DISH OF THE WEEK #73 – RIYADH KHALAF

It’s been a while since I did one of these and in a way this is a strange one for me because, as much as I love this man, his personality, his smile and his enthusiasm for everything he does, I know that as I girl I would be on a forever losing battle to win his heart.

That and the fact that I’m also old enough to be his mother!!
Oh, and by the way, his Mother is a goddess and I love her to bits! and his Dad is amazing too.

I discoverd Riyadh a few months ago when I had a quiet afternoon and a large bottle of wine.
I stumbled onto this little gem on Youtube. He was such a cheeky happy guy, I couldn’t stop watching.

At the time I was looking for a good laugh and this hit the spot!!
I just had to check out his Youtube channel and found myself spending an entire afternoon having a major fit of giggles and having my eyes opened to a whole community I knew very little about.

Riyadh developed an interest in Youtubing at an early age and worked in radio in Ireland and was recently offered the chance to present his own 6 part TV show with BBC three.
I highly recommend taking a look at Queer Britain. A wonderful show and very enlightening.

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Riyadh didn’t have it easy growing up in Ireland, but he overcame adversity, followed his heart and his dreams and now he’s living his dreams and I really hope that he goes from strength to strength. I want to see him hosting his own chat show in future. He’d be amazing!

I’ll leave you with this little piece from his Youtube channel.

DISH OF THE WEEK #72 – MIGUEL SILVESTRE AND MAX RIEMELT

It’s been a while since I did a Dish of the Week.
Now seems a good time as I have an unusually free afternoon waiting for the dinner to cook and I feel the need to blog.

This Dish of the Week is being shared as I couldn’t make up my mind and after the news I got on Thursday, this Dish of the Week seemed appropriate.

OK, so Netflix have only gone and cancelled one of the most original and diverse shows on TV and they announced it on the first day of Pride month.

Smooth move.

You will have seen me blog a few times in recent months about a show called Sense8.
What an amazing show.
Absolutely impossible to explain to anyone, but amazing. The last season ended on a cliffhanger, and now they’ve cancelled it.

I could cry.

I will never know if they save Wolfgang and he will never get to meet Kala in Paris.

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We will never get to see Nomi (a trans woman) marry Amanita, her black lesbian lover!

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How’s that for groundbreaking diversity.

We will never see Lito become a big hollywood star and be accepted and be able to live a normal life with his boyfriend Hernando.

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We will never know if Will and Riley defeat Whispers.

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We will never see Capheus get elected and make a difference.

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We will never see Sun cleared and get her revenge on her Brother and live a life with her detective Mun.

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So many unanswered questions.
My heart breaks.
I’ve had fantastic shows cancelled abruptly on me in the past but this one is really hitting hard!!

I just cannot understand it.
It’s a popular show. You only have to google it to find that out.
The Twitter boards have gone ballistic since the cancellation news and an online petition to save the show has already reached nearly 500,000 signatures.
The diversity alone is something to love and cherish and nurture and Netflix has just pissed all over it.

It reminds me of the ‘Nuts’ campaign when Jericho got cancelled!!
We can only hope that it has the same effect and we get at least one more season to give us closure. We’ve invested time in all of these characters and we’ve fallen in love with them. We want to know what happens to them. Especially Wolfgang who was last seen strapped to a table being tortured for information!!!

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Anyway, this brings me nicely to this Dish of the Week post.
Two of my favourite characters from this series are Wolfgang and Lito played by Max Riemelt and Miguel Silvestre.

OMG!

Max Riemelt, who plays Wolfgang, was born in 1984 in Berlin, Germany and he has that subtle German accent that is very reminicent of Hardy Kruger!! He’s lovely.

Miguel Silvestre, who plays Lito Rodrigues, was born in 1982 in Valencia, Spain and he has a beautiful smile and an incredible bod!

