It’s Ok!

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As the hands of time tick on. Closer to it’s destination I am left wondering . . . is this it? What have I done with my life? I have nothing to show for it.

But then I stumbled upon Gemma’s latest post about time (Find it HERE), it never being too late and the idea that there is no need to rush.

I spoke to me. Soothed me. There is so much I want to do with my life. I am not ready. I am not settled. I have so much time ahead of me. In the upcoming months a few things are changing which you’ll soon be allowed to know about. Then after that it’s the next step. What that is I don’t know. I couldn’t say. But it’ll be awesome anyway.

I’d love to visit Vienna. Finish writing a book. Spend more time smelling the roses and watching the sun rise.

Here is to life. It’s not over till it’s over and until that time. Make it your bitch. There is no rush or hurry to do anything. The sun will still rise tomorrow. If today you want to eat pizza and binge watch Sitcoms. Do it. Go for it. (Have a slice on me)

Just remember to be happy. Not to judge your life against anyone else’s and to dance like the whole world isn’t looking. No regrets.


Now for a smile – Here is my first ever Facebook Profile Picture – Circa 2007.

I know what you are thinking – but what was I thinking!


 

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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.

 

 

Jack Ryan Review Part 1.

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Last friday Amazon Prime Video released the full season of Jack Ryan – the latest interpretation of Tom Clancy’s C.I.A hero.

For a few months now I had been excited to give this a try, it looked right up my street. Gun’s, Action, Spy Stuff, Drama and even the trailer had me hooked by the use of the song Human by Rag n Bone Man. Which is a song I’ve been loving recently.

So yesterday lunchtime at work I decided to start. I’d held off starting this as I was finishing Last Chance U on Netflix (which is brilliant if you get a chance). So with that over I was ready to start this one.

The first episode titled ‘Pilot’ was just over an hour-long but it set the story and show up in superb fashion. Introducing Jack, a low-level analyst in the financial team of the C.I.A. – in the first few scenes with Jack we learn so much about him, finding out he was in the Army, he had back problems, he rows and he has a vast general knowledge which is shown as he answers quiz show questions while eating his dinner.

He is set up perfectly.

We watch as he investigates money transactions in Yemen and comes across a potential threat who is assumed to big the next Bin Laden. After much deliberation Jack and his boss Greer end up at an Army Black Site in Yeman interrogating a money man and his bodyguard who have links to the mysterious account.

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I hope this first part has gripped up, because I don’t really want to continue plotting the show out. As it stands we are roughly 3/4’s of the way into the pilot now. But so much more happens throughout the episode that just keeps up gripped and on the edge of your seat. I did three episodes last night and intend on doing another few today. (Heck by the time you read this I could be up to episode 5 or 6).

The layers of the story are immensely inviting and intriguing – opening you up to almost like and side with each character, while also being left with a strange untrusting feeling as you ponder what their next move is.

I can’t sneaky off and wrap this up without mention John Krasinski who plays Jack Ryan. We know John from the American Office as the goofy, geeky, loveable Jim. Then POW he got shreaded for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”, then he went and made “A Quiet Place” which were both amazing pieces of work and now he is here. This man’s talent is ever growing and any excuse to showcase a new skill and he is jumping at the chance which I love. Good job John.

Even the feel and look of the show is beautiful, even when it’s not working with the fantastic action scenes, fire and gunshots – we also get stunning scenic shots, aerial panoramic shots and cityscapes which just add icing and a cherry to the top of the well made, well enjoyed and very tasty cake.

So go, watch, let me finish watching and once we are both done I will do another review which will be bigger and spoiler filled. This will be fun. Enjoy it, it’s a must.

 

Please note I am not being paid for this, AMAZON have not asked me to promote their show or service. I am just a fan sharing and caring.

Perfectly Clear – #AlwaysSpring

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With the summer rolling in and the hot streak still going strong across the country you are instantly open to more invites to BBQ’s, garden parties and all those other generic summer style social events.

And so with the help of Perfectly Clear water I am going to share some snazzy recipes for some cocktails and mocktails that are both refreshing and healthier than the usual options – and also SUPER easy to make, I knocked these up in minutes.

Unknown to me, Perfectly Clear is one of the UK’s first flavoured water lines on the market being launched over twenty years ago. With their main goal to provide a healthy alternative to the sugary drinks – priding themselves on being ZERO SUGAR and also they aim to make their water as affordable as possible (39p in Home Bargains) – which is better than paying big bucks for standard water.

