ANOTHER YEAR OVER…..

So here we are again.
Yet another year over and they seem to be getting quicker and quicker!!

I’ve just finished my second Long day in a row and now I’m ready for a long glass of Brandy and Babycham and some dinner before snuggling down on the sofa to see in the New Year.

2015 has been a mixed year.
As a family, we said goodbye to the Matriarch. Grissle.
She made it to 95 years. An incredible lady who always managed to put a smile on my face and still does!

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And we said goodbye to a long standing friend who is, and always will be considered family. Valerie.

Val

It’s been a landmark year with Dharma turning 13, Marjorie turning 16, Murron turning 18 and Ian turning 50!
On top of all that, we also celebrated 21 years of marriage.
Oh yes, I got my first tattoos!
Mid life crisis I think!

Work has been challenging on both sides to say the least.
I finished my 2 year college course in September. An achievement I never thought I’d be doing at 46 and Ian is coming to the end of 35 years of shift work as he takes on a new position at the beginning of January.
Mondays to Fridays 9 to 5.
That, on it’s own, is going to bring us our biggest challenge next year as he is also taking a temporary cut wages as he trains up for and proves himself in the new position.
Hopefully by the end of next year we’ll be back on track again but it’s going to be really tough keeping our heads above water after we’ve been getting used to being financially comfortable for the first time in 15 years!!

It’s been a great year for films and it has ended on an exceptionally high note with the ‘thankfully’ incredible new Star Wars movie.
I have watched 378 films and I have been to the cinema a grand total of 64 times.
I am not ashamed to admit that the last 4 times were all for Star Wars.
At last I can put aside the meagre attempt at rebooting the franchise with the prequels and get back to what Star Wars should be!
Oh yes and there’s definately a new bad boy on the block.

This year saw not just one new obsession in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal

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but at the last minute Adam Driver stomped in as Kylo Ren with his lightsabre, sulking and extremely bad temper.

Kylo entrance

Kylo Sabre Swing

Kylo removes mask

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Yes, this obsession has bloomed rather quickly.

Talking of movies, the Hollywood obituary is sadly way too long to list in full but a few memorable mentions are…..

Robert Loggia 85
An Officer and  Gentleman, Independence Day, Return to Me.

Robert Loggia 2

Saeed Jaffrey 86
The Man Who Would be King, Gandhi, A Passage to India, My Beautiful Launderette

Saeed Jaffrey

Dean Jones 84
That Darn Cat, Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo, The Love Bug, Clear and Present Danger

Dean Jones

Maureen O’Hara 96
Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, Big Jake, Miracle on 34th Street

Maureen O Hara

John Guillermin 89
Director of classics like The Towering Inferno, The Bridge at Remagen and the 1976 King Kong

John Guillermin

Nancy Bernstein 55
Visual Effects Executive Producer on great movies such as Armageddon, X-Men, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, A Beautiful Mind, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Day After Tomorrow….. I could keep listing and she died way too young!

Nancy Bernstein

Omar Sharif 83
Lawrence of Arabia, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Genghis Khan, Doctor Zhivago

Omar Sharif

Patrick Macnee 93
The Avengers, Battlestar Galactica, The Howling and countless appearances on TV shows and films.

PAtrick Macnee

James Horner 61
Died in a plane crash and left us with an incredible legacy as he composed the music for films such as Southpaw, The Amazing Spider-Man, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Bicentennial Man, Mighty Joe Young, Deep Impact, Titanic, Jumanji, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, Clear and Present Danger, The Pelican Brief, Patriot Games, The Rocketeer, Field of Dreams, Aliens, Cocoon, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Krull, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Battle Beyond the Stars!!!
And that’s a short list. I could have gone on.
His score for Star Trek II is quite possibly one of the greatest scores in film history.

JAmes Horner

Christopher Lee 93
Dracula – multiple times, Fu Manchu – several times, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, The Man With the Golden Gun, Shaka Zulu, Gremlins 2 and of course The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

Christopher Lee

Ron Moody 91
Countless TV shows but will always be remembered as Fagin in Oliver.

Ron moody

Robert Chartoff 81
A producer who frequently teamed up with Irwin Winkler to create films such as Rocky 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff and Enders Game.

Robert chartoff

Andrew Lesnie 59
A Cinematographer that gave us astounding vistas in films such as all three Lord of the Rings Movies, all three Hobbit movies, I am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Died too young. His visual mastery is going to be missed.

Andrew Lesnie

Louis Jourdan 93
Gigi, Can-Can, Octopussy, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask

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Grace Lee Whitney 85
Yoeman Janice Rand in the Classic Star Trek universe

Grace Lee Whitney

And last but not least, I can’t sign off this obituary without mentioning Leonard Nimoy 83
Mr Spock himself in the Classic Star Trek universe

Leonard Nimoy

Next year sees the third movie in the reboot Trek universe and Zachary Quinto has done a stellar job at taking on the role of Spock.
Can’t wait to see it.

