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4/10/06 - It's been a while since my last update because I've been busy and preoccupied so I filled out a quick survey. Have fun!
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF - The Survey
Name: Zach
Birthday: June 10th, 1990
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
Current Location: Cresskill, New Jersey
Eye Color: Brown (maybe Hazel, I don't know)
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5'8" (I think)
Right Handed or Left Handed: Right
Your Heritage: Russian/Polish
The Shoes You Wore Today: Nikes
Your Weakness: I don't know
Your Fears: Dangerous animals and some bugs, failure
Your Perfect Pizza: Pepperoni
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: Improve Grades, complete a feature script, meet someone
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger: "haha"
Thoughts First Waking Up: Meh
Your Best Physical Feature: Hair?
Your Bedtime: 11-11:30, although I'm never asleep then
Your Most Missed Memory: Childhood
Pepsi or Coke: Coke
MacDonalds or Burger King: Neither
Single or Group Dates: Group
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Neither
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee: Neither
Do you Smoke: No
Do you Swear: Yeah
Do you Sing: Yeah
Do you Shower Daily: Yeah
Have you Been in Love: Don't think so
Do you want to go to College: Maybe
Do you want to get Married: Probably
Do you belive in yourself: Rarely
Do you get Motion Sickness: Yeah
Do you think you are Attractive: There's no right way to answer this question
Are you a Health Freak: Sometimes
Do you get along with your Parents: Most of the time
Do you like Thunderstorms: Yeah
Do you play an Instrument: Yeah (Drums, Piano, a little Guitar)
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol: Nope
In the past month have you Smoked: Nope
In the past month have you been on Drugs: Nope
In the past month have you gone on a Date: Nope
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos: Nope
In the past month have you eaten Sushi: Yeah
In the past month have you been on Stage: Yeah
In the past month have you been Dumped: Nope
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping: Nope
In the past month have you Stolen Anything: Nope
Ever been Drunk: Nope
Ever been called a Tease: Nope
Ever been Beaten up: Nope
Ever Shoplifted: Nope
How do you want to Die: Happy and Successful, but I'd rather not die
What do you want to be when you Grow Up: Screenwriter, Journalist, Musician, Mogul
What country would you most like to Visit: Maybe Australia
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color: Brown
Favourite Hair Color: Brown
Short or Long Hair: Long
Height: 5'2"-5'8"
Weight: Not obese, not anorexic
Best Clothing Style: Whatever
Number of Drugs I have taken: None
Number of CD A little under 100
Number of Piercings: None
Number of Tattoos: None
Number of things in my Past I Regret: 95% or more of my memories
 
That's all for now, long weekend ahead. Maybe I'll get to update more then.
 
Rock on!
 
Song of the Moment: Talk - Coldplay
Movie of the Moment: American History X
Moment of the Moment: Red Bull (yes, I said it) home opener with Amal, Barak, and Mallik (4/8)

3/13/06 - You Shutup While I Go Away
 
...So I haven't updated in a long while...I've had a lot on my mind, little that I have wanted to share. I don't know, it's beel real tough to deal with everything of recent.
 
School's hard, but that's not it. It just happens to be my biggest responsibility and where my anxieties take their toll. I could be doing so much better if I wasn't so fucking streesed all the time. I can't do all of my work just because I can't concentrate and I don't feel well.
 
I hate being sick all the time...it sucks.
 
What sucks even more is that I just hate my entire situation right now. I was too frustrated to do lacrosse. I'm just beat up right now and I left during the first practice. What bothers me most is that the person who understands me leaving the team the most is the coach. I tried explaining my situation to a couple people, but after even some of my closest friends just completely...did not get it...I don't know.
 
The worst is all the fucking people who just insult me about "quitting." Alex, Andi, Hassan, Randi, etc...it hurts. I have my reasons. Reasons that people far too often don't even care to find out.
 
I'm just upset about so many things and I need some help with getting myself back on track. But I don't know...
 
Let's see how many people actually read this and decide to do something about it. Lately, I've been feeling like no one will.
 
Song of the Moment: The Denial Twist - The White Stripes
Movie of the Moment: The Weather Man
Moment of the Moment: Crash winning the Best Picture Oscar.

2/22/06 - You Know What?...People Really Suck
 
Hey gang, I'm back. I'm sorry it's been a while but things have been busy in the land where I roam. But if this blog isn't enough to fill your blog crazy (you silly blog whore), then head on over to www.michaelfowlin.com. Mykee's (Michael Fowlin) has a great blog over there and one of his most recent entries, entitled "Freedom of Speech?" is very, very good. It says a lot of thing I want to say but haven't...okay, on with the show.
 
