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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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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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Harry Potter, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Watford

It was my birthday last June and my lovely husband bought me tickets to the Harry Potter studio tour in Watford. To say I was happy would probably be the understatement of the year!

Tim got the tickets last year, so I have been patiently (read: annoying Tim every few days by telling him how excited I am) waiting for the day to arrive, as I was going on my actual birthday. I couldn’t think of anything better than spending the day looking at awesome Potterstuffs.

I awoke early and donned my outfit as previously planned, including my new Qwertee Harry Potter t-shirt.

We arrived around midday and stopped for a coffee (and a quick check to see if my hands were the same size as Radders, which they are!) before joining the queue, although it doesn’t feel much like a queue, they have little bits and bobs for you to look at while you’re waiting including the cupboard under the stairs and a few family portraits waiting on the walls for you to nosey at. They stagger it out quite well so that there aren’t too many people in the queue at any one time.

You are then shown into a small room with screens on the walls displaying posters from across the world for all of the films (which was pretty cool) and they then show you a little film on those screens about the series of films and how they came about to be make. Then the lady asked if it was anyone’s birthday….

So I shot my hand up straight into the air.

“me, me, it’s my birthday!”

“well happy birthday, and what’s your name?”

“Stacey!”

“and how old are you Stacey?”

“32! I am 32 TODAY”!

“…….oh, and is there anyone else?”

“It’s Amy’s birthday today”

Lady looks in Amy’s direction

“Well, I won’t ask how old you are….”

“I’m only 26!”

Sorry to say, that did brighten my day a little!

We were then shown through to a cinema where Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were shown talking about their experiences of the films, the sets and the studios this ended with the doors of the great hall being shown on screen, and then the screen went up and the doors to the Great Hall were right behind them.

At this point another lady said “I believe it’s two people’s birthdays today”. At which point me and Amy made ourselves known. The lady then asked us to join her at the front and said as it was our birthdays we got to open to doors of the Great Hall for everyone. So up I strode and took my place, me and Amy exchanged glances, then we gave the doors a push and were confronted with the Great Hall in all of its glory. We both looked at each other and said “WOW”. It’s an awesome memory that I don’t think I’ll ever forget in my life time.

Harry Potter or not, when do you ever get the chance to go and stand in a spot and push the doors that have been made famous on film the world over?! It was tremendously cool.

The Great Hall is beautiful inside and we were treated to a little talk about it, and a wander about. It was really amazing and beautiful and great to see the costumes alongside the setting.

Then it was off into one of the main studio parts where they had hundreds of props, various sets and the chance to get your picture taken on a broom or in the Ford Anglia all via greenscreen, well we queued up for an hour to get our car photo taken (decided against the broom as I was in a rather tight skirt and it wouldn’t have been very ladylike getting on or off and there was no option for side saddle). The queue wasn’t that bad, and only what you’d expect from an attraction such as this, plus we wee entertained by seeing everyone else do their bit on the screens. We made sure we gave it our all when we went up there, face licking, Tim miming being sick in my lap etc

After this we wandered about the bits we hadn’t had a chance to look at and wholly admired the Magic is Might statue that they had in the end section of the room.

We went to the outside section with No. 4 Privet Drive, the Potter house in Godrick’s Hollow, the Knight Bus and chess pieces and we settled down for a glass of butterbeer, which is scrummy. It tastes like cream soda with butterscotch topping, it was extremely sweet and I don’t think I could have managed more than one but it was just what was needed after our wait for the green screen stuff and it was nice to have a little rest before moving onto the second part of the tour.

We then went to the prosthetics and mechanics part of the tour which shows you all sorts of wonders including a bookcase full of goblin heads, the animatronics behind the big book of monsters,  buckbeak, the dementors, the incredibly lifelike dummies made for the underwater scenes and more.

Then it was round the corner to Diagon Alley which thankfully was quite quiet when we got there meaning we could have a proper look and take a few photos. This was another one of the things I won’t forget in a long time, that first glimpse of the street and seeing it up close, it’s just as detailed as you’d imagine. I even fitted in a little time mooning over Lockheart in the window of Flourish & Blotts.

We then went on to the original art work section which is completely breathtaking, all of the concept design was awe inspiring and had come straight from the pages of the books. We then went through a section with the white card models of which I especially liked the prefects bathroom.

Through the next doors we found the model of Hogwarts.

Imagine the best miniature village you’ve ever seen times that by a million and you’d be a little close to how impressive it is. The set up means that it turns from day to night in front of your eyes and the model comes to life with lights in the windows and doors and there are screens where you can zoom in to see the detail in the model. It’s completely outstanding and I spent quite a bit of time in there watching it change through the day.

In the next room were rows upon rows of wand boxes each containing the name of a cast or crew member of the film, which was completely crazy when you added up how many boxes there were.

Then it was to the gift shop where I purchased a time turner necklace and a chocolate frog and some every flavour beans for the following days’ Potter film watching at our gaff.

Full set of pics here on my flickr if you wish to have a nosey

Then it was the long drive home, which didn’t actually take us so long. It really was the best birthday I have ever had in my life!