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Sometimes, even when it comes to the hottest movies, I fall behind catching them in theaters and that includes those in a franchise. It comes down to taking in these cinematic works on DVD or TV. That was the case with the first few installments of “The Fast and the Furious” movies and then I followed up 5, 6 and 7 at home as well. I hoped to finally see the most recent addition to “F & F” on the big screen. Unfortunately, I missed it and awaited its release on DVD, planning to watch it with my best friend during one of my visits.

However, we don’t always get around to enjoying movies, getting more into fun girl talk and catching up with anything new going on. So, just a few nights ago, I finally got to see “The Fate of the Furious” (2017) when scrolling through the TV Guide grid looking for something of interest.

I haven’t written about any movies from this action-packed franchise and as the closing credits rolled, I had an idea. Why not re-watch each installment and write about them as I go? One “F & F” movie or another airs here and there on TV, yet I can’t say I’ve watched any of them a great number of times. Despite that, I feel as though no matter how many times someone sees them, the stunts continue to amaze. I’ll wonder just how they pulled off such intense action behind the wheel. But at the same time, I don’t want to lose the mystery and movie magic that goes into bringing together many incredible car stunts throughout the franchise.

I can’t wait to go through each movie again as there is so much to say about the cast, characters, best quotes, settings, plot points and car-heavy stunts. The cars used in “F & F” also give me a lot to write about, since I love so many cool rides. A recent favorite of mine is definitely the latest Dodge Challenger model. The slick one in the photo above is one I spotted at a local car show this past November. I write about various car shows on my photo / travel blog; it’s one of my top warm-weather activities. Check out more images I snapped of cool wheels on this post.

For me, each “F & F” movie has a favorite moment besides the climactic action scene. I can’t say yet which installment is #1 in my opinion. Which one is tops for you?

Now that the SAG awards are coming up next, it seems as though the year’s top honors will be here before we know it. I still have some catching up to do in choosing Oscar favorites until then. Except for a few categories I’m unsure of, here are the nominees I hope will win this weekend.


  • Male Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”
  • Female Actor in a Leading Role: Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird”
  • Male Actor in a Supporting Role: ?
  • Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney – “I, Tonya”
  • Cast in a Motion Picture: “Lady Bird”


  • Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Geoffrey Rush – “Genius”
  • Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Jessica Lange or Susan Sarandon – “Feud: Bette & Joan”
  • Male Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones”
  • Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Foy – “The Crown”
  • Male Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Female Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Ensemble in a Drama Series: “The Crown”
  • Ensemble in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: “Game of Thrones”
  • Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Dunkirk” or “Wonder Woman”

Any thoughts on this year’s SAG nominees?

Several factors led to not catching this year’s Golden Globes. I never added it to my calendar, plans with a friend ran late and we were without a working television set. I didn’t want to track live social media updates as we caught up with each other. Later on, I found out which nominees won (congrats to all!) and heard a lot about the “Me Too” movement in relation to the show.

I’m mobile blogging about movies for the first time, due to a technical issue on my laptop. Considering the long list ahead in sharing my favorite Critics’ Choice nominees, it seemed daunting to get through by typing on a phone. Yet with so many great nominees again this year, I didn’t want to skip my award season posts until next time. So, here are my 2018 favorites:


  • Picture: “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk” or “Lady Bird”
  • Actor: Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”
  • Actress: Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird”
  • Supporting Actor: ?
  • Supporting Actress: Allison Janey – “I, Tony’s”
  • Young Actor / Actress: Jacob Tremblay – “Wonder”
  • Acting Ensemble: “Lady Bird”
  • Director: Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird”
  • Original Screenplay: “Lady Bird”
  • Adapted Screenplay: “Wonder”
  • Cinematography: “Dunkirk”
  • Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Editing: ?
  • Costume Design: “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Hair & Makeup: “Darkest Hour” or “I, Tonya”
  • Visual Effects: “Thor: Ragnarok”
  • Animated Feature: ?
  • Action Movie: “Thor: Ragnarok”
  • Comedy: “The Disaster Artist” or “Lady Bird”
  • Actor in a Comedy: Chris Hemsworth – “Thor: Ragnarok” or James Franco – “The Disaster Artist”
  • Actress in a Conedy: Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird”
  • Sci-Fi / Horror Movie: “It”
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Song: ?
  • Score: “Dunkirk”


  • Drama Series: “Game of Thrones”
  • Actor in a Drama Series: ?
  • Actress in a Drama Series: ?
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: ?
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: ?
  • Comedy Series: “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Actress in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Limited Series: “Feud: Bette and Joan” or “Big Little Lies”
  • Movie Made for TV: ?
  • Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Jessica Lange – “Feud: Bette and Joan”
  • Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Stanley Tucci – “Feud: Bette and Joan”
  • Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Regina King – “American Crime”
  • Talk Show: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
  • Animated Series: “The Simpsons”
  • Unstructured Reality Series: “Ice Road Truckers”
  • Structured Reality Series: “Who Do You Think You Are?”
  • Reality Competition Series: ?
  • Reality Show Host: ?

