For the past three years, my wife, Moon Daisy, and I have spent our time traveling in a dilapidated seafoam green 1971 Volkswagen Bus. The interior was a faded checkerboarded material that looked like cloth but felt like a damp sponge that sat in a dirty sink over the weekend. The van smelled of sex, caviar, and Drakkar Noir’s most nefarious scent, “Voyeur Connoisseur.” Throughout my years as a prolific mountain climber, award-winning hiker, and tantric sex thought leader, I have had many luxuries. I’ve dined in the finest restaurants in Hanoi. Slept on 1,000 count Egyptian sheets in Sudan. I’ve celebrated the new year with world leaders and billionaires in Club 33 in Disneyland. But one experience that separates “me” from “you” is trying to make ends meet and traveling throughout America in a piece of shit automobile for “fun.”Continue reading “Can You Call It A Bed & Breakfast If There Isn’t A BDSM Dungeon?”
When the sun rose and the dust settled on the announcement of the nominations for the 95th Academy Awards ceremony, Everything Everywhere All At Once was the big winner with eleven chances to win a shiny gold naked dude holding a sword. All Quiet On The Western Front continued to gain steam and go from the best chance to win International Feature to now seeming to be a legit contender for Best Picture. Women Talking, a movie which underperformed at SAG and BAFTA, thankfully got nominated for both Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Jackass Forever was robbed for Best Documentary. And I was 39/50 in my predictions. Not great, but serviceable.
Here are my immediate takeaways from today’s announcements…
Continue reading “FBC 2023 Oscar Coverage, Part VI: Recapping the nominations…”
With the nominations less than 24 hours away, you can feel the excitement in the air, and by that, I mean the air around me!
I’ve been predicting the Oscar nominations for Fancy Boys for three years with a very respectable 80% success rate. I think 2022 has the chance to be the most unpredictable Oscars in years, but that could also make it the most fun. Every year, I have a pick from my heart, whether it is Lupita Nyong’o for Us or Nicolas Cage for Pig, and I’m gonna try and avoid that and just go with my gut of what I think the Oscar voter is going to say.
Unfortunately, that is challenging in 2023. This feels like the one year where every category has some wild cards. Each category has about 3-4 locks with then another 2-5 hopefuls going for the other spots. And there are some real dogfights here. Remember how I said Michelle Williams running for Lead Actress was going to ruin the chances of a worthy actress? I did not realize it, but the actress getting hosed was Williams herself! Universal should have listened to me.
So, here we go. The nominees will be…Continue reading “FBC 2023 Oscar Coverage, part V: Predicting the nominations”
Chicago is mourning the loss of longtime radio personality Lin Brehmer, who died this morning of cancer. Since 1984, Brehmer worked at WXRT, with only a one-year absence when he temporarily went to Minnesota in 1990. Since 1991, he has been WXRT’s morning personality, calling himself “Your best friend in the whole world” and incorporating a lyric from a Frank Zappa lyric as his catch phrase: “It’s great to be alive.” Brehmer died of prostate cancer at the age of 68.
Our Rick Copper and Matt Drufke give their thoughts about the Chicago legend.Continue reading “I’m Coming Home, Via Chicago- Remembering Lin Brehmer (1954-2023)”
Oh, he was so sought after. One of the best shortstops available after the 2022 season, Carlos Correa had a lot of teams willing to pay an unfathomable price to secure his services. They came, they pitched, they waited as he and his agent, the very talented and very much loathed Scott Boras, pored over every offer until they made their decision.
Attention President of Baseball Operations of the San Francisco Giants Farhan Zaidi, we will graciously accept your team’s offer and come play for your fabulous team. Giants fans (I am one) were elated (not all of us).
We got Carlos Correa! The Dodgers killer! We’re off to the World Series again!
As Giants fans we generally aim higher. Frankly I don’t give a fuck whether any single player does well against the loathsome Dodgers, but some do. And he did well, very well. In the 2017 playoffs when Correa was an Astro (when they won their first World Series CHEATING against the Dodgers), his slash line was .289/.326/.561. For the season he was .315/.391/.550. Pretty lofty numbers.
Now if the name Carlos Correa doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps a bang-bang of your trash can might.
So here we are, eight days away from the announcement of the Oscar nominations, and that’s gonna be a lot of fun for me. I’ll get to my predictions a week from today. But first, instead of writing about what the Academy is going to screw up, I thought I would talk about what would happen if there was one lone member of the Academy: me. I will be giving my nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, the four acting categories, the two screenwriting categories, and Best Animated Feature. Though, let it be said here and now: I would have nominated Jackass Forever for Best Documentary Feature.
This would be my 2023 Oscars ballot. It is perfect. Come @ me, you film nerds:Continue reading “FBC 2023 Oscar Coverage, Part IV: What the nominees SHOULD be (but most definitely won’t)”
By securing defeat in their final regular season game, along with some absolute god tier coaching by now former Houston Texans coach Lovie Smith, the Chicago Bears hold all of the proverbial chips in the NFL off-season, as they now have the first pick in the NFL draft to go along with 100+ million dollars in free agent money.Continue reading “The Chicago Bears Got The First Pick In the NFL Draft. Now What?”
Last night, I attended a stand-up comedy open mic. If you’re unfamiliar, that is where you are guaranteed four minutes of stage time so long as you’re able to write you name down on a sheet of paper. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro with jokes on jokes to spare, or someone who has always wanted to go up and nervously has a few things jotted down. Just want to get up and yell horrible things about people you don’t like? As long as you can write your name, an open mic will not only have you but tell you that you’re just the same as everyone else.
So, at best, they are something of a mixed bag.Continue reading “One among many…”
Without a doubt, one of the best performances in film last year was the amazing turn Michelle Williams had as Mitzi in The Fabelmans. Williams, a four-time Oscar nominee, is clearly one of the best of her generation and shows it in the new Spielberg film as she plays the mother of a young filmmaker. We see her love of art and freedom and watch as she channels that into her son. And one of the best scenes of the year comes when one of her son’s movies shows her something about herself she didn’t even realize.
And so it’s a shame that Universal is campaigning her as a Lead Actress role. Here are the four reasons why.Continue reading “FBC 2023 Oscar Coverage, Part III: What the hell is Universal doing with Michelle Williams’ nomination?`”
In an earlier article, I mentioned that this was an amazing year for theatrical comedies, and that is a statement that I stand by. Which is why it is so heartbreaking that the pure comedies which were released in 2022 will get the bare minimum amount of love when the Oscars nominations come out in a few weeks. It would be funny if the Academy believed in comedies which, if you haven’t caught on already, they do not.Continue reading “FBC 2023 Oscar Coverage, Part II: Does anyone remember laughter (the Academy does not…)”