Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Best Picture, Best Sound)
Ex Machina (Best Screenplay)
The Revenant (Best Director, Best Visuals)
Straight Outta Compton
Mad Max: Fury Road
Notable others include The Hateful Eight, The Martian, Creed, Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, Dope, Room, White God, The Big Short, and Carol.
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Brie Larson – Room
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Emily Blunt – Sicario
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
Rachel Weisz – The Lobster
Rooney Mara – Carol
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Corey Hawkins – Straight Outta Compton
Domhnall Gleeson – Ex Machina
Michael B. Jordan – Creed
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Michael Fassbender – Slow West
I thought Ex Machina was the movie to beat for a while, but there were a fair amount of flicks that caught me off guard in 2015. Dope was dope. Creed surprised. The Hateful Eight were a likable bunch. The good kind of strange could be found in The Lobster. Straight Outta Compton was a vital watch that’s full of substance. And every frame of The Revenant was shockingly breathtaking. Only one could come out on top, though.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be an obvious choice for anyone who knows me, but that shouldn’t take any weight away from this flick. Movies like this are why I go to the theater. Films are not an escape for me. I watch these to gain a clearer, more focus understanding of reality. They help me explore emotions and trigger thoughts that I might have forgotten about. I can watch movies and relive a joyful moment or reflect on something more critical. The Force Awakens lets me walk in an adult and walk out a child, infused with The Force, and boasting the biggest smile on my face. That’s worth something.
In a greater sense, the story of Star Wars is bigger than any one movie. It’s an event or a celebration. It’s a universe that bridges so many generations and together, now possibly with my own kid, we can explore that galaxy all over again. From my perspective, if a movie is able to do that, it’s a pretty damn good movie.
Grandma passed away this week. She had just turned 99. She was always a part of our lives and was loved very much. I know she always told us how lucky she was to have us around, but we were the lucky ones for being able to have her for so very long. She was an awesome Grandma and, even with the small amount of time she had with Luke, was an awesome Great Grandma. My heart is broken and I miss her a lot.
Kara is ready for our trip to LA. Just me and the dog will be there tonight through Monday for a friend’s 40th bday and the final regular season Kings game, which is hopefully not their last game this season. Don’t let me down guys. #GoKingsGo
I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on YouTube for headlight restoration, but this one is, by far, the best, most comprehensive one and it still manages to be fairly brief. Gonna be doing this on the S2000 and MDX this week. Just make sure you have a good random orbital polisher or sander, such as my Porter Cable 7424 XP, if you go with the professional method.