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Hello all…a bit optimistic

purepeopleJason Statham.  Jason Statham.  Jason Statham.  Ok, so it’s possible my (Healthy?) obsession with Jason Statham has been lacking over the last little while, because, let’s face it…I actually do have a life.  Anywho…my typing skills are always needing an update, so I’m going to make a post and what better way to start off then to write about Jason.

Of course anything I write about Jason is purely speculation, or may contain actual facts, (that I read somewhere else) however, it is hopefully always going to be positive and in good taste.  At least we have that going for this bit.

Jason appears to be happy and healthy, hanging out in california either enjoying the city, or his residence in malibu.  There have been a number of articles appearing over the past few months promising us that Jason is going to be a very busy man making movies and a tv series.  We have the fast and furious franchise that will be Jason’s second appearance in the franchise, which will be in production with a release date already announced of April 2017.  We have the wonderful announcement regarding the long awaited “Viva La Madness” which will be adapted into a television series.  This makes me very happy.  I loved the book, so full of interesting characters, and Jason will be in his element playing the nameless lead character who gets drawn back into the criminal world.  There are also a couple of movies in the works, one in particular in collaboration with Tony Jaa.  Another “Mechanic” movie has been filmed and will be released fall 2016…too bad we have to wait so long to see this.  Filmed in Thailand (I think) has the familiar story line, but who doesn’t love a good dose of the main man forced to fight for all the right reasons.  Personal life seems to be good with the beautiful Rosie.  I do like her, she posts photos of her dogs more than she does of her man…I like that.  Must love dogs.

Music has been all about the new Metric, Stereophonics, and Paul Weller.  Also been checking out some of the bands promoted by the alternative radio station I like to listen to on my day off.  One such band is called “Dear Rouge” out of Vancouver (I believe).  Here is a taste of their wonderment:

 

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laptop neglect and Jason Statham

So it’s been a while since my last blog entry.  I’ve been busy doing nothing worth mentioning.  Well, that’s not exactly true…I’ve been parenting; worth mentioning.  But that’s about it.  Tried a little putting marks on paper…tried a little reading…tried a little exercise, but nothing to write home about.  Seriously, I need to do more.

Here I am on my laptop…just put some of the photos from a shoot on Saturday on the computer and had a good look at them.  Ok.  I’m ok with them…part two of the shoot will follow on the weekend.  It’s difficult to shoot a lot with toddlers.

Photography makes me happy.  Being busy makes me happy.  Being active makes me happy.  I’ve become so boring…how did that happen.

Anyway…here are a few Jason Statham things to ponder…

jasonstathamfbmarch2014This fantastic photo was shared by Jason Statham on his facebook page.  It’s photos like these that make me so envious of the photographer.  Lovely portrait.

It’s the end of March 2014, and what is going on in the life and times of our friend, The Stathe???

Soon to start filming (according to twitter/news feeds) the Spy comedy with Melissa McCarthy, and seemingly simultaneously, Fast and Furious 7.  Meanwhile…I hope that Jason is getting together Viva La Madness as there was a social media post from an actor in Britain celebrating the fact he got an audition for a speaking role in a Jason Statham film, and me inferring that this was indeed for Viva La Madness.  Nothing has been announced yet though hopefully it will start filming asap.

Then we have the release of Expendables 3 in August (I can wait for that one – I mean c’mon!  It’s been such a long cold winter – I will not wish away summer so quickly) and sometime after that will be Heat which has been renamed Wild Card.  Interesting.

Here’s a fun rumour…Will Jason and Rosie get married this summer?  According to “some insider” they will be married this summer in Devon.  Rosie’s camp has only announced that there is no announcement regarding a wedding.  It’s fun to romanticize about it though…I would so love to hear that they got married and just didn’t tell anyone.  If it were possible, I’m sure Jason would figure out a way.  I think they should just go right to having a baby.  But what do I know???

Onto April and spring like weather.  Say goodbye snow, dirty snow.  I won’t miss you at all.

 

 

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Homefront

homefront horsesWe were lucky enough to be able to see homefront at an advance screening this past November, thanks to Action Elite.  As usual, it’s a bit of a “to-do” to get to go anywhere these days, as people who have a young child, living away from close relatives can tell you.  Funny thing about the whole event was that the theatre admission (had we paid) would have been the least expensive part of the evening.  But a night out is a night out and a Jason Statham movie rarely disappoints.

As usual, because I have followed Jason Statham so closely over the past 8 years, I knew a lot about the movie, and it’s plot without having read the Chuck Logan novel.  Piecing together snippets of the story from various teasers, trailers and promotional clips, I had a good idea of what to expect.  The best part of this was after seeing the movie; none of this left me wondering, or wanting more.  Parker and The Killer Elite left me thinking something was missing.  Homefront was a pretty entertaining movie.  Sure, you know Jason is going to come out on top, he’ll save the day and beat the living hell out of everyone on his bad side.  A recipe for success.  Thank you very much.

