Thursday, 6 February 2020

Sherlock Holmes and a Rangers win

It was back into Guy Ritchie mode again tonight with the marvellous first Sherlock Holmes film.

Robert Downey Jr. is my favourite Sherlock Holmes and I love the way Guy Ritchie brings London to life in these films especially with the construction side. It's just great story telling, not taking itself seriously at all.

We bravely took in the Rangers game from last night again Toronto Maple Leafs. We were hoping for a good game and a win..... Things started well with the Rangers leading 3 - 1 at the end of the 1st.  The Leafs closed the gap to 3 - 2 but the Rangers regained the two goal lead as the 2nd period ended 4 - 2. The Leafs clawed one back on the power play with less than 5 minutes left leaving the Rangers leading 4 - 3. With the Leafs goalie pulled the Rangers scored on the empty net to take the lead to 5 - 3. Such a relief to get to the end of the 3rd and the Rangers taking a well deserved 5 - 3 win.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

It Chapter Two

Toni was out doing crochet tonight so Sam and I had a horror night. Our weapon of choice was It Chapter Two, the sequel to It.

This is not one to watch unless you have already seen the first part. Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

It was really rather good. Nice to see a cameo from Stephen King in there too. With a running time of 2:49 I was worried it would drag but it flows very nicely and you don't notice the time at all.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Train fun and Legend

Well this morning was fun and games. I checked the trains when I got up and most of them were cancelled or severely delayed due to some emergency engineering work. Rather than risk getting on a packed slow train I opted to work from home for a bit and then brave things later on. This turned out to be a wise choice with Toni dropping me off at 10:10 and I was in the office just before 11:00. I got lucky coming home and managed to get a train on time and with no delays. In the end it was a long day as I started work at 07:30 and didn't get game until 19:50.

With dinner we watched Legend as Sam had never seen it.

I'd forgotten how good it is and Tim Curry makes an excellent Lord Of Darkness. It's funny watching films like this and how amazing the effects were given that there was no technology or CGI. Puppets for the win!

Monday, 3 February 2020

Film trailers from the Super Bowl weekend

It was Super Bowl weekend in the USA and as such the film studios use the event to showcase lots of trailers. Here are a few for films I want to see.

Black Widow


Minions: The Rise Of Gru

2020 looks to be a promising year for films.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Laundry, Rangers win and a Guy Ritchie day

I was up early today doing laundry because I was awake and it needed doing. Not the perfect start to my day but I'll have clean shirts and undies tomorrow LOL.

Breakfast was eaten watching New York Rangers pick up another win against Detroit Dead Things (Red Wings). It was a less frenetic game than last night and Henrik Lundqvist picked up a mich needed shutout after having a three week break from playing.

Having watched The Gentlemen the other day I wanted to go into Guy Ritchie mode and revisit some older stuff he had made. We started at the beginning with Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. It's been so long since I last saw this that it was like seeing it for the first time.

After Lock, Stock had to come Snatch. " Listen, you fucking fringe, if I throw a dog a bone, I don’t want to know if it tastes good or not. You stop me again whilst I’m walking, and I’ll cut your fucking Jacobs off."

Next we disappeared into the world of myth with King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. We saw this at the cinema and really enjoyed it but it wasn't popular with critics or viewers. No idea why as I though it was good.

We finished the evening off watching RocknRolla having made the decision to bypass Swept Away and Revolver for now (they had really really bad reviews). The two Sherlock Holmes films are being saved for another night.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Fixing things, The Boy, Servant and a Rangers win

Today started off with me bringing one of my Google Home Mini devices back to life as it has been less than reliable of late (ie not working at all). Once this was done we all headed out to Miggi's for breakfast before picking up some supplies in Sainsbury's and then heading home again.

Sam and I had a mini horror fest and watched a couple of films. First up was The Boy which I wanted to see as the sequel is due out soon (I saw the retailer when we went to see The Gentlemen). Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family's 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta's worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

If you don't do dolls then do not watch this! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel, Brahms: The Boy II.

Next up we watched the first episode of the Apple TV+ series Servant which is an M Night Shyamalam offering. Six weeks after the death of their 13-week-old son, Philadelphia couple Dorothy and Sean Turner hire a young nanny, Leanne, to move in and take care of Baby Jericho, a reborn doll. The doll, which Dorothy believes is her real child, was the only thing that brought her out of her catatonic state following Jericho's death. While Sean deals with the grief on his own, he becomes deeply suspicious of Leanne.

 It shows great promise although once again, avoid if you don't like dolls!

Hockey returned property after a ten day break and we watched the Rangers game from last night with them beating the Detroit Dead Things (Red Wings) 4 - 2. Let's up this is the start of a winning streak so that we can get a play off spot.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Star Wars: Underworld

As most of you are aware Lucasfilm and Disney have wowed us all with their Disney+ TV show The Mandalorian, The first Star Wars live action TV show has been a massive hit and we have more of that plus the Kenobi and Cassian Andor shows to come. What a lot of people are unaware of is that George Lucas always wanted to a create a TV show in the Star Wars universe and had plans for one called Star Wars: Underworld.

The following test footage made in 2010 has suddenly become available and also has a making of segment.

The footage seems to validate the rumours that the show was supposed to take place in the seedy depths of Coruscant. All of this was planned pre-Disney and George apparently wanted to run 100 episodes at one hour each. The project ultimately got cancelled because at the time it was just deemed too expensive to make.

Who knows what this would have been like but I am so glad that this has seen the light of day and we can all see what might have been and how advanced the techniques were even back then.