The Popcorn Review – Star Wars : The Force Awakens

 

I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to the release in my home town cinema of the latest Star Wars film – The Force Awakens.  Growing up with the series and loving the original trilogy, I had such high hopes for the newest installment.  Well, after counting down, today was the day that I got time off to go and see the film, along with a packed audience in our little town cinema.

 

I hadn’t had this much anticipation for a movie in so long, that when I finally sat down and heard the familiar theme music at the start, it was like going back to my childhood once more.  With all the hype, the merchandising and the chatter on social media, it had a lot to live up to, and let me say right now….they got it right.  After the failure in my view of the previous trilogy with the story of Anakin…and ugh – Jar Jar Binks, I felt that the writers, direction and the casting was spot on this time around.  It truly brought back what the story was really all about, and for anyone that may not have ever seen Star Wars before, this new episode was one that I believe new fans would eagerly embrace.

 

The movie had me enthralled for the full two hours and sixteen minutes.  Seeing the original cast, that had been brought back, was like seeing old friends and I won’t lie, but I was a little emotional in a few places.

 

I won’t spoil it for anyone, but….if there is a movie to take the family to this season…this is the one.    Rare for me to ever say this, but it gets a full 10 out of 10.

May the force be with you…..

~RB~

 

Australia shows the Red, White and Blue of Support.

The Sydney Opera House was among a range of landmarks in Australia, to light up in the colours blue, white and red as Australians showed their support for Parisians rocked by terror attacks.  In nearly every capital city, there is a showing of solidarity and support with the French people.

In West Melbourne as the sunsets Melbourne Australia is thinking of the people of Paris.

In Brisbane, the Story Bridge was lit up in blue, white and red to show solidarity with the people of France.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the thoughts and prayers of all Queenslanders went out to those affected by the tragedy in Paris.

“We want to show our support to France — even if we are far away, our hearts are there with the French community.

“All together we can fight terrorism, stay united and show that we are not afraid.”

Grand final fever hits Queensland!

This meme pretty much sums up what is going to happen this Sunday when the North Queensland Cowboys face the Brisbane Broncos in what is an all Queensland Rugby league Grand final in Sydney.  The fact that there are no New South Wales teams in the grand final is a first.  In all honesty, I was hoping the finals would be held in Queensland, but I guess sponsorship deals and the fact that the final is always held in Sydney means that it will be a while before they hold it in another state.

The big question is….who am I barracking for?  I am of course a Brisbane girl, but came to live in the north of Queensland a few years back.  So, now my allegiance has changed.  I know Brisbane have won a few premierships before and with Wayne Bennett as Coach who has won 7 out of the 8 finals he has coached a team, that the Broncos would be the favorites.  But…I am a fan of the underdog, and I think many in the North as well as a lot of fans south of the border who hate Brisbane are going to be cheering on the Cowboys for their first ever Premiership.

Whatever happens…it’s going to be a great game.

GO COWBOYS!

~RB~

 

 

My Top Ten Song List – Number 6.

 

Time now for number six.  So…what was the song that brought the Nineties to a close in Australia and welcomed 2000?   Vanessa Amorosi’s “Absolutely Everybody”  Performed just shy of the steps of the Sydney Opera House, it was also sung at the closing of the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was something of an anthem for the generation.  It’s a song close to my heart and to this day it still gets me to my feet.   It’s pure positivity.

Vanessa Amorosi’s “Absolutely Everybody”.

 

“Absolutely Everybody”

(Absolutely Everybody, everybody, everybody)
(Absolutely Everybody, everybody, everybody)
(Absolutely Everybody, everybody, everybody)
(Absolutely Everybody, everybody)
Absolutely Everybody (everybody, everybody)
Absolutely Everybody, yeah (everybody, everybody)
Absolutely Everybody (everybody, everybody)
Absolutely Everybody, yeah (everybody)

Everybody needs a little loving
Everybody needs somebody thinking of them
Everybody needs a little respect
And whatever it takes, I’m gonna get it

Everybody needs a hand to hold
Someone to cling to when the nights are getting cold
I’m no different, I am just the same
A player in the game

Absolutely everybody, everybody, everybody
Absolutely everybody in the whole wide world
Absolutely everybody
Every boy and every girl
Absolutely everybody, yeah (everybody)

Everybody needs a human touch
I can’t live without it, it means too much to me
Everybody needs one true friend
Someone who’ll be there until the very end

And absolutely everybody breathes
And everybody, everybody bleeds
We’re no different, we’re all the same
Players in the game

