Snatched

If you like knights fighting, go see Arther’s tale, if you like Alien 👽 films,  watch next instalment of that. If you want to be put off holidaying in exotic locations watch Snatched; which shows you how holidays go wrong and you end up taken hostage. If you or someone else you are going with,  really want to go to cinema and really do not fancy anything else or have seen everything else; watch Snatched. Go with low expections; I did. Upon viewing it was watchable and not absolutely terrible. Starts with the dilemma of being dumped, just before a paid for holiday to Ecuador and having not got anyone else to go with persuading her Mum. Then there appears to be some holiday romance …before they are kidnapped.

 

 One of those slightly annoying plots where they keep getting caught and escaping; partly due to lack of support from authorities …hence making exotic holidays, less appealing; on top of the kidnappings themselves.It also has some female bonding and shows of female strength, so in some ways a lot in it but; somehow does not quite work. May have worked better if done as a drama due to subject master of kidnapping a and deaths rather than being a comedy.

Zookeeper’s Wife Film

The film did a good job at bringing the book to life. The film and book are good companions, the film can be watched before, after or during reading the book. 


Not sure the zookeeper’s wife would have been worn, such a pale dress to work on the zoo or the heels. At least it did show her kicking off the shoes when working like resuscitating new born elephant. But when pitchforking hay not sure barefoot or heels were appropriate.

Worth watching, although not many cinemas seem to be showing it.

Animated Life : Autism and Disney film discussion. 

This film was the true story of how a boy with Asperger learned to talk by watching Disney films.  I was able to listen to some discussion after but not stay long enough to hear it all or contribute myself.

It was voiced that,  it may be problematic for an adult to be, so attached to Disney films. However, seeing people’s excitement about the recent  release of Beuaty and the Beast, it seems that plenty of adults are very into Disney. Animated Life film showed that Disney films deal with a variety of themes for example, losing parents and growing up in Lion King, caring for others and right from wrong. The films formed a spring board for learning. However, learning from Disney films has it’s downsides. Firstly, Disney films endings are very standardised fairy tale endings, which, are not typical in real life as the subject of Animated Life discovers. Secondarily Disney films do not offer a starting point to discussing sex with your autistic brother; as the subject’s brother realises. In this case the subject has gained independence; the Disney films can be seen as a tool along the way, but also the subject was lucky with the other support they received. Therefore, an obsession with Disney films seems better than not being able to communicate and have any independence.

There was criticism of the film for giving false hope to parents; that watching Disney films was a magic cure and the film made it look too easy. I think, it did not take much reading amongst the lines to know it was not just as simple as watching a film, there was a lot of extra effort involved. I think any parent regardless of whether their child had autism, would realise there were tough times. What might be harder for parents of autistic children, to come to terms with, is not that some children may be destined to always have limited communication; no matter how much effort is put in. 

An audience member, gave some bleaker facts about autism and talked about autism increasing  sucide risk ( to illustrate that it is not the same for everyone. Considering, I believe that some people can be within autism spectrum, but not diagnosed then statistics are based upon those worse affected skewing the findings. 

Thomas tank engine has also been found to help those with autism. Perhaps because both Thomas tank and Disney films are animated that means facial expressions (the trains have large faces) are clearer defined than they may be in real life people.

Some felt uncomfortable with autistic children being closely observed by parents looking for their child’s Disney film / Thomas tank equivalent , I think it is good for all parents, not just parents of autistic children, to expose children to a range of different narratives be that films, tv programmed or books then see whst their child takes an interest in and use that as a basis of learning. For example, can watch or read proactively and use it as a basis for learning colours or numbers. 

In summary it was a fascinating film but I’m treating it as one example and not a model for all autistic people.

Beauty and the Beast review from someone indifferent to Disney. 

The committed Disney fans who, have been waiting for the film for months seemed to have loved it. I feel I’m beyond simplistic Disney stories. I probably would not have gone, if it had been an animation. To be fair, Bella (certainly in this film, if not in all versions of Beauty and the Beast); was slightly more plucky than in other Disney princess types. However, I still struggled to get into it. As I find for many musicals, the songs interrupted the flow of the plot. Also I did not enjoy the songs; I found them too high pitched. Additionally the songs padded the film to a lengthy 2 hours 10minutes.

In conclusion if you love Disney films you will love it. Then how much you like it will, on a sliding scale  correspond with how much you like Disney films. If you are not keen on Disney and a friend is wanting you to go I recommend getting them to pay the difference between 2D and 3D as I think it could be quite dramatic in 3D and therefore easier to engage with. Or go to the cinema prepared to have a nap. I wonder whether the wine strategy I by default employed for Hidden figures would have help for this film?

Hidden Figures Film and food at Showroom Sheffield

History has many largely unknown aka ‘hidden figures’ that have played their part in history and some have battled against the odds to achieve. This film is about 3 women and Africain Americian women at that and their part in John Glen’s orbit of the Earth, a which was a battle due to it being 1961 and NASA in America at the time was dominated by white males. Although based on real women, the film mixes up the facts however without adding Hollywood glamour. There is many scenes if calculations being performed. Therefore if you want captivating entertainment you many find better ways to spend 2 hours 7minutes of your life. If you want accurate facts about these women their names can be googled: Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan.


