Golden Globes nominations: snubs, surprises and when will they figure out what a comedy is?

This morning the 2018 Golden Globes nominations were officially announced. A lot of things were to be expected, such as “Call Me by Your Name” earning its share of nominations. But of course like every year there are plenty of snubs, shocks and the biggest question of all concerning the Golden Globes, why can’t they figure out what a comedy is?

The biggest snubs come in the form of directors, with Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig being the most blatant missing nominees. “The Big Sick” being entirely absent on every level is also a huge movie snub you can’t overlook.

Surprises aren’t as many but “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” making the number of nominations it did definitely comes as a surprise. And in the television arena Kevin Bacon being nominated for his series is honestly flabbergasting.

And of course then there’s the comedy category in movies which gets more hilarious in terms of what’s considered a ‘comedy’ and less funny in terms of the actual comedy in the films. This year only one of the movies in the category can even truly be categorized as musical or comedy, that’s “The Greatest Showman.” You definitely weren’t laughing during “Get Out.”

While the fact of the matter is that these films end up submitting themselves in the comedy category because they know the drama category will be filled, it’s still ridiculous. The easy solution would seemingly be to expand the drama category because what’s bothersome about non-comedies being nominated isn’t that these films don’t deserve recognition it’s that actual brilliant comedies never even stand a chance of being nominated. This year an ideal actual musical or comedy category would include the brilliance of “The Big Sick” and the hilarity of “Girls Trip.” Instead movies that might have a couple jokes get nominated because they won’t likely make the drama cut leaving actual comedy out in the cold.

Overall the nominations aren’t all that surprising, nor undeserving, but at some point the Golden Globes really need to be willing to expand the number in their film categories.

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UPDATED: A fangirl’s definitive ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become known for their amazing films since 2008’s “Iron Man.” But we all know that some have been better than others and some have just fallen flat. So let’s rank the movies so far from worst to best.

Now updated to include this weekend’s latest Marvel release, drops all but one MCU film down a notch.

*Authors note: in complete honesty I never could be bothered to even watch ‘Doctor Strange’ hence it’s absence from this list.

16. ‘Iron Man 3’

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I know people love this movie and it made all the money but the third Iron Man stand-alone tried a lot of things and most of them didn’t work. The film’s villains fell flat compared to the first two films and it didn’t seem to know just how to handle Tony’s world post “Avengers.” The biggest problem was the new director; Jon Favreau was sorely missed behind the camera.

15. ‘The Incredible Hulk’

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While Mark Ruffalo has mastered the character, Edward Norton’s turn as Bruce Banner was enjoyable. The story was solid and didn’t try to simply redo the first film, which we should never ever speak of. The film successfully redeemed the Hulk name in the MCU, but wasn’t a stand out worthy of a higher spot.

14. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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It’s hard to follow up a great team-up movie and ‘Age of Ultron’ proved that. Too many set ups for future movies left this one feeling a little empty. But for those long suffering Hawkeye fans like me this movie finally gave him some well-deserved screen time. Not a perfect film, but a solid ending to Joss Whedon’s time with the MCU.

13. ‘Thor: The Dark World’

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This sequel wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as its predecessor either. Loki yet again stole the show, but supporting characters like Lady Sif and Fandral deserved more screen time than they were allotted. Jane could have used more to do than damsel it for the better part of the movie as well. However Thor films maintain to be the most unique and seperate from the other core Avengers solo films.

12. ‘Iron Man’

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The movie that started it all started it all with a bang. Tony’s enigmatic personality was brilliantly played with the utmost perfect casting decision of Robert Downy Jr. Because of the incredible director/actor duo of Downey and Favreau Marvel’s new era was reigned in pretty perfectly.

11. ‘Ant-Man’

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“Ant-Man” could have been a trainwreck. When the longtime connected director and screenwriter dropped out of the film fans were worried, but the tiny hero rose above the negativity. Paul Rudd perfectly combines humor and hero as Scott Lang and the movie proved itself to be a standout in the MCU. Ant-Man is a lesser known Marvel hero and the movie gave the character a well-deserved spotlight.

10. ‘ Captain America: Civil War’

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“Civil War” isn’t a great Captain America movie but it is a well done Avengers movie if we’re being honest. While Steve and Bucky’s relationship still takes center stage in the film, it could have been focused on even more. Because of that it’s amazing. The Steve/Bucky dynamic is one of the most intriguing and deeply emotional connections in the whole of the Marvel Universe and Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans continued to portray it perfectly in this film. Black Panther’s introduction also set’s up for what is hopefully an incredible future onscreen for the character.

