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.

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:


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.


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


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

Walking-Dead-Telltale-GamesZombie fans! Casual gamers! Do you have an iPhone or iPad, or Xbox Live? For a limited time only, the award-winning and critically-acclaimed “Walking Dead – The Game” by Telltale Games, based on the smash hit TV series is FREE! (Episode 1 only) Download it now before it’s too late!! (works best on iPad2 or better)

Walking-Dead-Telltale-Games-2IGN explains the uniqueness of the  gameplay:

“As you play through [the episode], the big moments come when you choose how Lee [the protagonist]  responds to situations and what he says in conversations with his fellow survivors. Choices and dialogue pop up on screen with timers, and you have seconds to pick exactly what you’re going to do or say. Whereas previous adventure games from developer Telltale Games would let you run through every possible line of dialogue, that isn’t the case here. In The Walking Dead, you choose, and the game moves on – adapting its story to each decision.”

In the end, IGN gives it a 9.3/10.

“The Walking Dead: The Game is something special. By giving players the option to craft relationships and make choices that fill out the story, The Walking Dead wraps you up in its events and makes you care in a way few video games can.”

Click here for App Store (iOS) or go here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/walking-dead-the-game/id524731580?mt=8

Hey video gamers in Canada, Walmart Canada has put two games on sale that onomeister thinks you may consider buying. One is a highly acclaimed family fun platformer and the other is a music game for casual gamers. Usually at Walmart, these video game sale prices stay the same until all the stock at that store is gone, and no new stock comes in after it’s all gone. So remember, “you snooze you lose”.

  • Rayman Origins (PS3 & Xbox 360) on sale for CAD$9.83 (for PS3) (for Xbox 360) – It has been called a platformer masterpiece. If you loved New Super Mario Bros Wii, then this is a must-buy. IGN rates it a 9.5/10: “Ubisoft drew up a one of a kind style and stuck to it to create one of the prettiest and downright pleasing video games ever created. Excellent controls, laugh out loud co-op and a great sense of challenge and accomplishment. This is platforming at its finest.”. See below for a video review.
  • Black Eyed Peas: The Experience Limited Edition (Xbox 360 Kinect) on sale for CAD$9.83 – This game is obviously a casual party game for the less hardcore. But is it still fun for the casual gamer? Well, this Kinect dance game is similar to Dance Central or The Michael Jackson Experience, and includes 30 of their songs (link to the song list). Don’t worry, any Black Eyed Peas fan should be happy with the selection. And if you like this kinda music, for 240 MS pts per song, you can download nine other songs (must-buy’s would be: “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Like a G6” by Far East Movement, and “Where is the Love?” by Black Eyed Peas). See below for the trailer.

FYI, I was at my local Walmart, and they still had several copies of each game as of time of my post (online seems sold out, though)

Canadians! Sci-fi fans! Blu-ray collectors! I have three great sci-fi movies that are discounted currently on amazon.ca. Remember, these are “you snooze you lose” limited-supply deals. Do you like your sci-fi? Then, if you get all three, your shipping will be free, as your order will be over CAD$25.

  • Super 8 (2011) on sale for CAD$9.99 – From J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, this one has been said to be a tribute to classic Spielberg movies. A mixture of E.T., Jurassic Park and Cloverfield, this tale of youth, mystery and adventure has a nostalgic feeling like Goonies and Stand By Me. It’s nothing innovative but a fun ride. Rated PG-13 (IMDb rating 7.2/10, watch trailer).
  • Moon(2009) on sale for CAD$9.99 – This critically acclaimed film is about a lonely inhabitant of an automated lunar mining base who longs to see his wife and child so much that it starts to get him mentally unstable. This is a must-see if you are a sci-fi fan. Rated R (IMDb rating 8.0/10, watch trailer).
  • Equilibrium(2002) on sale for CAD$6.99 –  Watch a young Christian Bale and Sean Bean in this sci-fi film in which the action sequences are very well-choreographed. The post-apocalyptic movie has been compared to the Matrix and George Orwell’s 1984. Rated R (IMDb rating 7.6/10, watch trailer).

So Rovio, you finally got off the Angry Birds fixation and decided to release a different game for once? Will Amazing Alex reach the same level of popularity of their previous blockbuster hit? Well, those crazy Angry Birds fans will jump all over this, but will the average mobile gamer fan buy this? Watch the video review below by TouchArcade and you’ll see it’s a fun game, but essentially it’s a clone of Incredible Machines, Casey’s Contraptions, et al. It doesn’t have the same addictive feel as Angry Birds. I do see the fun in it, and Rovio does perfect the physics/contraptions genre, and it does gets very challenging at the higher levels, but I’m left with a meh. I’ll pass till it drops from $0.99 to free in a few months.

Come on, Rovio, gimme something more creative! What are you doing with all the millions you got from the Angry Birds franchise?!?

Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS came out May 20th, but have you seen the best feature of the game yet? You can play the original Super Mario Bros by hitting a tennis ball against a wall. Yes, sounds weird until you finally see it in the video below. It’s nostalgic! It’s strange! But it’s fun!

The ball acts like it’s Mario, breaking blocks, picking up power-ups, and smashing enemies. If you hit a mushroom and your tennis ball becomes “super” and gets the ability to break blocks. The Super Mario Tennis feature is one of four “special games” included in the game.

For the first time in the Mario Tennis series history, this version offers full online multiplayer – both singles and doubles. It also has local wireless multiplayer, and these features will gives the game continuous life, even if this simple packaged pick-up-and-play game is not deep in terms of gameplay.