Explored sandy side of the city last weekend and artistic side of the city this weekend.


On last weekend, me and my friend went for our usual outing for movie but we decided to choose the place other than the ones we commonly been to in the past. We found this neighborhood called Katong (we have not visited before) with a small mall where we can catch our movie and also explore the area in the same time. Walking through the streets in this area makes me feel like I am in Georgetown, Penang with plenty of colonial-looking shophouses, narrow covered walkways, roadside bars, and low-rise buildings (mostly highrises in every parts of Singapore).

The best part of this area is that it is located very near to the East Coast Park where I had my first ever visit to a beach in Singapore. Although beach here is not something to die for (looks pretty normal), but the view during the sunset is still simply amazing. The East Coast Park looks great too.

As for this weekend, I went back to the city for some further exploring, and this time, to check out more on the artistic side of the city right in the CBD area. A lot of walks are needed to make it happen and to allow me to view more of the sculptures, statues, arts and cultures of the city.

There is also an on-going fun fair happening right besides the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Although I didn’t participate or play anything in this carnival, but I do felt fun just by watching other people enjoying the games and rides offered there. The evening ended with a spectacular water and light show (called Spectra) in front of the Marina Bay Sands. This show happens every evening for couple of times.

I have to agree that although Singapore is very tiny, but there is still plenty of areas or places that we have not discovered yet and should go and explore particularly on free weekends (especially when I was just been here for less than a year).

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After winning big in Golden Globes last weekend, Bohemian Rhapsody goes home empty handed in Critics Choice.


Here comes the second out of five major Hollywood film awards honouring the best of 2018 films; Critics Choice Awards 2019. After a shocking major win by Bohemian Rhapsody in Golden Globes in the last weekend, the film wins nothing in Critics Choice, cementing the fact that critics (Broadcast Film Critics Association, BFCA) really do not like the movie as much as Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Here below is the full list of winners (only for film categories) for the 24th Critics Choice Awards along with my opinions:

BEST PICTURE

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

The Favourite

First Man

Green Book

If Beale Street Could Talk

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma (WINNER)

A Star Is Born

Vice

Opinion: Ahhaa…a foreign film wins the top honor and that is very unusual. It means that ‘Roma’ is really an excellent film and is now the strong frontrunner for the Academy Awards next month. Usually, whichever film wins Critics Choice for best picture will win the Oscars for the same. Seeing Bohemian Rhapsody not even nominated for the 10 slot here is a strong sign that the film isn’t appealing to critics. The critics are all wrong. On the other hand, ‘A Star Is Born’ is losing some strength. It will still pose a big risk to Roma for best picture win in the Oscar though.

 

BEST ACTRESS

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Glenn Close, The Wife (WINNER)

Toni Collette, Hereditary

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born (WINNER)

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Opinion: A tie, seriously?! Just ignore Lady Gaga and hand this to Glenn Close only. Now, it shows that Lady Gaga is still in position to grab the Oscars and it now makes the best actress race much more exciting with a three-way fight (Glenn Close, Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman). Lady Gaga is good in ‘A Star Is Born’ but isn’t impresssive enough for best actress honour. For me, she is just acting as her own self (a person who can sing as required for the film) with some added emotion in to make it work. It’s nothing difficult especially for her whom is a talented singer.

 

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale, Vice (WINNER)

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Ryan Gosling, First Man

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Opinion: Rami Malek is robbed. Best actor should easily goes to Rami Malek for his marvelous performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. No one could top that. Christian Bale is just doing something so similar with Gary Oldman last year (portraying as a fat politician). The exact same formula and you get to win best actor again. The critics just love to see actors transformed literally with huge makeup and gave them best actor honour. Christian Bale is good in Vice but Rami Malek is a step ahead clearly. Now, it depends on SAG (Screen Actors Guild Awards) end of this month to determine who will be the frontrunner for the Oscars next month. It’s now between Christian Bale and Rami Malek. Others have all lost their momentum especially Bradley Cooper. He just seems doesn’t have luck for awards every year.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle, First Man

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (WINNER)

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

Opinion: This is a lock in. Alfonso Cuaron had been snatching all the precursor awards for best director for his work in Roma. He will went on to win Oscars, taking that award twice which is an impressive achievement.