The fact he was one of the gay leads in Sense8 and made an amazingly sexy couple with his partner Hernando just endeared him to me from the moment I saw him.

I’ll be honest, I’ve seen nothing else with either of them in it.
It is something I aim to rectify. So watch this space, I may gush a little more about one or even both of them.

Why wouldn’t I? They are both gorgeous!!

DISH OF THE WEEK #70 RYAN CORR

Time for another Dish of the Week.

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He’s an actor I’m sure we are going to see much more of in the future.

He’s only 27 which makes me old enough to be his Mother!! How depressing.
I’ve only actually seen him in 2 things and in both of them he had me sobbing.

He played ‘Art’ in ‘The Water Diviner’ with Russell Crowe.
A relatively small part but pivotal to the whole film.

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Mainly set in the years after the first world war, Russell Crowe plays a father looking for the bodies of his three sons who were lost at Gallipolli.
Turns out, one of them survived, ‘Art’, but he cannot forgive himself for what happened to his brothers and in the scene where you finally find out why he feels that way, I defy you not to cry!!
Ryan Corr is absolutely heartbreaking and pulls off a stunning performance.

His breakthrough film though is ‘Holding the Man’
Indeed he won GQ breakthrough actor of the year in 2015 for this role.
He also won the Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Australian Film Institutes Award for Best Actor for his role in this fim.

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In ‘Holding the Man’ he plays Tim Conigrave.
The Mail Online stated…..

Melbourne-born Ryan takes the leading role in the Australian film adaptation of the 1995 memoir Holding The Man.
Ryan plays the late Timothy Conigrave, the Australian man who penned the novel about his life and long term gay relationship in the seventies.
The best selling book focuses on Timothy’s life partnership with John Caleo, who he met in high school.
It explores the highs and lows of their love, along with the tragic news that both men had tested positive to HIV in the mid-eighties.
Winning a United Nations Human Rights Award the story has previously been adapted for stage, with a film the latest achievement for the publication.

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The film is both funny and absolutely heart crushing!!
A stunning testament to a courageous relationship in a time that wasn’t quite as forgiving as it is now, but we still have a long way to go.
Again, you will need a box of tissues for this one, particularly the last 5 minutes!!

So, after this it would appear that Ryan has been brought onto the Hollywood radar.
He’s done a few shorts and continued with Australian TV but he’s also in a movie due for release later this year Starring Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving and Sam Worthington about Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who during WWII,  refuses to kill people and becomes the first conscientious objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Ryan plays Lt Manville. He’s not in the trailer and I can’t see it being a huge part but it gets his foot in the door for bigger things.

So there you have it.
An actor I’m sure will see huge success in his future.
And very easy on the eyes too!!

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DISH OF THE WEEK #69 DOMHNALL GLEESON

So I’m sitting here with my morning cuppa with not much to do, as the house is tidier than it’s been in weeks due to our inspection today. I can’t go anywhere because I’m expecting a delivery (more about that one in a minute) and the rental agency could turn up at anytime over the next 3 hours.

So, I’ve been thinking about what to do in the meantime and it has literally just hit me.
I suppose it was inevitable really, especially after all the major feels I’ve been having over one of his characters in a fan-fiction this past week.

Time for another Dish of the Week.
Domhnall Gleeson – The General himself!

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Another slow burner that’s been on the radar for a few years.
Looking at his filmography, it’s surprising the amount of things I’ve seen him in already.

Let’s start off with the man himself.
Born in Dublin, Ireland on May 12th 1983 -HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TOMORROW!!!
So, 33 years old and 13 years my junior, how depressing.

At 6’1, he’s still 2 inches shorter than his Star Wars counterpart Adam Driver.
His father is the wonderful actor Brendan Gleeson who was also in the Harry Potter movies as Mad Eye Moody.

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So, let’s see, on the radar in the following movies…..

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 + 2

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Dredd alongside another Dish, Karl Urban but in this one, his beautiful green eyes had been removed and replaced with tech ones.

