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DISH OF THE WEEK #76 – ADAM DRIVER

I have been going through a bit of a rough patch over the last few weeks.
Life in general has just been a bit much and I have struggled to get going on my University work now that we have started year two.

To make my life even more stressful, my brand new PC did a windows update the other day that it really didn’t like and now it keeps re-booting itself for no apparent reason.
It’s done it once already while writing this…. I HATE WINDOWS UPDATES!
The most frustrating thing is that whatever the update did, it won’t allow me to open up Corel Draw now. The design package I use for everything.

My hubby has done his best to try and fix the problem but it’s just a little too technical for him and he doesn’t want to do any more damage, so we are having to resort to a technical specialist we’ve used in the past.
I’m hoping it will just be a simple fix for him.

For now, I just have to make sure I save, save, save, save, save, any work I do as I go because the PC will literally just re-boot itself without warning.
Very frustrating and NOT helping with the Uni work situation at all.

Anyway, this is supposed to be a Dish of the Week post!!
I’ve decided I need a little pick me up and what better way than with a Dish of the Week post dedicated to my favourite actor, Adam Driver.

I have been following his work now for nearly three years.
The more I learn about him, the more I fall in love with him.

He is very self-deprecating.
He is very humble.
He loves his work but is uncomfortable with the ‘fame’.

He has worked with some amazing directors.
Clint Eastwood
Noah Baumbach (multiple times)
Steven Spielberg
The Coen Brothers
Shawn Levy
J.J. Abrams
Jeff Nichols
Jim Jarmusch
Martin Scorsese!!
To name a few and he’s only 34 years old!

I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s sad that he knows it too.
He’s always making fun of himself and I think this is one of the things that really endears me to him.

So here’s a collection of photos that really make me smile.
Something I really need right now.

The man is an absolute cinnamon roll and my personal stress buster.

CANNES SUCCESS

I am finishing this evening with a quick blog about Adam Driver and Cannes.

Like I’ve mentioned before, Adam has two films screening this year.
The first is the satirical comedy ‘Black Klansman’, a Spike Lee film based on a true story. It received rave reviews and it will be good to see if it wins a Palme D’or.
Fingers crossed.

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The second one is the much anticipated ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.
This film is not in competition and will be closing the festival tomorrow.
It has taken Terry Gilliam almost 30 years to complete as it has been plagued with various production troubles and is currently fighting a legal battle as to who owns the rights.

After a Paris Court ruled in favour of the film being screened at Cannes, it’s official premier will still be tomorrow but it will have a warning at the start stating that the rights to it “are subject to current proceedings”.
The final verdict on the rights issue will be announced on the 15th June and this will ultimately lead to general release if it’s successful.
Again, fingers crossed.
I absolutely cannot wait to see this one and if it gets hung up in a huge rights dispute it may never see the light of day.
That said, it’s actually looking quite likely that the ruling will go in Terry Gilliam’s direction.

 

And I couldn’t finish this without mentioning just how stunning Adam looked this year.

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It’s interesting to note just how short his hair is at the moment considering he’s due to start filming Star Wars Episode 9 in July.
Could Supreme Leader Kylo Ren be getting a more clean cut makeover?
Only another 19 months until we find out!!!! (Quietly sobbing as I wrap things up and go to bed)

CANNES 2018

Next month sees the 71st Cannes Film Festival in France and I’m excited to say that my main man, Adam Driver, has not just one, but TWO films being premiered there.
One in Competition and one closing the festival.

The one in competition is Black Klansman directed by Spike Lee.
It tells the true story of Ron Stallworth who was an African-American police officer from Colorado, who actually managed to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter! His story was revealed in a 2006 tell all book of the same name.
That’s as much as I know about it so far. I have no idea what part Adam will be playing.
I’m hoping he will be Ron’s white colleague who went to the meetings in Ron’s place as it wouldn’t feel right if Adam was playing an actual ‘hate filled’ moron.

Anyway, the second film is ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ directed by Terry Gilliam.
I’ve blogged about this one already and I’ve been waiting a LONG time for it to arrive.

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It gets released in France on the same day but there is still no release date for the UK!!