 

#SEEHER AWARD

Claire Foy

Opinion: Don’t know what’s this about. It’s something about an award to honour woman in film industry.

 

BEST COMEDY

Crazy Rich Asians (WINNER)

Deadpool 2

The Death of Stalin

The Favourite

Game Night

Sorry to Bother You

Opinion: A good recognition for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. I would have thought that ‘The Favourite’ would win this easily. Looks like ‘The Favourite’ isn’t getting a lot of love here surprisingly.

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Christian Bale, Vice (WINNER)

Jason Bateman, Game Night

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2

Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You

Opinion: Christian Bale again. It reminds me of Michael Keaton winning both best actor awards in Critics Choice last time but ended up losing the Oscar to Eddie Redmayne. I hope the same case applies here (Rami Malek is my pick for the Oscar). It all comes to the SAG most likely to determine the eventual Oscar winner.

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman, The Favourite (WINNER)

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Rachel McAdams, Game Night

Charlize Theron, Tully

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Opinion: Yes, certainly! Olivia Colman is great in ‘The Favourite’. She still has the momentum to go for the Oscar glory (but now looks more likely that Glenn Close will prevail due to overdue factor for the Oscar).

 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Black Panther

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite (WINNER)

Vice

Widows

Opinion: Agreed. The best thing from ‘The Favourite’ comes from the great chemistry and performances from all the three main female leads in the film; Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

 

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

Annihilation

Halloween

Hereditary

A Quiet Place (WINNER)

Suspiria

Opinion: Agreed on this too. ‘A Quiet Place’ is an impressive film and it ranks among my top 3 most favourite films last year.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk (WINNER)

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Opinion: Regina King won at the Golden Globe and now at Critics Choice. So is she an Oscar frontrunner? Not so fast. She had been snubbed surprisingly for even nomination at the SAG and BAFTA. It makes the supporting actress race intense this year. All the nominees in this category are incredible by the way.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, Green Book (WINNER)

Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

Opinion: Ohh, looks like Mahershala Ali is on his way to his win his second supporting actor win at the Oscar so soon. Many would have thought that this would go to Richard E. Grant. Anyway, Grant still remains the darkhorse for the remaining awards.

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade (WINNER)

Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace

Ed Oxenbould, Wildlife

Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place

Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give

Sunny Suljic, Mid90s

Opinion: Nothing to comment here as I didn’t watch ‘Eighth Grade’.

 

BEST SONG

All the Stars, Black Panther

Girl in the Movies, Dumplin’

I’ll Fight, RBG

The Place Where Lost Things Go, Mary Poppins Returns

Shallow, A Star Is Born (WINNER)

Trip a Little Light Fantastic, Mary Poppins Returns

Opinion: Very much expected. ‘Shallow’ is a powerful and a beautiful song and is going to sweep all ‘best original song’ awards. I personally like this song a lot too.

 

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Deadpool 2

Mission: Impossible — Fallout (WINNER)

Ready Player One

Widows

Opinion: I disagree to this choice. Fallout is good but it is just like a typical Mission Impossible movie with nothing exceptional. I would have prefer ‘Infinity War’ or even ‘Ready Player One’ to take this one.

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Grinch

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (WINNER)

Opinion: Now, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is the clear frontrunner for the Oscar next month after winning also at the Golden Globe last week. Incredibles 2 has lost the momentum heavily.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bo Burnham: Eighth Grade

Alfonso Cuarón: Roma

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara: The Favourite

Adam McKay: Vice

Paul Schrader: First Reformed (WINNER)

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly: Green Book

Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and John Krasinski: A Quiet Place

Opinion: No comment as I didn’t watch ‘First Reformed’. This movie jumped out of nowhere and win this. Many didn’t expect ‘First Reformed’ to win anything. Now that is quite surprising.

