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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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).
I bought myself these AWESOME stromtrooper star wars Vans.
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.
Oh and I bought these ridiculously awesome comfy pants.
Normal service will resume as of next week.
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:
and this AMAZING Wampa with a removable arm!
Aren’t they fantastic! Wishing you all a fantastic STAR WARS DAY, may the 4th be with you 😉
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!
I honestly cannot begin to say how much I love this film and LOVE this among many of the songs, and the choreography, Fosse was a genius!
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!
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
Omni Consumer Products Mug? Sumotees
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.