Oscars Open Mike

Open MikeThe Oscars are Friday Sunday, and that can only mean one thing. It's time for an Oscars Open Mike.

You don't have to drop an Oscars prediction or two, but you can. Then you can gloat about your prognostication skills later. Let's make this the best Open Mike ever, shall we?

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Speysidephil

Saw Lincoln a couple weeks ago, what a great movie, DDL was outstanding.

February 22, 2013 @ 9:27 AM

Argie

DDL is awesome but I thought the movie was so-so. I was interested in the historical aspect of the film, even though the truth was bended, but in many ways it was like watching The West Wing, except in the 19th century - a bunch of politicians weaseling other politicians in order to get votes to pass a bill.

I really want to see Zero Dark Thirty. Two reason: the CIA kicks muslim ass and Jessica Chastain.

February 22, 2013 @ 9:33 AM

Lorne

It's damn hard to donate a bed or furniture in this city (or surrounding region).

I got a new couch recently. The old one was still perfectly good-- good frame, good springs, good fabric. Could use a little stitch here or there. Not a single Goodwill/Salvation Army etc would come pick it up. And when I did finally shove it into my car and drive it to the Sally Ann, they just said they don't take furniture that day.

In the end, I had to toss it. You can throw it out for free. What a waste. =(

Now I have a bed in the basement-- again, absolutely perfectly good twin mattress with boxspring and frame. Not a single place will take beds in donations. And I even looked into homeless shelters, women's shelters, etc.

I grok that people are scared shitless of bedbugs, but it's coming from a clean house. And even if not, there are ways of checking furniture and cleaning it. Hell, not too long ago, I recall Goodwill taking beds, and hiring/training people to strip them down to the springs and refurnish them. You end up with a usable bed AND an individual trained with a useful skill.

On one hand, we're told to reduce our waste. Less garbage, more recycling, reduce the amount of trash in the landfills. But then the only option for the largest items in our house is to put them out on the curb.

February 22, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I agree with Argie about Lincoln. DDL was sensational, but the movie was half the fllm Django Unchained is. It's a historical drama and meanders like one.

But then again, I'm the guy who didn't dig Silver Lining's Playbook.

I quite liked Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. I haven't yet seen the rest of the best picture nominees.

All I know is that if Christoph Waltz doesn't win best supporting actor, I'm going to shake my fist at the screen so damn hard.

February 22, 2013 @ 9:39 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Lorne

The bedbug outbreak has places like Goodwill banning mattresses and couches outright... no exceptions.

It's probably a good policy when you think about it. Don't blame Goodwill, blame the bedbugs.

http://www.bedbugregistry.com/metro/toronto/

February 22, 2013 @ 9:42 AM

4x4 Time

"And the Oscar for Worst Performance of Customer Service...Goes to.... Air Canada!!
It is a long boring story but what I have gone through this morning is incredible, even by Air Canada standards..

February 22, 2013 @ 9:43 AM

Argie

Typical flight crew for a AC:

1 young cute attendant
3 old bitter attendants
1 fairy male attendant

Hey, at least I referred to them as 'attendants' and not stewardess...

February 22, 2013 @ 9:48 AM

4x4 Time

@Argie - You have pretty much nailed it dude...

February 22, 2013 @ 9:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

What does the hive mind think about Andrea Bargnani?

My brother Ryan and I have this ongoing disagreement over his value. Essentially, I think we should trade him for a bag of basketballs. My brother recently told me Bargnani is a top 10 center. If I'm misquoting him, and I don't believe I am, he'll chime in and let us know.

So what do you think of him? I think we're best when he doesn't play. I just read an article in the National Post that could have been written by me: http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/02/21/raptors-have-no-answers-for-andrea-bargnani-problem/

February 22, 2013 @ 10:13 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

And if you want to hear a bit of the Bargnani debate I have with my brother, it's in episode 2 of his podcast: http://www.torontomike.com/fantasysports/

And I documented our fight about him this past Christmas: http://www.torontomike.com/2012/12/the_christmas_day_bargnani_fig.html

February 22, 2013 @ 10:16 AM

Dawn Keibals

Houston vs New York Mets Sunday
Atlanta vs Washington Tuesday
Houston vs New York Yankees Thursday
Off to Florida bye bye

February 22, 2013 @ 10:49 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Curious to see how many, if any Liberal MPP's will go to jail over the cancellation of the power plants, e-health, etc. It boggles the mind that these parasites are still stonewalling the process.

February 22, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Monica

"The Oscars are Friday" -- I can't believe you're dedicating this Open Mike to Pistorius' bail verdict.

Now, for the Oscars on Sunday, I predict Argo will win Best Picture.

February 22, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Monica

As the headlines will yell, Pistorius Victorious!

And I could have swore the Oscars were tonight.... hmmmm....

