oscars-2018As you may know, Oscar nominations for the 90th annual awards were recently announced. But (like almost every year), you hardly know anything about these movies. So here is a summary of each of the Best Picture nominees for 2018’s Academy Awards, and why it’s worth your valuable time to see it). Hope you get a chance to see some of these entertaining films!

  • GET OUT (Rated R; 99% RottenTomatoes) – It’s not just a horror movie, it’s a social critique on racism weaved into an entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride. A MUST-SEE for even non-horror movie fans. It’s about a young African-American meeting with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods that turns into a nightmare.
    • Why you should see it:  One of the best horror movies of all time! Nominated for 4 Oscars.
    • Watch for:  After you watch this movie, check out the alternative ending online, some actually prefer that ending. Also, listen for: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”, which is actually director Jordan Peele’s voice.
  • DUNKIRK (Rated PG-13; 92% RottenTomatoes) – Another epic by acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, based on the WWII evacuation of soldiers from Britain and France, who were hopelessly cut off and surrounded by the German army from Dunkirk, France in 1940.
    • Why you should see it:  The amazing musical score by legendary Hans Zimmer and the great cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema; Movie has received 8 total Oscar nominations.
    • Watch for:  The Germans – Despite the fact they are shooting at and bombing the allied forces throughout the film, no German troops are actually visible until one of the very last shots in the movie. Also, ex-One Direction’s Harry Styles’ acting debut.
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER (Rated R; 92% RottenTomatoes) – Written & directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Hellboy), a lonely janitor at a secret research facility in the 1950s forms a unique relationship with a creature that is being held captive.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 13 Oscars, arguably director del Toro’s best film, and a tribute to old monster movies.
    • Watch for:  The creature – It took over nine months to get the perfect look.
  • LADY BIRD (Rated R; 99% RottenTomatoes) – A heartfelt coming-of-age story about the bittersweet transition from adolescence to adulthood. This is a love it or hate it movie, emotionally harsh and often funny dialogue.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Original Screenplay.
    • Watch for:  Saoirse Ronan’s performance of Lady Bird which got her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
  • THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING, MISSOURI (Rated R; 93% RottenTomatoes) – A dark comedy about a mother who in an effort to track down who raped and murdered her daughter has three billboards erected outside her town in a call-to-action for the local law enforcement.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 7 Oscars, including screenplay which has some hilarious one-liners.
    • Watch for:  Frances McDormand’s Oscar-nominated performance as the grieving mother & Sam Rockwell as the deputy officer which also earned him an Oscar nomination.
  • PHANTOM THREAD (Rated R; 90% RottenTomatoes) – Set in 1950s London, Daniel Day-Lewis is a renowned dressmaker whose life is disrupted by a young strong-willed woman in this suspenseful romance.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Daniel Day-Lewis as Best Actor; The legendary actor has announced this will be his final acting role.
    • Watch for:  Daniel Day-Lewis in his final acting performance, ’nuff said.
  • THE POST (Rated PG-13; 88% RottenTomatoes) – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture & Best Actress, this film is a newspaper drama set in the early 1970s during the leaking of the Pentagon Papers, documents that proved the U.S. government was lying to the American public and Congress about the Vietnam War for years .
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 2 Oscars, this film was directed by Steven Spielberg.
    • Watch for:  Meryl Streep adds yet another Oscar nomination (Best Actress) to her long list of Academy Award nominations (now a record 21 in her amazing career).
  • DARKEST HOUR (Rated PG-13; 86% RottenTomatoes) – A stirring retelling of Winston Churchill’s fight during WWII to protect Britain and Europe from Hitler’s army.
    • Why you should see it:  Nominated for 6 Oscars, Gary Oldman’s superb portrayal of Prime Minister Winston Churchill gaining him a Best Actor nomination; You can tell Oldman did his research on the role.
    • Watch for:  Beautiful camera shooting garnering a Best Cinematography nomination.
  • CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (Rated R; 96% RottenTomatoes) – A melancholy, powerfully-affecting portrait of first love between two men.
    • Why you should see it:  One movie-goer: “The kind of movie that makes you sit through the credits with tears rolling down your face, staring blankly at the screen with a lump in your throat and tightness in your chest.”
    • Watch for:  Timothée Chalamet performance (young 17 year old Elio), which led to him being nominated for Best Actor.
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Hey people, have you noticed? The TV networks are trying very hard (again) to capture your valuable TV viewing time! Ugh, my PVR will be working overtime yet again! I love watching new shows that have a great premise (see my preview of last year’s new shows (click here).  Out of the 24 new shows this fall, here are my recommendations of 2014-2015 TV season that you should sacrifice your valuable time to:

  • 2014-z_nationZ Nation – ZOMG, watch the trailer now! No, it’s not a Walking Dead ripoff, really! A band of survivors try to transport a man who has been bitten eight times by zombies but remains alive.  He is the only hope for a cure but has to be transported from New York to California   (Fri Sep-12, 10:00pm, SyFy, see the awesome trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014-madam-secretaryMadam Secretary – Tea Leoni is the new Secretary of State who is a former CIA analyst that cannot be micro-managed by all the White House aides but does well to juggle her job and personal life (Sun Sep-21, 8:00pm, CBS, see trailer) – onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-GothamGotham – Based in the early years before Batman, this is about pre-Commissioner Jim Gordon who is a detective fighting crime. He will also be crossing paths with the people who will eventually become Batman, Catwoman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy and the Penguin (Mon Sep-22, 8:00pm FOX, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014_scorpionScorpion – This is cool: A procedural based on a true story of a group of eccentric, poorly socialized geniuses who band together to fight high-tech criminals (Mon Sep-22, 9:00pm, CBS, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-foreverForever – A detective story of a medical examiner who has been around for over 200 years but keeps dying and coming back to life naked. Yes, naked (Mon Sep-22, 10:00pm, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-gracepointGracepointDoctor Who‘s David Tennant stars in this highly anticipated murder mystery mini-series (filmed in Victoria, BC!) and features 2 Oscar-nominated actors Nick Nolte and Jackie Weaver as well as Emmy winner Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)  (Oct-2, 9:00pm FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-star-wars-rebelsStar Wars Rebels – Did you know that the Rebels team is in close contact with Abrams’ Episode VII crew? Meaning that this animated show could provide a sneak peek at the future Star Wars films! The premise is a sidestory revolving around the events that lead up to Star Wars IV: A New Hope where Darth Vader assigns the “Inquisitor” to hunt down the last remaining Jedi (Features the original voices of “Lando” – Billy Dee Williams and “C-3PO” – Anthony Daniels) (Fri Oct-03, 9:00pm, Disney X.D, see trailer) onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014-the-flashThe Flash – A spinoff from The Arrow, based on the DC comic, the pilot has already been highly touted as the season’s best new drama. Wow! (Tue Oct-07, 8:00pm, CW, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-ConstantineConstantine – Inspired by the DC comic book, the hero is fighting to save the world from demons and rescue his own lost soul from a hellish homeland (Fri Oct-24, 10:00pm, NBC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-State_of_AffairsState of Affairs – After a four year absence from TV, Emmy award winner Katherine Heigl returns as a CIA briefer for a black female president in this spy-drama (Mon Nov-17, 10:00pm, NBC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-ascensionAscension – Wow, this trailer is amazing! Slated as a 6-hour miniseries, this sci-fi is about a 1963 covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard a starship to populate a new world (stars Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer, ie. “Six”) (Nov-24, 9:00pm, SyFy, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-fresh-off-the-boatFresh Off the Boat – It’s the ’90s and 12 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his Asian parents. It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this sitcom about pursuing the American Dream. This is the first network sitcom in 20 years to feature an Asian American family (2015, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER” (but a “MUST-SEE” if you’re Asian like me!)
  • 2014-wayward-pinesWayward Pines – A mystery drama with 4 Oscar-nominated actors: Matt Dillon,  Juliette Lewis and Terrence Howard, and Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, it feels like Twin Peaks, but different. The trailer is very intriguing! (2015, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”)
  • 2014-agent-carterAgent Carter – Set in the Marvel comic world of Captain America in the 1940’s, Agent Peggy Carter is trying to balance administrative work with going on secret missions for Howard Stark (Iron Man’s father) in the wake of losing her love, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (2015, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”)

onomeister’s 2013-2014 sophmore Must-sees: The Blacklist 9/22, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 9/28, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 9/23, MasterChef Junior 11/07.

Other airing Must-sees:  Person of Interest, Arrow, Walking Dead, The Last Ship, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, Game of Thrones, Parks & Recreation, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory, Once Upon A Time, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Vikings, Fargo, Helix.

