Almost Human…short-lived but good…

almost-humanI was going to write about Peaky Blinders for this Blogathon but I can’t keep going on and on and on about how brilliant it is (ok, I guess I could). But, change is good. And there’s another show that I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, as would be my luck, this one only went for one short season (2013 to 2014) and failed to get the nod for another round. What a pity. But don’t be put off by that…enjoy that one special season for what it is. Oh…hmmm…I guess I do watch more series than I suspected (and claim) after all…I always say I’m “not a series person” but I guess the odd one I do watch.

Hsmall-screen-2ere’s Almost Human…my entry to The Small Screen Blogathon hosted by Maddylovesherclassicfilms.

We’re in the future where human police officers have been teamed up with human looking androids, more specifically MX-43s. This, to get a good, supposedly effective balance of human thought processes together with the emotional detachment and superior fighting skills of androids. Paired are “old school” (read “not-at-all-happy about this) detective John Kennex – he’s the human, played by Karl Urban – with Dorian – a retired DRN model android (“dug out the storage area” but that’s not really the case), played by Michael Ealy. Huh? Yes…you see, John was initially teamed up with a fancy schmancy MX-43 but let’s just say, they had a personality clash and said android was not-so-gracefully dispatched of by allocated human partner (thus bringing the DRN into the picture). Now, the thing is, John is grumpy and fighting his own daemons which include amnesia and a prosthetic leg and really isn’t too chuffed with Dorian‘s constant advice, opinions and general input. I need to mention that Dorian and fellow DRN models were retired due to their emotional programming not being quite right for the job. The MX-43s are purely logic based partners.

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy fulfill their roles perfectly and have a superb chemistry. You’ll find yourself constantly chuckling as they bash heads due to different opinions, emotional states and outlooks on life while trying to solve various cases. Add to this duo the wonderful Mackenzie Crook  as Rudy Lom (you might know him from Pirates of the Caribbean as the pirate with the wooden eye that keeps popping out) who is the tech support/nerd/lab guy. He’s the go-to guy for all things…techie. Oh boy is he great. As miserable and gruff as John is, there’s a subtle soft spot (he’ll never admit it) there with colleague Detective Valerie Stahl (Minka Kelly). I was really sad that this didn’t get to be developed more but that was probably left for a subsequent series which we’re never to see…booohoooohoooo. Lili Taylor is Captain Sandra Maldonado who sees John for what he is while other detectives and MX-43 android models keep opposing him.

And so this team fights futuristic (actually, not too futuristic) crimes while John and Dorian become the best duo I’ve seen in a long time. Well worth watching despite the short season.

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Delicious and unusual…

…look what I got in the post from a great blogging friend…and oh, my word…that Raspberry and Liquorice one is wonderfully unusual and totally delicious. My favourite chocolate is orange (in any style possible) so that one I’m going to keep until I really can’t resist anymore (which probably won’t be long).

As for the wrappings…how absolutely delightful. For me, a fresh take on chocolate wrappers. Likewise the chocolate itself…looks so nice with the black and red speckles on a white backdrop. The texture is likewise lovely – smooth with the crunchiness of the speckles.

Thank you soooooo much Realweegiemidget. (Yours should be in your part of the world by now too).

Hawkeye…

We Love Superheroes Week 3

So….Superheroes….shewww…I’m not really “into” them. I don’t have a favourite. Somehow they always have to go off and save the world. And I soooo wish for a happy end…but they never properly get the girl. No time for that when you need to chase after villains and such. Although, hmmmm, come to think of it (and contradicting myself in the process), there is one Superhero (can he even be classified a Superhero?) who kind of grabs my attention…Hawkeye. But…only The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron version because I don’t know any other one.

I happened to be watching The Avengers one day, purely because it was on TV and I didn’t feel like looking for the remote to change the channel. Staring into, or almost through, the screen at nothing really ….wowww….who’s that….??? I have a weakness for archers…there’s something elegant about them.  They’re just so sexy dependable. Accurate. There’s a certain style. And they never miss the mark (tee hee).

Oh well…I’ll just carry on be shallow now…what’s wrong with that once in a while, right? So…that outfit. There’s something about it. Oh my…just look at him…

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Moving along…

Possibly the reason I “like” Hawkeye aka Clint Barton is because he doesn’t really come across as a Superhero. More like he’s just a really good archer who’s super fit. He seems more “realistic” than the rest. Like a normal person. One who doesn’t seem to be keeping up with the egos and attention seeking. Does he even have a super power as such? Sorry if I’m totally ignorant but I’m taking this all from watching the two movies mentioned earlier.

Then…he’s the only Superhero I know of who actually gets the girl. He gets to marry her. Yes, he still goes of on saving-the-world missions but he at least has an opportunity to settle down. To have a little bit of a relationship that could just work.

Oh alright, fine, the actor taking on this role has a teeny tiny bit to do with me liking Hawkeye. I wasn’t familiar with Jeremy Renner roles (or should I say, I didn’t really notice him in movies) until The Avengers and from there he “grew on me”. I’ve subsequently seen more Jeremy Renner roles and quite enjoy him.

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I’m still not sure if Hawkeye classifies as a Superhero, but he’s on the good team isn’t he? And, if nothing else, I had fun ogling out the pictures to accompany this post. Now off to be all grown-up and serious again.

Oh, head on over to Hamlette’s Soliloquy (here) for some more Superhero Week fun.

Canadian Eric Schweig…

o-canada-niagaraWow, can you believe that another rendition of Speakeasy and Silver Screenings‘ O Canada! Blogathon is here. Time sure flies.

For my third year joining in, I’ve decided to pick an actor again (last year, although it feels like yesterday, I looked at The Grand Seduction and the previous year, Donald Sutherland). An actor that I feel is underrated. May I introduce to you Eric Schweig. Born in 1967 (19 June to be precise), his real name is actually Ray Dean Thrasher. Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, he was born in Canada. Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

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Now…you’ll probably know where I’m heading with this post…(for those of you new to my Blog, let me just say that The Last of the Mohicans is my absolute favourite movie of all time)…so, yep, I’m heading down the Uncas (Last of the Mohicans route). But what other route should I take? It is, after all, this movie which introduced me to this actor. I’d never heard of him before then (granted, according on IMDB it was only his 3rd movie) and must admit I haven’t seen too much with him in it (although he’s been in a fair amount). It takes quite something to share screen presence with Daniel Day-Lewis and boy, oh boy, does Eric Schweig manage to do this. While he doesn’t have the lead role, he is definitely noticed. Or maybe it’s just that I have a bit of a weakness for the Uncas/Alice love story. But really, I thoroughly enjoy the ease with which he takes on the character of Uncas (and no, here we won’t discuss how true to the book the movie is – this is a post about an actor, therefore a movie). So, for a long time, all I had was the 25 year old Eric Schweig  – back then my parents and I had no TV in the house (by choice) and besides, Video Cassettes were limited. IMDB and the internet didn’t exist, so, unless an actor was making Magazine gossip, you weren’t really aware of who else was out there and what they were acting in. My Quinlan’s Films Stars book also dated too quickly.EricSchweig

Only a number of years later with my own place and a TV, I happened to catch the trail-end of Follow the River (1995). Unfortunately didn’t see too much of Eric Schweig‘s character, however, it did trigger me to go find some other roles I’d enjoyed him in. And I found…

SkinsfilmSkins (2002). Here he plays Rudy Yellow Lodge, a police office in an Indian Reservation. He is joined by Graham Greene (also a Canadian) who takes on the role of Mogie Yellow Lodge, Rudy‘s alcoholic brother. While not always easy to watch it was an eye opener and I did actually enjoy it. The cast also includes, amongst others, wonderful fellow Canadians Gary Farmer, Michelle Thrush and Nathaniel Arcand as well as Gil Birmingham (not Canadian)  It also presented to me an Eric Schweig 10 years older to what I’d be introduced to. In this darker, more serious role, he is still great to watch. In contrast, his smaller role in The Missing about which I’m not going to say too much here other than, I really needed to watch The Last of the Mohicans again.

I’ve got Dead Man’s Walk waiting to be watched and trying to find Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (not only because of Eric Schweig but I want to see it regardless of who’s in it) and Into the West is also proving difficult to find (once again with Eric Schweig but on my to-watch list anyway). He’s been in so many movies and series and I’m embarrassed to say that for such a wonderful actor I really haven’t seen enough of him.

But, that’s not all. As a means of connecting to his heritage, Eric Schweig carves masks (look them up, they are gorgeous), a skill developed from his early childhood days of carving. In fact, I believe he never intended to get into acting but was involved with woodwork and framing work.

So, here’s to a Canadian who really is worth noticing.

 

The Four Things Tag

Things work out in weird ways…I was just wondering what I should write about (and I’m not in the mood for a movie or music post) when along comes Eva of Coffee, Classics and Craziness with a delightful tag…

She kind of (any excuse to join in) tagged me in that she tagged anyone who enjoys re-watching movies. Yes…RE-watching. And no…don’t come with that line “oh…but how can you possibly watch a movie more than once”….hmm…but then you are mostly movie bloggers reading this so I think that comment is redundant…oh whatever…here are my fours…

Four Jobs I’ve Had

  1. General office assistant at the Consulate General while a student;
  2. Part-time book seller while a student;
  3. Piano teacher (yes…how did you guess…while a student);
  4. Business Intelligence (Analytics) and Data Warehouse Consultant (not as a student).

Four Things I Don’t Eat

This one is hard because I pretty much eat everything.

1. Uhm….hmmm…actually….I don’t know…I’ll come back to this one…sometime…

Ok…I’m back…brain…that I won’t eat. And fruit in meals…like, in main meals – dinner. So, for example pineapple in Riz Casimir or raisins in pumpkin. That’s about it. And primary school camp meals.

Four Places I’ve Lived

  1. Lambton, South Africa (yes, yes, I’m a Germiston girl);
  2. Dowerglen, South Africa;
  3. River Ridge, South Africa;
  4. Because “lived” is past tense…I can’t put down my current location…so, you’re left with three entries above I’m afraid.

Four of my Favorite Foods

  1. Sushi;
  2. Roast Chicken with roast potatoes and the works;
  3. Raclette;
  4. Chocolate (that’s a food right….? Daft question…of course it is 😀 ).Chocolate

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once

Only four????? What???? Ok, fine…four it is:

  1. Last of the Mohicans (I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen this one);
  2. Catch and Release;
  3. The Magnificent Seven (1960);
  4. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Four TV Shows I Watch

I don’t watch TV…sorry.

Peaky Blinders (does that count?)

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And Rome….many years back…

Four Things I’m Looking Forward to This [Coming] Year (2018)

  1. Taking things as they come;
  2. More experiences in my new home in the northern hemisphere;
  3. Seeing my mother again when she finally joins us here in our new home;
  4. Spending time with family and friends.

Four Things I Can’t Live Without

Hmmm…I know this sounds all soppy but having made this big move to Europe from way down South Africa way…I’ve realised that there is only one thing I can’t live without…family and pets. Other than that, I missed absolutely nothing while I was waiting for the container. Neither do I miss the items I left behind altogether. I realised that we accumulate way too much and don’t really need most of it.

Now back to the lighter things…

Four Places I’ve Visited

  1. Argentina;
  2. New York;
  3. Thailand;
  4. Cape Town.

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Four Pet Peeves

Hmmm…going to give this one a miss – I mean, I’d rather focus on positives…

Four Things I Wish I Could Do

  1. Parkour – it looks soooo awesome;
  2. Speak Mandarin (I’ve started once before but didn’t have the time to learn);
  3. Climb the Eiger Nordwand;
  4. Finish writing the screenplay I started more than 5 years and just never get around to working on.Eiger (3.970 m, Berner Alpen, Nordwestseite), von Kleine Scheidegg aus

Four Subjects I Studied at School

  1. History;
  2. Mathematics;
  3. Physical Science;
  4. Computer Studies.

in contrast to my Uni subjects:

  1. Philosophy;
  2. Classics (Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, Death and Dying in the Ancient World and all those exciting things);
  3. Practical Music Studies (Piano and Organ);
  4. Composition Techniques and Form.

Four Things Near Me Right Now

Hmmm…how near is near?

  1. A tower pile of DVDs awaiting a first watch…some a re-watch;
  2. A mountain of paperwork;
  3. A mountain of rock, grass, trees and snow at the top;
  4. A world of new experiences awaiting me here in my new home.

So…now for the hard part…tagging fellow bloggers…oh, well, guess what, I’ve just tagged you! Yes…you…

 

Musical Notes: Love is a Stranger (Eurythmics)

Friday…again..wow…and already halfway through January. So…I’ve decided to share one of my favourites. Been on my list ever since I can remember. I remember being introduced to this through my father’s massive record collection waaaaay back when I was a youngster. Listening to it brings back all sorts of wonderful memories – of family, my youth and all sorts.

Enjoy! And have an awesome weekend. Here is Love is a Stranger by Eurythmics.

The above is not my video. I have no claims to it at all.

In a Nutshell: The Guard (2011)

Aaaah….I just love clever movies. And…I have a soft spot for Irish movies. So…The Guard is just perfect for me.

THEGUARDposterIt all starts out with a murder. Indulging Irish Policeman Gerry Boyle (the always fantastic Brendan Gleeson) commences his investigation but before long, the FBI arrive and Boyle finds himself working with Special Agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle). Reason? Well, the FBI is tasked with intercepting a drug ring (Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham and David Wilmot) and Boyle’s murder victim turns out to be the fourth ring member. What unfolds is a great movie with serious, no-nonsense Everett and the not-such-a-perfect-pillar-of-society Boyle tolerating each other working together to take down the drug dealers. As the insults and brilliant laughs fly, you’ll find yourself having a ball of a time. Great movie and you’ll also wonder if Boyle is “really *#!@*#!@* dumb, or really *#!@*#!@* smart. But you’ll figure it out.

Thank You and Happy New Year…

…to all of you out there who touch on my blog in some way or other. Every “Read”, “Comment”, “Like” or even quick glance is appreciated. Thank you. And most importantly, for your own posts.

Thanks for your support during this last year where I was in full blogging swing until life took its own course and blogging, unfortunately, but realistically, had to take a back seat. Bring on 2018!

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year (Blogathon)…A Long Way Down

happynewyearblogathon5I can’t believe that we’ve already come to the end of another year. Or rather, the start of a new one. Well, bring it on…

…with The Happy New Year Blogathon hosted by MovieMovieBlogBlog.

I’m tackling A Long Way Down (not to be confused with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman‘s cyling trip Long Way Down). And…for those who glance through the story on the internet…don’t think it is dreary for New Year because of the “subject matter”.

What is it? Let me count you down:

10…Another one of those movies…the ones that I almost don’t watch, pick up when not really sure what I really feel like watching…and ending up thoroughly enjoying. This is one I went into with absolute no clue of the story.

9..The opening is what caught my attention. Not knowing who was in it or what it was about when I started out…having Pierce Brosnan show up meant it surely can’t be that bad. When his character announces that he’s decided to kill himself (on New Year’s Eve), first instinct was to switch off but shortly afterward I saw him trying to get a ladder up London’s Toppers building…and I was wondering what lay in store. Not in a morbid way.

8…The additional opening credits presenting me with Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul likewise promised something good. Oh…Rosamund Pike and Sam Neill too.

7…Within the first four minutes, the mood is lightened  (dare I even say that) on the rooftop with the wonderful entrance of Maureen (Toni Collette)…spoiler alert…asking Martin (Brosnan) if he will be long and if she should wait somewhere. What a brilliant scene (although, actually not something to laugh at but this is probably deemed a black comedy after all).A-Long-Way-Down-Poster

6…By the time Jess (Imogen Poots) and JJ (Aaron Paul) turn up (independently of each other) with similar fates in mind, I know that this is going to be an interesting one.

5…Clearly, the chosen spot is a bit overcrowded and after brief introductions, they all go their separate ways…well, for a few minutes anyway…until fate has them all in Martin‘s car. The four former strangers decide to make an agreement. They will work at getting through their respective problems, together, until Valentine’s Day. So unravel the respective stories while four relationships develop.

4…Based on the novel of the same title by Nick Hornby, this isn’t such a dreary movie after all. It has some dark and light comedy moments with some really beautiful ones and other quite serious ones mixed in. The topic at hand is never made a joke of.

3…Directed by Pascal Chaumeil I found this movie really beautiful despite the many negative reviews it received. Here’s the trailer to give you a taste of what it’s about:

2…Another spoiler…but the movie ends on the following New Year’s Eve. And…well, because it would be totally wrong any other way, with all four of them still friends.

1…Happy New Year (what else does one say here?)

 

Musical Notes: Love Runs Out (OneRepublic)

Wow…another Friday. The last one of the year. Where did 2017 go??? Anyway, to end off the week, I’m giving you a song that only recently caught my attention (yes, yes, where have I been?). It is not often that I hear something on the radio and actually listen to it. This comes from a band that I knew existed (and probably will recognise some of their other pieces if I heard them) but never really took much notice of.

Here it is…Love Runs Out by OneRepublic (hope I’m writing that correctly):

Of course I’m not the owner or uploader of the clip above.

That special feeling…SMS für Dich

Do you also get it? You know? That feeling? That special high after having watched a movie* that just keeps replaying in your mind? Like you are floating. Absorbing what you’ve seen. Well, not absorbing, but savouring the effects it had/has on you. Like you almost want to climb into the movie and live it. To want to rewatch it immediately but knowing that precious impact will not be the same if you do. Gosh…I’m crazy…but honestly, every now and then a movie pulls me in emotionally and lodges a little hook that I can’t get out. It’s a wonderful feeling. I think I’ve mentioned it before. And lucky for me…it has struck again. *Sigh* this time with a romantic drama.

It started the way these things often do…something on my “To Watch List” (I’m sure you are familiar with this type of ever-growing list?) that is there but just doesn’t scream “Pick me! Pick me!”, yet somehow, not really knowing what you feel like watching, you pick it. And in the first few seconds of viewing…”yay, this looks light” but then…oh no!…I felt like the carpet had been yanked out from under me. I nearly switched it off but within a few seconds the tone changed again. And I loved every bit of it.

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It has Clara (Karoline Herfurth) still grieving the death of her fiancé (his death is the carpet-pulling-part) two years later. In an attempt to get on with life she comes across her old cellphone and to express her feelings sends an SMS to him. Having been “recycled”, the number, however, is now Mark‘s (Friedrich Mücke). So unfolds this beautiful story.

One of falling in love with a person for how they express themselves before even seeing them. One of not simply letting love go and falling for the next man who comes along. One where the leads take time they need. One where Clara isn’t rushed yet gently guided into new beginnings.

And as these two people fall in love, I had that lovely feeling that I only get when I can connect with the characters. They draw me in. They let me believe in their story. Their love. The take me with them beyond the end credits. To me, an absolutely beautiful movie.

Directed by Karoline Herfurth, it also stars Nora Tschirner as Katja, Clara’s awesome wacky friend and roommate, Frederick Lau as Mark‘s colleague and friend and Katja Riemann as “schlager” singer Henriette Boot  (who does one of the most catchy songs at the end, with great visuals from the cast integrated. Be warned, the song really is catchy…I still have it on repeat in my head since last night).

*Often one not rated very highly.

In a Nutshell: Wind River (2017)

Wind_River_(2017_film)Hunter and employee of Fish and Wildlife Services Cory (Jeremy Renner) is called out to the Wind River Indian Reservation by Martin (Gil Birmingham) to track down a mountain lion that has been attacking his livestock.  In doing so he uncovers the frozen body of a girl from the community, thus triggering an investigation. FBI Agent Jane (Elizabeth Olsen) is brought in to investigate the murder, supported by local police chief Ben (Graham Green) and with tracking experience coming from Cory. Thus unfolds a gripping and tragic tale.

It has been ages since I’ve been so engrossed in a movie and really saddened by the lack of interest shown by the authorities over such murders/missing persons (the opening titles indicate that the story is based on true events, the closing indicates statistics of such incidents).

Excellent movie directed by Taylor Sheridan that is well worth the watch.

A Strong Character…

A few (I think) years back, the following ad caught me eye on TV (and I NEVER notice ads) not because of the brand being advertised…actually…give it a watch…I won’t need to explain:

So, I take it you know where I’m heading…definitely not the car route… 😉

But more specifically…one of these “bad” men…Mark Strong. Until recently, he was typically cast in the villain roles (hence the above appropriate clip). In fact, I’m often drawn to the actors not in the lead. And, don’t think bad of me, the villains are often exactly those that catch my eye. So much more exciting aren’t they? And just possibly a means of “living a little wild” from the safety of my mind…anyway, that’s not the point…but…hmmm….I assume that explains why a particular villain (or rather, the actor behind that villain) caught my eye in Robin Hood (2010). Yes…Godfrey, played so brilliantly by Mark Strong. Cold and calculating, ok, fine, sooooo cliché, let me start again…he was a man with an agenda…and played so convincingly.

MarkStrongRobinHoodIt was also at this point it dawned on me that I’d seen this actor before. In a number of roles. Yes, definitely a familiar face. Yet the person a mystery. But finally, with his role as Godfrey, I could put a name to the face. Off to look him up…and voila….you see…I was right…I HAVE seen him before. He was Wictred in Tristan + Isolde. And yes, at the time of watching this movie I’d also wondered who the actor was (I wasn’t focusing too hard on the leads and, I digress, I didn’t really mind Isolde being won by Mark…but that’s a topic for another day), but, because I never caught the character’s name I had no way of knowing the actor. And once again, a more “unsavoury” character…back-stabing and with a lust for power. One with some “oomph”.

Then came Lord Blackwood a la Jack the Ripper in Sherlock Holmes (2010). Oh what the perfect villain he makes. (cackle, cackle)

So, by this stage, I had a particular, should I say, “expectation”, of Mr Strong. Therefore, when The Way Back came along, I had a preconceived idea that his character Khabarov would be the “usual” up-to-no-good traitor or the like. I won’t, however, tell you if he is or isn’t. That would take all the fun out of this…wouldn’t it?

Now, I must tell you something terrible…I honestly cannot remember Mark Strong being in The Eagle, but apparently he was. I’m so sorry but I just can’t remember. Although, am I forgiven for saying I can’t remember another prominent actor (and I’m not talking about the two “leads”)?

JohnCarterAnd if I’m already on confessions…the only reason I watched John Carter (yes, I cringe too)…uhm…was for Mark Strong (and James Purefoy and Dominic West). And I only got as far as I did because of these supporting actors. Definitely wasn’t because of the story. But, that said, another fine performance by the actor I’m chit chatting about.

I’ll give you points for recognising Mark Strong in the movie Sunshine (he was in two Sunshine movies…here I’m on about the 2007 one, not the 1999 one). While not a big on-screen role, his actions play quite a part in the story. Need I mention that he isn’t the good guy? Oh but what I must mention is that this is such a superb movie that seems to have slipped under the sun radar.

welcome-to-the-punch-pic04Along came Welcome to the Punch, another one that didn’t get many positive reviews, but you know what? I thought it was great! Not only was one of my favourite “villains” back but the entire movie was fun (or at least I thought it was). And somehow, Strong‘s character Jacob Sternwood didn’t feel like such a baddie…

Hmmm…it is quite strange though, that the last two roles I’ve seen him in have not fallen into this “type” (for lack of a better word). Chronologically I know that Body of Lies goes somewhere into the midst of the movies mentioned above, but in my personal viewing history, it comes very recently. Here it has him as Hani, Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate head. I kept expecting him to be the main antagonist. *Sigh*

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And the last, wonderful role I’ve seen him in (to date. More to come)…Merlin in Kingsman: The Secret Service. I absolutely loved this “lighter” role. Oh, the characterisation of Merlin, was, delightful superb. But then, would you expect anything else from such a dynamic actor?

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Born in 1963, more specifically, on the 5th August 1963, this British actor complements any ensemble he joins. Perfect in any role. Be it the good (Merlin), the bad (need we mention roles?) or the ugly (Pinbacker). And, apologies if I have “pigeonholed” this wonderful artist….but oh how I do enjoy a good villain.

Thanks to the hosts of this wonderful Blogathon ( Outspoken & Freckled, Paula’s Cinema Club and Once Upon a Screen). This is my second time joining them and it is always a pleasure. Last year I covered Michael Wincott (here).

 

Thievery and such…

thieves71So, by virtue of entering this Blogathon, there may  be a major spoiler. So, read no further if you don’t want the key plot point to be revealed. Although, having just looked out for the movie poster, it is no real secret what the spoiler is. So, maybe it isn’t spoiler after all. Oh well….moving along swiftly…

This is one of those movies that didn’t get much publicity (if I remember correctly) and that which it did get seemed to be the negative kind. Generally not “listening to” reviews or ratings and watching movies purely because they appeal to me for whatever reason, I was keen for this one to be released. Oh….yes, I’m talking about Man on a Ledge. Minor detail.

What’s it about? Well, yes, a man on a ledge. High above the hustling bustling streets of New York. He’s threatening to jump. The crowd has gathered below…many hoping he’ll actually jump. Others just gawking. And that, my dear readers is exactly the intention of this man, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington). You see, if all eyes are on him, they won’t be elsewhere…where a heist is underway.

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To seemingly drag it all out, Nick requests a specific negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) to come to the scene. He’ll talk to nobody else. And it’s roughly at this time that you’ll realise things aren’t actually what they seem. That this is no ordinary robbery and that it is all so very clever. So the plot thickens…as they say.

I really enjoy this movie. It isn’t a hectic action blockbuster but an entertaining heist movie that keeps you engaged at a slower pace than the car-chase type ones. Joining Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks are Jamie Bell (gosh…this was the first time I’d seen him since Billy Elliott, no more little child), Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Genesis Rodriguez and Anthony Mackie.

Join Moon in Gemini for some more thievery and robbery in her “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon.

SAM WORTHINGTON (R) and ELIZABETH BANKS (L)  star in MAN ON A LEDGE

 

Happy Birthday Meg Ryan…

Meg Ryan is forever associated with school friends and movie nights. Back in those days she was the girl we all went to see regardless of the movie because she was inevitably in a “good one”. In fact, it was a given that you’d have seen the “latest Meg Ryan movie”. I’m sure many of you know exactly what I mean. Right?

maggie-blogathonI was introduced to Meg Ryan, rather late…that means, NOT with When Harry Met Sally (“oh no, how could you???” you cry), which was most people’s introduction to this star, but, with Sleepless in Seattle. And from then on, we’ve probably all got similar watch lists…although, Top Gun, which chronologically comes before Sleepless in Seattle, is one I only saw relatively late in my Meg-Ryan-movie-watching-timeline. But she isn’t really in a main role here, is she?

Oh, and then came Courage under Fire. Everyone went to see it. I recall it being good. Although, I barely remember what it was about. Sorry 😦

Addicted to Love was another good one. Misunderstood and underappreciated by many I think. Unlike the popular City of Angels (which my aunt from Los Angeles couldn’t stop raving about). Although, and don’t unfollow me for this, I wasn’t the biggest fan.

Ahhh…..then came the most delightful, wonderful, feel-good, sweet, lovely (fine, I’ll stop) You’ve Got Mail. Sigh…what a cute movie that was. As for Meg, she was wonderful (but wasn’t she just always?). I dreamt of running my own book shop for a long time thereafter (but that had just as much to do with my love of books as with this little cinematic delight).

Everyone had come to think of Meg Ryan in that rom-com manner when along come Proof of Life. And my girl friends just wouldn’t watch it. I, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed it. And to be honest, while the overall genre and feel of this movie might have been different, Meg‘s character was still that wonderful woman who could hold her own. After all, isn’t that what she did in You’ve Got Mail and Addicted to Love? 

Sadly, the last movie I remember having watched with our birthday girl was Kate and Leopold. Another one I thoroughly enjoyed. After this, somewhere along the line, ever so quietly, Ms Ryan slipped off the movie radar. Maybe, I should say “my movie radar”. Yes, granted, we all grow older but still, I miss that youthful “bubbliness” that was Meg Ryan in her prime. OK, fine, maybe I’m wrong and just haven’t kept up with her movies but I will forever have her in mind as I had back then.

Whatever the case, here’s to a wonderful actress who was such a big part of my high-school movie days. Those fun nights out at the cinema with friends. Wonderful days. Wonderful movies. So, dear Meg Ryan, here’s wishing you a very happy birthday. You brought that special touch to romantic comedy that few others managed.

Thanks Pfeiffer Films and Meg Movies for your Meg Ryan Birthday Blogathon.

Now for the last few entries of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

With the Now and Then Blogathon officially over, we’ve still had some posts coming in. No problem…life happens after all. So, keep coming back to this page to see additional Now entries with the Then ones over here co-hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

Diary of a Movie Maniac tackles two oldies…and still more than a 20 year gap. Here‘s from the year 1959 as the Now entry is The Bat.

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Pure Entertainment Preservation Society gives us a James Cagney in Mister Roberts. A huge apology for missing your post…it hid itself in my Spam folder.

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Looking back…here are the Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 Now entries. And don’t forget to pop past Realweegiemidget Reviews (there’s a link on each of my day links above to keep things easy) for the corresponding Then entries.

 

Now that’s a wrap (almost) of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

Fours days of Now and Then Blogathon have already flown by. Thanks so much for everyone who participated. It has been great fun. I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

VinnieP reviews The Stud right here. That’s his Now entry for Joan Collins.

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Now we head on for some Christopher Lee in The Resident with Cinematic Catharsis right over here.

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With one of his favourites (if not THE favourite), here‘s a post on Titanic by Movierob.

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And closing off the day (we’ll add some late entries tomorrow or so), another one right here from Movierob. The Jackal it is.

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Thanks so much for all of you who participated, read, commented on or simply liked the posts. It is greatly appreciated. To my co-host, Realweegiemidget Reviews, a thank you and another thank you for your patience with me while I’ve been juggling everything.

Now, now, we’re on day 3 of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

Wow, things are flying past so quickly…and another day of entries is almost over. Our Now and Then Blogathon has been fantastic. Once again, I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

My co-host Realweegiemidget Reviews gives us one of her favourite actors, Michael Caine, in Interstellar right here.

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Moon in Gemini picks my favourite Genre and has a look at the remake of a classic over here…being The Magnificent Seven.

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Robert Redford is Crítica Retrô‘s choice in Our Souls at Night which she reviews over here

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Join us again tomorrow for the 4th and final day. If you want to you can still join in. Check out the original announcement by clicking the banner below:

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Now then…let’s see what we have Now…day 2 of the Now (and Then) Blogathon

Wow…day two is already here with the Now and Then Blogathon. As per yesterday I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

Co-Host Realweegiemidget Reviews presents Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War right here.

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The Humpo Show tackles an iconic reboot with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull here.

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Movie Reviews from the Dark greets us from the darkness (here) with The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

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Cinematic Scribblings gives us an interesting view of Louis XIV right here with The Death of Louis XIV.

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Old School Evil gives us his dreaded review of Transformers: The Last Knight here and hurries back to watch the first one…

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Once again, the wonderful entries keep coming in. We’ll be back tomorrow for day 3. And if you’re still keen to join, click the banner below for the original announcement.

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Now…for some 1st day entries….in the Now (and Then) Blogathon

So, we’ve had a wonderful first day of Now (and Then) posts (because that’s what we wanted…the Now and the Then of movies, series, actors, actresses, directors, anything. As long as there was a minimum of 20 years gap between the selections.) I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

Movie Movie Blog Blog gives us some Charlie Chaplin A Countess from Hong Kong over here.

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And Glenn’s Movie Mumblings gives us a recent Tom Hanks role in Sully right over here.sully-dvd-cover-30

The iconic Karate Kid is revisited in the 2010 remake reviewed over here by Movie Reviews 101.

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What the Craggus Saw brings Leslie Nielsen to the party with The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! over here.

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With exactly 20 years to prepare, Shameless Pile of Stuff gives us a reboot that is Independence Day Resurgence right over here.

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Taking Up Room gives us the delightful You’ve Got Mail. Read about it all here.

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Remember to head back to our sites tomorrow for some more fabulous entries. Wishing you a great week ahead.