screenplay
“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory - will win, did win
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - should win
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay
“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele - will win, did win
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig - should win
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

Cinematography
“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins - should win, will win, did win
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Faces Places” - Will Win
“Icarus” - did win
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Strong Island”

Whoa. Anti-Russian sentiment?

Best Foreign Language Film
“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile) - will win, did win
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk” - Should win, will win, did win
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Sound Editing
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk” - should win, will win, did win
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Sound Mixing
“Baby Driver” - should win
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk” - will win, did win
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Production Design
“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau - should win, will win, did win

Original Score
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood - should win
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat - will win, did win
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens - should win
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez - will win, did win
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair
“Darkest Hour” - should win, will win, did win
“Victoria and Abdul”
“Wonder”

Costume Design
“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges - should win, will win, did win
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049 - should win, did win
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes - will win

Animated Short
“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant - will win. Ugh. - did win
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon - should win.
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel - will win, did win
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film
“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk - will win
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton - did win
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Saturday, March 3, 2018

2018 Oscars

This is a fun year! I don't expect to do particularly well (as always, I'd like to beat 22/24 for a personal best). BUT! It is more fun to have Best Picture so up in the air. As always; will win/should win. I'm thrilled a larger, younger, more diverse voting body is making for some interesting races.

Best Picture
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird” - should win
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” - will win

Hmm. Can Shape win without the SAG ensemble nomination? No one has done it since Braveheart. Will voters note that everyone is winning somewhere else except Lady Bird, and go that way (or will it score enough #2 votes to emerge triumphant?) I think the most likely winner is still Three Billboards, based on the precursors. But Shape had the most nominations (plus the ode-to-hollywood appeal), and Get Out voters are probably not going to vote for Three Billboards (and visa versa). So perhaps Lady Bird could squeak in there, if the top votes are split?

I have a tough time with this one because the two frontrunners (Shape and Billboards) are from two of my favorite artists, but I don't think either is their strongest work. Shape of Water is bizarrely not a horror work by del Toro, in a year when a horror film finally cracked the noms! And Three Billboards is SO good in some respects, and then just falls short in a couple of areas. The other two in contention at all are Get Out and Lady Bird.

Three Billboards took both top BAFTAs, the SAG ensemble award, and the GG for drama. Shape of Water took the PGA - usually my forecaster. Lady Bird took the GG for Comedy, and the NSFC. Get Out took the Indie (over CMBYN!) The question is, will the many noms and PGA take it? Or will the growing gap in membership between the PGA and academy mean something else will win over Shape? I think Three Billboards edges it. The voting community is not twitter, and it's been pretty beloved since Toronto...

Overlooked: The Florida Project, I Tonya. Wonder Woman.

Of note, this is where thing are likely to shake out overall for everything else:
“Call Me by Your Name” - adapted screenplay
“Darkest Hour” - actor, makeup
“Dunkirk” - editing, sound x2
“Get Out” - original screenplay
“Lady Bird” - 0 (wah!)
“Phantom Thread” - costumes
“The Post” - 0
“The Shape of Water” - director, production design, score (ick)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” - actress, supporting actor

Lead Actress

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” - will win
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” - should win
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

I love Frances McDormand, too. I'm not at all mad about her winning this.

Overlooked: Vicky Krieps, Florence Pugh.

Lead Actor
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” - Should win
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” - Will win
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Look - all four acting frontrunners won the SAG, BAFTA, and Golden Globe. These are all pretty much locks.

Overlooked: Josh O'Connor.

Supporting Actress

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” - will win
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” - should win
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Although I am thrilled that I Tonya will be getting SOMETHING.

Overlooked: Holly Hunter, the best part of the Big Sick.

Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” - should win, will win

Look, I love Willem Dafoe in the Florida Project, and I wish that film had received more love (and Woody Harrelson & Richard Jenkins are great!). But... it's my boy Sam. He deserves all his acclaim.

Overlooked: Michael Stuhlbarg.


Director
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan - should win
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro - will win

I love all five of these humans. One of the two best Director Q&As I've ever seen was with Guillermo. I'm thrilled for him to win. Shape is his most accomplished film. It's funny though - director has recently gone to the most complex film, which in this case would be Nolan's. That said, Guillermo has the DGA, GG, and BAFTA, so...

Overlooked: Luca Guadagnino.

Animated Feature
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco - should win, will win
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

With the caveat that I have not seen Loving Vincent or the Breadwinner yet. But Coco was lovely. Plus, it has won the PGA, BAFTA, GG, Ace Eddie, NBR, *11* Annie Awards, VES, *and* CAS awards, plus most of the critics groups. Easy lock.

Adapted Screenplay
“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory - will win
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - should win
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

I love James Ivory. And I think CMBYN works well, but from what I've heard, the director saved the script. So while I won't be mad at CMBYN getting something, and lord knows James Ivory deserves a career achievement award, I don't know that it *should* get screenplay. Molly's Game was 80% great (and I wish Jessica Chastain were up instead of Meryl), but I'll give this to the Disaster Artist, which was surprisingly good (not mad about Franco being left out, though.)

CMBYN has won the Scripter, BAFTA, and WGA (with no eligibility weirdness this year), so this seems pretty sure.