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole: Black Panther

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Barry Jenkins: If Beale Street Could Talk (WINNER)

Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters: A Star Is Born

Josh Singer: First Man

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee: BlacKkKlansman

Opinion: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ gain back some momentum after its win here in adapted screenplay. Didn’t watch the movie.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (WINNER)

James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk

Matthew Libatique, A Star Is Born

Rachel Morrison, Black Panther

Robbie Ryan, The Favourite

Linus Sandgren, First Man

Opinion: Didn’t watch Roma but I knew it is a black-and-white film. The film must be really good in capturing lighting even when the final product is just black and white without colours.

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart, Black Panther (WINNER)

Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez, Roma

Nelson Coates and Andrew Baseman, Crazy Rich Asians

Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton, The Favourite

Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas, First Man

John Myhre and Gordon Sim, Mary Poppins Returns

Opinion: Some love for Black Panther. I didn’t enjoy Black Panther like what most critics do but I do felt fine with the film winning best production design.

 

BEST EDITING

Jay Cassidy, A Star Is Born

Hank Corwin, Vice

Tom Cross, First Man (WINNER)

Alfonso Cuarón and Adam Gough, Roma

Yorgos Mavropsaridis, The Favourite

Joe Walker, Widows

Opinion: Good for ‘First Man’. Now, the movie gained back also some strength for contention of some technical awards in next month’s Academy Awards. This is one of them. ‘First Man’ does really have great editing.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots

Ruth Carter, Black Panther (WINNER)

Julian Day, Bohemian Rhapsody

Sandy Powell, The Favourite

Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns

Opinion: Quite surprising for a superhero film to win best costume design. It means that the critics really love Black Panther a lot. I would have picked ‘The Favourite’ or even any other nominees in this list.

 

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Mary Queen of Scots

Suspiria

Vice (WINNER)

Opinion: Expected. The body and face transformation for Christian Bale in Vice alone earns the film the trophy. Same as what ‘Darkest Hour’ had done last year to Gary Oldman face and body. Boring…

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther (WINNER)

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Mission: Impossible — Fallout

Ready Player One

Opinion: Black Panther again. Boring again…I personally think that this award should goes to either Infinity War or Ready Player One.

 

BEST SCORE

Kris Bowers, Green Book

Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk

Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs

Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz, First Man (WINNER)

Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Opinion: Yes. The score in ‘First Man’ is the most outstanding aspect of the movie. Period.

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Burning

Capernaum

Cold War

Roma (WINNER)

Shoplifters

Opinion: Wow…Roma taking this as well as the best picture! Roma is the biggest winner. Looks like I have to check out the movie soon to see how great it is.

Right. That’s it for Critics Choice. The next major awards (the third one) will be the Screen Actors Guild Awards to be presented on 27th January 2019 (Sunday).

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‘Aquaman’ hits US$1billion and movie review for ‘Escape Room’.


At last, one DCU (DC comic cinematic universe) film managed to gross over US$1 billion in worldwide box office, an accomplishment that is quite easy for past MCU (Marvel) films but not DCU films. 6 Marvel films have achieved that milestone (while Avengers: Infinity War even managed to break past 2-billion mark) ever since they started back in 2008. DCU began with Man of Steel in 2013 and all their films never able to join the prestigious 1-billion club…until today.

‘Aquaman’ has grossed slightly over US$1 billion by this weekend and its number will continue to increase until its worldwide run ends. It is the 37th film in history to gross over US$1 billion and is the 5th film released in 2018 that achieved the milestone (after Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2). Although ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (both gross over US$1 billion respectively too) are from DC but these two films are not sharing the same universe as DCU.

