Bohemian Rhapsody – The Review.

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I am struggling to find a way to start this post. Does that happen to you guys? Do you get lost in a sea of “Hey Guys”, “Morning” and “Welcome back” – well that is me this morning. So I am going to just jump into this post.

Because last night I went to the cinema to watch Bohemian Rhapsody and I was blown away.


For the longest time I have been a Queen fan, their music, talent and story has always been a part of my life. Top three favourite bands of all time and annoyingly it took me a good week and a bit to go see the movie when it came out. But I made a point to go this weekend, we’ve been very busy as you might know with house stuff but it was time to take a break.

So me and the GF went out for dinner, then popped over to the Cinema for some overpriced ice cream and a cute impromptu date night. With Bohemian Rhapsody on the cards we were set to go.


Let’s begin. Get on your bikes and ride!

Two years ago Channel Five did a docudrama about Freddie, his life, his troubles and his death – The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants To Live Forever. If you ever get a chance to watch this please do. It’s amazing. In my eyes this film and that Docudrama compliment each other so well they are almost like a double feature. Then when they announced they were making this movie I was hyped and psyched.

I loved this movie, the entire thing was amazing, breathtaking and emotional.

Following the life of Freddie Mercury a young Parsis man in 70’s London being discriminated for his heritage, his style and his teeth. We see Freddie meet May, Taylor and Deacon, form the a group called “Queen”, take some big gambles, record some unique styles and sounds, then just watching their music and career go from strength to strength.

But at the same time watching his lavish and promiscuous social life take its toll on his friends and real relationships as it spirals out of control into a drug binge.

The film hits all the emotional notes you’d expect, you take the journey with the band, feeling the highs and tingle of them writing; Another one Bites the Dust or Bohemian Rhapsody, to the lows and troubles of Freddie being played, relationships breaking down and then watching him realise and get diagnosed with AIDS. The last 40 minutes of the film I had a frog in my throat, it chokes you up big time. But that is his story, the magic behind the Great Pretender.

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And what a story it is – another thing that really helped this film was the incredible casting, because for me the entire cast were spot on.

Malek obviously goes without saying absolutely nailed his performance as Freddie. But saying that the whole band were amazing; Lee, Hardy and Mazzello playing May, Taylor and Deacon bounced off each other perfectly and it’s exactly what I would imagine the real band would have been like.

Even having Mike Myers as Ray Foster the EMI exec who tries to tell the band that Bohemian Rhapsody is too long and not what the people want, claiming that no one will ever rock out and head bang in their car to that song  . . . . (Yes they made that joke and I seemed to be the only person in the cinema that laughed) was amazing casting.

Overall the film was amazing, I am still in awe of it. This morning I woke up thinking about it on so many levels and I can not recommend it enough as it’s a story you need to know and see. I can see it making an impact next February when Award Season starts. You have heard it here first!

 


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The News! An update of what I’ve been doing.

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So over the past few months I’ve dropped in content. The Man Vs Movies series dried up, I missed self set deadlines and I just couldn’t find time for the blog. I was worried about the how my lack of presence would affect the community. Not that I am a role model, but more would this be it, would I be forgotten for the newest trend. I know right, silly thoughts but they were there. So I clawed back as much time as I could and put out what I could when I could and just keep up with people. But I soon remembered the blogging community is one of the most supportive groups of people ever. I could vanish for six months, come back and still have an amazing group of people checking in on me.

The reason behind this was because I was spending my time filling out a shit tonne (I believe that is the correct unit of measurement) of paper work and having meetings for our latest adventure. This is the pinnacle of Adulthood life and just what this blog was built for.

Because we have just bought a house!

(Pause for applause)


On the 26th June at 5.30pm me and the GF went to view a house. A lovely 3 bed semi-detached in a nice area of town. Garden, Garage, Driveway. For the area, size and price, it was a steal. So we put an offer in and the following day it was accepted.

This is just the start of the journey, 4 months/16 weeks later (on the 26th) we have finished, exchanged, got the keys and began our next chapter.

