2017-oscars

Most embarrassing Oscar moment in history!

OMG! Who thought the 2017 Oscars was the craziest ever?! Who thought that was the most embarrassing moment in Oscar history?! (Fay Dunaway & Warren Beatty, we’ll never forget you guys!) In other news, who’s excited for great movies?! Well me, for one! Every year, I get hyped for all the movies that earn an Academy Award nomination, as we, as casual movie-goers otherwise miss out on some amazing movies! Here’s onomeister’s picks of this year’s movies nominated for Best Picture:

  • Arrival (Rated PG-13; 94% RottenTomatoes) – “When a mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team–lead by expert linguist (Amy Adams), are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, the team race against time for answers–and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity”.
    • Why you should see it:  One critic said it’s “a thinking man’s science-fiction movie”.
    • Watch for:  After credits have finished, there is a short documentary on the making of Arrival.
  • Fences (Rated PG-13; 93% RottenTomatoes) – Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones.
    • Why you should see it:   Denzel’s strong acting chops! One of his best ever acting roles earns him another Oscar nomination.
    • Watch for:  Denzel Washington as he reprises his role from his 2010 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical version of this movie, where he performed the role 114 times in the musical (yeah, he’s memorized the script, me thinks).
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Rated R; 86% RottenTomatoes) – The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers.
    • Why you should see it:  Andrew Garfield’s highly emotional performance earned him an Oscar nomination.
    • Watch for:  The battle scenes that took Mel Gibson nineteen days to shoot.
  • Hell or High Water (Rated R; 98% RottenTomatoes) – Texas brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land, part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide.
    • Why you should see it:  The writing, it’s just fantastic! No wonder it got nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
    • Watch for:  Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-nominated performance as Best Supporting Actor
  • Hidden Figures (Rated PG; 92% RottenTomatoes) – The incredible untold story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
    • Why you should see it:  A feel-good movie that makes you learn to appreciate these women’s roles and the adversity that they had to go through (remember this was only 50 years ago).
    • Watch for: “Chock Full o’Nuts” coffee in the office’s coffee area is an ‘easter egg’. The use of this brand in the context of segregation is historically relevant. In 1957, Chock Full o’Nuts was one of the first major New York corporations to hire a black executive as a corporate vice-president. The man they hired, retired baseball legend Jackie Robinson, made history by being the first person to break the color barrier in professional baseball.
  • La La Land (Rated PG-13; 93% RottenTomatoes) – Written and directed by Academy Award winning director Damien Chazelle (youngest to ever earn the nod), LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
    • Why you should see it:  Well, aren’t you as curious as I am why this musical/movie earned a record-tying 14 nominations, and winning six of them including Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography? I remember laughing and shaking my head when I first heard that Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling were doing a musical together… Now who’s laughing?
    • Watch for:  Ryan Gosling saying the phrase “pis y caca”, which is Spanish for urine and feces, an expression meaning “it is not important”.
  • Lion (Rated PG; 86% RottenTomatoes) – Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
    • Why you should see it:  “Lion” earned six Oscar nominations, should be reason enough. Also, don’t forget to bring some tissues.
    • Watch for:  Little five year old Saroo’s performance. If there was a Best Young Actor Academy Award category (there should be!), he would have won it.
  • Manchester by the Sea (Rated R; 96% RottenTomatoes) – After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
    • Why you should see it:  Casey Affleck’s Best Actor winning performance (let’s suspend the hatred towards him just for two hours and enjoy a movie); Oh, and the movie was nominated for six Academy Awards.
    • Watch for:  The unpredictable storyline; Either you’ll love this movie or you’ll hate it.
  • Moonlight (Rated R; 98% RottenTomatoes) – The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
    • Why you should see it:  Cinematography is visually stunning; it’s more than a movie about growing up gay; it’s about overcoming your adversities.
    • Watch for:  Director Barry Jenkins’ favorite scene in his film, a sequence of Paula (Naomie Harris) staring straight into the camera overcranked at 48fps.

*Movie descriptions from RottenTomatoes.com;  *Movie trivia from imdb.com
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2016-tv-showsHmm… Anyone excited?? This year, there are a few noteworthy new TV shows that I will be lending my precious time, this 2016 fall season. Oh, so precious my time is, as there are far too many great TV shows that I am already following (see further below). I just can’t keep up! lol…

How much of your valuable TV time do you spend on a new show? Tell me how many episodes should I commit to a brand new show until I should make the decision that it is worthy or not? One episode is definitely too short, just two maybe, if it is really horrible. Perhaps three is a good number? What do you do?

