CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

I’ve tried not to be spoilery so it’s up to you if you want to carry on reading.

So, I went to a Captain America movie marathon last night.
I handled it better than I thought I would. I didn’t fall asleep!!
It was good to see the first two on the big screen again and a nice re-cap before the main event at midnight.
Civil War.

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My reaction?

WOW…. Just WOW!!

So, what do I say without giving anything away!!

First of all, the film is bloody brilliant. Just what you’d expect from a Marvel movie.
Comic book fans are literally going to wet themselves.
All those multiple superhero fights that are beautifully illustrated in various comics come to life extremely effectively.

There may be a lot of characters to contend with but they are all given respectable screen time and jobs to do.

The new Spiderman is going to be brilliant!!
He was given more screen time than I thought he’d get and we really get a good feel for how the re-boot is going to be. I think it’s another one to get excited about.

Ant Man was great and had some of the funniest lines in the movie.
He also had one of the biggest surprises!

Black Panther was done extremely well and will be playing a big part in future Avenger movies.
I’m having a little trouble seeing him in a stand alone movie but then again, I’m not a comic book fan and know absolutely nothing about him….. yet!
If his appearance in Civil War is anything to go by, it’s going to be another Marvel winner.

As for the rest of the team…… still looking good.
There’s right and wrong on both sides of the argument throughout the film and poor Bucky just can’t seem to win!!
I did however, see a lovely little bromance brewing between Bucky and Sam! I hope they continue with this in future movies. They were hilarious together.

All in all, if you’re a Captain America/Marvel fan you won’t be disappointed.
I did come out of it feeling like it should have been called Avengers: Civil War but other than that it was amazing!
It kept me awake until gone 2am so it must have been good!!

SIMPLY BECAUSE…..

I updated my FB header today with this….

Adam smile header

Simply because there is just not enough smiley Adam in my life.
Seriously!
He’s always so serious in pictures.
This intelligent, generous man should smile much more because it’s infectious.
Just look at it…. I bet it made you smile.

LITTLE BIT EXCITED

So, Captain America: Civil War is released tomorrow here in the UK and I have been talked into a Captain America Marathon this evening by Marjorie.

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So tonight, at 18:30 we will be trying to get as comfortable as possible in the cinema to watch Captain America: The First Avenger followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and then finishing off with a midnight showing of Captain America: Civil War!!

I’m a little bit excited but I’m also a little worried that I may not actually make it all the way through Captain America: Civil War.
My days of staying up past three in the morning disappeared about 18 years ago with the arrival of the first of the kids!!
I haven’t done a movie marathon (at a cinema) since 1991 when we went to see the first 6 Star Trek movies.

I decided to take a couple of days annual leave so that I didn’t have to worry about recovery for work.
I don’t think it would have looked very good if I collapsed on an empty bed for forty winks.

So the plan for today is that I got up with the kids at 7am.
I’m going to do a little housework and then I’m going to chill/nap for the afternoon and fully charge my batteries.
I went to Tesco last night to stock up on Drinks and food for the evening and, as I don’t like energy drinks, I got some caffeine tablets in the hope that they will help me make it through the evening.

To be honest, by the time we get to Civil War I’m going to be just a bit too excited to fall asleep!! But every little helps.

I’m really looking forward to Civil War.
Apart from the trailers and a few TV spots I’ve pretty much avoided trying to find out anything about the film.
I get the feeling it’s going to be an emotional ride and Marjorie has fully prepared by getting herself some tissues. She is so hyped it’s untrue.

So, that’s my day.
No doubt I will be giving a quick review at some point tomorrow.
Don’t worry, I won’t fill it full of spoilers. I know it doesn’t get released for another week in the US!!

SILENCE

SILENCE – In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.

The more I find out about this project the more interested I become.
The only reason I found out about this film was because of my recent obsession with Adam Driver who happens to star in it.

…… am I ready to see Adam get the stuffing kicked out of him? mmm

Anyway, it is a Martin Scorsese project and he has had it on the burners since 1991!
It originally started to come together in 2009 with  Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal to star but has been put on the back burners several times since as Martin was busy with other projects such as Shutter Island, Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Silence finally came together in 2013 when Andrew Garfield signed onto the project. He was followed by Adam Driver and Liam Neeson in January 2014.

