Saturday, 31 October 2015

My Film Reviews - Fright Night

I am referring to the 2011 film, not the old one. That said, the old one is good fun, but this one? Well this one is scary. Its directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Colin Farrell as the vampire.

Its set in Las Vegas, and the main character is a teenager called Charley. He lives with his mum, played by Toni Collette. A new mysterious neighbour moves in, which is Mr Farrell - Jerry.

Charley's school friend, Ed, has this conspiracy theory about people going missing in their town. Ed tries to convince Charley that Jerry is a vampire! Charley thinks he is being ridiculous. Ed soon goes missing and unbeknownst to Charley, he is now a vampire too!!

Charley begins to realise Ed may have been right, and creeps into Jerry's place to investigate. He finds a girl captive there. He tries to rescue her, but once he gets her outside, the sunlight hits her and she turns to ash. Charley, terrified, tracks down Peter Vincent, famed vampire killer. Played by Brit ace David Tennant (Dr Who).

Peter doesn't think Charley is serious, and dismisses him. Back home, Jerry knows Charley came into his house and comes after them. He can't come inside, but he sets the house on fire instead, with Charley and his mum and girlfriend Amy inside. Amy is played by Imogen Poots - who is one of the stars in 28 weeks later.

They just manage to escape, and flee in their old banger of a car. Jerry though, is soon on their tale. He is really scary now, and though Colin Farrell is the sexiest vampire I have ever scene (sorry Edward off Twilight fans, its an age thing), he is also bloody scary!!

Charley's mum manages to slow Jerry down by impaling him with a For Sale sign, but not after he has killed a passing motorist!! He is in his real vampire guise, with the sign sticking out of him as they escape again.

His mum gets put in hospital, whilst he and Amy go back to try again with Peter Vincent. Ed shows up, in his new vampire guise, and they fight. Charley has no choice but to kill his old friend - either him or Ed. Amy though, gets bitten by Jerry and he takes her.

Peter finally agrees to help, and he and Charley hatch a plan. They head into the basement, where Jerry's vampire family come for them. The plan works, and Charley kills Jerry by driving a stake through his heart. The vampires turn back to their human form once he is dead including Amy.

This one is a different sort of scary - fun scary, but full of jumps and scares. As I said, Colin Farrell is the fittest, sexiest vampire of them all. Fabulous fun for Halloween. I love this film!

If you want more, check out My Film Reviews page - click here.

Friday, 30 October 2015

My Film Reviews - The Conjuring

This is quite a recent film. It only came out in 2013. This is also very very scary. It centres on a couple who happen to be paranormal investigators. One of whom is played by Patrick Wilson, who is also the star of another very scary film - Insidious. The other is his wife played by Very Farmiga, who is also the star of a scary film - Orphan.

They play Ed and Lorraine. It is seriously creepy right from the get go. It starts with them listening to a story about a haunted doll. Now, I am not a doll fan anyway. I find them sinister, and this did not help that phobia at all!!

This was 1968. In 1971 another couple are moving in to their new house with their family. Weird stuff starts to happen, their dog is found dead. The scariest bit by far is the clap hands game, when someone who is not one of them claps hands! Arggghh!! Behind the pillow time for me.

The investigators are called in, and they trace it all back to a witch 'Bathsheba'. Loads of scary stuff then ensures - paranormal activity, possession - terrifying. I won't ruin the end for you, but it kind of leaves you hanging.

This one truly scared me, so is a perfect choice for Halloween scares.  You can see the full list over at My Films page by clicking here.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

My Films Reviews - Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity was released in 2007. This is a film about the supernatural - not surprising from the title that fact really.

Its one of those now well known "found footage" style films, where its billed as if its true. What it was and still is as the original, is scary.

It focuses on a couple - Katie and Micah. Katie feels a presence in their house, and they set up some cameras. They have no idea what they are letting themselves in for.

At first, it starts slowly - the cameras just picking up a few things. Then things ramp up. Katie is seen standing staring at Micah at the side of the bed, footsteps are found that aren't theirs, It gets really scary then - she gets dragged upstairs, so they start to sleep downstairs.

Me? I would be out the door, never-mind sleeping downstairs. Micah finds bite marks on Katie's neck, and they try to get help to deal with it.

Finally, Katie becomes possessed. It ends where she is screaming in a weird voice, and the camera picks up Micah being thrown across the room.

It doesn't sound scary. Many of the sequels and imitations since haven't been. But this one, the first one, had me petrified.

There are no big stars in this, no huge budget, yet it delivers what a horror should - scares and fear. Perfect for Halloween.

You can check out more of my film reviews over at my page - just click here.

Monday, 26 October 2015

New one for my wishlist

One more to add:

  • Apartment in Gran Canaria


Wishlist
  • Jeans
  • Faux fur jacket
  • Audi TT
  • New bedding
  • Yankee Candle
  • Curtains
  • Spa facial
  • Pedicure
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Dress
  • Bikini
  • Lingerie
  • Chanel No 5 EDP
  • J'adore EDP
  • Body butter - Orogold
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Barbour Jacket
  • Great red lipstick
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro
  • hardbound notebook
  • Jodhpurs
  • Riding Boots
  • Wireless printer
  • Chandelier light fitting for dining room
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules
  • Solar lights
  • Garden statues
  • Stone bench
  • Corset
  • Fitbit
  • Manolo Blahniks
  • Backless dress
  • Tumble drier
  • Bathroom
  • New Kitchen
  • Plastering work
  • Light fittings throughout
  • Crystal glasses
  • Tefal Toast N Egg
  • Nutribullet
  • Patio Heater
  • Fire pit
  • pottery for painting
  • pottery paints
  • Sharpie pens in different colours
  • Colouring fine point pens
  • Land Rover
  • NYC Trip
  • Motorhome
  • Apple TV
  • Spa Break
  • Range Cooker
  • Barefoot Sandals
  • Hunter Wellies
  • Swarovski Jewellery
  • Champagne
  • Range Rover
  • Hot Tub
  • Apartment in Paris
  • Trip to Australia
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • Gas BBQ
  • 4 man tent
  • Treadmill
  • Designer Watch
  • Charger block
  • Bicycle
  • Pearl necklace
  • Campervan
  • Carpet 
  • Caravan
  • Chanel tote
  • Dining Table
  • Egg Chair
  • Clarins treatment
  • Elemis treatment
  • Gates
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch
  • Holiday
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild)
  • Lawnmower
  • Motorbike
  • Jaguar
  • Pandora charms
  • Paris weekend
  • Rattan furniture set
  • Shoes
  • Vespa
  • Whiskey
  • TV
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Wine fridge
  • Stationary
  • Bedding
  • House extension
  • Shower unit
  • Picnic Basket
  • Yo Sushi voucher
  • White suit jacket
  • Chaise longue
  • Vintage chair
  • Storm lanterns
  • Ballet pumps
  • Veneers
  • Winter coat
  • Luggage
  • Pop Up Tent
  • Handbag
  • Chunky knit jumper

Sunday, 25 October 2015

My Wishlist

Wishlist
  • Jeans
  • Faux fur jacket
  • Audi TT
  • New bedding
  • Yankee Candle
  • Curtains
  • Spa facial
  • Pedicure
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Dress
  • Bikini
  • Lingerie
  • Chanel No 5 EDP
  • J'adore EDP
  • Body butter - Orogold
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Barbour Jacket
  • Great red lipstick
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro
  • hardbound notebook
  • Jodhpurs
  • Riding Boots
  • Wireless printer
  • Chandelier light fitting for dining room
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules
  • Solar lights
  • Garden statues
  • Stone bench
  • Corset
  • Fitbit
  • Manolo Blahniks
  • Backless dress
  • Tumble drier
  • Bathroom
  • New Kitchen
  • Plastering work
  • Light fittings throughout
  • Crystal glasses
  • Tefal Toast N Egg
  • Nutribullet
  • Patio Heater
  • Fire pit
  • pottery for painting
  • pottery paints
  • Sharpie pens in different colours
  • Colouring fine point pens
  • Land Rover
  • NYC Trip
  • Motorhome
  • Apple TV
  • Spa Break
  • Range Cooker
  • Barefoot Sandals
  • Hunter Wellies
  • Swarovski Jewellery
  • Champagne
  • Range Rover
  • Hot Tub
  • Apartment in Paris
  • Trip to Australia
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • Gas BBQ
  • 4 man tent
  • Treadmill
  • Designer Watch
  • Charger block
  • Bicycle
  • Pearl necklace
  • Campervan
  • Carpet 
  • Caravan
  • Chanel tote
  • Dining Table
  • Egg Chair
  • Clarins treatment
  • Elemis treatment
  • Gates
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch
  • Holiday
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild)
  • Lawnmower
  • Motorbike
  • Jaguar
  • Pandora charms
  • Paris weekend
  • Rattan furniture set
  • Shoes
  • Vespa
  • Whiskey
  • TV
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Wine fridge
  • Stationary
  • Bedding
  • House extension
  • Shower unit
  • Picnic Basket
  • Yo Sushi voucher
  • White suit jacket
  • Chaise longue
  • Vintage chair
  • Storm lanterns
  • Ballet pumps
  • Veneers
  • Winter coat
  • Luggage
  • Pop Up Tent
  • Handbag
  • Chunky knit jumper

Thursday, 22 October 2015

My Film Reviews - The Lego Movie

I went to the cinema the first time I saw The LEGO movie. Under the guise that my 8 year old step daughter wanted to watch it, yet secretly do did I!

It begins with a lego figure in the shape of a wizard called Vetruvius. He tries to stop the villain of the piece, President "Lord" Business, from getting the super weapon called the Kragle. He fails, but as Business takes the Kragle, Vetruvius, now blind, warns him that there is a prophecy and that "The Special" will come forward and save all. Business takes no notice of him.

Eight and a half years later, we are introduced to Emmet Brickowski. He lives by the rules. We see him wake up and follow instructions to get dressed and ready. Off he goes to work, still following the rules. He works on the construction site. They start to sing along to a very cheesy, but actually quite catchy song called "Everything is awesome". Then, they finish work and are going to the pub, but Emmet's manual blows away.

He tries to catch it, but spots someone on the site that shouldnt't be there. He finds that she is a woman, called Wyldstyle, and he tries to follow. He is such a clutz that he falls in a hole. At the bottom of the hole is a red relic called the Piece of Resistance. He touches it, but passes out.

When he wakes up, he finds that a good cop/bad cop figure is interogating him (the good cop and bad cop is the same person just his head swivels around to change his personality!) It transpires that bad cop is working for Business. Emmet also finds that the Piece of Resistance is stuck to his back. Before anything can happen, Wildstyle comes and rescues Emmet, believing that Emmet is the Special, and that he is a master builder. She soon realises he isn't!!

Meanwhile Business demonstrates the power of the Kragle on Bad Cops parents, permanently freezing them. He doesn't like everyone making things and moving!! He erases good cop by removing the other lego face!!

Bad Cop gives chase going after Emmet, Vetruvius and Wildstyle. Vetruvius and Wildstyle are still convinced Emmet is the Special, but when they enter his mind they find nothing. Other than a double bunk sofa! Utterly empty.

Bad Cop is hot on their trail, destroying everything he comes across. The travel through the Old West, where Batman, who turns out to be Wildstyle's boyfriend, rescues them. They head on to Cloud Cuckoo Land. The master builders have gathered to hear Emmet's speech. When he reveals he isn't a leader and isn't a master builder, they start to leave, disappointed.