After perusing my choices, let me know in the comments if you will be watching something that I may have passed on (& why)!

2016-01-designated-survivorWed-9/21/2016 @10pm: Designated Survivor (ABC) – Starring Kiefer Sutherland, a lower cabinet member who becomes president after an attack on Washington kills everyone ahead of him in the line of succession. Keifer’s a keeper!

2016-02-lethal-weaponWed-9/21/2016 @8pm: Lethal Weapon (Fox) – A remake of the movies, Damon Wayans is the LAPD detective and Clayne Crawford is the former Navy SEAL who lost his wife and child. I liked the movies, ok?

2016-03-pitchThu-9/22/2016 @9pm: Pitch (Fox) – Ginny Baker becomes the first woman to play in Major League Baseball when she joins the San Diego Padres as its pitcher. Love sports!

Fri-9/23/2016 @8pm: MacGyver (CBS) – Lucas Till is the new MacGyver, with a genious talent to solve major problems with a combination of science and improvisational skills. He creates a distinctly clandestine organization that operates within the US government. THIS WILL BE GOOD!!! **onomeister’s pick**2016-04-macgyver

2016-05-westworldSun-10/02/2016: Westworld (HBO) – Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood star in the sci-fi show about a robot uprising at a western theme park, which was written by Jonathan Nolan and produced by JJ Abrams. Wow! Talk about star-studded!! ‘Nuff said!

2016-06-timelessMon-10/03/2016 @10pm: Timeless (NBC) – A trio travels through time to catch a criminal who stole a time machine that could catastrophically alter history. Hey, I’m a fan of anything time-travel!

2016-07-frequencyWed-10/05/2016 @9pm: Frequency (CW) – A remake of the 2000 film starring Dennis Quaid, a detective in 2016 discovers she can speak via a ham radio to her estranged father, who died in 1996 and was also a detective. Loved the movie, crossing my fingers.

2016-08-star-trek-discoveryJanuary 2017: Star Trek: Discovery (CBS-All Access) – This is the show that I am most excited for! Recent rumors say that the setting of the first season will be set ten years before the start of the original Star Trek television series, and occur in the “Prime” universe (as opposed to the recently rebooted Star Trek movie universe). I’ve been a fan of anything Star Trek since the TNG days! (Even the criticized ‘Star Trek Enterprise‘ show!)

2016-09-takenMidseason: Mondays @10pm: Taken (NBC) – This is a prequel to the movies, a younger version of Liam Neeson’s CIA agent Bryan Mills. Luv’ed the movies & hoping the “Luc Besson” magic will help the show!

2016-10-24-legacyMidseason: Mondays @8pm: 24: Legacy (FOX) – Former Army Ranger Eric Carter is the the new ‘Jack Bauer’ who tries to stop a terrorist attack. The series will do the same real-time format as the original series, consisting of only 12 episodes.

2016-11-blacklist-redemptionMidseason: The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) – This spin-off of The Blacklist follows Tom Keen who teams up with Susan “Scottie” Hargrave, who he learns is his mother. Scottie is the head of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary task force that handles cases the government won’t touch. No James Spader? I dunno…

2016-11-making-historyMidseason: Sundays @8:30pm: Making History – Three friends travel through time while trying to get through their everyday lives in the present. BTTF rip-off? Please don’t be horrible, please don’t be horrible.

2016-12-training-dayMidseason: Training Day (CBS): Based on the 2001 movie, the reboot picks up 15 years later and revolves around a young idealistic LAPD police officer who is partnered with a morally questionable detective (Bill Paxton). Luv’ed the movie!

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Here is a list of the season premieres of shows that I am currently watching. If you have not yet watched these, they are highly recommended viewing, if you give them a chance:

Wed 9/14/2016: 10pm (NBC) Blindspot (time change: Wed 9/21: 8pm)

Fri 9/16/2016: 8pm (SyFy) Z Nation

Mon 9/19/2016: 8pm (Fox) Gotham

8pm (CBS) Big Bang Theory

Tue 9/20/2016: 8pm (Fox) Brooklyn Nine-Nine

10pm (ABC) Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Thu 9/22/2016: 10pm (NBC) Blacklist

Sun 9/25/2016: 9:30pm (Fox) The Last Man On Earth

10pm (ABC) Quantico (guilty pleasure)

