AN ODD SORT OF DAY

I woke up this morning to the start of my second week of annual leave.
I had a good tidy up and then relaxed a bit before the local paper’s photographer came over.
They turned up early!! just as I was getting changed and didn’t have time for any makeup and I’m pretty sure my curls were wild.

Will our photo make it to the local rag on Thursday?
Who knows, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Anyway, after that I had all good intentions of getting cracking with some ironing but after a trip to Mum’s to check on the fish I just couldn’t get going in that department and we ended up watching ‘This Means War’ with Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon.
That film just tickles me silly. I find myself chuckling all the way through and the three alternate endings just has me in hysterics!

Anyway, after that Ian was home and it was time for dinner.
While I did that I watched ‘Lola Versus’ with Greta Gerwig and Joel Kinnaman.
I don’t know why I torture myself with this movie.
It has it’s funny moments and of course it has Joel Kinnaman but Lola just drives me to distraction.
This is a woman who is reaching 30 but has done nothing with her life.
She even manages to scare Luke (Joel Kinnaman) away and make mistake after mistake before becoming happy with herself and then…….
Then she makes the biggest mistake of her life by rejecting Luke when he realises what a mistake he’s made by letting her go.
Hellooo!!
6 foot 4 of absolute cuteness and puppy dog eyes incarnate wants you to be his for life and you say……
‘I just need to do me for a while’.

WHAT AN IDIOT!

Anyway, time for some Star Trek…. Re-boot style.

HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – PART 4

OK, I’ll admit from the start of this one….. I’m a Trekker.
The only reason I have my own family right now is because of Star Trek.
I met my husband when I joined a Star Trek club.
We spent the first ten years of our relationship going to conventions.
We had fun.

So with that said, How Times Have Changed Part 4 is dedicated to Star Trek.
Classic and Re-boot.

So let’s start with the characters.

Captain Kirk played by William Shatner and now Chris Pine.
Everyone remembers Captain Kirk.
He’s handsome, arrogant, heroic, bull headed and adventurous.
With the re-boot, they’ve also added, boyish, falable and even more handsome.
Oh yes, Chris Pine also has ‘the eyes’.

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Mr Spock played by Leonard Nimoy and now Zachary Quinto.
Captain Kirk’s right hand man.
He’s alien, intelligent, serious and emotionless. Kirk’s reasoning.
With the re-boot, they’ve played with the emotionless side but he’s still serious and intelligent.
I was very unsure about the casting for this one until I actually saw Zachary Quinto in the role.
He’s brilliant! He worked alongside Nimoy himself to get it right and has kept in touch with him ever since.

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Dr McCoy played by Deforest Kelley and now Karl Urban.
The third player in the Kirk, Spock, McCoy triumvirate.
McCoy, is grumpy, argumentative and good at his job.
With the re-boot, McCoy is grumpy, argumentative and good at his job.
He is also played perfectly by Karl Urban who is a huge Star Trek fan.
He literally channels Deforest Kelley and it’s quite spooky to watch just how good he is at times.

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Sulu played by George Takei and now John Cho.
Sulu is the pilot of the Enterprise. He is also an excellent swordsman.
In the re-boot, he is still the pilot of the Enterprise. He’s a bit of a novice and is thrown in at the deep end but proves himself worthy of the challenge.
They also keep his swordfighting skills that actually come in very handy.

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Chekov played by Walter Koenig and Anton Yelchin.
Chekov is the youngster of the crew.
He’s intelligent and eager.
With the re-boot, he’s even younger and even more eager.

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Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols and Zoe Saldana.
Uhura is intelligent, good at her job and sexy with it.
Nichelle Nichols helped break down some barriers at the time of the original series and actually had the first interacial kiss broadcast on TV.
With the re-boot, Uhura is still intelligent, good at her job and sexy but she is also defiant and kick ass.

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Scotty played by James Doohan and Simon Pegg.
Scotty quite literally holds the enterprise together.
He is an exceptional engineer and knows the ship from end to end. He also enjoys a drink!
Again I was a little unsure about the casting of Simon Pegg in this role.
I needn’t have worried. In the re-boot he is still an exceptional engineer, gets to know the Enterprise from end to end, he also enjoys a drink.
Simon Pegg also uses his amazing acting skills to bring a bit of humor to the role.