After going through a rebranding recently they have a whole new range of bottles, flavours and styles. Offering the standard 500ml bottle which is perfect for personal use, an amazing 1.5litre bottle for sharing and also producing a range for kids in a cute little 330ml bottles. Because the kids are the future and keeping them healthy and refreshed is the goal.

They come in a tasty range of flavours in either Sparkling or Still; Strawberry, Lemon & Lime, Elderflower, Orange, Red Apple, Cherry and Summer Fruits.

Let’s go.


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Cocktail Numero Uno! 

I wanted to make a kind of  “Gin ‘n’ Juice” style drink but instead of loading it with sugar and lemonade I went for a fresh still version. Crushing some ice in a blender, then pour a shot of Gin (or two if you are feeling extra snazzy) then half a of Grapefruit juice and half a cup of Perfectly Clear Lemon & Lime Water.

Quick Stir and Enjoy.


Cocktail Numero Duo! 

Super easy one again – crushed ice, couple of shots of Sour Cherry Vodka topped up with Perfectly Clear Mixed Berries Water and stir. This one was a surprising treat for the GF on a hot Saturday afternoon and that is the point. Just simple but refreshing drinks to enjoy anytime.


Cocktail Numero Tres! 

I thought best to do one for the kids and T-Totalers. So again start with some ice, then super simply, 1/3 Perfectly Clear Strawberry Water, 1/3 Cranberry Juice and 1/3 Sugar Free Soda Water. Stir and pow.


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So the next time you are throwing a party or a BBQ give these cheeky little recipes a go. Enjoy the refreshing taste of a Perfectly Clear water based drink. Stay hydrated and just enjoy the sun.

Check them out on their WebsiteTwitter and Instagram and head out to try the taste of sugar-free refreshing flavoured water.

 

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Horror Films

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Don’t turn around, Don’t go into the cabin alone and always, always for the love of god turn the lights on when you walk in the room.

This week is HORROR week. Muhuhahahaha.

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This little flick SHOOK the world in 2017 when it came out and wowed us all.

Following a Black Man meeting his White girlfriends family for the first time, there is a constant underlying race attitude that creeps through the whole film. I can’t really go into what happens or even why it happens but I can say the tension created, the feel of the movie and the acting all add up to make one masterpiece that personally I felt was wronged at the Oscars.

Amazingly there are two stories going on at once, the man story of the man dealing with the family and then a side story of the man’s friend who begins to worry about him. While one story is dark, horrific and scary the other one brings a light aspect of comedy to a dark harrowing film which works perfectly.

The tones and subject of the film is the scariest bit, it echos reality so well and makes you come to terms with society as we know it and the idea that actually we might be living in the horror film. If you have not seen it – please please please go and check it out.

The Quiet Place

A very new entry to this list, only being a few months old this film instantly became a hit in my eyes.

Following a Family trying to survive from an unknown monster threat that hunts using sound. Resulting in the family having to remain silent for the majority of the movie. Que tension and suspense from silence – they way this movie works is pure genius. Showing the lengths you would go to protect the ones you love, adjusting to a dramatic change in life and also trying to teach children how to adapt without freaking them out with the truth.

There are some amazingly beautiful sweet moments in this film of the family, the relationships they have and how this situation might seem to be tearing them apart but is actually making them stronger by the effects of what they do to survive.

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Scream is in my eyes an instant cult classic. Taking the Genre of the Slasher movie and making it self-aware. When this came out, it was modern, new, fresh. We had seen Halloween and Friday 13th – but this time round the victims knew of Horror Films and were aware of what you should do to avoid being caught.

As a Slasher film based around another Slasher film the world just works, it’s scary but relatable with the key scene at a party where the group talk about the rules to surviving a horror movie.

It’s a great bit of fun, with some tense moments a twists that keep coming for you like a madman with a knife in the night.

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I don’t know if you agree with me but to me, M Night Shyamalan started off so strong and then his films just went down hill. Until Split came out. This one hit hard and took him back to his roots of amazing filmmaking.

Following a man with multiple personalities as he kidnaps three girls to use as tribute to “The Beast” – the film takes twists and turns and just keeps you on edge the whole time. With some amazing acting from James McAvoy who seamlessly creates personalities for all the characters he is playing.

Then to throw in the ever more surprising cameo from Bruce (the legend) Willis turning this film into an indirect sequel for Unbreakable. Now with a third film set be released throwing the two movies together – can’t wait.

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This one made my list for the memory of it more than anything – if you know the film you might agree with what I have to say.

