Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8 (stylized onscreen as Ocean’s Eight) is a 2018 American heist comedy film directed by Gary Ross and written by Ross and Olivia Milch. The film is both a continuation and a spin-off from Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy and features an ensemble cast, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina. The film follows a group of women led by Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who plan a sophisticated heist of the annual Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

A newly paroled Debbie Ocean, the younger sister of Danny Ocean, meets and convinces her former  partner-in-crime Lou to join her in a new heist to steal the Toussaint, a $150 million Cartier necklace, during the upcoming Met Gala and use movie star Daphne Kluger as a mule. They assemble their team: bankrupt fashion designer Rose Weil; jewelry maker Amita, eager to move out of her mother’s house; hacker Nine Ball; street hustler and pickpocket Constance; and profiteer Tammy, who fences stolen goods out of her suburban home. Daphne is manipulated into hiring Rose to design a dress for her. They digitally scan the necklace to manufacture a cubic zirconia duplicate. Tammy secures a job at Vogue and gains access to the gala, and Debbie leads Daphne to invite art dealer Claude Becker, whose betrayal sent Debbie to prison, as her date. Lou confronts Debbie for planning revenge against Becker, but Debbie reassures her this is not the case.

Rose finds out that only a special magnetic key that is carrier by the bodyguards from Cartier can un-release the Toussaint once it is clasped. She quickly videotapes it and Nine Ball enlists her younger sister Veronica’s help in defeating the mechanism. At the gala Daphne’s soup is spiked to make her vomit and while she is puking into the toilet Constance removes the necklace and sneaks it to Amita, who splits it into smaller pieces of jewelry. Daphne doesn’t notice until she comes out and the bodyguards see her neck bare. The Toussaint’s disappearance triggers the museum’s evacuation, but the search ends when Tammy “finds” the duplicate necklace. Constance slips the Toussaint pieces to the team to smuggle out; Debbie plants a piece on Becker. After the heist, Debbie and Lou reveal Daphne had been in on the plan. Later Cartier check and find it to be a fake and call in insurance investigator John Frazier.

Having seen her in a video at the gala, Frazier suspects Debbie knowing her and her brother’s reputation but he is forced to agree that she has a strong alibi. She tells Frazier she may know who stole the necklace. Daphne visits Becker and sends Frazier a picture of the jewel Debbie planted. To further frame Becker, Debbie hires actresses posing as elderly socialites to sell the Toussaint pieces and deposit the money in Becker’s name. Frazier takes Becker into custody. Lou and Debbie reveal to the others that the real target: she and “The Amazing” Yen replaced a Met display of royal jewels with replicas, escaping with gems even more valuable than the Toussaint. With a larger-than-expected share of the score, each member of the team goes her separate way: Amita travels to Paris with a man she meets on Tinder; Weil pays off her debts and opens her own store; Constance buys a spacious loft in the city and becomes a YouTuber; Tammy expands her business in stolen goods; Nine Ball opens a pool bar; Daphne becomes a film director; Lou goes on a cross-country road trip; and Debbie visits Danny’s grave with a martini in his honor.

Not as good or exciting as the trilogy and not smooth enough to be very classy or memorable. Which is a shame because with a few more tweaks this would have been a really awesome film given the caliber of the cast. I think they should have upped the stakes a lot more. I give it a 7 outta 10!

The Pros And Cons Of Building Your Own Home

Building your own home is a major project to take on. If you’re going to commit to this, you need to have patience, a pretty large budget, and you also need to be able to have the ability to visualize the house of your dreams. If you do pull it off, however, you’ll have a home that you’ve put your heart and soul into, and you’ll be glad that you didn’t take the conventional route of purchasing an existing house.

Here are some pros and cons of a self-built home, for those considering this option.

Pro: you can put your own stamp on it

One of the best things about building your own home is that you can add your own stamp onto it, without having to try to work with existing spaces, that are simply difficult to deal with. Every part of the build will include something that you love, and you’ll have made every single choice, down to the last details such as plug sockets, and lighting. Your home will be your piece of art!

Con: it’s pretty expensive

Let’s be honest, building your own home is not cheap. You need to pay for the architect, a structural engineer, and the builders. You also need to splash out for all of the supplies, and most importantly, you need to put your own time into it, which can be the most difficult thing. Whilst you can get help from somewhere like the Construction Loan Center, evaluate all of your options.

Pro: it will be well-equipped for modern challenges

When it comes to older homes, adding on more energy efficient technology can prove challenging. Some older houses simply aren’t suitable for things like solar panels, and if you build this tech in from the beginning, then you’ll be glad that you did so further down the line. Sure, it may cost you quite a lot now, but in the future, your outgoings will be minimal as a result.

Con: you have to be super patient

Your new build home is probably going to take a year – at the minimum – to build. There are going to be difficult times, and you’re sometimes going to believe that the whole thing isn’t worth it at all. You won’t be able to pick out some things that you like, and then move straight in, and that’s the most important thing to remember. It will be worth it, but you need to be patient!

Pro: you’re the first inhabitants of your home

When you build your own home, you know that you’re the first family to live inside its walls, and there’s something great about that. You know that nobody has stitched you up by telling you that there are no problems with it, when there are actually major ones beneath the surface. And you don’t have to go through that experience, where you feel as though you’re living in somebody else’s house.

Con: there’s a lot of paperwork

If you’re building your own home, there is a lot of paperwork to take on. You need to deal with insurance, taxes, and you need to get permission for your plot. You also need to sort out contracts with builders and architects, and you need to deal with the insurances that they require, too. You’re going to have a desk full of paperwork, and you need to be able to deal with it all sufficiently.

Pro: you can benefit financially

Whilst it may seem as though you are throwing a lot of money at your new build home, the likelihood is that you will get it all back – and more – in the future. This is because you will have a unique building (hopefully) which has all of the modern features that people are looking for. If you’ve built it on a big plot of land, then you’ll also have this upside, which will help you to sell it for a higher price.

Con: you can’t avoid the short-term costs

With an older home, you have some room for negotiation on the price. You can keep putting forward your offers to the seller, and as a result, they may let you have the property for a much lower price. However, whilst you can put offers in on land – and building supplies – for a new build home, you still need to remember that your opportunity to save is a lot lower than it may have been, particularly in the short-term.

So…

If you’re thinking about building your own home, then keep these pros and cons in mind before you take the plunge!