Films, Alexander’s really awful crappy day

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So, another daddy daughter trip to the cinema. The cinemas always a good option because it’s simple, but there was a terrifyingly heartbreaking moment when I learnt the children’s film every day was the ‘Frozen’ singalong, but fortunately Alexander’s crap day was also on. I can’t remember the full title so I apologise.

Yep, it was entertaining, and even quite funny at some points. I personally felt it was another example of a film that can’t decide between being a kids or adult film and it needed to be either less or more risqué. The girl didn’t laugh a great deal, but there were a good number of chuckles, a few giggles and then suddenly Steve carrell chases a kangaroo and she’s shrieking.
The big realisation for me was that Jennifer garner has reached a point in her career where she’s just a generic character in these films- Steve carrell too to a point, but he’s had some success and can afford to relax- she’s at an age where there clearly aren’t any outstanding roles for her, but she’s a good enough actress’s to keep getting cast in films. I’ll have to look into that, a lot of her films seem to be the same situation.

Anyway the film was entertaining, a good time was had with the girl and I got to spend some money on geeky stuff too.

Films, a list from my big weird diary

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So, another list I found in my big weird diary, this time of films. This I think was just a list of films I like. I may have to watch them all again to review them.

Big fish
The wedding singer
Anger management
Karate kid
Star Wars
The notebook
Drop dead Fred
Lord of the rings
Toy story
Jodha akbar
The shawshamk redemption
Clockwork orange
Forrest Gump
The matrix
One flew over the cuckoos nest
Team America
A nightmare before Christmas
The three musketeers
Dead poets society
Blast from the past
Gran Torino
August rush
Meet joe black
The last samurai
Good will hunting
Ground control

It’s funny, reading through the list and seeing classics mixed amongst crass low brow comedies, I don’t know if this list was in any order, I doubt it. But I’ll try and watch them in this order.

Life, what am I going to do next

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So, tonight in the pub I scribbled down a list of things that I want to achieve by the end of the year.
The intention of course is it achieve all of them. Realistically if I can achieve the majority of them then it sets me up to achieve more next year

Here’s the list

Win a game of x wing

Play an x wing tournament and not finish bottom

Paint some kind of wee man from start to finish

Find some productive way to get out of the house more often

Find a good balance of drinking- ie less time drinking lots at home, a little more time (perhaps a regular) drinking a couple in the pub

Write something- no more half started ideas, fully write something, with plans and expansions, submit it for critique online and begin the rewriting

Teach the girl to ride her bike

Teach the girl to tie her laces

Talk to the boy more so he can pick up a word a day (minimum)

Teach the boy something

Have a good time away with my partner

Make some new friends

Write three full chapters of my rom com novel

Clear away all my crap from the house

Get a new suit

Pay off my overdraft

Reduce my loan ahead of schedule

Close my littlewoods account

Cook once a month

Close my bank credit card

Get credit rating to top bracket

Do something I haven’t done before

Go somewhere I haven’t been before

Learn to budget properly

Run 100 miles

Do something weekly with the boy

Give blood twice

Take the girl to wookey hole

Travel somewhere for me

Make someone I don’t know laugh

Make someone I don’t know smile

Play a game of pool

Play a game of warhammer

Play a game of something new

Inventory my wee men collection

Do a car boot sale

Do something amazing for the kids

Do something special that makes my partner say ‘I love you’