Well, one of the sadder events in my life over the past couple of weeks has been the tragic passing of "Arrested Development," TV's best comedy. For all of those A.D. fans out there (I think I can count two if I round up), wow!, what a way to go out. In a great two-hour-block with four episodes the people behind the show treated us fans well. Some of the best episodes ever with the last one maybe being the best EVER! The loose ends, you ask? Tied up, funnily (is that a word? it should be).
 
So I finally finished my one-act play for Stage Writing. It's called "Nothingness and Nonsense" and will star Roberts and Max as two of the three characters (more info on this coming in the next post). It will be presented at the One-Acts sometime in April (more info on that later, too) so come and clap for me...really loud. I feel really good about this, although I am a bit nervous. I think it's pretty funny and entertaining, plus the last two plays I've written (skits for History class in 6th and 8th grade) turned out to be the best in the grade so I'm hoping for similar success this time around. I'll post the script on the site after it is shown, so look for it.
 
Speaking of things I'm going to post on the site, SEVEN, yes, SEVEN Spectrum articles are coming within the next couple weeks. I think I'm setting some kind of record with this. The proccess has been slow but it should finally be published soon. I'm working on a few more articles for the next issue so there will be even more coming.

Also, with the Metrostars season 40 days away, I'll begin to write more editorials for Metrofanatic.com, so that's another thing to look out for.
 
Okay, I think this has been long enough. Happy birthday Sarah!
 
Live long, you've prospered enough.
 
Song of the Moment: The Way We Get By - Spoon
Movie of the Moment: The Fugitive
Moment of the Moment: (2-two-tie) 1. Patient (after finding out someone he slept with was actually a man): You're kidding, right?
Dr. House: No, if I were kidding I'd call you a homo.
2. Will: Zach, I'm sorry, I ripped one, it's going to smell.
Jai (seconds later): That smells, it was probably Zach (this has become our new running joke).

1/31/06 - Who the hell is Oscar?
 
Hey everybody, it's Oscar time. Now before the predictions come out, I'm going to share my predictions. I did not order these in preference, just alphabetically. Here we go.
 
(*=favorite to win)
 
Best Picture
1. Brokeback Mountain* - Didn't see it but it is getting such praise from many critics and it looks likely to be this year's big winner.
2. Capote - Once again, I did not see this movie but trailer looks great and it has enough buzz to be another "filler" nomination.
3. Crash - My favorite of the year, I would say is the most likely candidate to beat out B.M.,  but an early 2005 release likely hurt this movie.
4. Good Night, and Good Luck - An interesting movie, though not my type. It was obviously well-made and seems to be one of the "filler" nominees.
5. Walk the Line - This year's "Ray." It could do even better than Ray did last year, but that will likely come from the actors.
 
This year's spoiler is...Munich, as it was a hit or miss with most critics.
 
Best Director
1. Ang Lee* - He has been nabbing many awards so far and will likely claim his second Oscar this year.
2. Bennett Miller - I've heard good things, that's about it.
3. George Clooney - Has been recieving a lot of praise for his direcorial debut, and I would put him as the second most likely to steal the Oscar from Lee behind...
4. Paul Haggis - As Crash catches steam and picks up awards, Haggis has been mentioned more and more often. I think that if he were to steal this category, it would culminate in Crash stealing Best Picture as well.
5. Steven Spielberg - A favorite of the Academy in one of his boldest feats ever likely will be a "filler" this year.
 
This year's spoiler is...David Cronenberg...or Fernando Meirelles (my favorite to spoil)...or Woody Allen (my second favorite)...or maybe even Ron Howard (my third favorite). Although so far the race for directorial winner seems done, the race for nominations is very competitive.
 
Best Actor
1. Heath Ledger - One of the three most likely to take the award, he has recieved a lot of praise for this role.
2. Joaquin Phoenix - Nearly a spinning image of a young Cash, may grab the award, but won't have it as easy as Jamie Foxx, who had a more difficult role to play.
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman* - Since it seems that either Phoenix or Hoffman will be the likely two grab the award, it will be the second year in a row where imitation has resulted in success. Hoffman's Capote is favored over Phoenix's Cash.
4. Russell Crowe - The first of the "other two" slots, Crowe gave a performance which could've nabbed him another Oscar, however Cinderella Man's summer release (and failure at the box office) greatly hurt his chances. A second life on DVD could get him into the nominations category.
5. Terrence Howard - He is the one most overlooked out of all of the actors in the field, in my opinion, and although he got a Golden Globe nomination, it will be difficult to tell whether the Academy will be so keen on letting Howard get the credit he deserves this awards season.
 