February 22, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

Douglas

I'm agreeing with Argie. He nailed it.

For decades, my father, who traveled a lot for business, described the attitude of Air Canada staff as them saying "You're welcome for flying Air Canada." He stands by that statement, even today. He'll only fly with them now if he is (still) burning up Aeroplan miles, otherwise it's WestJet all the way. After what Air Canada did to my sons and me several summers back when we were flying for vacation, I will not fly with them again if there is any reasonable alternative.

Every airline has its moments of service ranging from incredibly poor to outstanding. I cannot fathom how Air Canada wins any kind of service award these days, from what I hear from people who fly with them. On more than one occasion, WestJet has shown how they earn and keep my travel business. I like WestJet's business model (more should be that way), that they're a well-run, and western Canadian company, not an entitled, unionized shop based in "le beau pays".

February 22, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

Corey

Get ready for some fist shakin'. Tommy Lee Jones is going to win over Christoph Waltz. Not saying that's right, as I haven't seen Lincoln or Django. Just a feeling.

Along the lines of Lorne, I have a predicament. We recently moved. We had a 5- year old front-loading washing machine that we moved with us, because it was relatively new, high-efficiency and worked well. Of course it stopped working as soon as it was moved to the new place. Control board needs replacing, which will cost $400. We decided to just keep the older, less electronic-y top loader of the previous owners, but now I have a big, useless washing machine taking up valuable space.
I could:
a) haul it back out of the basement and schedule the city to pick it up.
b) get 1-800-GOT-JUNK to get it (and the old dryer) for $100.

I don't like a) because it's fucking heavy, and it seems like a waste of a machine that only really needs an electronic panel replaced.
I don't like b) because it costs me money, and again, it seems like a waste.
Charities won't pick it up because it's currently inoperable (it's a shame that some repair place won't donate their time to installing a part which probably really costs less than $100).

Any other suggestions?

February 22, 2013 @ 11:31 AM

Lorne

@Corey: Are there any scrap metal businesses near you? For an appliance, they might come pick it up from you.

February 22, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

Another Lurker

1. Bed Bugs suck. You could be the cleanest dude in town but why risk it? Buying used furniture / mattresses is a bad idea.

2. Sell your inoperable dryer via kijiji - explain what it needs to work and accept best offer - someone will give you $20 for it and will carry it out of your house so you don't break your back

3. Christoph Waltz can't lose.

4. No Liberal MPPs will go to jail.

5. I can't wait to watch Grapefruit League action on the telly.

6. If Netflix had live sports, cable would be dead.

7. I thought I'd hate Facebook but actually enjoy checking it each day.

8. I still don't get Twitter.

9. Argie often has good points but ruins them with stupid remarks about gays, Muslims, etc.

10. Canada is a great country.

February 22, 2013 @ 11:38 AM

519 Rob

I'm not a movie goin' guy, so I haven't seen any of this years nominees. I am more of a music guy, so I am interested to see who wins best song. Even though there are more than a few flaws with their nomination process. Check out my thoughts here...
http://soundinmymemory.com/?p=4517

February 22, 2013 @ 11:40 AM

Argie

Lurker,

I thought my comments about those two groups were accurate and best of all funny.

February 22, 2013 @ 11:42 AM

Argie

Where are Dave and Phil?

February 22, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

Gary

@Mike

Regarding Bargnani...I agree with you. The team is better without him so why not trade him for a draft pick or for nothing. I think Colangelo is still trying to prove that the decision to draft him was the right one.

@Argie

Your comments on AC attendants made me laugh and pretty close to being dead on!

February 22, 2013 @ 12:02 PM

Glen

I hate to admit it but I'm a little sad that Hotmail is being phased out to be replaced with Outlook.


I've had my Hotmail account for close to 15 years.


Outlook does have it's charms. Its s cleaner looking with much less clutter than Hotmail. Surprisingly Microsoft doesn't use it's own fonts like MS Sans Serif when you compose an email in Outlook.

February 22, 2013 @ 12:26 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - Here I am!!!!

Seriously...I have to agree with argie on air canada and DDL...strange I know....and yes Argie...pretty funny..

Also really want to see Zero Dark Thirty..wow agreeing with Argie all over the place.

@ Mike - much like the washing machine...offer someone to give us 20 bucks and pick him up from the ACC and you can have Bargnani....

February 22, 2013 @ 1:25 PM

Rosie

I found this article interesting. Even though I don't believe in ghosts- the dead can't hurt you- I have to admit I don't think I'd want to buy a house where someone had been murdered. Then again, what you don't know won't hurt you- if someone had been murdered in my house, would it make me want to move? I don't think so. Link

February 22, 2013 @ 2:09 PM

Pete

@Corey,

There are MANY people that will take your washer for free. Metal recycling right now is at an all time high. If you are in the GTA, I can refer you to a friend that will happily take it from you, right out of your basement, no cost to you and yes, he will sell the scrap metal to a recycler and bring the electronics to a different one.