I’ll end this blog with a full list of my movie viewing for the year in order.
As you will see, I’m quite eclectic with my viewing.

So for now, I hope everyone has an amazing New Year.
I will endeavour to keep blogging pationately about my obsessions, my movies and my occasional rants at the world.
See you in 2016!!

The Three Musketeers 3D
Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
Up
Brave
Yours, Mine and Ours
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Taken
Taken 2
Avatar 3D
Immortals 3D
Flight
Mama Mia
A Hard Days Night
Rush
A Long Way Down
Dredd 3D
Covenant
Bounty Hunter
Divergent
Paul
Taken 3
Enemy
A Beautiful Mind
The Bourne Supremacy
Eagle Eye
Ex Machina
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
X-Men Days of Future Past
Guardians of the Galaxy 3D
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service
12 Years a Slave
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Cuban Fury
Big Hero 6
Walking on Sunshine
The Duff
Draft Day
Gone Girl
Jupiter Ascending
We Bought a Zoo
Hector and the Search for Happiness
The Fault in Our Stars
The Hunters
Morning Glory
Awake
Man of Steel
White House Down
Star Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness
This Means War
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Maze Runner
Sean of the Dead
50 Shades of Grey
Poseidon
Jaws
Bruce Almighty
The Help
Fury
Project Almanac
I, Frankenstein
Lincoln
Total Recall (Colin Farrell)
Nightcrawler
High Spirits
X-Men Days of Future Past
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Chappie
Jack Ryan
Divergent
The Imitation Game
What We Did on Our Holiday
Run All Night
Labyrinth
Bourne Identity
Bourne Supremacy
Home
I, Robot
The Fall
Insurgent
3 Days to Kill
Now You See Me
Paddington
Pride
The Crazies
Captain America: The First Avenger
Leap Year
Dream House
Cinderella
Interstellar
Patch Adams
Prince of Persia
Donnie Darko
Fast and Furious 7
Fast and Furious 1
The Maze Runner
Horrible Bosses 2
This Means War
Unstoppable
Child 44
Just My Luck
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Nightcrawler
Poseidon
Star Wars: A New Hope
Birdman
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Robocop
The Sixth Sense
Non Stop
The Theory of Everything
Easy Money
Mad Max
Push
Red Eye
Foxcatcher
Penguins of Madagascar
Into the Woods
Tomorrowland
The Guardian
Big Hero 6
San Andreas
American Sniper
Ex Machina
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
Identity Thief
Big Hero 6
The Drop
Warrior
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
That Awkward Moment
The Lucky One
Fanboys
Guardians of the Galaxy
Billy Elliot
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Jurassic World
You Again
Jurassic World
Project Almanac
Taken 3
Man Up
Tangled
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Minions
Valentines Day
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Jurassic Park 2 – The Lost World
The Amazing Spiderman
Jupiter Ascending
Inception
The Dark knight Rises
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
Step Up
Magic Mike XXL
Terminator Genisys
Locke
Chappie
Big Hero 6
Mission Impossible 3
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
Calamity Jane
Pacific Rim
Ant Man
Into the Storm
Home
Horrible Bosses
Selfless
Safe House
Good Will Hunting
Southpaw
Inside Out
Begin Again
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Thor: The Darkworld
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Field of Dreams
Pixels
The Bourne Ultimatum
Divergent
Divergent : Insurgent
Source Code
The Hunt for Red October
The Duff
Zodiac
Jarhead
Accidental Love
Fantastic 4 (2015)
Southpaw
Fantastic 4 (2015)
End of Watch
Prisoners
Love and Other Drugs
Donnie Darko
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt1
Run All Night
The Day After Tomorrow
Prince of Persia
The World’s End
Love and Other Drugs
Pixels
We Bought a Zoo
Mission Impossible 2
Ever After
The Duff
Force 10 from Navarone
Ant Man
Brothers
The Drop
American Psycho
Battleship
The Best of Men
Horrible Bosses 2
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
The Water Deviner
Deep Impact
Hitman: Agent 47
Star Trek
Love and Other Drugs
Shelter
Hellfighters
Pressure
The Manchurian Candidate
Left Behind
The Thomas Crowne Affair
Drop Zone
Casino Royale
Run All Night
Starman
Fast and Furious 7
The Man From Uncle
Seventh Son
The Legend of Billie Jean
Blackout
The Lone Ranger
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
Legend
Layercake
The Kids are All Right
Prisoners
Avengers: Age of Ultron
American Ultra
Outbreak
New Year’s Eve
Smokey and the Bandit 2
Jack Ryan
Tracers
The Blind Side
Source Code
Everest
Donnie Darko
Rendition
Star Trek
Man Up
The Martian
Mr Mom
Area 51
Avengers Assemble
The Good Girl
Enemy
Gone Girl
About Time
Tomorrowland
Ratatouille
The Glen Miller Story
Mad Max: Fury Road
Proof
Stranded
Singin’ in the Rain
Next Best Thing
A League of Their Own
Shaun of the Dead
Jumpin Jack Flash
San Andreas
Shaun of the Dead
The Adjustment Bureau
We Bought a Zoo
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Hotel Transylvania
Beautiful Creatures
X-Men First Class
Love and Other Drugs
Jurassic World
Back to the Future
Back to the Future 2
Back to the Future 3
October Sky
The Drop
Space Cowboys
Argo
Total Recall (Colin Farrell)
The Lucky One
Skyfall
The Last Witch Hunter
Crimson Peak
Pan
Bladerunner
Rebel Without a Cause
Spectre
The Martian
Suffragette
A Room With a View
Casino Royale
Terminator Genisys
Spectre
The World is Not Enough
Roman Holiday
The Signal
Poltergeist 2015
Ex Machina
Star Wars – A New Hope
Selfless
Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back
Spectre
Return To Me
Sister Act
Southpaw
ET
The Lady in the Van
Edward Scissorhands
Footloose
The Goonies
Gremlins
Gremlins 2
Ant Man
Magic Mike XXL
Unstoppable
Inside Out
Mortdecai
Just Like Heaven
World War Z
The Next Three Days
The Vanishing
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Se7en
Victor Frankenstein
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Pixels
Man From Uncle
Absolutely Anything
Independence Day
Nativity
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The Santa Clause
Jingle All the Way
What Women Want
The Santa Clause 2
The Santa Clause 3
The Counselor
In the Heart of the Ocean
Scrooged
The Dark Crystal
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Pixels
Nottinghill
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tracks
The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
This is Where I Leave You
While We’re Young
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Dam Busters
Jupiter Ascending
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Cool Runnings
Amazing Grace
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

