BLACKKKLANSMAN

I finally got to see BlacKkKlansman yesterday and I was not disappointed.

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There’s always a huge sigh of relief after seeing one of Adam’s new films.
I can’t imagine giving him a bad review.
In this case however, he’s getting a rave review.

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John David Washington is definitely a chip off the old block.
Denzel’s son delivers a wonderful performance as Ron Stallworth.

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The film is brilliant.
Spike Lee has managed to take an unbelievable story and turned it into a pretty hard hitting film with all the social and political relevance of it’s day back in the 70’s and rammed home the fact that it is all still sadly relevant today.

Spike has managed to take, what is sometimes uncomfortable viewing, and turned it into a serious look at the issues involved and spattered it with just the right amount of humour.

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You have to admit, Black man infiltrates Ku Klux Klan, is an unbelievable film pitch right?

Just when you think the film has finished, Spike delivers an ending that leaves the audience completely shocked into silence.

Another Spike Lee masterpiece.
Am I smelling Oscars?
Yes, yes I am.

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This film has the potential to get nominations for best film, director, adapted screenplay, costume design, makeup, actor and supporting actor.
We’ll just have to wait and see.

NOT HAPPENING

Right, decision made.

I’m in the middle of annual leave.
The aim was to complete a presentation, which I have done.
I now have to actually present it on Tuesday morning.

The plan from there was to start the next presentation and take a look at 2 essays.

Well…… I tried….. I really did.

It’s just not happening.
I looked at the next presentation all day yesterday and I just can’t wrap my head around it right this second.

So!
I have decided to actually have a couple of days off.
Fully off.
No University work.
I’m going to clear my head and take a fresh look at it on Sunday.

Today was payday.
Not that it lasted very long.
I’ve paid bills, stashed money into savings pots and covered the direct debits for the month.
Now it’s time for a breather.
I have a bit of a shop to do and when Ian has finished work for the day, we’re heading over to MK to watch BlacKkKlansman and go out for dinner.

The butterflies have started already.
It always happens when I’m going to see one of Adam’s new films.
He looks particularly lush in this one from the photo’s I’ve seen so far.

If the film is a disappointment I may just cry.
Although it’s a Spike Lee film and the trailers and clips I’ve seen so far are very promising.
It’s also an incredible story!
Don’t know how I will stomach Adam in Klan robes but knowing he’s playing a character who’s undercover will help.
I’m also getting an Oscars vibe with this one. We’ll see.
I will endeavour to write a spoiler free review later.

Anyway, tomorrow we’re off to Coventry.
We haven’t been there since we left over 20 years ago!
The reason for the visit is so that Dharma can finally meet one of her online friends.

Don’t panic!

She face times her regularly and they chat at all hours.
We will be with her when she meets her friend and her Mother and when we are all suitably introduced, we’ll be letting them loose in Coventry centre for a few hours while me and Ian go for some lunch and have a nosey around the place.

Should be a nice day.

Then it will be back to Uni work on Sunday.
But for now, I’m just looking forward to today.

GIVE HIM A GO

Ok, I have time for a quick blog.
In fact I have two weeks for quick blogs as I am now on annual leave.

Not that I’ll have too much time for relaxing as I still have to attend University on Mondays and I have a presentation to finish and present, another presentation to start and two essays to get going!!

So much for annual leave!!

Anyway, today I am relaxing. In fact I’m off to the little Bro’s house in a bit for a party to celebrate his wife’s son’s 18th birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEWIS!!

Anyway, onto why I’m blogging.
I’ve just spent a bit of time on Youtube and I’ve watched a new video by Nile Wilson.
If you read my blogs regularly you will know that I love Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and this guy in particular is so enthusiastic about everything he does, he’s absolutely infectious.

Today he’s announced a bit of a change in his Vlogging.
He’s kicking it all off with 7 individual vlogs over the next 7 days.
He’s just moved out of his parents house, so he’ll be talking about that but what interested me the most was his view of the next two years.
He is stepping up his game with the Tokyo Olympics in his sights for 2020.
He is going to take us through the rigorous training, the highs and lows of the next two years and if his previous vlogs are anything to go by, he’ll be doing it in style.

So check him out. Give him a go. You’ll get hooked too. The first two minutes of this vlog are spine tingling.

If you get hooked on Nile, you’ll LOVE Neil and Nile Vlogs that he does with his dad.
They have an amazing relationship and are hilarious together.