 

9. ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’

It took a long time but Marvel finally got Spiderman right. Tom Holland is a perfect fit for the role, playing the fact that Spidey really is just a kid at the end of the day fantastically. Plus that plot twist was the first time I was genuinely shocked by something in a Marvel film. The only reason this isn’t higher on the list is because it could have been better with a lot less or no Tony Stark at all.

 

8. ‘Iron Man 2’

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Easily the best of the Iron Man stand-alone films, this one brought us a new side to Tony and the romance we all saw coming. The introduction of Black Widow was in its own way overdue since she should be in everything since the beginning of the creation of all things Marvel. Sam Rockwell, while a ridiculous villain, was brilliant as he tends to be in every role he tackles. The return of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson also made this movie the finest of the Iron Man films.

 

7. ‘Thor’

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Chris Hemsworth was another perfect casting choice by Marvel and no one expected this film to be as good as it was. “Thor” could have been ridiculous, draped in too much out of this world mythology, but it wasn’t. And of course we can’t overlook the fact that this movie graced the world with the rise of Tom Hiddleston who stole every scene he was in as Loki, Thor’s mischievous little brother.

6. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

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He’s the first Avenger for a reason, because he’s awesome. Steve Rogers is the everyman, nice guy that everyone can get behind. You root for him at every turn and his first major movie is an excellent portrayal of the hero origin story. With a supporting cast comprised of brilliant actors, like the most kick ass woman in the MCU, Hayley Atwell nothing about this movie falls short. Captain America’s first major on-screen appearance proved why he is the man known to always lead the Avengers.

5. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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Let’s be honest, you put Andy Dwyer in space with a talking tree and a gun toting raccoon you expect it to turn out as a cheesy laugh-riot comedy. That wasn’t the case, though the film is definitely funny it’s also a surprising space epic for the ages. “Guardians” was an unexpected hit with an amazing ensemble cast and a story that was oddly relatable. No one expected to shed tears over a tree and a raccoon, but this movie made us all do that.

4. ‘The Avengers’

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No matter how many Avengers movies they make the first one will always be the best one. It was the first time a superhero team-up had been successfully done in a major film and it was executed brilliantly. Whedon perfectly encapsulated the struggle of bringing together a team of unlikely heroes with a great story and script that was portrayed with the stellar performances from the entire cast. The reality is every Avengers movie will have to live in the shadow of the original triumph.

3. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2’

The second installment of the “Guardians” franchise isn’t just amazing because of the cutest dancing tree in the universe. They continue to benefit from it’s separation from the rest of the MCU allowing the film to just be about this ragtag group of heroes we’ve grown to love. Great music, witty dialogue, excellent performances all around and an unexpectedly poignant commentary of what it means to be family.

2. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

The third Thor film proved that the Marvel solo films don’t have to become overcrowded sequel after sequel. Funny,  unique and action packed “Ragnarok” set a tone seperate from the previous films, but also loyal to who Thor is. With a stellar supporting cast, great character development for everyone involved and a lot of well executed humor this film very nearly dethroned the long reigning #1 Marvel film in my eyes.

1. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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The second stand-alone film for Cap very nearly put every prior MCU movie to shame. Winter Soldier gets everything right. Every actor is perfect, especially Sebastian Stan who gives an incredibly emotional performance without saying a word for the better part of the movie. The action is thrilling, the story takes the superhero movie to new political thriller heights and the direction from the Russo brothers is compelling and holds your attention from start to finish. Just as every future Avengers film will live in the shadow of the original, it’s safe to say that every stand-alone Marvel film will have to live in the shadow of “The Winter Soldier.”

REVIEW: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a wild, fun and unique ride

Spoilers Ahead….

The god of thunder is back for his third solo run and better than ever before. “Thor: Ragnarok” achieves what the most recent solo films haven’t, managing to be both fun and action packed while being wholly focused on the individuals name that’s in the title.

Thor films have often been my personal favorite for the simple fact that they’re set apart and there’s little chance of me having to see Tony Stark or any other random Avenger for no reason. I just get to enjoy a godly adventure where Thor actually gets to develop as an individual throughout the films. And while there were a couple other’s in this one that was still absolutely the case this time around (though I could have done without the Strange cameo).