So many awesome shows, so little time…

tv-2013-fallHey people, have you noticed?? The networks are trying very hard (again) to capture your valuable viewing time! I don’t know about you, but I have taken notice, and my PVR will be working overtime! This fall, there are some new sure-fire must-watch shows, a few interesting borderline wait-&-see shows, and many dead-on-arrival filler shows (which I won’t talk about). So, here are my recommendations of 2013-2014 TV season that you should sacrifice your valuable time to:

  • tv-marvel-agents-of-shieldMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Ohhhh yeah! I can hardly wait for this spinoff of the blockbuster  movie smash hit the Avengers by none other than the genius and my hero Joss Whedon. Whaat? You haven’t watched the Avengers yet? No worries, Whedon’s talented team should keep all action fans coming back for more. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg from the movie) assembles a team of top-secret agents who investigate threats to humanity (Crossing my fingers to see the occasional guest star / cameo appearance by a few superheroes!) (Tue Sep-24, 8:00pm, ABC, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • tv-the-crazy-onesThe Crazy Ones – Wow, has it really been THIRTY-TWO years since Robin Williams starred in a TV show?? 32 years since Mork & Mindy, the comedy that made Robin Williams a household name! Man, I feel old… And Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of the cult-hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer will also be starring in this sitcom as a father and daughter team?  Just watch the 2-min trailer (click here), and you will have a brief taste of the comedic genius of Robin Williams (FYI this is from the same creator as Ally McBeal) (Thu Sep-26, 9:00pm, CBS, see trailer) – onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • tv-michael-j-fox-showThe Michael J. Fox Show – OMG! Michael J. Fox is back??? NBC is so banking on the success of this sitcom that they have already bought 22 episodes of this new series, a rarity in the TV industry these days. Michael J. Fox is executive producer and plays a family man who happens to have Parkinson’s disease, a condition that the actor has had since the 1990s (Thu Sep-26, 9:30pm NBC, but pilot airs 9:00pm-10:00pm, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • tv-blacklistThe Blacklist – James Spader is a 3-time Emmy award winner who is now  in this thriller  that screams Silence of the Lambs: an international criminal who sells out his contacts in exchange for immunity but will only deal with one particular female FBI agent – no her name is not Clarisse. The trailer has me hooked! (Mon Sep-23, 10:00pm, CBS, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • tv-hostagesHostages – Another producer that never sleeps: Jerry Bruckheimer’s political thriller starring Dylan McDermott (The Practice) is about a surgeon who is blackmailed to botch the U.S. president’s operation. Like Missing (with Ashley Judd), the premise makes this thriller seems better off as a mini-series, Will Hostages‘ McDermott or Blacklist‘s Spader win this time slot? Thank God for PVR’s! (Mon Sep-23, 10:00pm, NBC, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”
  • tv-brooklyn-nine-nineBrooklyn Nine-NineSNL‘s Andy Samberg is hilarious in everything he does, and is paired with veteran Andre Braugher (Homocide) as the straight man by-the-books captain. Many are saying this will be the best new comedy of the season. (Tue Sep-17, 8:30pm, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • tv-masterchef_juniorMasterChef Junior – OMG! Potty-mouthed Gordon Ramsey is going to be teamed up with kids between 8 to 13 years old?? Could this be a recipe for disaster or a genius idea for a ratings winfall? This could teach kids who tune in that cooking is actually cool! I’m making my kids watch this one!! (Fri Sep-27, 8:00pm, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • tv-once-upon-time-wonderlandOnce Upon a Time in Wonderland – I saw the commercial for this and thought the trailer was very well done. It adds new details to a familiar story but tells a completely different one (Just like Once Upon a Time). The producers have said that you don’t have to have watched Once to get it. (Thu Oct-10, 8:00pm, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”
  • tv-tomorrow-peopleThe Tomorrow People – If you like Heroes and X-Men, then you’ve seen the Tomorrow People, and you may want to tune in. About teens with hidden superpowers that are being chased by a group of scientists who want to exterminate them. (Wed Oct-9, 9:00pm, CW, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”
  • tv-almost-humanAlmost Human – This futuristic crime drama borrows from Robocop. It may be worth a look as it comes from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe). It’s about a cop who gets a new android partner who’s too human, but loathes it as he lost his previous partner due to a less compassionate android model. (Mon Nov-4, 8:00pm, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”
  • tv-believe-nbcBelieve – Yet another TV show produced by the genius of J. J. Abrams (Does this guy ever take a break?). About a young girl that has hidden powers that many bad people are chasing after (in the vein of Touch) and a man who was removed from a prison hired to protect her (mid-season, TBA, NBC, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • PilotThe 100 – Out of 4000 survivors of a nuclear holocaust living on space stations in the distant future, 100 juvenile delinquents are sent down to test if Earth is habitable, as they are running out of resources. There are familiar undertones of Hunger Games, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Lord of the Flies. I feel that this could be an interesting sci-fi drama! PS. there are going to be deaths (mid-season, TBA, CW, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”