You would think by now that I would be much better at practising moderation, but no....there is something about the lure of a Cadbury chocolate bunny and a bottle of good red wine that has an overwhelming power to reduce me to nothing better than a lush over the Easter break. I always find myself eating and drinking way more than I normally would, happily indulging well into the wee hours of the morning and always wishing that I hadn't later on when I feel like a lumpy bloated mess.
However, this holiday period hasn't all been about over indulging, I have done some other really cool things to kick off the April holiday season. To get the wheels in motion I went to the movies on Good Friday, I actually went to the movies twice last week, but who's counting? I also spent an entire afternoon hand painting hard boiled eggs with Zoe, Seth and Helen on Easter Saturday and I hosted a lovely Easter family lunch on Easter Sunday which unfortunately did involve eating way to many proteins, sugars and carbs, so needless to say, I am a bit of a puffy sloth today.
I cannot deny that it does feel good to throw caution to the wind and eat and drink with wild abandon, but I would also be lying if I didn't acknowledge how dreadful my body feels after I have done that. Generally, I live by the 'everything in moderation' standard, however sometimes I do things to excess and I always feel like a shit sandwich for days after. I think that it may have something to do with getting older, because when I was younger it really didn't seem to matter what I shoved down my gullet or how much I drank, my body could always process things pretty easily. These days I only need to stare at a slice of cake for longer than 30 seconds and my hips get wider, and if I drink too much, the hangovers that I get have been hand picked my Satan for my pure displeasure. Agony would be downplaying it, and they last for days not just the day after, so drinking beyond moderation is out of the question for me.
So I willingly farewell the Easter season and its over abundance of caloric nightmares and carb loaded gorge sessions and look forward to a week of clean eating and a bit of self nurturing to get my system back on track for the rest of the holiday period.
Release Date: 2018
Running Time: 140 mins
I have been waiting for this film to be made for quite a while now. The book, by Ernest Cline, is one of my favourite novels of all time because it is an absolute treasure trove for pop-culture junkies like myself. So, needless to say, I had very high expectations when I entered the cinema to see Ready Player One. Naturally, as is often the case, it was not as good as the novel, however that being said, this is still an exciting, fast paced and enjoyable science fiction adventure movie that will probably become a cult classic for teenagers of this generation.
It is 2045, and the world is a dystopian wasteland, however Earth's occupants have a way to escape their dull, everyday existences through The Oasis, a fully immersive cyber landscape created by an eccentric genius called Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves behind an ultimate challenge in the form of the biggest Easter Egg ever known to the gaming world. The challenge must be solved through a series of three quests, with the final winner receiving ownership of The Oasis itself. The world goes crazy, Wonka 'golden ticket' style for a while, and after many tries and fails to decode the cryptic clues, only a handful of dedicated fans and a group of highly trained decoders called Sixers are still endeavouring to crack the code and solve the mystery of Halliday's puzzle.
Being directed by the already 80's obsessed Steven Spielberg, this film has not tried to explain itself at all but rather just launches straight into the story and pop culture references. This break neck speed makes the film feel like it is moving along in a frenzy, which unfortunately leaves little to no room for any character development, making the whole film quite superficial. The tasks that lead to the discovery of the three keys are not nearly as well fleshed out as they are in the book, which for me was disappointing, but I loved all of the 'in game' effects and CGI which translated so well to the big screen and really gave this the visual appeal that it deserves.
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn are all terrific in their roles, but as I said the character development was very thin on the ground and for that reason the real comradery that the book has is seriously lacking here. I wanted to adore this movie, but I just really liked it, however I cannot deny that it was great to finally get a look inside the seriously cool landscapes of The Oasis.
FINAL SAY: Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.
3.5 Chilli Peppers