Which nominees are you rooting for this year?

Hope everyone is enjoying 2018 so far and here’s to another year of great movies!

Even though another Halloween has just pasted, I caught a few old horror flicks on TV this past week. Two of them starred Vincent Price – “The Haunted Palace” (1963) and “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1960). Other than summarizing and sharing opinions on each one, I thought I’d write about some things I’ve always loved about these classic scares.

One element is the creepy, old estates or castles, sometimes overlooking a cliffside and stormy seas. Other times, they’re just beyond an eerie forest surrounded in a lingering fog. I wished these settings were real locations and that I could visit them and explore foreboding structures. Throughout the horror tales onscreen, such detail in every room and exterior areas make for the perfect atmospheric mansion with a haunting past. Old-fashioned lighting, watchful portraits, ornate windows, gates of swirling iron, spiderwebs, climbing overgrowth and then some.

Another part of many horror gems of decades ago is the handsome, young man drawn into the story. He’s always so dashing in those poet shirts, jackets with coattails and riding boots. One such dark-haired, dark-eyed fellow is in “The Fall of the House of Usher” and another is Jack Nicholson in his early film years in “The Terror” and “The Raven,” both from 1963. As a fan of Nicholson from many other roles, I have those on DVD. His costumes had a different style, but he looked equally dashing in them. Aside from him, I usually don’t know who the actor is by name. These men are also usually the heroic figure, rescuing the young woman in danger. I imagine they’d be among my actor crushes if I’d been a teenager or around that age during the 60s.

Last but not least, there are the legendary actors of this genre – Price as well as Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr. Each was perfect in their respective creepy roles. Their classic works were before my time, but I love to watch these every Halloween season or whenever I happen to catch them airing on TV throughout the year. I have an old VHS copy of a horror compilation titled “Creepy Classics,” hosted by Price and I wish I could find in on DVD. There are probably a few old flicks I forgot about since last watching the tape and not seeing them air on TV for a while.

I love catching reruns of older TV shows, sometimes even those that were before my time as a teenager. Within a few days of each other, I saw episodes from two different shows, in which one girl has a crush on someone. That was at least part of the their overall stories. Both have a similar way of handling their feelings and to me, it’s all the more relatable.

Starting with the earlier series, “The Facts of Life,” Natalie (Mindy Cohn) admires a guy in secret, yet it all ends up out in the open in one episode. When it came to having a crush on someone, I always wanted to keep my feelings hush-hush. In high school, I could never tell if the guy I fell so hard for knew…whether through someone else or on his own. Curious interactions with him kept me guessing. There was playful teasing coming from him and never knowing what to make of it, as well as being so shy, all I could do was giggle at his wild antics. My best friend and I remember when he’d call out my name in class, sounding so tempting. I’d glance back at him to see his devilish grin flashing my way, his eyes twinkling with mischief. That expression always made my heart melt and I’d turn away quickly, fearing he could sense my feelings if we made eye contact long enough. Or, would my best friend giving me a teasing glance at my reaction to him reveal everything? Before going on to the next series, there’s one more thing about this show. I’ll have to write more about it sometime in another post. It’s so striking to watch “The Facts of Life” now, what with how different teen-focused TV is these days.

Next, I caught an episode of “Roseanne,” in which Darlene (Sara Gilbert) has a guy over at the Conner house for a date. She’s awkward in trying to follow some flirting advice. Watching the scene, I doubted even with my shyness that I’d be that awkward and after all, it’s a TV show and the situation could be exaggerated for comedy. For me, it would’ve come through in not knowing what to say to my crush…or if I should respond in a flirty way at all, afraid of reading his actions wrong. The guy I had such a huge crush on in high school was the first time someone so gorgeous had been as attentive to me as he’d been. He offered to defend me against some creepy guy (so sweet!), was helpful in other ways. A few close moments happened that didn’t seem as though he was outright hitting on me, at least not in my mind. Dealing with such encounters for the first time, I just wasn’t sure what it meant. Not only that, but never thinking I was his type, I tended not to assume he was showing interest in those close moments. So, of course, my own reaction would be shyness and awkwardness.