Absolutely everybody, everybody, everybody
Absolutely everybody in the whole wide world
Everybody breathes
And everybody needs
Absolutely everybody, yeah

Absolutely everybody (everybody)
Absolutely everybody, yeah (woah)
Absolutely everybody, everybody, everybody (players in the)
Absolutely everybody, yeah (game)

Every boy and girl
Every woman and child
Every father and son
I said now everyone
Yes, now everyone

Everybody needs a human touch
Everybody, everybody needs love
I’m no different, I am just the same
A player in the game

Absolutely everybody, everybody, everybody
Absolutely everybody in the whole wide world
Everybody breathes
And everybody needs
Absolutely everybody, yeah

Absolutely everybody, everybody, everybody
Absolutely everybody in the whole wide world
Everybody breathes
And everybody needs
Absolutely everybody, yeah

Absolutely everybody (yeah)
Absolutely everybody
Absolutely everybody, everybody, everybody (woah)
Absolutely everybody, yeah (everybody)

Absolutely Everybody

 

My Top Ten Song List – Number 8.

 

So far, I have worked out numbers 10 and 9….but 8…well, 8 happened to really help me, I suppose.  A song that makes me recall a great personal loss.  Struggling to understand how we can be given a gift and then have it taken away.  Not all the songs in this list are going to be cheerful ones, but as it is the song list of my life, then this one must be included.

Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven.

 

“Tears In Heaven”

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven.

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?

I’ll find my way
Through night and day,
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven.

Time can bring you down,
Time can bend your knees.
Time can break your heart,
Have you begging please, begging please.

Beyond the door,
There’s peace I’m sure,
And I know there’ll be no more
Tears in heaven.

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven.

 

My Top Ten Song List – Number 9.

 

Okay, so you know that my number ten is “Bad Moon rising”, but what is number nine you might ask?  The Monkees were another band that was played a lot in my childhood, as my mum had a huge crush on Davy Jones.

 

 

When he died  in February of 2012, I played this song again and was amazed at how well he danced in the clip.  He had groove and I can see why teenage girls adored him.  So my number nine song is “Daydream Believer” by the Monkees.

 

“Daydream Believer”

Oh, I could hide ‘neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings.
The six o’clock alarm would never ring.
But it rings and I rise,
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
My shavin’ razor’s cold and it stings.Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.

You once thought of me
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be.
Oh, and our good times start and end
Without dollar one to spend.
But how much, baby, do we really need.

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.

[Instrumental interlude]

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
[Repeat and fade]

 

The Cure – Hello Goodbye.

Last week I posted from the Art of McCartney, with Alice Cooper’s cover of Eleanor Rigby.  Today, I found this classic cover, but it features the Cure….with Paul’s son, James on keyboards.  Love to know what you guys think.  I quite enjoy this take on it.    ~RB~

 

“Hello, Goodbye”

You say yes, I say no
You say stop and I say go go go, oh no
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello

I say high, you say low
You say why and I say I don’t know, oh no
You say goodbye and I say hello
(Hello goodbye hello goodbye) Hello hello
(Hello goodbye) I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello
(Hello goodbye hello goodbye) Hello hello
(Hello goodbye) I don’t know why you say goodbye
(Hello goodbye) I say hello/goodbye

Why why why why why why do you say goodbye goodbye, oh no?

You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello

You say yes (I say yes) I say no (But I may mean no)
You say stop (I can stay) and I say go go go (Till it’s time to go), oh
Oh no
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello hello

Hela heba helloa
Hela heba helloa, cha cha cha
Hela heba helloa, wooo
Hela heba helloa, hela
Hela heba helloa, cha cha cha
Hela heba helloa, wooo
Hela heba helloa, cha cah cah [fade out]

The Original ❤

My Top Ten Song List : Number 10

 

I mentioned in another post, about how I might blog up the top ten songs of my life.  Or a list of the ten songs that tell my story.  So….I am going to do a countdown, starting at number 10.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising”

I can remember this being played by my Mother repeatedly, when I was a child and it is one that takes me back to my childhood.  Having music played constantly in my house helped me to enjoy and appreciate music, which has stayed with me all my life.

I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin’.
I see bad times today.

[Chorus:]
Don’t go around tonight,
Well, it’s bound to take your life,
There’s a bad moon on the rise.

I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

[Chorus]
All right!

Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared to die.
Looks like we’re in for nasty weather.
One eye is taken for an eye.

[Chorus]
[Chorus]