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About Time, a comedy romance that I will be seeing again today when my delivery arrives.

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Frank.
This is a very strange one! I couldn’t really get my head around it although it does showcase Domhnall’s acting really well.

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Unbroken – which I haven’t seen yet but will be watching later when my delivery arrives along with About Time!!!

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Then things started to become a little more interesting.
I was noticing this man and his talent a bit more than I had done previously and these next three movies slapped me in the face and woke me up to his potential.

Ex-Machina alongside Oscar Isaac who is Poe Dameron in Star Wars VII
This is a favourite of mine at the moment. One of the best films of the last couple of years.

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Star Wars VII
No need to tell you how I feel about this one!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it to pieces.
Love the animosity between Kylo and Hux. Can’t wait to see how it plays out in VIII
Obviously my current fan-fiction fettish has helped this one along just a tad but I think it’s safe to say that the relationship I’m reading about will definately NOT be making it anywhere near the big screen.

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Finally, The Revenant
Major Oscar winning movie and Domhnall was amazing in it.

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The thing about Domhnall that always catches me out is the accent.
In everything I’ve seen him in he’s either got an American accent or a very British accent.
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Then when you go and look at interviews and behind the scenes stuff he has a thick Irish accent. It’s lovely!! I wish he could get to use it more.
Like this!!……

One thing I’ve really come to notice about him more than anything is that he has very soulful looking eyes.
He conveys concern, empathy, panic, and longing incredibly well just through his eyes.

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I look forward to seeing where his career takes him.
For now, I’m just getting exceptionally excited about Star Wars VIII.
Not one, not two, but three Dish of the Weeks all in one movie!!! with one of them being my absolute number one obsession.

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I don’t think I’m going to be able to contain myself when I finally get to see it.

Finally, I just have to end this post with this little beauty I discovered through Tumblr.
One of my favourite songs at the moment and then I discovered someone had made a General Hux compilation to it and it’s perfect!!!
My General has just become an Emperor!

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!

DISH OF THE WEEK #67 – BEN AFFLECK

With the release of Batman vs Superman due for release  in less than two weeks, it’s about time this guy got a mention on my Dish of the Weeks.

He’s been a constant favourite of mine through the years but I have to admit, he’s ageing very nicely!!

I don’t go all out to watch everything he’s done and I’ve only recently watched Good Will Hunting but he crops up in quite a few of my favourites over the years.

Armageddon
A Cheesy save the world disaster movie with Bruce Willis

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Dogma
A hilarious story of two fallen Angels using a loophole in God’s word to get back into heaven and another partnering with Matt Damon.

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Pearl Harbor
A love triangle set around the events of Pearl Harbor….. and incidentally, a film that has one of the funniest scenes in film history! It never fails to make me giggle.
I may just have to start another category….. Magic Movie Moments!! Watch this space.

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The Sum of all Fears
A Jack Ryan outing. A shame he never got to do another one.

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Daredevil
I liked it. Could be something to do with the tight red leather outfit!! Enough said.

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Argo
Amazing film and has Ben looking rather lush with his beard.

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Gone Girl
Another amazing film but not the satisfying ‘kill the bitch’end I wanted!

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Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad
Still to be seen and much anticipated by me.
When I found out he was going to be playing Batman I had my reservations, as did most of the internet!
Anyway, the more clips and photos I see, the more I’m liking the older take on Batman and Ben is looking increasingly more yummy as he gets older!

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DISH OF THE WEEK #66 ADAM DRIVER

Day 7 of forced rest and relaxation.
What to do? What to do?
All this time on my hands to do what I love the most.
Scour the internet, watch movies and…. oh yes!! all the time I need to obsess.
All this time on my hands has been the perfect oportunity to catch up on all things ‘Adam Driver’.

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Back on December 26th, just 7 days after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the 1st time, I made Adam Driver my ‘Dish of the Week’ #64.
By the time I wrote that blog I had actually seen the film 3 times.

