Tag: Jake Gyllenhaal


So, a 12.5 hour shift on my feet on Saturday followed by non stop walking around the Comic Con on Sunday followed by another 12.5 hour shift on my feet today does not make for a happy knee!!

I have a day off to recover tomorrow and apart from a little housework in the morning and a quick trip to Tesco, I plan to put my feet up and watch movies all day.


Just can’t make my mind up as to what or who I’m in the mood for!!

Maybe do a little blogging.
Maybe spend some time….. ok quite a bit of time on Tumblr.


Maybe spend some time reading Kylux fics.

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Amazing artwork by brilcrist.tumblr.com!!
Highly recommend checking them out on devianart.com.
This piece though!! Oh I may just have to go and read Ceasefire again.

Sounds like a perfect day.


The thing about obsessing is the wonderful things that are discovered because of it.

I believe I’ve mentioned before about the knock on effect that obsessing can have.
You’ll start to like an actor, for whatever reason, and then you just have to see more and more of their work.
You end up watching some out of this world films you may have passed on when they went through the cinema simply because something about them didn’t ‘click’ with you enough to make you want to see it or you simply didn’t even know the film existed.

Some of my favourite films of the last couple of years have come from digging into an actors back catalogue of films.

Before Karl Urban became known for Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Dredd, he made some wonderful New Zealand movies.
The Price of Milk is a beautiful, if a little strange, movie that really tickles me.


Without my initial interest in Karl Urban I would never have know about this film.

Joel Kinnaman was a difficult one as his back catalogue of work is predominantly in Swedish!!
Finding his films with subtitles that are well translated was a bit of a challenge.
Even so, ‘In Your Veins’ has become one of my favourite films.


Jake Gyllenhaal is more of a case of finding a film I didn’t like!!
Bubble Boy springs to mind…. what a piece of shit. I couldn’t even get half way through the film before giving up.
Anyway, as much as I love him doing his action movies like Prince of Persia and Source Code, I also love his recent serious films, Nightcrawler, Southpaw and Demolition.
But after all that it still falls to the obligatory chick flick, rom com to become my favourite.
Love and Other Drugs is a beautiful film that has a bit of everything and one that I missed in the cinema because it didn’t catch my attention at the time.
Romance, comedy, drama and an absolutely adorable Jake.

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Oscar Isaac, what can I say?
After Ex-Machina and Star Wars TFA, I dipped into his back catalogue too.
Revenge for Jolly has become a firm favourite. What an absolutely INSANE film!

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But again, this is a film I’d never even heard of and would never have seen had I not been looking into Oscar’s back catalogue.

So now we get onto to the current KINGS!
My absolute number one Prince is of course Adam Driver.
It’s difficult to pinpoint my favourite film from his back catalogue because there are quite a few but if I was pressed I would have to go with Hungry Hearts which is an incredibly heart wrenching film and This is Where I Leave you, another rom com and family drama.

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And of course, my prince has a ‘would be’ Emperor in Domhnall Gleeson.
I am currently working my way through his back catalogue of work and as it stands, About Time is fast becoming a favourite!!
I seem to be a bit of a sucker for rom coms!!

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What I have noticed about Domhnall is that he’s at his best playing the awkward, gangly, bumbling type and he has the most incredible smile!
None of which comes into play as Emperor…. oops sorry… General Hux!!

It is my current batch of Domhnall movies that brings me onto old memories.
While watching Unbroken, set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, I was reminded of an old movie I haven’t even thought about in years. Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence!!

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What an amazing film with a stunning soundtrack. It’s one film that has never made it to my DVD collection after the move from VHS tapes….. until now. I think it is now even more poignant as it stars the ‘all too missed’ David Bowie.
It will be arriving in the post tomorrow!

So, now onto the naughty secret.
Go on, admit it, you read through this post just to get to the ‘Naughty Secret’!!

Anyway, I don’t shy away from my obsessions when it comes to my blogging but recent obsessions have taken me into a world I never thought I’d venture into.

Fan fiction.
The thing about fan fiction is that it can take you anywhere.
You start with the foundations from a film. The characters, the places, the feel of the universe they are set in and then you can literally write what you want.
You can take stories in any direction. You can ask the ‘what if’ question all the time and completely re-write what we already know into something completely different.

The last couple of weeks have seen my falling into an abyss of naughtyness.

I have always seen myself as a very open minded person when it comes to different kinds of relationships and this is something I hope I’m passing onto my kids.
However, when it comes to relationships I have always stayed with the ‘boy meets girl’ scenario.
Just look at the rom com movies I love. They make me feel all squishy and lovely.

So when I started looking at some fan fiction a few weeks ago, I kind of fell into a well and couldn’t get out.
I found myself reading about ‘boy meets boy’. Kylo Ren and General Hux to be precise and I found it incredibly…… erotic!
It certainly didn’t leave me feeling squishy and lovely. In fact I can’t tell you how it left me feeling but I’m sure you can imagine.
Forget 50 Shades of Grey!! This stuff is amazing and I am completely smitten with the idea of Kylo Ren and General Hux falling in love.

Then this morning I stumbled across this absolutely stunning piece of artwork by a fellow Tumblr.


It sums up the Kylux fandom in one, sweet, kiss.
I can’t stop reading the stuff and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

I must sincerely thank solohux and hollycomb for introducing me to this world and Holly…… I await your updates on ‘Under the Ruins of a Walled City’ with baited breath.


So I haven’t done a Dish of the Week since mid March.
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!


After getting the first wash load on for the day, I have been sitting here, still in my PJ’s, wondering.
Wondering how I’ve been getting so hooked on certain actors in the last few years.

The obsessions have only really started in the last few years.
The first real obsession was Karl Urban back at the end of 2012 and the film that kicked that one off was Dredd.

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The second was Joel Kinnaman and the film that kicked that one off was Robocop.

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The Third was Jake Gyllenhaal and the film that kicked that one off was Southpaw.

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The fourth was Adam Driver and if you’ve read any of my last few blogs you’ll know that this is a very recent obsession and was kicked off by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Each obsession starts with the need to ‘catch up’ on the work that the actor has done.
This alone can be frustrating.
TV shows that aren’t available on any platform.
Films that have seemingly disappeared off the face of the planet.
Films that are available but in a foreign language WITHOUT English subtitles!
It’s a challenge and I think that’s one of the things I enjoy.
I end up watching shows and films I wouldn’t have ordinarily watched and end up either being a little disappointed or completely blown away!

Thankfully, with Adam Driver, he’s still very fresh on the market.
With the exception of one movie I’m waiting to be delivered, I’ve now seen all the films that he has semi-starred or starred in.
I’ve also caught up with all 4 seasons of Girls which I have to say, was unexpectedly brilliant!
I am now eagerly awaiting season 5
From here on, it’s all new movies that aren’t even released yet and he’s signed a contract that ties him to at least the next 2 Star Wars movies!!

But back to the reason for this post…. where did it all start?

Growing up I was always into movies.
There was no internet and no video recorders so the only way of getting any information on actors and films was through magazines and TV or radio interviews.
My computer currently has folders of pictures that I can look at and print at my hearts content.
Back in my teens, this would have been known as my bedroom wall.
At one point my picture archive was all four walls and my ceiling. The pictures had been glued on with wallpaper paste.
I just kept overlaying as new pictures and interests came along.

Until I started earning my own money, my only access to movies was the TV and an occasional trip to the cinema.
3 channels, BBC1, BBC2 and ITV.
That was it, until channel 4 came along.
The only movies were on Sunday afternoons where we were treated to classics like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Roman Holiday, Ben Hur.
This is where my love of movies started.
Classic actors were the order of the day.

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james dean  gregory peck

Tony Curtis Some Like It Hot stewart granger

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I think that if the internet were around back then, Gregory Peck could quite easily have been an obsession!!

Anyway, when I started earning my own money things started to take a change.
We had the arrival of our first multiscreen cinema which meant that I could indulge myself with movies whenever I wanted.
By then we also had video recorders so I could start collecting my favourite films to keep and watch whenever I wanted. I no longer had to wait for them to be shown occasionally on TV.

I think the major change came at the end of the 80’s
I landed a job working on computers that I had never even touched before in my life.
Star Trek the Next Generation arrived and re-lit a fire in me.
As a child I always watched the Classic Trek on TV and loved watching the late night Sci-fi movies, but as none of my friends and family were into it, I kind of kept it all locked up.
Then when Next Gen came along, I was earning my own money, had my own transportation, access to the internet and I decided to join a club where I could share my interest with like minded people.
And then I went to my first convention!!
What an eye opener.

I suppose this is where my first real interest in an actor came into play in the form of Jonathan Frakes who played Cammander Riker in Star Trek the Next Generation.
I thought he was the bees knees!!
So tall and beautiful eyes.

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Within 4 years of joining the club, I had married the captain, done countless conventions and started creating artwork to sell at collector fairs.
Doing this artwork was my hobby as a stay home mum and was a way for me an Ian to continue going to conventions and collector fairs.
It meant a perfect excuse for me to trawl the internet for news and photos.
We started to broaden our interests into more multi-media.
Shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, Earth Final Contflict, Kindred the Embraced, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Vampire diaries, Pretender, Hornblower and Highlander.

Various actor interests like David Boreanaz

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Mark Frankel (RIP)

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Tom Welling

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Jamie Bamber

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Ioan Gruffudd

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and then I suppose my first real obsession, Peter Wingfield!

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Methos, the 5000 year old immortal in Highlander was intriguing to say the least.
Like a couple of my current obsessions, he wasn’t/isn’t a classically handsome man.
But also like a couple of my current obsessions, I found him very attractive!

This obsession developed to a point where, for a short while, I helped to run the UK side of his fan club, the PWFC.
Sadly, with the arrival of baby number 2, I just didn’t have the time to carry this on and had to give it up.

Collector shows were becoming harder and harder to do because I couldn’t give my time to the preparation that was needed for them.
Then back in around 2005/6 after struggling to keep up with the shows after baby number 3 and with Ebay taking over and ruining collector fairs, it was time to call it all a day.

For the next few years I became a Mum.
I had an ordinary life and watched the occasional movie and TV show.
I even got a real job!
Then as the kids got older and I was getting more and more time to myself again, I started to get back into my movies.
With the availability of any information and photos available on the internet, I was able to take an old hobby to a new level.
Dredd kicked it all off for me again and then when all of the kids were old enough to be able to take care of themselves for a couple of hours Me and Ian invested in Unlimited cinema cards that allow us to go and see whatever we want at the cinema at the drop of a hat.
We have had these cards now for over two years and I can safely say they are the best decision we have ever made.
I don’t feel guilty going to see a film multiple times.
Which is just as well because Star Wars is heading for visit number five!! later this week with my Brother.

I’m rooting for Ren!

I look back at my hobby as a child with magazines and limited TV and I compare it to today, where in the last 3 weeks I have had access to 4 viewings of Star Wars, every photo under the sun of Adam Driver, most of his back catalgue of work available on various platforms and every TV appearance and interview available on Youtube and I realise….


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This blog alone has given me a perfect reason to go trawling the internet!!


Day 25 – Jake Gyllenhaal

The number one obsession at the moment.
I love this man.
He’s made some amazing movies.
Some of them are pretty intense.
He’s another one who can transform himself dramatically for a role.
Most of all, he’s down to earth and funny. His interviews can be histerical!


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It’s a day off.
The house is pretty tidy.
I’ve already done my Tesco run.
I’ve got a new film to watch later.
Ian has a playmate round (cousin Lee) playing X-Wing together.

I just can’t get motivated for anything.

My computer needs a good tidy up so I think I may just do that for a while.
Have my music playing and just play around on the computer.

Sounds good.

So, who’s flavour of the month at the moment?
I have to say, it’s still Jake Gyllenhaal.

Yes, my current obsession has truly taken hold.
In the past few weeks I have seen Southpaw twice and caught Everest last Friday.

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My DVD and Bluray collection has expanded by another 6 Jake Films, bearing in mind I already had 8 So, all the following films, in alphabetical order, have been watched over the last few weeks.

Accidental Love

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This has so far, been the only disappointing Jake film.
It is truly bad.

Brokeback Mountain

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I’ve had this one for a few years.
I wanted to see what all the hype was about and I agree it’s a lovely film and beautifully shot but it’s not on my favourites list.


Lovely drama with a bit of a flat ending.

Day After Tomorrow

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Again, I’ve had this one a couple of years now.
I always enjoy a good disaster movie and baby Jake is a bonus.

Donnie Darko

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I can’t believe it took so long for me to see this one.
Brilliant film made extra special by a creepy performance from a very baby Jake aided by big Sis Maggie.

End of Watch

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Good film but a little bit too violent for my usual viewing.


Great film seen from one man’s viewpoint going to war.

Love and Other Drugs

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This film will make you laugh but ultimately make you cry.
Great film. Great acting.


This is the film that kick started the obsession with Jake which is strange considering he looks so thin and creepy in it!
Amazing performance from Jake.

Prince of Persia

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This is the film that put Jake on my Radar.
I love this film.
I’m not a Gamer but I love the visuals created for games and this was right up my street.
I’m now really looking forward to Assassins Creed!!


Good film if a little depressing.


Very serious Jake.
He doesn’t crack a smile through the entire film but considering the theme of the film it’s not surprising.
It’s a good film and makes you think what our Governments actually get up to without us knowing.

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Rock solid Sci Fi movie. Enough said!


Took a couple of watches to get into but is an amzing film based on actual events.

So now I’m waiting for the Bluray releases of both Southpaw and Everest but I’m also waiting for the cinema release of Demolition.

This film looks like it’s going to be really good.
Another stand alone Jake performance.
It’s set for release in April 2016 in the US but I can’t find a release date for the UK.
Hopefully it will be around the same time.

So, I think that’s enough time wasted on the computer for now.


So, it’s been a nice relaxing first week of annual leave.
Pottering around the house, finishing another college unit (only one to go!!), celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary and just spending time with the kids.

It was pointed out to me yesterday however, that I seem to have become addicted to yet another actor.
I can’t explain why or how it happens but it does.
The husband and the kids are used to it.
I suppose you could say it’s my drug of choice.
I’d say it was quite a healthy choice!!

Anyway, looking back over the last couple of weeks of movie viewing I’d say it started just before my annual leave when I went to see Southpaw, on my own.
A wonderful, powerful, heartbreaking and exillerating movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Having said that, Jake was actually one of my Dish of the Weeks, way back at number 2 in August 2010, so he’s been a bit of a slow burner.

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Anyway, Jake Gyllenhaal has made some amazing movies over the last couple of years and he literally puts his heart and soul into his characters.
He manages to transform himself completely when needed.
Just take a look at his character, Louis Bloom from last year’s ‘Nightcrawler’ and compare it to this year’s Billy Hope in ‘Southpaw’

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He’s a lean and trim man to start with and he lost around 30 pounds from his usual body weight to play Louis Bloom and pulled off one of the creepiest characters in film history.
Then he goes back to his usual body weight and then gains 14 pounds of muscle mass to play Billy Hope.
An actor with dedication and serious self control.

Anyway, going back over my movies of the last week, it was pointed out to me last night that I may have a bit of an obsession brewing!!
Since starting my annual leave I’ve watched the following in this order…..

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A film I’ve owned for a few years.
Jake plays Colter Stevens.
IMDB states…. A soldier wakes up in someone else’s body and discovers he’s part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.
It ticks all my boxes as a sci-fi nerd. I love this film.

I tried to watch this film a few years ago and just couldn’t get into it.
I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind at the time for a psychological film that runs for 2 and a half hours!
However, I did some research into the subject of the film and went back to try again.
I can say it was totally worth it!!
Jake plays Robert Graysmith who wrote the book the film is based on.

IMDB states….. A San Francisco cartoonist (Robert Graysmith) becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

I discovered this one sitting in my DVD collection although I’ve never seen it before.
I think it’s a film my husband may have bought as he’s into military stuff.
Anyway, I watched it and loved it!
Jake plays Anthony Swofford, again, a character who actually wrote the book the film is based on.

IMDB states… Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford’s best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.

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After this abortion of a film, I’m surprised I carried on watching Jake films!!
Next to Fantastic 4, it’s been the only disappointment this week.
I find it hard to believe that this is what he chose to do between Nightcrawler and Southpaw!!
A film soooo bad I couldn’t stop watching.

IMDB states…..A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause – but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?

Ordinarily not a film I would choose to watch but as I was in a Gyllenhaal mood I gave it a go.
The only good thing about this movie is that you get to see Jake smiling a lot.
He needs to smile more!!
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Anyway, that film didn’t put me off and the next one I saw was my second viewing of Southpaw when I talked my husband into seeing it.
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Like I said in my review, one of the most predictable story lines in movie history.
That said, it’s also one of the best films.
Don’t go into this thinking ‘Rocky’. There are undertones of Rocky, but this film is something else.
It concentrates on family.
Jake Gyllenhaal is mindblowing!

IMDB states….. Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

Next was End of Watch.
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Violent is an understatement!!

IMDB states……. Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

It was a good film but I’m not sure if I could watch it again.
I found the foul language and viloence a bit overwhelming and that’s saying something for me!!

Then last night I watched Prisoners
Another 2 and a half hour film!!
A little slow going at times but a good film.
Gritty and suspenseful.
Bonus is that Hugh Jackman is in it too!!

IMDB states… When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

I wanted to watch Love and Other Drugs which looks quite ammusing with lots of smiley Jake but unfortunately it’s not on any of my services!!
Oh well, just have to wait for the DVD I ordered to turn up…. hopefully today!

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Seriously hoping it’s not a disaster like Accidental Love!!

Anyway, he has a few films in the pipeline.
Everest looks like it’s going to be a good one and Demolition could be another heart wrencher.
Only time will tell.


I’ve just spent a rainy afternoon sat in the cinema all on my own.
I wanted to see ‘Southpaw’ and nobody was interested in seeing it with me.
I ended up being wedged in between two blondes (I hate to use the word dumb) but they had both obviously been dragged along by their boyfriends and didn’t really want to be there.
I very nearly planted my face in my palm when I heard one of them say ‘how did they come up with the title for this film anyway, it makes no sense!!’
The other one very nearly got her bag of popcorn stuffed over her head as she persisted in shaking it to ‘get the coating all over it’.
But even these two were on the edge of their seats by the end and I think they really enjoyed it.

I felt like Billy no mates, much like Jake Gyllenhaal in this movie as he played Billy Hope, a world champion boxer who loses everything… literally…. and fights to get it all back in more ways than one.

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Apart from being one of the most predictable storylines in history, it was actually a lot better than I expected it to be.
Jake Gyllenhaal transforms himself completely yet again and pulls off an astounding performance.

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Oona Laurence, who plays Billy’s daughter Hope, gives a heart wrenching performance and was perfectly cast to play opposite Jake as together they have an amazing on screen chemistry.

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The film itself takes the audience through a barrage of emotions from extreme highs of happiness to rock bottom, gut wrenching sadness.
At one point, shortly after Billy’s daughter slaps him repeated and screams ‘I hate you’ at him while being dragged out of the room, I actually just wanted to give Billy the biggest hug.
There are also moments of humour, most notably with Forest Whitaker who plays ‘Tick’, a boxing trainer who helps Billy get back on top again.

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Basically, if you like roller coasters, you’ll love Southpaw.


I like actors with a bit of dedication.
Actors that pull out all the stops to play a part.
Actors like Johnny Depp who live and breath their characters, especially Jack Sparrow.
Taking time out of filming in the UK to surprise a school assembly ‘in character’! after one of the students wrote him an invitation letter.

Johnny Depp school

Chris Pratt honouring his Superbowl bet with Chris Evans when he stopped by Christopher’s Haven in Boston to visit with sick children dressed as Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy.

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And then Chris Evans returning the favour and visitng sick kids dressed as Captain America in Seattle!

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Not just charitable dedication either.
Actors who go one step further to portray a role and dramatically change their look.

Charlize Theron for her Oscar winning performance in Monster.
Amazing what a little extra weight and makeup can do to a person.

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Christian Bale who went from painfully thin in the ‘Machinist’ to Batman Buff in just 6 months.

Christian Bale


And these are just a small sample of dedicated actors who take things to the next level.

Well it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is being added to the list of amazing actors with a bit of dedication.
He actually made it to my Dish of the Week posts back at number 2 when he grabbed my interest after he buffed up to play the Prince of Persia.

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He’s done it again.
Last year he lost 25 pounds to play the deliciously creepy Lou Bloom in ‘Nightcrawler’

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Only to go straight in buffing up to play Billy Hope in the film Southpaw due out later this year and he is unrecognisable!

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I honestly don’t think I could have that kind of dedication!