Don't start on me about recycling electronics. I know.

As for the Oscars, I predict a shoe-in will not win, an intravenous drug user will win, a lady with a really nice dress will upset another lady with an equally, if not nicer, dress and I won't see one minute of it as I play hockey (thankfully) at 6:15 in Brampton. Oh, and a drunk will win and no one will give a rats...

I have seen 1/2 of Lincoln, pretty good, but unless you know the history well, I found it hard to follow, so far. I'll watch the rest tonight. I think we are watching Django, Zero Dark and Argo tomorrow night. Argo I understand is NOT the story we Canadian's have been told all these years.

Finally, not a single Hab will win an Oscar and @Cheryl will say it doesn't matter as long as her trainer has a tournament and the habs, suns and whatever other horrible team she cheers for is playing...

Happy weekend,


--Pete

February 22, 2013 @ 2:10 PM

Matt

Guess I'm in the minority here. I thought Zero Dark Thirty was a pretty crappy movie. Way too drawn out.

February 22, 2013 @ 2:22 PM

Corey

Pete - I'm in Mississauga, the Frankfurt of Canada. Let me know if your contact will come out that far.

February 22, 2013 @ 2:56 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Corey

I'll report back Tuesday regarding the accuracy of that statement.

And I know Mississauga well, having worked there for four years recently.

If Mississauga is Frankfurt, Pickering is Paris.

February 22, 2013 @ 3:00 PM

Corey

@ Rosie - that wouldn't phase me in the least. Especially if I could get a sweet deal on it because everyone else was too freaked out to buy it. So someone was murdered - I don't know them, so who cares? Unless the murderer was a Michael Myers (the killer from Halloween, not the comedian)and is still on the loose, if I like the house, and the price is right, I'd buy it.

February 22, 2013 @ 3:00 PM

Sammy

Re: the Oscars...

February 22, 2013 @ 3:01 PM

Corey

@ Mike - I tease! I put that in just to bug ya!

February 22, 2013 @ 3:01 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Rosie

I agree with @Corey.

If someone is murdered in a home, I just hope they clean it. Once it's disinfected, it's just bricks and mortar. It wouldn't concern me in the least.

February 22, 2013 @ 3:03 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Corey

I'm actually a little worried about visiting Frankfurt b/c I've been lucky enough to wander around some very cool cities the past 13 months: Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin. Frankfurt might be Mississauga compared to those four cities.

February 22, 2013 @ 3:04 PM

Victoria

Hi @Rosie!

I was waiting for more female voices as this can be quite the men's club sometimes!

Where's Liz, Stephanie, Elba, Lynn and Cheryl?

February 22, 2013 @ 3:05 PM

Matt

@Sammy re: oscars

I agree 100% That goes for all awards shows.

February 22, 2013 @ 3:07 PM

Argie

Mike & Corey,

What international city would you line up along with Brampton?

February 22, 2013 @ 3:08 PM

Argie

Victoria,

Don't worry, Lorne is stil around.

February 22, 2013 @ 3:09 PM

Dave Williams

The best movie in any category should be Searching for Sugar Man. It sadly is only nominated for Best Documentary.
@Lurker; Argie is funny as hell...
@Argie, keep it going, it is great.
@Phil, I hope all is well and you get better soon.

February 22, 2013 @ 3:22 PM

Pete

@Corey,

He's in Brampton, Mr & Mrs Sauga is no problem.

Email me at pete at mirfak dot ca and I'll give you Bob's contact info.

--Pete

February 22, 2013 @ 3:33 PM

Pete

@Rosie,

Not only would I buy a house like that, my wife and I look for them and meth labs and grow-ops, etc. We bought a house in Oshawa that was a meth lab, made a pretty decent profit from that one.

There is a lot of due diligence that needs to be done for grow-ops and meth labs, but a murder, big deal. People die in houses all the time. Every day.

--Pete

February 22, 2013 @ 3:37 PM

Lyle Lanley

It was a weak year for film, IMHO.

February 22, 2013 @ 4:10 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

What I thought of the Best Picture nominees I've seen:

Django Unchained - amazing, thoroughly entertaining, if there was any justice would win Best Picture

Argo - pretty good... nice blend of humour and suspense - I think it will win

Zero Dark Thirty - a little long, but a good movie

Lincoln - another movie that felt a little long (while Django Unchained did not even thought it's longer) and very American. It's okay... and DDL is great, but it's nothing special

Silver Linings Playbook - I don't hate it now as much as I first did, because I've learned a key detail I missed (I will discuss this in episode 26 of the podcast), but I still think this movie is grossly over-rated and over-awarded.

February 22, 2013 @ 4:27 PM

Blind Dave

I can honestly say I have zero interest in either one of the Oscars.