With 2 films at Cannes, I’m hoping that Adam will be in attendance. It makes sense. The timing is just right. It leaves him a couple of months to promote both of these films and have a bit of ‘down’ time before he starts to film ‘Star Wars Episode 9’ in July.

His last attendance at Cannes gave us some beautiful photos.

I need more!! Roll on May.

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This came a little out of the blue today.
The first trailer for one of Adam’s new movies, due for release this year, has finally landed.
I’m thinking it will probably premier at Cannes if the French May release is correct on IMDB. Considering it was advertised profusely at Cannes in 2016 this is a fairly safe bet.
There’s no date for here in the UK yet.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, directed by Terry Gilliam.

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I’ve known about this film now for almost two years and it was hoped that it would make it to last years Cannes Film Festival but various things didn’t go as planned, so here we are, with a release finally in out sights!

I must admit I had to do a little research.
I have heard of ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Man of La Mancha’ and Sancho Panza but never really took much interest.

Briefly…. and with the help of Wikipedia…. I found the following.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra had two ‘DonQuixote’ volumes published in 1605 and 1615 and they are considered to be the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age.

The story follows the adventures of Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry and generally bring justice to the world under the name of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Along the way he recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire.

In the course of their travels, they meet innkeepers, prostitutes, goatherders, soldiers, priests, escaped convicts and scorned lovers.
Don Quixote’s tendency to intervene violently in matters irrelevant to himself, and his habit of not paying debts, result in deprivation, injuries, and humiliations, with Sancho often the victim.

That story alone is worth a movie but Terry Gilliam has taken it a step further, modernised it and written ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ loosely based on the original ‘Don Quixote’.

IMDB states…..

An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.

My interest in the film is due to the fact that Adam Driver is playing Toby the advertising executive/Sancho Panza and I’ve been dying to see our first glimpse of the film.

So here it is, and it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful ride!!

Can I just point out that Adam, in period costume AND dancing, is literally going to be the death of me.

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I better not have to wait much longer than May to see it here in the UK.
I think I might cry!!

GOODBYE 2017. HELLO 2018

It’s been a year of mixed emotions.
Predominantly good ones.

Murron has ‘finally’ found a job she absolutely loves!
She works bar at a pub in Bedford but also works bar at it’s Sister pub in Luton.
She gets on like a house on fire with the manager in Luton and stays with her in the flat above the pub when she’s working there multiple days.
They go out partying after work and I can (thankfully) see this being a long term thing.
She can work it around her Open Mic nights too, so it’s really the best of both worlds for her.
For now, I’m just happy she’s happy!

Marjorie is still just Marjorie!
She’s into her second year of college and is still working part time for MacDonalds.
She’s loving the freedom a little cash is giving her.
She’s also applied to stay at the college to start a foundation degree in Sept.

Dharma is into her last few months of school!!
How scary is that?!
Right now she’s stressing herself about her exams which I can understand but it’s hard when you see someone being just a little bit too hard on themselves!
She’s also finding it very difficult seeing her sisters with money and can’t wait to get her NI number so that she can start applying for jobs.
Personally, I’m glad she can’t do it just yet as it would just be an added stresser in her final months of school.
She has also applied for a couple of college courses in Sept and I really hope she gets the qualifications she needs from her exams to be able to do them.

Ian has had a rough year physically.
His arthritis really hasn’t been under control for the entire year and he’s struggled the last few weeks with a nasty case of tonsillitis.

Up until Boxing Day, I had had a pretty good year health wise. However, I woke on boxing day with, what can only be described as, a case of flu!
I hurt all over, my head wanted to explode and I had a hacking dry cough and streaming eyes.
Today is really the first day I feel semi-normal.
I got woken by a hacking cough that seems to be worse when I’m laying down but now that I’ve been up a while the cough has eased off and only catches me occasionally.

So let’s have a little run down….

January started how it should do, with a trip to the cinema to see my BAE in Silence.
To say it’s an emotional film is an understatement.

I started wearing contact lenses.
It was something I had toyed with for a while but as my brother’s wedding in Italy was looming, I decided to give them a go.
I wish I had done it sooner.
It’s so liberating not having to worry about glasses all the time.

In February my BAE did a live Snickers advert for the Superbowl.

Dharma and her friend Reece decided to raise money for the Riverbank Sensory Garden Project and between them they raise over £650!!
They were helped along quite nicely by the DJ at my Dad’s 70th Birthday party.
They walked away from that with nearly £300. It was incredible.
The fund did so well, so quickly, that the garden was actually finished and opened in October. 2 years ahead of schedule!!

February also saw me get offered the opportunity to further my career by taking on a Foundation Degree as a Nursing Associate.

In March I discovered Sens8.
Why I hadn’t discovered this before is beyond me!
What an amazing show.
Pity that Netflix decided to cancel it at the end of the second season.
To be honest, I’m not surprised. The show is a logistical nightmare to film and because of all the different locations around the world it must have been really expensive too.
Of course the cancellation caused absolute uproar with the fans, so Netflix are at least giving us ‘closure’ with a finale episode in 2018.

‘Paterson’ came out on DVD.
I love this unassuming little film.
OK OK, my BAE Adam Driver is in it but what makes it extra special for me is that I went to see this at a preview showing in London in November 2016 and Adam Driver did a Q+A at the end of the showing!!
The very same Q+A is on the DVD release!

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Yes, I can happily say that ‘I’ took this photo!!

In April, my work life changed dramatically. I officially enrolled and started as a Uni student. From now on my Mondays are to be spent in Uni, my Tuesdays are spent in placement and the remainder of my work hours are spent in my own work place.
Gone is my free time as writing referenced essays has put paid to any free time I may have had for the next two years!

I sneaked in an IMAX viewing of The force Awakens.

Here we go…
The teaser trailer and poster for Last Jedi were finally revealed at the Celebrations convention. The build up to the movie had begun and we still had 8 months to wait!

I wrote my last piece of fan fiction for a while. It was called ‘Lace’ and involved a certain force wielding babe and a pair of red lacey knickers!!
I will not be posting links to any of my fan-fiction here because my family read my blogs.
There is no way I want them reading my fics.

May was fairly boring.
I upped my excercising and dieting that was going really well in preparation for Italy.

In June I had a wonderful weekend in London with Ian. We had tickets to the Royal Albert Hall to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra do ‘Space Spectacular’.
‘A voyage through a galaxy of favourite music from deep space and beyond, with lights, lasers and indoor fireworks’
I went for the obligatory ‘John Williams’ music and I was not disappointed. It was an amazing show.

And they played my all time favourite Star Wars piece!! Duel of the Fates.

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The rest of the weekend was amazing.
We picked a weekend with great weather and we just spent time walking around, having wonderful food and lots of drink.

I was a little impulsive when we went to Soho and got myself an industrial piercing.

In July my Uni course was in full swing and I passed my first essay. I also passed my maths exam and completed a joint presentation which was a frustrating challenge.

On my way to Uni one Monday morning I discovered a note under one of my wiper blades. It read ‘Stunningly beautiful’ and left a phone number.
To say it put a smile on my face was an understatement.

When filming wrapped on The Last Jedi, we got some amazing behind the scenes footage that just stoked the fires of the fans as their theories and predictions went into full meltdown.

Kylo Ren’s Tie Silencer was revealed and it was as sleak and sexy as it’s pilot.

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A groundbreaking show called ‘Queer Britain’ presented by Riyadh Khalaf and originally airing on BBC3 was given BBC1 status.
I’m so happy for Riyadh!
The show is amazing and heartbreaking and eye opening. Check it out.
Keep your eyes peeled for this very charismatic young man. He’s going to go far.

I had a mid-life crisis breakthrough as after 48 years, I finally found my look.
A look I am still working on.
My hair is as short as it will go without using clippers and it is so liberating to not have to worry about styling it every morning.
I have a piercing I wouldn’t have dared get when I was younger and I have got the tattoo bug.

August has to be voted ‘Month of the Year’
I spent 10 days in Italy with Mum and Dad for my little Bro’s wedding.
I saw Sienna, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and cried when I saw Florence.

And I had a close encounter with a wild porcupine and a mouse!!

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On returning from Italy I was presented with a new movie with my BAE Adam Driver.