I enjoyed how Jason’s role as a father was made to be his main focus, and spent a lot of time giving us the docile, don’t want any trouble dad and daughter.  But of course there is trouble.  Maddie (the daughter) puts a bully in his place and soon after Phil (Jason) puts the bully boy’s father in his place.  Prompting the bully mom to call up her meth making/dealing brother to go over to Broker’s house and “mess with their heads…you know, scare ’em.”  Gator (the bully’s uncle and one James Franco) discovers Phil Broker is the DEA/Interpol agent who brought down a bike gang, known to Gator’s girlfriend.  Well, this is not good.  Gator decides to serve up Phil and Maddie to the biker gang in exchange for distributing Gator’s meth.  Fortunately, retired Phil Broker hasn’t become a fat and lazy retired agent, and is prepared for and able to handle any trouble coming his way.

The Gator character was pretty awful at being a bad ass.  He had promise, as in the beginning, he scares the hell out of some young kids cooking up meth, and you think he must be the business.  Then he turns into the most ridiculous idiot by the end of the movie.  He steals Maddie’s kitten during the break in at the Broker’s house and this is where the potential bad ass turns into a wimpy goof.  He gets his girlfriend to do the dirty work of meeting up with and sorting out a deal with the bikers, and when the ambush of casa Broker happens he sends his girlfriend to “oversee” part one of the deal.  When it all goes pear shaped, he shoots his sister and takes off with the kidnapped Maddie…all the while giving off the vibe of “fuck sakes…all I wanted to do today was play xbox.”  Like an episode of worlds dumbest criminals.  Broker catches up with him (of course) and beats the living hell out of him very easily.

I thought the women in the movie were excellent.  Kate Bosworth was amazing.  She nailed her character, without being too over the top, or a bad parody of the strung out mom.  Isabela who played Maddie wasn’t one of those child actors who annoy the shit out of you.  Very real, and a cool kid.

Jason Statham was great.  He was great as a dad, laughing and joking around with his kid.  His vibe was definitely “authentic bad ass, so don’t tempt me.”  I laughed at his “you don’t need to know” comment to the sheriff asking, “what are you son, ex military? ex-cop?”.  I do love these characters.  Capable, strong, and sexy as you can imagine guys…doing what is right, defending and protecting what is important.  Characters that Jason can do justice to very easily, and yet, I like when there are new elements thrown in there…like this one, where he is a caring dad.  Gave up his career for the sake of his daughter.

A couple of things went through my mind besides noting how stupid Gator was, and how NOT a threat he would be…

– Breaking Bad had such an impact on me, I actually thought Walter White would have a fit if he had to work in either of those labs depicted in Homefront.

– what happened to the kitten Luther?  There should have been an ending scene where the kitten was curled up on Jason’s chest…all is right with the world…ahhhhhh…..

-what happened to the school psychologist?  And how is it that a small town is able to have a school psychologist on the payroll?  Add this onto my ending…kitten curled up on Jason’s bare chest as he lies in bed with a smile on his face, and as the camera pulls back we reveal the school psychologist curled up beside him, stroking the kitten…HA.  Gone too far?  Too Cheesy?  Maybe so, but fun to think about…

I thought the movie was pretty good.  Predictable, but entertaining.  I thought it was great for drama, lightheartedness, and action moving along well and giving us some suspense.  Reading some of the reviews on Homefront, I wondered if the critics had actually seen the movie.  They had pointed out things that they thought had been laughable oversights, like how do you explain Jason’s British accent…well, the fact that he worked for Interpol might have done that, and one critic had mentioned that the character had used his real name as an undercover cop in the biker gang…well, no he didn’t, and that was quite obvious.  I guess when you really admire someone, it’s hard to handle when someone “poo-poos” their efforts.  I had hoped to be able to get back into the cinema and pay to see it, but wasn’t able to organize it.  Maybe I’ll just send my $10.50 directly to Jason Statham shall I?

 

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obsessed with music

Stereophonics new album = obsessed with

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Hello and welcome to nothing in particular

This is the name of the new sit-com I’m starring in.  Nah…not really.  Not feeling too confident these days.  I think I’m there, and I’m happy and excited to be doing something creative, and then I take a second look and criticize the hell out of myself.

