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2014 Round-Up: The Good, the Bad….

Happy 2015 folks!

Small absence from this blog but I have been working my butt off in my normo working life and haven’t had much chance for blogging, but as Jack Torrence would say “Heeeere’s STACEY” (in a less maniacal “I’m going to chop you into little pieces” way).

And here’s my check-ins from 2014 to show that although I haven’t been blogging, I have been watching. This is inclusive of films me and my better half have been watching but exclusive of films I’ve watched on my own.

Title Year URL
Mega Spider 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1830713/ 
World War Z 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816711/ 
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052077/ 
Welcome to the Punch 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1684233/ 
Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2375779/ 
Quatermass and the Pit 1967 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062168/ 
Jumanji 1995 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113497/ 
Storm Warning 2007 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800367/ 
Wreck-It Ralph 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772341/ 
The Last House on the Left 1972 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068833/ 
Fast & Furious 6 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1905041/ 
Mean Streets 1973 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070379/ 
Now You See Me 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1670345/ 
Dark Skies 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2387433/ 
The Dead Zone 1983 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085407/ 
Evil Dead 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1288558/ 
God Bless America 2011 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1912398/ 
The Bling Ring 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2132285/ 
V/H/S/2 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2450186/ 
Malcolm X 1992 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104797/ 
Blade II 2002 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187738/ 
Code 46 2003 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0345061/ 
Dude, Where’s My Car? 2000 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0242423/ 
Jaws 1975 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/ 
The Last Man on Earth 1964 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058700/ 
This Is 40 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758830/ 
The War of the Worlds 1953 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046534/ 
Quantum of Solace 2008 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0830515/ 
Enter the Dragon 1973 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070034/ 
John Carter 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401729/ 
Dance of the Dead 2008 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926063/ 
Cop Land 1997 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118887/ 
Child’s Play 1988 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094862/ 
The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134119/ 
White Zombie 1932 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023694/ 
Frankenweenie 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1142977/ 
Filth 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1450321/ 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073486/ 
Prisoners 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392214/ 
Demons 1985 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089013/ 
Texas Killing Fields 2011 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389127/ 
Pulp Fiction 1994 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/ 
Lovelace 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1426329/ 
Repo Man 1984 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087995/ 
Magic Mike 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1915581/ 
American Samurai 1992 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106258/ 
Seven Psychopaths 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1931533/ 
The Abominable Dr. Phibes 1971 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066740/ 
Feed 2005 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0445965/ 
The Wolverine 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430132/ 
Grabbers 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1525366/ 
I, Robot 2004 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/ 
Inglourious Basterds 2009 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361748/ 
No Country for Old Men 2007 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477348/ 
Killing Them Softly 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1764234/ 
J. Edgar 2011 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1616195/ 
Friends with Kids 2011 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1720616/ 
Pacific Rim 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/ 
Blood Diamond 2006 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450259/ 
X-Men: First Class 2011 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270798/ 
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1877832/ 
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1872181/ 
Lincoln 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/ 
The Lone Ranger 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/ 
Oblivion 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013/ 
Pain & Gain 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1980209/ 
Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2783020/ 
Triangle 2009 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1187064/ 
Hummingbird 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1893256/ 
Monsters University 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1453405/ 
Midnight Run 1988 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095631/ 
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469021/ 
Maniac 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2103217/ 
The Artist 2011 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655442/ 
Bruiser 2000 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212830/ 
Elysium 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535108/ 
Despicable Me 2 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1690953/ 
The Way Way Back 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727388/ 
Badlands 1973 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069762/ 
Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2226417/ 
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419294/ 
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1854564/ 
Bunraku 2010 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1181795/ 
The Darkest Hour 2011 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1093357/ 
Carrie 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1939659/ 
Dom Hemingway 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402105/ 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843866/ 
Kill Your Darlings 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1311071/ 
47 Ronin 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1335975/ 
Berberian Sound Studio 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1833844/ 
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229340/ 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1170358/ 
The Iceman 2012 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1491044/ 
Back to the Future 1985 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088763/ 
Pandorum 2009 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1188729/ 
Waltz with Bashir 2008 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185616/ 
Mr. Nobody 2009 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485947/ 
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1985966/ 
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099763/ 
After Earth 2013 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1815862/ 
Automata 2014 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1971325/ 
The Babadook 2014 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2321549/ 
Jackpot 2011 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1809231/ 
Thir13en Ghosts 2001 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245674/ 
White Christmas 1954 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047673/ 
Man on the Moon 1999 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0125664/ 
Lethal Weapon 1987 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093409/ 
Ghostbusters 1984 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/ 
Elf 2003 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319343/ 
Jingle All the Way 1996 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116705/ 
Batman Returns 1992 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103776/
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 2014 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951265/ 

