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.

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!


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


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!)

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…