“Labor Day”

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Was able to get into a day-before opening – screening of ‘Labor Day’ tonight.  First off, let me tell you that I am one of those people that sometimes roots for the bad-guys and there have been movies where for crimeny sakes, I just want them to WIN! Not because they’ve done something awful & I want to celebrate that, but sometimes just because it would change it up from the good guy ALWAYS winning ZZZzzzzzzzz.  There was a Robert Redford movie called ‘The Hot Rock’ and it was the 1st movie I ever remember seeing that they actually got away with it and it was BRILLIANT!! Well, after telling you all that, it’s kinda what I wanted here.  This is a really good movie and I liked it quite a bit. It’s very well done as this could have gone horribly bad with the wrong actor but Josh Brolin gives a good enough performance that even though you know why he was in jail and escaped – you completely start to sympathize and root for him to come out of this all well & good!!… I seriously am ready to start writing a prisoner after seeing this!  ha!  okay..well not really, because you know my convict would never be Josh Brolin good! hahahahaha I would get the crazy one!

In the meantime, this is an extremely touching movie all around, and not just the story-line of where Frank ~ aka the escaped convict (Josh Brolin) comes into the lives of Adele (Kate Winslet) & Henry (Gattlin Griffith), but the entire back storyline is also very well put in with some flashbacks & present time life reality.  It’s a true love story, but not the sappy kind, the kind with a kick to it and I like when it can go really wrong and then does, but comes back with a punch.  Don’t want to give away too much of the plotline because you all really need to go see this movie for yourselves.. A little show stealer here to watch for is Brighid Fleming as ‘Eleanor’ who along with Gattlin Griffith give very good performances for young actors and hope to see them both become successes in their respective careers.

P.S. – They gave us all a pie dish at the end with a recipe for peach pie included ~ you will understand how cute this is when you see the movie!! 😀

Grade: B   #peggyatthemovies

“INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS” – Better late than never!

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So yes…I’m late on seeing this movie..blah blah blah.. there was just too many to see in such a short time there and I only have so much on the financial side that I can spend on it all!!! ..Moving on… I found this to be a refreshing, fun movie.. I don’t know much about all the beatnik/folk music era and while this was definitely not a history lesson, it gave a bit of insight to that and the struggle of all artists to find their niche and be successful and what they love to do. With some sadness, snarkyness, many many obstacles thrown in the way and outright laughter this movie succeeded in all of it.  I loved the performance of Oscar Issac and hope to see more of him in the future, the supporting cast was all pretty decent the only real possible standout being John Goodman.  And while this is a good Coen brothers movie, I understand why it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar and it’s not really of that caliber even though very entertaining.. And really..isn’t entertaining us all that we really need from a movie! 😀   Grade: B  #peggyatthemovies

Sherlock IS BACK!!!

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Usually I don’t devote a whole blog to one show but this show is really wonderful & fun to watch.  And let’s face it, it made Benedict Cumberbatch’s career.  He is really wonderful as Sherlock Holmes and brings such life and new spin to the character it’s really a wonderful acting job.  I adore the chemistry between Sherlock & John Watson aka Martin Freeman who I’ve loved & laughed with since he was on the U.K. version (the original) of ‘The Office’ which everyone knows was sooooooo much better than the US version.  The writing is well done and combined with the acting this show just makes you look forward to it coming back over and over again.  I won’t spoil the cliff-hanger..but let’s just say with Sherlock, you never really know if it’s the truth ..or not.. 

TV reviews.. what’s good so far & some hopeful mid-season replacements

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Well ‘The Following’ came back tonight with a ROAR!!  I love this show.. and how it got on actual network TV I will never know. It’s that good and usually network TV doesn’t go out on a limb like this. One thing I love is how the writers are not afraid to be down & gritty getting rid of main characters over & over and keeping the show fresh, alive and us, the audience, on the edge of our seats..again, that usually only goes for shows on cable like ‘Justified’ & ‘Sons of Anarchy’.  I can’t wait to see how this season unfolds and if it’s anything like this first eps. of the 2nd season, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!  

