Saturday, May 06, 2017

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2








GENRE: Action, Sci-Fi
RATING: PG-13 for action violence and language
RUNTIME: 2 hours and 16 minutes
STARRING: Chris Pratt (Passengers, Jurassic World, Parks & Rec)
Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead)
DIRECTOR: James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither)
WRITER: James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Scooby Doo)
PLOT: Peter Quill finds his father while on the run for stealing some unneeded batteries.   

FULL DISCLOSURE: Loved the first one.

STORY STUFF: What a fun ride. There is plenty of great action sequences and awesome one-liners. The middle portion goes on a bit long with the father-son story but they easily make up for it shortly after.

ACTING STUFF: Every actor brings their ‘A’ game. All the characters build on their introductions from the last film. Pratt and Saldana get a little more schmaltzy which is fine. The MVP is Dave Bautista who gets all the fun lines as Drax. Baby Groot is also adorable when he’s dancing or trying to retrieve things. There are some fun cameos but Stallone didn’t impress me much.

ARTISTIC STUFF: There are lots of explosions and such. I found the soundtrack not as fun as the first film. Like the ELO and Fleetwood Mac but not much else. There are five post credit sequences, not all of them are worth it.    

VERDICT: Four and half stars out of five
SEE IT IF: Liked the first one and are ready for more fun
UPCOMING REVIEWS: Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Film: The Circle








GENRE: Drama, ‘Thriller’
RATING: PG-13 for brief language and a sexual situation
RUNTIME: 1 hour and 50 minutes
STARRING: Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast)
Tom Hanks (Sully, Captain Phillips), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who)
DIRECTOR: James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now)
WRITERS: Posoldt (Smashed), Dave Eggers (Away We Go)
PLOT: A woman gets a job at a tech company that has too much control.   

FULL DISCLOSURE: Rotten Tomatoes diminished my hopes.

STORY STUFF: Imagine a much, much tamer version of Black Mirror. The trailer and interviews gave the impression that this was a thriller with some great twists at the end. If the twist was a boring, mediocre ending with a deus ex machine resolution then mission accomplished. Watch Black Mirror instead (start with Season 3, Episode 1 on Netflix).  

ACTING STUFF: It was a great cast. Unfortunately, no one really wowed. The lines were so cliché that they didn’t get much to work with.

ARTISTIC STUFF: If they wanted me to think this was thriller, Danny Elfman (Batman) should have added more thriller-type music. The pop-up messages constantly filling the screen were fun to read at times.   

VERDICT: Two stars out of five
SEE IT IF: You are paranoid that your microwave is watching you
UPCOMING REVIEWS: Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Film: CHiPs








GENRE: Comedy
RATING: R for nudity, language, and violence
RUNTIME: 1 hour and 40 minutes
STARRING: Michael Pena (End of Watch, Ant-Man, Crash, Tower Heist)
Dax Shepard (Parenthood), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil, The Cell, MiB)
DIRECTOR: Dax Shepard (Hit & Run)
WRITER: Dax Shepard (Hit & Run)
PLOT: A flimsy remake of the TV show with a rookie highway patrolman paired with an undercover Fed.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Often watched the show but wasn’t a superfan.

STORY STUFF: Not much of a story for this movie. The plot meanders a lot as we try to figure out who the crooked cops may be. I was not really invested with what happened. A couple laughs here and there but mostly juvenile in nature.

ACTING STUFF: Pena and Shepard are fine with some decent chemistry. I did not find myself caring about what happened to them. They were really just caricatures.

ARTISTIC STUFF: Nothing much to talk about. Enjoyed some of the songs used for the soundtrack. During the credits, I was surprised with the number of stunt people used in the film. Wowsers.     

VERDICT: One star out of five
SEE IT IF: Want to see explosions, boobs and chuckle a couple times.
UPCOMING REVIEWS: The Circle

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Film: Beauty and the Beast








GENRE: Fantasy Musical
RATING: PG for action violence
RUNTIME: 2 hours and 9 minutes
STARRING: Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Legion), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold)
DIRECTOR: Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
WRITERS: Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower),
Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules-2014, lots of Disney straight to video sequels)
PLOT: Real life adaptation of the Disney cartoon about a woman who falls in love with a monstrous looking prince.   

FULL DISCLOSURE: Not my favourite Disney cartoon. Haven’t seen the Broadway musical either.

