AWESOME BLOGGER

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I was recently nominated for the Awesome blogger award by Shay-lon, who is also an awesome blogger and you should read their post because they do a great job! 

The Rules:

#1. Copy and paste the image with the rules.

#2. Share one thing that you thing that makes you truly awesome.

#3. Nominate other bloggers for the award. 

*The number of bloggers to be nominated should not exceed 7.

In my opinion what makes me awesome is the fact that I have made it through a major car crash and come through the other side. I suffered a shattered knee cap, broken ribs and a punctured lung as well as numerous cuts and bruises. I went from not being able to lift my leg an inch to completing a fitness test for my new job within 4 months of the crash. I still haven’t got myself to my original fitness due to three knee ops, but I am determined to get there. I’m not a fan of driving and it often makes me feel anxious, but I am back driving and working hard not to let the crash get to me. I am a determined person. I was told I wouldn’t run again. I have proved the doctors wrong although I am no where near the speed I used to be. My aim is to be able to play tennis and squash again.

I nominate:

https://greercn.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/

https://gutsygelder.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/kings-queens-queers/

https://keithandthemovies.com/2016/05/22/km-retro-review-the-untouchables/

https://lizzusev.com/2016/05/29/ashleigh-black-and-white/

https://mettelray.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/commercial-break-42/

https://ragingfluff.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/happy-anniversary-oscar-constance/

Things to consider when visiting St. Peter’s basilica – Vatican city

Money Monster

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I actually rather enjoyed this film despite it being a bit far fetched. The ending was inevitable although I’m still not sure why they did it? There is a nice twist in the middle and definitely a message to be shared.

The story begins with George Clooney character Lee getting ready for his show Money Monster. A show that gives sound advice on which companies to invest in on the stock market. He is a brash show off with very little in the way of modesty. He is the star, not the stock market and he really doesn’t care what happens to people’s money as long as he can wear expensive suits.

Lee is introducing the show when a gun man enters the stage. A desperate man who has lost everything following the advice of the Money Monster. He has blown 60,000 pounds of his inheritance money and its all Lee’s fault. The events are broadcast live on TV. Lee with the help of his director Patty played by Julia Roberts have to negotiate their way out of this mess. Police are waiting to storm the studio and take the gun man down.

Throughout the show we see how unpopular Lee is, how blagging his way through shows is helpful in this situation, we learn about the gunman and why he is so desperate and begin to unravel why this company collapsed and lost peoples money. It was no glitch in the computer system. Emotions are very high and you really feel the plight of this gun man, particularly when you hear what his girlfriend has to say.

This is an original story line although pretty far fetched and unlikely. Despite the severity of the situation there are still some laughs. I am not a Clooney fan but this egotistical character is perfect for him and he plays it well. Julia Roberts as usual is brilliant as she is stuck on the wrong side of the camera. Jack O’Connell puts on a New York accent for at least the second time playing Kyle the Gunman. It’s a really good performance despite the idea being a tad over the top and unrealistic.

If you can get over the unrealistic nature of this film then you will enjoy it. Don’t try to decipher or question it too much and it won’t disappoint. I think there needed to be more tension surrounding the event as at no point do you really believe that Lee will die or is at risk. Despite this, it was an easy watch with a heart warming message and the bad guy gets it in the end.

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7/10

Bad Neighbours 2

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I must say that I am not the biggest fan of modern American comedy, however, I enjoyed the first Bad Neighbours film. The second film is pretty much the same but this time we have a group of girls next door.

Mac and Kelly are trying to sell their house as they have a baby on the way. The sale has been reached, but there is a 30 day period where the buyers can pull out. Of course with the house empty next door this should be easy, but unfortunately a sorority move in and plan to party ruining the chances of the sale.

The sorority is made up of girls that just don’t fit in. Apparently sororities are not allowed to party? This group want to change this, but move away from the sleazy frat parties. They want to smoke lots of weed and shake things up. Zach Efron’s character having been made homeless by his friend joins these girls so that he can impart his wisdom and teach them how to stay together. This of course leads to a neighbour battle.

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The jokes are pretty stupid stuff and try and offend. I usually hate this type of comedy, but in this film it works. There is a great deal of bad language, toilet humour, sex humour and a young child walking around with a vibrator. This is an easy watch and you don’t have to think too much. The girls are a bit annoying and I found that the message of feminism and strong women didn’t really work with these characters. There were definitely elements to make you cringe.

If you liked the first film then you will definitely like the second. Will there be a third? Possibly? There are so many bad neighbours out there. Seph Rogen and Rose Byrne work really well together as the dysfunctional parents who try to be functional. They have great chemistry! Zach Efron shows his abs a great deal and looks like he enjoys playing the masthead, it’s a pretty fun and easy roll to play. The supporting cast play off the main cast very effectively and enjoy a great share of the jokes.

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7/10

Miles Ahead

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I must confess that I knew very little about Miles Davis before I watched this film. I left the cinema knowing he played Jazz, he took lots of drugs, was a womanizer and abused his wife. The film probably depicts the worst parts of his life, which is a shame. It is the late 70’s when Davis is doing very little apart from taking drugs and fighting Columbia over a private session.

Ewan McGregor plays a reporter from Rolling Stones Magazine. In his desperation to get an interview he gets mixed up with Davis’ unconventional lifestyle. We have shootings, theft, drugs, music and lots of smoking. This is a slow burn with a few action pieces and some nice Jazz.

Throughout the film there are flashbacks of his life with Frances Taylor, his former wife. The flashbacks show his controlling and abusive personality with a rare glimpse of the inequality that black people had at the time. They were married for 10 years, but the film concentrates on all the negative elements. In all honesty there is very little light until the end.

Don Cheadle plays Davis and directs the film. From the footage I have seen this is a very good performance. I think fans of Davis will get more out of this film. I just didn’t find this element of his life very interesting really. It was the typical cliche of musician using drugs and sleeping around. I’m sure from what I have read there is more to Davis then that? Maybe fans can educate me?
This is an ok film with good performances. I just didn’t find the film very interesting and surely a film about one of the best Jazz musicians should be?

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5/10

Six Feet Under

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My wife had been on at me for years to watch this series with her and I tended to respond in quite an unenthusiastic fashion. I thought it would be just a little bit too weird and melancholy. It came out when I was 17 and I saw glimpses of the series and I don’t think I was quite ready for it.

We had come to the end of Game of Thrones and we were lacking shows to watch. I suggested Six Feet Under much to Amy’s surprise. I have now watched every episode and my opinion is that this is one of the best shows I have ever seen. I warn you that it is not for the faint hearted and it tackles some tough and taboo subjects.

The show follows the Fisher family after the death of the father Nathaniel. He was head of the house in quite an old fashioned traditional sense. He ran the family funeral parlour from their large house, which was now left to his sons David and Nethaniel Jr. David had always been involved in the business working with his Dad. Nathaniel Jr ran away from the responsibility at home and never wanted to return. The death of his father left him little choice but to return although this was always a struggle.

As you can imagine, death holds a prominent part of the series. It covers grief, pain, anger, tradition and religion. Some deaths are gruesome where as others are peaceful. Their father is a constant presence in their life and a source of guidance. His death brings up many questions about him. How well did they actually know him?

There are a great deal of hard topics covered in the show. From the outset we have death which is the main focus. We see characters struggle with their own and others homosexuality, we see drug use, mental illness, sex, religion, racism, violence, cultural difference, physical illness, family break ups, incest, murder…. I could go on. I have to confess that I did at times get a bit down about it all. The acting is absolutely fantastic from all those involved. Never once do you see the actor, only ever the character they are playing. You feel their emotion and go along the rollercoaster ride. They all suffer at some point in their lives and struggle, but somehow they always stay together. Beyond the chaos there is a great deal of love.

The family consists of Mother who struggles with her own mental health issues. She struggles with the fact that she married so young and started a family without really experiencing things that young people do. It is clear that her relationship with her husband was not easy or loving. She is often on the cusp of breakdown and feels confused.

The oldest son is Nethaniel who is an idealist who likes to run away from reality. He never wanted to be part of the business although his father even in death had other ideas. The business is left to him and his brother which left him obligated to run the funeral business. He often picks the most destructive relationship, but finds solace in sex and love with others. His physical health plays a major role in the show.

The middle child is David who has always been part of the business in the hope to get acknowledgement from his father. He feels that he is often taken for granted, has to take on everyone’s burdens, move the business forward and hold everything together. He has his own troubles, particularly a secret which he has kept from his family. A secret that has challenged his faith, friendships and love life. He has always felt like the odd one out.

We finally have the youngest Claire who is often self destructive. She dabbles in drugs and alcohol despite only being a teenager. She was her Dads favourite and his death has left a major void. She struggles to develop a relationship with her mother. She also struggles to find the right man who can support her and doesn’t need her support. She is an artist and enjoys experiencing many different things. She tries to live her dream although her grief often takes away her focus.

There is a really strong supporting cast who have a major role. Their lives bring up a multitude of issues and often become tangled up with the Fisher family. There are are few happy and funny moments, but generally the issues are hard hitting and dark. This is one of the best series I have seen. The acting is brilliant and worthy of many awards. It us not a show for everyone, but there will be elements that nearly everyone can relate to.

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9/10