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The Enterprise herself has always remained recognisable.
She was groundbreaking in the 60’s. There had never been anything like her on TV before.
She went through various upgrades and redesigns with the movies until we get to the beautiful Abrams re-boot design.
She needed to be similar to the TV Ship but she needed to be tweeked enough to make her work for the modern audiences.
I think they succeeded quite nicely.

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The original series was colourful. It tackled modern issues in a completely different way to what had been seen before.
It made people think of the possibilities of our future. Peaceful co-existence, exploration, human potential.

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The re-boot has kept all of that. It has just brought it up to modern standards for a modern audience who expect more from their special effects.

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As much as we had a lot to thank the original crew for, they did end up a little like geriatrics in space!

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The show desperately needed re-envisioning and I think JJ Abrams has done an outstanding job.
He’s kept everything still very much noticeable as Star Trek.

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But he’s given us new imagery.
Amazing special effects.
A twist on the whole Star Trek Mythos that means he can re-write everything we know about Star Trek.
A whole new future for a whole new (old) crew.

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Verdict.

I love Classic Star Trek.
I love everything it has given us on TV, from Classic Trek through Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.
I love all the movies prior to the re-boot.
I love the conventions and all the colourful people that attend them.

But….

I love the re-boot Star Trek.
The two movies to date have been exciting.
Every cast member has recreated their respective characters amazingly well.
The whole feel of the movies is lavish. The Abrams lens flare works!
The twist in the story was a stroke of genius.
I can’t wait to see how far they will go.

So…….

I can’t actually decide which one I love the most.
I am going to put this one down to a draw.
I have too much respect for the original and what it gave us to just dismiss it.
I love the re-boot too much to ignore it.

GOOD MORNING WORLD

Totally refreshed after a good nights sleep!
My only problem now is my damned foot.
I seem to be virtually back to square one when it comes to pain and getting going in the mornings.
I didn’t take any painkillers at all yesterday and boy did I pay for it last night and this morning.
Anyway, I’m all dosed up now and limbering up quite nicely. Just fed up with constantly having to take pills!

Anyway, I’ve just been enjoying my coffee and having a quick trawl around the internet and I’ve discovered a new trailer.
It’s been a bit of a good news bad news day when it comes to movies.

On the 29th December 2013 I wrote a blog of movies I was excited to see in 2014.
On that list was a film due for release on 21st March but I couldn’t find a trailer.
Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine.

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Considering it was less than three months to release, that was not good.
I’ve been keeping my eye out for it ever since and today I see some not so good news.
It was apparantly a pretty low budget movie at just 5 million Dollars.
The distributor, Universal, have said that they need to put together a 20 – 40 million Dollar package to get the movie to the cinema.
They were banking on the ‘Chris Pine’ chip they had but they apparantly lost that with the Jack Ryan movie opening at number 4 in the box office.
They were now unwilling to go ahead with stretch and have been looking for another distributor.
They have so far been unsuccessful and it looks like the movie could go straight to home DVD!

Damn!

Anyway, there was also a movie that never made it to my list at all.
I’ve said it before, I’m not a comic book fan but I do love my superheroes, especially Marvel superheroes.
I’ve been seeing concept art and the odd photo surface for a movie called ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
I had never even heard of Guardians of the Galaxy and to be honest my attention wasn’t caught at all by what I was seeing.
However….
I have just seen the first official trailer that has just been released.

OMG this looks amazing!!
So, 1st of August.
That’s another one on my list.

JACK RYAN VS 12 YEARS A SLAVE

I had a very eclectic afternoon at the cinema today.

We started with Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit and ended with 12 Years a Slave.
We couldn’t have chosen two films that were so different from each other.
I liked both but for very different reasons.

Jack Ryan was just brilliant.
They have hopefully kickstarted a new franchise.
Chris Pine was amazing and slipped into Ryan’s shoes with ease.
With any luck he’s just found another Franchise to keep him busy for a few years.
It was good to see a film get back to good old explosions and stunts instead of loads of CGI, I hope that continues in the next one.
Now we have Jack Ryan’s back story there is a whole wealth of stories he can now get his teeth into and develop his character.
Can’t wait to see where they take him.

12 Years a Slave was thought provoking.
I can’t remember the last time I sat in a cinema where you could hear a pin drop through the entire movie.
Wonderfully shot and brilliantly acted, I can see this doing very well at the Oscars
That said, I don’t think I could watch it again. It’s not one I’m jumping at to get on DVD.
I actually think ‘Amazing Grace’ is a better film that tackles the same issues and has more of an impact at the end!
12 Years a Slave was good. It made you angry, it made you wince, it made you sad and it made you sympathise but it lacked that final wallop that made you feel it was worth the journey.

So I think, for me, the action packed Jack Ryan has won my vote for the day.
It’s not an Oscar winner like 12 Years but it was much more entertaining.
It’s also on my BluRay want list.

PAIN = SOFA = MOVIES

Don’t know what I’ve done or how I’ve managed it but I’ve either pinched a nerve or tweaked a muscle between my neck and my shoulder on the right hand side of my back!
I just can’t get comfortable.

So Dharma’s hot water bottle has been put to good use and so has the BluRay player.
I’m on my third movie of the day.

After her little vomitting episode last night Dharma couldn’t go to school today so she got to pick the first movie.
She chose ‘Speed’ with Keanu Reeves.
I’d forgotten how much I actually enjoyed that film and I was pleasantly surprised by her choice.

Then I was abandoned and left to try and get comfortable on the sofa on my own.
I’ve just finished watching ‘Star Trek’ and I am now starting…. surprise, surprise….. ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’
Should have just enough time to finish watching it before Murron gets home with her new boyfriend for dinner.

Keanu Reeves, Karl Urban, Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch all in one day.
I am in fangirl heaven and there’s plenty of time for more later!!

CHRIS PINE…. REALLY?

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend over the last couple of weeks.
Every time I check the stats on my blog to see what people are reading everyday I’ve noticed that my ‘Dish of the Week number 44′ is getting lots of hits.

Number 44 was Chris Pine.
But why all the interest now?

I can only put it down to the fact that ‘Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit’ is due for release.
This Friday to be precise! Now I know what I’m doing Friday.

Chris is playing ‘Jack Ryan’ at the beginning of his career.
Way before the events in films such as Hunt for Red October,  Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears.
With any luck, if the film is a hit, it will be a good career move for Chris with loads of stories available for Jack Ryan.
He’s great at a bit of action and lets face it, he’s very easy on the eye.

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Another film he has due for release in March could be even more interesting.
After the release of Star Trek last year he started sporting a rather fetching beard.

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The film due for release in March is ‘Stretch’
From what I can find out, the film is about a chauffeur who takes a job for a billionaire who makes his life hell.
Chris is playing the billionaire and has a rather odd look for the part.
Looks like the beard was a base for some extensions!

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MMmmm, not his best look. Could be interesting.
On the upside, the chauffeur is being played by Patrick Wilson!

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I actually have a lot of respect for an actor who isn’t afraid to knock their looks back for a role and this isn’t the first time Chris has done it.
Before his career really took off he was in a film called Smokin’ Aces and he looked like this.

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A little reminicent of Brad Pitt in Kalifornia.
I can’t believe I’m going to say this but Brad Pitt was so convincing as Early Grayce in Kalifornia that he made me feel physically sick!!
Brilliant film too!

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So lets see if this post gets some hits.
Any Chris fans reading this, let me know what you think about Jack Ryan and Stretch.
I’m sure I’ll review them on here when I’ve seen them.

MOVIES TO SEE IN 2014

I’ve just been doing a bit of trolling on the internet to find out about movie releases in 2014.
I’ve decided to make movie going a bit more of a regular thing.
Movies were my hobby growing up and I miss not getting to the cinema more often.
Blurays are great on a big TV but it just isn’t the same as seeing them on the BIG screen and sharing the experience with lots of people.

So here are a few I’ve picked out that have tweaked my interest for one reason or another.
I’m sure there are lots more on the way that are more thought provoking and oscar worthy but when I go to the movies I want a bit of fun and escapism.
Thought provoking and oscar worthy can wait for my On Demand service.

So, starting with releases in January……

This first one has tweaked my interest for all the wrong reasons.
The story is dubious.
The acting looks a bit shaky.
Overall it looks a bit cheesy……… but
Kellan Lutz is Hercules.
The costumes and the muscles look jaw dropping.
The Legend of Hercules.

The next one is The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box.
This time we have some great British talent. Sam Neill, Michael Sheen and Ioan Gruffudd.
Unfortunately, judging by the trailer, the story itself looks a bit weak.
Worth a try though.