This year's spoiler is...David Strathairn. Another actor portraying a real life person, Strathairn has gotten high praise, however I feel that he shouldn't be in the top five. I would much rather see Ralph Fiennes' Constant Gardener performance steal a spot.
 
Best Actress
1. Charlize Theron - Has been nominated in the past and gave another strong performance.
2. Felicity Huffman* - An enchanting performance which earned her a Golden Globe, Huffman playing a man who is in the process of getting a sex change is my favorite to get the Oscar.
3. Judi Dench - She's not going to win, but she's gotten praise and it is enough to get her a nomination.
4. Reese Witherspoon - The only Best Actress to win at this year's Globes, Reese Witherspoon is great in Walk the Line and is Huffman's biggest threat this year.
5. Ziyi Zhang - Although Memoirs of a Geisha dissapointed, Zhang still shone and could get a nomination, though it is unlikely that she will win.
 
This year's spoiler is...Keira Knightley, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for Pride & Prejudice. Joan Allen also poses a threat in what I think is an overrated performance in The Upside of Anger.
 
Best Supporting Actor
1. George Clooney - George was shocked at winning at the Golden Globes, but Syrianna, which did not live up to expectations, will see it's best chance at winning through Clooney.
2. Jake Gyllenhaal - Once again, Brokeback is going to be given a lot of nominations. Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite current actors and he will likely barely miss out on winning come Oscar time.
3. Matt Dillon - My favorite performance of all the nominees, Matt Dillon's racist cop is powerful, and provided with a strong push from the rabid Crash fanbase, Dillon could recieve the statue.
4. Paul Giamatti* - Ignored for two great Lead Actor performances in American Splendor and Sideways, Giamatti should finally pick up a nomination for Cinderella Man. He is my favorite to win, though I'm dissapointed that his first Oscar nom will be coming from a roll as a supporting actor.
5. Don Cheadle - The only one of the five who I feel has no chance at winning, Cheadle did a fine job, but not good enough for a very strong field.
 
This year's spoiler is...William Hurt or Terrence Howard (Crash). Both had strong performances, and Howard had an excellent year, but it will be a shocker if they displace anyone on the above list with the exception of Cheadle.
 
Best Supporting Actress
1. Catherine Keener - I see Capote doing fairly well, and those who recognize the film and Hoffman, will likely recognize Keener as well, for her portrayal of Harper Lee. I don't believe she will win, but a nom is likely.
2. Frances McDormand - Since Charlize Theron is the only thing attracting a lot of attention to the film North Country, a lot of McDormand's success lies in Theron's hands. Therefore, a Best Actress nomination for Theron will do wonders for McDormand.
3. Maria Bello - My third place finisher in this category, Bello may lose some votes because some consider her part to be too big for a supporting role.
4. Michelle Williams - Another Brokeback nomination WILL be found here but I have the great performance by Williams losing out only to...
5. Rachel Weisz* - She was excellent, as always, in The Constant Gardener, a film which sadly will likely be overlooked in most categories except this one. Picking up a Golden Globe on her way to the Oscars doesn't hurt Weisz' case either.
 
This year's spoiler is...either Amy Adams or Thandie Newton (who I felt gave the best performance by anyone in any category this year). Both actresses sadly seemed to be overlooked when awards season came and the hyped-up movies were released. Adams will be more likely squeezing into the category, but Newton has always got a chance when backed by a fanbase like Crash's.
 
Best Original Screenplay
1. Cinderella Man - A summer release may be taking the wind out of Cinderella Man's sails.
2. Crash* - It has been picking up enough steam to not only secure a nomination, but make itself a favorite to win.
3. Good Night, and Good Luck - GNGL could surprise people and take this category, but I see the Oscar most likely going to either Crash or...
4. Match Point - In "the grand return of Woody Allen," Allen proves he has an eye for good movie making, regardless of genre. It did not pick up quite enough steam to secure nominations in the acting and directing categories, but the Academy will award Allen in some form, an a screenplay nomination is most likely.
5. The Squid and the Whale - Another contender that could surprise people is Noah Baumbach's dramedy, but it likely will not get more than a nomination.
 
This year's spoiler is...Syriana, although it dissapointed many, there may still be just enough left in the tank to get a screenplay nomination, and nothing more.
 
Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Brokeback Mountain* - For the last time, Brokeback Mountain seems to be the all-out favorite this year, and Adapted Screenplay will likely be one of the areas where it succeeds, just like in the Golden Globes.
2. Capote - Likely won't pick up enough steam to surpass this year's darling.
3. The Constant Gardener - See Capote.
4. A History of Violence - See Constant Gardener.
5. Munich - The most likely to give up its spot in this category, it all depends on how warmly the Academy accepted this controversial film.
 