Enough on box office reporting and let’s move on to a review for the first 2019 film that I have watched; Escape Room. This horror thriller film follows a group of people who are sent to navigate a series of escape rooms, only to find the consequences are deadly. The characters had to solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategies (nature of escape room game) to get past but then realized that they will get killed if they failed. One by one died in tragic death. On the other hand, the theme of the escape rooms were all linked to the characters’ past.

This movie is very intense and thrilling as soon as the ‘game’ begins. It reminds me of ‘Saw’ but with no gore and disgusting stuff. The film relies on atmosphere, creativity of the riddles in each rooms, and immersive performance by the cast (unknown actors but they all did well). This movie got me to the edge of my seat with its fast-paced plot and plenty of tense situations. I rate ‘Escape Room’ a total of 8.1. What a great start for 2019 films. Now, I hope for more sequels for ‘Escape Room’ very soon to create a franchise (good at this time since there is no longer any new ‘Saw’ movies around).

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Drama review for ‘The Learning Curve Of A Warlord’.


A long week with toothache and lacking concentration at work is certainly not good. Fortunately, the week ends with me being very delighted to be able to get my hand on a latest music DVD all the way from Hong Kong and also being thrilled with the final episode of a TVB drama that I have been following for the past one month. The drama is called ‘The Learning Curve Of A Warlord’ (大帥哥).

This 30-episode drama starred Dicky Cheung who is promoted to a marshal in control of a small town during chaotic warlord era. From there, he faces multiple threats and challenges from three neighbouring town’s warlords, the higher rank marshal, Japanese spies, etc along with his loyal friends and three wives. Other cast in the series include Sisley Choi, Zoie Tam, Vivien Yeo, Raymond Cho, Tony Hung, Tsui Wing, etc.

This drama is very impressive. When I first know the existence of this drama and learning a bit of what the story is going to be about and its setting, I felt that this is going to be a lousy, silly and meaninglessly funny drama and that’s it. The selling point would just be the comeback of Dicky Cheung who is famous for his work in TVB decades ago (Journey to the West, etc). In the end, I’m very surprised by how good the drama turns out to be, in all areas.

Dicky Cheung is amazing as Dik Kei / Dai Sui Gor. I am very impressed by his memory skill. He can memorize super long lines of dialogue and spill them out clear, fast, continuous and sharp, along with varied range of expression he delivered in the same time. It’s perfect ‘multitasking while acting’ (that’s another level) if you know what I mean. His performance in here is no doubt splendid and him not winning best actor in last month’s TVB Anniversary Awards is totally absurd. His performance in just the first 10 episodes in this drama (before the awards ceremony) is more than enough to defeat any contenders in 2018 including the best actor winner, Joe Ma. I also got to know that Dicky do improvise certain lines of his as well as of the other cast to improve things. Now, that is great.

The supporting cast also have their shining moment in this drama. They are not left out of their character development and story arc which is good. Zoie Tam and Vivien Yeo (both portrayed as Dicky’s wives) surprised audiences with their excellent performances (both of them improved a lot and outshines the supporting boys in the drama) while the main female lead, Sisley Choi is also not bad (it is just that she couldn’t push it all out in her acting and her character’s personality is partly to blame and hence not getting higher praise compared to Zoie and Vivien).

This series has a lot of dramatic things going on to keep audiences hooked to its episode every evening. It has a lot of hilarious scenes (funny lines and multiple thoughtful reference to famous Dicky’s lines from his past memorable roles), emotional moments (a number of pretty good and heartfelt crying scenes), intense gun fighting sequence, and warm friendship moments. The final episode is intense, unpredictable, exciting. has happy conclusion, and left me moved, thrilled and impressed once again. ‘The Learning Curve Of A Warlord’ performs beyond my expectation and I would rate it a total of 8.4 out of 10. This is my most favourite TVB drama in 2018. Highly entertaining, has great ingredients and I enjoyed it very much.

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Golden Globes 2019 gave us some seriously shocking outcome. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the champion while ‘A Star Is Born’ dims.


