Andrew Whipple

Probably Listening To A Phoebe Bridgers Song

Oscars 2k18 Update

Published 02/25/2019

Oscars bad.


Oscars 2k18

Published 02/24/2019

Personal Oscars

If I were the capricious god that could pick the nominees and winners of the Oscars, these would be the ones that would be my picks!!

My personal winner is the one who is bolded.

Supporting Actor

  • Sam Eliot (A Star Is Born)
  • Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me)
  • Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)
  • Jesse Plemons (Game Night)
  • Anton Yelchin (Thoroughbreds)

Supporting Actress

  • Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
  • Elizabeth Debicki (Widows)
  • Mia Goth (Suspiria)
  • Blake Lively (A Simple Favor)
  • Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians)

Note: Anne Hathaway in Ocean's 8 is my number 6.

Actor

  • Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
  • Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting)
  • Ryan Gosling (First Man)
  • Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
  • Robert Redford (The Old Man And The Gun)

Actress

  • Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
  • Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
  • Helena Howard (Madeline's Madeline)
  • Dakota Johnson (Suspiria)
  • Emma Stone (The Favourite)

Note: To think we're in a world where I give neither Dakota Johnson nor Emma Stone a fake Oscar. This is the degree to which Helena Howard rules.

Note 2: Rachel McAdams in Game Night is my VERY VERY CLOSE number 6.

Director

  • Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)
  • Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
  • Josephine Decker (Madeline's Madeline)
  • Coralie Fargeat (Revenge)
  • Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria)

Picture

  • Eighth Grade
  • The Favourite
  • Game Night
  • Revenge
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star Is Born
  • Support The Girls
  • Suspiria
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Widows

Real Oscars

Because the universe is cruel and we don't live in the world where I get to capriciously and unilaterally pick the awards, here are my picks within the world of what actually got nominated.

Original Screenplay

Should Win: The Favourite

Will Win: The Favourite

Adapted Screenplay

Should Win: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Will Win: BlackKklansmen

Visual Effects

Should Win: First Man

Will Win: Avengers Infinity War

Sound Mixing

Should Win: A Star Is Born

Will Win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Sound Editing

Should Win: Black Panther

Will Win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Live Action Short

Should Win: Idk, didn't see any

Will Win: Margeurite

Animated Short

Should Win: I guess Bao by default, but I didn't see any others

Will Win: Bao

Production Design:

Should Win: Black Panther

Will Win: The Favourite

Original Song

Should Win: Shallow (A Star Is Born)

Will Win: Shallow (A Star Is Born)

Score

Should Win: Black Panther

Will Win: If Beale Street Could Talk

Makeup And Hairstyling

Should Win: Vice

Will Win: Vice

Foreign Language Film

Should Win: Cold War (though I never got around to watching Shoplifters so maybe that would change)

Will Win: Roma

Editing

Should Win: BlackKklansmen

Will Win: Bohemian Rhapsody

Documentary Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: A Night At The Garden

Documentary Feature

Should Win: Minding The Gap

Will Win: RBG

Director

Should Win: Spike Lee (BlackKklansmen)

Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Costume Design

Should Win: Black Panther

Will Win: Black Panther

Cinematography

Should Win: A Star Is Born

Will Win: Roma

Animated Feature

Should Win: Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

Will Win: Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

Supporting Actress

Should Win: Emma Stone (The Favourite) ((I haven't seen Beale Street yet so maybe that would change my pick))

Will Win: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Supporting Actor

Should Win: Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Will Win: Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Actress

Should Win: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Will Win: Glenn Close (The Wife)

Actor

Should Win: Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Will Win: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Best Picture

Should Win: A Star Is Born

Will Win: Roma


My Top 5 Opening Numbers

Published 02/07/2019

Of note I can't fairly count "This Is Halloween" because it's purely from a movie musical with no real stage equivalent.

5: "Omigod You Guys" from Legally Blonde

4: "Belle" from Beauty And The Beast (I don't count the prologue.)

3: "Willkkommen" from Cabaret

2: "In The Heights" from In The Heights

1: "Bikini Bottom Day" from Spongebob Squarepants


My Top 100 Disney Songs Ranked

Published 12/16/2018

My Top 100 Disney Songs - Ranked

This is how I choose to spend my sunday nights.


100: God Help The Outcasts (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

99: Honor To Us All (Mulan)

98: The Rain Rain Rain Came Down (Winnie The Pooh)

97: Love Is An Open Door (Frozen)

96: A Star Is Born (Hercules)

95: You'll Be In My Heart (Tarzan)

94: Perfect World (The Emperor's New Groove)

93: Whistle While You Work (Snow White)

92: That's What Friends Are For (Jungle Book)

91: Bella Note (Lady & The Tramp)

90: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)

89: Up Down And Touch The Ground (Winnie The Pooh)

88: Ma Belle Evangeline (The Princess & The Frog)

87: A Girl Worth Fighting For (Mulan)

86: One Last Hope (Hercules)

85: Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)

84: Les Poissons (The Little Mermaid)

83: Getcha Head In The Game (High School Musical)

82: The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers (Winnie The Pooh)

81: The Court Of Miracles (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

80: Not In Nottingham (Robin Hood)

79: The Three Caballeros (The Three Caballeros)

78: Hellfire (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

77: Once Upon A Dream (Sleeping Beauty)

76: We Know The Way (Moana)

75: The Gospel Truth (Hercules)

74: I See The Light (Tangled)

73: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (Aristocats)