Original Screenplay
“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele - will win
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig - should win
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

Hmph. This one pains me. Martin is my favorite playwright (I just re-watched Hangmen yesterday and god, he's brilliant.) But I'm giving this to Greta by a hair because Lady Bird is so note-perfect, and Three Billboards, is like 75% brilliant.

Get Out won the WGA (plus a couple of critics groups), and I think it has the lead in this category, as it isn't likely to win other things, and the academy would like to reward Peele's ideas here. That said, Three Billboards won the GG/BAFTA. (And its advertising did play up McDonagh's rhythms.)

Overlooked: Phantom Thread.

Cinematography
“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins - should win, will win
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Is it my favorite Deakins cinematography of all time? No. (That would probably be the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.) But I love him, and his work in Blade Runner is great and GIVE IT TO HIM ALREADY. The others are also all great, and I can't wait till a woman wins this one. Hoyte van Hoytema deserves some special commendation for all that IMAX spitfire footage. Deakins has the guild award, BAFTA, and a couple of critics groups so far.

Overlooked: Call Me by Your Name, Phantom Thread.

Best Documentary Feature
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Faces Places” - Will Win
“Icarus”
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Strong Island”

I'm still not over Jane's snub. Jane won EVERYTHING ELSE WITH GOOD REASON. Including the PGA. The four times Jane didn't win, Face Places did. Hrmph.

Best Foreign Language Film
“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile) - will win
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

I have no opinion on what should win here. The Square has a pretty good shot, but I feel like there's been a real push on campaigning for Fantastic Woman the last couple of months. Overlooked is probably BPM/First they Killed my Father/Thelma, but I've yet to see them, so...

The Square won the EFA, but Fantastic Woman won the Indie.

Film Editing
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk” - Should win, will win
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

I'm still pissed I, Tonya is up for editing and not best picture. I think this is Dunkirk's award, with the time puzzle box structure being the type of impressive editing lay people notice. Plus Dunkirk won the drama ACE Eddie. I think the closest competition is I, Tonya, which took the comedy Eddie, and won at the Indies, and which relies so much on the edit to strike the right tone. Baby Driver won the BAFTA, and tied with Dunkirk for the CCAs, but I think it has a better shot in sound mixing, just because it isn't as serious a film, even though it also has those flashy car chase/song edits.

Sound Editing
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk” - should win, will win
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Jesus Christ those planes are terrifying.

Dunkirk won the edit guild award for score, and had two other nominations. Blade Runner won effects/foley in sound editing with two other nominations. Baby Driver and Shape of Water each had 3 noms, no wins. Interestingly, Baby Driver is the clear 2nd favorite among prognosticators, above Blade Runner. (The other guild winners were War for Planet of the Apes (dialogue) and Greatest Showman (for Musical).

Sound Mixing
“Baby Driver” - should win
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk” - will win.
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

WHY IS PHANTOM THREAD NOT IN THIS CATEGORY. THE TOAST, PEOPLE.

I'm VERY torn on this category. Musicals often win mixing, so Baby Driver *might* pull ahead of Dunkirk and split the category here. And I think the way the background noise was mixed into the soundtrack is quite clever, which is why it might pull out a win here (it's clearly admired, with its surprise multiple nominations.) But popular opinion is that Dunkirk will take both. And Dunkirk did take the CAS, plus the BAFTA for both.

Production Design
“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau - should win, will win

I wonder if Sarah and Katie do personal homes?

Shape won the period ADG (although Blade Runner took fantasy.) Plus Shape took the BAFTA and the CCA. The other 3 were all period/fantasy nominees for ADG.

Overlooked: Logan (the contemporary ADG winner).

Original Score
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood - should win
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat - will win
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Shape of Water is... not Alexandre Desplat's best work. But he's taken the BAFTA, GG, and CCA. Jonny Greenwood only took the LAFC.

Overlooked: Jane, Blade Runner. Probably Good Time.

Original Song
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens - should win
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez - will win
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

This is a tricky one. Coco is a bit of an earworm, in a clearly-very-loved film about the love of music. This is Me is from a proper (and very popular) musical, so I could see the old guard wanting to play to that, even if Pasek and Paul can't write a song to save their lives. Plus, Keala Settle is awesome. This is me took the GG, Remember Me only took the CCA. Maybe politics will shine through with Stand Up for Something. Or maybe folks will realize that Mudbound should get SOMETHING. Mystery of Love is easily the most well-liked among critics.

I think Remember Me Takes it. But This is Me could very easily spoil.

Overlooked: Visions of Gideon. But otherwise, Jump from Cynthia Erivo for Step? Tell Me How Long/Kristen Bell/Chasing Coral? Prayers for this World/Cher/Cries from Syria? Best I Can/Michael Cera and Sharon van Etten/Dina? Probably Evermore from Beauty and the Beast? (I haven't heard most of these.)

Makeup and Hair
“Darkest Hour” - should win, will win
“Victoria and Abdul”
“Wonder”

This is a category that could use 5. I, Tonya's hair? It's Pennywise? Guardians of the Galaxy? Blade Runner! Star Wars! Shape of Water! Atomic Blonde! Come on folks.

