31 March 2018

LA Galaxy Comes Back to Beat LA FC in Bonkers Match!!!

OMGB!!! I was totally ready to make fun of #LAClasico… but what an insane, bonkers, I-can't-believe-what-I-just-saw match! And, yes, it's definitely our welcome, #Zlatan #Ibrahimovic (with some *beautiful* assists from #EmmanuelBoateng). I'm back on the #Galaxy bandwagon. #LAFC

29 March 2018

The Alienist

#TheAlienist: Great effort by #TNT to punch above its basic cable weight. Sayles(!), Bruhl, Evans, Geraghty, Kilcher...all of them so very good, but I'm down for the Dakotaissance. She steals the whole d*mn thing! PS. Man, give them *all* the prod design #Emmys! ๐Ÿ–ผ ๐Ÿ‘



27 March 2018

Tempers Flare at Miami Open

Seeds were planted by fan behaviour during #Federer-#DelPo #IndianWells epic. Now it's infected everyone at #MiamiOpen

Between this, #AUS balltampering, thin-skinned #JustinThomas/#RoryMcIlroy fan-interactions, #tennis, #cricket, #golf are all taking hits to gentlemanly image. ๐Ÿค”







25 March 2018

South Africa Wallops Australia in Controversial Test

Hoo boy, no one brings out the schadenfreude quite like the #AUS-sies, eh? Ball tampering. Match bans. Collapsing. Whingeing about crowd behaviour (that's rich!)... Meanwhile #RSA stiffens spine under pressure & wallops their biggest rival.

PS. Well done #MorneMorkel!

#SAvAUS

24 March 2018

Federer Loses Another Final-Set Tiebreaker...This Time in the *First* Round! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I am the jinx. I am the one who gives it the ol' #BillPlaschke "It's Over!" Did it against #DelPo, & today against #Kokkinakis. My bad #Federer ๐Ÿ˜ซ


Ps. Pls tell me this isn't the beginning of another streak (17-0...then 0-2) & the end of #GOAT?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ


#MiamiOpen


23 March 2018

Isle of Dogs

#IsleOfDogs: Hipster Madlibs (#WesAnderson+#StopMotion+#Doggos+Japanese-Cute-Exoticism+#GretaGerwig)! Lovely weird, funny, melancholy little film.
PS Cultural appropriation is way above my paygrade, so I'll let @JustinCChang handle it๐Ÿคท‍♀️
PPS Now, about that anti-cat bias...๐Ÿ˜ฟ


22 March 2018

Tommy Haas Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: #TommyHaas Retires. Stylish shotmaker who probably didn't maximise his potential but had a fine career nonetheless. That #FO09 match vs #Federer ๐Ÿ˜ฑ! He's shaping up to have one of the greatest second acts in the history of mankind! 

New Zealand Crushes England (... in First Innings of First Test)

Wait, wha?! Did #NZL really bowl out #ENG for 58?! 58?! #Boult 6-32?! #Southee 4-25?! Bless the Kiwis, man, they sure know how to give "underdogs"* a great name!


* Wait, can they still be considered underdogs?!


#NZvENG

21 March 2018

Cavs Eke Out Win Against Raptors at Home

See? #Cavs can totally beat  #Raptors & win the East...

...if they have homecourt

... if they come from 15pts behind

...if #LeBron avgs 35-7-17

... if they somehow contain #Siakam / #Valanciunas / #Poeltl /  #VanVleet

... and, oh yeah, if they get by #Celtics first ☺️ #CLEvTOR

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

#TheKillingOfASacredDeer: Yikes๐Ÿ˜ฐ! Unnerving #Kubrick homage (replete with *those* tracking shots) burrows deep inside and won't let go. Farrell, Kidman, kids are fabulous but man is this Keoghan's show from beginning to end. Bl**dy h*ll! Somewhere, Papa #Haneke is proud.


20 March 2018

Kevin Pietersen Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: #KevinPietersen (Finally) Retires. Super-talented/mercurial/entertaining cricketer who probably had a much bigger impact on the modern game than we realised. They'll be teaching about his national team ouster in management case studies for years! #KP

19 March 2018

Karthik Last-Ball Six Wins India Nidahas Trophy

I have no idea what the #NidahasTrophy is, but a last-ball six (๐Ÿ‘€) to win is simply awesome (esp considering that I'm old enough to remember when #IND was on the *other* side of one of those๐Ÿ˜‡)! Well done #DineshKarthik ๐Ÿ‘! PS. Ya gotta feel for #BAN... #INDvBAN 

18 March 2018

Roger Federer Loses in Absolutely Heart-Breaking Fashion 2018 Indian Wells

Woah, can't believe #DelPo added another dimension to his already fearsome game: gamesmanship๐Ÿคจ. Incredible win that should springboard Phase 2 for him. Alas, not to be for #Federer, but man am I down for this whole rage-against-the-dying-of-the-light #GOAT! #BNPPO18


Osaka Beats Kasatkina to Win 2018 Indian Wells

Oh, you know, just two 20yo’s playing in the finals of the #FifthMajor๐Ÿ˜ Great aggressive, bold Tennis from #NaomiOsaka to win her *first* title! #DariaKasatkina the slicin’ assassin) won’t be too far behind. The future’s so bright #WTA’s gotta wear shades๐Ÿ˜Ž #BNPPO18

17 March 2018

Federer Battles Past Young Coric to Face God of Thunder Del Potro in Finals 2018 Indian Wells

Duuuuude... I'm still decompressing from that #Federer-#BornaCoric insanity! #GOAT had to call all on *all* his mental/emotional powers to make it past *young* #Coric...only to call up the God of Thunder himself, #DelPo! Sheesh! My poor aged heart! #IndianWells #BNPPO18

Mo Salah 4 Goals 1 Assist... in *One* Match!

You can't stop #MoSalah, and apparently you can't even can't contain him! #LFC thrashes #Watford (who?!). Let's, uh, enjoy him while we can before the inevitable... #Liverpool #EPL #YoullNeverScoreJustOneGoal!

16 March 2018

Venus Williams and Daria Kasatkina Put on a Show at Indian Wells

Yo! That #VenusWilliams-#DariaKasatkina Epic has to be a match-of-the-year candidate! #Venus blasting the felt off the ball and volleying (remember those?) up a storm... #Kasatkina the slicin' assassin (she's a magician!)! Great bl**dy stuff at #IndianWells! #BNPPO18

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers (Who?!) Pull Off the Biggest College Sports Upset, Ever!

The greatest upset in the history of all mankind... well, American college sports! #UMBC (who?!) blasts #Virginia for the first 16-over-a-1 seed victory, ever! #Madness, #MarchMadness!


PS. Gawd, this is just gonna make @PabloTorre even more insufferable than he already is, rite?

15 March 2018

Federer Tough Win Over Chung 2018 Indian Wells

A crafty old #GOAT is the best kind, no? #Federer toughs (& guiles) his way over #HyeonChung (kid's a *gamer*)! #Coric is gonna make Fed run all over the place๐Ÿ˜... PS. #Venus keeps on, keepin' on! #BNPPO18 #IndianWells

14 March 2018

Federer Beats Chardy 2018 Indian Wells

Good (not quite #GOAT-esque) #Federer win over tricky #Chardy. Up next, tough one vs #Djoker 2.0 #HyeonChung ๐Ÿ™€. PS, #Venus keeps rolling! PPS. #SuarezNavarro's 1HBH ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘!! PPPS. #YukiBhambri & #TaylorFritz - great fighting spirit!!! #BNPPO18 #IndianWells


RIP Stephen Hawking

RIP #StephenHawking. Genius who tried to open up the mysteries of the universe to laypeople like myself & make science accessible to all of us. Never let his limitations, um, limit his life, something I suppose all of us can learn from. 

12 March 2018

Federer Eases to Second Round Win 2018 Indian Wells

Speedy,  now-that's-more-#GOAT-like-it win for #Federer over #Krajinovic. Up next, tough matchup vs stylish shotmaking Frenchman (is there ever any other kind?!๐Ÿ˜‚) #JeremyChardy. Tonite: #Serena v #Venus!! #IndianWells #BNPPO18

11 March 2018

LeBron Loses to the Lakers?!

Waddya mean now's not the time to panic... when the #Lakers start beating #LeBron, I mean, the #Cavs... that's when it's the perfect time to panic! The Lakers?! PS. Nice audition for #LukeWalton in front of the King, eh?

Federer Tough First Win 2018 Indian Wells

Yikes! It definitely wasn't Vintage #GOAT but good, gutty  win for #Federer against sneaky-tough #Delbonis...and the rain (in LA, wha?!). Hopefully, a sign of better things to come... like #Serena v #Venus! #IndianWells

08 March 2018

RIP Reg E. Cathey

RIP #RegECathey. So untimely, esp given his post-#HouseOfCards resurgence. Boy, was he great on #TheWire… & Henrietta Lacks (going toe-to-toe with #Oprah!)… & so many other things. One of the greatest voices the cinema had to offer.

Beach Rats

#BeachRats: Wonderfully delicate, spare, haunting, tough-edged slice-of-life, "neo"realistic little film that deserved to have been celebrated with the very best of Indie Film from last year. Eye-watering DP-ing by Louvart (16mm!). Dickinson - a *star* is born - my goodness!!!

07 March 2018

RIP Roger Bannister

RIP #RogerBannister. Hallowed name / GK answer for us back in school, up there with the likes of Hillary/Tenzing. His accomplishment has to be up there in that kind of rarified air, right? Apparently, the #FourMinuteMile was only *one* of the things he did…what a remarkable life

Annihilation

#Annihilation: Yikes! Excuse me while I go get my PhD in astronomy/biology/botany/geography/religion/semiotics/VFX before I can truly understand what this trippy, mindbending visually/aurally stunning movie is about! Garland - ๐Ÿ‘ PS. Geoff Barrow... from #Portishead!!


06 March 2018

RIP David Ogden Stiers

RIP #DavidOgdenStiers. Loved him on #MASH, great actor, deadpan funny. He laid groundwork for #KelseyGrammer's onscreen persona, something #Frasier  brilliantly meta-explored in Fathers and Son. Quality working actor for almost 50 years…that's quite a run!

Red Sparrow

#RedSparrow: F-Law's a heckuva stylist and makes a valiant attempt to enter ice-(*brutal*ly)-cold #Fincher-Land. Hard to imagine anyone but #JLaw in her role, & Schoenaerts is great (again). Masterclass in adaptation by Haythe sanding down the book into mainstream entertainment.

05 March 2018

Australia Thumps South Africa in First Test

To paraphrase ATH, Stop me if you've heard this before: SA loses the mental battle, #AUS behaves boorishly, SA mounts resistance after all hope is lost, AUS wins anyway, SA down in noble defeat, AUS up in ignoble victory… PS. #Starc - 9 wkts (5-34 1st innings๐Ÿ˜ณ)!  #SAvAUS

Loving Vincent

#LovingVincent: Woah! What an incredible technical achievement. 65,000 hand-painted oil-paintings all done in the style of #VanGogh - ๐Ÿ™Œ … talk about a feast for the eyes. Name brand cast is wonderful, esp Tomlinson & a *star*-making Booth.