This year's spoiler is...Walk the Line. WTL could easily replace Muncih, but I still place Munich slightly higher.
 
***My Personal Top 5 Movies of 2005
1. Crash
- Powerful, meaningful, great.
2. Match Point - Excellent, different, must-see.
3. Cinderella Man - Well-done, uplifting.
4. Wedding Crashers - Comedies get very little respect and I thought this was the best R-Rated comedy I've ever seen.
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - What can I say? I'm a fan.
 
***My Personal Top 5 Performances of 2005
1. Thandie Newton in Crash - Will likely, and sadly, be overlooked in what I thought was one of the most powerful performances I've ever seen.
2. Matt Dillon in Crash - Nearly as good as Newton, however Dillon has been getting praise, though it is a little less than what I think he deserves.
3. Peter Sarsgaard in Jarhead - A very underrated performance, probably overlooked because a) Jarhead bombed, it was supposed to make more money and be a better movie and b) the list of names more famous than Sarsgaard's is enough to over shadow him. Jake Gyllenhaal, one of my favorite actors, also was great in Jarhead but won't appear on this list.
4. Ralph Fiennes in Constant Gardener - Fiennes has a way that he carries himself that is captivating. It is hard to identify, but something about him puts him in a high class of performers. He proved he belonged in The Constant Gardener, a roll which he will sadly be overlooked for.
5. Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers - It is a shame that comediens are almost never rewarded for their performances, as Vince Vaughn's was incredible. He was pitch perfect at every moment, and laugh out loud hilarious. To sum it up, I end with the old tale of an actor on his death bed saying, "It's easy to die. What's harder is making people laugh."
 
I'm done. Since this was a special report you get no moments and no closing line. So goodbye to y'all. Enjoy!

1/22/06 - Fuck You, and Your 360
 
For all those who have preordered the XBOX 360 and still don't have one, I feel for you, I have yet to get mine. In fact, the three people I know with one (Jai, Max, and Hassan) all got theirs without a preorder. About four weeks ago, I called Gamestop and I was 25 people down the list, but I called last week and I was 35 down the list. Rrr...
 
Anyway, we move on. Exams ended with Math on Thursday, and I spanked each and every one of them...except Spanish. The one subject which constantly bothers me and the only thing that is keeping me off of Honor Roll. The subject I tried to drop at the beginning of the year, but my parents, my Spanish teacher Mr. Murphy, and my GLA (Grade Level Advisor) Mrs. Maffetone (who I am thoroughly convinced wants me dead) wouldn't let me quit. Now that there's a possibility that I will have to go to summer school because of this one dumb class, who is the one that is going to suffer? Rrr...
 
Okay, from now on, I'll chill with the "Rrr..."s. As we move on again, Thursday I hung out at Will's with Kooms, Jason, and Andy, and of coarse Will. It was fun, we played some Monopoly, Risk (I didn't play), Frisbee (where I hurt my knee and back), watched Wedding Crashers, and we went into town. It was fun but I wasn't feeling well so I went home.
 
And theeen it was Friday. Barak came over and we hung out, nothing too special. He finally got his driver's license so I got to drive with him. We went to see the new Woody Allen movie, Match Point, and it was great. It was probably one of the better movies I've seen...ever. I think it was my favorite movie of 2005 (even though I saw it in 2006). There were no real flaws, except occasionally the acting was bad. Go see it.
 
Wrapping up my weekend was Saturday-Sunday, in which Hiro came up from Lawrenceville for Ashley's Sweet Sixteen, which was later that day. We chilled and then went to the S.S. (which I won't go into detail about, this blog entry is long enough already). There was one thing that was bothering me about the night, and it wasn't the sweet sixteen.
 
Elsewhere, a group had decided since they weren't invited to the party, that they would hold their own at Anna's house, at the EXACT TIME AND DAY as the sweet sixteen. Now, I don't know everyone who was involved in planning this (my sources tell me it was the likes of some like Alex G. and Margaret), but to sink so low that their only form of happiness on that day is to plan a party in hopes of ruining another person's is just sad. All these people who were offended that someone who didn't like you (and that you probably don't even like) didn't invite you to a party that didn't even have the things which I suspect you are into (once again, I do not care to endeavour)...I don't even know what to say, it was just a real dick move of them.
 
Okay, so many things said, and I have even more, just not right now.
 
Maybe someday you'll get terribly sick and die, but until then...
 
Song of the Moment: Dreaming of You - The Coral
Movie of the Moment: Match Point
Moment of the Moment: Hard to pick, it's either bits and pieces of the sweet sixteen or hanging out with Max, Hiro, and Barak after the sweet sixteen.


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