Highlights:

X-Men Days of Future Past: In particular the Quicksilver scene, I know – yes I am that easy to please. First off I’m a huge American Horror Story fan and Evan Peters is a greatly talented bloke and secondly the VFX in this shot really show how far we’ve come since the tear inducing days of George Lucas’s “look what we can do now” massacring of A New Hope. If you haven’t seen the featurette of the scene, check this clip out.

Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie: It might not be up there with masterpieces but as far as dick and fart features go it;s pretty great. The best thing for me though, being three rows from the front of the Q & A after the film with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. They said some pretty inspirational stuff and I came away from the Apollo full of wide eyed delight and ideas for the future. My teenage years owe a lot to Kevin Smith, I still remember the first time I saw Clerks and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it since.

Most recently seen goes to Man on the Moon. I have had the Mighty Mouse song stuck in my head ever since and have been scouring the net for any available info or footage I can find of Andy Kaufman.

Binned: 

Magic Mike: One of the WORST films I have ever seen in my life. The plot is….well, not a plot really, I’m still trying to figure it how this even got made.

Hummingbird: The Stath will have to pull something pretty amazing out of the bag to get me to watch another one of his one word titular films. Bobbins.

After Earth: Meh. Haven’t cared less about characters in a film since the Bourne Travesty Legacy.

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Oh Captain! My Captain: Goodbye Robin Williams

Carpe diem, seize the day, make your lives extraordinary 

I’m trying to find the words to write to do justice to someone who has been in my film loving life for as long as I can remember. I can’t even remember the first time I saw him just that he’s always been there, making me laugh and cry.

The manic highs and lows meant for an erratic life but a brilliant career, would he have been able to act such a great range of emotional depth if it wasn’t for his lifelong struggles with addiction and depression? Would his star have burned so bright? Probably not.

His filmography, nominations and awards speak for themselves, but for me he will always be John Keating, whispering Carpe Diem, a phrase I first heard when I watched Dead Poets Society around age 12, and for the first time that I can remember cried my eyes out at the end of a film.

So I’ll leave you with this.

and for more profound words, direct you over to Empire.

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Absence due to FILMSHIZ (aka look at MAH SHIT)

Yup, I haven’t been about for a few weeks but I done the following(expect me back as of now):

I went to Vegas.

Zoltar gave me my fortune. Unfortunately I didn’t get BIG (although being an adult should it work in reverse?). I also didn’t get to jump about playing chopsticks on a giant piano (boo).

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I did get to dress up all late 60s chick and have my birthday dinner with my friends in The Peppermill where they’ve filmed scenes in countless films including Casino.

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I bought a rouge squad hoodie too, but haven’t had the chance to photo it yet. It’s super amazing though.

I got back from Vegas.

And a workmate bought me this Princess Leia mug (which is not my new FAV mug).
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I bought myself these AWESOME stromtrooper star wars Vans.
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I went to see one of my fav Directors EVER – Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes do their Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast and watch the Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.

Smith said she really inspiring shit and it’s made me even more than ever want to just try things because someone has to do everything, right. No holding back.
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Oh and I bought these ridiculously awesome comfy pants.

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Normal service will resume as of next week.

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May 4th: Star Wars Day fun for FREE!

Yup, nearly STAR WARS DAY (aka my folks silver wedding anniversary!) and for a little celebration I bring you things you can do for free rather than the usual “here’s where you find cool shit you have to pay for” post.

I am a huge fan of Mollie from Wilde Olive and her super cute artwork with faces. She’s also a big Star Wars fan and she’s put together a few SW based projects that you can do at home for free (because she’s amazing like that).

So here are the two currently released – go to her blog for some free stuff to do this year on Star Wars Day.

 A few free motifs for your crafting pleasure: 

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and this AMAZING Wampa with a removable arm!

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Aren’t they fantastic! Wishing you all a fantastic STAR WARS DAY, may the 4th be with you 😉

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The Muppets Most Wanted

Have I ever said how much I love the Muppets? I was pretty obsessed with Fozzie when I was a kid. My first ever watch was a Fozzie bear one which had tomatoes on the strap and Fozzie on the front. I thought (and still do to some extent) that he was the best comedian I had ever seen. How can you not love a bear with a pork pie hat and fart shoes?

Looking for muppet merch? Why not try some of this?

As a nail obsessive I love OPIs new set they’ve brought out with the new film. You can get this four mini polish set for a very reasonable price at Nail Polish Direct.

This awesome Kermit the frog cameo ring is available from yshtainberg on Etsy

This Piiiiiiigs In Sppppppaaaaaace! Thermos from kerrilendo on Etsy

The RetroInc on Etsy have this fabulous minimalist Sam the Eagle print (and many others which are also amazing)

And last and in no means least this fantastic Faces of Kermit poster from JoeKayse on Etsy

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Captain America: The Winter Solider

Have to say, the first Cap film did not blow me away. I can’t even remember much of it now that I’m thinking about it BUT with the addition of the Black Widow and the juxtaposition of their views on what the greater good is, The Winter Soldier really looks promising and more to the point interesting to those of us who aren’t all AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!

So on that note I went looking for some non official merch and these are the good things I found.

Vintage Style Captain America Cross Stitch? Yes please!  (Uniquelyeunice at Etsy)

 Pretty awesome handpainted converse from Rahul Mistry at Etsy

This mini skirt from Sweetcheekstitches at Esty is pretty

Want to add some finishing touches to home made projects with some ribbon? The grosgrain from St Tiger at Etsy would be perfect 

My personal favourite this brooch from Visiting Cinderella at Etsy 

And just in case you really, really want your cat to have that Steve Rogers touch, then this little collar tab might be for you, from Happy Pet Tag at Etsy

Enjoy the film folks, I’ll be waiting for it’s release on DVD rather than going to the flicks after the disappointment last time round. Let me know what you think!

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The Lego Movie

The lego movie is due for release this Friday and by all accounts it looks like a corker. Straight onto the Lovefilm list then.

I still love Lego, I don’t really think it’s something you grow out of (or is that just me?) I have a  Lego AT-AT which I bought a few years ago when I got some back pay from work. Pay off some of my debts…no….buy a Lego AT-AT? YES!

Want some funky Lego merch? I found these five little gems around the net:

First up, obviously this amazing BTTF Delorian, with Doc, Marty and Hoverboard

Lego silicone mould at The Roman Bazaar – make choccies, soap, ice cubes

A multi-colour Lego clutch at agabag

Loki Flash USB drive from NandoKommando

Star Wars Lego Kids Art from Star Wars Print Shop

Obviously there is so much more out there, I could go on for hours!

Anyone else love Lego? Are you buying it for your kids but really for yourself? I don’t even have that excuse!

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A Little Robocoppery

Robocop (2014) will be upon us tomorrow.

I have to say, I’m not a big fan of the original, I managed to somehow miss out on it – a major film landmark if you were born in the 80s – and I only watched it around seven years ago after my husband saw it as something he needed to put right when he realised what a travesty had occurred in my film watching history.

I watched it and I wasn’t that arsed. I really think if I’d have watched it when I was younger I would have liked it much more but watching it in my late 20s I wasn’t bowled over. As my husband says, there’s no accounting for taste.

I have reasonable hopes for the new one and I wonder if I’m the best person for it from an audience perspective as I don’t have the years of watching it over and over on VHS. I actually can’t remember a lot of it at all.

I think Joel Kinnaman is a fantastic actor and I loved him in the Killing so that’s a good start.

I did go and have a look-see about the net to see what was out there in terms of merch and on that note, if you’re looking for a little Robocoppery of your very own I’ve located some fantastic roboproduce.

First up these awesome heels from Deko Fab

How’s about a miniature arcade game for your desk? This pretty nifty piece is from Arcade Boutique

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This fantastic ED-209 Service and Repair Manual design can be applied to a whole host of goods, thanks to Adho1982 via Redbubble

So there we are: Robocop (2014) is on my Lovefilm list in advance, waiting to be released and will be winging its way to me as soon as it is.

I’d love to hear peoples thoughts on it, so let me know what you think.