As far as the houses go, I'd check it out for sure, and if a walk-through didn't give me bad karma, I'd definitely consider putting in an offer.

On yet another topic, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is due to be released soon. I get my upgrade at the end of June, and I'm seriously considering this. I have an HTC Incredible S right now, and would consider being loyal, but if the revamped HTC One doesn't have micro-SD capabilities, what's the point? That missing micro slot could very well be the deal breaker for me. I'm not sure why HTC is behaving like Apple. Doesn't make much sense, really.

February 22, 2013 @ 5:18 PM

Cheryl

I am here as well. It's been a while. My Habs blew it last night. That was no good. They were leading 2 to 0 and then 2 to 1. They couldn't hold on and had to lose in overtime. PK Subban got an assist though. That's good.

Well, I don't care about the oscars. I don't like movies much.

I agree about Air Canada. Customer service is bad. Westjet is a lot better. I could say that about other things as well. Bell's customer service sucks, but Primus has great customer service. Grocery Gateway's customer service sucks, but there is no alternative.

Who cares about baseball. It's a boring game.

Still sad about Mindy McCready. She had a beautiful voice. She should have gotten help.

February 22, 2013 @ 5:58 PM

Rosie

This is a good point. People die in houses every day. Alright I'm over it!

Cheryl I feel so awful for Mindy McCready's little boys. Both in foster care, one an orphan :(

February 22, 2013 @ 6:11 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Haven't seen any movies this year, nothing has peaked my interest to go see, so no opinions on who will carry away any awards.
As already stated, Kijijji is a great venue to get rid of stuff, offer it for free and your inbox will fill up with about 25 people who won't show, but you will get the one person who will and haul it away.
My list includes a 15 year old Gas range that I had almost rebuilt but was sick of looking at, a students corner desk (got a bottle of wine for this) a mountain bike that needed new tires, and 10 rolls of sod I had over estimated on.

February 22, 2013 @ 8:09 PM

Rosie

Hi Victoria! :)

@Rick C my list includes a fondue set with a bottle of gelled fuel, a brass bedframe a couple doing an intervention on their son's bachelor pad picked up, and the battery from my old HP laptop that I got $20 for. (I actually wasn't home for that one, left it in the mailbox on the honour system, and he left me the $)

I love things not going to waste!

February 22, 2013 @ 8:56 PM

Patrick

Far more exciting when @Argie is being himself.

February 22, 2013 @ 9:06 PM

Where is Fake Cheryl?

Who is Mandy McKreedy? I have never heard of her. Oh well, my Spurs won yesterday. They are in the Europa League. They will win. Hockey is boring. I never watch. My trainer is taking me to Kalamazoo tomorrow. It will be fun.

February 22, 2013 @ 9:19 PM

Jason from Sudbury

I actually miss Cheryl from a paralel universe or whatever she went by. lol

February 22, 2013 @ 10:54 PM

Stephanie

This year I have seen a lot of the movies in the Sunday Oscar's (I think they hold another night for other categories). Of the Best Picture I have yet to see Les Mis and will try to do that maybe today or early tomorrow but I wanted to see them so that for once I really could watch the Oscars and really know and have an informed opinion. In doing so I definitely saw movies I would not otherwise have gone to see. The Master is nowhere to be found (I couldn't get to TIFF and it wasn't showing anywhere in the west end, no on-demand, no Air Canada... I'm dead on this one..)

Django Unchained I would NEVER have gone to see, but I'm glad I did. It was well done and entertaining. Christoph Waltz must win that category .

Lincoln is another one I would never have willingly gone to see and I watched that yesterday on Air Canada. Six saltines in a desert and Lincoln is still dryer, but I did believe DDL *was* Abraham Lincoln.. He wins Best Actor.

Like @Mike, I didn't *LOVE* Silver Linings Playbook. It was good; I enjoyed it, but not best picture. For the same reason, I don't understand the Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress. Jessica Chastain was good, but Emmanuelle Riva was believable. Amour was a great movie that I was originally intimidated by the thought of subtitles, but the dialogue was simple and easy to understand but then quick to read.

Actress in a supporting role is where having not seen Les Mis yet puts me at a disadvantage. I heard Amy Adams was good too .. I like Helen Hunt, but it wasn't an Oscar winning performance.

Life of Pi was one of those movies that I felt got better in the days afterwards. I loved it when I walked out of the theatre but in the days after remembering parts of it was really where it got even better. It won't win best picture, but it should win every other award it's up for.

I would be happy if Argo or ZDT won the Best Picture. I enjoyed them the most in this category and felt more connected to Argo.

That's a lot for a Saturday morning.

I too was on an Air Canada flight on Friday morning. A friend of mine was also going to Chicago and sat waiting and waiting... My plane had to be changed because of mechanical difficulty but once we were loaded we taxied (a long way) but were off - no lines to wait in because everyone else was still delayed.

