The Film Tag

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Good Day Ladies & Gents – I am back with a Film related post but with a twist – let’s turn this into a tagged post.

I am not sure who made this – there is no credit on the image. I got it from Siobhan of the Dead. Give her a follow, she is quirky, cool and very filmy. I imagine in the real world we’d be friends.


So let’s make this a thing. I would love to find it again in 6 months and it’s done the rounds and made lots of people happy.


The Rules

Thank the person who tagged you.
Copy the Rules.
Post the picture.
Answer the questions.
Tag 5 people.
Share the love.
Have fun.

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The Answers

  1. Image result for forrest gump gifForrest Gump is probably one of the movies that has the biggest lasting impression, it goes through so many emotions and cycles that even though I haven’t seen it in so long I can still remember how I feel about each section.
  2. Brie Larson – this is ever-changing. But recent years Brie has been my favourite.
  3. Hudson Hawk starring Bruce Willis. It’s classed as a Crime Caper. Which is never a good start, there is murder, comical fights and some singing. It’s just a bit crap. But in the same breath really fun.
  4. A Star is Born – the last film I can remember. It just smacked me in the face and broke me. It’s so beautiful.
  5. Tarantino – a real Auteur in the world of film.
  6. Bruce Willis! Not the greatest (especially in modern-day cinema)
  7. (500) Days of Summer is my favourite OST. A great mix of tunes that never get old.
  8. It’s a Wonderful Life – this story is so important about life and sacrifice
  9. Sparked love of the cinema – would have to be the James Bond series I think. I used to watch these all the time as a kid.
  10. My favourite movie as a kid was (and still is) Mrs Doubtfire.Related image
  11. Top Five Favourite films of all time; Die Hard, Brick, Pulp Fiction, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Room.
  12. A film I hate with a passion is – A Fault in our Stars – my annoyance and hate for this film is so strong.
  13. The emotional spot goes to; About Time. More because of the relationship between the lead and his father – which strongly reminds me of mine and my dads relationship.
  14. The film that never gets old – Tough call but probably something like Anchorman. It’s just so easy watching and makes me laugh every time.
  15. What more freedom can you feel then Into the Wild – the story of a man giving up all his worldly possessions to trek across America and live in the wild. It’s Beautiful.
  16. As far as Inspirational movies go I have mentioned a lot already that I could include. But I am going to pick Whiplash. There is something about this film that just pushes you and spurs you on with drive and passion.
  17. Favourite Movie Character goes to Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Even when the films went downhill his performance as the drunk swashbuckling pirate was still spot on.
  18. The movie that shocked me and had me hooked was Prisoners.
  19. Related imageAs cool as I’d want this to be and say James Bond or Tony Stark, I would have to probably say Ed from Shaun of the Dead.
  20. Get Out – hands down one of the best horrors of last year. Left me with a real skin crawling tingle.

 


 

How was that? Fun? Fancy a go. I would love to see your answers.

Lynne – @AwesomismMom

Phil – @Live_for_Films

Andy – @AndysDiaryy 

Jay – @beardedigorblog

Tiffany – @heyitstiffyk

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January Round-Up

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So the new year rolled in, the Christmas decorations went down and the bank balance looked scarily low. January is notorious for being a LONG month, it’s dark, you are constantly tired and a break or holiday usually seems like a long way off.

I’ve decided to do a roundup post of what I have been up to in the month, let’s see how it goes. Came back to work after a week off which is always to short a break, getting back into the swing of things was tough but after a few days it was like we’d never been away – which I am unsure if that is a good thing or not.

 


This month I’ve noticed the light creeping back in. The nights are getting lighter, spring is on its way. But the snow is coming too. Constantly on Snow Watch waiting for that miracle 3ft downpour that leaves us stranded at home.

In the motivational push of January in an attempt to avoid the January Blues I joined a gym again. With the intention to get fitter, build some muscle back and just become a better person. Which I have loved – getting back into that routine, working out and pushing myself.

This can go hand in hand with my latest TV / Celebrity Influencer obsession. Which is Ant Middleton and S.A.S Who Dares Wins. I’ve always wanted to watch the show but never got round to it until this new season started. Something within the show, the speeches, tasks and activities clicked inside me. I am not sure what it is; maybe the positivity, the way of thinking, the ideology behind it. Whatever it is Ant Middleton and his team are inspirational stuff. On the hype I purchased his book “First Man In” which was just like the show – Eye Opening. I am not a strong reader, but this book I couldn’t put down and finished within a week. Which in my eyes is an achievement. So maybe deep down something inside me has changed and I am looking to get the most from this change. Be that on here, in the gym or in my life.

