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READY PLAYER ONE

Yesterday I went to see ‘Ready Player One’ at the request of one of my daughters.

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I can say that I haven’t really been on the ball with this one.
Apart from seeing the trailer, I really haven’t read much about it or researched anything to do with it, so I wasn’t all that fussed about going to see it.
I didn’t even know that Simon Pegg was in it!
I certainly didn’t know that Ben Mendelsohn was in it!!

OK, interest piqued!

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So, what about the film?

It was amazing!!
Loads of action with beautifully imagined and executed scenes.
A strong message about getting noses out of phones and tablets and computers and games and actually living in the real world!

But what actually makes the film great is the nostalgia.

The music in particular was brilliant and I just had to make a Spotify playlist with as many as I could find. If you have spotify, you can check it out here.

Ready Player One Songs.

References to films, games, comics, TV shows, in fact ALL popular multi-media are littered through the entire movie. When the Bluray is released, there are going to be millions of people pausing scenes to catch all the different Avatars used in all the scenes!!
Trust me, there were so many I missed, I would probably have to watch it a dozen times to catch them all.

We’re talking….. big breath……
Minecraft.
The Joker and Harley Quinn.
Batman.
The Delorean from Back to the Future.

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A Rubiks cube renamed ‘The Zemekis’ cube after Robert Zemekis, the Director of Back to the Future and that allows characters to travel back in time by 60 seconds.
A Light Cycle from Tron.
Jurassic Park.
Several references to Star Trek.
King Kong.
The Iron Giant who in turn references Terminator 2.

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The chestburster from Aliens.
Battlestar Galactica and the Sulaco from Aliens.
Superman, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk.
Star Wars.
War of the Worlds.
Bill and Ted.
Beetlejuice.
Dungeons and Dragons.
The Fly.
The Dark Crystal.
Gremlins.
Excalibur.
Ferris Bueller.
The Breakfast Club.
Nightmare on Elm Street.
Chucky.
Speed Racer.
Citizen Kane.
Mad Max.
Duran Duran.
Buckaroo Banzai!!
The Shining, with some of the funniest refs and scenes.
Loads of Atari 2600 games like Centipede, Swordquest, Pitfall, Motorcross and Adventure.
Saturday Night Fever.
Jason and the Argonauts.
The Spaceship Serenity.

I could go on forever. There are literally hundreds of references, mostly in mentions and seen as avatars that are literally only going to be noticed on multiple viewings or bluray pauses.

The whole film is a visual feast and I think I could quite happilly go and see it in the cinema again.

EASIEST DECISION EVER!

I decided to make the most of this day off between 4 long days.
I dragged the hubster out of bed and after a bit of a tidy up and Murron’s trip to the dentist, we made our way to MK to watch a film.
We went to see Man Up, a Simon Pegg rom com and it was pretty good.
We followed that with an obligatory trip to Wagamamas for some noodles.

Back in Bedford I dropped Ian off at home in time for the kids to get in from school and I disappeared to Tesco to see this weeks round up of DVD releases.
I can honestly say it was a really difficult decision to make today……. NOT!!

The new releases included 50 Shades of Grey with Jamie Dornan and Blackhat with Chris Hemsworth.
Let me see… 50 Shades or Blackhat? 50 Shades or Blackhat?
Easiest decision EVER!!!
Blackhat won hands down.
Chris Hemsworth could have been in a film as Postman Pat and it would have been the easiest decision ever.

Now, it had better be a good film after all that.
It’s one I actually missed at the cinema.

HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – PART 4

OK, I’ll admit from the start of this one….. I’m a Trekker.
The only reason I have my own family right now is because of Star Trek.
I met my husband when I joined a Star Trek club.
We spent the first ten years of our relationship going to conventions.
We had fun.

So with that said, How Times Have Changed Part 4 is dedicated to Star Trek.
Classic and Re-boot.

So let’s start with the characters.