THE CONFLICT

This is never a good sign.
Blogging about wanting to do something I really shouldn’t to justify doing it in the end anyway!!

Next year is going to be a little tough financially as Ian takes on a new job role at a slighly lower level and has to work his way back up to where he is now.
We know that our Cineworld cards are going to come in very handy for any time out together.
Our kids are going to have a bit of a shock as the bank of Mum and Dad closes for a year.

Anyway, we had a last minute splurge on a couple of items as a treat for the end of the year.
Ian is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new T-shirt he can wear to his X-wing gaming days.

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We also found a gorgeous artwork print of a stormtrooper that will probably end up hanging over my piano that is currently displaying some of Ian’s beautifully detailed gaming models.

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The company selling the artwork print had a buy 2 get one free offer so it was a bit rude not to make use of it and we decided on a new Star Wars print and the teaser print for the new Batman vs Superman movie that I saw hanging in the Northampton Cineworld the other day and loved!.

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That was it. Or so I thought.
My STUPID husband went and left an Ebay page open to show me when I got in from work.
You’d think he knew me better than to do that!

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It’s for a set of posters from the US.
All of them Kylo Ren!!
The door poster would sit beautifully right next to me here on the computer.

But we’re not just looking at the cost of the posters.
The two centre posters are Maxi posters that could replace some of our current prints. So not an issue.
I would however, need to get a frame for the door poster and the poster on the end is a smaller 16 x 20 inches so a frame would be required for that too.

I am now in torment.
I stewed over it last night and have been thinking about it all morning.

Time to flip a coin.

DISH OF THE WEEK # 64 – ADAM DRIVER

BE WARNED….. there are Star Wars spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film, turn back now!!

OK, this all started a week ago today!

Exactly one week ago today I went to see the new Star Wars movie for the first time.
I was apprehenshive.
I loved the original 3 movies.
I wasn’t overly inspired by the disappointing prequels and their over inflated egos and CGI.
So I went into this one with trepidation.

I needn’t have worried.
I should have known JJ Abrams would have pulled it off!
He is a master at his job.

Anyway, this is where the niggling started.
Kylo Ren was intriguing.

Kylo Ren 4

Tall and brooding and then…… the mask came off!!

Kylo Ren 5

OK, mmm, not what I was expecting, something a little odd but actually quite attractive.
Beautiful thick black glossy hair…… there’s a reason for that and I’ll mention it later.
Deep voice.
He can sulk and boy does he have a temper!
That temper leads to quite possibly, the funniest moment in the new movie.

Kylo temper storm troopers

But most of all, this guy can act!! Sorry to Hayden Christensen but Adam could act you off the screen! With or without a mask!
The scene where he confronts Han, and if you’ve seen the film you’ll know the scene I’m talking about, the acting was astounding.
The torment, the agony, it was all in his eyes every step of the way. He sucker punched me totally.
Even after the events of that scene, I couldn’t stop thinking about him.