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Garfield was cast as Father Rodrigues and Adam was cast as Father Francisco Garrpe, the two Jesuit priests, and Neeson was cast as the priests’ mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira.
Garfield lost an incredible 40 pounds to play the role and he wasn’t that big to start with!
Judging by this snap of Adam taken during or just after filming, he too lost some serious weight to play the part and he also grew out his lovely hair!

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In an interview with Collider, Liam Neeson remarked on the physical preparation for the movie. Neeson dropped twenty pounds for the role. He also said “Martin wanted us all to look a bit more gaunt, which Adam Driver & Andrew Garfield did as well. I know Adam went to the extreme. He’s an ex marine and when he’s given an order, he follows it through. He was like something out of Auschwitz.”!!!

OMG, no…. I don’t think I’m ready for this film. Starved and beaten. NOPE! No and no!!

Sporting the beard is no new thing for Adam and he always wears it well but it looks like Andrew Garfield also grew a healthy beard for the film but he looks a little more like Grizzy Adams!

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The only official images I can find so far are of Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

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However, Adam and Andrew were snapped on set.

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There have been predictions that this film could be up for Oscars.
Some go as far as to say, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Liam Neeson has also been given a nod to Best Supporting Actor.
Production, cinematography and costumes are also being given a nod. People seem to be genuinely excited about this film.
What are the chances Adam could be up for his first Oscar nomination?!!!

Oh well, looks like it won’t be released until at least November this year so I’ve got a long time to wait and find out.
Nothing new there then.

READY TO EXPLODE

GRRRRRR!!!!

It’s been a long week.
I didn’t sleep well last night.
It didn’t help when the eldest decided to come home at 4am and announce it to the world.
I then couldn’t sleep in and ended up coming downstairs before 8am.
Then it was a case of the kids and Ian getting ready for a trip to the opticians with “Mum can you do this and Mum can you get that and Dad says can you do this and Mum, Mum, Mum, BLOODY MUM”!!!!

NO I ‘EFFING’ CAN’T….LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!

aaaaaaand chill……

They have left the building.
I am going to try and chill and watch the new episode of Outlander on Amazon Prime.
Then I will think about a quick Tesco run for packup stuff for the kids and then I am contemplating a trip to the cinema.
An afternoon in darkness getting lost in a movie sounds really good.

DISH OF THE WEEK #68 MASHUP

So I haven’t done a Dish of the Week since mid March.
Why?
To tell the truth I’ve been too pre-occupied with Adam Driver who has already been Dish of the Week Twice since Xmas and bubbling just beneath the surface of Adam would appear to be Oscar Isaac.

I say “would appear to be” because he’s kind of taken me by surprise.
I did make him Dish of the Week #65 in between Adam at #64 and #66 but it’s been pointed out to me this weekend that I have watched 7 films with Oscar in over the last week or so alone!
Robin Hood, Two Faces of January, Mojave, W.E., Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Revenge for Jolly and In Secret.

Add to that list, previous viewings of Ex-Machina and Inside Llewyn Davis and I can safely say I have a good understanding of Oscar’s work and acting style. Oh! not forgetting Ticky Tacky. A short film he made that’s a little strange but has a wonderful reaction to eating donuts that makes me giggle every time!!

Anyway, I couldn’t decide who to make Dish of the Week #68 so I decided to look at the obsessions that have cropped up after re-kindling my love of movies.
A mashup of 5 actors I would go and see at the movies any time!!
Considering my age I suppose you could also call it a mid-life crisis!
Whatever you want to call it, it started when the youngest of the kids was old enough to be left with a big sister for a few hours back in around 2012 and has since blossomed after investing in Unlimited Cinema cards just over two years ago.

If I include Oscar, which I think I’m going to have to, there have been 5 obsessions.
Karl Urban, Joel Kinnaman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac.

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I think that’s quite an eclectic bunch!

King of the pile has got to be Adam Driver.

