Tag: Silence


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……


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!!!





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


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.



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!!
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.


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.


So today has been a mixed barrel.

I started early with a fried breakfast cooked for me by my hubster before I set off for an early shift at work.
You can’t work in a hospital and not expect to work the odd Xmas Day!!
I work on a childrens’s ward too so the obligatory visit from Santa helps to make the morning more enjoyable.

I got home mid afternoon to a lovely Christmas dinner that had been prepared by me but cooked by my Mother.
We followed dinner with a game of Cards Against Humanity.
I don’t think Grandad was impressed and I don’t think Nanny ‘got’ it to be honest.
We had a really good laugh.

Anyway, Everyone has now collapsed.
Mum and Dad have gone home. Murron and Marjorie are snoring on the sofas. Ian has gone to bed.

I however, have just found an interview Adam Driver gave CBS that was aired this morning.
I’ve managed to get some interesting new stills of him in his youth and as a marine.

However, they also showed some more footage from ‘Silence’ that really shows the effect of the weight loss he sustained for the part.
I literally could cry.
He looks so gaunt.

The film is out at the beginning of January and it is being hotly tipped for Oscars!!

Right, I need a cuddle. Time for bed.


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.


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!


So, how’s annual leave going so far?

I’m certainly not feeling Xmassy at all yet.
Usually by this time in the year I’m quite chipper about it and looking forward to it.
Even though I’ve got the decs up and I decorated my Aunts tree yesterday, the Xmas spirit is not in my bones yet.

I usually have Xmas movies on while putting the decs up but this year I poured a large glass of wine and put ‘Holding the Man’ on.
By the time I was finishing off the tree, I was a crying puddle of a mess, sobbing into my wine glass as Tim ended the movie with the words “Ci vedremo lassu, angelo”
That line does it to me every time!!

Anyway, I did make a start on some online Xmas shopping yesterday, so at least I feel like I’m starting to get somewhere.

The heating workmen finished off finally on Tuesday and the house has been lovely and toasty. I’m working my way around the house now tidying up and rearranging things.
There are a couple of places that need a spot of paint but I don’t know if I can really be bothered with that this side of Xmas to be honest.

Today I will be decorating my Mum’s tree and doing some Xmas foody shopping. Sweets, nibbles, maybe the turkey, things like that.

At this stage in the game, I can honestly say that I’m more excited about going to see ‘Rogue One’ on 15th than I am about Xmas!!
Maybe having to work Xmas day is putting a bit of a dampener on it this year. Who knows.

Anyway, in other news.
It looks like Adam’s next movie, ‘Silence’, is going to be a bit of a game player next year.
Martin Scorcese’s baby that has taken almost 3 decades to come to fruition is on general release at the beginning of next year but has been shown at special screenings to various film boards and special preview screenings so that it hits awards season.
It’s already picked up a Best Adapted Screenplay award and I’m hoping it will do well at the Oscars.


The more I find out about the film, the more I think it’s going to be the end of me.
Both Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver took their roles very seriously.
Adam lost an incredible 51 pounds, almost a third of his body weight, to play the role of Father Francisco.
The first 30ish pounds were lost before filming and the remainder were lost during filming.
Adam’s character accompanies Garfield’s character for the first part of the movie before disappearing and re-emerging for the end.

In a recent article for New York Times Magazine, Adam is quoted…
By the time Driver filmed his final scene — in which Garrpe, long unseen, staggers into view, starved by his captors — he was hallucinating from hunger. “I did the scene and hopped on a plane to New York to do a table reading for ‘Girls,’ ” he told me, and then began a regimen of triple breakfasts at a diner in Brooklyn.

The full article can be read HERE


Hallucinating from hunger!! That is dedication….. and insanity.
But judging by the above picture, very effective and it is going to kill me!!

Right, back to today.
I’d better get into gear.
Get Mum’s tree done.
Bah Humbug!!


So after seeing the trailer for Adam Driver’s next film, Silence, I could literally cry.

Martin Scorcese’s new baby, Silence, looks like an epic tail that is heading for Oscars.
What it also showcases is the dedication of the actors involved.
Maybe a supporting role nomination?….. I can but hope!!

Adam Driver, lost an incredible 51 pounds to look like this!!!


This picture is painful to look at and I can’t imagine what he went through to achieve the look.

Thankfully, he put the weight back on ready for filming EpVIII Star Wars and is back to fighting weight and looking like this!!


Can’t wait to see it and hopefully see it get some Oscars.


Ok, I got to see Paterson early and I’m going to see it again because it looks like it’s getting a pretty good general release at the end of this week. I won’t have to travel too far to see it.

There is another Adam Driver film I’ve been chomping at the bit to see or even get details for and this week we’ve been given an official poster and the first trailer.

