Wick is a town in the far north east corner of the , in .

When the movie (John Wick) was released the name Wick was trending worldwide (Birdsite) with hundreds of thousands of mentions.

I wasn't aware of the movie and couldn't imagine what was going on in this small Highland town to make it so newsworthy. 😃


John Wick (2014)

A former hitman comes out of retirement to seek revenge on an organised crime family, after he is savagely beaten, his car is stolen & they kill his dog.

Keanu Reeves stars as a (hit)man of few words, but many actions. It is almost like watching a ballet, except there is a pounding rock score and the dancing kills people.

The film shares a lot in common with the Bourne films starring Matt Damon.

Recommended if you want some daft escapism.

Tonight's is going to be John Wick (2014).

I'm really looking forward to this movie as I'm told there is a really cute puppy in it.

Another Brexit "dividend".

Scotland has lost out on the filming of the Lord of the Rings TV series.

The stated reason was "the tumultuous Brexit situation." What a scunner.


Yesterday was Betty Grable's anniversary (July 2nd, 1973). She died at the relatively young age of 56, due to lung cancer.

Her movie career started in the late '20s and progressed steadily through the '30s. It nearly came to an end with "Million Dollar Legs" (1939), which was: a commercial flop, a career turning-point & the inspiration for her future nickname.

In 1943 she had a studio photo shoot with Frank Powolny. One image became *the* iconic WWII GI pin-up photo.

The Dick Van Dyke screenshot comes from the marvellous 1964 film Mary Poppins, specifically the section where the song "Chim Chim Cher-ee" is performed.

It is a children's movie, but one adults can also enjoy.


Sigourney Weaver giving "Jones" the cat a cuddle between filming of the movie Alien (1979).

I am currently reading Ian Fleming's novel "You Only Live Twice".

Although I've seen the Sean Connery movie, at least, twice I'd never given the title any thought. However, the title is quite clever.

The first time you "live" is when you are born. The second time you live is after surviving a life threatening situation. It is only after surviving that you truly appreciate life.

Profound, and true.

One Mac to rule them all

Ian McKellen as
Gandalf from the
Lord of the Rings trilogy

My OH got a tick bite on the leg that has become infected. She now has a hand sized area that is swollen and red.

I've explained to her that in the movies this is usually dealt with using a hunting knife, which is first cleansed over an open fire. The patient is given a slug of whisky and a stick to bite on, as an alternative to anaesthetic during the operation. I can do this.

Inexplicably, she doesn't seem keen on my offer.

You wait years for a King Robert movie, and then two come along at once...

Robert The Bruce (2019)

Starring Angus MacFadyen as Bruce, directed by Richard Gray.

Premiere in Edinburgh on June 23rd, general release in cinemas (Scotland) on the 28th.

Last comment about the Colin Hay video for "Are You Lookin' at Me?".

I *suspect* the video (and perhaps the song, too) draws inspiration from the Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver (1976) which starred Robert De Niro. Famously, the De Niro character uses the phrase: "You talkin' to me?".

Hay's video also portrays the singer driving the car as if he is a taxi driver. Is this inspired by the movie? I don't know as I've never seen the movie. 🤷


This week's was
The Admirable Crichton (1957)

A witty and entertaining commentary on the absurdities of the British class system.

Kenneth More is ideally cast & returns a great performance. He is ably assisted by Sally Ann Howes, Diane Cilento & Cecil Parker. Photography & settings top notch.

The film closely follows the JM Barrie play of the same name. However, consequently audiences of today may find the film's conclusion a little unsatisfactory.


Great performances from Aren Buchholz, Phillip Thomas & Spencer Foley as the three brothers. Also fascinating performance from Terry Field as the guide, who is slightly off-the-wall. I've not seen any of them in other films, but would like to see them again.

Last night's was:
When the Ocean Met the Sky (2014)

Three estranged brothers are forced to go on a hiking trip in the British Columbia wilderness for several days to fulfill a condition in their parent's will.

An independently produced film with a really interesting soundtrack. Great scenery, although some scenes are a little over-exposed (intentional?).

Interesting relationships between the three brothers, and the comic addition of the hippie guide.


I've been reading many popular fiction books which have also been used as the basis of big-budget movies. I have read books from authors like Fleming, Hammett, Greene & Chandler over the course of two years, or so. The books & subsequent films usually have substantial differences for artistic & commercial reasons.

However, The Spy Who Loved Me is the first example, for me, of a book & film that had no connections whatsoever, apart from a shared title & one character name.

Last night I finished reading "The Spy Who Loved Me" by Ian Fleming.

The book and the film of the same name (Roger Moore - 1977) have nothing in common except for the title. Weird.

In the book Bond doesn't appear until the final ⅓rd, and even then for just a few pages. The story is told in first person by the young Canadian heroine Vivienne Michel.

Fleming even pretended that the story was a real-life account written by Viv Michel.


This was the second film directed by Hitchcock to use the title "The Man Who Knew Too Much". The first movie was a British made film (1934) starring Peter Lorre.

The plot of the two films have many similarities, but the settings are quite different. However, in both films there is a Frenchman called Louis Bernard who meets the same fate.

The 1934 film is also thoroughly recommended.

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