STORY STUFF: They do an awesome job adapting the animated version of the film while throwing in (less-catchy) songs from the Broadway musical and other fun things. I was surprised how much Belle’s dad was featured in the story; maybe it was because Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) was playing him. As a side note, he didn’t really have a good reason for not telling his daughter what happened to her mother. Also, the prince gets a pretty big curse, Gaston gets nothing.

ACTING STUFF: Great work all around. Watson plays Belle perfectly. The voice acting for the artifacts are spot on. My highlights though would have to be Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad (Frozen) as La Fou. They are a treat to watch. It helps that I love both of their songs as well.

ARTISTIC STUFF: Beautifully shot. The cinematography and production design are gorgeous. Of course, they are matching the animated film most of the time, but still. Some of the CG was a tad overdone but it didn’t bother me too much. We saw it in 3D and while there were a couple of times it is used well, I still prefer to see it in 2D.    

VERDICT: Four out of five stars
SEE IT IF: You are a Disney fan, even if the cartoon is not your favourite.
UPCOMING REVIEWS: CHiPs

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Film: Logan








GENRE: Action, Drama
RATING: R for strong violence and language
RUNTIME: 2 hour and 17 minutes
STARRING: Hugh Jackman (X-Men, The Wolverine, Les Miserables)
Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: NG), Dafne Keen (newcomer)
DIRECTOR: James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, Wolverine)
WRITERS: Scott Frank (Minority Report, Get Shorty, Dead Again),
Michael Green (American Gods-TV), Mangold (Walk the Line, Copland)
PLOT: A tired Logan helps an ailing Charles Xavier and a young girl with mutant powers.   

FULL DISCLOSURE: Expecting this to be the best Wolverine film.

STORY STUFF: A great way to end the story of Wolverine. This film is well crafted and powerful at times. There are great scenes that touch on aging and family. I do think that the film goes on a bit long but I can forgive it as this is Wolverine’s swan song.

ACTING STUFF: Jackman & Stewart age their roles well as they fight to hold on. With the R rating, Professor X has gained more of a potty mouth, which I guess could be excused on his age. Keen, as new mutant Laura, is wonderful even though she doesn’t talk much. Her facial expressions and fighting skills are a treat. I also liked Stephen Merchant (Extras, Hello Ladies) as Caliban but I would have liked more background on him. Unfortunately, the bad guys were too cookie-cutter for my liking. I would have enjoyed more depth to their part.

ARTISTIC STUFF: Well shot action throughout. Because of the R rating, it is pretty violent. Even beheadings.  

VERDICT: Four stars out of five
SEE IT IF: You like the character Wolverine, even a little.
UPCOMING REVIEWS: Beauty and the Beast

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oscar Wrap Up








What was that!? Oscars went all M. Night Shyamalan with a twist ending. So La La Land didn’t end up dancing into the sunset with a Best Picture win. I did not have a good prediction year. It goes to show that researching is sometimes useless. I thought that Jimmy Kimmel did a pretty good job. I really enjoyed his constant mocking of Matt Damon (what a good sport) including the playing off his award presenting. The parachuting candy was cute and I surprisingly loved the tour group that got to see the celebrities up close and personal. My revelation of the night is that all of Sting’s songs are starting to sound the same, he could have broke into ‘Fields of Gold’ seamlessly tonight and no one would have known the difference. I thought the nomination packages were a little lackluster this year but I appreciated seeing all nominees getting a clip instead of rushing the best actor/actress ones and just seeing the best picture nominees at the end instead of throughout. I wish they would have shown some of the movie magic in action, like seeing the actors getting made-up for the make-up nominees or the visual effects added to the films during their nominations. Best presenters of the night were John Cho and Leslie Mann who made the Sci-Fi awards (held earlier) look like fun. Anyway, only got 15 right this year. Bummer. Here’s who won:

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
SING
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
PIPER (predicted)
DOCUMENTARY SHORT
THE WHITE HELMETS
SOUND EDITING
ARRIVAL
SOUND MIXING
HACKSAW RIDGE
ORIGINAL SCORE
LA LA LAND (predicted)
ORIGINAL SONG
CITY OF STARS (predicted)
VISUAL EFFECTS
THE JUNGLE BOOK (predicted)
MAKE-UP
SUICIDE SQUAD
COSTUME DESIGN
FANTASTIC BEASTS . . .
PRODUCTION DESIGN
LA LA LAND (predicted)  
FILM EDITING
HACKSAW RIDGE
CINEMATOGRAPHY
LA LA LAND (predicted)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
OJ: MADE IN AMERICA (predicted)
ANIMATED FEATURE
ZOOTOPIA (predicted)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE SALESMAN (predicted)
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
MOONLIGHT (predicted)
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
MANCHESTER ON THE SEA (predicted)
BEST DIRECTOR
DAMIEN CHAZELLE [LA LA LAND] (predicted)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
VIOLA DAVIS [FENCES] (predicted)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
MAHERSHALA ALI [MOONLIGHT] (predicted)
BEST ACTRESS
EMMA STONE [LA LA LAND] (predicted)
BEST ACTOR
CASEY AFFLECK [MANCHESTER ON THE SEA]
BEST PICTURE
MOONLIGHT


How did you do?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Oscar Predictions








It’s that time of year again for my fearless Oscar predictions. Some tough choices this year but I’m feeling pretty good about them. Just as a reminder, I’m not predicting who I want to win but who I think the Academy will vote for. From smaller to bigger, here we go:

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
TIMECODE
(A funny tale involving parking attendants)

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
PIPER
(It’s Pixar and it’s adorable.)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
JOE’S VIOLIN           
(A touching story. White Helmets might take it though.)

SOUND EDITING
HACKSAW RIDGE
(More sound effects work than La La Land.)

SOUND MIXING
LA LA LAND
(Lots of sound layers in this one.)

ORIGINAL SCORE
LA LA LAND
(It’s a musical.)

ORIGINAL SONG
CITY OF STARS [LA LA LAND]
(For me, one of the only catchy songs from the film)

VISUAL EFFECTS
THE JUNGLE BOOK
(Those animals and that scenery looked awesome.)

MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING
STAR TREK BEYOND
(Lots of alien races in this one)

COSTUME DESIGN
LA LA LAND
(Would pick Jackie but La La Land has more buzz)

PRODUCTION DESIGN
LA LA LAND
(This element is why it’s up for best picture in the first place)

FILM EDITING
LA LA LAND
(Editing win usually leads to best picture win)

CINEMATOGRAPHY
LA LA LAND
(Beautifully shot film. Great sweeps of the camera.)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
(People were obsessed with this guy last year.)

ANIMATED FEATURE
ZOOTOPIA
(It has a nice inclusive message attached. And sloths!)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE SALESMAN
(This one is more of an anti-Trump vote.)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
MOONLIGHT
(This will be consolation prize for not winning best picture.)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
(This will be consolation prize for not winning best picture.)

BEST DIRECTOR
DAMIEN CHAZELLE [LA LA LAND]
(Making a modern day original musical is hard. He deserves it.)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
VIOLA DAVIS [FENCES]
(Her snot-filled crying scene should be enough.)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
MAHERSHALA ALI [MOONLIGHT]
(His role is small but his presence is felt throughout.)

BEST ACTRESS
EMMA STONE [LA LA LAND]
(Her struggling actress is someone the Academy can relate to.)

BEST ACTOR
DENZEL WASHINGTON [FENCES]
(Casey Affleck is better but marred by past incidents.)

BEST PICTURE
LA LA LAND
(Hollywood likes to see films about themselves. Figures.)


I’ve only got 17 right for the last two years. 21 right the year before that.  Let’s see how I do on Oscar night this Sunday.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Film: The Lego Batman Movie








GENRE: Animation, Action
RATING: PG for some rude humour
RUNTIME: 1 hour and 44 minutes
STARRING: Will Arnett (Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman)
Michael Cera (Juno, Superbad), Rosario Dawson (Luke Cage, Sin City)
DIRECTOR: Chris McKay (Robot Chicken)
WRITERS: Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter),
Jared Stern (The Watch, Dr. Ken), John Whittington (newcomer),
Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers (American Dad)
PLOT: Batman realizes he can no longer be a loner when he adopts Dick Grayson and has to deal with Joker’s newest plan.  

FULL DISCLOSURE: Really enjoyed The Lego Movie.

