People are actually getting addicted to cosmetic surgery. Now I have my fair share of addictions, but being addicted to the knife seems extreme to me, especially given the fact that a lot of these addicts actually look like half melted barbie dolls. And some of these addicts, like Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke, were actually really good looking people before they started mutilating themselves. I don't get it, I really just don't get it.
I do get wanting to look younger, even I had a mini seizure when I saw all of the grey hair that is creeping onto my head and the crows feet accumulating around my eyes, but there's such as thing as too much. And why can't these people see themselves? Surely they would spend a lot of time in front of mirrors getting their hair and make-up done, why haven't they had the "gee, maybe that triple botox and face pull was bit over the top, better slow down on the face pulling for a while' thought pop into their heads? Instead their weird arse brains says "damn I look great, think I will get some new tits next week."
It's the whole - 'why be you, when you can be new?' thing, just like in the movie Robots. Everyone wants to feel shiny and new, hardly anyone is happy to just age gracefully any more. There are a few famous people flying the banner for graceful aging, but they are bloody few and far between. And this mounting need for a youthful appearance is rubbing off on the general public now. We have all seen someone on the street that looks like a waxworks doll now, and it really isn't that pretty up close at all.
I'm all for rocking what you've got and taking care of yourself, but I think that we have gone too far and that the media is slowly killing natural beauty and graceful aging. There is a reason that I avoid beauty magazines, between the photoshopping and the cosmetic surgery, it's a sinister field full of self loathing and self doubting landmines.
I say, strongly resist the urge to cut on yourself and mutilate your body in the name of fashion and beauty, I think that it is time that we all took a stand against this shit, before all of our kids end up looking like Janice Dickinson and the world thinks that that is okay. Even Cher in her pursuit to 'turn back time' has had to face the fact that no amount of surgery is ever going to buy back her youth and natural looks. So don't buy into, dare to be you and don't let the obsessions and insecurities of the rich and famous (and crazy!) ever make you feel less than perfect.
Release Date: 1960
Running Time: 103 mins
I know that a remake of this movie has been made, but I will always have a soft spot for the original version, which was one of the first science fiction films that I ever saw. Based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and produced and directed by George Pal, The Time Machine won an Academy Award for Best Special Effects in 1961 for its time lapse photographic effects showing the world changing rapidly.
A scientist (Rod Taylor) invents a machine that allows him to travel backwards and forwards in time through 'the fourth dimension'. He hopes that his future travels will show him an Utopian existence, but instead he finds an oppressive future where humans live in fear of a subterranean species called Morlocks.
Sure, it may be a bit dated by today's sci-fi standards, but it is really atmospheric and quite dark in it's depiction of a world that has survived three world wars only to arrive at an even more oppressive future. I recall being terrified of the Morlocks as a child and truly concerned about a possibly bleak future. It's a classic for sure, and a great example of high quality science fiction vision.
FINAL SAY: Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so you can let it crumble to dust.
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