I’m like a jack of all trades; who’s a master of none

Whether it be photography, drawing, reading, writing…it just never seems good enough, or not the golden moment where it all comes together to keep me satisfied.  Don’t even mention me trying to get my eating and exercise to a productive and healthy level…nike + running app on my phone laughs when I click on it, and I made banana muffins this morning with the intention of not eating any (I’m on my 3rd one right now).  Whew…

I read a truly funny tweet this morning from Kelly Oxford:

Who the fuck does my friend think she is posting an old picture of herself like it’s Thursday?

Which totally cracked me up, and of course I immediately sigh in relief…what? I can let go of Man Crush Monday, and Throw back Thursday!?!  What a concept!  Not that I was really a stickler for rules, but I was desperate to cling onto something that is/was an instagram staple.  I was trying to be like all the other cool kids…sarcasm plays well with me.

I bought Kelly Oxford’s book and will get into that when I finish what I’m reading now…although…I have been known to read several books at the same time.  I’M STILL READING the last Harry Potter book (going on year ?3?4?) and have finished several other books while it gets pushed aside.

randy couture and jason stathamI have not watched Spike TV for a long time.  Didn’t even check out Guys Choice awards.  Jason Statham seems to have fallen out of favor with them, so naturally I will boycott them.  I am keeping up to date with Jason’s stuff…you know…important stuff…like looking at photographs of him eating, walking to the restaurant/shop and then back to his car again.  Big old rumour floating about was that Jason and his girlfriend of 3 years are going to get engaged.  I must admit that I enjoy seeing them together – they’re both cool and snazzy dressers.  What I wouldn’t shop for with unlimited funds…I could give Rosie and Jason a run for competition.

Expendables 3 will start filming very shortly, and I was really happy to have Jason confirm that he would be “nuts” not to do the Expendables…so he’s fitting it in before he shoots Fast and Furious 7.  These are both going to be absolutely huge movies at the boxoffice.  And Jason still does his own thing, with Homefront, and Heat done and dusted waiting for the theatre.  I think I’ll have to wait until DVD for Hummingbird/Redemption, as with it’s limited release seems to have not included smaller Canadian markets.  Such a shame because it sounds and looks really good.  It’ll be like Revolver – I will probably watch it, and then when it’s over, I’ll watch it again and think about it non-stop for the following weeks, and then I’ll be inspired to write…and I’ll write and write and write, and then I’ll hate what I wrote…and I’ll be back on the blog complaining to no one in particular of my own failures/shortcomings whatever…stay tuned.

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Wonderful Women Wednesday – part 2

Someone who has been around Canadian television forever is Jeanne Beker.  Much Music, Canada’s music station was such a huge part of my life growing up.  I loved music, I stayed up late at night to watch music shows, and was a massive fan of The New Music which featured music from across the world.  I’m not sure exactly how long Jeanne was on Much Music, but I mostly connect her with Fashion Television.  She is such an iconic figure covering fashion, and is well respected by the fashion industry. jeanne-beker1

Not that I’m incredibly knowledgeable about the fashion industry, but I love the way she meanders through the crowd and is able to speak to the designers, and get behind the curtain as well.  I love her enthusiasm and her passion for what she is presenting.

Way back I boycotted her because she was the author of an article in the newspaper slamming Paul McCartney for his lyrics.  I have to laugh about that now, because I sort of agreed with her comment on the particular song she was talking about, but I also would never have admitted that back then.  And since she has interviewed Paul on many occasions and even got exclusives at Stella McCartney shows.

To me she stands out as someone to be inspired by simply for her passion and dedication in whatever she is doing…reporting on fashion, designing her own fashion line, staying current and she remains the go to woman for her fashion expertise.

 

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Wonderful Women Wednesday

I’m sure that I am not the first to have this idea as a post.  I seem to be spending a lot of time focusing on Men that I admire, so I decided that Wednesday would be the day that I focus on inspirational Women.  So let’s get started shall we???

rosie styleOk, so I’m not solving world issues here…meet Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as my first pin-up for Wonderful Women day.  I love a good fedora.  Last time I wore one was in a pub while at university.  I’m sure I didn’t turn any heads like our model Rosie, except to have the odd whisper “why the hell would she wear a hat like that in here?”  ANYWAY…I would love to find another one to adorn my noggin.

So, what’s wonderful here is the effortless style (well, I’m sure there was SOME effort in putting this ensemble together) and comfort, and ease, and oozzzing coolness.

While she is known for looking good being a supermodel, she obviously has her own style and I love it.  Somewhat of a jeans and a t-shirt girl isn’t she?  But she adds the boots, the shades, the jacket, and the wonderful hat and handbag and she is no ordinary jeans and t girl any longer.  I used to love to dress like this.  Putting something out of the ordinary on, so it looks together, but is definitely eye-catching.  And you meant to do that.

Thank you Rosie for inspiring me to get my style back in everyday me.

 

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