“Sleepy Hollow” will be wrapping up tomorrow, Monday, Jan 20th with a 2hr finale.  This show has been one of the freshest new shows to come on the air in awhile.  Let’s face it, it could have gone really bad, but thanks to the chemistry between the lead characters, Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane) & Nicole Baharie (Lt. Abbie Mills) it works wonderfully. The only person completely out of place is Orlando Jones (Capt.Frank Irving) but thankfully the storylines, if you open your imagination up some, are fun & quirky enough to surpass that bit of bad casting. It’s been renewed so I will be looking forward to their 2nd season.

And yes, Josh Holloway IS BACK!! whooooooooooooooo hooooooooooo  you forget how much you missed his sassy-ness and sarcasm as Sawyer (“LOST”).  His show, “Intelligence” is still up on my ‘not sure’ column as they really packed a lot into the pilot eps., which I understand sometimes you have to do so the audience will understand the who, what, why, when etc..I just think it would have fared better if they broke it up a little into 2 eps. as most people,such as myself, do give a show at least 2 eps.  unless it’s REEEALLY bad in which you just can’t! ha!  Because I’m on the fence, I’m giving it a bit longer to either grab me or not.

Speaking of being grabbed…Hello “The Blacklist” – James Spader is so completely awesome in this show. Damn him! Another show that I’m a bit surprised is on network TV.. maybe they’ve finally realized they have to do something in order to compete with cable.  But this show is just superb and I’m happy it’s back.. Makes me anticipate “Hannibal” all the more…

The last show is on of all things Syfy network and it’s “Helix”  I am usually not a big Sci-Fi genre person..I do like some of it though if it’s well done and as of late Syfy network has stepped up with a few good original programming shows.. I like the premise and so far the story has kept me wanting to watch and I’m 2 eps in.  I recommend it for something different and if you have room on your DVR. 

Well that’s it for now..

#peggyatthemovies…andTV

The Razzie Nominations

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The Razzie Nominations

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/01/15/grown-ups-2-heads-up-full-list-of-razzie-nominees/

Ahhh the Razzies!  Done every year right before the Oscars noms are announced at the ungodly hour of 5:30am.  Usually they get it spot on…and this year is no exception. Luckily enough, I usually don’t see too many of them because I’m actually smart enough to not waste good money on these movies..But we all make mistakes..mine was Johnny Depp (whom I love) and ‘The Lone Ranger’ = one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.  Anything Tyler Perry or Adam Sandler is a given that it’s going to be bad and yeah most of Halle Berry’s stuff also. No one wonders why ‘After Earth’ is on here..I mean if even the trailer for the movie is bad, you know the movie will be 492045022 times worse.  There isn’t anything here that completely doesn’t deserve to be here. With that being said, let’s look to happier moments of the Oscar noms tomorrow! 😀

Cheers!

Lot’s of TV shows back this week PLUS new ones!

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Things are definitely kicking into gear for the 2014 TV season.. Here is everything that is on this week and what I will be watching is bolded!!!  I usually give new series 2 eps. to hook me as I know usually the 1st eps has to give me the rundown of what it’s going to be about & the characters etc..and I don’t have time to watch everything and gotta stick with only good stuff nowadays!! or my version of what’s good!! ha!

 

Monday, Jan. 13
8 p.m.: Switched at Birth (ABC Family), Lost Girl (Syfy), Hart of Dixie (The CW), How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
8:30 p.m.: 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
9 p.m.: The Fosters (ABC Family), Being Human (Syfy), Beauty and the Beast (The CW),Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Mike & Molly (CBS)
9:30 p.m.: Mom (CBS)
10 p.m.: Archer (FX), Bitten (Syfy), Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne (A&E), The Blacklist(NBC), Intelligence — time slot premiere (CBS)
10:30 p.m.: Chozen (FX)

Tuesday, Jan. 14
8 p.m.: The Originals (The CW)
9 p.m.: Face Off (Syfy), Supernatural (The CW), Friday Night Tykes (Esquire), NCIS: LA(CBS)
10:30 p.m.: Kroll Show (Comedy Central)