Darkest Hour won the period award and effects at the guild, the CCA, and the BAFTA.

Costume Design
“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges - should win, will win
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

My god. A year without Colleen Atwood.

Shape of Water pulled a *VERY* surprise upset in the period category at the guild awards, but Phantom Thread got the BAFTA and CCA. And the dresses are displayed so lovingly! How does it not take this one? The only other guild nominee in the group is Beauty and the Beat for fantasy.

Overlooked: Wonder Woman, I Tonya.

Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049 - should win
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes - will win

I haven't seen Planet of the Apes 3, so I'm at a disadvantage here. Based on the first two, it should probably take it? It won the VES and CCA. Blade Runner took the BAFTA though, and that sex scene was really remarkable, not to mention memorable. I might be talking myself into thinking that Blade Runner takes this one. Hmm...

Overlooked: Okja, I assume? And Dunkirk, which won for supporting effects at the VES. Maybe also Valerian.

Animated Short
“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant - will win. Ugh.
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon - should win.
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

I LOVE GARDEN PARTY SO MUCH. Unfortunately, I think the smart money is on Dear Basketball (thank Glen Keane and John Williams), but I certainly hope Negative Space upsets (it's my second favorite).

[Speaking of the animated shorts, why on EARTH weren't all the highly commended shorts taken from the actual shortlist? I would have rather re-watched In a Heartbeat or Life Smartphone (a 2016 SFIFF pick), or seen Fox and the Whale, rather than that terrible racist dragon short.]

Dear Basketball won the Annie. Revolting Rhymes did get a special production honor from the Annies, and Negative Space also scored a nom there.

Overlooked: World of Tomorrow 2: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts.

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel - will win
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

All the docs I watched from the shortlist were left off here, so I have no opinion. I hear Heaven is the most liked, followed by Heroine and Traffic Stop. If it isn't Heaven, then I think it'll be Heroine.

Edith +Eddie won the IDA and was nominated for the CinemaEye (along with Heroine), so it could upset? It seems the most critically reviled, though.

Overlooked: *I* didn't like it, but The Rabbit Hunt, which won the CinemaEye. I'd say Ten Meter Tower, which was on the shortlist, and nominated for a CinemaEye.

Best Live Action Short Film
“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk - will win
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Didn't get a chance to see these this year. I hear DeKalb is the most loved, and this was with voting closing before Parkland.  The Silent Child seems to be second-favorite among critics.

There are no precursors that include these, so... who knows. Overlooked: how about Cowboy Dave, which won the BAFTA? (Haven't seen it.)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2017 JWD awards

Welp. It's February. Modern Cinema and Mostly British are on, so my time to catch up on 2017 films is limited. I'll go with what I've got, and hopefully catch a few more before March 4th.

A few things got some year-end recognition aren't properly out till 2018, so I'm saving these for next year: The Rider, Paddington 2, and The Death of Stalin.

Previous years: 2010201120122013201420152016

Best Film
Lady Bird
God's Own Country
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
Lady Macbeth
I Tonya
Call Me By Your Name
Molly's Game
The Florida Project
Una
Three Billboards
A Dragon Arrives!
Get Out
The Shape of Water

(Notable Omissions: Mudbound, The Post, Thelma, Personal Shopper, Okja, Good Time, Hostiles, First they Killed My Father, Columbus, BPM, A Quiet Passion, A Ghost Story)


Best Popcorn Flick
Wonder Woman
Colossal
Atomic Blonde
Their Finest
Handsome Devil
Baby Driver
Thor Ragnarok
The Incredible Jessica James
The Disaster Artist
The Beguiled
The Lure

(Notable Omissions: Girls Trip, Greatest Showman, Logan Lucky, War for Planet of the Apes, Valerian)

Best Actress
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards
Saorsie Ronan, Lady Bird
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth
Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game
Rooney Mara, Una
Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread

(Notable Omissions: Ahn Seo-hyun, Okja; Paula Beer, Frantz; Ruth Wilson, Dark River; Haley Lu Richardson, Columbus; Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion; Carey Mulligan, Mudbound; Meryl Streep, The Post)

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Ben Mendelsohn, Una
Josh O'Connor, God's Own Country
Alec Secareanu, God's Own Country
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Gray Oldman, Darkest Hour

(Notable Omissions: Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger; Christian Bale, Hostiles; Jason Clarke, Mudbound; Nahuel Perez Biscayart, BPM; Robert Pattinson, Good Time; Tom Hanks, The Post; Paddy Considine, Journeyman)

Best Supporting Actress
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Betty Gabriel, Get Out
Allison Janney, I Tonya
Anne Heche, My Friend Dahmer
Brooklyn Prince, The Florida Project
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Kirsten Dunst, The Beguiled
Naomi Acki, Lady Macbeth

And the Judi Dench brief impact award goes to Helen McCrory - Their Finest

(Notable Omissions: Mary J. Blige, Mudbound; Tatiana Maslany, Stronger, Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip, Michelle Pfeiffer, mother!, Taliah Lennice Webster, Good Time, Hong Chau, Downsizing)

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards
Fionn Whitehead, Dunkirk
Mark Rylance, Dunkirk
Richard Jenkins, Shape of Water
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards
Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name
Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
Ben Mendelsohn, Darkest Hour
Jake Lacy, Their Finest
Idris Elba, Molly's Game
Ian Hart, God's Own Country
Tracy Letts, Lady Bird
Barry Keoghan, Killing of a Sacred Deer

(Notable Omissions: Garrett Hedlund, Mudbound; Jason Mitchell, Mudbound; Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World)

Best Ensemble
Get Out
Big Sick
Lady Bird
Three Billboards
Dunkirk
Shape of Water
Their Finest
I, Tonya
God's Own Country

(Notable Omissions: Mudbound, The Post)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Oscar Nomination Predictions

It's that time! Let's Do This:

[Update: bolded = actual nominees. A passable 90/122. 118/122 if you count spoilers. The only 4 out of left field were Loving Vincent, Victoria & Abdul for makeup, Star Wars for Score, and Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 for short doc.]

Best Picture
Locks:
Call Me By Your Name*
Dunkirk*
Get Out*
I, Tonya*
Lady Bird*
The Shape of Water*
Three Billboards*

Up to 10 nominees:
The Big Sick
The Post
Wonder Woman*

Spoilers:
Molly's Game*
Phantom Thread*
Darkest Hour
The Florida Project*

*if I could pick (of the things that have a shot at a nomination. My awards coming later.)

[I'm honestly shocked Darkest Hour is in there over I, Tonya (and bummed. I really like I Tonya). Someone on Twitter thought perhaps Tim League was dinged as distributor for allowing a toxic environment at Fantastic Fest and the Drafthouse and then bungling the fix.

But YAY Phantom Thread!!!]

Best Actress
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water
Saorsie Ronan, Lady Bird
Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game

Spoilers:
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul

[Ah well. I was pulling for you, Jessica.]

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Tom Hanks, The Post

Spoilers:
James Franco, Disaster Artist
Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel

Before the GGs I would've switched Hanks and Franco. But perhaps enough people voted before the bad press reminder? And Hollywood loves a Hollywood story... (Maybe Gyllenhaal actually has a shot? I mean, has Roman J Israel even come out?)

[Well, I was right about Franco...]

Supporting Actress
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Mary J Blige, Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, Shape of Water

Spoilers:
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

I'm really not sure about slot 5. I hope Hong Chau makes it in. I've heard too many polarizing things about downsizing to feel she's in the lead, although SAG is the largest block of voters, but she was SO FANTASTIC in Inherent Vice that I have my fingers crossed for her.

[Whoa. I really didn't expect Holly Hunter to be bumped. (That's too bad - she was my favorite part of the Big Sick.) But hey! Lesley Manville! She is FAB in PT.] 

Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards
Willem Dafoe, Florida Project
Richard Jenkins, Shape of Water
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Spoilers:
Michael Stuhlbarg, everything, but especially CMBYN
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name


Director
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Guillermo del Toro, Shape of Water
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards

(I'll be tickled if it is this group. I really like all of these folks!)

Spoilers:
Steven Spielberg, The Post
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Luca Guadagnino, CMBYN

[Yay Phantom Thread! I'm totally okay with that swap.]

Screenplay - Original
Lady Bird
Shape of Water
Big Sick
Three Billboards
Get Out

Spoilers:
I, Tonya
Phantom Thread
The Post

Screenplay - Adapted
Molly's Game
Mudbound
CMBYN
Logan
Disaster Artist

Spoilers:
I.... honest to god think that'll be the 5. Logan is random, but I can't imagine what would replace it, and it's got two of the big pre-award noms. Wonder Woman? That's the only other adapted screenplay I can even think of.

Animated
Are we in a 5 year? Christ.
Boss Baby
Lego Batman
Coco
Ferdinand
Despicable Me 3

Spoilers:
The Breadwinner
Mary & the Witch's Flower
Too bad Loving Vincent isn't eligible... (although I've seen it on several lists. Do I have that wrong?)

[Turns out it was eligible! I had bad info.]

Documentary
Jane
Chasing Coral
City of Ghosts
Cries from Syria
Kedi

Spoilers:
Strong Island
Abacus
An Inconvenient Sequel
Dawson City (not sure if this is eligible?)
Faces, Places
Ex Libris
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo

*shrug* (Jane! Jane!)


[What a TOTALLY BIZARRE set of nominees. Jane WON the PGA, NBR, and Critics Choice awards, plus the audience award at Cinema Eye, and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA, ACE Eddie, and was shortlisted for DOC NY. I honestly thought it was a lock after the PGA/WGA.]

Foreign
A Fantastic Woman
In the Fade
The Square
Loveless
The Insult

Spoilers:
Foxtrot
On Body and Soul
Felicite
The Wound

It's still bizarre to me that First They Killed My Father, BPM, and Thelma were left off. I mean, Raw, I could understand...

[Whoa. VERY surprised In The Fade didn't make it.]

