MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS

If you are one of these strange people who don’t like watching trailers before a movie is released, please do not go any further.
You have been warned.

OK, it’s been a few days now since the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit the internet.
Can I just say ‘OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!’

It had the desired effect I was expecting. Excitement, confusion, anticipation, surprise.
I think I was actually holding my breath through the entire first watch.

I think it’s done it’s job very well.
It has given us a good feel for how the movie will play out but I think there are one or two red herrings in there to throw us off the scent.

On the internet, it always amuses me to what lengths people will argue about what they believe will happen. They have a viewpoint, they’ve read the trailer one way and if anyone argues otherwise, all hell breaks loose! Most of the time it’s all in good humour.

‘Most of the time’!

Anyway, after scrutinising the trailer myself over the last few days, I thought I’d give you my perspective.

Remember, these are my thoughts and viewpoints…. I could be completely wrong!!
This is the fun part.
Trying to figure it all out and then being completely dumbfounded when you realise you’d got it all wrong and they pull something completely different out of the bag.

The opening few seconds….

Yes!! My baby looking all lonely, contemplative and angsty.
I love that Kylo is now out of the robes and into a more form fitting uniform.
We actually get to ‘see’ Adam in this movie. He’s big and he’s beautiful.
What is he overseeing? Preparation for a battle?

Rey is taking to her lightsabre. She’s looking determined.
Daisy is looking really good. Her exercise regime has definately paid off.

So, Luke is afraid of Rey’s powers because they remind him of Kylo’s. I really hope this film explores what actually happened at Luke’s academy and how Kylo became known as ‘The Jedi Killer’. Why is Luke so scared?

Can I just say again….. Adam is looking incredible in this film!!
At least we get to actually see his face through most of this one.
If there’s one thing Adam can do very well it’s angst and anger.
Listen to how calm he is when delivering the line ‘Let go of the past…. kill it, if you have to’.
And yes!! He’s still having tantrums.
Ooooh chills.

This, I believe, is a red herring. We are meant to believe that Kylo kills Leia but there is just no way this is going to happen. Look at the angst on his face as his finger hovers over that button!
Besides, it would be sloppy writing on Rian’s part to have Kylo kill both parents and we know that Leia (Carrie) is going to be given a better send off than that!!
Kylo is going to be more conflicted in The Last Jedi than he was in Force Awakens.
I am going to love every minute of it!!

PORGS!!!
I still don’t know what to make of them.
My kids love them and they haven’t even seen the movie yet.
I suspect there’s a lot more to them than we have been lead to believe. I have no doubt they are going to be some of the comic relief of this movie, but I also believe they are not to be underestimated.

Poe and Finn throw themselves into the hero spots of the film and I can’t wait to see that fight between Finn and Phasma.

I think, in the context of the trailer, this little line is aimed directly at the audience!!
I think Luke is right. I don’t think anyone has a clue how this is going to play out. Regardless of all the hype and speculation, I think there are going to be plenty of twists and turns and shocks along the way.
Also… the crystaline foxes… what significance do they have? They are obviously being protected by the resistance as the planet is attacked. Are they indiginous? Are they intelligent? Have they been helping the resistance?

OK, this is a scene I’ve watched over and over.
I believe this is going to be a pivotal moment. Not for Rey, but for Kylo!!

If you look closely at the scene earlier in the trailer where Kylo is picking up his sabre, it is obviously taking place in the same room Rey is being tortured by Snoke. You see the red guards in the back of both images. When Snoke says the words ‘fullfill your destiny’, I believe they are being spoken to Kylo.
Has he just been told to kill Rey, to complete his training, to become the most powerful sith that ever lived?
Is this the moment Kylo decides on a different path?

This is the moment that is causing more discourse on the internet than any other.
Here’s my take on it and please remember that this is just a theory. I’m not insisting I’m right and I’m probably completely wrong.

I believe this is the biggest red herring in the entire trailer.
I have no doubt that Kylo and Rey will be joining forces (excuse the pun) in some form during this movie but I don’t think it is in this moment. In fact I think they are two completely different scenes that have been cleverly cut together.

