In Honor of ‘CODA‘

Sign of “I love you” with a backsplash of song lyrics from Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

I made this in honor of the beautiful film about a Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA). Now available on Apple +. I’ll be blunt: One of my favorite films, ever. Glad to see it is getting the recognition it deserves.

2022 Golden Globe Winner Predictions (Movies)

This mess won’t be broadcast, and I, for one, am grateful. It’s overblown. And apparently organized by some racist, rapey, people. That said, movies are fun so let’s do something predictions.

Who I think should win and who will actually win are often different. In fact, some of the people I thought should be nominated, weren’t. I barely watched TV, so I’ll only do movies. Here goes nothing:

Best Director, Motion Picture

Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) 

Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) – Will Win and Should Win

Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”)

Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) 

Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”) 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Marion Cotillard (“Annette”)

Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) Will Win

Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”)

Emma Stone (“Cruella”)

Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”)

Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)

Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) Will Win and Should Win

Will Smith (“King Richard”) 

Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”) Should Win

Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”) 

Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”) Will Win

Cooper Hoffman (“Licorice Pizza”)

Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”)

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”)

Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”)

Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”) 

Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) – Should Win

Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) – Will Win

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

“Cyrano” (MGM)

“Don’t Look Up” (Netflix) – Should Win

“Licorice Pizza” (MGM) – Will Win

“Tick, Tick … Boom!” (Netflix) 

“West Side Story” (20th Century Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”) – Should Win

Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) – Will Win

Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”) 

Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) 

Ruth Negga (“Passing”)

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Paul Thomas Anderson — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) 

Kenneth Branagh — “Belfast” (Focus Features) 

Jane Campion — “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) – Should Win

Adam McKay — “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix) – Will Win

Aaron Sorkin — “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) -Should Win

Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”) 

Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)

Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”)

Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) – Will Win

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“Belfast” (Focus Features) 

“CODA” (Apple)

“Dune” (Warner Bros.) 

“King Richard” (Warner Bros.) 

“The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) -Will Win and Should Win

Don’t Look Up, Or Definitely…Do

Put this together because Leonardo DiCaprio totally channeled the great Peter Finch in Network

*spoiler*

Just finished Don’t Look Up, and of course I felt bad for the animals. We have the knowledge and wherewithal to act and save our planet and because we don’t, they continue to suffer. So at the end of this film I cried for them, not for us.

Project Hail Mary

Rocky and Ryland by Laney

Quick question to ponder: What happens when our sun starts to dim? And that solar dimming is being caused by material, aptly named Astrophage, literally sucking the life out of it? And it’s happening at such a rate, Earth will find itself in an ice age and all the fun disaster that comes with it in less than two decades? What do we do? We can’t even get people to wear masks during a pandemic so this is a loaded question. But for the purposes of this post the answer is Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir.

Ryland Grace, a molecular biologist/junior high school teacher turned astronaut is our main protagonist. The story swaps from everything leading up to the launch of Project Hail Mary, to Grace’s experiences in a spacecraft charged with finding a solution to the impending disaster by traveling to a solar system unaffected by the Astrophage. Without giving anything else away, he makes amazing discoveries that make this into an adventure worth reading.

My recommendation is to listen to the audiobook. There is a lot of technical “stuff” that can seem overwhelming to understand if science fiction isn’t your thing. And even if it is your thing, voice actor Ray Porter does a great job narrating the confusing or mind numbing portions to help you grasp the science behind a decision made in Project Hail Mary.

I’d also say the reader should be prepared to understand that Ryland Grace is far from what any person could measure up to. He’s a genius, scientist, mechanic, teacher, linguist, and…everything else? His versatility allows the story move forward, but pushes the boundaries of what could be considered realistic. The things Ryland figures out would take a normal, even a genius human being, months or even years to figure out. That said, this was a fun book to get into.

One last thing: Ryland may be our hero, but the real star of the show is Rocky. I’ll say nothing more.

Rating: 4/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dream Cast 🍿 🎥 :

Ryan Gosling is already attached to the movie for the role of Ryland Grace. I think he’s a great choice. I also thought Riz Ahmed would be a perfect.

Rocky: Ray Porter was a perfect Rocky

Eva Stratt: Tilda Swinton