Sat 10/01/2016: 11:30pm (NBC) Saturday Night Live

Sun 10/02/2016: 8pm (Starz) Ash vs Evil Dead

Mon 10/03/2016: 9pm (CBS) Scorpion (2-hr episode), (time change 10/10: 10pm)

Tue 10/04/2016: 8pm (CW) Flash

Wed 10/05/2016: 8pm (CW) Arrow

Mon 10/10/2016: 8pm (CW) Supergirl

Tue 10/11/2016: 9pm (ABC) Fresh Off The Boat

Thu 10/13/2016: 8pm (CW) DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Sun 10/23/2016: 9pm (AMC) Walking Dead

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So sad to see go in 2016, goodbye to: American Idol, Castle, Continuum, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , Downton Abbey, Heroes Reborn, Limitless (I’m so disappointed!!), Marvel’s Agent Carter, Minority Report, Person of Interest (noooo!), Rush Hour, You Me And The Apocalypse (I really liked this one!)

OMG, get your PVR’s ready cuz there are 45 new shows for 2015-2016 season! Let me help you filter out a few of them. Here are my picks for noteworthies of this year:

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS) 9/08The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
This sure-fire hit starring Colbert who took over for David Letterman has already proven his popularity with “The Colbert Report” and “The Late Show,”. Here’s a few of the A-list caliber first week of guests: George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Kendrick Lamar, Vice President Joe Biden.

Minority Report (Fox) 9/21 Mon 9pm
Ten years after Steven Spielberg’s movie that starred Tom Cruise, a “pre-cog” named Dash (Stark Sand) struggles to live a normal life but gets help from a detective (Meagan Good) and finds a purpose for his powers, by stopping crimes.

Heroes Reborn (NBC) 9/24 Thu 8pmheroes-reborn-nbc
From original creator Tim Kring (it’s been five years since Heroes!), the 13-episode miniseries begins again with new heroes struggling with extraordinary abilities. New adventures await as they cross paths with some of the original characters like the beloved “Horned Rimmed Glasses” and fan-favorite time-traveler Hiro Nakamura.

Scream Queens (Fox) 9/22 Tue 8pmscream-queens-fox
This one is being heralded as the one to watch for in 2015. This first installment in an anthology series from Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) is set in a campus sorority that’s rocked by several murders. Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande are showing up in this horror-comedy.

Supergirl (CBS) 10/26 Mon 8pmPilot
Melissa Benoist is Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman, who escaped her home planet Krypton during its destruction. After 24 years of hiding her powers, she finally decides to embrace her abilities and be a hero. Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) is executive producer.

Limitless (CBS) 9/22 Tue 10pm
Based on the 2011 film, this drama stars Jake McDorman as Brian Sinclair, who, after discovering the power of a mysterious intelligence-enhancing drug, is coerced into using his new abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.  Executive producer Bradley Cooper will turn up in a recurring role as a senator who also uses the drug.

The Player (NBC) 9/24 Thu 10pmthe-player-nbc
Set in Las Vegas, this drama stars Philip Winchester as a sniper-turned-security expert who has to perform “a series of heroic challenges” in order to save innocent lives. Wesley Snipes also stars as the “pit boss”.

Quantico (ABC)  9/27 Tue 10pmquantico-abc
Quantico is where the FBI trains its most valuable employees. But in this freshman class, among the best and brightest is a suspected terrorist mastermind who is plotting the biggest attack since 9/11.

The Muppets (ABC) 9/22 Tue 8pmDENISE, MISS PIGGY, JANICE
Kermit and Ms. Piggy return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, the series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work. This show is meant for adults as well as kids.

Blindspot (NBC) 9/21 Mon 10pmblindspot-nbc
From Greg Berlanti (the Flash, Arrow), this one is about a beautiful Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), who is discovered naked in a duffle bag in Times Square, covered in mysterious tattoos with no memory of who she is. Each tattoo has a meaning and a connection to a crime.

Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz) 10/31 Sat 9pmAsh vs Evil Dead
This show has the legendary Ash, who returns 28 years after “Evil Dead II,” and yes, Bruce Campbell is back! Sam Raimi (Spartacus, Xena: Warrior Princess) is behind this, so it looks to be a winner!

Childhood’s End (Syfy) 12/14 Mon 8pmchildhoods-end-syfy
Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel, an alien spacecraft appears in Earth’s skies, but then takes a very different direction. The six-hour miniseries airs across three consecutive nights, short and sweet.

