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mumofthreedevils

Mum of three.
X graphic designer turned mum.
Was a Clinical Support Worker. (Clinical Support Worker of the Year 2011!!)
Now a Trainee Nursing Associate and Married for 23 years.

THE END IS IN SIGHT

I suppose, for anyone who reads my blogs regularly, that title could mean two things.

I am coming to the end of a tumultuous two years of University work, with just a few small hurdles to leap before the end of February….. but that is for another blog.

This blog is about Star Wars!… Also due to end filming at the end of February.

Cardington sheds (hangars) are a familiar sight for me as they are literally just a few miles on the outside of town and something I see and drive past quite frequently. Standing on the top floor of my workplace, you can actually see the hangars, they are that close.

They are currently being used to film Star Wars episode 9.
It was announced late last year that filming was being extended due to re-writes, which meant extending the filming schedule at the sheds.

Re-writes are something that always gets fans worried but they are not unusual on ‘any’ movie, especially big budget blockbusters.
Ideas that are put down in writing and thumbnails often end up not working properly or spark new ideas and end up meaning a re-write is in order.

Re-writes can be a bit of a logistical nightmare if your principle actors, who thought that their filming had finished, are required to return to tweak a scene or even film something completely new.

One such event took place late last year for Adam Driver when a HUGE schedule change meant that Adam, who was due to be here in England to promote ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ at a couple of film festivals, had to cancel and re-arrange his own schedule.

In a statement from @AdamDriverUK they announced“Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow”.

An ‘all day‘ rehearsal and a week of shooting is a BIG deal and sounds like there was a major change to some of Adam’s plot line.

It’s all getting very real now!

Cutting and special effects are all being worked on and when filming officially ends in February, the marketing team will be able to put together and ‘teaser’ trailer in time for the Star Wars Celebration event in April.
I suspect this is when we will get a title release.

After that, the rumour mill will be going crazy for 8 months.
Snippets of information will be drip fed to the public.
Fan theories will abound.
Principle actors will start their promotion of the film a month or two before release.
And I will be following it all and blogging my own theories or discussing other people’s theories and collecting lots of new images of Adam and Domhnall Gleeson along the way.

One theory that I actually quite like the sound of is that, the film is set one year on from the events on Crait at the end of Last Jedi and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren is actually doing a pretty good job! What transpires from there is anyone’s guess but the thought of a more clean cut Kylo Ren in even more tailored uniforms is quite thrilling!

From images I’ve seen of Adam during the filming time frame, his hair appears to have been kept quite a bit shorter than what has been the ‘norm’ for Kylo in the past, but with that said, his hair right now is longer than I’ve seen it in a while and as his last minute filming was quite late last year, any goes!!

So watch this space.

ANOTHER REASON TO LOVES AWARDS SEASON

As I’ve made perfectly clear in recent posts, I love awards season.
Films have always played a HUGE part in my life and I love the glamour and excitement of a good red carpet.

In the last 4 years, there has been another reason to love awards season, and that is……

Lots of lovely new photos of Adam Driver!!

Yep, the man and his movies are up for awards every year.
He’s still young and putting his time in but I guarantee this man will be holding an Oscar one day.

The way it’s going this year, my photo collection will easily be breaking 3000!!

Yep… 3000… am I sorry? Absolutely not!

BAFTAS AND MOVIE PLANS

Today saw the announcement of the BAFTA nominations. So now we have 4 weeks of waiting to see who wins.
I need to catch up on some of the nominations to be able to give my full opinion and predictions, so the next few weeks will be used to catch up as much as possible. Some of the films are still in the cinema and one is actually on Netflix.

With the exception of 2018, I have kept a record of my cinema visits and movie watching since 2014 when we got our Unlimited Cineworld Cards. I gave up last year due to Uni work as there was just no time to watch movies or go to the cinema as much as I would like and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be keeping up with it all.
The best year so far has been 2015 with 64 trips to the cinema and 378 movies watched! I will be doing my best to beat that this year now that Uni is all but over, and so far I’ve watched 9 movies and been to the cinema twice. Two of the BAFTA nominated movies are being shown at our local cinema this weekend so I think some catching up is in order on my day off.
As it stands, there is still only one film I really want to see win something and that is BlacKkKlansman which is actually nominated for 5 BAFTAS.