But I also got a movie with my other boy Domhnall Gleeson. (Who comes in a hot second to Adam)

It was back to normality in September and October.
Domhnall had 2 more movies out (the guy never stops working!!!)
He had a very creepy appearance in ‘Mother’ but then it was followed by an amazing performance as AA Milne in ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

I did go out with Ian for a couple of meals and movies around my birthday.
Uni ended at the end of October which meant I was now spending more time in my own work place again, although placements would be carrying on on Tuesdays.

November saw me indulging in my biggest tattoo yet.
I finally got the first order logo on my shoulder.
It’s a work in progress and I plan on expanding it.

December finally arrived and the AGONISING two year wait was over as The Last Jedi finally got released.
I loved it but it has divided the fandom.
It certainly did not go the way anyone thought it would go.
We knew that Adam had done a lot of filming with Daisy in Ireland on Skellig Michael, but everyone assumed there was going to be a huge battle with Kylo and his Knights against Luke and Rey…. HOW WRONG WE WERE.
Their scenes ended up being some of the most intimate in Star Wars history!

We also discovered that Snoke did not amount to anyone important and Rey was a complete nobody!! But not to Kylo (aaaahhh)

The discourse that this film has produced is incredible.
It seems to be a bit of a marmite movie. Fans either love it, or hate it.

Just 2.5 weeks after it’s release, it is sitting at number 43 in the all time worldwide box office chart and has raked in over $930 million!
It will be interesting to see how close to Force Awakens it gets considering that Force Awakens is sitting at number 3 with just over 2 billion in box office takings….. insane!

With Star Wars out of the way after 4 viewings, it was time to enjoy Xmas and we did.
Xmas day was a lovely day but things took a nosedive on boxing day when I came down with a flu.

I’m not feeling too bad today, just left with an annoying cough.
So, work it is tomorrow then. I can’t let them down on New Years Eve of all days!!

So that was bisically my year.
I’m sure a lot more happened that I’m forgetting about.
Now….

What about the movies?
Me and Ian continued with our trips to the cinema to utilise our Unlimited Cards.
Since getting the cards I have kept track of all the movies I watch in a year.
In 2014, I watched a total of 341 films with 48 of them at the cinema.
In 2015, I watched a staggering 379 films with 64 of them at the cinema.
In 2016, I watched 301 films with 48 of them at the cinema.
This year saw a big dip because of all the time I spent on Uni work.
In 2017, I have (so far) watched only 164 films with 52 of them at the cinema.

So Uni hasn’t really interfered with going ‘out’ to the cinema, but it has certainly affected the time I spend watching them at home.

The coming year will probably see even more of a dip as I go from level 4 to level 5 of my Foundation Degree.
This coming year will see me learning about dispensing some medications and will ‘hopefully’ end with me qualifying and getting my pin and registration with the NMC!!

The only time away I will get to spend with Ian is a trip to London at the beginning of March. We are going to see Imagine Dragons at the O2 and I can’t wait.
We decided to make a break of it and booked 3 nights in a hotel. The weather may not be as good as it was in June but I adore London and can’t wait to take it all in again.

Apart from that trip, it’s going to be a tough and frugle year all round!!

I will use this site as a sounding board if my feathers get ruffled.
I may not blog as much as I’d like but I just want to get 2018 out of the way…… and it hasn’t even arrived yet!!!

SORRY, CAN’T HELP MYSELF.

Gone are the days when I can stay up until 1:30 am to watch a red carpet event, so this morning’s coffee was spent catching up on last nights events at the ‘Last Jedi’ world premiere in Los Angeles.

To say that Adam looked stunning is an understatement.

Domhnall looked like he was having a blast.

One of the most amusing photos of the evening was the one taken of Gwendoline Christie and Adam.
She is one of the few people on the planet that can make a 6’3″ Adam look like a midget!

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The tweets have been rolling in ever since and the buzz is very positive.

One tweet caught my attention….

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Does this mean we are getting some Kylo skin?!!!

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So! Now that I have that off my chest.
This morning saw us waking up to snow.
We get a little excited when we get snow as we don’t get it all that often.
I decided to venture to Tesco with Dharma before coming home and doing a little tidying.
I’m now going to have some lunch before I tackle the last of my essay.

If the snow continues overnight, getting to work tomorrow is going to be fun.