I believe Rey is actually talking to Luke at the beginning of the movie when she says ‘I need someone to show me my place in all this’.

As to who Kylo is holding his hand out to?
It could still very well be Rey but I believe it could also be Leia.

There!
I’ve done it. That’s what I got out of this trailer.
Now I just have to wait another two months to find out.

I already have my tickets for a double bill starting on 13th Dec at 21:00 with The Force Awakens and this leads into a midnight showing of The Last Jedi. I will be amongst the first to see it. I can’t wait!!

So I have just wasted a couple of hours playing with this and have rattled off around a thousand words.
I now have to get back to an essay that I still need to write and reference 1500 more words for.
Bet it doesn’t get finished today!!

THROWN UNDER A BUS

This blog may contain some spoilers for Logan Lucky and American made. You have been warned.

It’s been an eventful week since returning from Italy.

I got to see my boys in their new movies, Logan Lucky and American Made.

Logan Lucky had me chuckling all the way through.
Adam Driver delivers one of the funniest lines I’ve heard in a movie for a long while.
As things go a little haywire with a vacuum machine that’s sucking money out of a vault, Daniel Craig’s character, Joe Bang, gets a little over zealous and accidentally points the machine at Adam Driver’s one armed character, Clyde Logan. The inevitable happens and Adam Driver dead pans a look at Craig Daniels and simple says, with a deep Southern accent, “you sucked ma arm off!!”.

Writing it down doesn’t do the scene any justice. It was hilarious.
Adam Driver has a pouty, miserable look on his face for the entire movie. He’s adorable.

American made was just unbelievable!!
That fact it’s based on a true story makes it all the more unbelievable.
Domhnall’s character, Monty Schafer, is a bit of a sleezeball and just in it for himself. The fact he ends up with a juicy promotion astounded me.

On Sunday evening I went to see Murron singing her first official gig at Esquires in town. She was amazing, although she’ll never admit it herself.

After Esquires, I stayed in town with Murron for a while and we went to The Barley Mow as they were having a strip night!
In hindsight, a bit of a mistake as I got thrown in front of a bus by Murron and her mates.

As the stripper started his show, I felt I was safe stood at the front of the crowd as this is a gay bar and the stripper was interacting quite nicely with the men. Unfortuantely he decided to end the show with me! who had been gently pushed in his direction by Murron and her mates. Thanks guys.
Not that I didn’t enjoy the experience, underneath that flag with a very impressive specimen flapping around in my face as I rubbed moisturiser into his abs.

Not ahamed to enjoy myself at any opportunity!!

Anyway, it was back to work for 07:30 on the Monday morning. My first full shift for around 3 weeks. It was a bank holiday Monday so not too stressful.

Tuesday was a late start at Uni for a speaker who came in to talk to us about reflection.
She was hilarious!
It was then an early finish to allow us to continue with home study for our next essay.
This allowed me to take Dharma into the hospital for an official photo of the start of work on the new play area that she’d helped to raise money for.
We honestly didn’t expect to reach our target for another year or two and here we are, just 6 months down the line and we will have a brand new play area by October.

I’ve spent the last couple of days, toying with my reflective essay and doing chores around the house. I’ve also eaten like a pig and drank like a fish!!

My new favourite drink is a LARGE wine glass, half filled with ice, a good shot (or two) of Limoncello and then filled to the brim with Prosecco!! Very refreshing and very moreish! It doesn’t last long.

Unfortuantely, all my Limoncello is now gone. The last memories of Italy are finally gone.

Come tomorrow morning, I seriously need to get back on track with the diet and exercise. I’m feeling bloated and horrible.

I have to think about the holiday me and Ian are planning for 2019!
Our big year.
End of Foundation Degree, 25 years of marriage and my 50th birthday.

We have decided to do a grown up holiday instead of the Orlando theme park experience we had initially talked about.
We know we want to do a tour of Italy but to what extent depends on a few things over the next year.

One of the things we have looked at is a 21 day train tour! Taking in Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and lots in between.
Once you take out the expence of flights, there’s a lot more you can do!
Watch this space.

So that’s it.!
Back to normal life for the next two years.