Editing
Three Billboards
Dunkirk
Get Out
Shape of Water
Baby Driver

Spoilers:
Molly's Game
I, Tonya
Blade Runner
The Post
Lady Bird
CMBYN

I've swapped Get Out and Molly's Game back and forth several times. Were it just editing, I could see the Academy going Molly's Game, but editing so often goes along with runs of other nominations. (my pure editing nod here is Baby Driver, because I do think they'll go for that; it's so fun and flashy.) I doubt CMBYN will make it in, since it's only up for an indie and not an ACE Eddie, unless it does a surprising sweep. I, Tonya also has a shot here.

[Pleased with this group. Although how bizarre for I, Tonya to make it in here and not Best Picture.]

Cinematography
Blade Runner
Dunkirk
Mudbound (PLEASE)
Shape of Water
Darkest Hour

Spoilers:
CMBYN
Three Billboards
Florida Project

[YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

It only took 651 nominations to get here.]

Costumes
Phantom Thread
Shape of Water
Murder on the Orient Express
I, Tonya
Beauty and the Beast

Spoilers:
Wonder Woman
Blade Runner
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Greatest Showman
Victoria & Abdul

Makeup
Wonder
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya

Spoilers:
Guardians of the Galaxy
I mean... Ghost in the Shell or Bright if we want to continue the Suicide Squad streak.

Not predicted:
Victoria & Abdul

[I... really?]

Production Design
Shape of Water
Dunkirk
Darkest Hour
Blade Runner
Beauty and the Beast

Spoilers:
Murder on the Orient Express
Downsizing
Phantom Thread
Wonder Woman

Visual Effects
Blade Runner
Dunkirk
War for the Planet of the Apes
Star Wars
Guardians

Spoilers:
Kong
Shape of Water
Valerian

Score
Phantom Thread
Shape of Water
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Post

Spoilers:
Three Billboards
Blade Runner

Not Predicted:
Star Wars

[Really. You all went with John William's Star Wars and not the Post? Okay.] 


Song
“Remember Me” - Coco
“This Is Me” - The Greatest Showman - Keala Settle
"Stand Up for Something" - Marshall - Andra Day
“Mystery Of Love” - Call Me by Your Name - Sufjan Stevens
“Evermore” - Beauty and the Beast

Spoilers
“Mighty River” - Mudbound - Mary J Blige
“Prayers for This World” – Cries From Syria – Cher
“Tell Me How Long” – Chasing Coral – Kristen Bell
“Jump” – Step - Cynthia Erivo 
“Truth to Power” – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – OneRepublic
“Dancing Through the Wreckage” – Served Like a Girl – Pat Benatar
“Home” - Ferdinand
“The Star” - The Star

Eesh. Like 90 on the shortlist, and somethings that are nominated elsewhere (Dina) aren't eligible. WHO KNOWS. (Step! Let Step be an oscar nominee!)

[Cool beans. I only swapped in Beauty and the Beast at the last minute. Yay Mary J Blige for becoming a double nominee!]






Sound Editing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner
Dunkirk
Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes

Spoilers:
Star Wars
Wonder Woman
Three Billboards
Coco
Transformers
Thor

Sound Mixing
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
Star Wars
Shape of Water
Greatest Showman

Spoilers:
Wonder Woman
Baby Driver
Blade Runner

Short Doc
Ten Meter Tower
Edith + Eddie
Heroin(e)
116 Cameras
Alone

Spoilers:
Traffic Stop
Ram Dass, Going Home
Knife Skills

(I have ACTUALLY seen 3 of these so far, so I have a clearer idea here than on live action...)

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

[WOW. The Academy voters are PISSED at the NYTimes.]

Short Live
I have ABSOLUTELY no idea.
DeKalb Elementary
Facing Mecca
The Silent Child
Witnesses
Lost Face

Spoilers:
My Nephew Emmett
Rise of a Star
Icebox
The Eleven O'Clock
Watu Wote/All of Us

Short Animated
Dear Basketball
Negative Space
Lou
Fox and the Whale
In a Heartbeat

Spoilers:
Revolting Rhymes
Lost Property Office
Garden Party
Fox and the Whale
Cradle

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 mixes


Past mixes: 20082009201020112012201320142015, 2016

It feels like lately I go one year heavy into discovering new music and then one year off, and this was an off year. So fewer songs than in other years and there's an awful lot from about four albums. C'est la vie.

Disc 1a

1. Up Around the Bend - CCR. Thanks, American Gods!


2. S.O.B. - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Thanks, Fargo!


3. Kiwi - Harry Styles. Hey, I liked a Harry Styles song. Will wonders never cease.


4. Green Light - Lorde. Maybe my favorite song of the year. (But CCR is a better start with that riff).


5. Let 'em talk - Kesha ft. Eagles of Death Metal


6. Ascension - Gorillaz ft. Vince Staples. Seeing them live this year was awesome.


7. Queen of the Bored - Brian Reitzell & Shirley Manson. Thanks again, American Gods!


8. Lover to Lover - Florence & the Machine. Not sure how I missed this song before, but I think the video is particularly appropriate for having been 2 feet from Ben Mendelsohn last month.


9. Diamond Heart - Lady Gaga


10. Charger - Gorillaz ft. Grace Jones


11. Bodak Yellow - Cardi B. Obviously.


12. Erupt & Matter - Moby & the Void Pacific Choir.


13. The Way You Used to Do - Queens of the Stone Age. I'm still pissed at them for pulling out of Outside Lands. Also, I had not seen the music video before and it is ridiculous.


