PATERSON TAKEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL

It was five months ago when I won tickets to go and see Adam Driver’s (at the time) new film ‘Paterson’ in London with a Q+A with Adam himself and Tim Robey.

You can read what I had to say HERE

A couple of months ago I pre-ordered the Bluray and it is officially due for release here in the UK tomorrow.

However, my copy showed up while I was at work yesterday so I just had to watch it last night before bed.

Tonight I decided to have a quick look for any extras that may have been on the disk, not that I was expecting much.
I am absolutely over the moon because one of the extras on the disk is the very same Q+A with Tim Robey that we saw in London!!

It has just made this film all the more magical for me.

DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING!

So, I didn’t stay up to watch the Oscars. I needed my bed.

Anyway, I wake up this morning and eagerly scan the news sites for winners and Youtube for clips and all I can say is……

WHAT A FUCK UP THAT WAS!!!

How was it even allowed to get that far? There’s no way that the acceptance speeches should even have started.
The La La Land crew must have been gutted! and in full view of millions of viewers.

Anyway, how did I do with my personal predictions?

Best Picture – La La Land…. ooops, no sorry it’s actually Moonlight!
I knew Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures wouldn’t get it but I honestly thought La La Land would.
I’m glad the Academy didn’t bow to public and media opinion and went with their gut instead.
But that said, Moonlight, although deserving, didn’t quite hit the mark for me personally.

Best Actress – Emma Stone.
I made no predictions for this one because I haven’t seen the other performances.

Best Actor – Casey Affleck
There’s just no way that Casey Affleck’s performance was Oscar worthy in my opinion.
Both Denzel Washington and Andrew Garfield acted him off the screen.

Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis
Yep, got that one spot on.
How they decided this one I’ll never know.
Out of the five nominated, I could easily put Michelle Williams at the bottom of the pile with Nicole Kidman right next door BUT Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Naomi Harris ALL gave astounding performances.

Best Supporting Actor – Marhershala Ali
Yep! Called that one too!
I’ve been keeping an eye on this guy since I first saw him in a TV series called ‘The 4400’
As much as I loved Dev Patel in Lion, I think Marhershala’s performances in both Moonlight and Hidden Figures won me over just a little bit more.

Best Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Another correct prediction, unfortunately.
Sorry, but I firmly believe this should have gone to Hacksaw Ridge.

Finally, I mentioned a film that has been seriously underrated this year, Silence.
It was nominated for Best Cinematography but didn’t win.
No, it went to La La Land….SERIOUSLY?!!!
Did anyone watch Silence? The Cinematography in it was absolutely breathtaking and far superior to La La Land.

But in my very biased opinion it should have won, or at least been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinemtography, Best Adapted Screenplay…… hell…. everything possible!!!

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And where the hell was Paterson?!!!!
Naaah, I’m not bitter at all!!

OSCARS 2017

So the nominations have been announced.
To say I am a little disappointed is an understatement.

Not a single nomination for Paterson and Silence is only up for Best Cinamatography.

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No nominations for Adam, but in my heart of hearts I new that wouldn’t happen this year.
Andrew Garfield, as I predicted last night, is up for Best Actor for Hacksaw Ridge.

I still can’t see how La La Land has everyone singing it’s praises over the likes of a movie like Silence, but that’s my opinion.
I’m not saying its a bad movie but 14 nominations!!
Really?
They obviously see something in the film that I don’t.

Anyway, Andrew is up against some tough competition.
Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Ryan Gosling for La La Land
Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington for Fences

I am predicting an Oscar for Casey but I really hope Andrew gets it.

I also hope that Hacksaw Ridge gets Best Picture but again, I think it will lose out to either La La Land or Manchester by the Sea.

So now we wait until the end of February for the winners.

Better luck next time Adam.

A GOOD START

2017 is off to a good start and, much to my delight, has been thoroughly swamped with all things Adam Driver.

He’s currently on what seems to be a relentless round of interviews and photo shoots and appearances to promote both ‘Silence’ and ‘Paterson’.