Domhnall has two movies due out at the end of September and they couldn’t be any more different.

Crash Pad which takes Domhnall back to his comedic roots with ‘Immaturity for Charity’

Followed by Goodbye Christopher Robin which I’m seriously hoping will pick up an Oscar or two in the new year!

Then of course I get to see both Adam and Domhnall in The Last Jedi in December!
I literally can’t wait. It’s been almost 2 years since The Force Awakens and Kylo Ren and General Hux entered my life and turned it upside down.
I can’t wait to see how things develop for them in The Last Jedi although I’m really scared that General Hux will literally be going down in flames with his ship!

I may just cry.

CRASHING BACK TO NORMALITY!

It’s been an amazing few weeks.

Since coming back from Italy I’ve spent a lot of time doing a huge blog and uploading 996 photos and videos to Flikr.

I’ve spent today tidying up and sorting out washing.
I’ve gone through my wardrobe and had to get rid of the majority of stuff in there as it’s just too big for me now which is both heartbreaking and exilerating!

I did some school clothes shopping with Dharma which was really frustrating.
The school have now insisted that girls (and only the girls) buy skirts and trousers with the school logo on from a place that takes 30 minutes to drive to. Only problem is, the road I need to get there is shut but doesn’t actually tell you this until you are upon it and then you have to drive all the way back into Bedford to take the detour.
When we finally got there, the trousers were awful, tight and uncomfortable.
The school can go screw themselves.
I’ve just got her a nice tailored pair of trousers from Tesco. They are going to have to like it or lump it. She’s only there for the next 9 months anyway!!

This evening I’m still working my way through the wash loads and enjoying yet more Limoncello and Prosecco.

Tomorrow will be my last official relaxation day as me and Ian are going to Northampton for the day to see two movies and have dinner.
We are going to see Logan Lucky which is Adam Driver’s new film and American Made with Domhnall Gleeson!!. Can’t wait. Both of my main men in one day.
Dinner will hopefully be at Bella Italia!! Just to finish off my Italian theme.

Sunday, although not back at work, will be catching up on what I’ve missed at Uni for the last two weeks. I’ve got some serious catching up to do.

Then it’s back to work on Monday.
Back to dieting to prepare for the next holiday in Italy in two years.
Back to knuckling down to studying and work.

How boring!!!

OK, CAN’T DENY IT… LITTLE BIT EXCITED!!

So, I have finalised and submitted my next essay two weeks before it’s actually due and now I’m on holiday prep!!

I can’t deny it….. I’m just a tad excited.
Italy, here I come.
10 days, 2 villas, Florence, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, food, wine and a family wedding!!

Oh yeah, no husband and no kids!!

I am thinking about blogging as I go but it highly depends on internet services whilst I’m out there.
If nothing is posted for the next two weeks, look out for one big blog when I get home!!

When I do get home I have two movies with my boys to see.
August 25th sees the release of Logan Lucky with Adam Driver and American Made with Domhnall Gleeson.

Adam and Dom

Do not expect me to be doing anything other than spending the entire day in the cinema.

It is going to be a busy couple of months for Domhnall with not one but 4 film releases to look forward to.
American Made on August 25th
Mother on Sept 15th
Goodbye Christopher Robin on Sept 29th
and of course, Star Wars on Dec 15th

He then has Peter rabbit due in March next year, one film, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, in post production with no release date, Crash Pad with no release date and is currently filming Little Stranger.
He’s been a busy boy!

BIT OF A MEH! DAY

It’s been a bit of a meh! day today.

I’m feeling old.
I’m feeling bloated.
I’m feeling as rough as most women once a month.
I just wanted to eat and drink all day…. which I did!!
And I’m fretting about this bloody presentation I have to do tomorrow.

I’ve been working my way through a few bottles of Corona and Bud.
I had home made spaghetti bolognese for lunch and I’ve just polished off a cheese and bacon toastie for tea.
I don’t say this very often but I seriously need some chocolate!!

Not surprising that I still feel bloated!

Anyway, to try and cheer myself up a little, I started watching Girls again, from the beginning.

Yeah yeah. I know Adam is shirtless in both these clips. So sue me!!
I told you I needed cheering up.

