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Wednesday
May112016

Brandon Questions whether Quinn Microwave Popcorn is any Good

Vinyl hijackers known as the Popcorn Snobs are catching up on their theme, ‘The Taking of April A-Z,’ as they run this blog for the next 10 (or so) days.

Hey Everyone, it’s Brandon and I’m back to find out if any of you lovelies have ever eaten Quinn popcorn. Me and the gang remember Nicole checking out the company’s microwaveable selection a few years ago when she was doing that American Red Cross thing but this snack brand never made its way onto her grocery list.

The Quinn brand prides itself on being a healthier alternative to the microwave popcorn options we’re used to seeing on the store shelves. It’s said to be organic, made with real butter, no GMOs and blah, blah, blah. That’s all well and good but at $5 per box of two…yes, TWO measly bags of this snack, it better be some delicious freakin’ popcorn if I’m going to make it a part of my next Netflix movie night!

Then there’s the issue of choosing which of their popcorn flavors may be worth the splurge:

  • Butter & Sea Salt
  • Vermont Maple & Sea Salt
  • Parmesan & Rosemary
  • White Cheddar

Have YOU ever eaten Quinn popcorn? Which flavors would YOU recommend for a taste test?

Thursday
May052016

Zoe Praises the Purple Rain Soundtrack

Vinyl hijackers known as the Popcorn Snobs are catching up on their theme, ‘The Taking of April A-Z,’ as they run this blog for the next 11 (or so) days.

Hi all its Zoe, returning to pinpoint what a picture-perfect movie soundtrack looks like. Or better yet, what it sounds like...

Purple Rain 

It's an album made for the romantic drama film of the same name and performed by Prince and The Revolution.

You know a movie has a perfect soundtrack when you listen to the entire thing without ever feeling the urge to press the skip button. Purple Rain is that kind of soundtrack, where every single song rocks your socks off!

It also helps that Prince made his acting debut in the movie, about a young musician grappling with an abusive home life, irresistible love interest, rivalry and unsatisfied bandmates on the road to stardom. As the lead character of this film and producer of the soundtrack, Prince was able to make the music blend seamlessly throughout the narrative and become an integral part of the viewing experience. The songs became just as important as the movie plot. 

You’d be hard pressed to find an album comparable to Purple Rain, winner of an Academy Award for Best Music in an Original Song Score and recipient of two Grammy Awards – one each for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special. Prince also received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Original Song – Motion Picture for “When Doves Cry,” one of his biggest hits from Purple Rain

Dear PRINCE,

THANK YOU for a great performance on-screen as The Kid and off-screen as the genius behind a movie soundtrack that stands the test of time!

~ Hugs and Kisses from Zoe, Nicole and the Popcorn Snobs

Thursday
May052016

Reese’s Outlook on the Oscars 

Vinyl hijackers known as the Popcorn Snobs are catching up on their theme, ‘The Taking of April A-Z,’ as they run this blog for the next 12 (or so) days.

It’s Reese here and I’m back to discuss the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. These coveted honors, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, come with prestige but prestige doesn't pay the bills. The golden trophies would look (and probably feel) much better if they were accompanied by some type of useful bonus such as a monetary prize or guaranteed job on an upcoming movie.

Financial rewards obviously may not be a big deal for certain Oscar winners who happen to also be top industry players; able to negotiate million-dollar contracts for their work. Still, cash can come in handy and make a significant difference in the lives of the men and women who win Academy Awards for their contributions to craft departments such as grips, makeup artists, gaffers, sound technicians, musicians, editors and set designers. There are times when even some A-list talent, including two-time Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, can benefit greatly from monetary prizes.

Swank’s first Academy Award for Actress in a Leading Role came from her performance in the romantic drama Boys Don’t Cry (1999). She later found herself in a tough spot when her health insurance card was declined while trying to fill a prescription. The insurance company informed Swank that she didn’t meet a $5,000 minimum in annual earnings to qualify for health coverage.

At a day rate of $75 for her role in Boys Don’t Cry, the actress had made just $3,000 total, from working on this movie. “I had an Academy Award, and no health insurance…the life of an actor,” laughs Hilary Swank in a 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace.

This is a prime example of how great the Oscars would be if they came with cash prizes. While this may seem expensive, there are ways the Academy could share the wealth among all the many difference awards given out each year. Film studios could designate a percentage of profits to a general pot that gets divided up among all categories at the Oscars. It would also be neat if philanthropists and estate planners gave funds to be designated as prize money for select Academy Awards. The bottom line is this…. Oscars should pony up the dough! 

Why do YOU agree or disagree with Reese's outlook regarding adding financial bonuses to Oscar winnings? 

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