I saw Paterson twice last year (one with a Q&A with Adam!!) and am eagerly awaiting for it to arrive on Bluray.
It’s a wonderful film which is so difficult to explain to people and make it sound like a film they really should go and see!
Very down to earth, simple, funny, quirkly. Not a single special effect in sight. Just some amazing acting and a beautiful story.

I saw ‘Silence’ on new years day. To kick off my new year right.
This is a powerful film. Quite difficult to watch in places. Will rip your heart out.
If this doesn’t win some Oscars, I’ll…….. give up Star Wars forever!!!

I won’t really, but it’s the thought that counts!

I’ve just watched a new interview with Adam on the Stephen Colbert show.
He was on the same show at the same time last year, just after the release of Force Awakens and I’m happy to say, Adam looks like he’s finally getting the hang of things.
Last year he was so uncomfortable in his own skin. Couldn’t accept that people loved him one little bit.
This year, he’s a changed man. So much more confident, still a little uncomfortable around the edges but much more willing to participate in conversation and have a little fun.

The best thing about promotion times though are all the new photos!!

Checking in on Adams IMDB page there is a new addition for 2018 in pre-production.
Not ‘Tough As They Come’ which is still in the air but a film called ‘Annette’

IMDB states….
The film is about a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his 2 year old daughter who has a surprising gift.

Adam with a toddler!!! Be still my beating heart.

All this and it’s only January 6th.
Apart from a little cold that has settled in my ears making me a little dizzy, 2017 has started very well.

I hope it remains like this.
I’m not asking for an exciting year. I just want a year where nothing goes wrong and we keep our heads above water for a change.
I would like to get to the end of the year and actually wish is wouldn’t end for a change.

So, let’s keep positive.

2016 ROUNDUP

So 2016 has been a globally bad year.

Let’s face it. It’s been a SHIT year.

The loss of too much talent to comprehend.
Most notably for me, and I know I’ve missed a lot of names off this list….
David Bowie
Alan Rickman
Prince
Victoria Wood
Muhammad Ali
Anton Yelchin
Kenny Baker
Gene Wilder
Ron Glass
Andrew Sachs
Glen Frey
Frank Finlay
George Kennedy
Guy Hamilton
John Glen

The world in general just seems to be going to pot.
Brexit, Trump, Aleppo, Bombings galore, earthquakes, plane disasters, we are closer to a third world war than we have been in 20 years, Zika virus…… the list goes on.

It’s depressing.
It’s enough to make you want to completely avoid watching or reading the news and keep yourself in a protective bubble away from it all, but that would be impossible.

Personally things have been tough too.
Finances were and still are a struggle after Ian had to take a pay cut to take a position off of shifts. After over 30 years, shifts and night work were taking a toll and he needed to get off of them. The good news is that the position he’s taken is more challenging for him and he has more scope to progress and hopefully earn ‘more’ money than he did on shift.
In the meantime we are still having to deal with being £300 – £400 down on our usual take home pay.

Health in general has been poor all round.
Ian’s Psoriatic Arthritis is really giving him problems at the moment.
He’s finally been diagnosed with a sever vitamin D deficiency which could be causing a lot of his symptoms at the moment, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

My knee has never really recovered after a Baker Cyst I didn’t even know I had, ruptured.
I am currently under physios who are giving me a few more weeks of excersises before deciding wheather or not to send me back to Orthos for an arthroscopy.

Dharma had a small surgery on her wrist to release some tendons because she was constantly in pain when holding things like pens and cutlery. She’s still under physios until all the underlying healing is done and hopefully the pain subsides.

Marjorie’s foot is starting to hurt her again! But she just keeps getting on with things. She knows it’s a problem she has for life and has resigned herself to it.

Murron hasn’t done too bad this year. She still struggles with her anxiety at times BUT she deals with it and ploughs on when she can.

Now I’m really feeling depressed.
It’s now a week before Xmas and I just don’t feel Xmassy at all!!
Anyone who knows me will knows that I am usually ‘full on’ at Xmas. Starting with 2 weeks of annual leave at the end of November, beginning of December, so that I can prepare and not have to worry about work. Gift buying, decorations, cards, baking, the works. I did it this year but it felt like I was doing it under duress. I just am NOT FEELING XMASSY.
I haven’t even got a Xmas CD in the car.

The bad year in general, coupled with the fact my kids are all growing up too fast and the knowledge that I am working an early shift on Xmas day, may all be contributing factors to my general mood. I give it another couple of days before I start to feel the tingle!
I did catch myself humming to a Xmas song Dharma was playing yesterday, so there’s hope!

NOW!….THE GOOD STUFF!!

It hasn’t all been doom and gloom.
One family wedding, two new babies and 2 more proposals.

Ian is loving his new job.

Murron got herself an apprenticeship and started earning a full wage for the first time ever.
Unfortunately this has enabled her to go tattoo crazy, get a motor bike and generally partay! Can’t blame her.

Marjorie started her film/media course at college and is LOVING it!! She’s already talking about Universtity and she has expressed an interest in Directing. She also got herself a part time job at MacDonalds which she doesn’t care for too much but she loves the money. So until she finds something else she’s sticking with it.
College and a job has changed Marjorie so much. She has bloomed since the summer and is so much more confident in herself. I’ve been really surprised.

Dharma is doing OK at school. She’s into her GCSE’s now. She’s identified her weaknesses and is working on them. She’s doing her best and that’s all I can ask.
I do feel a little sorry for her at the moment because she’s finding it really hard seeing her sisters earning and spending money. She’s feeling a bit left out.

I am going through a mid-life crisis.

I know this doesn’t sound like ‘good stuff’ but I’m enjoying it so as far as I’m concerned, it’s all ‘good stuff’.

The catalyst was ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in December last year.
By the end of January this year I had seen it 10 times in the cinema and had become completely obsessed with Adam Driver and all his work.
He was joined by an obsession with Domhnall Gleeson that kind of crept up on me unexpectedly.

From these two actors alone my film collection has grown by 26 films.
Frances Ha
Gayby
Hungry Hearts

Inside Llewynn Davis
Lincoln
Not Waving But Drowning

Star Wars: The Force awakens

This Where I Leave You

Tracks

What If
While We’re Young
About Time

Anna Karenina
Black Mirror – Series 2
Brooklyn
Dredd
Ex-Machina
Frank
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2
Never Let Me Go
Sensation
Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer
Studs
True Grit (2010)
Unbroken
When Harvey Met Bob

Overall I think the collection has gone up by around 150 films and now stands at a a total of 1382!

I recently had the oportunity to see Adam in a Q and A after a preview screening for Paterson in London and that just topped off my year!! He’s amazing.

Curiosity got the better of me around April/May when I started reading fan-fiction and fell completely and hopelessly in love with the Kylux fandom. Stories around the the relationship between Kylo Ren and General Hux from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Both characters played by Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson.

OMG! Hot stuff, fluffy stuff, angsty stuff. It’s got the lot and I can’t get enough.
I even started to write my own fiction which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Of course, we’ve had the countdown to Star Wars Rogue One. Released on Thursday this week and we’ve already seen it twice!!!
Brilliant, Amazing, Funny, Gritty, So so good. Will definately be going to see it again.
That’s as much as I will say so I don’t spoil it for anyone.

My living room and dining room is a homage to movies and is currently looking a little on the Star Wars heavy side!! My Mum hates it but I don’t care. Me and Ian are Geeks. We’re not ashamed to flaunt our geekyness and embarassing the kids into our retirement is one of our joys in life. We don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

To say that my eyes have been opened to a few things this year is an understatement.
Mid-life crisis sexual awakening is an interesting thing!!

Seeing my eldest on a night out is something I’m debating maybe I shouldn’t have seen.
Having said that, I have loved the times I have spent out with her in recent months and If I hadn’t started going to Esquires I would never have discovered CC Smugglers!!

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I am debating going out on New Years eve with her. Seeing the New Year in at the Barley Mow is quite appealing but I have to be at work at 10am the next day so I would have to be careful.
We’ll see. Watch this space.

Oh yes, how could I forget. I took Murron and Marjorie to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show on stage. AMAZING day.

and also, my discovery of a wonderful young man by the name of Riyadh Kalaf!!