The first half / two-thirds of the film is brilliant, scary, horrific. Two teens driving home witness a figure dumping what looks like a body in a drain and then drive off in a big old dirty truck. Like classic American High schoolers they decide to investigate. To find a room down the drain pipe were the walls and ceiling is cover and decorated with human bodies, skin and remains. Chilling right.

They decide to leave, then the film turns into a cat and mouse game as the truck starts to follow them. Throw in some creepy musics (Jeepers Creepers), some more spooky goings on and the fear and you have a great movie. . . . until the kids are confronts by the figure, revealing he is a creepy looking monster. (This is still ok in my eyes) They run away and end up running him over – cool, creepy vanish would work now. But no, the filmmakers decide to add a new element that ruins the whole film for me. They turn this creepy figure into a bat! Tension builds as they see the body laying on the floor, crushed and mangled – then POW a Wing appears. The rest of the film goes downhill as it goes from the tense scary horror of an unknown figure dumping bodies and driving a truck, to being chased by a giant bat.

Such a shame.

But the first part super scary and I stand by it. Do you know what I mean? Do you agree?

 

Have you survived this post? No bites or claw marks right? Just remember when you go to sleep – to check under your bed. As always boys and girls this has been a spooky pleasure. Until next week – if you make it to then. . . . .

 

 

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Fantasy Films

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I’ve stumbled across a map, X marks the spot and the jewels are waiting, hidden in the vase in some dusty attic.

It’s Fantasy week!

I had a top five picked out but the more I thought about it the more I thought, Fantasy is a HUGE genre.

 

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I have always loved the Indiana Jones trilogy (we don’t talk about the Crystal Skull) and they were a big part of my growing up, at one point I wanted to become an archeologist just like our lovable rouge Indy.

But truth be told the real reason the Last Crusade wins is simply because of one charmingly dashing Scott – Sean Connery. Playing Indy’s father he brings a new level to Fords character as we watch the two play off each other in such a dynamic duo.

Following the hunt for the Holy Grail, this film ticks all Adventure Fantasy boxes in my head. Action, Humour, Good vs Evil and booby Traps.

There was also a family story, that the Tank Indy fights on near the end, was my dad’s uncle Ted’s tractor that the studio bought of him, stripped and repurposed into a tank. I never asked how much truth was in this – but the whole family were in on this. Hmmm.

Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers

Can’t have a genre like this without throwing something from Jackson’s catalogue of masterpiece Tolkien films. For me LOTR beat the Hobbit set (even though it’s slightly dated now days) and within those three – all are amazing in their own right but for me the second instalment wins and let’s be honest, that is because of the Battle of Helms Deep.

But also as story, I think the 2nd of a trilogy is very important. It’s got the biggest job of linking the two bookends, picking up from the first with such momentum that it can carry itself , while building the cliffhanger and suspense for the final piece.

Two Towers does that and so much more. Bringing key characters, plots and arcs into the Middle Earth world. With amazing action sequences, brilliant character chemistry and just opening up the vast fantasy world of Tolkien. This film and the whole franchise are a must.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl

Savvy pick hey! I really enjoy the Pirate films, Captain Jack Sparrow is such a fun character and Johnny Depp plays him so well.

Following the antics on the seven seas, this film introduces us to the world of pirates, ghosts, ships and swagger.  As the story focuses on cursed Aztec gold – which leaves a crew invincible but ghostly and stuck longing to be free. It has everything that you expect, swashbuckling fights, sun soaked locations, witty one liners and rum, lots and lots of rum.

Yes the franchise is still going and yes maybe they should have stopped a couple of films back, but regardless I love them all – they are just fun easy going films and without a doubt the first easily earn’t a space on this list.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Little fact for you, this is the first and only film I ever downloaded (in the naughty sense). Because I was so excited to watch this film, bringing awesome literacy character together in one stylish gothic noir style world what is not to love.

Following Allan Quatermain, The Invisible Man, Mina Harker, Tom Sawyer, Captain Nemo, Dorian Grey and Jekyll/Hyde as they team up to face a new world terrorist on the turn of the century. The Phantom who turns out to be James Moriarty the villainous arch-enemy of Sherlock Holmes.

The film itself got panned and in turn didn’t generate enough interest or money for a sequel but I none the less loved it, the casting, the sets, the way they bought these characters together was amazing. I guess it’s a guilty pleasure but one I highly recommend people see.

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Not the Tom Cruise surprise but the 1999 version with Brandon Fraser.