14. Revolution Rock n Roll - Low Cut Connie


15. Restart - BNQT


16. Uh Oh - Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits. I met Kat at a halloween party, totally missed her name, and only put two and two together later. Oops. (Side note: I love this video.)


17. Fun - Blondie. So thrilled to get to see them live for the first time this year. (Hey! Surprise music video.)


18. Supercut - Lorde


Disc 1b

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Packing for 16 days in Borneo


I'm off to Borneo for 14 days! (Plus an additional 2 days on planes) I had to take photos of what I was taking with me for insurance, so I figured I might as well stick them up on a blog in case they are helpful to others. (I love that top orang photo - it's from a Nature Conservancy scientist who works on saving Bornean Orangutans in Kalimantan. Yay us.)

[Updating post trip with some notes!]

Pack



First up, my trusty backpack, which spent 14 months on the road with me 11 years ago (!!!). This particular bag (the Eagle Creek TransContinental Journey Travel Backpack) has long since been discontinued, and I no longer have the day pack that zipped to it. I believe it's 65L, which is a bit on the large size, but at one point I was carrying a backpacker tent and mosquito net in it, plus a sleeping bag strapped to the bottom. As it is, I have enough room to comfortably maneuver things inside (even wth drybags, which are new to me for this trip), and carry back a few small souvenirs. Plus a new lock, since my last one died on my trip to Vegas and REI had to break it off with a screwdriver and hammer. 

[Bag was great. I forgot to mention it has a steel cord that you can use to lock the bag to things. Pack light!]

CLOTHING



I'm splurging this trip. Yes, I made it around the world with two pants and three shirts, but since I have the room, and most of what I'm doing will be active/dirty, I'm going with three pants (Columbia & REI) and four tops (all REI sahara tops). I like the sahara tops - they're moisture wicking, have vents, collar and wrist protection. I've worn them in India just before the heat broke in monsoon season, and they worked well. The pants are likewise all technical hiking pants. The hope is to keep one change of clothes as camp clothes to change into for dinner/between safaris, but we'll see how that goes.

[It was definitely better to have the extra clothes. There was just no keeping anything clean in the jungle. Of the pants, the Columbia pants were the best - they had drawstrings around the ankles and I was able to wear them on one hike instead of leech socks. The shirts were also pretty good, although I'd switch the red one out for something neutral if you have the option. Also the tan color went somewhat see-through after a couple hours of hiking in 95% humidity.]


1 pair light weight pjs, a rashguard for snorkeling/kayaking (I sunburn like crazy out on/in the water, so full coverage is for the best), and a swimsuit for the hot springs and waterfalls I'll be visiting (one piece, just to be conservative).

[Didn't end up using the rash guard because I didn't go snorkeling, and used the swimsuit once and it was annoying to dry. Hindsight being 20/20 I'd just use my bra and undies.]


3 pairs cycling shorts; recommended by my guide for leech protection.

[NEVER WORE. Don't bother.]


Normally I take a bandana to pull back my hair on days between showers (particularly on long drive days), but I splurged on a fancy hot weather/moisture wicky/anti insect thing. Is it a good idea? Who knows!

[This was the best impulse purchase I've ever made. So great for keeping sweat out my eyes (which was SO necessary.)]


My old tevas for not being barefoot in said hot springs/waterfalls.

[I wore these waaaay more than expected. And I saw a couple of pairs of flip flops bite the dust going to Libaran.]


A fleece. Mostly for the plane, but in case it ever gets chilly (NOT BLOODY LIKELY)

[Great for the plane. Padded the bottom of my bag the rest of the trip.]



Drybags for clothes, toiletries bag, and day bag

[Never needed these, but you know my bag would have been soaked in a monsoon if I hadn't had them.]


Sun hat. This is a fairly ugly hat, but it's lightweight, squashable, and with a very large brim for sun/rain.

[Only wore this a couple of times, but it was really great to have.]


Speaking of... rain coat.

[Important to have; totally failed. When it was seriously raining, this wasn't long enough, and I ended up being gifted ponchos by two separate guides. Take a poncho.]


3 sports bras, 7 pair ex officio moisture wicking undies

[Undies were great. The sports bras were not fantastic, but they were serviceable. I wonder if anyone makes bras out of moisture-wicky pants material?]


6 pairs smartwool/REI wool socks (I find wool the best for hiking); eagle creek packits for clothes

[Yay good socks.]


Boots. My old boots finally bit the dust last year after 10 years and 4 continents. I got these in the spring and have been wearing them to docent, as well as taking them hiking and camping in the spring.

[Yay good boots. My knee is even doing better that it was before the trip. That said, it didn't quite have the tread I would have wanted for the crazy mud there. Get good gripping treads!]

Day Bag/ Miscellaneous


Day bag. Unfortunately doesn't zip onto my main bag, which means I get to do the fun backpacker double-sided turtle walk when I'm carrying both. But! On the plus side - this holds more stuff (great for carrying a raincoat/hat on treks, or using as a one night overnight bag). Plus this particular bag has venting at the back, compression straps, a platypus/headphone port at the back, and lots of pockets (a minus on my other daypack). This bag comes from Australia, and is 30 litres. 
Also pictured: my trusty .9L nalegene that went around the world me. Secured with a carabiner from my brother

[Yay for a good backpack and nalgene.]