Getting there was hard and at times mentally draining on me. As we were selling her flat to buy this we decided she would deal with the appropriate people for that, as it’s a Shared Ownership property (which I recommend people avoiding, as it was a nightmare to get out of and the hidden fees and ‘Oh to get that you need to pay this’ were for stupid reasons), while I was to deal with the Solicitor on everything else.

I don’t want to go into the boring, long-winded details. I have already bored and ranted at friends, family and co-workers on this for the past 4 months, I want to spare you that pain. All I will say is it’s a simple process that seems to attract useless people. There is no need for the process to take as long as it does and in turn cause as much stress as it does.

There were days I would say to my GF that I was genuinely worried about my Mental Health – and I like to think I am a strong character. But some of the people involved in this just set out to be ignorant and useless. But I am good now. I only ranted and snapped at the solicitors twice. Which is good going isn’t it.


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Now it’s all hands on deck. We have a lot of work ahead of us but it’s going to look amazing when we have finished.

It kind of means Christmas is on hold and going to be stupidly cheap. Because paint and curtains is a priority over presents sadly. But if anyone is wondering what to get us. Vouchers for The Range, Dunelm Mill and Next Home would be spot on.

It’s such a relief to have this completed, it ticks something of my 30 before 30 list – getting on the property ladder and it’s the next step in my relationship with the GF. Oh and it’s good to be able to let you all know finally, it was hard keeping it from twitter – I think secretly a handful of you knew but now I can share the love and tell you all properly.


Next step – Right from the off the GF stepped in with her interior decorator hat on and threw ideas, colour palettes and swatches at me. So we made a compromise. I am such an easy-going guy and usually like what she picks out, but I wanted 3 spaces that I can decorate, decide on and have control of – she can have the rest of the house, but I wanted the Garage, Garden and third bedroom (smallest of the three). The deal was struck and pow we have harmony.

So as you read this I am probably up to my eyeballs in paint, tools and old tiles. I have to rip the bathroom floor up pretty quickly and we have to get the whole house painted as the carpet man comes in a couple of days to lay the new carpet. So it’s literally all hands on deck. If you are wanting to give us a hand by all means popover, there will be pizza as a reward.

Keep your eyes peeled on Insta for those cool “Before/After” house shots and also if anyone has any decoration guides or quirky life hack builds I’d love to see them, any and all inspiration is needed.

I Can’t Believe I am a Homeowner! MWAH!

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Happy Anniversary!

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We’ve been together a year now. Started seeing each other in September but October 11th we became official. I told all my friends about you. Share photos of us on Instagram and started to make many memories.

We’ve bought new people into our relationship, met some great friends and loved every minute of things. Even the dark times where we wouldn’t talk for a week or so. We worked through it, we have become stronger and still as much in love as when we first started.


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My main thank you, is to you guys, the readers, the followers, the friends I have made. This year has been amazing and I have loved what we have made here. I can’t wait to see it grow, to get better and even more awesome.

Honestly I never thought when I first started that I would have met such inspirations and amazing people such as: Maud, Abbie, Lauren – and then the #BlogVengers; Colin, Gareth, Elle, Annie. These are to name a few – I could go on forever naming all the gems in this blogging world. Basically if you are reading this, you are one of them! I am so thankful! I also want to thank the brands who have trusted me and given me the chance to work with them to promote their amazing brands. I have loved every chance I have had.

To the next year!

The Autumn Tag!

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Brrrr get the wooly hats out guys. Summer is gone. HELLOOOO Autumn!

As a younger man I would overlook Autumn – never giving it the appreciation it deserves. But now days this season is my favourite. In fact Autumn and Winter are my favourite – maybe we can make a new season. “Autinter” how does that sound. I’ll send a tweet to the PM, she has nothing major on . . . minus dancing to ABBA. Wow did you see that. What is she doing! We used to be a great nation, now we are just shite dancers.

