Film Review: Kodachrome

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Kodachrome.

We’re all so frightened by time, the way it moves on and the way things disappear. That’s why we’re photographers. We’re preservationists by nature. We take pictures to stop time, to commit moments to eternity. Human nature made tangible.

Last night I found myself with an evening to myself. So after flicking through Netflix for what seemed like forever I stumbled upon this film. I remember seeing the trailer a while back and thinking “Oh that looks good”.

The film is about the troubled relationship between father and son, as they head across America to the only remaining place that can develop this specific photography film. – Which I am lead to believe is based on a true story, or at least the part about the photo shop having an influx of people as they stopped developing the film.

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It’s such a heartwarming bittersweet tale as we follow Matt (Jason Sudeikis) a music producer that is almost at the end of his rope within in his career and Ben (Ed Harris) his father, a world-famous photographer. Both actors hit their mark amazingly – it’s not a new role for Harris who has a list of talented roles under his belt, but it is refreshing to see Sudeikis take a step away from comedy and break into something with serious heart and drama.

Elizabeth Olsen supports the cast as Zooey, Ben’s carer who joins them for half of the journey. She is refreshing and of late I have started to really rate her (did you see Wild River).

The film had a strong “Into the Wild” feel to it, using similar techniques such as, a mix of amazing acting, moving story and subtle but undeniably fitting soundtrack of acoustic folk music. The whole package in my eyes.

Something like this shows we don’t need big action scenes, fire and car chases to entertain the senses. Strip it all back to basics and just run with a story and a handful of cast members. It works just as well.

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As the story goes on we learn more about the broken relationship between Father and Son, the hardships of adulthood and how life can change and develop (Camera Pun there. Sorry) without even noticing it. There is such a relatable tone to this movie that I still can not shift. It captivated me and did exact what “Into the Wild” did to me. And I am not too proud to hide the fact that by the end I was just laid there, tears in my eyes and emotionally lost for words.

The film ends as you would expect with this story, with the main characters looking at the photos that were the reason to drive across country. They didn’t know what was on the reel’s until this final scene which was captured so beautifully. Without going into too much detail ultimately that is the film – highlighting the fact that era’s and periods shift and change with the wind and the effects are with you forever.

If you looking for a really good feel-good film, or maybe you are just a bit lost and need some kind of therapeutic guidance this film is for you. Like I said I can’t stop thinking about it and I want to share it with as many people as I can. Go and watch it – you won’t be disappointed.

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Mystery Blogger Award

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Rules:

1: Put the award logo/image on your blog

2: List the rules

3: Thank whomever nominated you and provide a link as well

4: Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

5: Tell your readers three things about yourself.

6: Nominate other bloggers.

7: notify the nominees by commenting on their blog.

8: ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question.

9: Share a link to your best post


 

I was tagged in this post by AToughTimeToBeHonest and I for one am grateful for the tag – I love these posts and I think they are amazing ways to learn something about everyone.

And literally a day after being tagged in this, Lana and Ryan from The Cole Camp Fire tagged me too so now I am thanking them and answering more questions set upon me.

Both blogs are amazing and ran by supportive people who has so much passion that they are a credit to the blogging community and their work – go follow, support and share.

The Award strikes again and I was also tagged in LizzumsLivesLife which if you don’t follow you should, she is amazing!

I wont lie I just copied this line from the tagged post because I wouldn’t know where to find the creator – But here we go the creator of the Mystery Blogger Award is Okoto Enigma check out her lifestyle and travel blog here.


Now a chance to shine – three things you might not know about me.

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  1. When I was younger, say 7 or 8 I got lost in Matalan, I was too busy running around and darting through the racks that I lost my family. On reflection it was very Blair
    Witch. Just manically running in circles.
  2. I am a sucker for fancy dress – I LOVE IT. I don’t go half hearted. It’s all or nothing. Over time I have donned many faces (maybe I should right a post about it) but this is by far one of my favourite costumes.
  3.  And the final thing about me – as much as I find the wildlife and scenery beautiful, I am scared of the Ocean, the depths and what lurks down there. I would much prefer to be stuck in Space than at the bottom of the Ocean. Have you seen some of the critters that live down there?

 

Now looking at the rules I think there is something missing, or I have made a mistake. But it’s time to continue. . . or make it up as I go along. Going forward I want people to do the three facts and then answer the set questions.


The Questions

From AToughTimeToBeHonest

  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years. – Family Man. Married with a Child in a nice house with a dog – I can’t wait for the dog!
  2. Favourite drink, alcoholic or not? – Can’t beat a lovely Cuppa Tea or a Gin 😉
  3. Should Pluto be recognised as a planet? – Probably not, he’s a dog! Real answer, Yes I do. My GF’s sister was learning the planets the other week and it occurred to me they have it easier now as when I was learning their was one more. Bring it back!
  4. Android or Apple? – Android for Phone, Apple for Computer. 
  5. Post the funniest photo you can of yourself which reminds you of a time you had fun. – Get a load of this! (Pete, Me, Mole & Tom) This was taken at Mole’s Stag do that his now Step Son and my best friend Tom organised. It was such a messy night but so many good memories.263472_195546863830830_3545073_n

The Questions

From The Cole Camp Fire

  1. Do you have pets? Tell me about your pets. – We have a cat at our house which is my GF’s sister but when she moved out she couldn’t take the cat. I am not a fan of the cat! The Cat is the bane of my home life. I can’t wait to move into a house and get a dog. I don’t like Cat’s think they are superior and think they deserve everything – where a dog is loyal and respectful.
  2. If you’re the star of a reality show, what would it be about? – I would say it would be about my life – maybe a video form of my blog. Showcasing me growing up dealing with adult life, planning the next steps and becoming a success.
  3. What is the book you are currently reading? – I am not a big reader, which I will admit I don’t like and wish I could read more. Currently I am reading David Jason’s Only Fools and Stories.
  4. Share with me something we don’t know about you? – Oh golly I am constantly being asked this now days I don’t know what you do and don’t know. Ok I once broke my arm playing basketball, clean snap and had to don a sexy orange cast while it healed.
  5. Michael Jordan or Lebron James? – Being a brit I am not big on Basketball and so would have to pick Michael Jordan on his merit for the Space Jam Movie.

The Questions

From LizzumsLivesLife 

  1. Have you ever broken a bone? – Yes, my arm while playing Basketball in High School
  2. When was the last time you went on a stay-cation/overnight trip? – Well I just got back off a real holiday so . . . but last overnight trip was probably visiting my dad a few weeks back – or if that doesn’t count. We went to London last year for a show and weekend away which was cute.
  3. What did you want to grow up to become when you were a child? – A had several jobs on the list when I was young; An Artist, Chef, Fireman.
  4. What is your current music obsession? – George Ezra is my jam at the moment, I am loving his new album and in particular ‘Paradise’
  5. Do you generally prefer the book or it’s movie adaption? – As a film geek I much prefer the films, but then I will go back and read the book. The occasions I have thought. Book wins in recent years is Jo Nesbo’s – The Snowman. I couldn’t put the book down and then the film came out I was so excited . . . only to be let down but a pile of steamy rubbish.

 


Nominations!

This is a bit I don’t like about these, because one I have to pick people and I want to tag you all and I also need to remember who I am tagging so I can tweet it out. But here we go.

  1. Megs – Blog: Respirare – Twitter: @RespirareXO
  2. Kimi –  Blog: LoveMamaMop – Twitter: @Lovemamamop
  3. Leann – Blog: ArthritisFighter – Twitter: @LeannKelly27
  4. Laura – Blog: DirectlyLaura – Twitter: @DirectlyLaura
  5. Janita – Blog: TylerBelle – Twitter: @TylerBelle2
  6. Sarah – Blog: UnexploredBoundaries – Twitter: @SarahDanne
  7. Matt – Blog: MattViews – Twitter: @MattViews1
  8. Laura – Blog: LauraJacquesAINH – Twitter: @Laura_AIMH
  9. Paul – Blog: BrutalHonestyBlogger – Twitter: @PaulMcG1994
  10. Bryony – Blog: BryonyPerfectlyImperfect – Twitter: @BryonyAshaw

Now it is my turn to ask the questions . . . are you all ready? Good Luck!

The Questions.

  1. If you could introduce a new law into the world what would it be?
  2. If you could have any job in the world what would you do?
  3. What is your favourite mythical creature or monster?
  4. With no warning the world turns into a Wasteland and the three items in front of you will help you survive – what are they and how do you fancy your chances?
  5. What do you fear most?

 


Let me take this chance to thank you all so much, for your constant support and for reading and even enjoying my ramblings on here and on Twitter – you all make this so worth it, so welcoming and so so supportive. It’s one of the best communities I have ever known let along been a part of.

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Now go, take this post, share it, comment and just enjoy it. It’s such a pleasure and you guys make it all worth it.

Peace! x

 

A New Blogging Series – The Gadget Guide!

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This is a little introductory post about a new series I am putting together called “The Gadget Guide”.

Where I’ll take recommendations, or find some quirky gadgets that I can review and make a guide about. Tackling manly gifts that can work as gift guides and ideas for boyfriends, sons and dad gifts. But also I’m also looking at house hold gadgets – Like that frying pan that cooks every part of a Full English in one go. How cool is that!

Rest assure though boys, I will take the plunge and review things that can be aimed to the opposite sex, so you can have a helping hand when searching for gifts for your lady friends, Mothers, Sisters and Lovers

Basically I will be taking on everything and anything,

The end goal is to treat myself to a Google Home device to review and sing its praises – because let’s be honest that little thing is awesome and I CAN’T WAIT to get one.

Partly the reason for this series is. . . because I am a guy and I love a good gadget. But also because I can sense you all need my help when it comes to gift giving which is something I nail. Christmas, pfft easy. Birthdays KA-POW. Baby Showers – done and done. So now it’s time to share my knowledge with you all.

So that’s me – short and sweet just to keep you in the loop. But know I need to work out what the first review is going to be. I have had a little look on Amazon to see what I could work with. Any suggestions or if there is something you want to see reviewed by a somewhat trusting, charming and funny guy (that’s me) let me know. I love a challenge and let’s be honest this is going to be a hoot.

Peace and Love my beautiful followers.

 

 

P.S The above image “Gadgets” is not my art work. I am grateful for it’s design.

Beginners Guide to NFL.

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Well not exactly a guide to understanding the sport . . . I mean I’m not even sure  I can understand it all yet, let alone explain it. But this is more about my new-found fondness.

So Sports Fans we had the Super Bowl which was awesome!

I’ve always wanted to get into the game, but obviously being an American game and living in England it never felt like it was meant to be. It’s not easy to watch it over here and the support is low (which I was wrong about).

So after the Super Bowl, which I sat down and watched thanks to BBC iPlayer, I felt like I was ready to learn and understand the game. I picked up the majority of the rules pretty quickly and thought – Ok I am going to actively work on this, support the sport and follow the game.

Again being a Brit I have no clue who is good or bad. I know that the New England Patriots are one of the best, with Tom Brady’s arm and there Super Bowl wins. But I didn’t want to do that, you know that fair weather Manchester United supporting fan thing. I am just picking a side and rooting for them.

So as I have family in Houston I thought, this is an easy pick – Go Texans!

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When I was out there, we went tailgating – which if you don’t know turns a football game (which is already long enough) into a day session. Everyone turns up at the stadium with their pickup trucks and RV’s – they set up a tent, a BBQ and they just DRINK. I mean like they go to town on the beers and BBQ – my god it was amazing. I was so drunk that day it was unreal. It’s crazy how culture in the States is so different, over here you get a crappy pie and a warm beer before the game, over there you got a whole pre party that is good enough to be THE party.

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I then went and bought Madden 18 to help learn the rest of the plays, rules and dynamics of the game. Which so far has offered so much more than just that, the game is so in-depth in regards to what you can do, the drafts, the contracts, the coaching. It’s a whole different level of gameplay than what you would expect with something like FIFA – which is top of the football gaming world, Madden steps over that and gives so much more for NFL. I’ve been able to learn about techniques, plays and even the dynamics of drafting new players from High School – I can’t say I am 100% up on the know how just yet but it is coming along nicely and it’s so much fun.

I’ve also got a couple of friends that are fans of the sport which is helpful in my rookie state. One being a guy I work with – who is probably reading this right now and realising we are talking about him. Hey Steve! It’s useful to talk to these guys to help gain an understanding of bits of the game I might not get. I worry that I have become that person – now that I’ve found something new to take an interest in, everything can revolve around NFL. Like I want to get a Jersey but I also don’t want to be that guy. You know the one that after two months of having a new hobby has the team strip, some merchandise and a signed picture. It’s over kill. But you know what I mean.

I would love a Jersey but they are like £100 and well that is a lot of money right now. So hey if anyone out there wants to send me one in return for some favours, posts or reviews – sign me up. (Houston Texans Home Jersey – 2XL, 10 Hopkins, 4 Watson or 99 Watt)

Just an idea – worth a shot.

So here is to the continued learning of the game, the understanding of the nitty bits and the start of next season. Yes it’s about 6 months away but I can’t wait. Going to have to work out how to watch in the UK but it’s going to be fun. Any of my readers or followers an NFL fan? If so who do you support? Maybe you can help me get out of the rookie league and into the Pro status.

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THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

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Rules For The Sunshine Blogger Award

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  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog;
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you;
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award and ask them 11 new questions; and
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog site.

 

Step 1. A big thank you to Michael David for nominating me in this rather funky cool award. You sir are a classic gent! Guys check him out on his page . . . HERE

Step 2. BRING ON THE QUESTIONS:


Michael David’s Questions & Answers.
1. What do you consider to be your biggest strength? My biggest strength would be my ability to make the most or best of a bad situation. Turn people around and focus on the good.
2. If you could pick up and master any skill in just one day, what skill would it be? (Playing an instrument, speaking a language? Etc) Oh this one is easy – Parkour / Free Running. I would love to be able to do some Assassins Creed, James Bond style moves.
3. What is the best place you have visited as a tourist and why? Houston Texas – I went about 18 months ago to visit family out there and it was such an amazing trip. One of the first times I had travelled fully alone too – even though that didn’t bother me it made the trip more exciting.
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4. What are your three favourite films?
Are you kidding me . . . ermm . . . Die Hard, Pulp Fiction & The Avengers – that is a hard question for me.
5. List 3 fun things you would like to do before you die. I actually currently have a list of 30 before 30 – but if I don’t finish them they will end up on the bucket list. I would like to see the Northern Lights, Learn to play golf and start my own company.
6. If you could go back in time to any point in history, and stay there for 24 hours, just observing, where would you go and why? 1920’s New York City – the era of Gangsters, Speakeasy and Booze Running. I’d love to experience and see that world.
7. What is the most you have ever won or lost in one session of gambling or on a bet? Lost – £50. Won – £550 – What a night that was. Hello BlackJack.
8. What is your most prized material possession? Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 17.07.02A little leprechaun egg cup (that I don’t use as an egg cup but more an ornament) – it was my Nan’s and it’s something so little but it means so much to me.
9. What are your main goals (not blog related) for 2018? Buying a House is a big one, though unsure how realistic that is now. Tick a couple more things of my 30 before 30 list and get fit.
10. Who is the most famous person you have met face to face? Briefly describe the encounter. Jason Donovan – Briefly describe isn’t a pun I swear. But I was in my boxers – a few of us were getting changed and he walked in. (Swear Down)
11. What is your favourite alcoholic beverage? Depending on my mood or occasion – I love a nice GnT but saying that an ice-cold beer is always a winner after a long day.

Look who’s back! I have been tagged again – this time by Nathan over at DadsTechHub and on Twitter at: HERE
You should check out that blog, it’s brilliant and inspirational stuff. But now for what you came to see – the Questions.
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  1. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because I wanted to start a Parenting Dad Blog in the future, but then decided to start a lifestyle adulthood blog to build a platform ready for when it becomes a Parenting Blog.
  2. What is the best blogging tip you would give new to blogging? Be yourself, Wow that sounded cliched but it’s true, don’t mould yourself or say / do things you think people want to see. Do or write about what you want. Be yourself. People will respect it more – don’t worry about being too close to the edge or controversial.  
  3. If you could which element of blogging would you dedicate more time to? I would have to say time management – which is a kicker, I would dedicate more time to time. I just struggling to keep things consistent and regular. 
  4. What is the most random fact you know? Not sure if this is a random fact or a random fact about me – so have both. Random: You are more likely to get hurt on the way to an Airport than on the flight itself. About Me: I am allergic to Oranges.
  5. Which film title best describes your personality? Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  6. What was the first Cassette tape/CD/MP3 that you ever purchased? Wow god knows! Erm The Grease Soundtrack on CD
  7. Which children’s film completely scarred you? I am not sure about Children’s film – but I always remember the Hell section of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey always creeped me out and scarred me.
  8. If you were a mad scientist, what experiment would you run, if money wasn’t an issue? Human Experiments with Teleportation 
  9. If you could travel in time to your future or past self a message, what would it be? I would travel into the past with the simple message “Time Travel is Real – Be Prepared” – cryptic but fun.
  10. If you could only have 1 piece of technology, what would it be? Real or Not? Because an Iron Man Suit is a must have right? If it’s a bit more realistic I would say a Google Home and all the kit to have a fully automatic house.
  11. Haribo or Jelly Babies? – Haribo hands down, as much as I like Jelly Babies, after one or two they get a bit sickly for me.

POW! Loved them questions, nice job! Now everyone – your challenge is to go and follow DadsTechHub & to also start a game of Tag with your friends. Both are musts!

 

Peace!


Now it’s my turn!
1. Who would you have play you in a film?
2. If you could have any super power what would it be?
3. Which Band or Album would you say is your favourite of all time?
4. You win the jackpot on the lottery, what is the first thing you do?
5. Which is your favourite Muppet and why?
6. If you could have any career at all what would you be?
7. What is your favourite sauce that is a must for the dinner table?
8. How many tattoos do you have and what / where are they?
9. Are you a, Starter or Dessert kinda person?
10. What is your favourite number?
11. Tell me a secret you have never told anyone

 


I nominate . . .

  1. Annie – The Next Avenger  @MissAnnieLarkin
  2. Alix – All Lady A @AllLadyA
  3. Tasmin – The Aspiring Kryptonian @AspiringKrypto
  4. Ellie – The Diary of Ellie @TheDiaryofEllie
  5. Megara – Mystic Mogwai @Megzmoz
  6. Christina – Navigation To Happiness @Navig8happiness
  7. Abbie – What Abbie Says @Whatabbiesays_
  8. Dave – The Yorkshire Dad @Yorkshiredadof4
  9. Matthew – MattsViews @MattsViews1
  10. Parris – ParrisElizabeth @ParrisElizabeth
  11. Megan – ReflectionsandRamblings @RamblingBlog1

 

WOW! The hardest part of these is deciding who to tag, linking them up and remembering to tag them in the tweet.

Thanks again Michael, this was so much fun. I love doing these, reading others and just doing blog content. Thank you. And to you lucky 11 I can’t wait to read your posts. Good luck, enjoy and POW! You got this.

 

Peace!