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Caught a few films this month too. The best in my eyes was Spiderman – Into the Spiderverse. If you haven’t seen it I urge you to go and check it out. Everything about it was superb, fun and just an all round amazing watch – also Oscar Nominated. So fingers crossed. Though I did also watch Mary Poppins Returns which on the other hand was a bit . . . meh in my eyes. Sorry. Emily Blunt was as always amazing but the film was a bit deflated.

Also another highlight of the month is my Smile. Ever since I was a child I have had a mark on my front tooth, a little black spot. Dentists have always put it down as a knick, a mark, a hole that can’t be fixed. Just one of those things. Until I changed dentists and the first thing she said to me as I lay in the chair was – “we’ll fill that one!”. I was over the moon but also angry at the same time – this could have been fixed long ago but I was told one thing after another. But now I am smiley with a white set of gnashers.

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So overall not a bad month really. Stats are up, interactions are up. You guys seem to be loving what you read and see of me – which is always a plus. I challenged myself to beat last years stats; Jan 18 vs Jan 19 – and mid month I beat it, then I started pushing for beating my best month in 18. Smashed it. Then out of the blue I hit 1000 views in a month. Which was amazing, over the moon. Can’t believe it. I have YOU to thank for that and it’s been amazing, here is to next month. You ready?

As far as months go, it’s been a good start to the year for the blog and myself. Let’s keep it up.

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Glass – A Film Review

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This week I had the pleasure of watching Glass – the third and final installment of “The Eastrail 177 Trilogy” by M Night Shyamalan. A Superhero / Thriller / Psychological Horror series.

You would have seen my previous post “An Unbreakable Review” which covers the first two films and also my concerns on what this film will bring. As usual this will be spoiler free as I don’t want to ruin too much for you.

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The film picks up a couple of weeks after Split. With Kevin on the run and up to his old tricks – hunting for new sacrifices to feed “The Beast”. The Zoo incident brought Kevin’s actions to the attention of David Dunn, who is now running a security store and spending his evenings with his son Joseph tracking down criminals.

With Dunn hunting the Beast, their meeting finally results in both of them getting detained in a Mental Institution – the same one that Elijah Price is residing in. This is where we are introduced to psychologist Ellie Staple – who is tasked with disproving the three men’s ideas of disillusion of grandeur regarding there so-called powers.

This is the storyline bit over. I’ve hooked you haven’t I. What happens next you wonder.

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After letting it settle in, process and work out exactly how I feel about this feature I have come to the conclusion that I did really enjoy it, it was very smart and toned in the “over the top” supernatural element from Split and pushed a bit more of the Psychological Thriller aspect from Unbreakable which in my eyes was the best way to go.

Half way through the movie, I was thinking – how could this end? Where or what are they planning? Then it all fell into place and I was happy with the way they went. Maybe not the results, but route was the best one to take.

I would say there are two twists in this film – from the master of twist endings, this one throws a mini twist and a big twist into the pot which stuns the audience. I am fully on board with the mini twist – thinking it’s the perfect addition to the series and adds an extra layer and connection to the films. The big twist I am not too sold on, I think it adds too much to the series and changes the tone slightly. But that will be for you to decided.

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Visually they use some of that new fangled technology that cinema is using now days to make old actors look youthful and young again. Showing a set of flashbacks from the characters past which are done amazingly. That along with the use of old footage from Unbreakable really pushes limits and shows what technology is capable of now days.

In my previous post I also raised concern for M Night Shyamalan and his love for a cheeky cameo, what with he being the Drug Dealer in Unbreakable and the House Security guy in Split, who would he be in this, or would he continuing as one of the characters. Turns out he covers all bases and both are one in the same character – with a cringe piece of dialogue where he manages to explain to Dunn and Joseph how he needs new security cameras for the building he works at as someone has died (the therapist from Split) and then awkwardly thinks Dunn looks familiar and probes to see if he worked at the stadium (his job in Unbreakable) where he hung out up to no good. It wasn’t needed, it was good to connect the dots but it should have been done smoother and in a more subtle way in my eyes.

Overall the film was really good and I enjoyed it, finishing the trilogy off nicely. It’s always great to watch mega stars like Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson work, they are both talented actors and again like Split, watching James McAvoy’s performance and talent just secures him as one of the modern-day greats. His ability to swap personalities, traits and accents in the flick of a switch comes across so well and just commands the room with his presence. I would say it’s important the you watch both Unbreakable and Split before hand to fully appreciate and understand this movie. It’s a great watch and if you love the first two this will not leave you disappointed.

 

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The Oscars Nominations.

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Ladies and Gentlemen it is nearly time. That time is upon us. Please stand for THE OSCARS!

The highlight of the Hollywood calendar – The Oscars showcase the best films, actors and people involved in the industry in a night of celebration and praise. Which usually leads to some stunning frocks, tipsy antics and a blooper that takes over the year (J-Law and the steps). With that in mind obviously not everyone will be happy with the results, sometimes you are left thinking how did that happen? (Guillermo del Toro winning best Director last year and not Jordan Peele – how did that happen).