Wednesday, Jan. 15
8 p.m.: American Idol (Fox), Melissa & Joey (ABC Family), Arrow (The CW)
8:30 p.m.: Suburgatory (ABC), Baby Daddy (ABC Family)
9 p.m.: The Tomorrow People (The CW), Criminal Minds (CBS)
10 p.m.: Real World: Ex-Plosion (MTV), Men at Work (TBS), Jim Rome (Showtime), CSI(CBS), Nashville (ABC)

Thursday, Jan. 16
8 p.m.: Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (The CW)
9 p.m.: Under the Gunn (Lifetime)
11 p.m.: Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory (MTV)

Friday, Jan. 17
9 p.m.: Cold Justice (TNT)
10 p.m.: The Diamond Collar (OWN)

Saturday, Jan. 18
8 p.m.: Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)
10 p.m.: HitRecord on TV! (Pivot), Mom’s Got Game (OWN)
11:30 p.m.: Saturday Night Live (NBC)

HAPPY GOLDEN GLOBES DAY!!

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Before I post my picks..let me preface this by saying the Golden Globes is by far my favourite awards show and the only one I would truly give my left arm to attend as not only is it one big party and looks so fun, but it’s both Movies AND TV ~ I mean how can you go wrong!! My picks here are completely my own and I usually don’t go with who’s ‘supposed’ to win or the favourite, but with what I actually liked over the year. which I will say is why my winners are never picked so much..but it’s okay..I stay true to what I liked and sometimes get a good surprise!! I was not a fan of ‘Gravity’ nor so much ’12 Years a Slave’ though I liked it a lot more than ‘Gravity’ as I didn’t get the hype. I am still hoping ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ upsets all… I also like to pick some new favourites as I would LOVE to see Tatiana Maslany win as Best Actress because for me, if you are not watching ‘Orphan Black’ you are missing something really really good. Also, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is hysterical and the other comedy’s are just the same old, same old.  In a few categories, such as Best Supporting Actor I picked 2 as if Jared Leto doesn’t win, I would be completely happy with Daniel Bruhl. Also, didn’t pick Best Foreign Picture as I only saw 1 which doesn’t qualify as an opinion nor did I vote in the music categories. So with that said, here we go….

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
12 YEARS A SLAVE
Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Productions and River Road Entertainment; Fox Searchlight Pictures
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
GRAVITY
Warner Bros. Pictures / Esperanto Filmoj / Heyday Films; Warner Bros. Pictures
PHILOMENA
Pathe, BBC Films, BFI, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow/Magnolia Mae; The Weinstein Company
RUSH ~ WINNER
Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Revolution Films; Universal Pictures

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine – WINNER
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club – WINNER
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
AMERICAN HUSTLE
Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
HER
Warner Bros. Pictures / Annapurna Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Mike Zoss Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Studio Canal; CBS Films
NEBRASKA
Paramount Vantage; Paramount Pictures
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – WINNER
Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures; Paramount Pictures

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, American Hustle – WINNER
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Francis Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street – WINNER
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
THE CROODS
DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
DESPICABLE ME 2
Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment, A Chris Meledandri Production; Universal Pictures
FROZEN – WINNER
Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska – WINNER

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush – 2ND CHOICE
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club – WINNER

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle – WINNER

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Eric Warren Singer & David O Russell, American Hustle – WINNER

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
BREAKING BAD (AMC) – WINNER
Sony Pictures Television
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
Carnival Films
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
CBS Television Studios in Association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime)
Showtime, Sony Pictures Television, Round Two Productions, Timberman/Beverly Productions

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black – WINNER
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House Of Cards

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad – WINNER
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters Of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Fox) – WINNER
Universal Television
GIRLS (HBO)
HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
Twentieth Century Fox Television
PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
Universal Television

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie – WINNER
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show – WINNER
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (FX Networks)
Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (HBO) – WINNER
HBO Films in association with Jerry Weintraub Productions
DANCING ON THE EDGE (Starz)
Starz Entertainment
TOP OF THE LAKE (Sundance Channel)
See-Saw Films
WHITE QUEEN (Starz)
Starz Entertainment

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen,
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake – WINNER

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On The Edge
Idris Elba, Luther – WINNER
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing On The Edge – WINNER
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad – WINNER
Corey Stoll, House Of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan