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Top Gun New Movie – Top Gun Maverick

Top Gun 2 – I Feel The Need, The Need For A Sequel

He’s back, Maverick is back on our screens for 2020. Call it what you will; Top Gun 2, Top Gun 2020 or use the official title of Top Gun Maverick

All the years down the line, he’s still in the service, but he’s now an instructor. He’s teaching the best of the best including ( surprise, surprise )  Bradley, the son of his former navigator Goose. He’s reached the rank of captain, where his commanding officer suggests he should be a 2-star admiral, indicating his attitude hasn’t changed much over the 30+ years.

Who can forget the original which showed great flying stunts and the added touch of romance along the way.

Top Gun Maverick Trailer

Long-awaited it’s been released and you can watch this here;

What can we expect to see? Cruise on a motorcycle,  Cruise playing volleyball,  Cruise flying fighter jets and naturally Cruise being his usual ambivalent maverick self.  Those are the definites, the probables will be Cruise leading his squadron into battle to save the rest of the Western world. Ed Harris is his usual solid self as the military top brass and Jennifer Connelly adds the female temptation in the movie. Bradley is played by Miles Teller and although we don’t see the original Goose, we do see IceMan returning, played again by Val Kilmer.

Hey, if you’ve been living under the rock the past third of a century, you can watch the original here on Amazon.


Love him or loathe him as an actor ( see the Reacher post here ) Top Gun was an iconic movie which along with Risky Business really got Tom Cruise recognized. This is the movie that suits him, he is who he is, playing this type of role.

Top Gun 2, Top Gun 2020

Top Gun Maverick


Top Gun 2020

With a scheduled  26 June 2020 (USA ) release date, this is going to be a popular sequel for sure. The film also reunites Cruise with the director  Joseph Kosinski, who he worked alongside with in Oblivion in 2013. With 3 powerhouse production companies behind this, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media you know this will be an impressive offering.

Will the soundtrack be as good as the original? We’ll find out in 11 months from now.



Top Gun Maverick Facts

He’s known for doing his own stunts and making the action scenes as real as possible, but this time he’s been grounded. The US military don’t allow civilians to fly in their fast jets, such as the F18. Not matter how much he wanted to do so, he’s not been permitted to do so. None the less, the flying scenes will no doubt be as realistic and as enthralling as the original movie.

Fancy Yourself As Maverick?

Impress the ladies without the need to actually qualify from flight school. This costume comes with Men’s Top Gun Pilot Costume Jumpsuit, Name Tags & Sunglasses, Top Gun. Please note F18 not included!


The military green jumpsuit comes complete with decorative patches, the aviator sunglasses complete the ‘ Maverick look ‘. Ideal for fancy dress or parties and available to order here, available in different sizes.

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Amazon Prime Day Don’t Miss It.

Amazon Prime Day 


You’ve heard of Black Friday, yeah? The name that was given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving in the USA. More recently they’ve added Cyber Monday where the electronics and electricals are sold cheap. Well, the good news is you can buy plenty of Christmas gifts and birthday presents earlier in the year.


When Is Amazon Prime Day This Year?


One way to find out is to ask your friend; “Alexa, when is Prime Day?” Prime Day is the middle of July, so for 2019, these dates fall on 15th & 16th July. What most people don’t understand is there are also offers available beforehand. These Pre-prime deals are also available just for Prime Members. You can even use the search engines, just type in ‘ when is prime day and hopefully the correct answer comes back.


How Do You Get These Offers?

Prime Day starts with signing up for AmazonPrime, believe it or not. Yes, it really is that simple. Just sign up!

There are some great savings to be had, some good savings and there are also a few quite average discounts. Keep in mind though, these are being offered with the free delivery, so that is an extra bonus.


There are other advantages with Prime, we really enjoy the video and tv services. There’s great viewing with some Prime Original series, which are only available to watch as a Prime customer.

We covered the tv and film aspect here briefly, but there are plenty of great series, shows, and films. Literally, something for all the family to enjoy.


Premier League Football On Prime

I bet you weren’t aware of this? Well, you can watch 20 Premier League games live & exclusive on Prime Video this December.  No better way to recover from the Christmas Day festivities, than spend a day watching all the Boxing Day Premiership games. Now might be the time to grab the new TV you’ve been promising yourself and get sat down to enjoy great viewing.