STORY STUFF: Despite its Rotten Tomato score, this one is not nearly as good as the original Lego Movie. While there are definitely plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, the story is clunky. It goes too strong on the ‘family is friends’ theme and relationships get all muddled. I guess that tends to happen when five people are writing the script. I did enjoy the numerous references to all the previous Batman films. After the opening scene, I wanted to spend more time with the Batman villains than Batman and the ultra-annoying Robin. Don’t get me wrong though, this was still a fun movie to watch.

ACTING STUFF: Arnett does good work as Batman with his low voice but Michael Cera is insufferable as Dick Grayson. Joker is voiced by Zach Galifianakis (Hangover) but you can’t really tell which is a shame.

ARTISTIC STUFF: This film uses the same style and Red Bull energy as The Lego Movie, which keeps it nicely consistent. I don’t know why they kept Batman’s eyes glowing when it only happens for a couple scenes in Batman vs Superman. Luckily, I was able to watch this without 3-D, so I was less annoyed, overall.

VERDICT: Three stars out of five
SEE IT IF: You’ve watched all the Batman movies and like Lego.
UPCOMING REVIEWS: Oscar Predictions

Friday, February 10, 2017

Film: John Wick Chapter 2








GENRE: Action
RATING: R for lots of violence and some language
RUNTIME: 2 hours and 2 minutes
STARRING: Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Speed, 47 Ronin, Point Break)
Common (Smokin’ Aces, Selma), Ian McShane (Deadwood)
DIRECTOR: Chad Stahelski (John Wick, Matrix – Neo’s stunt double)
WRITER: Derek Kolstad (John Wick)
PLOT: John Wick had a large bounty on his head after repaying a debt.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Thoroughly enjoyed the first John Wick recently.

STORY STUFF: Talk about a fun time at the theatre. Not to sound sexist but this is a guy’s film. Lots of guns and flipping each other over, light on the dialogue. You don’t have to think too hard for this film; it is pure escapism.  It’s a basic storyline of guy kills someone then has to defend himself from countless other killers. Simple and sweet.

ACTING STUFF: Reeves is his focused self and plays it cool as Wick. Laurence Fishburne (Matrix) is barely in the film, not that I like him much anyway. Common does a great job as a rival killer; he has class and menace down. Peter Stormare (Prison Break) is very fun in the beginning; it’s all in the eyes. And Thomas Sadoski (Newsroom) is very funny with only a couple lines to deliver. Fun all around.

ARTISTIC STUFF: A wonderfully choreographed film. Just like the first film, this one is full of killers who hit their targets, bodies flipped over each other with their own weapons used against them, and kill shots like a good assassin should. Also, some cool locales for all the violence. Oh, and I’m a little more frightened of pencils now.    

VERDICT: Four and a half stars out of five
SEE IT IF: You want non-stop gunplay and plenty of head-shots
UPCOMING REVIEWS: The Lego Batman Movie

Monday, February 06, 2017

Superbowl Commercials 2017

Canadians were finally able to watch the American Superbowl commercials during the game this year. This sure beat watching CTV run the same ads over and over in previous years. There were some commercials that made me smile and chuckle but they are missing the humour of previous years. I missed the Doritos and Bud Light hilarity of yore. Glad there were no ads for toe fungus or IBS this year. Curious there were no “Don’t Drink and Drive” ads this year, or maybe I missed it. Anyway, this year, I thought I would quickly rank some favourites and include some bad ones as well. Here you go.

SOME OF THE GOOD COMMERCIALS
1. Sprint: Faking Death
No need for celebrities here. Loved the small print and the “Shoot”

2. Skittles: Katie!
I enjoyed the fact that the kid keeps calling her name

3. Avocados from Mexico: Secret Society
Lots of fun jokes and no Scott Baio from last year

4. Honda: Yearbook Photos
Fun inspiration and photos from celebrities.

5. Buick: Kid Cam
Reminded me of Peyton Manning’s SNL skit but still funny

6. Kia: Eco Warrior
Love McCarthy. (Maybe because of her Spicer impersonation last night)

7. Turbo Tax: Humpty Dumpty
Just thought this was cute.

8. NFL: Superbowl Babies
Loved the baby versions of football greats

9. T-Mobile: Martha & Snoop
Best line: Can of bisque?

10. Bai: Timberlake and Walken
Simple and now I’ll remember how it’s pronounced

INSPIRATIONAL COMMERCIAL?
Audi: Progress is for Everyone
Like “Equal Pay for Equal Work” but does Audi promote women to top jobs?