Guidebook & printed itinerary with the old backpacking trick of cutting the unnecessary bits out. 

[Yup. Important.]


Day bag: extra dry sack (for kayaking), sunglasses, keys, gum, lock for large pack (to secure in a room), kleenex, passport with yellow fever/immunizations card and extra visa photos, 75L platypus bladder, 1L katadyn water filtration bottle, wallet with extra cards removed, immodium/sudafed pills added, and ID/debit/credit cards/a few business cards kept. Plane tickets not pictured.

[Never ever used the filter water bottle. Don't take gum! It melts in the heat/humidity. Didn't need the extra dry sack (didn't kayak). Left the glasses on a beach on Libaran and need new sunglasses now. Used the platypus SO MUCH.] 


Camera (Canon PowerShot SX60 HS; new to me, but my old camera was also a PowerShot. A friend loaned me a DSLR two trips ago, and I didn't enjoy it. I like the PowerShot for a fast/strong zoom, being fairly quiet, and having lots of megapixels.), camera bag, USB cable (just in case), extra battery, 3 memory cards (two 32 GB and one 8GB. I'm shooting raw for the first time ever, so I just want to be sure I don't run out of memory!)

[Used SO SO much. Shoot raw. Make sure you don't leave it on the Macro setting. And buying a second memory card was the best thing I've ever done. Definitely take an extra giant card.]


Insurance policy with important numbers written down (plane tickets, bank phone number, etc.), prescription info, and emergency USD $20 in a zip lock, tucked in large bag

[Uneeded, thankfully.]


Silk sleep sack. My old one (inherited from my dad) finally got a tear last year, so brand new one for this trip! I swear by these. They're warm or cool as need be, and pack super small. Perfect for hostels, warming up a sleeping bag, or hopefully for sleeping in a hammock? I'll report back. 

[Used a lot, but I SO miss my old one, which was longer and had a section for putting in a pillow. If you can get a longer version, that's great.]


Extra pack-it for laundry

[Super important.]


Dessicant packs (no idea if these will be helpful, or will need to be thrown away), doorstop (also a new addition, but given that I'll have a private room the first three nights, I thought I'd take the suggestion), rubber clothesline (traveled around the world with me - never used it. May or may not use it on this trip!), inflatable pillow, and odor absorber/freshener satchel. (I couldn't find the pack freshener that I took around the world, but this one seems to be a nice scent.)

[Didn't use the laundry line. Used the door stop a LOT and was super glad to have it. The satchel was great. I don't know if the desiccants did anything? But they certainly didn't hurt.]


A couple of extra ziplocs gallon freezer bags just in case

[Probably could just use these instead of dry bags. Used these for the extra books I bought.]


Money belt. Keep my passport, tickets, and usually extra funds in here till it's time to replenish my wallet. Also if I fill up a camera memory card. This lives on me and doesn't leave my sight from the time I pass customs till the time I'm back into airport security. 

[This started to give me heat rash part-way through the trip, and I abandoned wearing it at all times like usual. But then I never let my day bag out of my sight. I started wearing it again once I went through my first SD card.]


Face travel towel. I can't figure out what happened to the one I used to have. But I restocked in this size for sweating out in the jungle. 

[The one I used to have was hanging on my treadmill. I'm a moron. But this was SO super helpful. The little tie let me secure it to the outside of my day bag during hikes. This was so great for hiking in that heat and humidity.]


Electronics bag: old unlocked phone from Australia with charger, usb charger, flashlight, headlamp, camera battery charger, voltage converter with plug adaptor, iphone lightning port splitter, travel alarm clock, packit, and drybag. Not pictured: iPhone (the plan is to keep it on airplane mode and only use wifi when I'm in the cities. I'm probably better off not taking it, but... well. I can't really imagine being without it/my music for so long. Plus I've got some travel apps on it that work without connection, some podcasts, and a basic international plan just in case of emergency need.)

[Ugh. Just get the international plan. SO much easier. Definitely put new batteries in your headlamp before venturing out; I ran through an entire new battery. The little flashlight was okay, but if you can bring a super strong light for night walks, I'd recommend that. {Night safaris will have spotlights). Glad to have the extra battery for my phone, but a heads up that Chinese airlines are VERY WEIRD about lithium rechargers. They won't make you get liquids out, but they will make you get batteries out. One thing I didn't bring and wished I had brough. was my little travel speaker (similar to this one).]


Book for downtime. Debating taking Birute Galdikas' book with me, too.

[This was a terrible choice. I read it in one day and needed to go buy a bunch more (which were so expensive!), and it features an apocalypse in an airport, which I thought about a lot the next time I was in the Shanghai terminal. But its a great book. Read it! You won't be able to put it down.]


Lots of extra tissue packs. For pit toilets.

[Didn't need this many, but went through about half. Many places are half pit toilets and half western toilets.]


The traveling hedgehog. My aunt gave me this hedgehog before my first international trip when I was 13, and he's been to every country with me since (this will be #18 and, sadly, our first trip since my aunt passed away.)

[TRAVELING HEDGEHOG.]

Toiletries/First Aid
More than a third of what I'm taking falls in this category. 


First Aid kit: packit, gauze. blister treatment, various sizes of tough waterproof bandaids, callus cushions & moleskin, small scissors, toe bandages, peptobismol, ib profin, vaporrub inhaler, ace bandage, antihistamine pills, immodium pills, sudafed pills (for wallet), oral rehydration packs (half), caffeine pills (in case coffee is unavailable), azithromycin (in case of need for traveler's tummy - fingers crossed it will not be!), malarial pills (malarone - what I've usually taken and find easiest - only taken for a day before and seven days after travel), probiotics (the kind that don't require refrigeration. I've never carried these before, but I figure they can't hurt.)

[No traveler's tummy, thank god, but two bouts of indegestion and the pepto bismol was great. Malarial pills obviously used, as were the rehydration packs. Didn't need the caffeine. Took the probiotics off and on, and I don't know that they helped, but I don't know that they hurt? Used the bandaids, and used the benadryl on the plane to try to fall asleep (didn't work on the plane, but DID work back in SF on my jetlag.)  Happy to have the rest unused.]

Also: micropur tablets. I never used the water purification tablets I carried when I was traveling around the world. However, the guides I'm going with recommended a water filtration bottle or water purification tablets. So I got both. I figure the filter on the katadyn (above) will filter particulates, and I'll have the purification tablets for viruses/crypto. I think mostly I'll be filling up with boiled water in the evenings, but I'm covered if we do refill at a stream somewhere.

[USED THESE. There were times when the water was supposedly filtered, but somewhat suspect.]

Not pictured: adhesive tape, which had somehow wandered off, but I found another roll and replaced it. Yay for catching something while blogging!


Toiletry kit: My lovely old eagle creek shower caddy - it has an elastic inside that loops over the hook to stay open in showers, plus a tiny mirror. 

Non-liquids: Travel towel (10 years and going strong!), folding hairbrush, the other half of my oral rehydration packets, tweezers, nail clippers, diva cup, toothbrush, hair band for washing my face, throat lozenges, face/body bar and soap dish (this was a last minute switch to be able to remove my normal facewash from my liquids bag. It's a goat's milk/activated charcoal bar that I cut in half (for weight) and that I've used for a few nights. I'm not used to bar soap for my face, but it's worth it to get some extra room in that ziplock), bar of sunblock (I swear by Neutrogena UltraSheer - I have bottles in every bag and purse, but again, to save room in my liquids bag, I'm going to try their bar form (70spf, which I figure has to be at least 40spf in real testing). I'm wary of missing spots when using a clear bar, rather than a white liquid, but I'm hoping this will be easier to reapply in the humid, sweaty jungle, and reapplication is really the most important thing. I've tested it out and it feels alright. I probably wouldn't switch up from my norm when traveling to the equator, but I'll be wearing long pants and sleeves and often a hat most of the time there, so I feel okay about trying something new in these conditions.)

[All important. The charcoal bar was okay. Lots of places I went had shampoo and body gel provided (as well as towels), but important to have for the rest. The sunscreen bar worked, but felt weird. I didn't wear it every day (yay for the canopy providing the best protection.) I'm torn with either taking my normal liquid or not. Either one works.]

Liquids: super-wash (for washing clothes), spf chapstick, tiger balm (recommended by my guide and other backpackers), travel shampoo (the super wash apparently *can* work as a shampoo, but I'll use some real shampoo for as long as I can since I can fit it), anti-perspirant (MUCH GOOD IT WILL DO ME)/deodorant, toothpaste, aloe vera, hydrocortisone, prescription sample of neo-synalar (happened to have this from my dermatologist, and I figure it's good to have on hand in case of contact dermatitis), neosporin, anti-fungal cream (new to me, but... jungle), purell (again, for pit toilets), crazy bad for you deet (my dad slathered this stuff on us as kids, so I figure the harm is already done and I might as well go super-strong while in malarial areas), nyquil/dayquil tabs (I wouldn't normally take so many, but I've been SO exhausted from work the last three months, and three of my coworkers came into work with colds this week, so I'm over-preparing. I always worry about the end-of-term, finally-able-to-relax cold.)

[The super wash really didn't work well. It doesn't lather much, and I used most of it on just a few washes. I started using shampoo and shower gel as laundry soap. Barely used the tiger balm hardly at all. Hydrocortisone was important. The jungle juice failed me - I was totally eaten alive in Sepilok. Even for the space/weight, a spray might be a better idea. Ended up giving half my dayquil/nyquil tabs to my guide, who was coming down with a cold at the end of our time together. Luckily I didn't get sick! Didn't use the aloe much. Maybe I'd take less and liquid sunscreen? And then maybe dry detergent packs?]


With room to spare. I'm so good.


And last, but not least: I screwed up my knee a few months back. I've been rehabbing it (ish. As much as I could while still training for jungle trekking.) But I'm taking a brace just in case of need.

[Didn't need. Yay!]

To get there: leech socks, Malaysian sim card, souvenirs, photos of wild animals, new travel stories. Fingers crossed for a binturong sighting. 

[SAW A BINTURONG!!!!!!!!!]