So, what do you do when things seem to be too large and there appears to be a demon lurking in every corner? Well, you find something that you love and you love the shit out of it until the world doesn't seem like that anymore. Truly, it is the only thing that can be done to fix those thoughts and feelings. And that doesn't necessarily mean loving another person, odds are no-one is going to want to be bogged down with your low-day whiny-ass bullshit anyway, so it can be much better to find another source.
For some it is music, for some it is exercise, for some it's driving something fast, for others it's shopping, for me....it's movies, but it can also be whiskey, coffee, cigarettes, drawing, writing, crying uncontrollably, curling up in the fetal position and turning myself into a doona sausage roll - but that's generally reserved for a really, really bad day.
A really, really bad day requires a bit more finesse, I like to thrash about like a cut snake going through several states of separation from the issues at hand, then I will wallow for a spell and then immerse myself in something I love and voila - healed! Ready to face the world again.
Whatever it is that keeps you ahead of the game and keeps your tyres spinning is all good with me, as long as it isn't harming anyone or anything, then I say hit it hard and let it fill you up. Because let's be honest, some days are a total crap sandwich, you gotta work hard to find the shine, but it is there, just over the horizon, and that's worth pushing on for.
Release Date: 1998
Running Time: 124 mins
I can't honestly say that this is a romance movie, because it isn't, but there is a love story contained within the storyline, so I'm going with it. Directed by Gary Ross, this fantasy/drama set in the 1950's is enchanting from start to end; I just adored this film. I found it visually pleasing and highly entertaining, the cast is a fantastic blend of veteran actors and young upcoming stars, and there is a good mix of genres all thrown together in an amusing and clever way.
David (Tobey Maguire) loves to watch his favourite TV program Pleasantville, which is a black and white 1950's soap opera about a time when things were simpler. After a strange repair man fixes their TV remote, David and his promiscuous sister Jennifer (Reece Witherspoon) find themselves transported to Pleasantville, a place that is not only colourless but also a place that is harbouring many hidden prejudices and a strong demand for conformity. As David and Jennifer's influences start to be felt in Pleasantville, colours begin to appear, making some people excited and others fearful.
The introduction of colour is just magical in this film, it's easily the best black and white to colour transition movie that I have ever seen. The cast is stellar, in particular, Joan Allen, William H. Macy and Jeff Daniels, but in truth everyone is really bringing their best here. Pleasantville is a must see cinematic experience and shouldn't be missed.
FINAL SAY: Must be awfully lucky to see colours like that.
4 Chili Peppers