February 23, 2013 @ 7:47 AM

Stephanie

This year I have seen a lot of the movies in the Sunday Oscar's (I think they hold another night for other categories). Of the Best Picture I have yet to see Les Mis and will try to do that maybe today or early tomorrow but I wanted to see them so that for once I really could watch the Oscars and really know and have an informed opinion. In doing so I definitely saw movies I would not otherwise have gone to see. The Master is nowhere to be found (I couldn't get to TIFF and it wasn't showing anywhere in the west end, no on-demand, no Air Canada... I'm dead on this one..)

Django Unchained I would NEVER have gone to see, but I'm glad I did. It was well done and entertaining. Christoph Waltz must win that category .

Lincoln is another one I would never have willingly gone to see and I watched that yesterday on Air Canada. Six saltines in a desert and Lincoln is still dryer, but I did believe DDL *was* Abraham Lincoln.. He wins Best Actor.

Like @Mike, I didn't *LOVE* Silver Linings Playbook. It was good; I enjoyed it, but not best picture. For the same reason, I don't understand the Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress. Jessica Chastain was good, but Emmanuelle Riva was believable. Amour was a great movie that I was originally intimidated by the thought of subtitles, but the dialogue was simple and easy to understand but then quick to read.

Actress in a supporting role is where having not seen Les Mis yet puts me at a disadvantage. I heard Amy Adams was good too .. I like Helen Hunt, but it wasn't an Oscar winning performance.

Life of Pi was one of those movies that I felt got better in the days afterwards. I loved it when I walked out of the theatre but in the days after remembering parts of it was really where it got even better. It won't win best picture, but it should win every other award it's up for.

I would be happy if Argo or ZDT won the Best Picture. I enjoyed them the most in this category and felt more connected to Argo.

That's a lot for a Saturday morning.

I too was on an Air Canada flight on Friday morning. A friend of mine was also going to Chicago and sat waiting and waiting... My plane had to be changed because of mechanical difficulty but once we were loaded we taxied (a long way) but were off - no lines to wait in because everyone else was still delayed.

February 23, 2013 @ 7:47 AM

Stephanie

This year I have seen a lot of the movies in the Sunday Oscar's (I think they hold another night for other categories). Of the Best Picture I have yet to see Les Mis and will try to do that maybe today or early tomorrow but I wanted to see them so that for once I really could watch the Oscars and really know and have an informed opinion. In doing so I definitely saw movies I would not otherwise have gone to see. The Master is nowhere to be found (I couldn't get to TIFF and it wasn't showing anywhere in the west end, no on-demand, no Air Canada... I'm dead on this one..)

Django Unchained I would NEVER have gone to see, but I'm glad I did. It was well done and entertaining. Christoph Waltz must win that category .

Lincoln is another one I would never have willingly gone to see and I watched that yesterday on Air Canada. Six saltines in a desert and Lincoln is still dryer, but I did believe DDL *was* Abraham Lincoln.. He wins Best Actor.

Like @Mike, I didn't *LOVE* Silver Linings Playbook. It was good; I enjoyed it, but not best picture. For the same reason, I don't understand the Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress. Jessica Chastain was good, but Emmanuelle Riva was believable. Amour was a great movie that I was originally intimidated by the thought of subtitles, but the dialogue was simple and easy to understand but then quick to read.

Actress in a supporting role is where having not seen Les Mis yet puts me at a disadvantage. I heard Amy Adams was good too .. I like Helen Hunt, but it wasn't an Oscar winning performance.

Life of Pi was one of those movies that I felt got better in the days afterwards. I loved it when I walked out of the theatre but in the days after remembering parts of it was really where it got even better. It won't win best picture, but it should win every other award it's up for.

I would be happy if Argo or ZDT won the Best Picture. I enjoyed them the most in this category and felt more connected to Argo.

That's a lot for a Saturday morning.

I too was on an Air Canada flight on Friday morning. A friend of mine was also going to Chicago and sat waiting and waiting... My plane had to be changed because of mechanical difficulty but once we were loaded we taxied (a long way) but were off - no lines to wait in because everyone else was still delayed.

February 23, 2013 @ 7:50 AM

Cheryl

Well, that's the thing. Mindy McCready's little boys have no mother. It's awful. Anyone who doesn't know who Mindy McCready was, she was a country singer and she was great. It's not good this happened to her. She should have gotten help.

My Suns lost last night. That's no good at all, but they lost and lost big. It sucks. My Habs and coyotes will win tonight though.

February 23, 2013 @ 8:02 AM

Corey

I've been eagerly awaiting the outcome of this story since I read about it in December; the complaint lodged by an albino person against a restaurant in BC that makes and serves a beer called "Albino Rhino". Turned out the BC Human Rights Tribunal agreed with the complainant,so now, after serving the beer for 25 years, they have to drop the name because of one frickin' complaint.

The woman who filed the complaint insinuated that the name was demeaning to all people with albinism. I wonder what this guy has to say about that?

February 23, 2013 @ 8:17 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@Corey: Can thank our uber sensitive human rights activists for this. I believe there are Albino Rhino's in this world?
Noticed buried in the back of the Star today that the young lady who was offended by a Muslim hair stylist came to some mediated, confidential settlement. My common sense meter (just like Sammy's Give a F++k meter) would tell me not to head to an African American Beauty Salon to have what few hairs on my balding head shorn.

February 23, 2013 @ 1:01 PM

Corey

Big thank you to Pete for connecting me Bob! Bob and his brother just left with the washing machine and dryer, no problems. Super nice guys, although Bob's face is a little messed up from stopping a puck for Pete.

February 23, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I saw Beasts of the Southern Wild last night. Great movie... had both my kids crying, though.

February 23, 2013 @ 4:29 PM

andrew

Famous Oscars - Madison, Meyer Wiener, Wilde, DeLa Hoya, DeLa Renta, Hammerstein, Peterson (a Canadian)& LAST BUT NOT LEAST A TRUE A$$H0LE Pistorius.

Oscar Madison wins with a close 2nd by Peterson.

February 23, 2013 @ 5:34 PM

Not Clint

I don't get nascar.

February 23, 2013 @ 6:03 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

My Oscar Picks

Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Ang Lee for Life of Pi
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables
Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino
Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo: Chris Terrio
Best Animated Feature Film: Brave: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour (Austria)
Cinematography: Life of Pi: Claudio Miranda
Editing: Life of Pi: Tim Squyres
Production Design: Life of Pi: David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
Costume Design: Les Misérables: Paco Delgado
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Peter King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane
Original Score: Life of Pi: Mychael Danna
Original Song: Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth ("Skyfall")
Best Sound Mixing: Life of Pi: Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Drew Kunin
Best Sound Editing: Life of Pi: Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott
Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man: To Be Determined
Best Documentary Short: Open Heart: Kief Davidson, Cori Shepherd Stern
Best Animated Short: The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare: David Silverman
Best Live Action Short: Asad: Bryan Buckley, Mino Jarjoura

February 23, 2013 @ 6:04 PM

LEW

@Corey
I think it was more about the fact that Earl's Albino Rhino is absolute crap. I think of it more of a mercy killing.

February 23, 2013 @ 10:12 PM

Mississauga Phil

Is it wrong that I don't give a flying youknowwhat about the Oscars and will be watching The Walking Dead. I'll You Tube the best Seth McFarline parts, but only a few of the movies in question. Have any appeal to me. I find award shows in general to be a waste.

February 23, 2013 @ 10:54 PM

Mississauga Phil

Is it wrong that I don't give a flying youknowwhat about the Oscars and will be watching The Walking Dead. I'll You Tube the best Seth McFarline parts, but only a few of the movies in question. Have any appeal to me. I find award shows in general to be a waste.

February 23, 2013 @ 10:55 PM

Missisauga Phil

Speaking of great movies; I saw Die Hard 5 last weekend and it was great. No, it wasn't a thought provoking work of genius, but it was a good old fashioned action flick. Fast cars, shit blew up, Bruce Willis said Yippie-Ki-Yay Mother Fucker.. I got what I was looking for.

February 23, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

Stephanie

@Mike.. I think I agree with just about everything except I wouldn't be the least bit shocked for Emmanuelle Riva to win Best Actress

February 24, 2013 @ 12:52 AM

Stephanie

@Mike.. I think I agree with just about everything except I wouldn't be the least bit shocked for Emmanuelle Riva to win Best Actress

February 24, 2013 @ 12:54 AM

Cheryl

My Habs won last night. They won 3 to 0. No goal or assist by PK Subban though. The Leafs lost which is a good thing as well, but my Coyotes blew it. They almost won, but they lost in a shootout.

I don't care about the oscars either. Award shows really don't do anything for me.

February 24, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

Gus Longo

Why weren't there any movies about Gateway Grocery nominated for an Oscar this year?

Didn't the critics see SOBEY'S UNCHAINED or NO FRILLS ON HUDSON?

February 24, 2013 @ 8:33 AM

Dave Williams

We are speaking of Oscar nominated movies and people bring up Die Hard 5. Maybe we should start comparing McDonalds to five star restaraunts, hmmm, but maybe for Phil McDonalds is 5 star.

February 24, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Pete

@Corey,

Ha! I meant to mention that Bob was looking pretty scarred. Not bad for a 65 YO who still plays hockey. And it was my centre man who was dumping in a puck that took a short cut through Bob's face.

He's the unluckiest hockey player. He broke his leg when another guy from our team ran in to him on the ice (we were all on the same team that year. 2nd game of this season he broke his thumb in a a seemingly innocent self inflicted fall. and Then last Wednesday he gets a puck in the face.

Seriously, he's 65.

--Pete

February 24, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

Mississauga Phil

@Pete - Good for Bob! My Dad is 61 and plays hockey every week. He doesn't stop pucks with his face like Bob seems to, but he laces them up and gets out there. Makes me hopeful he'll be around for a long while.

February 24, 2013 @ 2:47 PM

Corey

@Phil - I think Pete's pulling our leg. Bob's not 65!

February 24, 2013 @ 4:34 PM

Dave Williams

It is refreshing to see the Montreal Canadiens on the top of the east standings. It proves that a decent scouting system does pay dividends.

February 24, 2013 @ 5:18 PM

Gary

@ Dave Williams....Does whining pay dividends too?? Because they are really good at that!

February 24, 2013 @ 5:30 PM

Dave Williams

@Gary, you obviously mean winning, and historically they are the best at it.

February 24, 2013 @ 6:23 PM

Speysidephil

@dave Williams

Ok Dave you have let cat out of the bag.I knew there was something wrong with you, you're a Habs fan.
Now I get it.

February 24, 2013 @ 6:39 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey- I'll have to defer to you on that one......64 maybe?????

February 24, 2013 @ 6:46 PM

Dave Williams

@Spey; do I seriously have to put another Phil in its place?

February 24, 2013 @ 6:55 PM

Mississauga Phil

You haven't put 1 phil in his place jackass. I just have better things to do with my time than deal with you. Go away.

February 24, 2013 @ 7:35 PM

Dave Williams

@Phil, the name calling is getting old. Your constant bullying is also annoying. If you have something to say, try to say it like a grown up.
I sure hope you get your anger and hatred issues under control.

February 24, 2013 @ 7:52 PM

Lorne

@Phil: There's no such thing as "putting someone in their place" on the Internet. :|

February 24, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

Cheryl

Nothing wrong with being a Habs fan. Yes, they are great at winning and they're going to win tonight as well. Habs all the way to the cup this year. Coyotes not so good. They lost again last night 5 to 4. It wasn't even overtime or a shootout, so they get no points.

February 25, 2013 @ 7:10 AM

Dave Williams

@Lorne, Phil unfortunatley has internal demons that he is working out. Any father in this day and age that chooses to bully others with name calling as Phil has done repeatedly, has issues with others generally. When confronted, Phil retorts more hurtful remarks. Sadly, Phil is a father and this example that he provides his child is the exact reason why kids today are angry and bitter and expect everything for minimal effort.
On the positive side Argo won best pciture and Searching for Sugar Man won best documentary.

February 25, 2013 @ 8:03 AM

Pete

@Corey,

Dude retired from Bell last year, it's like he found the fountain of youth. I play Wednesday and Sunday with Bob, 2 different teams, on Wednesday we have at least 5 guys that are in their 60's and play/skate better than 3/4 of the under 40 guys.

--Pete

February 25, 2013 @ 8:15 AM

James

Argo may have won best picture but they did not give Canada enough recognition for its efforts in making the real story successful. I have to agree with Lorne that no one can be put in their place on the internet. Name calling is also childish though.

February 25, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Dave - No demons...I love my life, my family, even this blog..... You are just a pain who takes every opportunity to take a dig at me cause you have nothing better to do with your time.

I have nothing to say to you. No bullying, no threats, I just have no desire to interact with you at all...Seriously..stop directing comments at me.

February 25, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Dave Williams

@Phil, you slander me, insult me, and resort to name calling because I do not always agree with you. No worries, I understand where it comes from and I can live with the abuse if it takes away the pain that you would dish to others on a physical basis.
The demons you have are related to your long term chemical issues.
Mood swings, you have them.
Depression, definate signs.
Mild Paranoia, very evident.
Schizophrenia, some effects are evident as you seem to have more than one personality.
Like I said, you anger and hatred issues can be directed at me. I have big shoulders no matter how much your words sting.

February 25, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Dave - you don't know me, I have no anger issues (my only issue is how angry your ignorace makes me). I have never in my life taken my anger out on someone physically, nor do I have a chemical dependance issue and I resent your implication.

Please direct no more comments at me or about me as you know nothing about me, and I could care less what you think of me. I come here for interesting tidbits and news with a toronto spin...not to take abuse and assumptions form the likes of you.

Good day sir..I'd prefer to never hear form you again.

February 25, 2013 @ 2:43 PM

James

I am not sure what chemical that person is on, but illegal substances foster crime. I sure hope that his children do not have deal with his drug use.