Anyway, to the post. The loveable Abbie from WhatAbbieSays has tagged me like a game on the playground and now it’s my turn. If you don’t know Abbie she is an absolute gem! Funny, Inspiring, Supportive and Hella Cute! *Snaps Fingers in a sassy way* If you do one good thing today I would say make sure it’s follow her.


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Right enough of the flirting. Let’s do some questions!


What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

The change in colours on the trees, the chill in the air, the light drawing in earlier and the musky smell that fills the air.

What is your favourite Autumn scent?

I think it’s bonfires. Is that strange? That or that morning dew smell or calmness and peace. . . . think the fire one sounded better!

What is you favourite Autumn colour?

Anything along the spectrum of Yellow to Orange. From a Mustard, to a Tobacco, to a blood orange.

Are you a fan of a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) ?

I am not! I know this is blasphemy to the blogging world but I am not a coffee fan.

What is your favourite Autumn drink? 

It’s going to be a Toffee or Caramel Hot Chocolate with cream.

What’s your favourite coffee shop and their drink of choice?

OH GOD! I should have planned ahead before announcing my dislike for coffee. I am easy for either. I am curious to try the Bonfire Spiced Hot Chocolate from Costa. I will report back.

Apple pie or Pumpkin pie?

Apple pie. Everyday! Warm, with cream.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to in the next few months?

I stand by the fact Christmas T.V. is not as good as it used to be. But I am excited for Daredevil Season 3 on Netflix. That is out in a few weeks.

What is your favorite Autumn fashion trend?

Hat and Scarf. Love my scarf (is there a picture below) I saw it this time last year in GAP. Missed my chance to buy it. Gutted! A nice soft red plaid scarf – like it was made from a lumberjack’s shirt. Only to find out on my birthday (19th December, don’t forget) my GF had bought me it.

What is your favourite comfort food to enjoy in the colder months?

This season brings real hearty warm meals. For me it’s Chilli on a Jacket Potato. But a close second is a Cottage Pie.

What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Same as Abbie – I am not sure what we have here that we can call an Autumn Activity. Does Remembrance Sunday count? Start of November. It’s on the cusp surely. That is something I have so much respect for.

Are you a fan of horror movies?

I do enjoy them but I struggle to find a REALLY good horror. The classics work but now days it’s just some over the top gorefest and that’s not me.

Do you ever do anything fun for Halloween? 

Yes! Love it. I normally prepare several costumes. One low key easy one for work (this years is awesome) and then a big bad one for the annual Halloween Party. Me and a Friend usually throw a party. But this year we have both had to say we can’t due to life responsibilities. But another friend has taken the reins and is going to try to throw one.

What was your favourite part about Halloween as a child?

The as it is now, the dressing up. I love fancy dress – How much you ask. . . click here and find out?

Are you a bigger fan of Bonfire night or Halloween?

Both are high on my list. But I think Halloween pips it for first place. Bonfire night doesn’t have the cool creepy playlist of songs to jam to.

Where is your dream destination to visit in the Autumn?

I would love to do British Columbia or that area of America. It’s always looks stunning.

Do you always forget about the clocks going back?

No, I remember it happens. I just forget when sometimes. Never on the day, I am usually clued up by then.

When do you usually start preparing for Christmas?

Now for presents, I like to plan ahead and work round pay days. But the rest kicks off properly as of December 1st.


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The only picture I could find of the scarf I mentioned above. I will post a better one when it’s time.


These are always a pleasure doing, I love them and now I want to see the follow people scrub out my answers and put their own in.

And they are:

Chris. Nicole. Saph. Cara. Stacey.

 

Man Vs Movies – Venom Review.

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Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time!

This review will have two time zones in one post. This is exciting right. Currently as I write this it is 14.01pm on the 3rd (Yes today is October 3rd) and tonight we are going to go and watch Venom. But I wanted to do a brief bit before watching it because of the storm Twitter and Rotten Tomatoes have stirred up regarding how good. . . or how bad this film is.