As a kid this was also one of those films that, if it was on – regardless of where it was in the film I could put it on and enjoy it. After a group of archaeologists accidentally wake a cursed priest mummy who is hell-bent on bringing his bride back to life to rule the world, our heroes have to set out across Egypt to find a way to stop him and bring peace back to the world.

If you like shotgunning the undead, over the top humour, cool dark arts and just some awesome fantasy fun. This is the one for you! Nothing too serious, just some easy-going fun.

 

Thank you for another spellbound, knife wielding fun old post. What do you think of my picks? Is there something that should be on the list? What is your list?

Don’t forget to like and share this post and also vote for the next genre.

Always a pleasure!

 

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Thrillers.

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No one is safe, no one is trusted, nothing is what it seems.

This week its Thriller week! There isn’t a single MJ tribute act in sight. Just Me, You, Five Films and a feeling of confusion as you struggle to understand what is going on and your adrenaline begins pumping.

Shall we begin?

 

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“Remember Sammy Jenkins”

This one seems to slip under people’s radar and I can’t for the life of me work out why. It’s an amazing film put together by Christopher (Dark Knight) Nolan and is backed up with the incredible talent of Guy (You know his face) Pearce.

The Narrative of the film plays in two lines, jumping back and forth from either timeline. Due to the nature of the film this style works ridiculously well.

It follows a man who can’t store short-term memories ever since the night he was attacked and his wife murdered. But determined to find the killer he sets out on the hunt, aided with notes, photos and tattoo’s – he is against all odds, not knowing what is truth or a lie and not being able to trust his own mind will he have closure.

It’s a superb, smart, gritty film that after one watch will have you hooked and ready for a second viewing.

 

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“You’re smarter than you look, Marshall. That’s probably not a good thing.”

Now I think a lot of people have mixed feelings on this film, with the own interpretation of the ending. Which can be said about all of these movies as thrillers and twists can be very subjective.

This film follows a US Marshal investigating a missing persons case on a remote secluded Island that is home to a Psychiatric Hospital. As they get to the island as storm sets in, leaving him and his partner stranded on the Island for a few days.

Paranoia sets in as the pair try to uncover the truth as to what happened to the missing woman, mixed with uncooperative staff members, crazy patiences and the elements beating them back. The case becomes harder and harder until the final act where the storm breaks and so does the case. What happened to the woman?

I think it’s a great rollercoaster and has some great twists, based on the German Existential Horror Movie – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The film oozes the same creepy noir style that will leave you a little scared and confused.

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“Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.” 

Prisoners really hits home with some people because it plays on one of people’s biggest fears – something happening to their children. In this two young girls go missing after a joint family meal for Thanksgiving, it follows the Detective on the case and the four parents all dealing with it in different ways.

It’s highlights man’s nature to try to rationalise everything, while also showing the nature to do whatever it takes to protect family.

As the spiders web of twists and turns continues to get darker and deeper the family and Detective are put into the ring and have to overcome so much to get an answer. Resulting in the final answer, the ending result and the outcome.

With an amazing cast which I have to praise Jackman and Gyllenhaal for their performances. The film stands out and if you haven’t seen it you really should. I can’t rate it enough.

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“When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again.”

Looks like Mr Gyllenhaal is popping back up on the list – maybe he does too many Thrillers, or maybe I really rate him. The second I think.

This film I missed at the cinema and was really gutted I had, after watching it I was mesmerized by it. It’s a strangely beautiful film which in some respects blurs the lines between reality and fiction. Following an Art Gallery owner as she reads her Ex-Husbands Novel dedicated to her. The story starts to hit home as she started to notice similarities between the novel, the characters and their own broken relationship.

I can’t say much more as it get very complex and I worry spoiling something, but I will say stay focused, stay aware of everything, what is real and what is the novel. And also who is who.

It’s dark, it’s complex, its exiting, I love it. But good luck.

ALSO COMPLETELY FORGOT – I can’t praise this film without mentioning Michael Shannon. Such a talent, this film shows he’s abilities down to a T and you will not be disappointed.

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Fight Club

DUE TO THE RULINGS AND AGREEMENTS WITHIN THE GROUP. I AM NOT AT LIBERTY TO DISCUSS ANYTHING RELATED TO OR INCLUDING THE MENTION OF SUCH GROUP.

 

Thank you once again for your continued support and love of these posts. I love doing them, sharing my thoughts on films and just giving recommendations. I hope they are good.

Until next time dear reader. . .