Not the 365 ~ movies,cats,Spring etc

Thought I’d do a little catch up as I’ve been busy with the 365 over on the Universe Blog and I just know y’all are missing my Movie Monday reviews. We are still watching movies, so I’m going to do quick dash through what I thought about them.

Dead Presidents 1995 and Phil’s choice as he had it on DVD and I hadn’t seen it. Starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodrigues, N’Bushe Wright and Bokeem Woodbine. It’s based partly on the real-life experiences of Haywood T. Kirkland (aka Ari S. Merretazon), whose true story was detailed in the book  Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans by Wallace Terry, it chronicles the life of Anthony Curtis (Tate) and covers him from high school to the vietnam war and then home again to where he and his pals rob a bank. A well made film focussing on the experences of black veterans, well acted and paced, co-written, produced, and directed by Allan and Albert Hughes with skill and obvious passion. I imagine Spike Lee watched this and made notes for his Da 5 Bloods movie. I enjoyed this one much more. Fraggle Rating: underated and well worth seeing.

The Mule 2018. Clint Eastwood produces and directs from a script by Nick Schenk. Also based on the true story of a New York times article by Sam Dolnick “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule” about a WW2 veteran called Leo Sharp who became a drug courier for the cartel in his 80’s. Well this was fun, Clint has still got it and commands the screen even though he’s in his dotage now. Not sure how but he looks good even with that many wrinkles. Anyway it’s his movie though he’s ably assisted by Bradly Cooper on his tail as Colin Bates a D.E.A agent, Michael Pêna as Bates sidekick Trevino, Dianne Wiest as Clint’s estranged wife and a fairly small part for Lawrence Fishburn as Bates’s supervisor. Fraggle rating: Top Notch, especially for Eastwood fans.

The Alamo 2004. I’m sure someone out there will say this isn’t as good as the original Alamo movie made in 1960 starring John Wayne as Davy Crockett (perleeze 🙄🥴 blerk, I do NOT like John Wayne one bit) but Phil wanted the 2004 version as he really liked it so that’s what we did. No need to explain the plot I think, but just in case. In the 1830’s Texas had a revolution, small groups of Texians (that’s what they were called back then) gathered at a little town on the Mexican border called San Antonio where the Alamo compound is, and the Mexican army under the President Santa Anna came and killed them all. Dennis Quade plays Sam Houston, Billy Bob Thornton ~ Davy Crockett, Jason Patrick ~Jim Bowie and Patrick Wilson as William B Travis. I enjoyed this, the characters are well drawn and acted, and John Lee Hancock directs with a steady hand, giving the main characters room to breath. It’s a good history lesson too as we are ‘doing’ American History documentaries at the minute and it all ties in. Fraggle Rating: Good +++

Aquaman 2018. A D.C superhero movie that I hadn’t got round to. Well I have now and it wasn’t totally great, however it does have good points. Firstly it is stunningly beautiful to look at. The CGI under sea world building is easily as good as Avatar which sprang to mind straight away. Jason Momoa who plays him is well, how to put it, built like a brick s**t house as my Mum used to say, has a twinkle in his eye and gave a committed performance, as did Amber Heard as Princess Mera of Atlantis who wants to stop her brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson again) from going to war with humans and needs Aquaman (named Arthur Curry of all things) to step up, return to Atlantis and save the world. William Dafoe is phoning in a performance as the Vizier of Atlantis, and Nicole Kidman looks entirely out of place as a renegade queen who escapes atlantis, washes up at a lighthouse where the keeper Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison) rescues her, falls in love with her, impregnates her and then shortly after has to be a single parent after Atlantian soldiers come to take her back to marry whoever she ran away from. Also Dolph Lundgren is in the mix as an ally King to King Orm. There’s plot holes, a daft script and some dodgy dialogue, BUT this is one of D.C’s more light hearted movies after the darkness of Batman et al, and it was a blast from start to brilliant finish. Fraggle Rating: A mixed bag but well worth seeing.

That’s it for movies!

