Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Golden Globes 2018 Nominations | Predictions


My predictions in bold and red/blue (as usual, if you are a regular reader):

Best film – drama

Best film – musical or comedy

Best film – animated

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best film – foreign language

Best performance by an actress in a film – drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Meryl Streep, The Post
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best performance by an actor in a film – drama

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel Esq

Best performance by an actress in a film – musical or comedy

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Best performance by an actor in a film – musical or comedy

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a film

Mary J Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a film

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best director – film

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best screenplay – film

The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Molly’s Game

Best original score – film

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Dunkirk

Best song – film

Home – Ferdinand 
Mighty River –Mudbound
Remember Me – Coco
The Star – The Star
This Is Me –The Greatest Showman

Best TV series – drama

Best TV series – musical or comedy

Best limited series or TV film

Best performance by an actress in a limited series or TV film

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best performance by an actor in a limited series or TV film

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best performance by an actor in a TV series – drama

Sterling K Brown, This is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Jason Bateman, Ozark

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – musical or comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, Glow
Issa Rae, Insecure
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – musical or comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will and Grace

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV film

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV film

Alfred Molina, Feud
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Christian Slater, Mr Robot

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Silver Screen in 2017 {The Disaster Artist}


Have you ever gone into a movie, expecting nothing and midway through thinking to yourself, fuck this is good, well that was my eureka moment during The Disaster Artist.

James & Dave Franco star in this star studded film with one of the best soundtracks of 2017. I think this even had better music than Baby Driver.

Now unfortunately I already posted my Best Movies of 2017 early Friday morning so I may need to revise this after The Disaster Artist, also Star Wars opens this Thursday.



James Franco as real life Tommy Wiseau and film creator of The Room is really neat stuff. The Room is a cult hit, Franco does a sensational job recreating the 90's with Corona, Kylie and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch blaring out of the cinema speakers.

The Franco brothers are so god damn good in this film you find yourself in the Room and in the mood at the end of the film wanting more.

Please if you see one movie this end of year madness period make it The Disaster Artist, honestly it was so good, it gave me faith again in the movies after a so so year on the big screen.

What are your favourite films of 2017? Does this make your list? Speaking of lists all Summer long Flashing off the Record is celebrating music lists, today it's Summer Festival acts, check it out now...

So this golden Summer film, 4.5 double the Franco fun Stars.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Best Movies of 2017


BEST hyped film of 2017 - Joint Winners: War for the Planet of Apes & Dunkirk

BEST jump out of the seat film - Joint Winners: Get Out & IT

BEST Teen drama/coming of age/comedy blah - The Edge of Seventeen

BEST film of 2017 - For my love of comedy, Girls Trip and love of action, Kong: Skull Island

BEST small (budget) film - Happy Death Day

BEST 3D movie - Wonder Woman

BEST Aussie Movie - Lion

BEST Music film - Patty Cake$

BEST controversial film of 2017 - A Bad Mom's Christmas

BEST Drama - Hidden Figures

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Silver Screen in 2017 {Justice League}


The latest superhero collabration film is Justice League. Take a look..



So we get a glimpse at Superman at the start of the film through some weird mobile phone footage. Didn't he die in the last epic DC film (which critics hated, I didn't mind it, but it made a shit load of film) Batman V Superman? I won't spoil it but in this film we also get...

The Flash (not the same actor as in the TV series)
Aquaman (solo film being filmed in the Gold Coast and out in 2018)
Cyborg
Wonder Woman (best solo superhero film in the past, review HERE)
Batman

Now it was only in June this year I took in Wonder Woman and still Gal Gadot is so far ahead of Ben Affleck in this superhero gig.

Erza Miller takes the geeky Barry Allen to a way more over the top version than the CW TV series and at times it misses the mark.

I enjoyed the action sequences however the enemy/bad guy/ major plot was paper thin and I would have preferred a Joker character as a villain, or a Penguin or one of the enemies either of these five main characters face.

Look I think the audience is growing tired of these films, with Star Wars Last Jedi incoming, this could struggle to make more cash at the box office, because this film is one of the most expensive films ever. Well that's what I read and $300,000,000! Shit!

Ok so how does it rate, look it's passable and that only, sorry DC, nothing new or fresh here 2.5 Stars.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Silver Screen in 2017 {Only the Brave}


It felt like a while since I had checked into the cinema, or at least seen something half decent, so it was refreshing seeing Only the Brave.

Based on a horrifying true story the 20 (19 passed away) fireman in Arizona, USA.



Look this is a true story and anyone who has read about the Yarnell Hill fire knows how this goes down, unfortunately it's heartbreaking.

The characters are introduced to you throughout the film and the cast is amazing. Jeff Bridges, Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly & Australian Alex Russell.

It was impressive and powerful, and to be honest I didn't watch the trailer or read much before checking out this stunning film.

A good review is a quick review, done 4 Stars.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

SIA | CHARLI XCX


Over a year after the North American leg of Nostalgic for the Present Tour from Sia lands exclusively in Sydney and Melbourne. Melbourne received shocking reviews and a full pit stop in Auckland is planned this coming week.

Sydney decided to put on an evening of rain and for the second day of Summer a very cool evening. Not ideal.

Not to mention I missed the first two acts Amy Shark (fresh from the ARIA awards) and MO from Sweden.

Now it was clear maybe the weather kept people at home and discounts ahead of the show exploited Sia was not the stadium sell out I thought she was. The stadium in some parts was extremely empty and in a time that Gladys feels 2.5 billion dollars should be spent upgrading Sydney stadiums, well honey boo boo you don't need more seats, you need to fix the mess around the stadiums.

Sia is outstanding, she holds my album of the year in 2014 for 1,000 Forms of Fear an album of the year nomination for This is Acting last year and I have been a big fan since 2001's album Healing is Difficult. When I heard Taken for Granted I knew she was a star!

Unfortunately last night was not her night to shine. The stadium didn't work, the weather didn't help, the set list was a year out of date as this tour did start back in September 2016 and the videos on the side screens were horrible.

Years ago when I saw Sia at the Enmore and another time at the Metro Theatres respectively Sia's interaction was the best part of the show. Last night there was 0% engagement with the audience.

I hate to say this is the first time I have paid to see Sia and if it wasn't for half of Charli XCX's terrific set beforehand this would have been a bitterly disappointing evening out. Catching the tale end of her fourth hit Boys, Charli XCX had a great uptempo set. Including recent collaborations with David Guetta to Mura Musa, this was all killer no filler.

Sia also tipped her hat to David Guetta's massive hit Titanium, however another piano ballad as she ditched the dance original for more ballad version.

At times the concert in the cold and wet, along with a pile of empty seats felt like a snooze fest. I'm sorry Sia but this was just not great. I know you're reserved now and not quirky like the old days, and I hate to be an old fart but I prefer you're old stuff better than you're new stuff. Sorry.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lady Dynamite Season Two.


Enter the world of Maria Bamford (again) in season two's Lady Dynamite. I enjoyed series one and remember watching this (actually bingeing it whilst away in Cairns in 2016) and I had another weekend where I left the world and went into a Netflix vortex.

Aside from three group fitness classes and the odd meal out there were no movies of interest this weekend so I decided let's review my Netflix watchlist and smash some shit out.

An eight episode, 30 minute comedy series fit well, it's late November, the Christmas crazy period is coming early (Japan was OTT for the holiday season) and people are getting there cunt on HARD.

So Maria Bamford's comedy revolving around her real life experiences with bipolar and pugs was something I needed to see.

Unlike the first season being completely new ground, the second season was more of the same with some great cameo's and funny one liners, however I found myself easily distracted away from this seasons plot lines.

Netflix has been churning out some real gold of late and when you are launching so much content into the land of streaming there will be some misses. Lady Dynamite season two and some other series on the streaming giant just do not reach the highs of say Sense8 or pre Kevin Spacey dramas House of Cards.

This is a great pre-Christmas distraction series and look if you need a laugh you will find some here, it's also good to see mental health being covered in a different and fresh way.