I can tell you almost to the minute, exactly when I fell in love with Adam Driver.
December 19th, and as the moment happens at about 1 hour and 25 minutes into the film, it would have been about 14:25 in the afternoon. How sad is that.
Here is the infamous scene.

At the time of writing this blog I have seen the film 9 times!
I have also seen more of Adam’s work prior to Star Wars and found out a little more about the man himself.
The more I find out or see, the more I crave to find more.

And there’s the magic word.
Crave = to desire intensely, to long for, to need urgently.

It’s true!! I just can’t get enough of the man.
He makes me smile. I love his acting style.
When I see his work prior to Star Wars, I see that being the Star Wars ‘villain’ is quite a new direction for him. I can’t wait to see how his story plays out across the next two movies.

I don’t think I can justify seeing it again in the cinema but I also don’t think I can wait for the Bluray, which I’m hoping, if rumours are true, will be around April time.

In the meantime HBO’s Girls season five started airing on Sunday so I am going to be drip fed Adam driver playing ‘Adam Sackler’ on a weekly basis for the next 10 – 12 weeks!

Next month sees the cinematic release of ‘Midnight Special’
Adam’s first movie release since Star Wars and it looks good.

He has two other movies in post production, Silence and Paterson.
Both are due at some point this year but as yet, there are no trailers for either which is a little frustrating.

So! I’ll just have to make do with re-running Girls on Prime and my quickly aquired DVD/Bluray collection.
I amazingly managed to pick up 5 of Adam’s back catalogue in HMV in their 5 for £30 deal.
I was a very happy bunny!

I can honestly say that next to Star Wars, This is where I leave You  has to be my favourite Adam movie so far.

This movie is one of those gentle, heart warming and funny movies that you can just keep going back to.
The fact that Adam’s character is charming, childish and adorable just makes it even more special.

Anyway, enough about his acting.
How about a little about the man?

Like I said previously, he’s 32 and 6’2.5″
After 9/11 he enlisted as a Marine.
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.
He started TV work in 2009 and worked consistently with occasional roles on TV shows, shorts and TV movies and also worked on Broadway before landing his role on HBO’s Girls in 2012.
Since then, he has become ‘one to watch’.
‘Hungry Hearts’ is probably the film that has ‘showcased’ his talent the most so far.

He has very unconventional looks.
I have found from my internet searches that he’s a bit like Marmite.
People either love him or hate him!
The people who love him, quite literally worship the ground he walks on.
The people who hate him can be a bit mean.

He’s said it himself…..
“I’m like a sight gag, I have this really big face…I don’t totally get it. I mean, when I read for Girls (2012) I was, like, the script says ‘Handsome Carpenter,’ so someone else is going to get the part. They’ll have someone handsome, not me. I mean, I’m not in any danger of getting leading-man parts.

Well I’m sorry to disappoint you Adam, but you’re wrong.
You’re tall, you’re well built, you have an incredible main of thick black hair, you have a beautiful voice.
OK, you have big ears and a long nose but it all comes together to create an awkward, yet endearing and loveable man who seriously needs to have more confidence in himself.

Adam is married.
In 2013 he married actress and best friend Joanne Tucker.

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They have been together for years and she knew him before his ‘Girls’ fame and together they set up ‘Arts in the Armed Forces’

As their website says….

OUR MISSION

To honor, educate, inspire and entertain all active duty and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces and their families by engaging them in the power and social service of the performing arts.

Take a look at some of the work they do here…..

I think he truly is ‘one to watch’
I will certainly be keeping up with everything he does from now on.
I’m happy to declare Adam Driver as Dish of the Week number 66.
This makes it his second appearance on my Dish list but I’m sure there will be more.
Probably around the releases of the next two Star Wars episodes…… Oh who am I kidding…. probably around the release of all his future films!!!