Bad Cop suddenly appears with his men, having tracked Emmet through a device stuck onto his leg. Emmet and Wildstyle escape, but Bad Cop captures most of the master builders. They plan to get into the office tower, but their plan is foiled. Vetruvius tries to fight back, but he gets his head cut off. He manages to tell them that he lied and that there is no prophecy.

Vetruvius ghost comes back and tells Emmet that he might not be the special, but he can still be a hero. Emmet realises he is attached to a battery, as the clock ticks down and they all face destruction. He manages to roll towards the edge, and throws himself out into the Edge of the Universe taking the battery with them. In doing so he sacrifices himself to save the others.

Wildstyle appeals to lego world to rise up and be creative. To make whatever they can think of to save their world. As they begin to realise what they can do, Emmet finds himself on the floor in the real world as a small plastic toy. He sees that this is all being played out in the imagination of a little boy. His dad comes down, the man upstairs and its none other than Will Ferrell! He tells his son off for playing with his lego, and starts to glue everything in place.

The little boy, Finn, notices Emmet has managed to get off the table and sends him and the Piece of Resistance which has also landed their, back into Bricksburg. On his return, Emmet realises he is now a master builder. He builds a mega robot, and breaks into the office tower. Business uses the Kragle on Emmet and freezes his leg to the floor.

Back in the real world, the man looks at the creations his son has made and stops gluing. He tells his son he can play with the lego. In Bricksburg, Emmet convinces Business that he should enjoy creating things and stop freezing everything. Business puts the Piece of Resistance onto the Kragle (it turned out to be the lid) and it blows up.

Everyone celebrates. He wins the girl, as Batman steps aside letting Wildstyle who is actually named Lucy to be with Emmet. You think its all going to be ok, when a load of DUPLO aliens arrive, signalling that Finn's little sister has been allowed to play too!!

This is a colourful, fun, kids film. But it has adult humour and is clever enough to keep the grown ups entertained too. I had several laugh out loud moments watching this and came out singing the "Everything is Awesome" song, much to the embarrassment of G!

This is made all the more fun because of some serious big hitters providing the voices. Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and unbelievably Liam Neeson as Bad Cop!! I thought this was fabulous. The 3D filming made it even better. This is fab for kids, but better still for grown ups!!! 10 out of 10. Fab. :)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

My Top 10 Soups


  • Broccoli & Stilton
  • Carrot & Coriander
  • Leek & Potato
  • Cream of Tomato
  • Wild Mushroom
  • Winter Vegetables
  • Minestrone
  • Red Thai Chicken
  • French Onion
  • Lentil 

Monday, 19 October 2015

New item for my wishlist :)

Here is another item to add to my wishlist:

  • Chunky knit jumper
Wishlist
  • Jeans
  • Faux fur jacket
  • Audi TT
  • New bedding
  • Yankee Candle
  • Curtains
  • Spa facial
  • Pedicure
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Dress
  • Bikini
  • Lingerie
  • Chanel No 5 EDP
  • J'adore EDP
  • Body butter - Orogold
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Barbour Jacket
  • Great red lipstick
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro
  • hardbound notebook
  • Jodhpurs
  • Riding Boots
  • Wireless printer
  • Chandelier light fitting for dining room
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules
  • Solar lights
  • Garden statues
  • Stone bench
  • Corset
  • Fitbit
  • Manolo Blahniks
  • Backless dress
  • Tumble drier
  • Bathroom
  • New Kitchen
  • Plastering work
  • Light fittings throughout
  • Crystal glasses
  • Tefal Toast N Egg
  • Nutribullet
  • Patio Heater
  • Fire pit
  • pottery for painting
  • pottery paints
  • Sharpie pens in different colours
  • Colouring fine point pens
  • Land Rover
  • NYC Trip
  • Motorhome
  • Apple TV
  • Spa Break
  • Range Cooker
  • Barefoot Sandals
  • Hunter Wellies
  • Swarovski Jewellery
  • Champagne
  • Range Rover
  • Hot Tub
  • Apartment in Paris
  • Trip to Australia
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • Gas BBQ
  • 4 man tent
  • Treadmill
  • Designer Watch
  • Charger block
  • Bicycle
  • Pearl necklace
  • Campervan
  • Carpet 
  • Caravan
  • Chanel tote
  • Dining Table
  • Egg Chair
  • Clarins treatment
  • Elemis treatment
  • Gates
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch
  • Holiday
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild)
  • Lawnmower
  • Motorbike
  • Jaguar
  • Pandora charms
  • Paris weekend
  • Rattan furniture set
  • Shoes
  • Vespa
  • Whiskey
  • TV
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Wine fridge
  • Stationary
  • Bedding
  • House extension
  • Shower unit
  • Picnic Basket
  • Yo Sushi voucher
  • White suit jacket
  • Chaise longue
  • Vintage chair
  • Storm lanterns
  • Ballet pumps
  • Veneers
  • Winter coat
  • Luggage
  • Pop Up Tent
  • Handbag

All these films films that I have seen 10 #99

Here are my next 10 films:

Arthur (1981)
Arthur 2: On The Rocks
The King and I
Garfield
Dumbo
The Boxtrolls
The Wedding Crashers
Eragon
The Iron Giant
The Last King of Scotland

That now takes me up to 990!! Wow. Here are my previous 980:

films #1             films #45             films #89
films #2             films #46             films #90
films #3             films #47             films #91
films #4             films #48             films #92
films #5             films #49             films #93
films #6             films #50             films #94
films #7             films #51             films #95
films #8             films #52             films #96
films #9             films #53             films #97
films #10           films #54             films #98
films #11           films #55
films #12           films #56
films #13           films #57
films #14           films #58
films #15           films #59
films #16           films #60
films #17           films #61
films #18           films #62
films #19           films #63
films #20           films #64
films #21           films #65
films #22           films #66
films #23           films #67
films #24           films #68
films #25           films #69
films #26           films #70
films #27           films #71
films #28           films #72
films #29           films #73
films #30           films #74
films #31           films #75
films #32           films #76
films #33           films #77
films #34           films #78
films #35           films #79
films #36           films #80
films #37           films #81
films #38           films #82
films #39           films #83
films #40           films #84
films #41           films #85
films #42           films #86
films #43           films #87
films #44           films #88

Sunday, 18 October 2015

2015 Resolutions - Reminder

Number 1 - To reach my Goal weight.

Number 2 - Be Debt Free

Number 3 - Get Super Fit

Number 4 - Save save, save

Number 5 - see my friends

Number 6 - image overhaul

Number 7 - drink less

Number 8 - drink more water

Number 9 - more pampering

Number 10 - matching under garments

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Places I have been

Places I have been:
  • Tunisia x 3 times (Sousse x2, Port El Kantoui)
  • Egypt x 5 times (Sharm El Sheikh x4 and Hurghada, Luxor and Cairo)
  • Canada - Banff, Jasper, Edmonton, Calgary, Lake Louise, The Rockies
  • New Zealand South Island - Queenstown, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Franz Josef
  • Fiji islands - South Pacific
  • Cyprus x 2 times
  • Gran Canaria
  • Lanzarote x 2 times
  • Fuerteventura
  • Mallorca x over 10 times!
  • Menorca x 2 times
  • Ibiza
  • Zante
  • Rhodes x 4 times
  • Crete x 2 times incl 2015 to Hersonissos
  • Jersey
  • France - Brittany & Calais
  • France - St Malo, Rennes, Nantes, 
  • France - Normandy, Mont St Michel
  • Northern Ireland - Belfast, Giants Causeway
  • Dublin x 3 times
  • Cork - Republic of Ireland
  • Mexico x 2 times - Puerto Vallarta, Xcaret, Cancun
  • USA - New York via QM2
  • USA - California, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, Big Sur, San Diego, Las Vegas, LA, Colorado, Santa Barbara
  • Marrakesh - Morocco
  • Belgium x 3 times
  • Spain - Almeria
  • Turkey x 2 times - Kusadasi & Marmaris 

Friday, 16 October 2015

New books for holiday :)

Here is my list of reading options for my holiday:

  • The Girl on The Train - Paula Hawkins
  • John Grisham - Gray Mountain
  • Don't Turn Around - Caroline Mitchell
  • Riding the Bullet - Stephen King
  • Wrongful Death - Lynda La Plante
  • A Walk in The Woods - Bill Bryson
  • The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
  • Flesh and Blood - Patricia Cornwell

Learning Spanish - Day 10

Day 10 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. Here are my next 3:

  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar

Day 9 recap:

  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino

Day 8 recap:

  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso

Day 7 recap:

  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
Day 6 recap:

  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina

Day 5 recap:
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
Day 4 recap:
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
 Recap of Day 1:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Learning Spanish - Day 9

Day 9 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. Here are my next 3:

  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino

Day 8 recap:

  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso

Day 7 recap:

  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
Day 6 recap:

  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina

Day 5 recap:
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
Day 4 recap:
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
 Recap of Day 1:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My Film Reviews - Cloverfield

This isn't a new film, it was released back in 2008. However, for me, its still great! Its a monster film - think Godzilla, Jurassic Park but with a different angle.

Its set in New York, which gives it a great back drop. It starts off with some young hip New Yorkers having a party, and one of them, a guy called Hud, is videoing it all on camcorder.

The party is a leaving do for another guy, Rob, who is leaving to move to Japan. The party was organised by his brother Jason, who is there with his girlfriend, Lily. Rob has previously slept with Beth, who comes to his party but she leaves early and goes home.

Soon there is a power blackout, and they think its an earthquake. Little do they know! The news reports that an oil tanker has overturned near Liberty Island. In the confusion, they all leave the building, thinking thats the safest thing to do. As they leave the building, the head of the Statue of Liberty flies past them, smashing into the ground.

Hud continues filming, and in doing so sees what appears to be a monster some blocks away from them. The Woolworth building is destroyed, and then the Brooklyn Bridge, which kills Jason.

The news shows troops trying to bring the creature down, but small monsters fall from it as they battle. These turn out to be just as dangerous and start to attack people.

Rob gets a message on his phone from Beth. She has reached her apartment, but is trapped in it. Rob is determined to go and rescue her, but it means heading into the path of the monster. Hud and Lily agree to go with him, and also Marlena who was also at the party. Everyone else heads away to safety, and they have to push through the people to try and reach Beth.

The closer they get, the more caught up they are, and eventually with the troops on one side and the monsters on the other, they have to escape into a tube station. Some of the small monsters, that are parasites are inside though, and they have to battle with them. Marlena gets bitten, but survives.

They reach a command centre and field hospital at the exit, and Marlena is taken away for tests. Her eyes are bleeding as she leaves them. She is taken behind a plastic screen, but clearly all is not well as soon blood explodes onto the screen. Marlena is dead.

The army tells them that they must leave the area, as the Hammer Down Protocol is to be executed, which will destroy the whole of the Manhattan area. Determined, Rob, Lily and Hud continue on to Beth's building against the advice of the troops.

As they near the building, they can see its badly damaged and is leaning badly - only held upright because its propped up by another building next to it. There is no way in. Hud jokingly suggests going up the undamaged building and climbing across, not being serious. Rob however, thinks its a plan and they go for it.

They reach the floor where Beth's building is touching it, and climb precariously over into her building. They find Beth's room and find her inside, impaled on a metal bar. They rescue her and climb back into the undamaged building. As they do, they see the monster rampaging and the military firing on it. They know they have to leave and fast.

They reach the evacuation site, and Lily is put into a helicopter. Rob, Beth and Hud are put in a second helicopter. As it takes off, they see the monster being blasted by a bomb. It drops down, but then lunges up and bites the helicopter. The helicopter then spirals out of control and crashes down.

You then hear a voice saying Hammer Down will commence in 15 minutes. Some time must have passed. Beth, Rob and Hud survive the crash, but the monster appears again as they escape from the wreckage into Central Park. Hud is still on the floor but keeps filming. You see the monster properly for the first time. Its head has pouches that expand as it breathes, and it looks mean. It sees Hud and bites him in half killing him.

Rob and Beth take the camera, and run under one of the bridges in Central Park. Air Raid sirens start to go off and as they shelter under the bridge, the bombing starts. Hammer Down has begun. Rob and Beth talk to the camera as the noise around them builds. They tell each other that they love one another, then rubble starts to fall. The last thing you hear is them screaming then it goes black.

All through the film, its footage that's been filmed, but occasionally you see glimpses of the video Hud taped over which was of Rob and Beth. The last scene is Rob and Beth on a sunny day. Beth says to the camera " I had a good day". The screen goes black.

There are no big stars in this one. It was produced by J.J. Abrams though, who is well known for, amongst others, TV series Lost, Alias and Revolution, and the film Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. Cloverfield was kept under wraps when it was being made, as he apparently didn't want anyone to know anything about it beforehand. Quite exciting really!

All in all, this is a brill film. Its enjoyable, a bit scary, makes you jump, and doesn't have surviving against ridiculous odds to contend with. They die - nothing cheesy there! The way its filmed makes it seem more real, there is no gloss or glamour to this one. Its just a story, and told from a new perspective.

Now, that said, its not epic acting and there is no deep emotional connection. It is quite light on back plot, but its simplicity is effective. If you like sci fi and monster flicks, you will enjoy it. I watched it again this weekend, having not done so for some years now, and its still great. It still made me jump and I still love it.

Go have a watch of it and let me know what you think. I think you will enjoy it either if you haven't seen it before, or if you haven't seen it for a while. Happy watching :)

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

And now for just the Spanish - Day 8

Day 8:
  • bueno
  • cerveza
  • queso

Day 7 recap:
  • maleta
  • azul
  • blanco
Day 6 recap:

  • dónde está?
  • el mercado
  • la piscina

Day 5 recap:
  • sábado
  • invierno
  • inglés
Day 4 recap:
  • Quiero uno
  • Cuánto cuesta
  • mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Buenas Noches
  • de nada
  • lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Por favor
  • Gracias
  • La playa
Day 1 :
  • Hola
  • Buenos días
  • Adios

8 days in and a little Spanish test!!

Ok so its Day 8 and now its time for just the English first, you have to remember the Spanish word:

  • Good 
  • Beer 
  • Cheese 

Day 7 recap:

  • Suitcase 
  • Blue
  • White 
Day 6 recap:

  • Where is?
  • Market 
  • Swimming Pool 

Day 5 recap:
  • Saturday 
  • Winter 
  • English 
Day 4 recap:
  • I want one 
  • How much does it cost?
  • Tomorrow 
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening 
  • You're welcome 
  • I'm sorry 
Day 2 recap:
  • Please 
  • Thankyou 
  • Beach 
And a recap of Day 1:
  • Hello 
  • Good morning 
  • Goodbye 
How did you do? Did you get them all right? 

Learning Spanish - Day 8

Day 8 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. Here are my next 3:

  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso

Day 7 recap:

  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
Day 6 recap:

  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina

Day 5 recap:
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
Day 4 recap:
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
And a recap of Day 1 which I also need to remember:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Learning Spanish - Day 7

Day 7 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. Here are my next 3:

  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco


Day 6 recap:

  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina

Day 5 recap:
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
Day 4 recap:
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
And a recap of Day 1 which I also need to remember:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Monday, 12 October 2015

All these films that I have seen 10 #98

Here are my next 10 films:

Coneheads
Curse of the Pink Panther
Withnail and I
Dragnet
Groundhog Day
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Moonstruck
Hang 'Em High
Road House
Black Rain

That's now 980!! Here are all the previous ones:


films #1             films #45             films #89
films #2             films #46             films #90
films #3             films #47             films #91
films #4             films #48             films #92
films #5             films #49             films #93
films #6             films #50             films #94
films #7             films #51             films #95
films #8             films #52             films #96
films #9             films #53             films #97
films #10           films #54
films #11           films #55
films #12           films #56
films #13           films #57
films #14           films #58
films #15           films #59
films #16           films #60
films #17           films #61
films #18           films #62
films #19           films #63
films #20           films #64
films #21           films #65
films #22           films #66
films #23           films #67
films #24           films #68
films #25           films #69
films #26           films #70
films #27           films #71
films #28           films #72
films #29           films #73
films #30           films #74
films #31           films #75
films #32           films #76
films #33           films #77
films #34           films #78
films #35           films #79
films #36           films #80
films #37           films #81
films #38           films #82
films #39           films #83
films #40           films #84
films #41           films #85
films #42           films #86
films #43           films #87
films #44           films #88

Learning Spanish - Day 6

Day 6 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. Here are my next 3:

  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina

Day 5 recap:
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
Day 4 recap:
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
And a recap of Day 1 which I also need to remember:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Learning Spanish - Day 5

Day 5 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. This is getting hard now:
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés

Day 4 recap:
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
And a recap of Day 1 which I also need to remember:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Learning Spanish - Day 4

Day 4 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. This is getting tricky now:
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
And a recap of Day 1 which I also need to remember:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Friday, 9 October 2015

Been to the gym again - phewf!!

After a bit of an intense PT session yesterday, and a not so intense day of dieting - basically in the form of chocolate biscuits - I decided I needed to go an do another session at the gym tonight. Damage limitation and all that!

So, tonight I have:

  • walked to warm up - 10 cals
  • run a mile on the treadmill - 120 cals
  • burned 100 cals on the stepper
  • burned 100 cals on the stair machine
  • jogged half a mile to finish - 60 cals
  • 100 abs - sit ups, crunches and leg raises
It was necessary and I feel good now, albeit a bit achy and tired!! 

Monday night's PT

It just occurred to me that I went to PT on Monday and haven't posted what it entailed!! So here is Monday's session:

  • Stairs - 3 minutes on double steps
  • Leg press - single leg - 3 x 20 reps per leg
  • Squat jumps - 3 x 20 reps
  • Row sprints - 500m, 400m, 300m
  • Squat thrusts with bar x 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Standing planks - 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Reverse lunge with TRX - 3 x 20 reps per leg
  • Squat jumps with TRX - 3 sets of 1 minute
  • Weight ball throws and squats - 3 sets of 30 reps
  • 8 burpees x 3 sets
  • Run on treadmill - 400m



Learning Spanish - Day 3

Day 3 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. This is getting tricky now:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
And a recap of Day 1 which I also need to remember:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Tonight's PT

Tonight was the hardest yet!! Here is the gruelling session details for tonight:

  • 3 x 500m sprints on rower
  • 3 x squat thrusts with bar weight
  • bench press with 22 weight bar - 3 x 20 reps
  • bench press with 25 weight - 3 x 12 reps
  • squat touch and jump 6 x 20 reps
  • chest press on bench - 3 x 15 reps with free weights
  • dead lift with 2 kettle bells - 3 x 20 reps
  • 800m run on treadmill 
  • forward row on weight machine 3 x 10 reps
  • squat touch and jump 3 x 20 reps
  • Cross trainer sprints and squat intervals
It was intense and I thoroughly enjoyed it :)

Learning Spanish - Day 2

So Day 2 then, and here are my next 3 to learn:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
And a recap of Day 1 which I also need to remember:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My Film Reviews - Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is one of those films that comes out to a huge amount of fuss and media hype. Ordinarily, I wait until the heat dies down a little, in order to watch without any kind of pre-conceived ideas based on other people's opinions. Now I wish I had gone and watched it at the flicks - it is epic.

Released late in 2013, unbelievably this horrendous frightening tale of modern day piracy is actually based on true events. That is a scary thought.

The film starts with the always brilliant Tom Hanks as captain of a ship called the Maersk Alabama. The ship is one of those enormous container carriers - you know the ones that seem to go on forever defying logic that something that large and that heavy should float.

Hanks plays Richard Phillips, aka Captain Phillips. The ship is unarmed, and the crew's task is to take it from the pick up in the Port of Salalah, Oman, through the Gulf of Aden and onto Mombasa in Africa. The route will take them close to Somalia, which is renowned for piracy. Due to this, Captain Phillips has the crew practice drills for what they will do should they encounter them.

As the crew practice, two small blips appear on their radar. The Captain states that he doesn't like the look of it, and orders the ship to turn slightly to see if they follow. They do. Phillips orders the crew to speed up, and at first they think its still part of the drill. Soon they realise its real, and the ship is pushed to its max, powering through the water. Behind them, 2 small boats are chasing them. The boats are armed, heavily, and they start to gain.

Phillips bluffs by pretending to have made contact with base, and that an air support is imminent. This is enough for one of the boats, who turn back, much to the anger of the other pirates. The remaining boat continues after the ship, until it burns out and can't go on. The ship carries on, but Phillips and the crew know that the pirates will return. They discuss going off route, but Phillips reminds them that the waters are notorious and that going 6 hours out will be just as likely to encounter other pirates. Many of the crew are worried and angry, and Phillips has to quell their fears by telling them that they can leave when they reach their destination, but that for now, they have no choice.

The next day, the pirates return. Their boat has been welded and this time they easily keep up despite Phillips desperately trying manoeuvres to deflect their attempts to get their metal ladder attached. The ship turns hoses on the pirates, and constantly zigzags creating choppy water which causes the small boat to bang dangerously into the ships side. The pirates don't give up though, and finally, they make contact and board the ship.

Phillips orders the crew to cut the ship's power, and sends them off to hide. The lead pirate, Muse, takes control of the ship and demands money. Phillips tells him to take what's in the safe, which is approx $30,000 dollars. This isn't enough for Muse, who plans to ransom the ship.

Muse isn't daft. He doesn't believe Phillips when he tells him the ship was pushed too far and is broken. He demands to be taken to the engine room. Realising this, the crew, who are hiding there, no that they need to hide. They need to get the lights off. One of the crew sneaks out of the engine room, distracts the pirate who is stationed there with a gun and manages to cut the power. The engine room is totally dark, and the crew breaks some glass hearing that one of the pirates is bare footed.

The pirates enter the engine room, and one of them hurts his feet on the glass. Muse works out that it was deliberate, but the crew overpower him. The others escape, but the crew negotiate to swap muse for Phillips. They tell them about the ships life capsule, which the can use to get away. The plan almost works, but the pirates force Phillips into the lifeboat and take him with them, intending to use him to get the money.

This is where it gets very claustrophobic and extremely scary. The pirates start to fall out with each other, and Phillips life is in serious danger. The pirates lose contact with their mother ship, and the US navy intercepts them. Knowing that they cannot escape, they agree to send Muse over to the navy destroyer to negotiate. The navy make them believe that their elders are waiting there for them. Unbeknown to Phillips, the captain of the USS Bainbridge navy destroyer has made it clear that under no circumstances can the lifeboat reach the shore, whatever happens.

Phillips is no fool, and he knows that the navy won't allow the situation to deteriorate. He makes out that he needs the loo, and spies his chance, diving in to the water. The navy can't tell who is in the water or who is on the boat, so they cannot take any action, and reluctantly Phillips has to return to the lifeboat. The pirates fire at him, then fight with each other, knowing that if Phillips is killed they are dead.

Muse finally agrees to board the Bainbridge, becoming aware he has no other option. The navy negotiator keeps working with them, and the pirates eventually allow the boat to be towed. Muse goes ahead and boards the navy ship. In the handover Phillips makes the navy know what position he is in, and navy SEALs start to take position to try and end the crisis.

When nothing happens, Phillips begins to give up hope. He has been so strong, and so clever, but he finally cannot take anymore. He writes a goodbye note, but the pirate now in charge in Muse' absence gets angry. He blindfolds Phillips, hitting him hard with the gun. The other pirates try to stop him. The SEAL's can't get a clear shot, and it seems the pirates will shoot Phillips before they can.

Abruptly, the tow stops. Shots are fired, but at first its not clear what has happened. Phillips starts to shriek, and manages to get his blindfold down a little, seeing that the pirates have been shot. Muse, onboard the destroyer is arrested. The navy rescue Phillips, who is in a state of shock. They check him over, and he begins to sob. Its awful to watch. He thanks his rescuers and gives in to the despair and relief as they work on his injuries. The film titles come up stating that Muse was given 33 years imprisonment for his piracy.

As I said at the beginning of my review, this is absolutely terrifying, and is made all the worse for the knowledge that it is based on true events. The horror that anyone has actually been through this for real is unbearable, unthinkable. Hanks is superb. As always. Damn disgrace that this film didn't win an oscar. The pirates themselves were so convincing, so terrifying, that surely they should have been awarded.

Don't let that distract you though. The Oscars are Hollywood status, but not winning takes nothing away from the sheer brilliance of this film. Well scripted, amazingly acted, utterly absorbing and petrifying. The suspense had me almost groaning with despair and not knowing if Phillips would make it or what was going to happen.

This is an epic. I just cannot find any fault with this film. Its another 10 out of 10 from me. Like buses, I don't give a 10 out of 10 for months, then several together recently!!

For more movies, check out My Film Reviews here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Learning Spanish - Day 1

I am setting myself 3 phrases or words per day for the next 10 days. Here are my first 3. I will have 30 under my belt by the time I go on my holidays. Its a start!!

  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios
I shall keep repeating these until I know them by heart. Tomorrow its 3 more. :)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

2015 Wishlist

Wishlist


  • Jeans
  • Faux fur jacket
  • Audi TT
  • New bedding
  • Yankee Candle
  • Curtains
  • Spa facial
  • Pedicure
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Dress
  • Bikini
  • Lingerie
  • Chanel No 5 EDP
  • J'adore EDP
  • Body butter - Orogold
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Barbour Jacket
  • Great red lipstick
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro
  • hardbound notebook
  • Jodhpurs
  • Riding Boots
  • Wireless printer
  • Chandelier light fitting for dining room
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules
  • Solar lights
  • Garden statues
  • Stone bench
  • Corset
  • Fitbit
  • Manolo Blahniks
  • Backless dress
  • Tumble drier
  • Bathroom
  • New Kitchen
  • Plastering work
  • Light fittings throughout
  • Crystal glasses
  • Tefal Toast N Egg
  • Nutribullet
  • Patio Heater
  • Fire pit
  • pottery for painting
  • pottery paints
  • Sharpie pens in different colours
  • Colouring fine point pens
  • Land Rover
  • NYC Trip
  • Motorhome
  • Apple TV
  • Spa Break
  • Range Cooker
  • Barefoot Sandals
  • Hunter Wellies
  • Swarovski Jewellery
  • Champagne
  • Range Rover
  • Hot Tub
  • Apartment in Paris
  • Trip to Australia
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • Gas BBQ
  • 4 man tent
  • Treadmill
  • Designer Watch
  • Charger block
  • Bicycle
  • Pearl necklace
  • Campervan
  • Carpet 
  • Caravan
  • Chanel tote
  • Dining Table
  • Egg Chair
  • Clarins treatment
  • Elemis treatment
  • Gates
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch
  • Holiday
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild)
  • Lawnmower
  • Motorbike
  • Jaguar
  • Pandora charms
  • Paris weekend
  • Rattan furniture set
  • Shoes
  • Vespa
  • Whiskey
  • TV
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Wine fridge
  • Stationary
  • Bedding
  • House extension
  • Shower unit
  • Picnic Basket
  • Yo Sushi voucher
  • White suit jacket
  • Chaise longue
  • Vintage chair
  • Storm lanterns
  • Ballet pumps
  • Veneers
  • Winter coat
  • Luggage
  • Pop Up Tent
  • Handbag

The Big 5-0!!

So its the other half's significant birthday today! What surprises has he had? Well here we are:

  • Jack Jones pants £20
  • Next shoes £55
  • Next trousers £20
  • 2 pairs of shorts and 2 vest tops for holiday £35
  • Tickets to see Dynamo £98.50 per ticket
  • Overnight stay in Nottingham when we go to see Dynamo
  • Indian head massage £35
  • Body scrub and massage at spa £65
  • Posh Pool party tickets £95
  • Bottle of gin in a special bottle
  • Annual pass to our local gardens - £110
  • Superdry jumper £40
  • Nike fleece £50
Utterly spoilt, as usual. Plus we are going to Mexico next year as a treat from my parents for his birthday and my big birthday next March!! 

What I want to do with my life

Its my other halfs birthday today. He has reached the big 50. Next year, its my turn for a big birthday, as I turn 40. Which has got me thinking about what I dream of spending with the rest of my life, hopefully a lot more time to come than has already passed me.

Here is my list of the things I would like to do and achieve to make the most of my fabulous existence in this wonderful world we live in:

  • Write a novel
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Pay off my mortgage
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Set foot on every continent
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Go skiing
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Have no money worries
  • Live abroad for a few months 
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own a horse
  • Go the races
  • Go on a theatre break

Sunday, 4 October 2015

New Film review - The Grand Budapest Hotel

I confess first of all to being a little obsessed with this film. I watched it for the first time, and really enjoyed it. Then I watched it a second time, then a third and it became one of my all time favourite films.

Now with that sort of introduction, I guess this now has a lot to live up huh? Well let me tell you more about it then you can make up your own mind can't you. Here we go then.

The Grand Budapest Hotel stars Ralph Fiennes on his finest form. Released in 2014, this is a dark comedy directed by Wes Anderson. It won a whole heap of accolades and nominations including BAFTAs, Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. Deservedly so too.

So what's it about? The story is told by Zero Moustafa played by Tony Revolori as he relays his memories to Jude Law, who plays a visitor to the hotel and is also a young author. Zero tells the author his story of the hotel, how he started life there as lobby boy, and about the legendary Gustave (Fiennes).

The Hotel was in the Republic of Zebrowka. In 1932, the hotel was in its finest hour - busy, packed with guests, of whom Gustave was a familiar in every sense of the word. Zero observed how he made every guest, male and female, most welcome!! He managed the hotel with panache and style, particularly keen to service the hotel's older female guests, all of whom were wealthy it might be added!

The plot begins when one of these guests, the elderly Madame D (Tilda Swinton) passes away. Gustave is distraught, and takes Zero to her wake, secretly hoping she may have left him something. She has - a painting of "Boy with Apple", worth a fortune!! However, her son, Dmitri (Adrian Brody) is a devious and greedy sort, and vows to not allow Gustave anything, so Zero and Gustave pinch it!

Unfortunately, Gustave is framed for the murder of Madame D, after Serge her butler is forced to point the finger. Fiennes is born for this role. Even when imprisoned with the lowest, hardest, meanest criminals, he is taken into their fold, and becomes part of an escape plan. Using Zero's girlfriend, Agatha (Saoirse Ronan), whose relationship is played out so beautifully, she is able to sneak tools into the prison using her cake baking skills!!

They escape, and Gustave, freshly out of prison, is concerned that he smells. He asks for his Leau de panache scent, but Zero has forgotten it. He then pulls on the Society of Crossed Keys, in a bid to pursue his freedom and clear his name. The S of CK appears to be the various concierges of other similar hotels, and he gets leads to follow to find Serge. He finds Serge, but he is murdered before he can get him to talk!

In the meantime, Dmitri has killed off the lawyer (Jeff Goldblum) as well, and has also had the man's cat thrown out of the window!! But his assassin Jopling (Willem Dafoe) continues to come after Gustave, but Gustave gets the upper hand on the side of a snow covered mountain after Zero pushes him off the edge and rescues him!!

Back at the hotel, war has broken out, and the hotel has become a military base. Agatha and Zero sneak inside, along with Gustave using cakes as a decoy. They find the painting, but Dmitri is also there and gives chase to Agatha. As the painting hangs precariously from the balcony following the pursuit, they can see a document behind it. Its Madame D's mysteriously missing second will.

Once this is identified, the hotel and her wealth pass to Gustave - she left it all to him turning out to be the owner of the Grand Budapest!! Zero and Agatha get married, and Zero becomes the concierge taking Gustave's place as he parties!

This is not a happily after film though. Agatha and her infant son are revealed to have died from an illness 2 years later. Gustave himself, is shot by the very same soldiers that he and Zero encountered en route to the wake years earlier. Zero inherits the hotel and the money, but the hotel by the time the Author visits, is well into its decline.

Its former glory behind it, Zero tells how he does not want to let the hotel go but its clear the hotel is a relic of a time gone by. The author writes the story, and right at the beginning, we see a young girl reading the book. The film shows her again, and the story lives on.

So there is the plot. It may not sound all that appealing, so let me put some meat on the bones for you. The cast is amazing. I've already mentioned the main ones - Fiennes, Dafoe, Brody, Swinton, Ronan and Goldblum. But the film also has many lesser roles - Harvey Keitel as a prison inmate, Edward Norton as a Nazi Inspector, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson as part of the Crossed Keys network, and of course Jude Law as the author.

But its not just the roll-call that is impressive. What takes this film from intriguing, and clever, is the absolutely brilliant dialogue executed so beautifully and eloquently. Even when swearing or in prison, Fiennes absolutely oozes charisma and class.

This is a clever, charming, nostalgic and warm, funny, dark, witty and mesmerising film, which is a pleasure on the eye thanks to the cast and the setting, and more a pleasure to the ear with the finely tuned finesse of the English language used to perfection in this script.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is not a good film, it is a film that will stand the test of time as a classic and it is utterly brilliant. Forever on my Top 10 list this film. I could not more highly recommend it so what are you waiting for?

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

83 Sleeps until Christmas!!

Did you know that its just 83 sleeps until its Christmas? Wow!!

This got me thinking of all the things I need to do. Here is the list:

  • Card list
  • Purchase cards
  • Present list
  • Buy the presents
  • Wrap the presents
  • Write the cards
  • Plan Christmas Dinner
  • Plan Boxing Day
  • Plan food
  • Plan drinks
  • Plan cooking
  • Christmas decorations
  • Put up the tree
  • Find new location for the tree
  • Christmas lights outside
  • Christmas lights inside
  • Record lots of Christmas films
  • Clean the house top to bottom
  • Wash the spare bedding
  • Buy Christmas nibbles
  • Make Christmas decorations
  • Make Christmas themed hanging baskets
  • Make Christmas pot pourri

Savoury Top 10's

Savoury
Cheese
Crisp flavours
Pizza
Chinese
Sushi
Chicken
Pasta
Savoury Pies
Vegetables
Omelettes
Bread loaves
Sausages
Curry
Sandwiches
Salads
Burgers
BBQ
Nuts
Quorn
chip shop
dips
pate
Staffordshire oatcakes
Chutney
Eggs