Monthly Archives: December 2010

It’s The Little Things That Count: A Round-Up of My 10 Personal Triumphs in 2010

Ask anybody who really knows me and they’ll tell you that I am my own worst enemy.  My biggest critic. No one is as harder on me than I am on myself.  I am not one to rest on my laurels or bask in the afterglow of victory.  If anything, I need to learn how to cement myself in the present and pat myself on the back from time to time when a job is well done instead of constantly worrying about the future. So. As the dust settles on 2010 and the dawn of a new year begins to peak over the horizon, I thought

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Film Review: Black Swan

When Nina, played to perfection by Natalie Portman, is cast as the swan queen in her ballet company’s rendition of Swan Lake, she literally loses herself in the role.  Helmed by Darren Aronofsky, widely known for his stylized directing – most notably the harrowing drug addiction cult classic Requiem for a Dream and the gritty tearjerker The Wrestler, which single-handedly rejuvenated Mickey Rourke’s career – Black Swan is a bold, haunting, psychological thriller juxtaposed against the graceful, highly formalized dance form of ballet. Portman’s performance is jaw dropping.  While watching her dance, you’re more likely to think Portman was born a

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Serial Foodies

*In Sophia Petrillo Voice* Picture it: New Jersey. 1980 something.  The crack of dawn on a Saturday morning. A young (cute) little boy leaps out of bed and runs into the kitchen to fetch his favorite breakfast morning cereal: Frosted Flakes.  He fills the bowl to the top with cereal and drowns the sugary goodness in milk.  Then he runs into the living room with his bowl, plops down on the couch and crunches away while he watches The Smurfs. Y’all. That little boy was me. We all come from different places, backgrounds, religions and family structures. But if there’s one

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