Firstly I want to start by saying in regards to film reviews and reviewers I do not trust the words of two sources; one being Rotten Tomatoes because it’s built off the back of Joe Bloggs opinion and as we know, people behind a keyboard become a troll and just taint everything, plus film is art and art is subjective. The second source I don’t trust is Mark Kermode. But more about him another time.


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Let me start by saying (as you might know) I am a big Marvel fan. I love most of the films regardless of what studio is making what and so when Venom got announced I was pretty excited for it. A cool twist on the Villain we know from the 90’s cartoon and with Tom Hardy at the helm what is not to love. In honesty I am hoping for a dark film, along the lines of Logan or Deadpool with the adult content and dark humour. Though with it being a 15 it might end up being slightly tamer. But still I am excited to see what they do and having Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson involved (which both I rate highly) what can go wrong. See you shortly.


Good Evening – Told you, two time zones. It is now 22.02pm on that faithful October 3rd and I have just got home from seeing Venom.

Ok in three words; Not That Bad!

Obviously it is hard going into a film when you have heard nothing but bad things about it. But here I am. I enjoyed it. I thought they have made a good start and can see it growing into a pretty neat franchise. I think it needs a night to sink in and settle but as a film it was fun. It’s no MCU film admittedly but they have their stuff down. It’s like an X2 standard of film. It’s good, it has heart and potential – let’s just hope they don’t follow with a Last Stand style Venom and cock it all up.

Tom Hardy was, as always a delight. Charming, funny and badass all rolled up into his normal deadly teddy bear persona. He nailed Eddie Brock, his personality and his coping mechanisms towards Venom were brilliant. Which per the review I have to agree with – their chemistry and relationship was perfect, that slightly mad, voices in your head style bickering was spot on. Sadly I mentioned Woody Harrelson up their and without spoiler it, his part is brief. But in true Woody style it was great.

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Overall I thought it was a good bit of fun, a great Saturday night chilled movie. You know the type – get the gang over, grab some snacks and throw this film on. It didn’t drag, it just flowed nicely. I would recommend giving it a whirl. Also as always keep an eye out for the Stan Lee cameo. This one was smart with a cool quip that he throws at our duo.

I am very interested to see what happens next and I do hope they green light a sequel. Watch this space because I can see it growing into some kind of dark guilty pleasure. Forget what you have heard, heck even forgot this review. Go in with an open mind and no expectations and just enjoy the movie. As always boys, girls and true believers thank you for stopping by, thank you for listening and thank you for being you!

Catch Up: A Weekend Away

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Some of you might have noticed I have been very hushed this weekend. That is because I’ve been in Looe, Cornwall since Thursday Night. Enjoying the “Looe Saves the Day” music festival. Which was amazing!

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Picture this, Thursday night it’s a bit windy and a little rainy. But we set off. 7.45pm. Looking to get to our destination by midnight. Lovely stuff. As we set off. The Rain from Storm Ali starts to get worst until we find out part of the M5 is suffering massive delays. So we make a detour via Wales, add another hour and a bit on to the journey and we make it at 2am.

Me, my GF, her sister and Mum came down to Looe with the intention of going to LMF: Looe Music Festival. Which we bought tickets too in Feb. They had some fab bands lined up and it looked like it was going to be awesome! Until 3 weeks before when the LMF cancelled the festival due to money problems – clearly sold too many tickets and thought it better to line their pockets that pay for the festive. Great!

This didn’t stop the people of Looe as they pulled together to not let anyone down, or give their town a bad name and so in 3 weeks they raised 30k and threw together an awesome festival proudly called “Looe Saves the Day”.

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We spent three days, drinking Cornish ale, eating fine food and dancing to trendy cover bands, Cornish Folk bands and a Country Tex Mex Paul Young (yes the Common People, family man, Paul Young) and we loved every minute of it.

