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


Mulan

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.


Thursday, 30 January 2020

The Gentlemen

Sam and I went to Vue in Eltham tonight to see Gut Ritchie's latest film The Gentlemen.

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this one, the trailer had looked interesting and I hadn't done any background research on it.

The plot on paper is simple: An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

The film itself is marvellous. Ritchie has a unique style and the way The Gentlemen was constructed was great fun. Difficult to say too much without putting in spoilers. All of the case are brilliant especially Hugh Grant. There are some real laugh out load moments and the whole thing is very irreverent.

I would recommend this film unless you don't like the word c**t!

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Force Collector

The latest Star Wars novel that I am working my way through is Force Collector, part of the Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker material.

I absolutely loved this story. Set just before The Force Awakens, a restless teenager sets out to discover what connection his mysterious Force powers have to the fabled Jedi and what the Force has in store for him. We have some new characters and some lovely colour added around more familiar characters. This might be a young adult novel but it is a compelling read and I struggled to put it down. Big thumps up to Keven Shinick for this one! 

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The Perfect Weapon

Next up on my reading list was the The Perfect Weapon that was actually released as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens material. It's not new but I've only just got round to reading it.

The Perfect Weapon" is a short story by Delilah S. Dawson and features Bazine Netal, a character that appears in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
There are plenty of mercenaries, spies, and guns for hire in the galaxy. But probably none as dangerous and determined as Bazine Netal. A master of disguise—and lethal with a blade, a blaster, or bare handed—she learned from the best. Now it's her turn to be the teacher—even if schooling an eager but inexperienced recruit in the tricks of her trade is the last thing she wants to do. But it's the only way to score the ship she needs to pull off her latest job.
An anonymous client has hired Bazine to track down an ex-stormtrooper and recover the mysterious package he's safeguarding. Payment for the mission promises to be astronomical, but the obstacles facing Bazine will prove to be formidable. And though her eager new sidekick has cyber skills crucial to the mission, only Bazine's razor-sharp talents will mean the difference between success or failure—and life or death
It might be a short story but it was big on action and expands nicely on the background of a character that we only see briefly in The Force Awakens.

This is only available as ab eBook but if you like Star Wars novels it is worth the small price.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Walk in Oxleas Woods

Today we had a walk in Oxleas Woods. The weather was kind to us at the time as it absolutely tipped it down later.

It was lovely to get out and about for a bit of fresh air and exercise.


Saturday, 25 January 2020

New baking and Chilling Adventure Of Sabrina

So today we decided to do some more baking but with a difference. We took the gluten free keto choc chip cookies recipe and decided to modify it as an experiment. We replaced half of the almond flour with coconut flour, added some psyllium husk and dropped the choc chips (well we dressed them with some but they weren't full of them).

Here's what came out....

They were absolutely delicious! It was a very good experiment! They are actually nicer than the choc chip version. Eaten warm they have an almost scone like quality. Lots of scope for other ways this new recipe could be used.

Then it was time to settled down to some Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina on Netflix now that Season 3 has dropped.


Dinner was an amazing steak and we watched a bit of QI followed but a series called Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly).


Thursday, 23 January 2020

Disney+ date , The Clone Wars trailer and Kenobi on hold

Kicking off today with the great news that Disney have just announced that the Disney+ release date has now been brought forward by one week so will now be live in the UK on 24th March! Finally!

Really looking forward to having this. All of the Star Wars and all of the Marvel in the same place and a major upgrade to the currently available Disney Life.

Although it actually starts before Disney+ hits the UK I am really excited for the final season of The Clone Wars. A new trailer has just been released


In sadder news it appears that the Kenobi TV series for Disney+ is now on hold. Recently we had rumours that it was cancelled which was proven to not be true but it looks like there is an issue anyway. Reports are that the production crew were all sent home from Pinewood Studios. It is also rumoured Kathleen Kennedy was not happy with the scripts. It is better for them to delay things and get it right rather than rush something out there and create a disaster especially given how picky the Star Wars fan base is these days. It sounds like the story line was also a problem with it being too similar to The Mandalorian with Obi-Wan looking out for young Luke Skywalker. Defending the child can't really work twice. The other worrying this is that they might have decided to cut the length of the series so we have may now gone from a movie to a six hour series which is now rumoured to be down to a four hour series.

More news will be reported as and when I hear more.


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Early morning baking, TV catch up and Overlord

I was working from home today as I had an 07:30 call with a client in Singapore. After the call I jumped into the kitchen to prep a loaf of gluten free keto bread for Toni. Ten minutes prep time for the win! Here's the result:

The house had a lovely baked bread smell after that which was great.

It was a busy working day but I cracked the back of some things which felt great. Got pissed off at some craziness and had a grumble at one of my managers. I even managed to finish at a reasonable hour(ish).

Toni and I had dinner and caught up with Star Wars Resistance and the latest Ink Master episode before she went out for a night of crochet.

Sam and I then engaged horror mode and watch Overlord. With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion's success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen.

This was nowhere near a terrible movie, it should have been but it wasn't. I was surprised to see J.J. Abrams named as producer. Worth a watch if zombies and Nazis are your thing. If they aren't then why not? LMFAO


Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Insanely busy and The Crown

It's insanely busy at work at the moment. I am a man down right now and I am really starting to feel it. Having to cover for one person whilst balancing everything else is proving to be quite challenging. I've left the office late two nights in a row and I am feeling quite tired.

Tomorrow I shall be working from home and finishing at a reasonable hour! Time to pace myself before I break!

The evening was spent relaxing and Toni and I finished of Season 2 of The Crown. It's so well done and we are both gripped by it. I know I've said it before but you really should check it out!

Monday, 20 January 2020

Gorgeous sky

This morning while waiting at the station for my delayed train I was treated to this glorious gorgeous sky.

I have to say it brought a small smile to my face. Not only was it a wonder to behold but it also reminded me of the film Flash Gordon :)







Sunday, 19 January 2020

Baking cookies, Penny Dreadful trailer and The Crown

Baking was the order of the day today with Toni and I whizzing up a double batch of gluten free keto chocolate chip cookies!

Oh my goodness, they were delicious!

Any of you a fan of the Penny Dreadful TV series? We thought it was wonderful and now we are getting a spin off in the form of Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels, set in 1938 Los Angeles. Showtime have just released the first trailer:



We caught up with the rest of season one of The Crown which is turning out to be compelling viewing and then moved on to season two.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Shazam, Motherland: Fort Salem, Sex Education and a little hockey

We start our day with breakfast at Miggi's before returning home to chill out. In another better late than never moment we decided to watch Shazam as we missed it when it came out.

The DCEU movies have been a bit hit and miss so I wasn't keeping my hopes up for this one. I knew nothing of the comic book character so went into this one with a completely open mind. Overall it wasn't bad at all. Shazam seems to be set in an alternative universe to the other DCEU offerings which was a surprise.

It's a fun superhero movie and I think I would definitely go and see the sequel which is also tied in with standalone supervillain movie Black Adam.


We caught wind of a new TV series coming out that peeked our interest. Motherland: Fort Salem. Set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning U.S. government to fight for their country, Motherland: Fort Salem follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons. Let's hope it turns out to be good.


The second season of Sex Education is now out so we watched the first two episodes on Netflix. It is as hilarious and silly as the first season. Avoid this one if you are easily offended or don't like the idea of frank discussion about bumping uglies.

Our evening finished watching Washington Capitals v New York Islanders and were very happy to see the Islanders lose 6 - 4.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Urgent (or not) and Rangers victory

Urgent seems to be becoming a far too familiar word at work right now. I've been bombarded with numerous requests to do things that are classified as urgent. They now get added to my urgent list and get processed in date order. It's getting to be a bit like the boy who cried wolf! How many times can you ask for things to be done urgently before you accept that they aren't all urgent!
Of all these things that were seen as urgent the only one that really was involved security patching of servers which resulted in me having to do some work in the evening.

Caught up with last nights Islanders v Rangers game and was delighted to see the Ranger walk away with a 2 - 3 win. A last minute goal from Chris Kreider secured the deal. The play off race continues.



Thursday, 16 January 2020

The Crown on Netflix

Today we took a slow dive into Netflix series The Crown.

We are late comers to The Crown as it has just finished Season 3 with Season 4 upcoming (out of 6 planned seasons).

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present. The first season depicts events up to 1955, with Winston Churchill resigning as prime minister and the Queen's sister Princess Margaret deciding not to marry Peter Townsend.

We've watched the first four episodes so far and it is quite a good show. There seems to be a little poetic licence going on with some characters being shown in a slightly better light than they perhaps deserve so it will be interesting to see if this continues or the show tried to take on a more real view.

I am definitely not a Royalist but this one is worth a watch.



Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Morbius trailer

Sony Pictures next Marvel film will be Morbius.
Jared Leto is the main character Michael Morbius (The Living Vampire) and it could be this will be one of his finest performances after his OK portayal of Joker in DCs Suicide Squad.


Lots of questions doing the rounds with this one....
Will we see Morbius in the Venomverse or the MCU? He was in the Spider-Man comics so maybe he'll be in a Spider-Man film. I have no idea but I can't wait to find out! Roll on July!


Monday, 13 January 2020

Dark Phoenix

We finally got round to watching the last of the Fox X-Men movies, Dark Phoenix. The reviews at the time put us off of going to see it at the cinema but I really wanted to see what it was like.

In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite, not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

The reviews weren't great but it wasn't too bad. Dark Phoenix seemed like a lazy attempt to close out the X-Men series as Fox headed into the Disney buy out and felt somewhat rushed as a result. It carried the same look and feel of the previous X-Men films so there was great familiarity but it seemed to lack something.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Rangers lose and Was It Something i Said?

Caught up with the Rangers v St. Louis Blues game today. It started well but as happens far too often the days the Rangers choked in the end and crashed out 2 - 5. It was definitely the latter on this image!

We also burned our way through  quiz show Was It Something I Said? that we found on Youtube.

Was It Something I Said? was broadcast on Channel 4, It was presented by David Mitchell and featured team captains Richard Ayoade and Micky Flanagan. Celebrity guest narrators appeared in each episode and, for the first series, narrators included David Harewood, Phil Daniels, Charles Dance, Brian Blessed, Joh Craven, John Seargent, Kirsty Wark and Mariella Frostrup.

It's a shame this only ran for eight episodes as I thought it was very funny and would have liked to have seen a lot more of it.

You can find all eight episodes on Youtube if you are interested in watching it.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

The New Mutants

20th Century Fox have recently dropped a trailer for The New Mutants.

This Fox superhero horror film is based around the X-Men universe. I did wonder if it would ever see the light of day after Disney bought Fox but it seems the green light has been given and now it's all systems go.

The New Mutants actually looks pretty good so that's a definite cinema trip coming up in April.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Jojo Rabbit

Tonight was a family night out as Toni, Sam, Zoe and I ventured to deepest darkest Bexleyheath. We started off with a lovely meal at Bella Italia before hitting Cineworld to go and see Jojo Rabbit.


Johannes "Jojo" Betzler is a ten-year-old boy living in Nazi Germany during the later stages of World War II with his mother, Rosie. His absent father is supposedly serving on the Italian Front but has lost all contact and his older sister Inge has recently died of influenza. The jingoistic Jojo often talks with his imaginary friend, a supportive but childish version of Adolf Hitler.

Jojo Rabbit is Taika Waititi in fine form. His parody of Hitler is hilarious, all the cast are wonderful.

It's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, there are plenty of laughs from start to finish but there is also a VERY serious undertone about how easily people can be brainwashed into believing in a cause (and any old bollocks to justify it). I would recommend taking some tissues with if not for the heart wrenching scenes then for the German version of David Bowie's Heroes.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Stupid stats, Crisis On Infinite Earths and Messiah

I had a half day today. The morning was spent working from home up to my eyeballs in stats going back to 2016 pulled for some pointless management review. I'm sure they'll find something meaningful in there.....

There was lunch and then I had the afternoon off.

The early part of the afternoon I accompanied Toni to the hospital to attend a review with her consultant following her procedure in December. The good news is that what they took out was nothing to worry about and the other good news is that they can now look at doing the actual procedure that she was supposed to have. We hope this will be in a couple of months.

The rest of the afternoon was spent watching the first three episodes of the DC crossover series Crisis On Infinite Earths.

This consisted of episodes of Supergirl, Batwoman and The Flash. Lots of wonderful guest cameos throughout these episodes and a who's who of all the DC TV series that are currently running. This is their best crossover event so far and I can't wait to see how it all pans out when Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow are broadcast next week.

We finished the evening off watching the first few episodes of Netflix's series called Messiah.


The series focuses on the modern world's reaction to a man, who first appears in the Middle East claiming to be the eschatological return of 'Isa (Jesus). His sudden appearance and apparent miracles spark a growing international following, casting doubts around who he really is, a case investigated by a CIA officer.

The first episodes were good and I hope the story unfolds in a way that it lives up to its promise,


Monday, 6 January 2020

Back to work

It was back to work today after 2.5 weeks off. It was a bit of a shock to the system as I've abstained from ALL devices linking to work so I came back blind with over 400 emails to catch up on.

It actually took me almost half a day to get back into the swing of things. Clearly I needed the break....

Sunday, 5 January 2020

London Alternative Market

Toni and I ventured up to London today to meet with Athena and spend some time at London Alternative Market (LAM).

It's always fun to feed the inner kink! We might have bought a few things while we were there!

After we returned back to Eltham we popped into Nando's for some foods. It was nice to be out doing something fun together on my last day before returning to work.


Friday, 3 January 2020

Visiting friends

Toni and I headed to South Kensington today to go and see Athena and Chip. We've not seem them for a while so it was good to have catch up and learn more about Athena's plans for world domination!


Thursday, 2 January 2020

Star Wars news coming this month (hopefully)

Well we are now in 2020 and the final episode in the Skywalker Saga has now been released. Kathleen Kennedy (President of Lucasfilm) is apparently going to share some news on the next film in the pipeline (due to be released in 2022).

I'm sure lots of people are dreading the announcement that Rian Johnson is involved but I am just keen to hear whatever news there might be. Clearly it won't be the Benioff and Weiss Old Republic trilogy as they bailed out to take big bucks from Netflix to do something else.

I am very pleased that there are still plans for more Star Wars films on top if all the TV stuff coming to Disney+ and am excited to see what might be in store for us going forward.

May the force be with you....


Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Baked cheese and more Harry Potter

There was not an early start today. We got up around 12:30. Breakfast was a delicious piece of baked brie with celery and carrot sticks.

Well that was a glorious way to kick off 2020 I can tell you, it was delicious.

We continued our Harry Potter fest and did bugger all else.

Toni went and had a bath so I indulged in a little The Toys That Made Us covering My Little Pony and Wrestling Figures.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my friends and family whether we meet face to face or just know each other online. May your wishes be granted, your hopes be fulfilled and you all have much health and happiness.
Just for Sam.......