The 76th Golden Globe Awards had just taken place yesterday (this morning at local time) with some seriously major shocks. However, I’m actually very delighted by that. Golden Globes is the first major Hollywood film awards (out of 5) in annual award season and the result is determined by votes from the 90+ members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
I always like the Golden Globes ceremony because it is more fun, less formal and always deliver very hilarious opening monologue in the past years. Same goes to this year. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh hosted the ceremony. So, here’s the full list of Golden Globes 2019 winners (only for film section as I’m not interested on TV section) along with my thoughts:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlackKklansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”
Opinion: Sometime, I have just got to go with my gut. My personal preference is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ but it has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score among the five nominees. So, I didn’t have any expectation at all for it to win. Everyone is picking ‘A Star Is Born’ because it is an easy pick and the movie received universal acclaim. I myself is predicting ‘A Star Is Born’ to win due to all the positive reviews it had and all the love it received. People were already surprised when ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ manages to score a nomination, and now the whole world is in shock that it won too. I’m happy with this surprise. After this shocking win, no one should play down the probability of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ winning some major hardware in the following awards although ‘A Star Is Born’ is still the heavy favourite.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book” *WINNER
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”
Opinion: Nothing much to comment on this category as I have only watched ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘The Favourite’.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”) *WINNER
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)
Opinion: Well, another surprise! Lady Gaga is tipped to win this but she lost it to a great veteran actress, Glenn Close. Now, it makes the best actress competition in the Oscars an interesting three-way race; Glenn Close, Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman. Vote splitting is sure to happen in this scenario and any one of the three can win.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) *WINNER
John David Washington (“BlackKklansman”)
Opinion: Very happy for Rami Malek. I’m very impressed by his performance in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was as though I watched the real Freddie Mercury in that movie. He dissolves himself fully into the character and his transformation is simply splendid. A very deserving win. Now, it looks like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ may not win any more best film in the coming awards, but Rami Malek is the strong frontrunner for best actor. A lot are praising Bradley Cooper but I think his performance in ‘A Star Is Born’ is just average.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) *WINNER
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)
Opinion: I had just watched ‘The Favourite’ last evening. Olivia Colman is good as Queen Anne but I think the movie’s success comes not from a single person but from the three ladies altogether; Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Since Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz lost in supporting actress race, this is the chance to award ‘The Favourite’.
Best Director
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) *WINNER
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlackKklansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Roma’ but I knew Alfonso Cuaron is a great director. I still remember very well his past work especially ‘Gravity’.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”) *WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Vigo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man and the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan and Ollie”)
Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Vice’ but I’m supposed that this is the only reasonable category to reward ‘Vice’ so that it won’t go home empty handed despite scoring the highest number of nomination at 6.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) *WINNER
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)
Opinion: I realize this pattern where award voters love to award black person for best supporting actor or actress in recent years. I’m not stressing on anything racially but it’s true. Emma Stone and Rachel Weiz are great but I think they cancelled each other out, leaving room for Regina King to emerge as winner. Claire Foy’s role is a bit too bland in ‘First Man’ although she is a great actress while Amy Adams just doesn’t have luck in awards.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) *WINNER
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlackKklansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)
Opinion: Didn’t watch Green Book and I personally prefer Timothee Chalamet to win from his heartbreaking performance in ‘Beautiful Boy’. Golden Globe decided to compensate for Mahershala Ali this time when he lost in the same race 2 years ago when he was the heavy favourite from his performance in ‘Moonlight’.
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”) *WINNER
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Opinion: This is the only category to reward ‘First Man’. The score is really incredible. End of story. No other score can get close to that.
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin'”)
“Requiem for a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation” (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”) *WINNER