I would recommend to those who are interested in space rather than those interested in the feminist/ race aspect. Also I would recommend to anyone that are big fans of Kevin Costner or Jim Parsons. Or anyone who just wants to see Jim Parson playing a different role to Sheldon in the Big Bang. I found it fairly easy viewing, but that may have been aided by my half a bottle of red before hand.

The bottle of red was part of the two mains, film for two and a bottle of wine option at the Showroom. The option is £40 to members and £35 for non members. With cinema tickets costing £8.50, mains costing £12 the wine is basically free for non members and of course deal for members is even better. I had delicious salmon on a bed of tasty squid ink risotto with a few Hilo hoop sized calamaries scattering the plate.

Love Actually Take 2

I have good memories of watching Love Actually the first time. I watched it in Wimbledon. I had a real feel good feeling, walking through London’s Christmas lights after watching a film about London at Christmas time. My only Christmas, living in London; exciting!

I do not watch many films, so it is rare I see one twice. I chose to watch Love Actually for a second time because of my memories of the first time and because on 24th Mar for Red Nose Day there is a ten minute sequelae.

Red Noses

 I was not blown away with it the second time but, it was pleasant to watch. As I watched it pre Gavin and Stacey, I had not realised both Joanna Paige who plays Stacey and Julia Davis who plays Gavin’s parent’s friend Dawn, are in Love Actually.


SPOILERS 

I did wonder why there was a new prime minister in November / December not May when elections usually take place. The attraction between Natalie and the prime minster David seems quite weak and it is not really convincing why he feels the need to go and visit her home. Also how in it’s post nine eleven setting was the boy allowed to run through all the airport security? Maybe it is best to watch films once in the cinema and just go with the flow?

35 before 35 progress

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling
http://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/

A couple I have already done and some I have booked already! Scoring a Turkey I have never done; can it be done before November? 

1. Dye hair blue

Did in December.


2. Read a Stephen King book

This was a new year resolution. I have bought Insomnia.

3. Do a park run

Need to practice.

4. Go to Amsterdam

Booked.

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes
Saw one in Hull need to seek another.

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan

Booked.

9. See Greenday

Booked

10. Score a Turkey at bowling.
11. Watch love actually again

🙂 Looking Coward to

12. Watch love actually sequlae

Looking forward to.

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema

Seen:

La La Land

Manchester by Sea

Lion

50 shades

Trainspotting 2

3 more to watch! Last year only about 3 in whole year.

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 

Booked

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

Got 50 so far.

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.
Been to three so far.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

35 before 35

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling

http://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/

1. Dye hair blue

2. Read a Stephen King book

3. Do a park run

4. Go to Amsterdam

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan

9. See Greenday

10. Score a Turkey at bowling.

11. Watch love actually again

12. Watch love actually sequlae

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

The film Lion starring Dev Patel as boy that goes missing ….

…Nicole Kidman and David Wenhan of his adoptive parents. Who play their characters at two different ages.

A true story and an amazing one at that. In some ways surprised that the, story started at the beginning chronologically; seen as the trailer basically gave the whole plot away.  Knowing where the story go ruined the suspense of his life before he went to Australia. Which was a shame because there was so many twists and turns  Before he arrived in Australia; if you have not watched yet, go knowing that and enjoy the story. If the story had been written it would have not so multi layered and complex.

For me the Australian story raised interesting thoughts regarding adoption. If you have not watched STOP READING HERE

Nicole’s character Mum Sue, reveals they chose to adopt even though  they could have had their own children as they thought taking in a child with problems, was more useful to the world. Experiences with their two adoptive children shows how hard it can be with adoptive children. If it had been a written, rather than true then the sub plot with adoptive brother would probably not feature. I wonder what the adoptive brother thinks of the film. I also wonder what his backstory is. Over the years it sounds like they are just two of millions of Indian children to go missing.

As the film tells the story of a young boy into adulthood and beyond,  there is so much to fit into one film. It almost needed to be split into a series so, that different events could be considered in more detail. After the initial meeting in Australia the rest of his childhood is skimmed over; so miss how he develops and learns English and becomes as he explains on his first day of university ‘Australian not really Indian’.  By the time he travels back to Indian his Hindu language has been forgotten. I guess as everyone gets older they do forget more about early childhood experiences; I wonder how gradual it was in this case. After the poignancy of the film there is a feel good ending with him meeting his Mum and then just before the credits a montage of photos from Australian childhood and a clip of his two Mum’s meeting.

From Drag Queens to Bondage aka Everyone’s talking about Jamie to 50 Shades of Grey

From theatre Monday to cinema Wednesday.

Everybody is Talking about Jamie: Showing at the Crucible Sheffield until 25th February

The second 50 shades starts with Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel broken up. They are soon back together and the power struggle continues. He drags her away from drinks with her boss, she forces him into supermarket shopping, he buys company she works for and so on. Anasatasia is trying to find out about the mysterious man she has fallen for, maintain her independence, start her careeer whilst Christian meddles in every aspect of her life all well maintain perfect make up 24/7 including asleep and in the shower. Will Anastasia manage not to be owned? That is a question for all to make up their mind up about. Although the film plot and film are fairly similar,  you may have different answers from the book compared to the film.