72: Sally's Song (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

71: A Rather Blustery Day (Winnie The Pooh)

70: The Unbirthday Song (Alice In Wonderland)

69: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride (Lilo & Stitch)

68: Reflection (Mulan)

67: Breaking Free (High School Musical)

66: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah (Song Of The South)

65: Baby Mine (Dumbo)

64: Winnie The Pooh (Winnie The Pooh)

63: Colors Of The Wind (Pocahontas)

62: Why Should I Worry (Oliver & Company)

61: We're All In This Together (High School Musical)

60: What I've Been Looking For (High School Musical)

59: Kidnap The Sandy Claws (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

58: Out There (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

57: Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmations)

56: Cabin Fever (Muppet Treasure Island)

55: Let's Go Fly A Kite (Mary Poppins)

54: When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)

53: When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2)

52: Stick To The Status Quo (High School Musical)

51: Almost There (The Princess & The Frog)

50: Just Around The Riverbend (Pocahontas)

49: Down In New Orleans (The Princess & The Frog)

48: Jack's Lament (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

47: Prince Ali (Aladdin)

46: The Bare Necessities (Jungle Book)

45: Something There (Beauty & The Beast)

44: Friends On The Other Side (The Princess & The Frog)

43: Family (James & The Giant Peach)

42: Start Of Something New (High School Musical)

41: Mother Knows Best (Tangled)

40: Where You Are (Moana)

39: A Place Called Slaughter Race (Ralph Breaks The Internet)

38: Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)

37: I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book)

36: Step In Time (Mary Poppins)

35: Oogie Boogie's Song (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

34: One Jump Ahead (Aladdin)

33: What's This (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

32: If I Didn't Have You (Monsters Inc)

31: A Spoonful Of Sugar (Mary Poppins)

30: Gaston (Beauty & The Beast)

29: You're Welcome (Moana)

28: Shiny (Moana)

27: Supercallifragiilsticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)

26: How Far I'll Go (Moana)

25: Circle Of Life (The Lion King)

24: Go The Distance (Hercules)

23: Feed The Birds (Mary Poppins)

22: Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King)

21: Topsy Turvy (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

20: Belle (Beauty & The Beast)

19: This Is Halloween (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

18: You've Got A Friend In Me (Toy Story)

17: I'll Make A Man Out Of You (Mulan)

16: A Whole New World (Aladdin)

15: Strangers Like Me (Tarzan)

14: I Just Can't Wait To Be King (The Lion King)

13: Chim Chim Cheeree (Mary Poppins)

12: Do You Want To Build A Snowman (Frozen)

11: Zero To Hero (Hercules)

10: Be Prepared (The Lion King)

9: Let It Go (Frozen)

8: Poor Unfortunate Souls (The Little Mermaid)

7: Beauty & The Beast (Beauty & The Beast)

6: Kiss The Girl (The Little Mermaid)

5: Friend Like Me (Aladdin)

4: Under The Sea (The Little Mermaid)

3: Be Our Guest (Beauty & The Beast)

2: I Won't Say I'm In Love (Hercules)

1: Part Of Your World (The Little Mermaid)


How To Pick A Podcast App

Published 03/27/2018

Podcasts can be hard to get into. Not only can it be hard to find the right a show you like, you also have to figure out how to listen to the dang things.

Well, if you have a smartphone, fortunately there's a whole ecosystem of great apps built to help you do just that! But then you run into another problem: which app do I pick?

This is where this handy-dandy series of questions should help you out. Go from top to bottom and stop when you hit something that applies. Keep in mind, this is all my own personal opinion, and very geared towards iPhones. But I listen to a lot of podcasts, so while I may not know much about most things, I do know a thing or two about podcasts and listening to 'em.

Do You Have An iPhone And Just Want To Use My Default Suggestion?

Use Overcast.

Do You Use An Android Phone?

Use Pocket Casts.

Do You Listen To An EGREGIOUS Amount Of Podcasts OR Like To Sample Episodes From Lots Of Different Shows?

Use Castro.

Do You Care About Maximum Customization Or Fiddly Features?

Use Downcast.

Do You Care About Having A Mac App?

Use Downcast.

Do You Care About Having An iPad App?

Use Pocket Casts, Downcast, or Overcast (aka not Castro.)

Do You Want To Try Listening To Podcasts On An Apple Watch?

Use Outcast or Workouts++

Do You Really Really Care About Being Able To Use Siri?

Use Apple's default Podcasts app.

Do You Really Want To Use Stitcher?

Fine.

Or How About Using Spotify For Podcasts?

I mean, I guess?

Did None Of The Above Apply?

Use Overcast.

Do You Want To See The Apps I've Downloaded At Some Point, But Wouldn't Pick Over Any Of Those As General Suggestions?

Use Anchor, NPR One, 'sodes, Castaway, Instacast (RIP!), Podwrangler, Podmower, Spreaker, Breaker, or ZCast.


And for those curious, my personal podcast app history (ignoring a few days/weeks spent here and there testing out the other apps on the list above) goes roughly:

  • Syncing podcasts through iTunes, which sucked, so as soon as it launched I switched to...
  • Apple Podcasts app, which was buggy, so I switched to...
  • Downcast, which started crashing and syncing broke, so on to....
  • Instacast, which was perfect, but went out of business, so over to....
  • Overcast, which started to buckle under 200+ subscriptions on an iPhone 6, so then....
  • Castro, which I loved, but once I got a newer, faster phone, it was time to return to....
  • Overcast, which I use today!

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