Get better at tolerating morons

Get off the anti depressants

Get a friend to visit

Get in touch with some old friends

Try some food I haven’t tried before

Approach someone I don’t know and start a conversation

Plan bigger better targets for next year

Reestablish routine in my life

Decide where I want to go/what I want to do with life

Make a plan to make it happen

Pre thirty bucket list

Find a way of making more money

Persuade my partner to join something

Fill my days with more activities, less vegging out

Discover a new band

Music magpie my DVDs

Maintain my blog, including scheduling future posts

Make friends with a school parent

Get my body sorted

Read 4 ‘classic’ books

Watch 4 ‘top 250’ films I haven’t seen

Watch 2 foreign language films

Rewatch Jodhaa Akbar

Play a game of chess

Get boy off dummies

Find a new hobby

Find a geocache

Learn to use washing machine and tumble dryer

Listen to 4 ‘top 250’ albums I haven’t heard

Watch all Star Wars films with girl

Watch x men days of future past

Rewatch firefly

Watch a life of pi

Watch the hobbit desolation of smaug

Learn something new

Have a ‘dinner evening’ with friends

Invite one of the girls school friends to play

Drink whiskey without watering it down

Buy a bottle of wine that isn’t gone in an evening

It looks like a random list, and essentially it is, I’ll be updating midway through the remainder of this year

Films, the lego movie

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So, today was daddy daughter day, something we don’t do often enough but that the two of us always enjoy.
We went to the cinema, then to mcdonalds followed by the park and the pub. She enjoyed the pub because she could drink ‘beer’ with daddy- or lemonade.

We saw the lego movie (first I should say that I was finally able to experience cinema kids clubs as a customer, not as a member of staff- all those times picking up popcorn etc suddenly gain context).
Anyway the film, well it was great, clearly it won’t change your life nor win any real awards aside from animation ones, but if you’ve ever collected/played lego then this films fun, from the variety of historical lego sets and bits to the standard troubles of building/playing lego there’s something there.
Little references to kit numbers, jokes about infamously failed lines and even the 1980s space man with broken helmet. It was great, and also raised a vital question; should you always follow the instructions? I think the answer is clearly both, but it also raises bigger questions about lego in it’s current format.
Current kits allow you to build what’s I the box (following the instructions of course) but whilst traditionally there has been emphasis on rebuilding other things you can now only really build a crappier version of what’s in the box. For some people this isn’t an issue, but I find a big box of lego to be far superior to individual model kits- just so long as you keep the instructions the you can always have the choice.

Just never use C R A F T G L U E and everything is awesome!!!!!!!!

Films, Robocop

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So, recently I watched the Robocop remake and I can’t remember it, I’m sure I said it was ok but just not the same. Tonight I watched the original

Yeah, it’s really shit, but it’s also really awesome. The satire is sharp, and has over twenty something years become even sharper, and the gore and mindless violence does a lot to hide it. No, not hide it, but disguise it. You know it’s in your face but that’s ok because someone’s just had his hand blown off.

Yeah, I really enjoyed watching it. So i said I’d be in bed shortly (to my partner of course) but Robocop 2 is there so I can’t guarantee it.

Then again it’s just loaded up and the bright blue armour is a put off

Films, New Year’s Eve

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So, tonight we had an impromptu date night and my partner selected a film for us, New Year’s Eve, a romantic comedy style ensemble montage thing set on New Year’s Eve.
The focus was on love, family and hope for new beginnings and was what I would term as ‘nice.’ A ‘nice’ film, the message was simple- love people and there’s always a chance to make your life better- and no real risks were taken with the story telling.
It was enjoyable because everything turns out well for the characters, the setting of New Year’s Eve immediately prompts nice feelings in most people, but the film felt as though it never got out of second gear, there was no major drama and no real twists and turns, just a flat jumping from story to story with no real links between the settings. Links aren’t vital, but they are one of the things that made love, actually so enjoyable

The other issue I had with the film was that in trying to promote the feelings of hope in the future and redemption of past issues, it created a sense that it was a sequel, too many storylines lacked the explanation and depth that they implied was there for each of the characters.

But it was nice to cuddle up and watch a nice film with my partner

Films, final fantasy advent children

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So, I skipped most of this one. I remember watching it once before and enjoying it, but this time I just couldn’t stay focused on it.
Maybe it’s a lack of memory or attachment, but it was just a bit slow.

It was nice to have so many nods, from the use of fringe characters, to the battle winning tune as a ringtone.

Tifas not quite as hot as a Japanese girl either.