Next is ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’
I love the past Jack Ryan movies,  The Hunt for Red October with Alec Baldwin, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger  with Harrison Ford and The Sum of All Fears with Ben Affleck.
I think my favourite to date has been the first one.
However, this time around they have gone right back to a very young Jack Ryan, just starting out in his career and much to little Dharma’s delight they have chosen Chris Pine to play Ryan.
The film is a PG 13…. mmmmm I might just be able to smuggle Dharma in to see it!!

In February we have the re-make of Robocop.
I loved the original but it has become very dated and camp.
This one looks like they have gone for the serious look and it actually looks good.

We have ‘Non-Stop’
Who’d have thought that Liam Neeson would be an action hero at this point in his life!

We also have ‘The Monuments Men’
I discovered this one completely by accident but it looks like it could be quite fun.

In March we have ‘Stretch’.
This is another Chris Pine movie but judging by the storyline I won’t be taking Dharma to see this one.
Considering it’s due for release in March, I can’t find a damned trailer for it!!

Storyline…
A chauffeur takes on a job for a billionaire who makes his life hell.

Patrick Wilson plays a limo driver who discovers he only has one shift left to pay off a big debt, and he rolls the dice. When the chauffeur picks up a reclusive billionaire (Chris Pine) with some deviant appetites, the driver vows to fulfill the guy’s every request, no matter how weird, to score the big tip that could square him. But as the night grows stranger and the driver is pushed into some very dangerous encounters, he worries that the freak in his back seat might just be his final fare.

There is a new biblical blockbuster on the way in the form of ‘Noah’

Moving into April we have ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
This is the second solo outing for Captian America and it looks like it’s going to be incredible.

We also have an interesting looking film starring Johnny Depp. Not his usual over the top character in this one but some more down to earth acting with a frightening look into a possible future if technology keeps developing at the speed it already is.

‘Draft Day’ is another sports film from Kevin Costner. It also stars Tom Welling. It will be interesting to see him get his teeth into a good role. Haven’t seen much of him since Smallville ended.

In May things start to heat up a little.
Starting with ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2

Followed by ‘Godzilla’

Followed by another installment in the X-Men franchise with ‘X-Men: Days of future Past’

We finish the month with ‘Maleficent’
Continuing the recent glut of fairy stories we have a re-working of Sleeping Beauty with Angelina Joli playing Maleficent who has been fashioned on Disney’s 1950’s version of the character and she looks amazing!!

In June we have ‘ Edge of Tomorrow’
Stright off the back of Oblivion, we have another Tom Cruise adventure.

Followed by 22 Jump Street.
21 Jump Street wasn’t the greatest movie in history but any movie with Channing Tatum has got to be worth a look.

This month we also have ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2.
The first one was amazing and in this one, Hiccup is all grown up.

We also have ‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’
There is not trailer for this one yet and any information that has been leaked onto the internet has been taken down so quickly, I can’t keep up.
Just watch this space.

In July we start with ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
As a fan of the original movies I am interested to see where they are taking this series and how they are going to get there.

We also have ‘Jupiter Ascending’
I caught this one on a trailer on TV the other night.
Another Channing Tatum but in this one it looks like he really gets to flex hi muscles and moves!

This months also see another Hercules movie!!
Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
There’s no trailer yet but they have cast another favourite of mine in the title role. Dwayne Johnson.
Oh yes… tall, well built and perfect for the role of Hercules.
Again, watch this space.

We are now into August and it’s getting harder to find trailers for up coming movies because they are still filming or in post production.
For me, there is only one film I want to see in August.
I have been waiting 2 bloody years for this thing to be released!
It was filmed in the summer of 2011 for a release in 2012 however, after lots of wrangling and a change in distributor, the date kept getting pushed back until they have finally settled on August 29th 2014.
If it doesn’t get released next year I am simply going to burst!!
Can’t wait to see Karl Urban playing a complete shit!
I ‘still’ cannot find this on Youtube for a direct link so you’ll have to click on the following link to see the trailer.

http://moviepilot.com/movies/1075714-the-loft/trailers/1777319568001

After that things look pretty thin on the ground until Dec when we get the third in the Hobbit trilogy ‘There and Back Again’
There’s also another instalment to the Night at the Museum movies and this time it’s set in London.

There’s got to be more on the way, I’m just tuckered out looking for them.
I’m going to look at getting me and Ian movie cards. That way there’s no arguments about going to the movies a lot and get to see some of the films I wouldn’t normally get to see because I finances.
As long as we see a couple of films each, a month, then the rest is a bonus.