Moving on to the Golden Globe announcements, here are some of my favorite actors, actresses and titles to win.

Movies

  • Motion Picture, Drama: “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: “La La Land”
  • Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Natalie Portman – “Jackie”
  • Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”
  • Director: Damien Chazelle – “La La Land” or Kenneth Lonergan – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Screenplay: ?
  • Animated Feature Film: “Zootopia”
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Original Score: “Hidden Figures” or “Arrival”
  • Original Song: “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

TV

  • TV Series, Drama: “Game of Thrones”
  • TV Series, Comedy or Musical: “Veep”
  • Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV: ?
  • Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV: Thandie Newton – “Westworld”
  • Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV: Bryan Cranston – “All the Way”
  • Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Evan Rachel Wood – “Westworld”
  • Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”
  • Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
  • Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical: Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
  • Actress in a Supporting TV Role: Lena Headey – “Game of Thrones”
  • Actor in a Supporting TV Role: Christian Slater – “Mr. Robot”

Which nominees do you think will win at the coming Golden Globes?

I’ve been playing catch-up with my favorites to win awards in this busy month. Also for the moment, I don’t have a working television set and as a result, missed this year’s Critics’ Choice ceremony. I’ll have to take care of that before the next award show for this season. However, I thought I’d share who my favorite nominees were, just for a comparison to the winners. I was undecided on a few of these and hadn’t heard about or seen nominated movies and shows in some categories.

Movies

  • Picture: “Sully”
  • Actor: Tom Hanks – “Sully”
  • Actress: Natalie Portman – “Jackie”
  • Supporting Actor: Lucas Hedges – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Young Actor / Actress: Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Acting Ensemble: “Hidden Figures”
  • Director: ?
  • Original Screenplay: ?
  • Adapted Screenplay: “Sully”
  • Cinematography: “La La Land” or “Arrival”
  • Production Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Editing: “Sully”
  • Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Hair & Makeup: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Visual Effects: “Arrival” or “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Animated Feature: “Finding Dory”
  • Action Movie: “Captain America: Civil War,” “Hacksaw Ridge” or “Jason Bourne”
  • Actor in an Action Movie: Matt Damon – “Jason Bourne”
  • Actress in an Action Movie: Scarlett Johansson – “Captain America: Civil War”
  • Comedy: “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Actor in a Comedy: Viggo Mortensen – “Captain Fantastic”
  • Actress in a Comedy: Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Sci-Fi / Horror Movie: “Arrival”
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Song: ?
  • Score: ?

TV

  • Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”
  • Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Tim Matheson – “Killing Reagan”
  • Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”
  • Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”
  • Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Cynthia Nixon – “Killing Reagan”
  • Comedy Series: “Veep”
  • Drama Series: “Game of Thrones”
  • Guest Actor / Actress in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin – “Saturday Night Live”
  • Guest Actor / Actress in a Drama Series: Jeffrey Dean Morgan – “The Walking Dead”
  • Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: “Killing Reagan”
  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Kit Harington – “Game of Thrones”
  • Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: ?
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Emilia Clarke – “Game of Thrones”
  • Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: ?
  • Animation Series: “The Simpsons”
  • Reality Show – Competition: ?
  • Reality Show Host: Anthony Bourdain – “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
  • Structured Reality Show: “Inside the Actors Studio”
  • Talk Show: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
  • Unstructured Reality Show: “Deadliest Catch”

So many great nominees once again. Congratulations to this year’s Critics’ Choice winners!

It’s been a while since I shared a list of cinematic works that caught my attention. Lately, I’ve heard about many new ones to like, follow, pin for trailers, cast interviews and more. So, here are the latest that make up a new set of movies to see, whether I’ll catch them in theaters or on Blu-Ray or DVD.

  • “The Edge of Seventeen” (2016)
  • “Complete Unknown” (2016)
  • “Nocturnal Animals” (2016)
  • “Collateral Beauty” (2016)
  • “La La Land” (2016)
  • “Monster Trucks” (2016)
  • “Inferno” (2016)
  • “Jackie” (2016)
  • “Certain Women” (2016)
  • “Miss Sloane” (2016)
  • “Live By Night” (2016)
  • “Patriots Day” (2016)
  • “Personal Shopper” (2016)
  • “Into the Inferno” (2016)
  • “A Quiet Passion” (2016)
  • “Lady MacBeth” (2016)
  • “In Dubious Battle” (2016)
  • “Nerve” (2016)
  • “Kidnap” (2016)
  • “Arrival” (2016)
  • “Passengers” (2016)
  • “Manchester by the Sea” (2016)
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (2016)
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016)
  • “Fast & Furious 8” (2017)
  • “The Circle” (2017)
  • “Life” (2017)
  • “Alien: Covenant” (2017)
  • “Hidden Figures” (2017)
  • “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
  • “Kong: Skull Island” (2017)
  • “War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017)
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales” (2017)

