EARLY PREDICTIONS

OK, so this afternoon we took the opportunity to go and see ‘Manchester by the Sea’
All I can say is, how dull and depressing can a film get?
It was slow and depressing and apart from a couple of small moments of humour with the nephew trying to get his leg over, it simply did nothing for me.
It got to the end and my reaction was “really? you’re leaving it there?”

So that makes 5 out of the 9 Oscar nominated movies we’ve seen so far.
We are watching another one tonight, Hell or High Water, that we purchased on DVD on the way home from the cinema.

The last 3 we should get to see before the awards ceremony.
Fences with Denzel Washington is released on Feb 10th and Moonlight and Hidden Figures are release on Feb 17th just over a week before the awards.

I am really looking forward to Hidden Figures. It appeals to me on so many levels.
Story, humour, cast, true story, space race!
Fences looks like it could be an interesting emotional drama but I am a little unsure about Moonlight. We’ll just have to wait and see.

This will be the first time that I will have, hopefully, seen all the nominated movies before the awards ceremony. I will be able to give an honest opinion and prediction on all the nominated features.
For now, my favourite so far has been ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

When it comes to the actors, my own opinion still stands with Andrew Garfield until I see any of the remaining films.
When it comes to actresses, the only one I’ve see so far is Emma Stone and I wasn’t that impressed with La La land.

Anyway, back to tonight. In the middle of 4 days off and catching up with some movies.
I’ve only watched 17 films so far this year, so I am 8 films behind my 1 a day target.
Having said that, we’ve been to the cinema 6 times, so it’s a good start with the Unlimited cinema cards.

OSCARS 2017

So the nominations have been announced.
To say I am a little disappointed is an understatement.

Not a single nomination for Paterson and Silence is only up for Best Cinamatography.

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No nominations for Adam, but in my heart of hearts I new that wouldn’t happen this year.
Andrew Garfield, as I predicted last night, is up for Best Actor for Hacksaw Ridge.

I still can’t see how La La Land has everyone singing it’s praises over the likes of a movie like Silence, but that’s my opinion.
I’m not saying its a bad movie but 14 nominations!!
Really?
They obviously see something in the film that I don’t.

Anyway, Andrew is up against some tough competition.
Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Ryan Gosling for La La Land
Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington for Fences

I am predicting an Oscar for Casey but I really hope Andrew gets it.

I also hope that Hacksaw Ridge gets Best Picture but again, I think it will lose out to either La La Land or Manchester by the Sea.

So now we wait until the end of February for the winners.

Better luck next time Adam.

HACKSAW RIDGE

Where do I start!!?

I couldn’t go to bed without blogging about this film.

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I’ve just been to see it at an Unlimted screening. It opens here in the UK officially on Friday and OMG!!! You have to go and see it.

Absolutely stunning film.
It tells the story of American Army Medic Desmond Doss, who during WWII, refused to carry a weapon and in an unbelievable act of heroism saved the lives of 75 men at Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa. He never fired a single shot and won the medal of honor.

The film is astounding. I can’t praise it enough.
The first half of the film tells the story of Desmond’s early life and sets up the man and why he became a conscientious objector. It’s light hearted and funny.

When he enlists, the scenes at the training camp are hilarious but when you finally get to the nitty gritty war scenes, it’s a completely different story.

They have totally succeeded in getting you to feel exactly what it must have been like to fight in close quarters during that war.
It’s heart stopping and gut wrenching and harrowing.
It’s unbelievable that these men actually went over that ridge more than once and what Doss did, all on his own, throughout the night was an absolute miracle.

Now, as much as I’d like to see Andrew Garfield get an Oscar nomination for Silence, I think it’s more likely he’ll get a nomination for this. Amazing performance.

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As was the performance of Hugo Weaving as Doss’s Father.

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Apart from really bringing home the true nature of war, this film also shows the incredible courage of individuals when facing their own beliefs.

Oh yes, last but not least…..

I had completely forgotten that Ryan Corr made an appearance in this film.

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I nearly choked when he turned up, I was so happy.
Right in the middle of the bloodiest battle I think I’ve witnessed on the big screen, I actually had a smile from ear to ear!!

The smile did not last long.

Truly wonderful film. Do not miss the chance to see it on the big screen.

BACK TO TODAY…

It’s been a rotten week.

