Tag: Hacksaw Ridge


So, I didn’t stay up to watch the Oscars. I needed my bed.

Anyway, I wake up this morning and eagerly scan the news sites for winners and Youtube for clips and all I can say is……


How was it even allowed to get that far? There’s no way that the acceptance speeches should even have started.
The La La Land crew must have been gutted! and in full view of millions of viewers.

Anyway, how did I do with my personal predictions?

Best Picture – La La Land…. ooops, no sorry it’s actually Moonlight!
I knew Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures wouldn’t get it but I honestly thought La La Land would.
I’m glad the Academy didn’t bow to public and media opinion and went with their gut instead.
But that said, Moonlight, although deserving, didn’t quite hit the mark for me personally.

Best Actress – Emma Stone.
I made no predictions for this one because I haven’t seen the other performances.

Best Actor – Casey Affleck
There’s just no way that Casey Affleck’s performance was Oscar worthy in my opinion.
Both Denzel Washington and Andrew Garfield acted him off the screen.

Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis
Yep, got that one spot on.
How they decided this one I’ll never know.
Out of the five nominated, I could easily put Michelle Williams at the bottom of the pile with Nicole Kidman right next door BUT Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Naomi Harris ALL gave astounding performances.

Best Supporting Actor – Marhershala Ali
Yep! Called that one too!
I’ve been keeping an eye on this guy since I first saw him in a TV series called ‘The 4400’
As much as I loved Dev Patel in Lion, I think Marhershala’s performances in both Moonlight and Hidden Figures won me over just a little bit more.

Best Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Another correct prediction, unfortunately.
Sorry, but I firmly believe this should have gone to Hacksaw Ridge.

Finally, I mentioned a film that has been seriously underrated this year, Silence.
It was nominated for Best Cinematography but didn’t win.
No, it went to La La Land….SERIOUSLY?!!!
Did anyone watch Silence? The Cinematography in it was absolutely breathtaking and far superior to La La Land.

But in my very biased opinion it should have won, or at least been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinemtography, Best Adapted Screenplay…… hell…. everything possible!!!





And where the hell was Paterson?!!!!
Naaah, I’m not bitter at all!!


So, tonight is Oscar night. Being a film fan it’s one of my favourite events in the film calendar and this year, for the first time ever, I have actually seen all nine of the movies up for best picture.










La La Land
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea
Hell of High Water

What a mixed bunch it is and I’ve been surprised by my response to a lot of them.
I’m usually a sucker for a good sci-fi movie but I found Arrival to be one of the biggest bores of the year.
La La Land, I fully expected to hate but actually really enjoyed!
Hidden Figures was brilliant and hilarious.
Hacksaw Ridge was just astounding.
Lion was beautiful.
Fences was not too bad but did still feel more like a play than a movie.
With Moonlight I felt a little cheated. I needed to see more. Did Terrence embrace his sexuality? Did he get to spend his life with anyone? It just felt cut short.
Manchester by the Sea was soooo dull. I just cannot see why it’s getting the attention.
Hell or High Water just seems like an odd Oscar contender. Not a bad movie. Not a great one either. Just not what I would consider Oscar worthy.

A film that should have been on the list was Martin Scorcese’s ‘Silence’. I’m still a little disappointed that this is only up for Best Cinematography. Fingers crossed it gets that! 

I would personally love to see Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures win, but I have a feeling La La Land will be running off with this one.

When it comes to actor nominations,  I can only give opinions on the ones I’ve seen.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck
Ryan Gossling
Andrew Garfield
Denzel Washington

Out of the 4 that I’ve seen I would love to see Andrew Garfield win but I think Denzel Washington stands a good chance of walking away with this one. His performance in Fences was unbelievable.

Best Actress

Emma Stone

I can’t really comment on best actress as I haven’t seen the other performanes. 

Best Supporting Actor

Marhershala Ali
Dev Patel
Jeff Bridges
Lucas Hedges

Marhershala Ali gets my vote here. He gave a lovely subtle performance in Moonlight that he’s nominated for but he also gave a heartwarming performance in Hidden Figures.

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis
Octavia Spencer
Naomi Harris
Nicole Kidman
Michelle Williams

This one is going to go to either Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer. I’d be happy with either. Viola was stunning in Fences and Octavia was wonderful and sassy in Hidden Figures.

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

This will probably go to La La Land but I would like to see Mel Gibson get this, however, I don’t know if he’s been forgiven enough for past indiscretions,  we’ll see.