So with that all in mind, settle in for my predictions for the Annual 91st Academy Awards. Remember all of these are my opinions, you might not agree with me and that is ok. Also I am not covering all of the categories because we will be here all day. Ready?

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Best PictureImage result for a star is born

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born
  • Vice

 


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  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

 


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  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 


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  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Marina de Tavira, Roma
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

 


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  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice

 


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  • BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
  • Cold War, Paweł Pawlikowski
  • The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice, Adam McKay

 


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  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 


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  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther
  • “I’ll Fight,” RBG
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
  • “Shallow,” A Star Is Born
  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

 


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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

 


You have heard it here first. I am backing A Star is Born heavily because it was simply put, a masterpiece. Also in Visual Effects I have opted for Ready Player One – I wanted to put The Avengers due to my love for them. But I think RPO did more in terms of making a visually stunning world. As well as that, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for best animated feature, did you see it? It deserves all the awards its nominated for.

We’ll see what the outcome is at the end of February won’t we. What do you think to my list? What are your picks?

 

 

Golden Globes – The Review.

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Award season has truly got under way and last night Beverly Hills hosted the Golden Globes, an award set to praise and recognise talent in both Film & Television. With this in mind it means the Oscars are about 6 weeks away. The only difference really is who decides the winners. The Globes are chosen by the Press office and the Oscars picked by the Academy of Motion Picture, Art and Science.

The Golden Globes don’t have as many categories compared to the Oscars but it hosts the major ones such as; Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor & Actress in both Drama and Musical / Comedy, Best Screenplay, Original Song, Director and many more.


I am going to breakdown a handful of categories and give some feedback on what I think about the selection and the outcome. Please note as much as I am a film buff / geek. There are films mentioned that I have not seen. Which I will try not to let affect my feedback.


Best Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Great start to this, having only seen 3 of the 5 nominated films. I have not seen BlacKKKlansman or If Beale Street Could Talk. Which is a shame. I really wanted to catch BlacKKKlansman and felt it might have been a hidden gem. Which I guess it was. Beale Street I have never heard of so best go find a copy of that. Now the ones I know, As much as I am a BIG MCU fan (What me? Who knew?), I didn’t rate Black Panther as highly as the critics or other fans. It’s a good film but in the running with these I feel like it’s out of its depth.

Now to the big two; A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. I loved them both. Even reviewing BoRap which can be found HERE – shamefully I never reviewed A Star is Born which I regret now. Both of these were amazing films and I am happy to see either or win. Though I think deep down A Star is Born deserved the win a tiny bit more, I am not mad at the choice.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Across the board I rate all of these Actresses bar Melissa McCarthy. Her brand of comedy and style really annoys me. But that aside the film she is Nominated for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” looks good. Being a true story drama piece it might change my mind of her.

In honesty I have only seen Lady Gaga’s performance, which was breathtaking, so I am slightly disheartened that she did not win. But knowing how talented the competition was I can imagine Close’s performance must have been off the chain and I bet this award is well deserved.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

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I wanted to controversially mention this category as an excuse to air some feelings I have. Which I KNOW will be met with some heat, anger and disapproval. But here we go.

Lin-Manuel Miranda. I don’t know what it is but I don’t like how hyped he is, how you are expected to like and appreciate this man out of nowhere. Don’t get me wrong the Moana music was good and I really want to watch Hamilton, but I just feel like he is overrated and I am almost forced to like him for some unknown reason. It might be me subconsciously wanting to not like him because he is the next big thing all of a sudden. Who knows I can’t put my finger one it – Sorry. Rant over.

The category – I am very excited to see both Stan & Ollie and Vice. But all four of the remaining men are brilliant performers in their own right. So I can imagine this one was a tough call. Also I thought Redford was retiring? Maybe I missed something.


  Other Awards.

Rami Malek took the Best Actor (Drama) from Bradley Cooper with his Freddie Mercury portrayal. Which well done – but Cooper was phenomenal. Though the Oscars are on their way Bradders. The same goes for Best Director – as a debut film Cooper nailed it in my eyes but lost it to Alfonso Cuaron who I had to google to see what else he had done . . . not sure I can agree after looking at this IMDB page but what do I know compared to the LA Press.

Olivia Colman took Best Actresses in Musical or Comedy (not sure about this title) for The Favourite which must be well deserved, I have always rated for as an actress.

Richard Madden won for the Bodyguard in Best TV Drama Actor and Sandra Oh won the Actress version for Killing Eve (which I keep meaning to start). Rachel Brosnahan grabbed Best Comedy Actress for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – which if you have not seen I beg you to go home tonight and start. I love it.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung into the top spot for Best Animated Motion Picture (seeing it tomorrow night). Everyone I know that has seen it has urged me to go – saying it’s the best thing ever. The Americans picked up Best TV Drama and The Kominsky Method took Best TV Comedy.