Along with how well myself and many others could relate to such TV show scenes of teenage love, it’s the nostalgia and memories. They take me back to those similar moments when I was a teen girl with a heart beating for a certain someone. I’ll never forget any of those times.

Just ahead of these awards, I’ll be away for the weekend and not tuning in; just following highlights via social media. But here are my favorites, a few of which I added recently.


  • Male Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea” or Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”
  • Female Actor in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman – “Jackie” or Emma Stone – “La La Land”
  • Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”
  • Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Cast in a Motion Picture: “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Captain America: Civil War”


  • Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Bryan Cranston – “All the Way”
  • Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Bryce Dallas Howard – “Black Mirror”
  • Male Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”
  • Female Actor in a Drama Series: Thandie Newton – “Westworld”
  • Male Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy – “Shameless”
  • Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
  • Ensemble in a Drama Series: “Downton Abbey” or “Game of Thrones”
  • Ensemble in a Comedy Series: “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Action by a Stunt Ensemble: “Game of Thrones”

Which nominees do you think will win?

Now that my votes have been cast for most of these categories, I’m looking forward to seeing which nominees become the people’s choices. Undecided in a few cases, I’ll have to revisit the choices as the ceremony draws closer. But here are the nominees who have my vote so far:


  • Movie: “Captain America: Civil War”
  • Movie Actor: Tom Hanks
  • Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Action Movie: “Captain America: Civil War”
  • Action Movie Actor: Chris Evans
  • Action Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Animated Movie Voice: Ellen DeGeneres, “Finding Dory”
  • Comedic Movie: “Bad Moms”
  • Comedic Movie Actor: Chris Hemsworth
  • Comedic Movie Actress: Kristen Bell
  • Dramatic Movie: “Sully”
  • Dramatic Movie Actor: Tom Hanks
  • Dramatic Movie Actress: Amy Adams
  • Family Movie: “Finding Dory”
  • Thriller Movie: “The Conjuring 2,” “Nerve” or “The Shallows”
  • Movie Icon: Tom Hanks


  • TV Show: “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Network TV Comedy: “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons
  • Comedic TV Actress: Kaley Cuoco
  • Network TV Drama: “How To Get Away With Murder”
  • Dramatic TV Actor: Terrence Howard
  • Dramatic TV Actress: Viola Davis
  • Cable TV Comedy: ?
  • Cable TV Drama: “Mr. Robot”
  • Cable TV Actor: Rami Malek
  • Cable TV Actress: Vera Farmiga
  • Premium Drama TV Show: “Homeland”
  • Premium Comedy TV Show: “Veep”
  • Premium Cable TV Actor: Kevin Spacey
  • Premium Cable TV Actress: Claire Danes
  • TV Crime Drama: ?
  • Crime Drama TV Actor: ?
  • Crime Drama TV Actress: ?
  • Network Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Once Upon A Time,” “Supernatural” or “The Vampire Diaries”
  • Cable Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Shadowhunters”
  • Premium Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Show: “Game of Thrones”
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actor: Ian Somerhalder
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Actress: Emilia Clark
  • Competition TV Show: ?
  • Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Daytime TV Hosting Team: Good Morning America
  • Late Night Talk Show Host: Conan O’Brien or Jimmy Fallon
  • Streaming Series: ?
  • Actor in a New TV Series: Kiefer Sutherland or Milo Ventimiglia
  • Actress in a New TV Series: Minnie Driver
  • Animated TV Show: “The Simpsons”
  • New TV Comedy: “The Great Indoors”
  • New TV Drama: “Designated Survivor”


  • Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
  • Female Artist: Ariana Grande
  • Group: Coldplay
  • Breakout Artist: DNCE
  • Male Country Artist: Keith Urban
  • Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
  • Country Group: The Band Perry
  • Pop Artist: Ariana Grande
  • Hip Hop Artist: ?
  • R&B Artist: Rihanna or Usher
  • Album: “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande
  • Song: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

Social Media

  • Social Media Celebrity: ?
  • Social Media Star: ?
  • YouTube Star: ?
  • Comedic Collaboration: SNL with Alec Baldwin as Trump and Kate McKinnon as Clinton
  • Digital Obsession: Facebook Live

Which of these entertainment nominees did you vote for this year?