We have had a bit of a do with the eldest daughter.
I’m not going to go into details, it wouldn’t be fair.
Needless to say, I’m holding my hands up in defeat.
I’ve given all the advice I can and she refuses to listen to it.
The molly coddling is over.
She’s nearly 20 years old. She’s on her own.

I had my eyes tested. Only a year over due and as suspected, my prescription has changed and “WHAM” bang goes another £250 on new glasses.
I did go back later in the week for a contacts consultation and I’ll be picking up my trial contacts next week. The thought of not having to wear glasses every day is quite appealing. The downside is that if I go ahead with them, it will be another £30 a month on top of everything else.

The hubby has been away all week on a training course and I really ‘missed’ him.
I didn’t realise just how much I’d come to rely on a cuddle to get to sleep!!

Anyway, we will be heading off to MK in a little while to spend the day seeing a couple of movies and have some dinner somewhere, probably Wagamama’s.
Believe it or not, the Husband wants to see La La Land….. I’m not so sure. I’m not a big fan of modern musicals.
I want to see Assassin’s Creed!
Going to be a mixed bag then.

STILL CAN’T BELIEVE…

I still can’t believe that ‘that’ moron has made it to the Whitehouse.

I stayed away from the news yesterday, I refused to watch that idiot get even more attention.

Of course, I speak as a Non-American who has only observed this man through the media but I cannot for the life of me, understand how anyone would want him running their country.
He’s an absolute DICK!!

Of course, now that he has officially been sworn in, the changes have started already.
Whitehouse.com has removed several pages from it’s website.
Climate change and Healthcare have been removed but most alarmingly so have the Civil Rights and LGBT pages.

This does not bode well.
With any luck, the LGBT community will just be left as it is and left alone during DT’s Presidency with nothing to worry about and then progress can continue with the next government.
However, after seeing the immediate backlash when he won back in November, I have an uneasy feeling that things are going to take a bit of a nose dive for that community and my heart is breaking.

Gay rights and Civil Rights could be set back 20 years with this government and it’s making me so angry and I don’t even live there!!!

I’m just hoping that our ‘Female’ Prime Minister has the guts to stand up to this monstrosity of a man.

THIS SHOULD BE FUN!!

Yesterday, Snickers made an announcement.
They have chosen the next actor to appear in their ‘You’re Not You When You’re Hungy’ campaign.
As I’m blogging about it, it will come as no surprise that they have named Adam Driver!!

The advert will air during the Superbowl in February and the mind boggles at what form it will take.
Here in the UK we are familiar with the Joan Collins and the Mr Bean adverts and I am wondering if they will use Adam’s Star Wars alter ego having one of his tantrum’s, assuming they get permission to use it.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Anyway, back to today.
I had an appointment with my physio this morning and things are going great… at last.
The pain in my knee haas all but gone and the only issue I really have now is climbing stairs when I’m tired.
He’s given me the go ahead to start my walking again which in turn will help me lose weight and just make the knee get stronger.
If I have no issue over the next six weeks and he doesn’t hear from me, he’ll sign me off.

I have no excuses to get this diet back on track!!

I spent an hour soaking in the bath this afternoon and while I was laying there I had the rumblings of an idea for my next fan-fiction!
I think I may spend the next hour or two getting some ideas down before I have to go out to see Marjorie graduate from her National Citizen Service.

CONFIDENCE BOOST

So today has been a pretty good day…. apart from having to spend £250 on new glasses.
I was a year overdue for a checkup and I definately needed new glasses!!
I’ve also set myself up for an appointment to trial contacts. I’ve never had them before and I quite like the idea of not having glasses all the time. Time will tell. Just have to see how I get on in the trial.

Anyway, my head is not spinning quite so much today. In fact I haven’t felt the need for the travel sickness pills today! I still get a little dizzy occasionally but the motion sickness has definately subsided.

I ventured into town with Mum for my eye test and while I was there I wanted to try some jeans on.
My current jeans have been feeling a little loose and I’ve been relying on a belt to hold them up so I tried on a smaller size and….. THEY FIT!!!

So that has been a bit of a confidence boost.
Most of the junk has now been depleted from Xmas and although I didn’t put weight on, I didn’t lose any either. Time to crack the whip and get into shape for Bro’s wedding in August.
Ideally another three sizes to go.
Four would be a bonus and a miracle.

Right, time to put the feet up and watch a film.

The Shallows.
Just picked it up in Tesco.
One that I didn’t get to see at the cinema last year.