Lastly I want to mention Best Original Song – Shallow from A Star is Born, which won this hands down. And too bloody right. It was the 22nd most downloaded single of 2018 – which to say it only came out in October shows how much it took the world by storm. I can’t not listen to it when it’s on. It’s beautiful.

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Next stop BAFTA’s and then the big boys, the Oscars! The nominations are released at the end of the month where I will do a post placing my bets . . . while maybe placing a bet or two.

What do you think to the Golden Globe results? Do you think someone missed out or was robbed? Like I said I am in mixed emotions, feeling bad for A Star is Born but happy for Bohemian Rhapsody. But let’s see what happens next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogmas Day 11 – A Letter To Yourself About The Year.

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I found this idea and thought it might be very insightful and fun to write and even read.


Dear Ross.

It’s that magical time of year again – Christmas. We love it so much don’t we. I just wanted to write a few words to remind you of what a year you have had and just to remember at this time of year we are meant to be forgiving, thankful and full of joy.

It’s been a big year in regards to the 30 before 30 list – ticking a lot of things off it.

An all-inclusive holiday in May to Benidorm – that was so much fun. A music festival in September and then Buying a House. You are now a homeowner. Scary right. This time last year you would never have thought any of those three things would be on the horizon let alone ticked off the list.

There has been sad moments too, a funeral, a bad memory full of tears and just general life’s ups and downs. But that has made you stronger, more determined and passionate. Next year is a new adventure, you know it’s time to find a new job, sort finances out and just be more prepared for a rainy day. But there is no rush for anything. Hey kids might even be next on the list . . . did I say that out loud. Good Luck!

You celebrated a year anniversary on the blog with your awesome following. The people who read this and float about on Twitter are just brilliant. Keep it up. One day you will make this blogging thing work full-time. Everyone starts somewhere.

So here is to next year, to the new adventures and the new memories we are going to make.

Take care, enjoy the festive season, be happy and share the love.

Now let’s have some photos of these memories. Imagine Green Day’s Time of your Life playing in the background.

Peace and Love.

Ross.


 

Blogmas Day 10 – Christmas Blog Tag

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Struggling to think of what to do for the final few days of Blogmas, I stumbled across Nicole’s Blogmas Tag and fell in love. Check hers out over HERE. Now let’s get in the festive spirit and make some magic.

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1. What is your favourite Christmas film?

Die Hard! But I love so many – as you can see from the previous post.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I want to say yes, when I was younger. But I can’t recall it properly. Now days it’s more likely to see a White Easter in England.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

The past few years I have spent it with the GF’s family, as she has young sisters who still have that youthful magical look at Christmas

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. Proper Drunk Christmas Sing-A-Long Song

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No, I always wanted to as excitement would kick as a kid. But it never happened and now it’s not a tradition I am on board with.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Ho Ho Ho what a challenge – No Googling. Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Donna, Blitzen, Vixen, Cupid, Comet.

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

The Office Christmas Party! Lazy Sundays in PJ’s watching Christmas Films, a festive beer on Christmas Eve and tasty meal with the loved ones on Christmas Day. . . . oh and the traditional Christmas Day Nap in the afternoon.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake, I do love a real tree, but I do not love the maintenance, cleaning and upkeep that comes with them.

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

Oooh tough one. Sweet I would say Festive Friends – which are basically mini chocolate digestive biscuit bites. Savoury I would have to say Pigs in Blankets.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

I love to give! I can usually nail gifts for people – going down the meaningful route. Care Packages are my forte, so easy to put together but can be incredibly meaningful. Though I do like getting gifts I struggle with facial expressions and so even if I love the gift and have wanted it for ages I still sometimes pull a “Meh, unamused” face. Which is not intentional at all.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

In my teens I got a Drum Kit. Which was AWESOME!

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I would love to do New York at Christmas. I love the city but can imagine at Christmas it’s just the best place ever.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

Back in my day I was known for expertly wrapping several gifts, including a 4 pack of beer while in a passenger seat of a car speeding down some country lanes. I am a pro wrapper.

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?

I think either, a surprise Birthday trip to London and Winter Wonderland last year. Or a few years back going out on Christmas Eve and getting so drunk while doing karaoke in the sleepy little village I grew up in.

15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?

The truth? That there is a jolly old fat man in the North Pole bringing joy to people every year. That’s what you mean right.

16. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I usually make one or two and most times fail them. I also trying to make challenges to learn something within the year.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?

The whole thing. The music, the films, the clothing, the food, the love, the traditions. I just love Christmas!


Well there you have my answers to the tag! Did you enjoy reading?

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Link yours down below so we can all learn about each other!

Merry Christmas you beautiful bunch of people.

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