Take a look.

They make me giggle anyway.

WHY IS STRAIGHT THE DEFAULT?

The world could be a much happier place if people just accepted other people for what they are and what they believe in.

It doesn’t matter what you believe in personally or how you want to live your life.
None of that gives you the right to dictate to others how they should live their lives or what they want to believe in.

I get so angry sometimes when I see news reports of attacks on people simply because of the religion they follow or because of their lifestyle and the people they love.

One of my favourite movies at the moment is ‘Love Simon’ and this particular scene sums up this feeling perfectly.

Why ‘IS’ straight the default?

Kids should not have to deal with this shit. It should just be accepted and any help needed should be in place to make sure they get it.

C’mon people.
This is the 21st century.
Yet still we have bigotted, misogynistic and people with outdated ways of thinking in government and ordinary every day people who still think they have the right to tell other people how to live their lives.

I get so angry when I read stories of families who have shunned their children simply for being honest about who they are and those that get shunned because of religious beliefs cause me the most pain.
How on earth could someone disown a child simply for being different because a ‘story book‘ tells them to. (I don’t care if I get hate for that comment, so bring it on)

In my view, some of the most colourful and interesting people on the planet are those that live their lives how they want and not how others dictate and if we could just learn to get along, regardless of religion, sexual orientation and lifestyle then the world would be a much happier place.

WON’T WASTE MY TIME

I’ve been thinking about writing a blog about what I think of Donald Trump.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not going to waste my time.
I feel sick to the stomach just thinking about him and every time I see him on TV I just want to put my fist through his face!

So when this popped up on Twitter, I thought, this… this is what the rest of the world feels. I feel so sorry for all the Americans who feel this way too and it was said by none other than Mark Hamill.

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Never a truer word spoken.
It’s the mid-terms later this year. I truly hope that we see a swing back to reality and the trump administration receives a quick kick in the gut.
This dangerous, idiot of a man child can’t possibly win a second term in two years time….. can he?

ANT MAN AND THE WASP! (spoiler free)

It’s hot and I’m stuck at my computer trying to write a presentation.
I’ve decided it’s time for a break from all the policies and guidelines and legislation that’s making me go cross eyed.

Yesterday I had a relaxation day… sort of.
I did a little housework but the remainder of my day was chillin’ with a good book and a few glasses of wine.
We decided to take a trip to the cinema in the evening to see the newly release ‘Ant Man and the Wasp’

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Now I loved the first Ant Man movie so I couldn’t wait to see him teamed up with the Wasp.
There were questions that needed answering from Infinity War. Most noteably… why wasn’t Ant Man there?!

Needless to say, we do get answers and I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
In fact, I would go so far as to say I enjoyed it more than the first one.
It keeps it’s humour and plays around a little bit more with the sizing elements, big and small.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed, however, the first post credit scene left the whole audience gasping and leaves us with a question for Infinity War part 2.

That’s all I’m saying about it as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
Just make sure that you stay for the first post credit scene.

There is a small scene at the end of the credits too but this one is simply there for laughs.
It’s the first one however, that will have your heart in your mouth.

So, if you enjoyed Ant Man, go see Ant Man and the Wasp. You won’t be disappointed.

PRESENTATIONS AND ESSAYS, CINEMA AND BLURAY…. OH MY!

So after two long and interesting days, doing what I actually want to be doing when I qualify, but under supervision, I am finally home with some shop bought Kentucky style chicken and some wine.

After a swap around of some shifts next week, I ‘technically’ have the next 4 days off.

I say technically because Monday is actually a Uni day but we have been given the day as a study day or time to have one to ones with our tutors. So, it’s a perfect time to crack on with my next essay which has virtually written itself. I now just need to put together a Powerpoint to go with the waffle.
I also need to take a look at one of my essays and make a start on the epidemiology of Measles.

I also need to keep on top of the washing and the ironing.
My Mum has been away for the last 10 days and I want to prove to her that I can actually keep on top of things.
I also want to squeeze in a trip to the cinema to see Ant Man and the Wasp.
Then Monday sees the release of Love Simon! and Ready Player one on Bluray.

Can’t wait to see Love Simon again.

So this weekend is going to be a fine balance between housework, Uni work and a little fun.

Of course, there’s wine in the fridge!!
Can’t possibly do an essay without a glass or two of wine!!