LAME COMMERCIALS
T-Mobile: Celebration Expert
Ugh. Justin Bieber? And why is he dancing like the Six Flags guy?

Mr. Clean: A Man Who Cleans
Eww. Just creepy. I do not need to see those tight pants.

That’s all I got this year. Which ones did you enjoy?

UPCOMING REVIEWS: John Wick Chapter 2, Lego Batman Movie

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Film: Manchester By The Sea








GENRE: Drama
RATING: R for lots of language & some sexuality
RUNTIME: 2 hour and 17 minutes
STARRING: Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Ocean’s Eleven)
Lucas Hedges (The Slap), Michelle Williams (Dawson’s Creek)
DIRECTOR: Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me)
WRITER: Kenneth Lonergan (Analyze This, Gangs of New York)
PLOT: An unprepared uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Last Oscar Best Picture nominee to watch

STORY STUFF: This is a story about grief. So the expectations is that it is going to be slow moving and full of tears. Well, the pace is not quick, there are sorrowful moments but there is also a lot of silence and even some funny dialogue. Maybe it’s the Boston locale, but it reminded me of a more sorrowful Good Will Hunting without the Matt Damon monologues.  

ACTING STUFF: Casey Affleck is superb. His facial expressions, his silent contemplation and his soft-spoken lines speak volumes. There is so much going on under the surface you can’t help but be mesmerized by his performance. He deserves the Oscar. Lucas Hedges also gives a powerful performance of a son trying to distract himself from the grief. The whole cast is stellar in this film.

ARTISTIC STUFF: A beautifully shot film. Among the gratuitous shots of Manchester, the camera does a great job both framing the actors and minimizing them against the scenery. The music is also well done; a little operatic but fits the sorrow found in the film.   

VERDICT: Four and a half stars out of five
SEE IT IF: You want top-notch acting and don’t mind being sad.
UPCOMING REVIEWS: The Lego Batman Movie

Film: Moonlight








GENRE: Drama
RATING: R for violence, sexuality, language
RUNTIME: 1 hour and 51 minutes
STARRING: Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage, Hidden Figures)
Alex R Hibbert (newcomer), Naomie Harris (Spectre, 28 Days Later)
DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins (newcomer)
WRITER: Barry Jenkins (newcomer)
PLOT: The life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Watching all the Oscar Best Picture nominees

STORY STUFF: Chiron’s life is pretty depressing with his drugged up mom, bullies at school and his struggle with his sexuality. Luckily, there is usually someone who helps him a bit but ultimately lets him down. I have some empathy for Chiron but not as much as I had for the kid in Lion. While the film is well made, the pace is slow and didn’t always keep me engaged.

ACTING STUFF: A lot of praise is being heaped on Mahershala Ali and it is rightly deserved. He is compelling to watch but he is only in the first third of the movie. The three actors who play Chiron at different ages are good but I wasn’t blown away by their performances. Harris plays the disappointing mother to good effect and got an Oscar nomination for it. I would have liked to have seen more with Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures) who plays the ‘adoptive mother’ to Chiron, she was as compelling to watch as Ali.

ARTISTIC STUFF: Not much to stay about the artistic side. The film starts with this fluid camera motion around drug dealers but then goes pretty standard after that. The scene in the ocean, often shown in promotional spots, is also very well shot. The music didn’t grab me. The production design is plain but I think that’s what they are going for.   

VERDICT: Two stars out of five
SEE IT IF: You want to watch all the Oscar Best Picture nominees
UPCOMING REVIEWS: Manchester by the Sea

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Film: Lion








GENRE: Drama
RATING: PG-13 for thematic material
RUNTIME: 1 hour and 58 minutes
STARRING: Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom)
Nicole Kidman (Australia), Rooney Mara (Social Network, Carol)
DIRECTOR: Garth Davis (newcomer)
WRITER: Luke Davies (Life 2015)
PLOT: A five-year-old India boy gets lost in Calcutta and goes on a journey until he is adopted by an Australian family.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Was told it was pretty great

STORY STUFF: This is a story that tugs at the heartstrings. The first half of the film, you are rooting for this young lost boy to find safety. The second half you are hoping this now adult will be able to find his home once again. Along the way, is the full gambit of emotions. It’s a very well told story with a tear-inducing conclusion.   