Prime Day Shopping

Try Prime Video

Never experienced this service? Get your Free Trial of Prime Video Here and you can enjoy the following;

Enjoy unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows
Watch anywhere, anytime with unlimited access throughout the UK
Download movies and TV to their mobile or tablet to watch offline
Watch Amazon Originals in HDR on living room devices
Watch exclusive hit TV shows before they air on British TV
Get unlimited, FREE One-Day Delivery on millions of items
Borrow books from a choice of over 500,000 titles from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
Secure unlimited photo storage with anywhere access
Listen to over 2 million songs on Prime Music


It’s enough to make The Fat Lad as happy as a pig in muck.

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Amazon Prime For Students – Student Gift Ideas

So it’s back to school/ college/university and you’re stuck for a gift or something useful to buy. Yes, they may have asked for a 24 pack of lager, but it’s not quite in the spirit of things.

So we have the usual choices; Textbooks (boring but necessary ), the latest technology ( mobile phone, laptop, music player or whatever ) or what about something different?

Amazon Prime For Students 

Prime Student gives students all the benefits of Prime membership, but on the cheap – Just what students want to hear! So this comes with a 6-month trial to give you a taster of what’s on offer. Once you’ve enjoyed this, are happy  then 50% off the normal price of Prime, including:

Get unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of items ( Ideal for that last minute gift you need to send to a loved one )
Stream thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video ( Much better than the boring terrestrial tv channels )
Access exclusive student offers including 10% off textbooks from Amazon ( Errrr…. ok, I keep forgetting students buy textbooks )
Listen to over 2 million songs on Prime Music ( Great for listening to while doing your assignments )

So if you’re in the UK click the banner at the top of the page and save some money. Why not make the most of this offer, especially on the cold, dark, wet winters nights when instead you can get a few mates around, crack a few beers, enjoy some fast food and watch a movie or a tv show.

TV series such as Jack Ryan, Bosch, The Last Tycoon, Sneaky Pete plus thousands more shows, movies etc.

Did you know Amazon Prime On iPad is here too?


Amazon Prime For Students In USA

Maybe you’ve got a placement teaching abroad, soccer school coaching in the USA as an example? There’s no reason to miss out while you’re still studying abroad. Prime is available for Students abroad, so click the banner below to take advantage of this awesome deal for across the pond in the USA.


Forget some flowers that will be dead in 4 days, instead give a subscription gift for Valentines Day 😉


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Blue Iguana

Disclaimer, this film came on tv while I was busy reading some emails, and it was on in the background to begin. It wasn’t one I had purposely chosen to watch but I’m glad that I did watch it.


This is a tongue in cheek, comedy heist which will make you chuckle. If you can think about Pulp Fiction, but without the names in the cast, without the big budget, without the class then this is it. Take this film for what it is, cheap, cheerful yet funny.

Fat Lads Says Blue Iguana Is Fun

With Amanda Donohoe, Frances Barber and Simon Callow in the line up, it’s not too shabby but Sam Rockwell in the cast brings a touch of something different as he seems to enjoy the comedy, crime capers. If you’ve not seen him in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, then it’s worth finding time to watch that too.

Phoebe Fox steals the show as a sexy, spectacle wearing,  food-obsessed genius lawyer. She adds guile, poise and that touch of class to the film. Ben Schwartz and Peter Ferdinando were great and Al Weaver playing Tommy Tresham was a great piece of casting. Not many films with constant swearing make me laugh, in fact most kind of make me cringe. This was different, as you can actually see this type of person in society today in the UK.


There’s thought that these gangster, heist type films are over done and have run their course. I say bollocks. They said the same before Snatch came out and that was a huge success. Now don’t get me wrong here, this film isn’t in the same league as Snatch. This is a totally different style of ‘comedy’ totally.

If you’ve seen the film Twin Town, and enjoyed it, then this film might be just up your street.

Scores on the doors out of 10, I’d say this is worth 6 at best, but don’t let that discourage you from watching it.