With the apocalypse looming Thor sets out to save his people and Chris Hemsworth gets to embrace this character for what will likely be the last time in his own film. Hemsworth is funny, a thing more people need to realize, and while previous movies have only somewhat capitalized on that fact director Taika Waititi ran with it brilliantly. The humor, not just from Hemsworth, isn’t constant but it’s there and it’s always funny.

One of the funniest parts being the sibling banter that’s always been delightful between Thor and Loki. Tom Hiddleston has been playing the conniving Loki for a while now and this film did something unexpected: it let his character grow. Whereas the last film duped growth, this one actually showed him being more than just a trickster; it let him be the man that Thor believes him to be.

The women of this film however are the ones that truly steal every scene. Cate Blanchett is devilishly divine as Hela, not only looking like a conqueror but sounding and carrying herself like a true evil threat. Tessa Thompson is fantastic as Valkyrie, she’s fun, she’s badass and she manages to outshine every man in this film with ease simply through the way she commands the screen.

Waititi directed this movie in inventive ways that made it stand out from the other Marvel films in tone. He used the fact that these characters are in other realms with fantastical things to his advantage, giving the film a slightly wild look that visually appealed. Waititi also managed to be a scene stealer playing the delightful revolutionary Korg.

Other bits you have to love: seeing the warriors three even if they all die immediately, Idris Elba being the ultimate kind badass Heimdall who frankly should be ruling the Asgardians, Anthony Hopkins final bow as Odin, Jeff Goldblum being just delightfully Goldblum and the surprisingly well done use of Hulk/Bruce Banner.

Overall Thor movies just keep getting better. Some people will probably hate this one, they’ll say it’s too funny or the use of music should be kept to “Guardians of the Galaxy” films but that’s what makes the one so great. Every Thor film feels like a unique experience and this one might be the most unique film in Marvel’s entire universe.

I look forward to seeing Thor, now all ultra-powered to the point that he’s rendered all the other Avengers practically useless and one eyed, again. It’s a shame this is likely the last Hemsworth led Thor film but if it is the last they truly went out of the highest of high notes.

Ranking ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s’ Halloween heists

In a world where not enough comedies tackle a Halloween themed episode every season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” never disappoints in its annual Halloween Heist episodes. Episodes that if you’re not one for parties and too old for trick-or-treating are perfect for a fun Halloween binge. Each season, the heist competition amongst the members of the 99th precinct gets more outlandish, competitive and hilarious. Not one of the episodes are bad in any way truly, but which one is the best?

 

5 – Halloween – Season 1

The first Halloween Heist sets the tone for all future heist’s to come. Jake’s insistant to prove that he is an amazing detective/ genius by stealing Holt’s medal of valor. Unlike some future Halloween Heist’s there are actually multiple storylines going on within the episode, Terry is determined to learn more personal information about Rosa and Charles tries to show Amy that Halloween isn’t so bad. Looking back now Jake falling through Holt’s ceiling is so tame compared to the future lengths they go to for victory.

Best Line: “Look, Jake I love you like one of my daughters.” – Terry, attempting to let Jake down easy.

Episode Highlight: Charles Mario Batali costume definitely makes you laugh every time you see it and Jake’s sad attempt to flush Holt out of his office by sticking pigeons in the ducts is absolutely ridiculous.

 

4- Halloween III – Season 3

In what they claim to be the final heist, Holt and Jake up the stakes once again picking teams but leaving Amy out of it thinking she’s a liability on both sides. Roaches, Terry’s twin girls, a complete ‘failure’ in the vents, and an ironic foreshadowing almost proposal are all used as distractions. Amy is the real hero of the episode though completely playing everyone in her meticulous way the entire time.

Best Line: “If I die turn my tweets into a book!” – Gina, screaming her dying request.

Episode Highlight: The cold open for Charles is hilarious and every single time that someone yells at Amy’s boobs because they think she’s hiding a camera in her cleavage.

 

3- Halloween II – Season 2

Jake ups the ante in the second heist by challenging himself to steal the watch off of Holt’s wrist. He enlists an actual criminal to help which goes awry when the criminal does what criminals do and actually runs off with watch. Of course it’s all a part of Holt’s plan when he claims the victory this time around since he’s been planning it all for a year. Meanwhile, Terry is forced to reprimand Gina who claims she has more important things to do than her job which leads to him being a dancer with her.

Best Line: “Look, I can’t help it if my life is literally a ‘Step Up’ movie.” – Gina, speaking the truth.

Episode Highlight: Terry and Gina’s winning, unforgettable dance number that closes the episode is everything.

 

2- HalloVeen – Season 5

In the shows latest Halloween Heist Charles, Rosa and Terry band together to form ‘The Tramps,’ Cheddar is replaced by an imposter, Terry may have radiation poisoning from tracking devices, Hitchcock and Scully as usual have no clue what’s going on, Fake Charles returns to play a Gina in wolves clothing and Jake seems more determined than ever before to be the champion. His reason behind needing to win? It’s all a part of his grand marriage proposal to Amy.

Best Line: “This bitch? Please!” – Holt, in reference to fake Cheddar.

Episode Highlight: While there are endless funny moments, the honor has to go to the proposal scene. It’s sweet, funny and a little bit weird just like Jake and Amy. Though Holt being in Jake and Amy’s bedroom and having already eaten their breakfast is pretty damn great too.

 

1 – Halloween IV – Season 4

Tired of the squad only fighting for who the greatest detective is Gina plans the ultimate coup. Just as every year before the stakes get higher and higher. Three separate announcements for the heist occur, Terry believes that heists are dumb, Cheddar becomes a great accomplice, a fake Charles is brought into the game and Holt steals Jake’s closest and greatest weapon Charles. But nothing can stop Gina’s secret plan after she fakes a dental emergency. It’s tough to choose between the latest heist and this fourth one, but it’s all so outlandish and never endingly hilarious the fourth heist has to be the finest.

Best Line: “I will split you both open from mouth to anus and wear you as jackets.” – Holt, said so beautifully deadpanned.

Episode Highlight: Holt breaking through that glass window like a wild animal to stop Jake is so unexpected and hilarious and you can’t deny when Holt whispers ‘yes, pork chop, yes’ to Charles.

Other notable Halloween episodes to watch this October 31st:

  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” – ‘Halloween’ and ‘Fear Itself
  • “Parks and Recreation” – ‘Greg Pikitis’ and ‘Meet n’ Greet’
  • “Boy Meet’s Word” – ‘And Then There was Shawn’
  • “Friends” – ‘The One with the Halloween Party’

Tips to surviving the long ‘Shadowhunters’ hiatus

When your favorite show announces its return date you get excited, but when that date is a lot later than you expected you have to brace yourself. We ‘Shadowhunters’ fans are right there as we speak. While an April return date means that there’s likely to be little to no break between season halves it’s still one hell of a wait. So if the show is your #1, your absolute TV obsession that long 20+ week wait is going to get rough, trust me I know cause I’m right there with you. The break between season 1 & 2 was tough, but we survived so here’s a few tips on how to get through this long hiatus.

  1. Do a rewatch

Unlike the nine month break in between the first two seasons we’ve got a full 33 episodes to keep us busy this time. Now if you start you’re rewatch now there’s not quite enough for a weekly viewing, but instead you could watch a couple episodes a week or go crazy and binge watch it numerous times. Or be like me and get into a great space where you need to just rewatch every Malec scene for fun.

  1. Channel that obsession into something else for a while

It’s not easy to love a show as much as you love your favorite, but there’s usually something out there to ease it a bit. Personally I followed my love of John Cho into “The Exorcist” and found myself unexpectedly attached to everything about it.

  1. Check out other work the actors have done

While a lot of our cast don’t have a ton of previous work to re-visit, Harry Shum Jr. has done some great short films that can be found on YouTube, some film roles you can catch on Netflix and the fantastic web series “Single By 30.” There’s also “Glee” but you’ve probably already suffered through that. Isaiah Mustafa had a fun guest episode on the series “Chuck” back in the day and while they may not be the best movies ever made you can find a number of Matthew Daddario’s early roles out there as well.

  1. Venture into fanfic

It’s a bit of a scary world; I know personally I didn’t jump into until my obsession with Magnus and Alec become ridiculously high. It can be tough to find fic that characterizes well, but there are some excellent long term reads out there to be found that can help ease a hiatus just a bit.

  1. Look for similar shows to tide you over

We live in an era of ridiculous amounts of TV and tons of supernaturally inclined TV shows, my personal recommendations that give you “Shadowhunters” esque vibes: “The Magicians,” “The Shannara Chronicles” and “The Originals.”

“Shadowhunters” returns for its third season on April 3rd, 2018.

‘The Exorcist’ is must see Fall TV for horror fans and non-horror fans alike

While many first think of “American Horror Story” when they think of a great current horror series, the best horror show to be found is actually quietly airing every Friday night on network television.

“The Exorcist,” based off the film and book of the same name, is providing some of the best horror content television has ever had yet only seems to have the attention of a small but dedicated fanbase.

Centered on excommunicated priest Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) and his protégé come best friend (and some other subtext we won’t get into) Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera), the Fox series isn’t held back in any way by the censorship of a 9 o’clock network timeslot. Much in the way that any great horror film gives you glimpses of fear and provides a false sense of security early on the series does the same with its first few episodes. And then all glorious horror hell breaks loose.

Personally I found my way into the series in its second season when it was announced John Cho was joining the cast as Andy Kim, I’d watch anything Cho is in, but after the first episode I found myself so enthralled with the entire plot and the core priests that I went back and binged the first season before episode two had even aired.

The beauty of it is that I chose to watch season one but really didn’t have to, jumping into season two was as easy as paying attention to the ‘last season on’ opener. However, the content was so good, so smartly scary that I wanted to go back and see if for myself anyway.

While the first season heavily used character and reference from the book and film, season two has breached all new territory. They’ve introduced us to more twists and deception within the Vatican and a new diverse family who’s become befallen to a whole different kind of evil.

It’s scary, gory and well written. As the first season focused on mostly one major plotline, season two is slowly bringing our characters together in interesting and subtle ways that make you pay full attention to every detail. The characters are written in such a way that you want them all to be okay, even though you know they’re probably not going to be. You root for Marcus and Tomas at every turn, you fall in love with Andy and his foster kids instantly and god do you ever hope Father Bennet makes it out of Rome alive.

It does horror the way it should be done. It’s scary, but thought provoking and it does something that not enough modern horror does in my opinion: it doesn’t show all and pour everything in blood. Sure there’s blood and gore, but the series doesn’t rely on the gross factor to be the thing that scares you. The fear comes from the quieter moments, the whispers and the subtleties. It’s scary in the way that it feels real, not some unimaginable spewing of guts. Admittedly some of that might come from the fact they air on network television, but it’s working for them ridiculously well.

Horror fans should definitely be jumping on this show, and non-horror fans can find a thrill in the characters as well. Season two has really only just begun, so there’s plenty of time to catch up and jump in on this underrated horror gem.

“The Exorcist” airs Friday’s at 9/8c on Fox.

Emmy picks 2017: the limited series and TV movie contenders

Much like nearly every year this category gets dominated by one or two popular mini-series that come around and grasps everyone’s attention. This year the big fight will come down between HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

 

Limited Series

Should Win: “The Night Of”

Will Win: “Big Little Lies”

“Big Little Lies” took a popular story and adapted it in a smart way that held the audience’s attention. Between its audience popularity and critical acclaim it will win this Emmy, that doesn’t mean however I won’t stop fighting for the captivating brilliance that was “The Night Of” just as I did with Golden Globes. Bear in mind the awards shows love Ryan Murphy though so “Feud” always has a shot.

 

TV Movie

Should Win & Will Win: “Black Mirror: San Junipero”

I’m possibly going out on a limb here saying “San Junipero” will win, but I don’t care because it absolutely deserves to. Aside from simply being another fantastic installment for the “Black Mirror” saga, it was also a smart piece of television that portrayed a healthy interracial same sex relationship between two women where no ‘bury your gays’ trope occurred. That alone deserves an Emmy.

 

Lead Actor

Should Win & Will Win: Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”

Again I’m probably going out on a limb here, but I want it so bad I don’t care if I get this prediction wrong. I’ve said everything you can say about how damn good Riz Ahmed is in “The Night Of” and I still believe every single bit of it. If he doesn’t win this for his impeccable performance the Emmy’s really need to rethink themseslves.

 

Lead Actress

Should Win: Carrie Coon, “Fargo”

Will Win: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

Carrie Coon should also be nominated for her astounding work on “The Leftovers” but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t win for “Fargo” as well. However, this battles going to come down between the ladies of “Big Little Lies” and “Feud.” Really Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon all have a pretty equal shot at this award, but Kidman has a standout edge over the rest.

 

Supporting Actor

Should Win & Will Win: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

I never thought I’d say that Eric from “True Blood” was out there giving commanding Emmy award worthy performances, but here we are. While the women of “Big Little Lies” are obviously the selling point Alexander Skarsgard is the one man of the series who truly shines, even if his character is a terrible person.

 

Supporting Actress

Should Win: Regina King, “American Crime”

Will Win: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

“Big Little Lies” will dominate a great deal of these categories, this one is no different. However Regina King is always amazing in the very low-key “American Crime” and she has snuck in and won this category before.

Find out who wins on Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS.