A Handful of Oscar 2017 Winners and Nominees


It’s been six months since this year’s Oscars were awarded, so naturally that’s a good time to discuss a few nominated movies. Welcome to The Story Burrow, where topical is considered a very relative concept.

In full movie award season I checked out all the Academy Award Nominees and, as always, I found a few I wanted to watch. Now, months later, I can finally say that I’ve seen most of the ones I had in mind. Well, more than half. I haven’t gotten around to watching Fences, with the marvellous Viola Davis, and Manchester By The Sea yet.

I’ve seen La La Land – again relatively – soon before it was rather awkwardly awarded the Oscar for Best Picture for about five minutes, before it was given to the rightful winner Moonlight. What a slip up that was.

If I remember correctly, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to seeing La La Land. Weirdly enough, since I did like Mamma Mia! and Glee, so it isn’t like I dislike musical movies. My initial doubts were probably due to my bad experience with Into The Woods and the fact that La La Land very much seemed like two hours of self-praise for Hollywood.

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A Touch of France #TravelFromTheCouch

With July well on its way, the time has come for many of us to pack their bags for a nice holiday break. Some might have left already, others are still vigorously planning their departure to get the most out of their trip.

For those of you who are in preparation mode or have no holiday planned, I’ll be doing a little blog series that I’ve baptised rather lamely “Travel From The Couch”. The aim is to provide some books, music and TV series/movies from your (desired) holiday destination, which will hopefully either make you familiar with the country you’re travelling to or be a sweet consolation when you haven’t got a vacation planned.

First stop on our virtual journey around the world …


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Bates Motel vs Psycho

Here’s a confession: I hadn’t seen Psycho back when I started watching Bates Motel a few years ago. I didn’t even really know what it was about. I think I was aware that it involved a creepy motel owner, but as far as how the story was supposed to go, I was completely in the dark. When you’re committing yourself to watching 50 episodes of a prequel and reimagining of a 1960 movie, maybe that’s not a bad thing. And it’s not as if I wasn’t familiar with Hitchcock’s work. I’ve seen The Lady Vanishes, Notorious and The Birds. That’s not too bad. Even so, I made me promise to watch Psycho when I was done with Bates Motel, so that’s what I did.

Now, if you haven’t seen Bates Motel and/or Psycho and would like too, then please bear in mind that this post contains minor spoilers. I’ve kept it as vague as I possibly could, but if you want to get into them as unknowingly as I did, it might be best to skip this one for a while. You’re very welcome to come back once you’ve seen them.

Norman Bates
Freddie Highmore and Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates

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