As most of you who follow this blog also follow the Universe blog, you already know I’m doing a 365 weekly post over there, but other life still goes on of course, and I take photo’s of that along the way. Last Sunday was Mother’s Day here, and Phil’s lovely daughter popped over with an afternoon tea for Phil and I to enjoy for the day. So nice of her to do this.

Afternoon tea. And dinner. And sandwiches for work the next day!

We still have Sophie’s cats! It’s been over 3 months now and Sophie isn’t back until at least the end of May/beginning of June so we have a ways to go yet. They are a pain in the arse and a total joy depending on what mood they are in, and I can’t resist taking pictures of them.

Sofa Day
Vinnie in default position
For two of these shots I had to get the stepladder out to retrieve her 🙄
looking for mischief.
ready for action

I’ve been enjoying having a few non rainy days and getting out to take photo’s for the 365, and also found other things along the way.

Swans on the muddy day!
Target Rocks, South Shields
Badass Crow

I found these fragments on the coast. I think it’s a letter of heartbreak, or castigation, I can’t make it all out, but it’s on a broken plate or something. Strange.

broken

The hedgehogs have woken up and are visiting every night now, but we’ve also had a little one that visits during the day, so managed to get a couple of shots.

Lucy

Hedgehogs are not usually out during the day, and this one is quite small, but she appears to be well, eating, drinking and running about well, so we are not too worried.

And finally, Spring is happening, at last, and soon the Happy Eater tree will do it’s glorious display, I can’t wait for warmer times!

Springading!

25 thoughts on “Not the 365 ~ movies,cats,Spring etc

  1. Daytime hedgehogs are rare indeed. Lovely to see them though.
    I have The Alamo remake on DVD, but I still prefer the original, despite Wayne. Mainly because I saw it as a kid on the big screen, and thought it was epic!
    Dead Presidents is an excellent film, and I saw that on release. You have reminded me I must try to find it to rewatch it.
    I want to see The Mule, but I can wait until it arrives on telly.
    Best wishes, Pete

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  2. Aquaman was a big fat disappointment for me. I mean, it was a completely fun movie to watch, once but I was hoping for something that would re-ignite the DCEU franchise and give me more. Oh well. After WW1984 any thoughts of the franchise continuing died 😦

    Couldn’t you “accidentally” on purpose give the cats away? 😉

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  3. I quite enjoyed Aquaman when we saw it, but I don’t remember a thing about it now. Not the most memorable of films.

    Here’s hoping it warms a bit now that Spring has officially arrived.

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    1. She definitely wants them back, but she is applying for residence in Spain and to get married to her beau, so may well end up living 6 months in Spain and 6 months here, which would mean us cat sharing half the year, but it’s still too soon to say for definite what will happen. Also with them making it law you can’t travel abroad unless for work etc, she may have to stay there in case she can’t get back. Such a mess.

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  4. I love Clint Eastwood cinema, wrinkles in him highlight his work as a tough man in his old movies, as if he were squinting under her hat, tense to shoot the city punks and wild west outlawas. I saw Aquaman a month ago but I forgot it… that part when Black Manta adapts the Atlantean technology was so much to me, maybe because I suffer so much trying to repair the old film and digital cameras I have xD I mean, if he really had that talent he should be the next Elon Musk instead of wasting time robbing ships.
    A very enjoyable cat walk with Vinnie, thank you, fragglerocking ^^

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  5. I had a bit of a déjà vu moment as Zosia sat on my knee to look at your pictures, we never got as far as the hedgehogs so we will be back again later 🙂
    Films to watch, goodie, we managed to watch The Dig a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. We have only manged to watch Aquaman out of these new list and it was ok as superhero films go, but easily forgotten about. I’m off to search for the others now.
    Will send you an email soon regarding soaps, we have had some successful deliveries 🙂

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  6. Of course I’m always up for some cat pics! 🙂

    As for movies, I’m glad you liked AQUAMAN. I did too. And I had forgotten about THE MULE. I saw it in the theater and remember liking it. Don’t recall much about the story though. As for THE ALAMO, I do like the 1960 version but believe it or not I’ve never seen the 2004 flick.

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