I also spent some time Youtubing the events of the San Diego Comic Con this weekend and then I continued my discovery of my new favourite couple.

Tom and Lance!
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Although someone really needs to explain to me how this guy…..

Tom and Lance 2

Is 43 and 20 years older than this guy!!!

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Seriously. 43!!
I’m 47 and feel so old.
Tom I am so jealous. Lance is a hottie!!

I guess you’re as young as you feel and Lance feels a 23 year old on a daily basis!
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Tom and Lance 4

Anyway, Tom’s Youtube channel has lots of Tom and Lance vlogs, including their wedding. They are an exceptionally cute couple. Check them out.

Right, enough time to do a little more Youtubing before bed.
I have to be up at the crack of dawn to get to Uni early.
I’m hoping to get a run through done with the rest of the group and as one of them hasn’t turned up to a single read through I’m not holding out much hope that tomorrow will go very well.
If he doesn’t show up early enough, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep my mouth shut when I see him.

Watch this space.

HERE WE GO!!

Countdown has well and truly started for ‘The Last Jedi’ in December.

Today, Disney revealed a sizzle real from the filming.

Bedsides a very quick glimpse of General Hux looking very sleek with his mullet, Kylo is looking incredibly hot!!

Daisy rehearing to fight who? The Knights of Ren maybe?

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Adam rehearsing to fight who? His own Knights maybe? Actually I don’t really care. He just looks really hot!!

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John Boyega in an Imperial uniform!

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This is what I love about a build up to a movie like this.
We just don’t know anything. It’s all hearsay and rumour.
Just so long as Adam keeps looking pretty, I’ll keep eating it all up until I see it!

Can’t wait!!

MY APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE

It will come as no surprise to anyone that I am a HUGE Star Wars fan.

The Force Awakens was a breath of life into a fandom that has never truly died.
Since 1977 Star Wars has been a part of me. Han Solo was always my hero. Princess Leia was my heroine who showed me that I didn’t actually need a man to stand up for myself.

The fandom may have gone quiet for a few years and the prequels (although not bad) didn’t quite hit the mark but┬áChristmas 2015 was the turning point.
Fandom got a slap in the face, was told to wake up and smell the roses. Star Wars was back and is set to be an even bigger part of our lives for the foreseable future.

We all had an Awakening. For me, in more ways than one.

With the Force Awakens came an obsession that has only gone from strength to strength over the last year and a half.
Kylo Ren…… or more precisely….. Adam Driver.

The more I found out about him, the more I watched him in things, the more I fell in love with him.
He’s amazing. There simply is no other word for him.


Such a humble and giving man and I continue to love him from the ears that are fighting for dominance on his head right down to his big feet!

The reason for this post is to apologise in advance for the spewing forth of everything Adam related over the next few months.

This past weekend saw the release of the teaser trailer for The Last Jedi that is due this December.
We finally got a glimpse of what Kylo’s scar is going to look like.

The Kylo snippets from the teaser were so tantalisingly quick it was frustrating.

So it’s now official, It’s out of the starting gate and all the hype leading up to the actual movie has officially started. There will be one, if not two more full trailers coming over the next few months followed by the press tours which mean a lot of new photos and interviews to enjoy!!

However……

Adam also has another film due around the end of August.
Logan Lucky with Daniel Craig. In which, two brothers played by Adam Driver and Channing Tatum, attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

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Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Sebastian Stan and even Domhnall Gleeson’s little brother Brian Gleeson… all in one movie.

I’m hoping a trailer will be dropping for this one very soon!!
Along with interviews and press tour and photos.

So my apologies (although I’m not actually sorry) are for not shutting up about Adam for the foreseable future.
I will be posting interview snippets and every photo I can lay my hands on alongside trailers and film clips.

BRING…. IT…. ON!!!

And just so I can hopefully convert some of you to the god that is Adam, I also want to leave this here for you to look at.
This…..
This is what makes adam so special.
Forget Star Wars.
This is Adam’s first love. His charity, Arts in the Armed Forces.
His short lived experience as a Marine was their loss but our gain!!