Opinion: Easy pick. From the moment ‘Shallow’ song is released to the public, everyone is already in love and saying that it is going to win in this category for all the awards. I am in that same opinion. ‘Shallow’ is such a powerful and beautiful song. The only win for ‘A Star Is Born’ which came with a strong 5 nominations.
Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”) *WINNER
Opinion: I have only watched ‘The Favourite’ out of all the five nominees. Hence, nothing much to comment for ‘Green Book’ win here.
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma” *WINNER
“Shoplifters”
Opinion: Very much expected. ‘Roma’ is tipped to win all the ‘best foreign language film’ awards easily this year.
Best Animated Film
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” *WINNER
Opinion: I haven’t watch ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ but I have heard a lot of good things for it. So, yeah, I’m fine for it winning. ‘Incredibles 2’ is entertaining, ‘Isle of Dogs’ is unique, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is good but they are still not enough to be deemed awesome.
‘Green Book’ is the biggest winner of the ceremony with 3 wins while ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ surprises everyone by winning two out of two nominations it received (and they are the big ones; best motion picture – drama and best actor – motion picture drama). ‘A Star Is Born’ fails to take off with only one win and it lost out in all the major categories (Bradley Cooper must be really sad as he has three nominations and lost them all – director, producer, and actor). ‘Vice’ also didn’t do well with just one win despite scoring the highest number of nomination at 6.
The next major Hollywood film awards to look out for is the Critics Choice which is set to take place on this weekend, 13th January 2019.
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Ended the first weekend of the year with some luck.


The long Christmas and New Year break in the past two weeks had gone in a lightning speed. We are now in 2019 and everyone is back to their daily routine of going to work or school. I would usually be feeling quite moody especially after a long break but it doesn’t happen this time surprisingly. Ahh…, I knew the reason. It’s because another long holiday is coming soon; Chinese New Year holiday.

It’s just less than a month now to the Chinese New Year celebration. During that break, I will be heading to Eastern Europe for a vacation. It will be my third time going to Europe and there’s a lot more over there for me to explore and capture amazing photographs. So now, I’m already excited and can’t wait for February to come.

Let’s not shift the attention so quickly to next month. I’m having a great first weekend wondering in the city with my friend. My 2018 ended with poor luck at Genting casino and my 2019 began with some good luck at Marina Bay Sands casino. Well, let’s hope the luck stays on for long so I can earn some extra cash especially after a huge expenditure to pay for my upcoming trip mentioned earlier.

The 2019 Golden Globe Awards will be held this evening (tomorrow morning at local time) and I’m predicting that ‘A Star Is Born’ is going to be biggest winner with at least 3 wins (motion picture-drama, lead actress-motion picture drama, song). I think other awards will be fairly distributed to the remaining contending films; Bohemian Rhapsody for lead actor-motion picture drama, Green Book for supporting actor, If Beale Street Could Talk for supporting actress, Roma for director and motion picture-foreign language, First Man for score, The Favourite for screenplay and lead actress-motion picture musical or comedy, Vice for lead actor-motion picture musical or comedy and motion picture-musical or comedy, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse for motion picture-animated. We will see how many of my prediction matches to the result.

 

 

 

Happy New Year! Looking forward to a great 2019.


Happy New Year!

Year 2018 has ended with some great memories, huge challenges and major turning points for me and it’s time now for us to embark on more awesome adventures ahead in year 2019. Goodbye 2018!

Time flies. I think I have written that couple of times in the past but that’s so true that I wish to stress it all over again and again. It is as though my graduation and my Chinese New Year trip to China (took place on the past February) had just occurred three months ago. I felt like it was just yesterday when I moved to Singapore with huge anxiety for my career over there (and that was actually 8 months ago).

I’m glad I’m still in one piece, doing fine, staying healthy and going tough and strong in this past year. Any new year resolution for me? No, because I find that new year resolution doesn’t work. I prefer to set goals with my own timeline so that it can be more flexible to follow my pace without much pressure while still be on course to achieve the goals.

So, that’s it for my first blog post of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely wish everyone who is reading this a wonderful Happy New Year!

I’m ending the post with a brilliant quote from Sarah Ban Breathnach that we all should take note from:

” Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by BELIEVING “

(Images in this post are from various online sources)