So that’s it! Only time will tell now. I’m not working tomorrow so I’m tempted to stay up to watch it but the red carpet doesn’t start until midnight here in the UK and the ceremony itself doesn’t start until 01:30. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up into the wee hours. It could be quite a challenge.


OK, so this afternoon we took the opportunity to go and see ‘Manchester by the Sea’
All I can say is, how dull and depressing can a film get?
It was slow and depressing and apart from a couple of small moments of humour with the nephew trying to get his leg over, it simply did nothing for me.
It got to the end and my reaction was “really? you’re leaving it there?”

So that makes 5 out of the 9 Oscar nominated movies we’ve seen so far.
We are watching another one tonight, Hell or High Water, that we purchased on DVD on the way home from the cinema.

The last 3 we should get to see before the awards ceremony.
Fences with Denzel Washington is released on Feb 10th and Moonlight and Hidden Figures are release on Feb 17th just over a week before the awards.

I am really looking forward to Hidden Figures. It appeals to me on so many levels.
Story, humour, cast, true story, space race!
Fences looks like it could be an interesting emotional drama but I am a little unsure about Moonlight. We’ll just have to wait and see.

This will be the first time that I will have, hopefully, seen all the nominated movies before the awards ceremony. I will be able to give an honest opinion and prediction on all the nominated features.
For now, my favourite so far has been ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

When it comes to the actors, my own opinion still stands with Andrew Garfield until I see any of the remaining films.
When it comes to actresses, the only one I’ve see so far is Emma Stone and I wasn’t that impressed with La La land.

Anyway, back to tonight. In the middle of 4 days off and catching up with some movies.
I’ve only watched 17 films so far this year, so I am 8 films behind my 1 a day target.
Having said that, we’ve been to the cinema 6 times, so it’s a good start with the Unlimited cinema cards.


So the nominations have been announced.
To say I am a little disappointed is an understatement.

Not a single nomination for Paterson and Silence is only up for Best Cinamatography.



No nominations for Adam, but in my heart of hearts I new that wouldn’t happen this year.
Andrew Garfield, as I predicted last night, is up for Best Actor for Hacksaw Ridge.

I still can’t see how La La Land has everyone singing it’s praises over the likes of a movie like Silence, but that’s my opinion.
I’m not saying its a bad movie but 14 nominations!!
They obviously see something in the film that I don’t.

Anyway, Andrew is up against some tough competition.
Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Ryan Gosling for La La Land
Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington for Fences

I am predicting an Oscar for Casey but I really hope Andrew gets it.

I also hope that Hacksaw Ridge gets Best Picture but again, I think it will lose out to either La La Land or Manchester by the Sea.

So now we wait until the end of February for the winners.

Better luck next time Adam.


Where do I start!!?

I couldn’t go to bed without blogging about this film.


I’ve just been to see it at an Unlimted screening. It opens here in the UK officially on Friday and OMG!!! You have to go and see it.

Absolutely stunning film.
It tells the story of American Army Medic Desmond Doss, who during WWII, refused to carry a weapon and in an unbelievable act of heroism saved the lives of 75 men at Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa. He never fired a single shot and won the medal of honor.

The film is astounding. I can’t praise it enough.
The first half of the film tells the story of Desmond’s early life and sets up the man and why he became a conscientious objector. It’s light hearted and funny.

When he enlists, the scenes at the training camp are hilarious but when you finally get to the nitty gritty war scenes, it’s a completely different story.

They have totally succeeded in getting you to feel exactly what it must have been like to fight in close quarters during that war.
It’s heart stopping and gut wrenching and harrowing.
It’s unbelievable that these men actually went over that ridge more than once and what Doss did, all on his own, throughout the night was an absolute miracle.

Now, as much as I’d like to see Andrew Garfield get an Oscar nomination for Silence, I think it’s more likely he’ll get a nomination for this. Amazing performance.


As was the performance of Hugo Weaving as Doss’s Father.


Apart from really bringing home the true nature of war, this film also shows the incredible courage of individuals when facing their own beliefs.

Oh yes, last but not least…..

I had completely forgotten that Ryan Corr made an appearance in this film.

Ryan Corr 1

I nearly choked when he turned up, I was so happy.
Right in the middle of the bloodiest battle I think I’ve witnessed on the big screen, I actually had a smile from ear to ear!!

The smile did not last long.

Truly wonderful film. Do not miss the chance to see it on the big screen.