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Well, at least I think so.

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When I saw the pic of Owen’s chin (the one Emily featured a couple posts ago), it instantly made me think of another notorious character who wasn’t afraid to stick his chin out. Just sayin’.

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is it weird…

…that I’ve watched this trailer probably 10 times over the past few weeks, and it still gives me goosebumps every time?

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As you may or may not know, the fam has an annual March tradition of filling out our NCAA brackets…even if you can’t read, spell, or even speak. Owen and Molly have both been filling out brackets since year 1, and this year was no exception. The problem is we’ve just been kinda busy, and I’m not even sharing our picks with you until the Sweet 16 is underway! But I’m proud to finally announce our Final 4 picks!

But first, it should be noted that O-man called the Morehead State over Louisville upset. He also has Arizona winning it all, and considering how 5 minutes ago they concluded an unexpected pounding of Duke, the boy is looking sharp. Also of note is Molly’s correct Cinderella prediction of Richmond going to the Sweet 16 (if only her pick of Oakland beating UCSB in the final game was so good!)

Drumroll, please…

Emily: Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, Florida, with OSU over KU in the final game.

Travis: Syracuse, Duke, Kansas, Pitt, with KU beating Duke in the final (and yes, I hate myself for picking KU – fellow Mizzou fans, please forgive me).

Owen: Xavier, Arizona, Georgetown, Gonzaga, with Zona over Gonzaga in the final.

Molly: North Carolina, Oakland, St. Peters, UCSB (clearly, the girl likes the underdog), with Oakland beating UCSB in the final.

So, to date, Emily is looking like she’s in the best shape with 3/4 Final Four teams left, including her final 2.

Owen and I both have 2/4 Final Four teams.

And Molly has 1/4. But hey, anything can happen…

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So it’s no secret that O-man loves Star Wars. In fact, he quite often requests that we play John Williams’ Star Wars soundtrack to accompany his playing in the basement (something I used to do myself as a child).

Owen’s favorite song is Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: Episode I. If you can’t recall it, give it a quick listen here.

Now, here’s what’s fun: when Owen listens to Star Wars music, so does Molly. And to Owen’s delight, Duel of the Fates is her favorite track, too. In fact, she often sings it during bath time – and then Owen joins in with her, and before you know it, we have our own little sci-fi choir. And friends, we’ve got the video to prove it (note: it REALLY starts to get good around the :45 mark).

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the year in movies

Emily and I did something I never could’ve fathomed in 2010/early 2011. It surprises me…shocks me…overwhelms me to announce that we saw 9 out of the 10 Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture!

Ever since we had the kiddos, going to the movies (one of our favorite pastimes as a couple) has been a bit of a challenge. But thanks to some lucky timing, earlier-than-usual DVD releases, and accommodating grandparents/babysitters, we’ve seen everything except 127 Hours – and who knows, we still have a couple weeks until Oscar Night, so we might be able to go 10 for 10!

Now, if you know me, I’m a list nerd. And I feel that the “10 best movies of the year” and one’s “10 favorite movies of the year” are very, very different.

Emily and I both agree that The Social Network was the best movie of the year and should bring home the gold on Oscar Night. The morality story exploring the themes of ambition, success, jealousy and friendship was so well told. The pacing, music, dialogue and cinematography was crafted together almost perfectly (Fincher should win Best Director and Sorkin Best Adapted Screenplay, in our humble opinions). The acting was pitch perfect. And the timeliness of its making was pretty gutsy (Zuckerberg’s not even 30 yet!)

Now, that does NOT mean that it was our favorite movie of the year. It’s up there, but Em and I both agreed that The Fighter was our favorite movie of 2010. Just when you think you’ve seen every kind of boxing film, this one came in and – caution, terrible pun coming – knocks you on your seat. We loved the complex relationships between the characters/family, the way you as an audience member feel like you become part of the town of Lowell, and how you love and are frustrated by Christian Bale’s Dicky character simultaneously throughout (Bale definitely deserves the Best Supporting Actor Oscar). The fact that there’s really very little boxing in it shows how good of a movie it really is, as it doesn’t rely on inside-the-ring action to keep you engaged.

Okay, so you got our “Best” and our “Favorite.” However, our “favorites” list starts to differ a little bit in order. Without further adieu, the winners are:

10 FAVORITE MOVIES, IN ORDER

Travis:

  1. The Fighter
  2. True Grit – loved the original, loved the new one.
  3. The Social Network
  4. Inception – Brrrrrrraaaaahhhhmmmm!!!!!!!
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – this one’s also not for everyone, but if you’re a video game/comic book/superhero geek like me, it’s nirvana.
  6. Black Swan – not for everyone…I’ll leave it at that.
  7. How To Train Your Dragon – I’ve seen it about 17 times now, and while it may not be a popular opinion, I think it was better than Toy Story 3. There. I said it.
  8. Toy Story 3 – I did really, really like this one, though.
  9. Winter’s Bone – they nailed rural poverty. Which is pretty depressing.
  10. The King’s Speech/The Town/Shutter Island – I liked them all and can’t decide which to pick because. Call it a cop out. I don’t care.

Emily:

  1. The Fighter
  2. Twilight: Eclipse – really? Really.
  3. The Town
  4. The King’s Speech
  5. True Grit
  6. Shutter Island
  7. Toy Story 3
  8. The Social Network
  9. Black Swan
  10. Winter’s Bone

And there you have it. We can’t wait to hear how much you agree and disagree with us.

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WE are the champions

You may recall this post from a few months back in which Emily was introduced to the world as a fantasy football juggernaut. Well, here we are, after 15 hard fought weeks, and I’m proud to announce that EMILY DID INDEED WIN THE LEAGUE in her rookie season, handily defeating league veteran/commissioner Macgruden (my buddy Beau) 112.06-79.42. It’s also of note that she knocked me out of the playoffs in round 1 (we had played twice in the regular season, splitting wins).

It’s a bragging rights league, meaning no cash, but the league is named after the previous season’s winner. Seeing that I won the league last year, there’s no one I would rather pass the name on to than the wife. Here’s a look at her championship roster:

Now, as the title indicated, I’m a winner this year, too. In my work league’s inaugural season, I brought home the fantasy bacon, earning us $175. My guys only brought in 102 points in the final, but it was enough:

And so, with the fantasy season behind us and the real world playoffs beginning (Go Chiefs!), all we can do is look forward to next season and our opportunity to defend our respective thrones.*

*between you and me, I’m planning on reclaiming my title in our mutual league and putting Emily back on the bench.

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