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As much as I say I obsess about him, I think it now goes a lot deeper. I have found out about the man and his life and he has completely surprised me.
A fellow blogger came to my defence after I blogged about being angry with my family for making fun of me at Adam’s expence and I think they summed up my feelings perfectly.

They stated…..
The admiration that you have is for a really great human with a lot of deep and interesting layers, on TOP of finding him handsome. So although you don’t know him in person, you actually know him PERSONALLY cause you’ve dug deep into who he is under the exterior. So, you have a passion for him.

There you have it. Admiration and passion.
Sums it up beautifully and I look forward to where it will take us over the next few years and ‘hopefully’ beyond Star Wars.

Adam has had an amazing start to his acting career.
‘Star Wars’ may have thrown him into the limelight but I believe that ‘Hungry Hearts’ has probably showcased his acting ability more than anything else he’s done so far and ‘This is Where I Leave you’ shows his lighter, more mischievious side.

He’s currently filming Episode 8 of ‘Star Wars’ and will be filming the last ever season of ‘Girls’ later this year. After that there may be some room for a film or two before Episode 9 of ‘Star Wars’.
Until then however, he has two films in post production. ‘Paterson’ is to be showcased in Cannes in May but beyond that I don’t know what kind of a release it will get and in it Adam plays Paterson and it’s the tale of a bus driver and poet.
The other one is ‘Silence’ with Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield. Adam plays Father Francisco Garrpe. It’s set in the seventeenth century where two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.

I think one of the things that endears me the most to Adam is his complete lack of the need for celebrity.
He’s happiest when he’s doing charity work and I think that says a lot about a person.
Unlike a lot of actors who can be very narcissistic, Adam actually finds the limelight very difficult. He loves his work but ultimately shies away from adulation and compliments.

OK, back to the rest of the pack.

Karl has had a rough couple of years personally with the separation from his wife of 11 years and he seems to have taken a bit of a time out because of it.

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However, he has two films due out later this year.
The third installment of the Star Trek re-boot franchise ‘Star Trek: Beyond’

And a re-make of the Disney classic ‘Pete’s Dragon’ in August.

Joel Kinnaman has been enjoying life taking time with his girlfriend and family.

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After Child 44 and Run All Night last year he’s landed a recurring role in ‘House of Cards’ and has one movie in pre-production and two in post production, one of which is ‘hopefully’ going to be one of this summer’s blockbusters, ‘Suicide Squad’. (See previous post HERE)

Jake Gyllenhaal just keeps going from strength to strength.

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After ‘Everest’ and the incredible ‘Southpaw’ last year, he has one film due for release at the end of the month here in the UK. ‘Demolition’ about a man who struggles to come to terms with the death of his wife in a car crash.

He has a film called ‘Nocturnal Animals’ in post production, ‘Life’ and ‘Okja’ in pre-production and ‘The Man Who Made it Snow’ just announced.
He is currently filming ‘Stronger’where he plays Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 who helped the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.

Finally we have Oscar Isaac.

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Oscar has two films in post production, ‘The Promise’ but I don’t know when it will be released and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ due for release next month.

He also has two films in pre-production, ‘Suburbicon’.  A crime mystery set in the quiet family town of Suburbicon during the 1950s, where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.
Directed by George Clooney and written by the Coen brothers.
And ‘Annihilation’ about a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.

Of course Oscar is also currently filming for ‘Star Wars Episode 8’ as he reprises his role of Poe Dameron. Hopefully we will aslo be seeing Poe Dameron in Episode 9.

So for now, I will leave you with one of my favourite photos of Adam and Oscar together.

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Heaven on a stick!! My ovaries have just exploded!

KYLO SLOW MO

I spent a wonderful afternoon watching all the fabulous extra material on the Star Wars: Force Awakens UK bluray followed by the film itself.
I believe that makes number 13.

Secrets of the Force Awakens was just amazing.
I love seeing how a project of this size gets put together.
However, Blueprint of a Battle quite literally finished me off.
Loads of slow motion Adam showing just how merciless he was during filming.
Quite literally a thing of beauty!