Captain Kirk played by William Shatner and now Chris Pine.
Everyone remembers Captain Kirk.
He’s handsome, arrogant, heroic, bull headed and adventurous.
With the re-boot, they’ve also added, boyish, falable and even more handsome.
Oh yes, Chris Pine also has ‘the eyes’.

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Mr Spock played by Leonard Nimoy and now Zachary Quinto.
Captain Kirk’s right hand man.
He’s alien, intelligent, serious and emotionless. Kirk’s reasoning.
With the re-boot, they’ve played with the emotionless side but he’s still serious and intelligent.
I was very unsure about the casting for this one until I actually saw Zachary Quinto in the role.
He’s brilliant! He worked alongside Nimoy himself to get it right and has kept in touch with him ever since.

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Dr McCoy played by Deforest Kelley and now Karl Urban.
The third player in the Kirk, Spock, McCoy triumvirate.
McCoy, is grumpy, argumentative and good at his job.
With the re-boot, McCoy is grumpy, argumentative and good at his job.
He is also played perfectly by Karl Urban who is a huge Star Trek fan.
He literally channels Deforest Kelley and it’s quite spooky to watch just how good he is at times.

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Sulu played by George Takei and now John Cho.
Sulu is the pilot of the Enterprise. He is also an excellent swordsman.
In the re-boot, he is still the pilot of the Enterprise. He’s a bit of a novice and is thrown in at the deep end but proves himself worthy of the challenge.
They also keep his swordfighting skills that actually come in very handy.

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Chekov played by Walter Koenig and Anton Yelchin.
Chekov is the youngster of the crew.
He’s intelligent and eager.
With the re-boot, he’s even younger and even more eager.

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Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols and Zoe Saldana.
Uhura is intelligent, good at her job and sexy with it.
Nichelle Nichols helped break down some barriers at the time of the original series and actually had the first interacial kiss broadcast on TV.
With the re-boot, Uhura is still intelligent, good at her job and sexy but she is also defiant and kick ass.

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Scotty played by James Doohan and Simon Pegg.
Scotty quite literally holds the enterprise together.
He is an exceptional engineer and knows the ship from end to end. He also enjoys a drink!
Again I was a little unsure about the casting of Simon Pegg in this role.
I needn’t have worried. In the re-boot he is still an exceptional engineer, gets to know the Enterprise from end to end, he also enjoys a drink.
Simon Pegg also uses his amazing acting skills to bring a bit of humor to the role.

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The Enterprise herself has always remained recognisable.
She was groundbreaking in the 60’s. There had never been anything like her on TV before.
She went through various upgrades and redesigns with the movies until we get to the beautiful Abrams re-boot design.
She needed to be similar to the TV Ship but she needed to be tweeked enough to make her work for the modern audiences.
I think they succeeded quite nicely.

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The original series was colourful. It tackled modern issues in a completely different way to what had been seen before.
It made people think of the possibilities of our future. Peaceful co-existence, exploration, human potential.

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The re-boot has kept all of that. It has just brought it up to modern standards for a modern audience who expect more from their special effects.

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As much as we had a lot to thank the original crew for, they did end up a little like geriatrics in space!

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The show desperately needed re-envisioning and I think JJ Abrams has done an outstanding job.
He’s kept everything still very much noticeable as Star Trek.

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But he’s given us new imagery.
Amazing special effects.
A twist on the whole Star Trek Mythos that means he can re-write everything we know about Star Trek.
A whole new future for a whole new (old) crew.

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Verdict.

I love Classic Star Trek.
I love everything it has given us on TV, from Classic Trek through Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.
I love all the movies prior to the re-boot.
I love the conventions and all the colourful people that attend them.

But….

I love the re-boot Star Trek.
The two movies to date have been exciting.
Every cast member has recreated their respective characters amazingly well.
The whole feel of the movies is lavish. The Abrams lens flare works!
The twist in the story was a stroke of genius.
I can’t wait to see how far they will go.

So…….

I can’t actually decide which one I love the most.
I am going to put this one down to a draw.
I have too much respect for the original and what it gave us to just dismiss it.
I love the re-boot too much to ignore it.