The streets were scattered with bands, musicians and entertainment that with the backdrop of the fishing village and seafront just made the whole thing really quirky, quint and sweet. With life as it is at the moment it was a much-needed getaway to just recharge, think of nothing serious, enjoy a beer, some music and the stunning views. If you ever get a chance to visit Looe I would highly recommend going. We stayed in a cute little flat, seconds from the beach, from the town and from the pubs. Which can be found on TripAdvisor to book for stays.


Check out my Instagram for more pictures, beautiful scenic shots and some more beer pictures. It was an amazing weekend, very tried today but time to power through. Autumn is finally here, which means, Coats, Scarfs, my birthday, the GF’s birthday, Halloween, Christmas Markets and CHRISTMAS! I love it.

Always a pleasure!


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Friendly Neighbourhood Review-Man

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So it has been just over a week since Spider-Man swung onto our screens and it’s been one hell of a week for PlayStation Fans.

Firstly let me say I am hooked, I am in love and I am amazed at what they have made – A fully immersive, free roam, open world game playing as the webslinger himself.

According to the stat bar I am approximately 50% through the game, but story wise I don’t feel like I am very far at all. Something is coming but I can’t work out what. Maybe because I have done so many side bits is the reason the percentage is so high. Regardless I’ve put some hours into it and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The story line is set X amount of years after the origin on Spidey – there is no spider bite, uncle ben, or a coming of age tale. Pete has been Spidey for a while, he knows what he is doing. Honestly I am glad they took this approach – we all know the origins we don’t need to see it again. Pete is just a normal bloke, trying to pay rent, working a low paid job, oh and fighting crime as the wallcrawler. Just another day in the life hey.

The game play and dynamics are breathtaking, the ability to interact with the environment and open world is amazing. Imagine that feeling you got when Assassins Creed first came out and you were allowed to free run anywhere. It is like that and then some. Throw web slinging into the mix and this game is unstoppable.


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Making Spider-Man yours! The game has a tonne of features and combinations that make up how and who you play as. Starting off with Suit selections, there are 27 to pick from and unlock throughout the game; from the original suit, to the Iron Spider from Infinity Wars, to the more ridiculous suits like; Spirit Spider, Undies Suit & Vintage Comic Book Suit. All the suits have their own perks and powers that they bring to the table. Which once unlocked you can trade between suits. Then we get into gadgets, web shooters and suit mods. Which I can’t start to list because I am still unlocking them and playing about with finding the perfect combo that suits me. But again you can mix and match the whole lot.

When I first began and got into fights I was worried that the system would get very repetitive – I was so very wrong. The more you unlock, upgrade and learn new moves. The more each fight is different, fun and intense.

Currently I am running around in the Spider Punk suit – in his sleeveless denim jacket and red converse shoes, it reminds me of my youth. I have the Web Blossom Super Power attached which after ranking up focus, I can do a special move where Spidey jumps into the air, spins and fires multiple webs at once, sticking everyone to everything. It’s so much fun.

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The Bigger Picture – the world is massive and the links to other Marvel characters is just as big. I guessed there would be nods to things along the way but it wasn’t until I stumbled across Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum that I knew this would be big. I set out to find more quirks and references; Avengers Tower, Alias Investigations, Rand Industries are just to name a few. That and the cheeky Stan Lee cameo. You can’t miss it.

One word of warning though. Be prepared to see time just vanish. I jumped on the other night with 20mins to kill. Thinking I will just swing about and have some fun. An hour later I realised I was late to leave. This game will swallow time. But it is so worth it.

The story and game is just fun, all out, spandex pinging fun. If you are either working on the main story, hunting for backpacks or just admiring the world swinging through the streets, whatever it is you will be having fun doing it. I can not express the joy and awe this brings me. This is before we even mention Photo Mode. Imagine Instagram on steroids – the function is crazy full of filters, banners, stickers and a quirky cool selfie mode. Here are some examples!


Overall I love it, it’s so much fun! Let me know what you think, if you have played it, or if this has sold you to go out and buy a copy. I would love to know.

If you have liked this review also let me know as I might do more . . . Red Dead 2 is out next month.