ACTING STUFF: Patel does a great job as the adult Saroo. I’ve enjoyed his work even more since The Newsroom. His quiet moments pulled me into his emotional journey. But the real star of the film is Sunny Pawar as the young Saroo. He is not only adorable but riveting as a boy on the run. And boy can he run; I could watch that kid run a marathon. Kidman and Mara are just alright.

ARTISTIC STUFF: The cinematography is beautiful with lots of Calcutta landscapes and the editing has a wonderful mix of frenetic panic and quiet contemplation. I was most impressed with the music for this film. There are long stretches without dialogue and the music kept me tethered to the film the whole time. I also enjoyed the song playing over the closing credits.  

VERDICT: Four stars out of five
SEE IT IF: You have a heart for adoption and cute Indian kids
UPCOMING REVIEWS: A Monster Calls

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions


The Oscar nominations are being announced tomorrow.  Here is who I think will get the nominations this year and who I wish would get nominated (based on what I’ve seen). At this stage, I do not predict the shorts (live, animated or documentary), foreign films or documentaries.

BEST PICTURE
Will be nominated: Arrival | Deadpool | Fences | Hacksaw Ridge | Hell or High Water | Hidden Figures | La La Land | Manchester by the Sea | Moonlight | Silence
Others I want nominated: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sully
BEST ACTOR
Will be nominated: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) | Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) | Ryan Gosling (La La Land) | Tom Hanks (Sully) | Denzel Washington (Fences)
Others I want nominated: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden) | Jeremy Renner (Arrival) | Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) | Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book)
BEST ACTRESS
Will be nominated: Amy Admas (Arrival) | Annette Benning (20th Century Women) | Ruth Negga (Loving) | Natalie Portman (Jackie) | Emma Stone (La La Land)
Others I want nominated: Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Will be nominated: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) | Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) | Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins) | Dev Patel (Lion) | Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Others I want nominated: Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) | Nick Offerman (The Founder) | Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Will be nominated: Viola Davis (Fences) | Naomie Harris (Moonlight) | Nicole Kidman (Lion) | Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) | Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Others I want nominated: Can’t think of anyone
BEST DIRECTOR
Will be nominated: Damien Chazelle (La La Land) | Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) | Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) | Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) | Martin Scorsese (Silence)
Others I want nominated: Clint Eastwood (Sully) | Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Will be nominated: Arrival | Fences | Lion | Moonlight | Nocturnal Animals
Others I want nominated: The Jungle Book | Doctor Strange
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Will be nominated: Hell or High Water | Jackie | La La Land | The Lobster | Manchester by the Sea
Others I want nominated: Finding Dory | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Will be nominated: Kubo and the Two Strings | Moana | My Life as a Zucchini | The Red Turtle | Zootopia
Others I want nominated: Finding Dory
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Will be nominated: Arrival | Hacksaw Ridge | La La Land | Moonlight | Silence
Others I want nominated: The Jungle Book | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
BEST FILM EDITING
Will be nominated: Arrival | Hacksaw Ridge | La La Land | Manchester by the Sea | Moonlight
Others I want nominated: Sully | Rogue One; A Star Wars Story
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Will be nominated: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Jackie | The Jungle Book | La La Land | Silence
Others I want nominated: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Passengers | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Will be nominated: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Florence Foster Jenkins | Hidden Figures | Jackie | La La Land
Others I want nominated: can’t think of any
BEST MAKEUP & HAIR
Will be nominated: Deadpool | Florence Foster Jenkins | Star Trek Beyond
Others I want nominated: can’t think of any
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Will be nominated: Arrival | Doctor Strange | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | The Jungle Book | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Others I want nominated: can’t think of any
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Will be nominated: Jackie | La La Land | Lion | Moonlight | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Others I want nominated: can’t think of any
BEST SONG
Will be nominated: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Trolls) | “City of Stars” (La La Land) | “Drive It Like You Stole It” (Sing Street) | “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana) | “Runnin’” (Hidden Figures)
Others I want nominated: “I’m So Humble” (Popstar) | “Equal Rights” (Popstar)
BEST SOUND EDITING
Will be nominated: Arrival | Hacksaw Ridge | La La Land | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Silence
Others I want nominated: can’t think of any
BEST SOUND
Will be nominated: Arrival | Hacksaw Ridge | La La Land | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Silence
Others I want nominated: can’t think of any


Let’s see how I do.