During a recent movie outing, I saw previews for “Collateral Beauty,” “Inferno” and “Live By Night.” One down, three new ones to go. This coming weekend, I’ll be going out to see “The Edge of Seventeen” with my best friend. I’ve known her since high school and I know we’ll get a lot of laughs from it, just as we do with the teen comedies of our generation. There’s always something to relate to in that genre from one age group to the next. I love the comparison of this new high school tale to many of my favorite teen comedies throughout the years.

My best friend and I watched “Bad Moms” together and loved it as a great laugh-out-loud time with the gals type of movie. Neither of us is a parent, however we related to the overall theme of rebelling against an overbearing system. For example, acting up in a strict high school teacher’s class. In the movie’s case, it’s Amy (Mila Kunis) against the PTA where her kids go to school. But it’s not just the PTA as one entity; its leader, Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) is a real stickler for the rules. She is the queen bee among her two sidekick mom friends, Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo).

What with all the running around Amy does and never catching up, then an added problem from her husband, it’s no wonder she hits a breaking point. This one particular bad day she’s having
just seems as though it can’t possibly get any worse for her. Luckily, she finds support in two
other moms who’ve had it up to here, Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell). Together,
they let loose, leaving their mom troubles in the dust.

One of my favorite moments in newly bad mom Amy is when she uncovers the red hot rod in the driveway. Charging through town, she digs her cool wheels. With my red Camaro, hands-down my favorite sporty car no matter what year, I felt like the onscreen bad mom. I also love the latest Dodge Challenger and I think what Amy drives is an older model. Either way, it’s an awesome car and is perfect for her good-to-bad mom transformation.

Carla is also great as bad-mom inspiration for Amy’s new image. She’s already on the wild side and the more straight-laced moms despise her. No doubt, the most comical of the anti-PTA trio. The timid Kiki sees a new light as she hangs out with her rebellious friends. The three of them, all having it up to here with parenting rules, make an awesome team. Not only for their support system, but for the laughs and fun times as they let go of stress.

Then there is love interest, Jessie (Jay Hernandez) and…Wow! He sure looked a lot like a guy I once had a crush on; my jaw dropped! As Amy and her friends act wild, go out on the town, party, etc., I felt as though I was rooting for her and Jessie. She tries to meet other guys, yet
things don’t quite click. It’s hilarious, how various attempts falter for her in a scene in which someone is out of practice with the dating world. I could relate in the sense that I wasn’t able
to really talk to my crush at the time. Amy even had an awkward moment with the gorgeous Jessie.

Rivalry between Amy and Gwendolyn add to the humor, heating up as the snobby PTA mom goes low to hold onto her rank. The only way to stop her is to go against her in a more official
way, with the help of Carla and Kiki. Their antics draw in other moms who want to escape from
parenting and party hard.

Whether at a grocery store, in a bar or at Amy’s house, the gals’ wild ways kept my best friend and I laughing to the end. The unexpected twist involving Gwendolyn was a nice touch that made us wonder where everyone’s story would go next. I also wanted to know what becomes
of Amy and Jessie’s relationship, should a sequel come along.

One more enjoyable element throughout this comedic movie was its soundtrack of jumping party songs. They were must-haves to buy on iTunes.

If you saw “Bad Moms,” what were some of your favorite or most relatable moments from the movie? Who was your favorite character?

A variety of cinematic works have caught my interest over the past few months, from animated to sci-fi. Several were in theaters earlier this year, so now I’m waiting to buy them on DVD or Blu-Ray. Independents aren’t always playing in theaters closest to where I live. Whenever they’re available to buy, I’ll catch up those at home as well. However I watch them, here are a handful more movies I’m hoping to see.

  • “Eddie the Eagle” (2016)
  • “The Shallows” (2016)
  • “The Boy” (2016)
  • “Nine Lives” (2016)
  • “Me Before You” (2016)
  • “Love & Friendship” (2016)
  • “Cafe Society” (2016)
  • “Why Him?” (2016)
  • “Bad Moms” (2016)
  • “Elvis & Nixon” (2016)
  • “The Abolitionists” (2016)
  • “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016)
  • “Finding Dory” (2016)
  • “Midnight Special” (2016)
  • “The Space Between Us” (2016)
  • “Approaching the Unknown” (2016)
  • “A Monster Calls” (2016)
  • “Ghostbusters” (2016)
  • “Godzilla Resurgence” (2016)
  • “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016)

A few of the movies above are coming to theaters or are now playing. So I’m looking forward to some great flicks on the big screen in the near future.

Which of these are you most interested in seeing or have seen?

High Sch Mem

My high school friends and I are planning to have a reunion soon. We had one several years back and since then, more have shown up online. Recently, some Facebook “On This Day” posts included a note I shared about movies that remind me of our times in classes or various activities together. So, I thought I’d blog about some of these and why they bring back a few memories. Their stories aren’t all in a school setting and in some cases, take me back to general moments from when I was 16 – 18 years old, not just those that took place during the school hours.

“The Breakfast Club”

For one of my friends, this was an all-time favorite. It reminded me of high school because of that theme of teens with different backgrounds also finding a common bond. Then, there is bad
boy, John Bender (Judd Nelson). Rich girl Claire (Molly Ringwald) goes from repulsed by him to feeling an attraction to him. Back in my own teen years, I had a crush on someone who I think a lot of others saw as having a bad boy rep. As a result of laughing at his antics in class, I was even lectured about having a huge crush on him. That didn’t work; it only made him seem more mysterious to me, along with his devilish grin already creating that image.

“Sixteen Candles”

A story with an annoying character who likes a girl, yet she is head over heals for the popular one, who has a girlfriend. I can certainly relate to Molly Ringwald’s character, Samantha, in this John Hughes flick as well…too shy to talk to that certain guy. Meanwhile, there was always that other one who just wouldn’t quit; always in the face of one girl or another. Like Samantha and her friends, we were always irked by those types. Yet unlike Samantha, I didn’t end up dating the guy who was my idea of Jake Ryan.

“Dirty Dancing”

My best friend and I both loved Patrick Swayze (R.I.P.) as the rebellious, yet good-hearted and rather misunderstood Johnny Castle. This movie was out before we knew each other, but Swayze was our first mutual favorite actor. So, he was among early reasons why the two of us bonded and became best friends.

“City Slickers”

A small group of us went on a camping trip outside of Harrisburg and in the recreation center, we watched this comedy over spaghetti dinner. Although we didn’t rough it like Billy Crystal and his city friends out west, many activities were set up, encouraging us to dare ourselves in taking them on. We lined up for a trust fall from atop a boulder, took on a huge rope system and rock-climbing and more.

“The Sandlot”

One day, several teachers decided to show this comedy to a large group of students in the cafeteria. At first, some may have thought it was more for a younger audience. Instead, as
the adventure began, trying to get a prized baseball back from a feared dog, it had everyone laughing. I still like it because it didn’t need for a viewer to be into sports. Another reason is
that the scary tale being told at the boys’ sleepover was relatable to another high school camping trip, when it was time for sharing frights. As we were sitting around the fire, one classmate made me jump by sneaking up behind me and growling like a bear!

There are so many more that I could list as movies that take me back to some absolutely memorable years. I’ll have to write follow-up posts here and there about others as well.

What movies remind you of your own high school years or teen life in general?

Award season wraps up this weekend with the top honors in movies. In several categories, it has been sounding more and more like sure wins for particular nominees. Others, however, are a guessing game of which I’m curious to see the results. Either way, I’m looking forward to how this year’s great choice of movies fare and who among my favorites in acting will take home the Oscar. With that, here are my favorites to win:

  • Best Picture: “The Revenant” or “Spotlight”
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Revenant”
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson – “Room”
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Tom Hardy – “The Revenant”
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate Winslet – “Steve Jobs”
  • Directing: Alejandro G. Inarritu – “The Revenant”
  • Adapted Screenplay: “The Martian”
  • Original Screenplay: “Spotlight”
  • Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
  • Documentary Feature: ?
  • Foreign Language Film: ?
  • Cinematography: “The Revenant”
  • Costume Design: “Cinderella” or “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • Documentary Short: ?
  • Film Editing: “The Revenant”
  • Makeup and Hair: “The Revenant”
  • Music for a Motion Picture: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  • Music for Motion Picture (Original Song): “Manta Ray” – “Racing Extinction”
  • Production Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian” or “The Revenant”
  • Animated Short: “Bear Story”
  • Live Action Short: ?
  • Sound Editing: “The Martian”
  • Sound Mixing: “The Martian”
  • Visual Effects: “The Martian”

I was surprised that the following were not among the nominees:

Actor: Will Smith – “Concussion”
Visual Effects: “Jurassic World”
Music: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – “Furious 7”

Which movie do you think will be the big winner this year? Who are your picks to win in the acting categories?