The following is a list of the categories and nominations that I have an interest in. Starting with Best film.

BlacKkKlansman
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born

No points for guessing which one I want to win!
I have seen Green Book, which is good, but I think BlacKkKlansman is a far superior film with much more of an impact on it’s subject matter.

It’s out on DVD. If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend it!!

Next is Outstanding British film.

Beast
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
McQueen
Stan & Ollie
You Were Never Really Here

I suspect this will be going to Bohemian Rhapsody, although I can’t legitimately give an opinion as I haven’t seen any of the others yet.
I hope to see The Favourite this weekend.

Next is Best Animation.

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I’m not a huge animation fan, but I have seen the films in this category.
I can’t believe that Isle of Dogs is STILL getting acclaim. It’s an absolute monstrosity of a film!!
Incredibles 2 was good but imho, wasn’t a patch on the original.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was brilliant! Therefore, this one gets my vote.

The Best Director category is as follows…

BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski
The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper

Again, I want Spike Lee to win this one for BlacKkKlansman although Alfonso Cuaron won this category at the Golden Globes, so watch this space.

I’m looking forward to this category, Best Adapted Screenplay.

BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener, Jef Whitty
Fist Man – Josh Singer
If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth

Again, it HAS to be BlacKkKlansman. It is a truly unbelievable story. I still find myself in shock that this actually happened and the writers have done an incredible job of writing it with the right amount of humour and gravitas to the subject matter without making it heavy going.

The Best Actor category is going to one person, and that is Rami Malek.

Bradley Cooper – A Star I Born
Christian Bale – Vice
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Steve Coogan – Stand & Ollie
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Next we have Best Supporting Actor.

Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

I have the same dilemma with this category that I had with the same category at the Golden Globes.
I desperately want to see Adam Driver win! Although I also want to see Timothee Chalamet win, but with the competition in the category, it’s anyone’s win although, Mahershala Ali won the Golden Globe.

Next is Best Original Music

BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns
A Star is Born

No real comment, except to say that I want BlacKkKlansman to win, obviously!

The trickiest category in my books is Best Special Visual Effects.

Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
First Man
Ready Player One

I can honestly say, I have seen all of these films! I can also honestly say that I really don’t know which way this one is going to go. They were all visually stunning. If I had to hedge a bet, I would go for Fantastic Beasts…. and Ready Player One!

And finally… EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

Barry Keoghan
Cynthia Erivo
Jessie Buckley
Lakeith Stanfield
Letitia Wright

I have a sneeky feeling that this one will be going to Letitia Wright.

BABY STEPS

So how has the first 7 days of 2019 gone so far.

I never start a diet on the first day. It never works.
There’s just too much Christmas crap still around to get rid of, so I concentrated on my exercise level for the first six days and actually started my diet yesterday.

So far, so good.
This past week I have walked 47.44 Kilometres which is already 35 Kilometres better than the same period last year.
Today I will be upping the game by adding some resistance and weight work and doing exercises for my knees.

I’ve tried weight loss classes in the past and always failed.
The only time I have successfully lost weight is when I’ve done it myself and I always do it by calorie counting and exercise. It does make you really look at the healthier options as you can actually have more of them and feel fuller!
So today I am preparing a dinner for me and my husband that consists of 1 large sea bass fillet each and a side of honey roasted veggies.
I’ve weighed out and calculated the calories in a large tray of potatoes carrots and red onions then rounded up the calories to account for the honey drizzle and olive oil and the whole lot works out at approx 550 calories each for our main meal of the day.
That’s only if we eat it all. There’s so much veg, I may not manage all of it.

