Friday, March 27, 2015

My Introduction To Jeremy Renner

Source: This beautiful wallpaper art work is from Deviant Art website by Aiko-Yamada

I thought I'd write about my introduction to Jeremy Renner and how I became a fan.
I've always been keen on superhero movies from Superman to Batman and even watch the bad ones like The Phantom. So no surprise I went to see Thor, anyone who has seen the film will know there is a scene with an archer whom Fury calls on to act as standby backup should he be needed to deal with Thor. It was only a short scene, it was dark, in the pouring rain and the character didn't even participate in the action but for some reason it resonated with me. All I kept thinking about was would the archer reappear and being disappointed when I walked out of the cinema that I hadn't seen him again. Not being a comic book fan I didn't even know the character's name or where he fitted into in the Marvel canon.

So when I got home I looked him up - Jeremy Renner and saw that he was due to be in the upcoming Mission Impossible sequel and The Avengers. I also realised I'd seen him before some years ago in episodes of CSI and Angel. My boss at the time had kept going on about the Mission Impossible films and how great they were but I had a closed mind. The reason was I'd loved the original TV series and had gone to see with my parents the first Tom Cruise Mission Impossible film which came out in 1996 and hated it. They had made Jim Phelps a traitor had could they!

In the summer of 1996 I flew on holiday and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was one of the film options so despite my self-imposed ban I watched it intrigued to see the archer again. I always find it difficult to watch and enjoy films on flights but perservered through the Tomcentric parts helped enormously by the presence of Simon Pegg. And here again was this intriguing new actor Jeremy Renner squaring up to the great Tom Cruise I especially liked the scene with Tom almost a dance scene over the gun, the scenes with Simon Pegg were great but also the vulnerability Jeremy showed in the scenes of guilt he felt for Ethan's wife's death.

By the time I saw The Avengers later that summer I was fully won over and there was no going back my addiction had taken hold and I was tweeting, tumblring and Facebooking with like minded souls all as addicted as me.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jeremy Renner and Sonni Pacheco - Divorce

I am not going to repeat what has been reported in the gossip columns nor the allegations in the divorce papers served by both parties.  If you want to you can just Google.

However, I do want to declare my support for Jeremy in what must be an extremely stressful time.  I'm hoping that matters will ultimately be resolved amicably especially for their little girl Ava at the heart of this situation.  Ultimately my allegiances lie with Jeremy.  And I wish him the best of luck on 1 April.

Monday, March 23, 2015

James Franco - Shades of Grey

James Franco was recently interviewed in the March edition of Four Two Nine Magazine stating about his sexuality:

"Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay."

If I had read such a statement a few years ago I would have probably glanced at it and been a bit dismissive being just another Hollywood actor seeking attention. But in 2012 I discovered AVEN and asexuality and entered a whole other world and a journey of self discovery. I am realising that the world is a far more complicated place sexually and there is a place in it that fits me and I am not alone.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Film Review: Kill The Messenger

Having waited so long to see this film and with such high expectations I was concerned that it wouldn't deliver but I needn't have worried. I liked the documentary style opening and I think despite its obviously complex subject the screenplay and the way it was edited set out clearly what had and was happening so I understood and could follow the events even though I had not read Gary Webb's book. Jeremy Renner's performance was a very intense portrayal and movingly conveyed his journey from his euphoria at having achieved what every journalist is searching for THE story to his slow disintegration into despair when he realised his dream was crumbling as the CIA, fellow journalists, TV reporters turned on him. I found the family scenes very poignant and convincing. It was horrible watching the people he trusted the most betray him and you could see that they were doing so reluctantly but doing so nonetheless.

I was under the impression when following the filming that the ending would be different I thought they had included Gary's suicide but instead they only mentioned it as a postscript. I also thought they included him having an affair but what was conveyed was the toil it took on his marriage and his family because again it was only mentioned. But I'm glad this was the case as I feel this would have detracted from the message the story was conveying. So the film wasn't at all exploitative in the way it treated Gary's story despite those that turned on him and destroyed him using his personal life for their own purposes the film itself didn't sensationalise which is so common in Hollywood these days to create a 'good' story. I thought it was a nice touch to see the real Gary Webb with his family in a home movie as the film closed.

I thought the music was a little intrusive at times but I think this was because the theatre I was in was only small being only 4 rows of seats and the sound was too loud. At first I was not sure what purpose was served by seeing Gary occasionally zooming along on his motorbike but I guess it was to convey how important his bike was to him and why he was so upset when it was stolen contributing to his depressed feelings.

I think Jeremy Renner can be very proud of this film and this his first with production company The Combine if he can continue to develop projects of this quality then we are in for some real treats in the future.

Rating - 8/10

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge

It has been a long time since I have posted on my blog but I have decided to revive my interest in it (inspired by a blog that I have been following by Jeremy's Flame).  Hoping it will encourage me as well to start stitching again since that has also gone by the wayside.  I'd thought I'd start with posting about my 2015 reading challenge (yes I know it doesn't exactly indicate hope for my cross stitching aspirations!) I did join a reading group on GoodReads thinking there would be other like minded souls and we would encourage each other and talk about books but unfortunately there seems to be very little traffic on the forum and we seem to be talking to ourselves rather than interacting.

I have completed 9 categories so far:
  • A book with more than 500 pages: All The Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson
  • A book by a female author: Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
  • A mystery or thriller: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
  • A book set in a different country: Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • A book a friend recommended: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  • A book you can finish in a day: The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • A graphic novel: Jack The Ripper: A Journal of the Whitechapel Murders 1888-1889 by Rick Geary
  • A book by an author you've never read before: The Witch's Ladder by Dana E Donovan
  • A book that was originally written in a different language: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

I am currently reading A book with Magic - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke which is a 1000 pages long and to be honest I am struggling with it to me there is not enough story to sustain the length but I am still interested in how it is going to wrap up.  Poor Arabella, Stephen and Lady Hope!