It’s Martin Scorcese’s new baby and, if I have my information correct, has taken him over 20 years to bring to fuition.
It is getting a limited release at the end of December so that it will be in contention for Oscars and then it goes on general release early in the new year.

It’s set in the seventeenth century and tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.

It looks like it’s going to be quite stunning!!


Adam Driver lost an incredible 51 pounds for the role and it painfully shows in this trailer.
It going to be an emotional roller coaster of a film I think.


So today was not a particularly good day.
After the problem with my knee a few months ago, I’d thought that things were improving.
Physio has discharged me although I continue with the exercises.
My knee had reached a level where I was actually power walking again and really enjoying it.

However, I had a little setback at work on Saturday when I jarred my knee and got shooting pains again. Not to the extent of the original explosion in my knee but enough to make things uncomfortable.

Strong pain relief helped things ease off. My day off yesterday was spent relaxing and taking it easy and as I walked into work this morning things were feeling good.
It did not last and the shooting pain started to catch me at every small turn.

I ended up having to leave work early so I didn’t push it to the point where I was off my feet for another three weeks.
I’m not back into work until Thursday but I think a trip to the GP is now in order to get referred to someone to get it checked out properly.
Considering I never had an X-ray or a scan when the original injury happened, I think that now is the time.

So I spent the rest of the afternoon with my feet up and reading Tim Conigrave’s memoir ‘Holding the Man’
I’ve reached the point where his partner, John is going to die and I don’t think I can handle it, so I’m taking a cowardly break.

A bit of Tumbling was in order and I discovered some new images of Adam on the set of his new film project.

He is currently in Atlanta, Georgia filming ‘Logan Lucky’ with Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum.
I must admit to being a little surprised by the images.
Looks like his character is missing an arm!! But he’s still got his gorgeous hair.

Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that between now and December 2017 I have ‘potentially’ 5 of Adam’s films to see with the potential of three of them to obtain on DVD.

‘Paterson’ which premiered in Cannes and has a UK release date of 25th November 2016.
Don’t know how wide the release may be and I may end up having to go to London to see it!

‘Silence’ should be seeing inital release in December but as yet there is no date for the UK and again I may have to go to London to see this one.

‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ is in pre-production but Terry Guilliam wants to have it ready for Cannes next year.

Then we have ‘Logan Lucky’ which is currently filming and is set for release in October 2017.

And of course we then have ‘Star Wars Ep VIII’ set for release Dec 2017.
It’s finished filming and is in post production. Expect me to rave about this one.
I can’t wait!!!
Kylo on his way to redemption but I fear for Hux!

Paterson, Silence and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote are the DVD probabilities and in fact in some cases I may only get to see them for the first time on DVD. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Right, time to suck it up and get back to this memoir!


SILENCE – In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.

The more I find out about this project the more interested I become.
The only reason I found out about this film was because of my recent obsession with Adam Driver who happens to star in it.

…… am I ready to see Adam get the stuffing kicked out of him? mmm

Anyway, it is a Martin Scorsese project and he has had it on the burners since 1991!
It originally started to come together in 2009 with  Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal to star but has been put on the back burners several times since as Martin was busy with other projects such as Shutter Island, Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Silence finally came together in 2013 when Andrew Garfield signed onto the project. He was followed by Adam Driver and Liam Neeson in January 2014.

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Garfield was cast as Father Rodrigues and Adam was cast as Father Francisco Garrpe, the two Jesuit priests, and Neeson was cast as the priests’ mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira.
Garfield lost an incredible 40 pounds to play the role and he wasn’t that big to start with!
Judging by this snap of Adam taken during or just after filming, he too lost some serious weight to play the part and he also grew out his lovely hair!

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In an interview with Collider, Liam Neeson remarked on the physical preparation for the movie. Neeson dropped twenty pounds for the role. He also said “Martin wanted us all to look a bit more gaunt, which Adam Driver & Andrew Garfield did as well. I know Adam went to the extreme. He’s an ex marine and when he’s given an order, he follows it through. He was like something out of Auschwitz.”!!!

OMG, no…. I don’t think I’m ready for this film. Starved and beaten. NOPE! No and no!!

Sporting the beard is no new thing for Adam and he always wears it well but it looks like Andrew Garfield also grew a healthy beard for the film but he looks a little more like Grizzy Adams!

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The only official images I can find so far are of Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

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However, Adam and Andrew were snapped on set.

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There have been predictions that this film could be up for Oscars.
Some go as far as to say, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Liam Neeson has also been given a nod to Best Supporting Actor.
Production, cinematography and costumes are also being given a nod. People seem to be genuinely excited about this film.
What are the chances Adam could be up for his first Oscar nomination?!!!

Oh well, looks like it won’t be released until at least November this year so I’ve got a long time to wait and find out.
Nothing new there then.