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Jack Reacher Movies

Jack Reacher

One Shot was the book that the first film was based upon, the 9th book in the series. The story is based upon a sniper who one day went to a multi storey car park, armed with a rifle and randomly shot innocent people walking on the pavement, out in the sunshine, minding their own business. Six shots fired, five people dead.
As good as the shooter is with the rifle, he isn’t as careful when leaving the scene and leaves clues which enable the police to quickly arrest the guy. James Barr is taken to the police station to be interviewed.
The suspect is questioned, but won’t talk despite the overwhelming evidence against him. He was a former sniper in the military, finger prints found at the scene, this really is a cut and dried case for the cops. He’s given chance to confess in writing to receive life in jail and escape the death penalty, he takes the pen & paper and writes on the pad; Get Jack Reacher.
Jack Reacher Movie
If he doesn’t want to be found, Reacher won’t be found – fact !
As it happens he’d seen this on the news and had taken it upon himself to go to the city to see justice for himself, with Barr getting what’s due to him.
Reacher reveals that Barr had previously gone on a killing spree during a tour in Iraq, a case Reacher knew well. Barr escaped prosecution though as his ‘victims’ were under investigation for numerous rapes and the U.S. Army decided to cover the whole incident up. Reacher had sworn that if Barr did anything like this again he would personally take him down and see him tried for murder.

The defence attorney asks Reacher to clear Barr, but Reacher tells her the same that he is here to see justice carried out and Barr to be punished.

Needless to say, things never go straight forward and when Reacher is planning to leave town, a couple of incidents occur which provoke him into staying around longer and becoming involved.
The film Jack Reacher is good because it has opened up the character to so many potential new fans.

What I like about this movie;

Fast paced but without going overboard. The fight scene in the street show how Reacher would take care of things.
If you’ve not read any of the books, you get a bit of an insight as to how his mind works, how he thinks and what makes him a good investigator.
Some of the characters are well portrayed, such as The Zec.

What I don’t like about this movie;
This is based on my reading all the Reacher books.

Tom Cruise is a decent actor, well known for playing Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible movies.
Reacher is a 6ft 5” tall man mountain, so if you’ve read a few of the books, you can easily picture him in situations. Tom cruise is 5 foot 7” tall so the illusion of Reacher towering over some of the 6ft tall bad guys is shattered. At least there’s not been noticeable mention of how tall or well built Ethan Hunt is.
Apart from this and the storyline being slightly different, Reacher has made it to the big screens.

You can order the original move called Jack Reacher here in BluRay or DVD formats.



Never Go Back


The second movie called Never Go Back was  released in October 2016

The preview clips seemed to indicate another action packed film, with Reacher being the man to sort bad from good. Cover ups and conspiracy plots are unravelled by the hero, once again played by Tom Cruise.


Based on the 17th book also called Never Go Back by Lee Child, sees Reacher returning to the  headquarters of his old Military Police unit, the 110th to finally meet face to face the new unit CO,  Major Susan Turner, who as yet was just an intriguing voice on the phone, from a conversation they’d had in the book 61 hours  previously. When he arrives though, things aren’t as they seem and it isn’t Susan sat at her desk.
Jack Reacher Never Go Back FilmAs the mystery unfolds, Reacher finds out Maj Turner is actually being held in a military prison cell. Not content with keeping her out of the way, the bad guys decide to send a hit team to eliminate her. Unlucky for them, Reacher manages to get involved and ends up springing her from the lock up.


If you’ve not read this book  yet,  you can order it here along with all the others in the series.

This movie is like the first one in that it’s not a bad film to watch. it’s got action, shooting, fist fights, loud bangs and everything else you’d expect. Does it do the book justice? Personally I don’t think it does. As I’ve said before though, you can’t have an actor who’s 11″ shorter in real life than the character he’s meant to be playing, expecting it to work.

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Classic Movie Review: Dune (1984)

Advertised as a cult-classic film truly like no other. David Lynch’s retelling of Frank Herbert’s deep, complex, and stirring work of science fiction was struck down by bad editing and harsh critics.

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British Gangster Films

Favourite British Gangster Films

Fat Lad’s top half-dozen British gangster films set out here in reverse order.
Some you may agree with, some you may not.

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