Found him on Youtube and he’s given me some of the best laughs this year.
Look out for him in a new series for BBC three. He is currently filming a series about LGBTQ issues across the UK. No official title as yet so it is currently being called project rainbow.

The film that broke my heart this year has to go to ‘Holding the Man’
I have now watched it several times and I’ve read the book twice!! Something I have NEVER done in my life.

I blogged a review earlier in the year and that can be read HERE.

My favourite series of the year, next to Girls with Adam Driver, has been Queer as Folk.
It’s an old series that I got hooked on and it’s brilliant. I couldn’t get enough of it.
I just fell completely head over heels for Brain and Justin.

When I look back, my year has been quite gay!
And I mean that in the gay sense and not the happy sense. Gay seems to have been my kink this year and I absolutely love it.

So… what about next year…. OOH so much to look forward to.
But that is for another blog…… and it will most definately be including Star Wars!!
I really must get some work done today.
 

“The force is with me, I am one with the force!”

STILL NOT FEELING IT

Nope, not a bit. Not feeling Xmassy at all which is really bizarre for me.
I’m usually hyped right about now and nicknamed the Xmas Nazi.
It just isn’t happening this year.

Not for the love of trying though.

I think the fiasco with the heating and then the complete outage of Internet and TV service has had a lot to do with it. The last month has been dreary and cold and boring.
I also think that I’m so hyped about going to see Rogue One next week, Xmas has taken a bit of a back seat.

The decs are up. The presents are sorted and wrapped. The gammon and beef are cooked and sliced and frozen. The Xmas nibbles are just about sorted with just a few date sensitive items to get and the fresh bits and pieces on Xmas eve.

Tomorrow I plan to make sausage rolls and write Xmas cards.

Anyway, it’s also at this time of year I start to keep an eye open for Oscar predictions.
It won’t be long before they are upon us in February.
I had hoped that ‘Paterson’ would be a little bit more on the forefront of nominations but it’s barely getting a mention which is a crying shame because it is an absolute masterpiece.

However……

I’m not too disheartened because Adam has had two films out within weeks of each other and the second one is looking much more promising when it comes to the Oscar buzz.

Every prediction site I read has it listed as a Best Picture contender with lots of mentions for the possibility of Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

Andrew Garfield gets a mention for the possibility of a Best Actor for Silence nomination and even Adam gets several sites placing him as a contender for Best Supporting Actor for Silence!!

I really can’t wait to see this film in January to decide for myself although it looks like it’s going to be quite harrowing!

They say patience is a virtue. When it comes to movies I have no patience whatsoever!!
I want them all NOW!

2 WEEKS!!

I am now on 2 weeks of annual leave.
2 weeks that I have taken at the same time every year since I started working again 8 years ago to enable me to get ready for Xmas.
By the time I go back to work all presents will be bought and wrapped and the Xmas decorations will be up.

Normally I am well and truly into Xmas shopping by now, but this year has been a slow starter and I have literally done nothing!!

It’s been a tough week with workmen installing new radiators and pipes and the house is a warzone.
On the upside, we had heating over the weekend for the first time in 4 weeks!!

The workmen are back today to ‘hopefully’ finish off, filling holes, tidying up, etc, and then I can really get stuck into what I need to.

I think Friday last week was the most depressing day we’ve had since the whole heating saga.
Everyone in the house was completely fed up with being cold and damp and feeling rough.
Everyone else had left the house to go to work or school and I was left in the house with workmen. The house was freezing because the heating hadn’t been switched on and they were still in and out of the house with the doors open and at that point there was only a slim chance of the heating being on for the weekend.

I couldn’t face it so I drove to Milton Keynes to spend a few hours in a warm cinema with Adam Driver and ‘Paterson’.

 

It’s the second time I’ve seen it now and it’s still beautiful. It put the smile back on my face and I’m glad to say that I came home to heating!!!
This weekend has been warm and lush.

We got quite a bit of sorting and tidying done over the weekend so when the workmen are done it shouldn’t take long to finish.
So today I’m relaxing a little before the manic, panic of Xmas prep work starts.