The Expanse (Syfy) 12/14 Mon 10pm (premiere), then 12/15 Tue 10pmthe-expanse-syfy
They say it’s the “most ambitious” series in Syfy’s history, a thriller that takes place 200 years in the future about a detective (Thomas Jane) and a spaceship captain (Steven Strait) who come across a huge conspiracy. Oscar-nominated screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Breaking Bad’s Terry McDonough, one of the directors are in on this one.

The X-Files (Fox) 1/24/2016 Sun 10pm (premiere), then 1/25 Mon 8pmthe-xfiles-2016-fox
Mulder and Scully are back for a re-boot!! Only six episodes are currently slated. According to star David Duchovny, it will be a mixture of stand-alone episodes along with the classic “mythology” of the show. I can’t wait!

Rush Hour (CBS) midseasonrush-hour-cbs
Based on the Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan films], the drama features the same characters: a by-the-books Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo) who unwillingly has to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer (Justin Hires).

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW) midseasondcs-legends-of-tomorrow-cw
A spinoff from the Arrow and the Flash universe, it’s about a time-traveler named Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who saw a future he is trying to prevent from happening, and assembles a group of misfit heroes and villains.

The Frankenstein Code (Fox) midseasonfrankenstein-code-fox
True Blood’s Rob Kazinsky is Jimmy Pritchard, a corrupt retired cop who’s given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. This time, he is younger and stronger, and while he is tempted from his old life, he also has a new sense of purpose.

Lucifer (Fox) midseasonlucifer-fox
Based on the DC Comics character, the Lord of Hell (Tom Ellis) gets bored and moves to Los Angeles, where he helps the LAPD punish criminals.

Superstore (NBC) midseasonsuperstore-nbc
America Ferrera and Ben Feldman star in this workplace comedy about a unique family of employees at a megastore. Of course there are the newbies, veteran staff, the strict managers, together have to hilariously tackle the day-to-day grind of the crazy shoppers and workplace issues of the Superstore.

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Here is a list of the season premieres of other shows that I am currently watching:
Scorpion (CBS, Season 2) 9/21 Mon 9pm
Gotham (Fox, Season 2) 9/21 Mon 8pm
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, Season 2) 9/22 Tue 8:30pm
The Blacklist (NBC, Season 3) 9/24 Thu 9pm
The Amazing Race (CBS) 9/25 Fri 8pm
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, Season 3) 9/27 Sun 8:30pm
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Season 3) 9/29 Tue 9pm
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 10/3 Sat 11:30pm
The Flash (CW, Season 2) 10/6 Tue 8pm
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 10/11 Sun 7pm

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Sad to see go; Goodbye to: State of Affairs, Forever, Boardwalk Empire, the original CSI,  Glee, Constantine, Hannibal, Helix, Ressurection, Revenge, Parks & Recreation, The Following, Sons of Anarchy, the Mentalist, True Blood, Two and a Half Men

Yes, it’s autumn now in my country (Although this year, autumn felt like 2 weeks and then winter hit…) This is a hauntingly beautiful fall photo by Flickr photographer Aaron Fuhrman!

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Photo credit: Aaron Fuhrman (cropped, edited saturation)

Awesome midflight action shot by Flickr photographer rampx!! Could this have been taken from one of the famous Cat Cafe’s in Japan?? See, you can see the Japanese comic books lined up behind the kitty! What’s a ‘cat cafe’? It is a theme cafe whose main attraction is cats that can be watched and played with. Patrons pay an hourly cover fee (900 yen = $10.00/hr) to read comic books and play with the cats. There are more than 39 just in Tokyo alone!

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Photo credit: rampx (cropped, edited saturation, brightness/contrast)

This very creative long-exposure photo was taken using a homemade RGB LED torchlight  in a disused railway tunnel in Nottinghamshire in the UK by Flickr photographer Chris Thompson. This guy is a “light artist”, a photographer who shoots in the dark. He manipulates light by moving the light source and selectively illuminating parts of a scene while the shutter is open for extended periods of time, so that the image is built up in the camera sensor.

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Photo credit: Chris Thompson (no editing)

Peek a boo chicken! A funny shot of a hen through a knothole by Flickr photographer Darrell Wyatt. Here’s an interesting fact about chickens: Did you know chickens are able to understand that even when an object is taken away from them and hidden, they still comprehend that it exists. Not many animals have the ability to do this. Human children cannot even do this!

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Photo credit: Darrell Wyatt (cropped)