January 10, 2017

5 Binge-Worthy TV Shows


I am one of those people that enjoys binge-watching my television. There's a lot of us out there. A good friend of mine spent Sunday binge-watching all of The OA. I can easily go through a 10-episode season in a weekend if not a day.  When it comes to my television shows that I can watch weekly on TV, sometimes I'll wait a few weeks so that I can watch four or five episodes in a row. There are so many television shows out there right now on so many different networks. Here are 5 that I think are totally 100% binge-worthy.

The Killing (Netflix)
Based on the Danish TV series, The Killing, is detective story that follows a murder mystery through a full season and more. The stories unfold through Seattle police detectives Sarah Linen (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinneman). At first they but heads as Linden is by-the-book and Holder is more 'fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants.'  As they work together to solve the murder of Rosie Larson (takes 2 season...but hang in there...it's worth it) they form a bond that gets them through the toughest of places.


Game of Thrones (HBO)
If you aren't familiar with GOT, then you're living under a rock. Based on George R.R. Martin's best selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," HBO has brought the many land and many characters in this medieval fantasy world to life. The series is approaching its seventh and final season, as the powerful men and women fight for the Iron Throne.  There is no better time to binge-watch!

Orphan Black (BBC America)
This is one of my all time favorite television shows! Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Rachel, Helena, Crystal, Tony, The Russian...and a few more!  She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and it was well deserved! OB is a sci-fi crime drama about clones and the goverment. It's addictive and absolutely fantastic!  The fifth and final season starts in April. The best time to get on the band wagon is now!

Fuller House (Netflix)
A spin off from the original Full House, this is a fun family show that Netflix picked up and produced. DJ Fuller is a single mom (husband passed away) raising three sons. Her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmie Gibbler have moved in to help her out. Seasons one and two are currently available on Netflix and they just got picked up for a third season!


The Crown (Netflix)
This is a television show I haven't seen. It just won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama. It chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. I've heard it's amazing and I can't wait to watch it with a cup (or pot) of tea!

What are you binge-watching right now?


January 8, 2017

And the Golden Globe Goes To . . .


After the Golden Globe nominations came out early in December I did a post about the nominations (here).  The award show aired last night and I stayed up for the whole thing. I couldn't go to bed without knowing who won!

In preparation for the Golden Globes I saw as many movies as I could:
Hacksaw Ridge
Moonlight
War Dogs
Hell or High Water
Sing
Florence Foster Jenkins
Manchester by the Sea
Deadpool 
La La Land
Zootopia

There are plenty more to be seen, especially with the Academy Awards coming up. I'm slated to go see Hidden Figures tomorrow night. I really want to see Lion, Fences, and so many more.  Here are the winners from the movie categories of last night's Golden Globe Awards.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Moonlight

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
La La Land

Best Motion Picture - Animated
Zootopia

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Film
Elle - France

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Isabelle Huppert - Elle

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Emma Stone - La La Land

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Ryan Gosling - La La Land

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Viola Davis - Fences

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Aaron-Taylor Johnson - Nocturnal Animals

Best Director - Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle - La La Land

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle - La La Land

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Justin Hurwitz - La La Land

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
City of Stars - La La Land



You can go to the Golden Globe Website for a complete list of winners.


December 21, 2016

Movie Review: Moonlight


Golden Globe Nominations
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Naomie Harris
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting - Mahershala Ali
Best Director - Motion Picture: Nicholas Britell
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Over the weekend I saw Moonlight. It is nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and will probably get several Academy Award nominations as well.  Here's the summary from IMDB.com:

A timeless story of human connection and self-discover, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Moonlight is a sad story of a young man with a rough childhood, but it has been beautifully done. There are three actors who play Chiron through out the film. Alex R Hibbert plays Chiron around the age of 10. Ashton Sanders plays Chiron at high school age. Trevante Rhodes plays Chiron as an adult. All three of them were fantastic in this film.  Naomie Harris played Chiron's mother through out the film and is nominated for Supporting Actress.  Mahershala Ali plays a man that young Chiron meets when he needs a male influence more than anything.  If you look closely at the movie poster, you'll see that it's all three Chirons.  The three actors depict the three different chapters that this film is broken down into - i Little | ii Chiron | iii Black.


Brian Tallerico, from RogerEbert.com, "Moonight is a film that is both lyrical and deeply grounded in its character work, a balancing act that's breathtaking to behold."  This movie stays completely focused on its character and never strays away from the point of it all.

This movie isn't for everyone, but it's definitely something to see.  I give 4 out of 5 stars!



December 20, 2016

Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Let the movie reviews begin!


Golden Globe Nominations
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Andrew Garfield
Best Director - Motion Picture: Mel Gibson

Last week I saw Hacksaw Ridge and I was blown (no pun intended) away! Mel Gibson is back  in action with this fantastic movie.  This is an incredible true story about a WWII American Army Medic who was considered a 'conscientious objector.' What that means is, he claims the right to refuse to perform military service on the grounds of his religious beliefs.

Andrew Garfield brilliantly portrays Desmond T. Doss who is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia.  Doss joined up and fought in WWII at the battle of Okinawa without ever firing a single weapon.  He single-handedly rescued 75 wounded men from the trenches at Hacksaw Ridge. Doss received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.

If you haven't seen Hacksaw Ridge go see it now! I will warn you there are some scenes that are pretty gruesome. Mel Gibson knows how to display body parts that are missing...  There are also some pretty emotional scenes. My mom and I were sobbing!

I give Hacksaw Ridge 5 out of 5 stars!


December 19, 2016

2017 Golden Globe Nominations

AWARD SEASON IS UPON US!


This is my most favorite time of year, besides Christmas that is. The Golden Globe nominations came out about a week ago and I'm already crossing movies off of my list.  There will be quite a few movie reviews coming your way over the next few weeks.

So far I have seen Moonlight, Hacksaw Ridge, Zootopia, The Lobster, and Deadpool.  I've really enjoyed all of them. The Lobster was weird though; not what I thought it was going to be. I'm going to see Manchester by the Sea on Thursday afternoon since I have the day off.  I plan on renting Hell or High Water and Florence Foster Jenkins from Red Box.

The Golden Globe Awards are on NBC on January 8, 2017.  Here is a list of my favorite Motion Picture Nominationed categories -

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Amy Adams - Arrival
Jessica Chastain - Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert - Elle
Ruth Negga - Loving
Natalie Portman - Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton - Loving
Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington - Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening - 20th Century Women
Lily Collins -  Rules Don't Apply
Hailee Steinfeld -  The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone - La La Land
Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell - The Lobster
Ryan Gosling - La La Land
Hugh Grant - Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill - War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Naomie Harris - Moonlight
Nicole Kidman - Lion
Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea
Viola Davis - Fences

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali - Moonlight
Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg - Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel - Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Nocturnal Animals

Best Director - Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Tom Ford - Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson - Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Tom Ford - Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan - Hell or High Water

Best Motion Picture - Animated
Moana
My Life As A Zucchini
Sing
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings

There are several more categories of nominations; this award show also covers Television. You can go to the Golden Globe Website for a complete list.