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star wars last jedi

31 Dec

london 9.03am 12.9C rain. sunday 2017

yesterday, my friend came to stay at my place. he is from bournemouth. i thought he came by train, but he came by express coach. he bought a £35 ticket and was charged an extra £5 as a holiday surcharge when he boarded it. the train would have cost him £48. so it just goes to confirm that it is not really wise to travel on a public holiday weekend.

he said he got 2 guest tickets from the manager as he is such a long time member of the odean club. so we went at about 5.30pm to the odean leicester square and got circle seats, plus free 3D glasses. it was a premier night it seems, but we never did see any celebrities. it will be the first time i get to go inside this cinema, and to see a film in 3D. 

we got time to kill before the film starts, so my friend said he wanted to eat something so we went to wong kei, and went upstairs, where they were putting people in shared tables. the wait was short which shows how efficient they are at rapid turnovers of the tables. my friend ordered ‘prawn’ crackers, had a soup, £3.50, and we shared a plate of ho fun noodles with seafood/pork £6.80. my friend said his soup was very salty. the bill came to £12.70. and i entertained myself by watching what the others who shared the table were ordering and how they ate it.

i think they charge more for upstairs diners. the menu they show outside in the shop window do not have the same price as the ones we got upstairs, which makes me think it is the price they charge if u are on the ground floor, which they reserve for lone diners. unless today is the new year weekend, and so prices rise for it. 

so now for the film… star wars the last jedi. my first impression of the cinema is that the screen is not very big. that surprised me. and the 3D glasses are tinted so it dims the picture for the viewer. and i noticed it is very dramatic , the 3D effect, but it means if u take off the glasses and watch the film without, it is blurred… so u have to watch it with glasses. it costs £1 to buy one, but we got it free with the guest pass. 

i have read this film grossed worldwide the 2nd highest of the year after beauty and the beast, and may well surpass it at the year’s end. but what surprised me was to find that it  only opened on 14 dec. and today 30dec is it premier. i must have missed something… how did it manage to gross so much on such a short time? well, someone left their tickets on the chair  and i saw it cost them £25.60 for one ticket….! so that is how… haha. but maybe this is a 3D ticket so it is unusually highpriced. the normal price for a ticket in this cinema according to the list outside the door is £13.50 for an adult.

but what about the film, is it any good? it is very confusing and very loud. there are lots of side plots. all the characters do not appear in the same scene to act against each other… instead they all have their own set, in stories where they interact with only one other or two other of the characters.

i have not seen the previous ones, so may not know the underlying story to the characters. the chinese girl is a mystery to me. what is that about? maybe they want to bring in all the races to be represented  and she is not even the same girl who sacrificed herself; being the sister instead.

it was nice to see carrie fisher, with a sense of sorrow as we know she had died before the film came out. this is her last film. though i suspect the producers will bring her up in future films resurrecting her image and cleverly photoshopping her in with the latest actors…

in fact, it just brings to mind how much i miss hans solo…that character pulls the first star war film together. and without him , it kind of lost the plot. to think this is the 8th film rendition of the franchise. disney has bought it and we will be getting a few more out and by the look of it the public seem to want to see it. there are a lot of die hard fans of the series. added. 10.32am, it seems i am not the only one who yearn for the hans solo character to be resurrected. it seems they are making a movie about him , coming out in 25may 2018.

added. oh , we were walking back from the cinema to the bus stop and we saw a £5 note on the sidewalk. it had been raining, and the pavement was wet, but the note being plastic was intact. the plastic note is very springy and so it is easy for it to be sprung out of the wallet when u pull another note out.  that might explain why it is lying on the pavement… we might see more such plastic notes on the ground in future. .

my friend have a talent in drawing to him money lying around for him to find. anyway i gave it to him, to offset the costs he incurred with the meal.

he found an oyster card too, which he used for the bus trip to leicester square.  it had £2.80 on it, so £1.50 was used for one journey, but on the return he got a free ticket, because the buses have this policy of allowing you a free ride if the balance is not enough to pay full fare , you are supposed to pay it off when u top it up. 

added 4.59pm. i found this link that gives a bit of the back story and makes a bit more sense of the story. it is a bit of spoiler alert so if u dont want to know skip it. 

