Zoe and Seth joined me for the weekend away, so we headed over to the Melbourne Museum to see The Jurassic World dinosaur display whilst we had the chance. Wow! Really impressive stuff, my only criticism being that it was over too quickly. I would have been happy for it to have gone on for another hour or so, but alas it was not that extensive, but what was there, was very, very good.
When those doors opened up and the lady announced "Welcome to Jurassic World" and I caught my first glimpse of a dinosaur, I was seriously mesmerized! As my sister said, everyone reverts back to a state of childlike wonder when they get an eye full of those animatronic dinosaurs for the first time, it's so cool.
Rounded out our trip with a spot of indulgent shopping, some delicious Japanese cuisine, a little too much whiskey and hours of hilarious Cards Against Humanity - a truly perfect mini break and a fabulous weekend!
Release Date: 2013
Running Time: 113 mins
A Canadian comedy directed by Don McKellar and written by Ken Scott and Michael Dowse, The Grand Seduction has had mixed and often tepid reviews, but don't let that steer you away, because this movie had me happily giggling away as I watched. And although the story-line is a bit thin on the ground, there is a simplistic charm to this tale that I found most enjoyable.
The small community of Tickle Head, Newfoundland has lost it's motivation and is existing from week to week on welfare cheques. A proposal is made to build a petrochemical plant that will enable the local residents to work again and earn a respectable living, but the build cannot go ahead without a resident doctor in the town. The locals band together in attempt to convince a young doctor that Tickle Head is where he wants to stay by fabricating the goings on of the village to create the hometown of his dreams.
Brendan Gleeson does a terrific job here of portraying Murray, a mayor who is willing to go above, beyond and well below morality to improve the state of his town. He is supported by a tremendously funny group of appropriately cast actors that are just brilliant as the well meaning, although unscrupulous towns folk, and Taylor Kitsch also fairs well as the clueless and yet utterly charming Dr. Lewis. Overall, I have to say that I really had a lot of fun with this movie and it is certainly deserving of more credit than it has received.
FINAL SAY: Who here has a case of creeping athlete's foot?
3.5 Chili Peppers