Dom Hemingway – Fab Friday Find Film

Dom Hemingway movie stillDom Hemingway in all his glory:

I won’t apologize for loving this film! I also understand that it might not be everybody’s cup of tea, as it is a true black comedy drama. It is a 2013 film and was directed by Richard Shepard, a mostly TV director of shows such as Ugly Betty and 30 Rock. He also did direct another one of my favorite dark comedy movie that starred Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear called “The Matador“. If you haven’t seen it, it’s another one l  highly recommend.

Dom Hemingway stars Jude Law in the title role. He is a safe cracker who has just been released from jail after 12 years. He did not snitch on his employer, but now that he’s out, he wants what he believes is due him. I am not a huge fan of Jude Law, but l have to say that he really went all out for this role. He is beefed up,  lewd, crude, and almost unrecognizable. Dom Hemingway a self absorbed, arrogant egomaniac.  What’s not to love, right? Richard E. Grant is great in the role of an older, wiser, one-handed  sidekick who tries, mostly unsuccessfully to keep him in line.

Just out of jail.. :-)

Just out of jail.. :-)

There is a subplot involving Dom trying to get to know his now adult daughter, who of course wants nothing to do with him. Every effort to redeem himself only ends in more disappointment. Jude Law does such a fine job, that you find yourself rooting for him anyway. The whole cast is actually quite good, very solid performances.

dom hemingway jude law

Jude Law is a pretty badass Dom Hemingway

Here is the trailer for the movie:

There is a lot of swearing in this movie, just so you know. It was released in 2014, but was a box office failure, grossing a little over half a million dollars. I am sure that the R rating definitely hurt it, but it deserves it. If you like this genre of movies, l think you should check out Dom Hemingway. I don’t think you would be disappointed. The ending is not too strong, but it is a very sold movie. You might find yourself quoting some Dom Hemingway :-)

What do you think of this week’s Fab Friday Find?

Brussels : Some of the highlights

Brussels Grand Palace

The Grand Palace in Brussels

I’ve wanted to visit Brussels for over twenty years! Imagine that! Ever since l discovered the Muscles from Brussels, also known as Jean Claude Van Damme :-). Who can forget him in classics like Lionheart and Bloodsport, among others. I appreciate all my golden oldies B action movie stars. Anyhow, l’m not sure why it took me so long to get there.

brussels central square

The Central Square in Brussels

We spent the past week visiting Brussels, Ghent and Bruges. This post will on some of the sights we enjoyed in Brussels. In my opinion, Brussels, and in fact Belgium, really is the melting pot of Europe. From what l saw, everybody coexisted well. You saw people of all colors, age, etc. all just going about their business..together. It was refreshing to see kids, Christians, and devout Muslims giggling together on the Metro, which by the way runs like clockwork.

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Brothers of Peace – Fab Friday Find music

Brothers of Peace

Brothers of Peace

BOP_WamuhleBrothers of Peace:

Brothers of Peace is also known as B.O.P. They hail from South Africa. They would be considered a hip-hop group l guess. I discovered them years ago, once again thanks to Tower Records. I really miss the old traditional listening stations in good old fashioned record stores. My friend actually listened to the CD and brought a copy, and l was very excited to listen to it. I loved it of course. The album was called Zabalaza: Project B, and it remains one of my favorites. This is one of the few videos l could find.

This is more like what’s out there..album cover with the music playing over it. Low budget stuff  :-)

 

Brothers of Peace was formed in 1993 with three members. They became a group officially in 1994 with 2 members, namely Oscar Mdlongwa and Bruce Sebitlo. Their genre is called Kwaito in South African lingo. They are popular with the youth because they sing about controversial things, like rape and murder. Things that people are confronted with on a regular basis and the repercussions of crime.  They try to teach kids how to handle life with respect.

It is not necessary to understand the language to enjoy their music though. The words are set to really cool danceable music, a little bit of horns, a little bit of house music and sampling. There’s some English in there too. The end result is quite good. Hopefully, kids get the message as well as enjoy the music. I think most people would like it. Give them a listen on Spotify, especially Project B. You’ll be tapping your feet, maybe even moving side to side :-),  especially the songs “last number”,  Nomoro, and B.O.P. Tribe.

Discography:

Project A

Zabalaza: Project B

Project C: The remixes

Mapodisa

King of Kwaito Uyagawula

The D Project

What do you think? Yay or nay for today’s FFF?

 

Simple Pleasures: Our last day in Seville

 

Simple pleasures - night shot seville fountain

Love this night shot of the fountain by the center. Simple pleasures :-)

Simple Pleasures:

As l grow older, l realize l don’t need a lot of excitement in my life. I enjoy the simple pleasures. The past year and a half has shown me what makes me the happiest. What makes me happy is getting plenty of rest, spending time with my husband and dogs. It’s also being closer to my family. A 6-7 hour plane ride instead of 15, not to mention that it’s cheaper flying out from Europe. Travel, sight seeing, spending time with friends, developing new hobbies like learning a new language, or choosing to do nothing if l please.

The days of dread are long behind me. I used to work every third weekend at my old job. That consisted of a 7-5 shift on the Friday, a 7-7 shift on the Saturdays and Sundays, and a 7-2 shift on Monday before getting a couple days off which l was always too exhausted to enjoy. If you are keeping count, you will notice that 41 hours of work is crammed into those days. The worst part of it is that there are no lunch breaks. I’ve gone days where getting a few minutes to use the restroom was a luxury. All those hours were also spent on my feet… :-( .  My mind was constantly on, even on my days off, work was always at the back of my mind. Did l remember to caution against driving? Did l get that authorization? Did l ask what other medications they were taking, did l calculate the right dose for that kid?.. etc.  The heaviness weighed on my mind,  as a simple error could take a life. I’ve seen it happen to friends over the years. As soon as the weekend was over, l would already be thinking of the next one that was always arrived way too soon.  Folks, take it easy on your pharmacist. They are under a lot of pressure! Till today, l still hate the phone with a passion. I have used it for roughly 30 minutes in almost two years, and only have it because it’s a free line that comes with our cable package.  For the most part, l use it as a camera IF l carry it at all. I love my ipad because it does not ring :-). I don’t regret working obviously. In fact, l thoroughly enjoyed the first twenty four years. I specialized in HIV care and Oncology. The last six years l hated. A giant company had taken over, and dealing with corporate crap slowly burned me out.  It enabled me, however, to save and reach financial independence.

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Blackadder – Fab Friday Find

Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson.

Rowan Atkinson as the Blackadder. I totally find him sexy in this series.

Blackadder:

Just the thought of writing this post has me in stitches! :-). Most British people already know of this series, as it is one of the all time highly rated ones in British television. Americans for example might not have heard of it, but it is definitely a must see in my book. Most people know Rowan Atkinson, one of my favorite comedians, only as Mr Bean, that silly man child. Before there was Mr Bean however, there was the evil, cunning Blackadder.

There were a total of four in the series. Each one starred Rowan Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder, and Tony Robinson who played his dogsbody Baldrick. Each of the four series was set in a different time period, and occasionally, other actors would pop up as different characters. Each subsequent Blackadder is a descendant of the original Edmund. As the series marches on, Blackadder becomes more intelligent, cunning, selfish and more cowardly.

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