One issue that I’ve been quite aware of for a while now, is the fact that I don’t drink enough fluid throughout the day, particularly when I’m working!
Yesterday I had my Milky coffee breakfast and at work I only managed one 500ml bottle of water and an ordinary cup of coffee before coming home to a 500ml bottle of water that I finished throughout the night.

My sleep pattern is shot to pieces at the moment.
It would appear that I am in perimenopause – just to rub that little nugget into my mid-life crisis.
Hot flashes are worse at night. One minute I’m freezing, then I’m too hot and I’m just not getting much more than 3 or 4 hours of unbroken sleep.
It’s not helping the health aspect of my life at the moment.
Think I may be making a visit to the GP.

Anyway, time to go do a little exercise before heading into town for my contact lens check up and then I have to do some writing.

DISAPPOINTMENT

Right, let’s make this quick, I’ve got to get to work.

So the Golden Globes were last night but being in the UK meant that I had to wait until this morning to find out the winners.

To say I’m a little disappointed, and a tad surprised as some of the winners is an understatement.

Let’s start with the biggest disappointment.
Not a single win for BlacKkKlansman!! Not a single one.

Directors Bradley Cooper and Spike Lee were both overlooked by Alfonso Cuaron who won for Roma.

Both Adam Driver and Timothee Chalamet were beaten by Mahershala Ali for Green Book, which is a good film, but better than BlacKkKlansman? I don’t think so.

As I suspected, Rami Malek won best actor and Bohemian Rhapsody won best motion picture – drama.

Anyway, onto the BAFTAs and OSCARS. There’s still hope for BlacKkKlansman.

Think I’d better checkout this ‘Roma’. See what all the fuss is about.

INTO PERSPECTIVE

I have just been for a 4K walk, along a route I walked regularly when I was losing weight for Italy in 2017 and it just about bloody killed me!!

I am so out of shape and that has just put it right into perspective.
So much work to do to get anywhere near as well as I was doing back then.

At least it’s put a bit of fuel on the fire and given me a kick in the backside.

AWARDS SEASON

Here it is, awards season has started.
There are a multitude of awards over the next few months, but the important ones for me are, The Golden Globes, The Baftas and the Academy Awards or Oscars.

The Golden Globes are actually tomorrow evening in the US but, as usual, there are no UK TV channels airing them, so I will have to make do with news reports and Youtube clips over the following days.

There are some good films in the nominations but the ones I am most interested in are as follows….

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

As much as I would love to see BlacKkKlansman walk away with the top award, it is up against some big movies, although it does have the ‘artsy’ edge that the voters like, so who knows?

Best Director
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice

In my eyes, the winner of this one will be Spike Lee. He’s done an amazing job telling an unbelievably true story and gives it just the right amount of humour before slapping you in the face with a gob smacking ending.

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington, son of Denzel Washington, is a chip off the old block, and I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot more of him in the future, however, I suspect Rami Malek will be walking away with this one after his stunning performance as Freddie Mercury.

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

This one is tearing me part. I am split between Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman and Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy.
Both gave outstanding performances in two films based on true stories.
However, Mahershala Ali is also fabulous in Green Book!!
Then there are two outstanding actors left in the nominations in Richard E Grant and Sam Rockwell and I haven’t seen their movies yet so I can’t comment on the performances.
This one could literally go to anyone!! Although I am still rooting for Adam Driver…….. and Timothee Chalamet!

After the Globes come the BAFTAs and the Oscars.
This is where things get a bit confusing. Follow carefully.

Jan 7th – The Nominations voting for the OSCARS begins
Jan 9th – The BAFTA nominations are announced
Jan 10th The BAFTA final voting opens
Jan 14th – The OSCARS nominations voting closes
Jan 22nd – The OSCARS nominations are announced
Feb 8th – BAFTA voting closes
Feb 10th – BAFTA awards ceremony
Feb 12th – OSCARS final voting opens
Feb 19th – OSCARS final voting closes
Feb – 24th – OSCARS awards ceremony

So as you can see, with the BAFTA awards right before the final voting for the OSCARS, the BAFTAs can have a bit of an effect on the outcome of voting for the Oscars.