February 25, 2013 @ 2:48 PM

Anonymous

@Phil, you state "I have never in my life taken my anger out on someone physically".
That may be the only thing that I have incorrect about you. You are a self admitted angry person per your statement. Do you realize that the words you use in anger hurt those around you in other ways that are deeper than the physical damage that people in your state place on others?
You are in denial on so many fronts. The people around you see it, others on this blog see it, you are the only one that refuses to see it.
I do pray that we do not read about you and your issues someday.
Don't be afraid to seek out help.

February 25, 2013 @ 3:17 PM

Dave Williams

On a lighter note, I was at Forget About It Supper Club on King Saturday evening, had a chance to meet Frank D'Angelo, great person and overall great restaraunt.
Any other eateries downtown that others could recommend?

February 25, 2013 @ 3:29 PM

Dave Williams

The anonymous comment was from me Phil.
You do not amuse me. You sadden me. I hope you get the help you need.

February 25, 2013 @ 3:59 PM

Corey

Uh oh. Sorry Dave, but you just lost all credibility with me, due to your endorsement of Forget About It Supper Club and Frank D'Angelo. Egomaniac failed businessman/singers and alleged rapists just don't do it for me somehow.

And Phil, I almost LOL'd reading your "good day sir" retort! Drama queen!

February 25, 2013 @ 5:19 PM

james

Frank D'Angelo did get away with rape...I am in tears laughing at the "drama queen" comment.

February 25, 2013 @ 8:47 PM

Dave Williams

Great news for the Rob Ford Camp. He is cleared of any misconduct for his alleged contraventions of the Municipal Elections Act.
Maybe, now the witch hunt will cease and his critics will allow him to do the job he was elected for.

February 26, 2013 @ 8:16 AM

Speysidephil

@dave w.

Only one thing left to do and that is for Magder to man up and pay Fords court costs, and I use the term Man very loosely.

February 26, 2013 @ 9:10 AM

Argie

You have to wonder when is Rob Ford going to finally say "to hell with it, here are the keys to the city - you run it".

His legal expenses and the stress of these bogus inquiries must be killing him. When does he finally give it up and let the labor activists, the "pride" queens and shyster lawyers run the city?

Oh and I looked up "dirtbag" in the latest Webster's, and sure enough D'Angelo's picture is right there.

February 26, 2013 @ 9:13 AM

Dave Williams

i was unaware of Frank D'Angelo's issues, he does have a fine restaraunt though, very busy, great food. However, rape cannot be tolerated.
@Argie, the reason we all like Ford is that he is not a quitter. He has been through more than most of us could handle, but for the sake of our city, I hope he stays the course.

February 26, 2013 @ 9:39 AM

Matt

@Argie and Dave

That is indeed great news. I don't think the witch hunt will ever end though.

I hope Paul Madger or whatever his name is, has to pay every last cent of Fords legal bill.

February 26, 2013 @ 12:21 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Dave: He's not a quitter? Really who started a losing weight challenge and then quit it? I think that's a quitter and that's the tip of the ice berg. As for "he's been through more than most of us can handle". I'd say more than 50% of what he's been through is his own fault. The rest I agree with other comments has been a bit of a witch hunt.

February 26, 2013 @ 12:40 PM

Dave Williams

Ben, come on with the weight issue. He tried publically to lose weight, not an easy task. Did he quit trying? Only he knows.
His main fault on anything would be his candidness and willingness to confront the status quo.
I apoligize for the previous DOLT comment as well.

February 26, 2013 @ 1:01 PM


4x4 Time

I was curious and googled D'Angelo because I did not now who he was..But when I saw his picture, I realized he was the goof on the hockey commercials with Phil Esposito, LOL......

February 26, 2013 @ 4:23 PM

Corey

@4x4 - those were the Steelback beer commercials. The brewery that foisted perhaps the most unspeakable swill ever on an unsuspecting Canadian public, under the guise of "beer". Frank basically ran that into the ground, leaving the guy that sold him the brewery holding the bag to the tune of $100 million. Once The other partners gave Frank the boot finally, and tried to forge ahead, actually producing some decent beer, but the damage was done. Way too little, much too late.

I wonder when Frank's next album is coming out?

February 26, 2013 @ 5:25 PM

Dave Williams

@Corey, what brands were sold in Toronto?

February 26, 2013 @ 5:38 PM

Cheryl

My Habs lost last night. That was terrible losing 2 to 1. The Leafs won unfortunately. That's no good. Well, tomorrow the Habs play the leafs and will win for a change. Let's go PK Subban.

I don't know why they close the skating rinks so early. My trainer and I walked all the way down to Rosedale Park and it's closed now, but there still could be lots more winter left. That's not good. Maybe if George Smitherman was our mayor, he would keep the rinks open longer.

February 26, 2013 @ 6:31 PM

Jason from Sudbury

What a good game tonight! Habs 5, laughs 2.

February 27, 2013 @ 10:42 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Jason, open net goal made me groan.

February 28, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

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