04 March 2018

2018 Oscars

#Oscars : Like #JimmyKimmel (lost weight & put on hair!), it was all good harmless fun. Predictable; thankfully #FrancesMcDormand brought some oomph to the proceeedings.  #RogerDeakins, #JordanPeele, #JamesIvory, #SufjanStevens,  #TiffanyHaddish - ๐Ÿ‘ #ShashiKapoor, #Sridevi - ๐Ÿ˜ข

At Long Last, Roger Deakins Wins His Oscar!!!

#Deakins!!!!!!!!!! Final-bl**dy-ly!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŽฅ #Oscars !!!?!!

02 March 2018

2017 Top 10 Films (1-10)

2017 #Top10 Films (1 - 10)


1. #Loveless (#Nelyubov) 

2. #Dunkirk 

3. #Columbus 

4. #WinterBrothers (#Vinterbrodre) 

5. #TheFloridaProject 

6. #BladeRunner2049 

7. #CallMeByYourName 

8. #GetOut

9. #Logan

10. #Coco 

2017 Top 10 Films (11-20)

2017 #Top10 Films (11 - 20)


#PhantomThread 

#WindRiver 

#BradsStatus 

#BeatrizAtDinner 

#PersonalShopper 

#LadyMacbeth 

#TheSquare 

#TheShapeOfWater 

#LadyBird 

#Icarus


(21): #WonderWoman / #JohnWickChapter2 [Tie] 

2017 Top 10 Films: Misc (1/2)

2017 #Top10 Films 


Senti: #T2Trainspotting

Most Fun: #Colossal

Most Millennial Fun: #BrigsbyBear / #GoodTime

Most VR: #CarneYArena

That'll Do (Super) Pig: #Okja

Best Synecdoche: #TheInsult (#LInsulte)

Best #AlfonsoCuaron: Stairwell from #AtomicBlonde

Autobiography: #TheBigSick

2017 Top 10 Films: Misc (2/2)

2017 #Top10 Films


Eye-Popping: #Valerian

Worst Tom Cruise: #TheMummy

Best Tom Cruise: #TheAviator...sorry I mean, #AmericanMade

Best Marvel Parody: #ThorRagnarok

Worst Marvel Parody: #JusticeLeague

(Best?) Worst(?): #mother!(?!?!)

Worst Worst: #SongToSong (sigh…)

2018 Oscar Picks (1/3)

2018 #Oscar Picks


Pic: The Shape of Water

Dir: The Third Amigo (aka Guillermo)

Actor: Churchill

Actress: Three Billboards

Supp Actor: Three Billboards (Sam)

Supp Actress: CJ (aka AJ)

Orig Screenplay: Get Out

Adap Screenplay: CMBYN


#Oscars

2018 Oscar Picks (2/3)

2018 #Oscar Picks


Foreign: AFW

Doc: Faces Places

DP: Deakins (Hallelujah!๐Ÿ˜‡)

Toon: Coco

Edit: Dunkirk

Score: TSOW

Song: La La Land, er I mean, The Greatest Showman

Sound Edit: Dunkirk

Sound Mix: Dunkirk


#Oscars

2018 Oscar Picks (3/3)

2018 #Oscar Picks


VFX: Apes (aka Serkis!)

Prod Design: TSOW 

Costume: DDL (aka (Phantom Thread)

Makeup: Churchill 

Toon Short: Kobe (#MeToo / #TimesUp ๐Ÿค” ) 

Doc Short: Edith+Eddie

Live Short: DeKalb Elementary


#Oscars

01 March 2018

Matt Forte Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: #MattForte Retires. *Great* player (& fantasy stud for TBH - she loved the guy). Completely under-rated/appreciated/radar etc. Did whatever was asked of him & paid a heavy physical price. If there's any justice he will be an automatic #NFL #HOF-er.

Winter Brothers (Vinterbrรธdre)

#WinterBrothers: Woah! One of the craziest, most visually striking, elaborate, expertly crafted calling-card movies about *toxic* masculinity. *Stunning* stuff from the DP, composer, sound designer... & very young director Palmason. Great acting, esp Hove, the kid's amazing! ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‘