luke, wookie

16 Dec

london 9.57pm. 14.7C wednesday 2015

this website is very spot on. i actually caught that weather report and saw it just when she said those words. and i had my subtitles on and it translated her ‘look’ as ‘luke’. i noticed it but i dont think it translated the ‘lucky’ into ‘wookie’ though when i heard it again, in the video, it did sound like ‘wookie’.

i had a good laugh over it, thanks to these guys in yamadonkey. haha. they are very quick on the uptake, hats off to them to record it and put it up so quickly on the website. and very apt especially tonight, when there was all the hoohaa and live webcam of the premiere opening night of star wars 7 in leicester square.  there are more star wars referrals in that weather report, see if u can spot them. clever of her to put them in so smoothly. 

 added 17.12.15 one newspaper has written about it with some of the star war references. its rather amusing i think.


peckham boy made good

13 Dec

london 8.01am 7.4C cloud. sunday

there is a barrage of star wars advertising and articles that we are subjected to in the coming new star wars film, and i saw this about a peckham boy made good. john boyega. nice to see it can happen.

i was in peckham rye yesterday, gone there to get the free burger that honest burger opening day in peckham rye. there were quite a lot of school children queuing up with their parents. quite a family affair, unlike other queues like it in central london during the opening of a new branch by these designer burger places.

with the hype that the peckham boy and star wars brings,  it looks like honest burger made a good decision to bring peckham into the fold of the becoming places.

did u know it is only 12mins by train from victoria? or to victoria if u live in peckham rye. i was really surprised at how quick the train journey with only one stop at denmark hill; who would have thought, because i have gone to denmark hill  or near there, by bus 185 and it took an age.

i can see it might appeal to the yuppy looking to find a cheap place whilst being so near to central london. though the service is only half an hour interval, instead of a 5min interval if it is a tube service. but there are other services that can take u to canary water, etc and on to end at dalston junction .  so with one trip u can go from south london to north london, bypassing the crowded central traffic all in half and hour.

i got to chatting with the kid behind me who was queuing for his family, and the mother with two kids in front of me. she said, when i asked her do u think there are people here who would pay £10 for a burger and chips?,(with drinks that will come to more)  that there are… she said it is a nice place for people to come eat with friends and socialise. ( and honest burger is giving 250 free burger meals to local peckham residents all that day if they bring in proof of residence.)

i said i like that they do a pink hamburger which is the default , unless u ask otherwise.

 though i noticed she ordered it well done for her and the two kids… for that u might as well go eat in a macdonalds, which is only £2 if u get their ubiquitous voucher. and with that u get chips too. 


11 Dec

london 9pm 8.4C friday 2015

perhaps if u are in asia, u might not be so interested in the news that it is the start of the film awards season. the first one that is coming up, on 10jan, is the golden globe awards and they tend to be harbingers of  what films will be famous. esp in the academy awards, which is the most prestigious of all.

looking at the nominations it strikes me that there are hell of a lot of new films made. these are just the tip of the iceberg.

it must cost money to make them, so what makes such a lot of people want to invest in making films? i can understand someone writing a book, because it is relatively cheap to publish a book. but films require someone or many people putting real money in it. its one of the things that humans do that dont make sense if u just look at it in terms of cost and reward. but humans still do it anyway and we get some really great films.

right now channel 5 is doing a whole evening of star wars documentaries. i suppose because the latest one is going to premier in the cinemas soon. and they are showing how the first one had a really difficult beginning. i remember being thrilled by it when i first saw it in a cinema so long ago. it came out in may 1977, according to google. it cost $10million to make.

but it will not make me want to see the latest film when it is released on 17dec. 

some background info of how the franchise developed.

disney bought the rights from lucasfilms for $4billion in 2012.

added. 5.55pm saturday 12.12.15 here are those who are left out.

star wars lego

21 May

london 2.17pm thursday 2015

a change from tractors today. its quite an intricate assembly so gave me quite a lot of pleasure putting it together. it reminds me a bit of ikea , getting people to set it up from the bits and pieces. i wonder if the principle is the same, people get pleasure setting up the furniture and make like they have built it with their own hands as it were. and they get to sit on the furniture and use it, which can be more than be said for these lego models haha.

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