COUCH POTATO

It’s been a very quiet weekend.
I did all the shopping I needed for the weekend after work on Friday afternoon.
Saturday was spent pottering around having a bit of a tidy up and I finally sat down at around 17:00

Dharma blagged the night round Nan’s.
Marjorie locked herself away in her room.
Murron had her boyfriend over to stay.
It’s getting quite serious with these two. She’s happy though and she’s settling down a bit, especially with school, so fingers crossed for her. He seems to be having a good influence on her.

Today I have done nothing except play on the PC and then settle on the sofa to watch Paul with a bag of crisps and a beer!
I will never get bored with this film.
Absolutely hilarious.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost = Comedy Genius.

The only thing to worry about now is what to watch next?
1000 films on the shelf and don’t fancy any of them.
I could watch Iron Man 3 on demand but that’s £5 and considering I’m planning on getting the Blu Ray on payday, is it worth it?

Maybe a marathon catch up with one of the TV shows I stopped watching early last season?

Whatever…
Will be topping it all off with Chicken and bacon stacked burgers and some more beer.
Nom Nom
And I wonder why I’m the size of a bus.

THE WORLD’S END

OK, OK desperately trying to stay away from Star Trek Into Darkness spoilers today and failing miserably!!!

Anyway, the first trailer for another hotly anticipated movie was released today.

First we had ‘Shawn of the Dead’.
Took me a while to actually watch this because I’m not really a zombie fan but I’m so glad I did because this is a masterpiece.

Then we had ‘Hot Fuzz’.
Purely off the back of Shawn of the Dead, I watched this and again it’s absolutely hilarious.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have a wonderful comic chemistry together on screan which was made evident again when they made ‘Paul’ together.

But I digress because ‘Paul’ has nothing to do with this particular post.

Anyway, ‘Shawn of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ were just the first two in an intended trilogy of films.
The third film is being released in July.
‘The Worlds End’ and we got our first look at what to expect today.

Will actually go and see this one in the cinema.
If it’s as funny as the first two it will be well worth it.

At this point in time I have just 17 hours before Star Trek Into Darkness!!!

Give it to me now
 

NEARLY MISSED ONE!

Ten in the evening and I’ve just realised I’ve nearly missed a blog!

Been a bit of a boring day today.

The car has been at the garage having diagnostics and although a few things have been cleared from the electrics, we now have a couple of things that are going to need attention in the not too distant future.
The garage were good enough to do the diagnostics free of charge so we’ll definitely be going back to them when we need to.

While we were waiting for that to be done I created a menu for the next 6 days and a shopping list for that menu for Ian to attack when he got the car back.
He’s going away on business from Sunday to Wednesday so I needed to make sure the menu was kid cooking friendly.
I also needed to make sure I had beer. Essential.

I have a task to tackle over the next couple of weeks.
My friend Mick has written a book. Flirty Something.
It’s a romance, it’s not too bad, I have read it before but to get it read by a publisher he needs to chop around 8000 words!
So today he delivered a full printout of said book and I am going to attempt to read it all over again and attack it with a red pen.

I have made a start on my next A – Z instalment but I want to put quite a few photos into it so it won’t be ready for posting for a day or two yet.

I’m going to bed with a movie now.
Think it may be ‘Paul’
Absolutely hilarious film. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are absolute legends!

HERE IT COMES!!

I have to face it.
The likelihood of me making a trip to London on May 2nd to stand around in possible rain and a huge crowd for hours on end while hobbling around in plaster and on crutches is probably a BIG FAT NO!!

DAMNIT!!

Star Trek Into Darkness is getting it’s worldwide premier in Leicester Square on May 2nd.
So far only Simon Pegg has confirmed he is attending but I think it’s a given that more will follow.

53 days and counting until general release here in the UK!!

BAFTAS

As usual, a brilliant, witty and funny introduction by Stephen Fry but that was sadly pood on from a great height by the first (and as it turns out only) musical interlude of the night. An absolutely disastrous rendition of Tear Us Apart by Paloma Faith. She killed it.