So naturally I went to see it again.
Wham!

Kylo Ren 1

Yep, here we go again.

Just to make sure, I went to see it for a third time.
There’s just no getting away from it.
The bad boy has weasled his way in and I can’t wait to get a good back story on him.
Why did he turn to the dark side?
Why did he despise Han so much?
Why did he NEVER even mention his mother?
Will there be any saving him and if so, how is he ever going to forgive himself?

We have to wait 2 years for the next installment….. really?
OK I know we’re getting Rogue One next year with Mads Mikkelsen but right now I want Episode VIII

Anyway, back to the reason for this post.
Of course, the natural thing to do when an actor makes an impact is to check out what else he’s done.
Thankfully, when it comes to starring roles, he’s still pretty fresh on the market.
Unlike previous Dishes who have a back catalogue that’s hard to find and some of it in different languages, I came across 3 of Adam’s films quite easily.
Tracks, a supporting role.
Adam Driver 3

While we’re young, semi starring role.

While we're young

This is where I leave you, a starring role

Adam Driver 4

He’s been in a TV series, Girls, for the last 5 years that I hope to get a look at later today and he has 3 films on the cards for 2016.
Silence, Midnight Special and Paterson.

Star Wars Episode VIII is filming and set for release in 2017.

Anyway, that’s the actor.
Now, about the man.

He’s 32 and 6’2.5″
After 9/11 he enlisted as a Marine.
When you see this next picture, you’ll see the reason for the lovely long hair!

Adam Driver 5

Oh dear!
Bless him. He must have been about 19 or 20 in this photo.
The marine hair cut doesn’t do him any favours!

Anyway, after serving in Afghanistan for 2 years, he had to be medically discharged after shattering his sternum in a mountain biking accident.

After a year of hard work at the University of Indianapolis, he got accepted into Juilliard.
In 2012, he landed his role in Girls and the rest is history.

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He has been blessed with a nose to match his ears, but somehow, in an awquard kind of way, they work.

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Adam Driver 6

Adam Driver 9

Expect to see Adam crop up a little more on my blog site!!
I’m expecting big things over the next few years.

MY ADVENT CALENDAR – BOXING DAY BONUS

Boxing Day Bonus – Ian Somerhalder

I felt that this one deserved to be in the Calendar but as he didn’t appear in the last 25 Dish of the Week entries, he didn’t qualify.
So I’ve made him a Boxing Day Bonus.
In my honest opinion, this is the guy who should have been Christian Grey!!

Vampire.
Eyes.
Smile.
Naughty.
HOT.

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Time to start thinking about the next 25 entries!
With all the Star Wars hoo ha at the minute, I think I know who’s going to be next next.
Stay posted.

HERE WE GO…..

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

As I sit here having a quiet morning cuppa, the turkey has just started cooking, the table is laid, the veggies are prepared, the presents are all sat waiting for the kids to open them up.
The only problem is…. we are making them wait until Nanny and Grandad get round before they open anything!!!
It hasn’t gone down too well with Dharma who woke up an hour ago and is now so excited she’s fit to burst!!
Marjorie and Murron on the other hand, are typical teenagers who just want a bit longer in bed and welcomed the news when I told them last night.

I’ve seen posts of friends and families on FB who have already started opening presents and I can imagine the carnage in a lot of households already this morning.
I remember it well from when my tribe were younger.
I even remember my Dad coming over at the crack of dawn just to see them opening presents.

Those days are fond memories and I now have to deal with a bad tempered 13 year old who thinks it’s highly unfair that we are making her wait.
She only has to wait until 10:30 I might add!!!
Is it really too much to ask?

This time has also given me a chance to think about 2 people who won’t be here this year.

My Nan who I will always miss and cherish.

001 Marjorie Jones

And Auntie Val, who technically wasn’t an Auntie but was there from the day I was born and will always be ‘Auntie’ to me.

010 Val + Phil

To both families I send all my love and hope you still have a wonderful Xmas.
Grissle and Val wouldn’t want it any other way!!

MY ADVENT CALENDAR – DAY 25

Day 25 – Jake Gyllenhaal

The number one obsession at the moment.
I love this man.
He’s made some amazing movies.
Some of them are pretty intense.
He’s another one who can transform himself dramatically for a role.
Most of all, he’s down to earth and funny. His interviews can be histerical!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Jake smile

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MY ADVENT CALENDAR – DAY 24

Day 24 – Daniel Craig

Bond…. James Bond
What more needs to be said?
This man rocks a suit and if I thought Jeffrey Pierce had incredible eyes, this man blows them out of the water!!!

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