So recently I’ve watched another 3 of the best picture Oscar nominees and added to the ones I’ve already seen, this has to be the poorest selection in years…..or ever. Of course this is only my opinion and reading reviews of these movies, makes me think I’m either very hard to please or somehow I miss a deeper aspect of a movie. Or both.
The Shape of Water was enjoyable enough but hardly Oscar nominee worthy. It was quirky, at times funny, kept my attention and I know I “got it” but still…….
Up next was Get Out and I’ll agree up front that it was not my genre of movie as I avoid horror like the plague. Not that they scare me….I just find them silly.
Generic Scene 472 : Noise upstairs in spooky old house at night so go up with a weak torch or candle stick despite knowing there is a mass murderer around and you’ve already found several bodies in several downstairs rooms.
Yeah, that kind of thing. Come on !
But Get Out was slightly off genre and didn’t have out and out horror at all. Sadly it didn’t have much of anything at all and so I say again, not Oscar nominee worthy.
Worst of all was Call Me By Your Name which was a French/Italian mix telling the story of a 17 yr old boy trying to sort out his sexuality in a way that only those countries can express well on film. Actually I’m not sure why I even think there is a French aspect to this at all as it’s 100% set in Northern Italy but everything about it screamed France to me.
I would never in a million years have felt it was a nominee if I’d not known it before watching. Yes it was a beautifully filmed movie, the acting was adequate, the scenery was stunning – but that was it. The plot wasn’t new and the pace was a bit slow even for me.
I’ve still to see Phantom Thread but so far, Three Billboards is the stand out nominee and should be a shoe in for the Oscar.
And the runt of the litter…..OMG it has to be Dunkirk.
In my opinion of course. Which happens to be the right one.
Speaking of The Right One, I’m currently watching Tiger Woods playing in his first PGA Tour event in a year. With Big Phil also in the field, it’s like the old days and I for one welcome Tiger back into the fold. For a decade or more Woods/Mickelson were the Nicholas/Watson for a generation and pushed each other like few other pairs have done.
He may just be happy making the cut for the weekend but I hope he does even better.
Golf needs Woods as much as he needs golf.
Stay healthy, Tiger.
My 2 year phone plan ends in March but as it’s within 45 days, I can now upgrade to a new phone without any penalty. I’ve only ever had phones from 2 manufacturers, initially HTC and lately Samsung. I’m not a fan of Apple products although I know their phones are excellent, especially the cameras in them.
This is an issue for me as I use my phone a lot for photography as usually it’s the only device I have on me when presented with something worth recording.
So I’ll probably just upgrade from my current S7 to the S8 as I see little point in waiting for the S9 and as it’s been out a while, prices are reasonable now. In fact I think I’ll pay the same as my old plan so it’s a no brainer.
It’s funny that the word phone is still used for these amazing devices as making an actual phone call is probably their least used feature. Certainly for me.
I have unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 5gbs of data in my plan as that was the only plan on offer when I pre purchased the S7. I’ve never used even close to 1gb of data a month and thanks to Whatsapp, only make about a dozen calls and send half a dozen texts on average a month.
So a tad overkill on the plan !
With the S8 being out a while, I’m seeing plan offers much more to my liking although unlimited calls and texts do seem to be the entry level.
I dropped my phone while on holiday in Belgium about 16 months ago and cracked the screen in several places…hairline cracks. It’s a sign of the times that I didn’t want to part with it to be fixed so if nothing else, it’ll be nice to have a fully scratch/crack free screen with a new phone.
Watch this space…..or blog.
This blog automatically loads notifications to Twitter and Facebook but if a post contains no photos, Facebook seems to want to fill the void with photos from previous posts. As this may be confusing to some, I’ll try and bung in photos to stop it doing that.
And so in the depth of winter why not think about warmer days and here are a couple from a 2004 cruise to the Hawaiian Islands……
Nothing like getting 3 Hard Rock Cafe logos into 2 photos.
And look, the dude had hair. Some.
Well I did say 2004.