Man Vs Movies – Top Five Sci-Fi Films

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Greeting Bloglings – I am Ssor from the planet ManVsAdulthood.

I am here to observes and learn from your ways. Hey wanna see my spaceship?

So today’s post is about the genre of Science Fiction. Which is one of those genres what I think could go one of two ways. Also when you sit down and truly think about what is in the genre the list becomes longer and longer with every second. So I have tried my hardest to narrow it down to five.


Back to the Future. Image result for back to the future poster

The staple of any Sci-Fi list, a time travel movie that has made the ranks of the “Classic” category time and time and time and time again – wait how many times, it’s all over the place.

The film showcased the adventures of a teen thrown back in time and struggling to find a way back. There is Rock n Roll, Skateboards, Groovy Dance Moves and a tonne of Manure. This film is such a simple feel good movie, as much as they cover the ability to time travel and the effects of changing things in the pass they don’t dwell on the side effects faced by someone traveling through time and space (if there is any) – the franchise spans a trilogy and in my eyes they were all amazing!

If you are in the mood for an easy-going Sunday afternoon with a Sci-Fi twist. This is the one for you.

The Thing. Image result for the thing poster

Open to debate as to which Genre it falls into – Sci-Fi or Horror. I would say both but predominantly Sci-Fi due to the nature of the threat . . . or The Thing.

Following a group of researchers in Antarctica who discover a Norwegian research base that is abandoned, filled with dead bodies and a looming fear of in the middle of nowhere something is after them. The tension, story and acting is all superb. What clearly started as a simple little film instantly becomes a hit. Even the ending leave you thinking – what’s next.

Side note – the made a prequel in 2011 that followed the Norwegians and built up to this film. Which I felt held up and worked so well as a taster for this movie.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Image result for terminator 2 poster

If the conversation crops up of “Sequels are never as good as the original” – I go straight to this piece. T2 is in my opinion hands down the best Terminator movie out there.

It has Arnie carrying a minigun, a bad guy made of liquid metal and Linda Hamilton all ripped and badass totting a shotgun. It opens the Skynet world up a bit more, giving dimension and depth to certain aspects. Yes it goes without saying there are cheesy bits in it still (Thumbs Up) but those moments aside it’s a brilliant telling of a time traveling robot and his mission.

As far as Sci-Fi goes, the time travel local is incredibly flawed and the plot holes are wide enough to fall into, but that doesn’t take anything away from the film itself.

Looper. Image result for looper poster

You might see a trend going on here. I do love a good Time Travel film and Looper ticks that box with a massive TICK. Set in a future where the world has gone a bit to pot, but importantly even in this world time travel has yet to be invented. But some 30 years from that point it has. So in the future mobs dispose of bodies by sending them back to the now. Where agents called “Loopers” kill them and effectively erase the person from the future.

This is all well and good until Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) goes off to work only to find out the person sent back for him to kill is an older version of himself played by my man (Bruce Willis).

They tackle time travel really well and there is even a scene where an old version of another looper is being hunted and scars start to appear on him as the mob start attacking his younger self. Very clever stuff. The film as a whole as an original feel to it but also highlights some very key life points and lessons and human nature.

Inception. Image result for inception poster

The final entry for the Sci-Fi list is Inception. A tale of dreams within dreams within more dreams. The concept is stunningly simple and the layers of the film add up for an entertaining watch. The film follows Cobb and his team as they are blackmailed by a businessman into Incepting a rival business tycoon.

Incepting or the process of Inception is to put someone to sleep, enter their dreams and subconscious in order to plant an idea or extract information. But as the job goes on they reveal it won’t be as easy as they first thought.

Filled with spectacular scenes, visual effects and tense action sequences this film throws you about and leaves you with a slight dazed confusion as you wake up and end up back in the real world.

 

All in my eyes are great watches, if you haven’t seen them go check them out. If you have seen them what do you think?

Don’t forgot to check out my poll linked to this posts twitter on my ol’ twitter page.

How are these holding up, I know we are only on week two but what do you guys think? Any suggestions to change or do anything differently?

Much love!

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Gift Guide to Fathers Day.

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With Fathers day less than two weeks away I know there are some people out there that need to get their bums in gear and sort out a gift to celebrate daddy.

So here I am, your saviour, your guide!

Obviously the best gift you can get Papa is your presence, seeing him, giving him a moment of your time for the afternoon. We are all busy people in this day and age and so I am sure he would appreciate a couple of hours, just to catch up and be together.

But if we are going materialistic, because let’s be honest who doesn’t like getting gifts, I have put together a little list to try to help you out. So are you ready? Are you steady? Let’s go Shooopppiiing!


The  Amazon Echo

Look at this little cutie, I am a big fan of all this new Smart House Technology and Assistant Devices that are on the market. When we move into the “Family” home I am going to kit it out with all these gadgets. And that is the point, Men love gadgets – tinkering around with a new toy. Papa Bear would love one of these right.

 

 


Playstation VR Headset

Another cool gadget gift would have to be the VR headset. There are other brands and versions available but I have pick PlayStation’s as I have a PS4 myself. Not that Pop’s would want an excuse to leave you for a virtual world but let’s be honest again it’s boys and their toys. What is not to love. Plus I am sure you could have a go too.

