I have no idea how the silver fox managed to talk his way around an early release, but it is fair to say that my dad can really turn on the charm when he needs to and could probably entice the pants off a nun given half a chance. Needless to say, he must still have some Jagger like moves that have served him well enough to get out of hospital early, in spite of the nurses thinking he would still need another three days. I don't know how he does it!
He was mighty sore and sorry today when I collected him and delivered him home and to be honest I have my concerns about how things will go over the next few days for him.
Unlike my father who just likes to be left the hell alone, my mother needs her hand held to do a lot of tasks, she is in short, a bit of a princess and can be quite demanding. I hope that she doesn't get up in dad's face and push him before he is ready, she can be like that sometimes.
It would be fair to say that this hasn't been the funnest silly season of my life, and that is really saying something because one year we had a major gastro outbreak here on Christmas Day with a house full of guests and only two toilets, so that should put things into perspective for you.
Now that dad is home, and hopefully resting - but I wouldn't put any money on that, I can try to get some rest myself. I am off to put my feet up, pour myself a huge whiskey and enjoy a little slice of oblivion, because God, I really need some right now!
Release Date: 2013
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 115 mins
Alexander Payne is yet to deliver a movie that I haven't found utterly mesmerizing. Following greats like Sideways and The Descendants should be a tough act to follow, but Payne always finds a new voice with each movie he makes and a fresh perspective on life.
Nebraska is essentially a road trip movie. It's a tale about a boozy old father that believes that he has won a million dollar sweep stake from a marketing company and heads out on foot to claim it. His somewhat estranged son becomes so desperate to stop his father's antics, that he agrees to drive him to Nebraska to see for himself that their are truly no winnings to be claimed at all.
Bruce Dern is amazingly good as the drunken and addled character Woody, and Will Forte plays the concerned and annoyed son perfectly. Shot in broody black and white, this film is filled with stark imagery and intense atmosphere. It's a riveting watch from start to end, and a beautiful story about being there for people when they need you the most.
FINAL SAY: Have a drink with your old man. Be Somebody!
4 Chili Peppers