So, to the awards.
1.
Introduced by Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck.
Outstanding British Film – Skyfall.
Yay! and it beat Les Mis…. bonus!

2.
Introduced by Sally Field.
Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarrantino and Django Unchained.
Can’t comment because I haven’t seen the film.

Of course the awards are interspersed with a look at the movies that are nominated for best picture.
The first film nomination to be reviewed is Argo.
A film I really want to see.

Award number 3.
Introduced by Jennifer Lawrence.
Best supporting actor – Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.
Oh dear, first of the emotional speaches for the night but thankfully a quick one.

4.
Introduced by Billy Connolly.
Outstanding debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – Bart Layton and Damitri Doganis for The Imposter
Ah, cute! They are so nervous!!

Next film nomination to be reviewed is Life of Pi
Can’t make my up about wanting to see this one or not.
Don’t know if it’s going to be overwhelmed by the special effects.

Award number 5.
Introduced by Chris Tucker.
Special Visual Effects – The Life of Pi.
Nice quick speech.

6.
Introduced by George Clooney.
Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
First Les Mis award of the night. Not a surprise. As much as I didn’t personally like the movie she did an incredible job as Fantine.
Ok Ok, spit it out Anne…. enough already!

The third film nomination to be reviewed is Zero Dark Thirty.
Do I really want to go and see a film about a subject that has been plastered all over the news for the last decade?
Do I want to go into that much detail so soon?

Award number 7.
Introduced by Simon Pegg and Jennifer Garner.
Best Adapted screenplay – Silver Linings Playbook.

8.
Introduced by Danny Boyle
Outstanding contribution to British Cinema – Tessa Ross.
From the review of her work she thoroughly deserved it.

The fourth film nomination to be reviewed is Lincoln.
Ah, Steven Spielberg.
Mmm, might just have to see this one. Looks a bit thought provoking.
A Brit playing an American leader is a bonus.

Award number 9.
Introduced by Gemma Arterton and Tim Roth
Film not in the English language – Amour
Yay, no speach

10.
Introduced by John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman
EE Rising Star Award – Juno Temple

RIP….
Martin Hamlisch
Jake Eberts
Ravi Shankar
Celeste Holm
Michael Winner
Ernest Borgnine
Frank Pierson
Sylvia Krystel
Herbert Lom
Cornel Lucas
Robert Fuest
Dinah Sheriden
Charles Durning
Nora Ephron
Joyce Redman
Richard Zanuck
Patricia Medina
Stuart Freeborn
Richard Rodney Bennett
Bruce Surtees
Michael Clark Duncan
Tony Scott
I’ve probably missed one or two, or spelled a few names wrong so please forgive me, it’s not easy to keep up with live!!!

Award number 11.
Introduced by Henry Cavill and Martin Freeman (lol, little and large)
Best documentary – Searching for Sugarman

The fifth film nomination the be reviewed is Les Miserables
Just see my review from yesterday. Not overly fussed by all the fuss!

Award number 12.
Introduced by Ian McKellen
Best Director – Ben Affleck!!!!!
Yes! Really pleased about that one. I think he’s is much under rated at times.

13.
Introduced by Jeremy Renner. yum yum yum
Best Leading Actress – Emmanuelle Rieva

14.
Introduced by Sarah Jessica Parker
Best Leading Actor – Daniel Day Lewis
A little disappointed.
Wanted to see that award in Hugh Jackman’s hand but then I haven’t seen Lincoln so I can’t comment on Daniel’s performance.

15.
Introduced by Samual L Jackson
The Best Film of 2013 is……..
Drum Roll Please…….
ARGO!!!
Whoo Hoo. Sorry but I just didn’t want to see Les Mis get it.

The BAFTA Fellowship award introduced by Kevin Spacey.
This award went to Alan Parker.
A lovely simple and humble speech.

So there you have it.
2 hours of awards that went very quickly and ended on time!
Lovely short speeches and no musical interludes.
I’ll bet it’s going to be a far cry from the Oscars in a couple of weeks!