So with all crisis averted, I was free to celebrate a sunny Spring weekend with Zoe, Seth and Helen. We had gathered together for an early Halloween celebration that included a trip into town to see The Archibald Prize, which again did not fail to dazzle and impress me. The winner was an almost three dimensional looking painting of Barry Humphries by Louise Hearman, that was really astounding, but as usual I always prefer something other than the winner selection and favoured the painting called Rhys Smart Mouth by Melissa Ritchie. In truth however, they are all tremendous pieces and we are so lucky that Ballarat got to host this exceptional exhibition for a second year running.
Following The Archibald Prize, we went to a local wine bar for nibbles and my first alcoholic beverage in 31 days. I ended my sobriety on Saturday over a glass of sparkling wine, which I didn't even have to pay for! The wine bar accidentally gave me a gluten product , which I had specifically asked not to have, and they felt so bad about it that they refused to let me pay the bill when we left. This was really generous of them, especially since I explained to them that I am not anaphylactic and that I wasn't going to die, but they were so determined to make up for their blunder that they enforced that we were not to pay the bill. Turned out that I was perfectly fine, and that there actually is such as a thing as a free lunch, you just have to be willing to risk your health to get it!
Rounded out our night with some delicious Thai curries, a few quality whiskeys and a bit of gross out Halloween viewing; starting with Ash vs Evil Dead S2 and ending with something that really defies all explanation.
Release Date: 2016
Running Time: 97 mins
Anyone that is on the lookout for something completely unique and different, needs to see this movie. From the writer/ director team of Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, comes a tale that transcends all regular barriers and genre platforms and defies the audience to even attempt to make sense of what is going on.
Hank (Paul Dano) is a desperate man. He is stranded on a deserted island and ready to take his own life when a farting corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on the beach and interrupts him. Hank discovers that the corpse has many unique uses, so he names him Manny and sets off in search of civilization with his new found friend.
In truth, I don't think that this film is demanding to be understood, and there is something really enjoyable about that. Even though there are some truly endearing and revealing moments happening regularly throughout the film, it is the enduring refusal to reveal its true purpose that made this tale so enjoyable for me.
Dano and Radcliffe would've had some seriously big laughs during the making of this film. I can't believe that they managed to keep a straight face throughout a number of different scenes, and the onscreen humour is certainly as uncomfortable as it is funny.
FINAL SAY: I'm just a scared, ugly, useless person.
3 Chili Peppers