July Round-Up

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So July was almost as busy as June was and now it’s time to share the fun with you guys.

Blogging wise the posts were few and far between, but they were worthy – two blogging opportunities presented themselves to me this month. This first was an invitation to the Grand Opening of Cineworld’s 100th cinema at Rushden Lakes. Where I had the opportunity to watch Spider-Man Far From Home in 4DX. My review of the film and the whole experience can be found over HERE – if you get a chance to venture up to Rushden Lakes I’d highly recommend it.

The next blogging opportunity I got was an invite to the Fox and Hounds in Harlestone to sample the new menu and see the newly redecorated pub. This turned into one of the best date nights the GF and I have had in a long time. Honestly, the Fox and Hounds is an amazing place, but don’t take my word on it – check out my post instead. Fox & Hounds Review.

The cinema trips also saw me hit up the latest Disney live version of The Lion King, which was a bit of fun but overall a film that did not need to be made and I was confused about the hype surrounding Beyonce in this movie. But I am not one to judge.

The GF and I also went to London’s Hyde Park for Barclaycard British Summer Time to watch Celine Dion which the other half absolutely loved. I bought her tickets as a Valentines Day/treat for the rough patch she had regarding surgery on her knee. So we drove down to Stanmore station and hopped onto the tube, had a couple of drinks and just sat in the sun all evening enjoying the music and the atmosphere. I had never been a Dion fan, but she was really good live and I had fun.


Then comes the biggy, the weekend of love and merriment – Tom’s Wedding.
My best friend was marrying his beautiful girlfriend, so on Friday, we went up to Nottingham to help with the final odd jobs for the wedding. Then Saturday as the rain began to set in we got suited and booted and headed off to the church. It was a beautiful day, filled with surprises, fun, dancing and Elton John. I am so honoured to have been apart of this and to witness this amazing day.

Tom was dressed in his full RAF dress suit accompanied with a Sword and four of his RAF mates who set the scene for a sword arch as the happy couple left the church. I was asked by the couple to do a reading during the service which was an honour – when asked afterwards: Did you write that? I was honest and said no, but the poem was so fitting to them both that people found it amazing that I found something so relatable. We then went for afternoon tea, had the speeches (which were all thoughtful and loving), then the drink started to flow. The cake was cut and then suddenly Elton John appeared to play their first dance – Can you feel the love tonight.

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Elton carried on and played a couple of sets and we boogied into the night like Tiny Dancers, remembering all too well that Saturday nights alright for fighting. (Elton Pun, there was no fighting). The night ended a couple of gins and a sore throat later and before I knew it I was bundling into a taxi with my GF, the groom’s sister and her husband. Once back at the hotel I grabbed a shower and then passed out. The blackout curtains of a Hilton really can mess with my body clock.

The following morning we got up and went for a pre-breakfast hot tub in the Spa with the Grooms parents. Which worked a treat for sobering me up. Then off to breakfast – I will always say this, Hilton smashes breakfast like honestly, they do the best! The whole wedding party had breakfast together with the Bride and Groom, chatting about antics from the night before, necking coffee and juice to sober up and just enjoying the moment.

We then packed up and decided to head up north to Sheffield to go and see the GF’s grandparents. The logic was we were halfway there. I was halfway to falling asleep but still, it was nice to go, she doesn’t get to see them much so I know she really appreciated it. Then we finally headed home and went to bed. I was so tired, but at least I had Monday off as well.


Overall this month has been busy but so worth it, I’ve loved it all so much. Though there was a sad moment in the middle when it comes to Buddy. I won’t go into it again but you can see what happened here ———> Buddy  I also kinda hope next month will be a bit easier going – especially on my old wallet. I also intend to be more active on the blog front. So watch this space.

 

 

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Far From Home at Rushden Lakes.

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[AD] This Post is in association with Cineworld Cinemas. Who gave me and guest tickets to their 4DX experience and Gala evening to celebrate their 100th cinema opening.

Last night I had the amazing opportunity to visit the new Cineworld that recently opened in Rushden Lakes Northamptonshire and to top it off we got free tickets to watch Spider-Man: Far From Home in the 4DX experience.

img_20190702_210029_290Firstly let’s talk about the Cinema and Building itself. Rushden Lakes is the 100th Cineworld to open across the nation and I’ll be honest. They haven’t held back with this one. It’s fresh, sparkly and new. Housed in a unit that also offers Mini Golf and Play Zones. It’s not just a cinema experience anymore. It’s a day out.

This Cinema has the facilities for all the latest movie tech. Including an iMax Screen, Screen X – a 270degree screen, and the stunning 4DX experience. Which is a fully immersive experience that, by using high-tech motion seats that move in perfect synchronization with the film. As well as the moving seats, special effects are added in line with the action on the screen. These effects include wind, water, fog, lightning, bubbles, rain, scents and snow.

This cinema is a state of the art place that just adds to the film going experience.


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The evening began not knowing what to expect, as we took the escalator up to the shiny cinema heaven, we had our names ticked off a list, handed a ticket and escorted through a red velvet rope into the busy cinema lobby where staff were ushering around trays of food and glasses of champagne. It felt very fancy, like a low key James Bond film – just needed to acquire the target and make contact.

We headed into the screen, where we were given more freebies of popcorn and water. We picked our seats and got settled in. I’ve done 4DX before but I didn’t think too much of it. That was a couple of years ago now and I am so glad we opted for this style of viewing because honestly, the experience has changed so much and for the better. The interactive capacity of the chair just put you straight in the film. Feeling every punch, every swing and every bullet fly passed Spidey’s head. It’s an experience I would recommend anyone try especially now that they have improved it so much – Spider-Man in the 4DX style was the perfect pairing.


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Brief paragraph review of the film.

I loved it. Simple as that. I thought it was a really good expansion of the MCU world and the Spider-Man storyline. Introducing some cool new characters and revisiting some old ones that you never imagined you’d see in this film. Tom Holland brings it every time and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio is amazing – a truly underrated actor in my eyes.

There were several throwbacks and nods to the bigger world – one which made me smile so much it almost bought a tear to my eye (but you’d never guess which bit). It flowed really nicely, had the same smart level of humour, action and teenage awkwardness that the first one had and tackled the bigger picture questions left over, as the first film to be set after the amazing Avengers Endgame.


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If you are looking for a date night or social afternoon out, I highly recommend Rushden Lakes Cineworld, for the full cinema experience and selection of films. So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself some popcorn, ice cream and a cinema ticket today. Honestly, this is one of the nicest cinemas I’ve ever seen and even though it’s still rocking the new car smell I can see it holding it’s own and becoming a pillar of the community.

Thankyou Cineworld – as always it was a pleasure.

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

 


Actor in a Leading RoleImage result for rami malek freddie mercury

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

 


Actress in a Leading RoleImage result for lady gaga a star is born

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

 


Actress in a Supporting RoleImage result for Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

  • 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

 


DirectingRelated image

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

 


Animated Feature Image result for spider-man into the spider-verse

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

 


Original Song Related image

  • “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?

 

 

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.