 

 


Debossed notebook (A6)

A smart notebook or stationary is always a great shout for a Father’s Day gift. And what’s not to love with these Debossed Notebook’s from Jeya Narrative, with a range of amazing capital city design front’s you could be giving papa a sleek Manhattan notebook, a classic London design or one with a trendy hip Amsterdam front.

Different notebooks collect different stories. City notebooks are all the more special as they transport us to a memorable place and time, to relive those moments once again. – Jeya Narrative.

 

 


 

The Millennium Series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

A good book is always a winner and in light of the new movie coming out I felt it only best to suggest The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. If the old man like a good Nordic Noir like Wallander or Jo Nesbo then these are for him.

Following a computer hacker and a journalist as they are asked to help solve a case that is decades old they end up unearthing many twists and horrors that were thought to be left hidden. I couldn’t put them down and remember watching the Swedish Originals with my dad and I even took him to the cinema when the America Remake came out. Great story, read and idea. A must.

 

 


 

All else fails why not hit up the generic, bottle of Whiskey, Screwfix Voucher and Chocolate.

I hope this is helped drum up some ideas for the old boy. I am sure whatever you decide will be greatly accepted and enjoyed. Have a great day and spoil him rotten.

Peace!

 


Side note, the Amazon links are affiliated links so I would make a penny or two from you buying from that, but the Jeya Narrative stuff I am not being paid in any form for, I am just a friendly blogger promoting a friendly company. Just so you know.

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Today’s topic or setup is film related.

Now as you might (should) know. I am a BIG film buff. Love them. Can’t get enough.

Recently off the back of my review post for Molly’s Game (Which can be found HERE) I mentioned to Matt (Who can be found HERE) that once my friend and I sat down and made a huge list of Top Five Genres. But this list grew. I’m talking lists, columns and piles of names, papers and decisions. It was tough going. To which Matt – who might I add is such a sound supportive guy. Go follow him if you don’t already and see what he has to say. Matt said that the lists were a brilliant idea for a blog series. Wow. He is right. So this is where we are at.

I know my last series about Gadgets didn’t or should I say hasn’t taken off yet. But money is tight and buying a new gadget to review each month will cause stern and slightly judgement words from the GF. So that is on hold for the moment.

But what do we think? Could Top Five Genre films be am interesting subject? Maybe challenge me and throw some suggests of what you want to see in for yourself.

I also need to name this Series – but I am not sure what to call it. Shout out to the winning name or best suggestion.

This could be fun. Lets do this.

Molly’s Game – The Review

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Deal me in.

A week back the lovely GF bought me Molly’s Game with the intention of having a cute film night in. I accidentally went and got very drunk at a wedding which I was meant to come home reasonably sober for the film night. . . . oops.

A week later and it’s on. Pizza was ordered. Comfy clothes are on and the film is in.

I really like a film that is based on a true story, the biopic genre is one of my favourites and this has just slide into my Top 5. . . . I’ll wrote that list down later to confirm.

The film follows Molly Bloom an ex Olympian skier who ended up running some of the most high-class high rolling poker games in L.A. and New York. This film shows her rise, her fall, her court case and her beating in the middle of the night.

Before this film I knew nothing of Molly Bloom. I had known of the Viper Room which was a watering hole of the stars. Being partly owned by the legend that is Johnny Depp. At the start of the film Bloom narrates to the audience saying that the story is true but the places and names have been changed to protect people. So when the Cobra Lounge popped up in the story. You kinda know what she meant.

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The acting was amazing. Jessica Chastain was outstanding, portraying a strong, sassy, intelligent woman climbing her way to the top of this dark underworld of poker. Even seeing Kevin Costner was a flashback to the 90’s hero he used to be. The two had great chemistry and worked off each other so well. Heads up for the scene in the park. That’s all I will say for them.

Making Poker look slick and cool, the same way James Bond did in Casino Royale really made me want to play, maybe even set up a high rolling game. Except High Rolling in my social circle would probably top out at 10 . . . maybe 15 pounds. No thousands and hundreds of thousands here.

Back to the film, this is Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut as well as writing the adaptation. He is a talent and a breath of fresh air – having written such amazing scripts and works that include; The Newsroom, Studio 60 on the Sunset strip, The West Wing, The Social Network and Steve Jobs. All of these have stunningly amazing scripts, with face cleaver dialogue. Usually setting characters up for long empowered speeches – In this Idris Elba had the privilege and it hard defending Molly.

You might also remember “Is America the greatest country in the World?” it’s a scene from Ep1 of The Newsroom and Sorkin’s writing shines right through. Click the link to remind yourself of that scene. Remember as well this scene is the introduction of the character and he starts like this. Wow.

Overall I really enjoyed the film, it was smart, well put together, informative and captivating all at once. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend you going out and giving it ago. If you have seen it let me know what you think to it.

Thank you. Cash me out!

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Oh yeah I forgot. The Top 5 Biopic films: Ok – disclosure it’s not a Johnny Depp appreciate list but he does do justice to every real life person he portrays.

  • Walk the Line
  • Ed Wood
  • Blow
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Molly’s Game

That is in no order at all and I was torn by the end, I wanted to put Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Black Mass, Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco and The Social Network in the list. See what I mean by I love Biopic Films.

What are yours?

Peace!